Augustine Literacy Project Upstate South Carolina Board

Ann Copeland, Director

Ann CopelandAnn joined the Augustine board in the Spring of 2010 and trained as a tutor in the summer of that year. She tutored ten Augustine students and served as secretary and vice-chairman while on the board. Ann currently teaches language tutorial and middle school math at Camperdown Academy and is pursuing Certified level membership in the AOGPE.


Jim Schroder, Chairman

Jim SchroderJim joined the board in October 2014. His background is in construction, manufacturing and technical matters as well as business development. Jim personally understands both the challenges and gifts which accompany dyslexia, and he looks forward to helping ALP "get the message across" to students, potential tutors and the community.


Denise Ruby, Vice-Chairman

Denise RubyDenise was elected to the Board in the summer of 2015 and trained as a tutor in July of the same year. Her professional background is in telecommunications working as a technical specialist and facilitator of training programs for AT&T and other client companies. As a working mother of two, she taught Sunday School, and was a leader in Girl Scouts for nine years and Cub Scouts for two years. Semi-retired, she is inspired by the program, results and leaders of the Augustine Project and motivated to make a difference, one child at a time.


Shayla Read, Secretary

Shayla ReadShayla joined the board in October 2014. She graduated from Columbia College in 2006 with a M.Ed. in Divergent Learning. She taught middle school language arts for twelve years, using her Augustine training in her daily lessons. In 2014, Read joined the Division of Academics within Greenville County Schools as the Secondary ELA Academic Specialist. Her new position includes analyzing student and teacher data, facilitating student-centered coaching, and building the instructional capacity of ELA teachers within Title I schools.


Mat Hultquist, Treasurer

Mat HultquistMat Hultquist joined the board in July 2015. He is the founder and CEO of The Hultquist Firm, a CPA firm specializing in accounting, tax, IT and wealth management services. Mat brings years of financial, business and management experience to the board. With four kids of his own, Mat understands the challenges of raising children and the need for vital resources that Augustine provides.


Bob Coffey

Bob CoffeyBob joined the Augustine board in the fall of 2016. He recently retired from The Gordian Group, a company he co-founded in 1990 that specializes in data, software, and services for the construction industry. His experience in all aspects of growing a business for more than 25 years will be an asset to the board as Augustine continues to grow. He has four sons, one of which is dyslexic. He understands firsthand the challenges that a child can face when struggling with literacy skills and the transformation that occurs when that child receives the proper help.


Susan Cruz

Susan CruzSusan, an Augustine tutor since 2014, joined the Augustine board in late 2016. Her professional background is in large-scale construction management, budgeting, cost monitoring and scheduling execution. Retiring to Greenville in 2013, Susan is particularly pleased to have discovered Augustine. As a tutor, she is enthusiastic about the literacy skills growth she witnesses in her students. As a board member, she looks forward to helping Augustine advance and grow in the Upstate.


Patricia Riordan

Patricia RiordanPat Riordan joined the board in 2011 and served as Chairman for three years. She tutored 10 students since she completed the Augustine training in 2011. Pat is a retired Clinical Social Worker who has years of experience working with children and families in health/mental health settings.