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Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County Welcomes Three New Board Members

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County (LVORC) announces the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors: Marie Allen Campbell, Nana Adoma Owusu-Ofori, and Jack Mahoney. All of them are trained tutors.

Marie Allen Campbell is retired from a career in human resources but remains active in advocacy. She states, “Seeing the work that LVORC does firsthand, I know that LVORC changes and enriches lives in many ways. Literacy expands access and opportunities to housing, education, employment, health care, food and so many other resources. It also supports the creation of meaningful connections. In this way literacy helps individuals to grow beyond any limitations.”

Nana Adoma Owusu-Ofori is a native of Ghana and a recent graduate of Russell Sage College who is now working in the Experiential Learning Department at Sage. She says, “I am passionate about education and setting people up for success. I believe that being able to read and write gives people a sense of agency that they may not have had otherwise.”

Jack Mahoney served as Assistant VP for Academic Planning and Research at University at Albany, and he shares his skills with math students at LVORC. When asked about his experience, Jack commented on his respect for the learners, saying, “Their sense of pride in accomplishing their goals does not seem to become an end in itself but rather spurs their desire for further personal growth.”

Nancy Benz, Executive Director of LVORC, says “This is dynamic time for LVORC, as the organization actively builds partnerships to promote literacy in the Capital Region. With offices on the campus of Russell Sage College in Troy and in the Albany Public Main Branch Library, LVORC is poised to present a wide range of literacy programs and services at no cost to learners. Our organization draws on 55 years of experience as well as the talents and skills of our highly motivated staff and volunteers. We are thrilled to add these three new board members – their contributions and expertise will certainly help us to grow our programs throughout the region.”

LVORC trains volunteers to help learners to improve their ability to read, write, speak and understand English; empowers learners to be advocates for themselves; and educates the community about literacy issues. LVORC also offers math, computer, and financial literacy; English Literacy Civics and citizenship prep; and Everybody WINS! Power Lunch reading and mentoring for children. New volunteers are always welcome. Visit for more information.

Linda Feldmann

Project Coordinator

Literacy Volunteers of Rensselaer County

65 First Street (Mailing)

71 First Street (Office)

Troy, NY 12180

(518) 244-4650

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