Our staff, board of directors, community partners, and donors are dedicated to providing literacy services to adults in Western New York.


Our Staff

In addition to our volunteer tutors, our organization is staffed by an administrative team that is dedicated to serving the WNY community.

Tara Schafer

Amy Mazur

Director of Operations

Courtney Tunmore

Karen Welch

Program Coordinator

Marissa Colosanti

Director of Development & Marketing

Laura Nienaber

Program Coordinator

Erika Kastel

Director of Community Outreach

Board of Directors

Rev. Craig D. Pridgen

Vice Chairperson
Justine David

Dr. Anne Eisenberg

Sean Bowers

Members At-Large

Michael Berchou

Adam M. Desmond

Karrie Gebhardt

Rachel Leidenfrost

Tracie L. Lopardi

Hannah Piscatelli

Stephanie Rivera

Royce L. Woods


Our Funders

We are grateful for the many organizations that partner and invest in supporting our work so we can fulfill our mission to develop literacy skills, providing free tutoring in Erie and Niagara counties through engagement and training of diverse community volunteers.

  • Buffalo Police Athletic League
  • Erie County Department of Social Services
  • Erie County Youth Bureau
  • First Niagara Foundation
  • Five Star Bank
  • Garman Family Foundation
  • Jayne & Phil Hubbell Foundation at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • M&T Charitable Foundation
  • NYS Department of Education
  • Nora Roberts Foundation
  • The John R. Oishei Foundation
  • The Perelandra Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
  • The WNY Foundation
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County
  • United Way of Greater Niagara
  • Walmart

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