Augustine Literacy Project Upstate South Carolina Board
Ann Copeland, Co-Executive Director
Ann joined the Augustine board in the Spring of 2010 and served as secretary and vice-chairman while on the board before being appointed Director. She trained as an Augustine tutor in the summer of 2010 and has tutored thirteen Augustine students. Ann is an Orton-Gillingham trained practitioner and tutored and taught math at Camperdown Academy for nine years. She retired from the classroom in 2021 and is excited to have the freedom to tutor with ALP again.
Sandi Smith, Co-Executive Director
Sandi joined the Augustine board in 2018 and trained as a tutor in 2016. She has a BA in Sociology and an MBA in technology management. Her professional background includes project management, education data warehousing, reporting, and analysis. She is currently a private Orton-Gillingham tutor. She is an Associate member of The Orton Gillingham Academy and a CERI Certified Structured Literacy Dyslexia Interventionist. Sandi is the mother of three school-aged children, one of whom is dyslexic. She understands that not all struggling readers are able to attend specialized schools and sees working with Augustine as an opportunity to give back to the community, change the lives of children, and break the cycle of poverty.
Denise Ruby, Chairman
Denise 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.
Susan Cruz, Vice-Chairman
Susan, 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 from her position as Marriott International Senior Director 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.
Kelly Harrison-Maguire, Secretary
Kelly joined the Augustine board in 2017 and trained as a tutor in 2020. She has a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Special Education, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Kelly is a professor of education at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC where she coordinates the Ed.S. program in Literacy and the M.Ed. in Advanced Studies with a literacy concentration. Kelly is the mother of two teenagers — Harrison and Maggie. They live in Roebuck, SC.
Bob Coffey, Treasurer
Bob joined the board in the fall of 2016. He retired in early 2016 from Gordian, a company he co-founded in 1990 that specializes in data, software, and services for the construction industry. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Construction Science and Management at Clemson University while teaching Construction Contract Documents. 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.
Kate joined the board in the summer of 2021.
Dr. Sara Currie Mansbach graduated from Boston University in Reading/Adult Education. Sara has taught in 3 colleges, developed libraries, and directed family literacy programs. For 11 recent consecutive years, she served as Literacy Chair for Haiti for Rotary Charities' Partners in Literacy Haiti developing community libraries and other early reading projects. She has written and received many grants and been honored with numerous civic and organizational awards. She believes strongly in the mission of Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate and is honored to serve on its board.
Danielle Howell Roland has a Bachelors in English and a Masters in Information and Library Science. She is a veteran teacher and has recently joined the Camperdown Academy staff. Danielle has spent her professional career looking for new and innovative ways to bring reading to life for struggling students. She is married with one son. Her journey to gather more information about how to help him find tools and strategies to meet his dyslexic needs led her to the Augustine Literacy Project. She believes that this method of instruction should be standard in all schools to help all students. Danielle enjoys reading past her bedtime, freezer meal cooking and Friday night movies and board games with her family. She has two dogs, two chickens and one hairless guinea pig.
Jim joined the board in October 2014. With a background in construction, manufacturing and technical matters as well as business development, he currently serves as Market Development Manager for Tindall Corporation. 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.