mission statement

The mission of The Literacy Alliance is to encourage Central Florida residents to reach their highest potential by increasing literacy through diverse educational resources, programs, and training opportunities.

board of directors

Diane KeyesDiane Keyes, President

Education: Masters in Library Science; Teacher certification, Secondary English
Positions: Children’s Librarian; Author; Teacher; Child Care Provider
Experience: Present/evaluate lesson plans; present story programs; create/implement educational craft projects; supervise teen volunteers; develop/present booktalks; order books, provide reference services
Volunteer Activities: Seminole & Orange County Juvenile Detention Centers; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida; Heart of Florida United Way; Jackson Heights & Lawton Chiles Middle School Literacy Night; Friends of the Library, Seminole County; The Sapphire Foundation; Take Stock in Children Mentor Program; Sunday School Teacher; Former PTA Board Member


Emily Bellairs-RomeroEmily Bellairs-Romero, Board Member

: Masters in Education; Bachelors in Public Communication; Certified Master Yoga Teacher
Positions: Yoga Teacher; Family CEO
Experience: Radio and Television Reporter; Assistant Director of Legal Services Communication Department in Puerto Rico; Flight Attendant for Major Airline; Yoga Instructor in Seminole and Orange Counties; Child rearing
Volunteer Activities: Humane Education presentations in Elementary, Middle and College level; ¡Viva Español! Story Times at the Oviedo Library; Founding Member of Central Florida VegFest and Central Florida Earth Day; Dog and Cat Shelter; Free yoga and meditation classes


Mario GunawardenaMario Gunawardena, Board Member

: Masters of Arts in Instructional Technology; Master of Business Administration in Information Technology
Positions: CIO Advisory Group, PwC, IT Architect, The Carlyle Group; IT Manager, Pricewaterhouse Coopers; IT Manager, University of Central Florida
Experience: IT infrastructure design and implementation; IT training materials creation and delivery; mentor for IT interns and students


Kathleen Poole Kathleen Poole, Board Member

Education: Masters in Library Science
Positions: Training Coordinator, Research/Admin Support; Consultant, Website/Graphic Design; Research Associate/Designer; Coeditor, Florida Media Quarterly; Media Specialist
Experience: Web/graphic design; desktop publishing; database creation/maintenance; workshop instructor; organize/maintain software lending library
Volunteer Activities: Orlando City Ballet; Dance Center; Central Florida Dance Festival; Oviedo High School Fine Arts Department; Friends of the Library, Seminole County; Seminole County Library; Church; National Canoe Jousting Association


Emily Williams, Board Member

Education: Bachelors in Art History
Experience: Program presenter/storyteller/performer, reading tutor, teen coordinator for literacy programs, audio visual manager, program scheduler, social media consultant, grant writer
Volunteer Activities: Circulation assistant for Seminole County Public Library; Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida; Florida Children's Hospital; Give Kids the World

Contact Information: kathy@thelitalliance.org | 407.415.1009 | PO Box 622362, Oviedo, Florida 32762
The Literacy Alliance is a 501(c)3 designated nonprofit organization. (Download and view the letter of determination.)

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