Our Leadership

Meet the team behind the Literacy Council of Reading-Berks.
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Ryan A. Breisch
Executive Director
Ryan Breisch is an experienced senior executive with deep expertise in organizational strategy, programmatic innovation, external communications, and fundraising in the education and nonprofit space.

Ryan has dedicated his career to adult literacy, starting at the Literacy Council when he was fourteen years old, while his grandmother, Joan, was the Council’s executive director.
During his tenure as the executive director, Ryan has led and managed the growth of the Council’s footprint in Berks County, expanding partnerships with local businesses and school districts to provide access to adult education to all Berks County residents.
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Lily Ponce
Executive Assistant
Lily is a bilingual (English and Spanish) professional with two decades of administrative expertise, including eight years in the Non-Profit sector. Outside of work, she loves to travel and spend time with her family.
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Taylor Mahoney
Volunteer Coordinator
Taylor, who's also worked at the Literacy Council as an ESL instructor for over a year, cherishes the appreciation from students and tutors after they match. Beyond work, she's passionate about cooking, the beach, swimming, reading, concerts, movies, and family moments.
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Wendy Rio
Office Assistant
Wendy has worked with the Literacy Council since 2011. In her free time, she loves to be with her family and cuddling with her dogs.
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Beverly (Bev) Hirneisen
Training & Development Support Specialist

For the past 15 years, Bev has been crafting, developing, and delivering programs to enrich literacy in Berks County and Reading workplaces, providing crucial support to all Literacy Council students.

2024 Board Officers

President
Dr. Anna Weitz
2025

President Emerita
Reading Area Community College

Vice President
Terry Grassley
2026

VP, Business Development Officer
First National Bank

Secretary
Ronald J. Hunsicker
2024*

Retired

Treasurer
Sumati Gopal-Gera
2025*

VP/Branch Manager
First National Bank

Executive Director
Ryan A. Breisch

Board of Directors

Kristi Gage-Linderman,
PHR, SHRM-CP
2026

Owner/Partner
Gage Personnel

Jennifer Goldsmith-Cerra
2025

Director of Communications
Herbein + Company, Inc.

Dr. Cassandra Hillegass
2024

Assistant Professor of Marketing
Central Penn College

Robert Libutti
2026*

Retired
UGI

Dr. Tracy L. Ocasio
2024

Manager, Technical Training
UGI Utilities

Brenda Rosado
2026

Diversity & Inclusion Manager
East Penn Manufacturing Company

Chris Spohn
2026

Retired
Hamburg School District

Eric J. Stoudt
2024

Operational Excellence Project Specialist
Penske Truck Leasing

James Wood
2024

Retired
Penske Truck Leasing

Pamela L. VanFossen
2025

Attorney
Masano Bradley

Dalai Zambrano
2025

Bilingual Paraprofessional
Reading Public Library

*Board members serve a three year term. * means that their term ends this year.

Instructional Staff

Akua Afriyie
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Michael Deibert
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Katie Evans
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Gary Fox
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Nancy Graff
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Guadalupe Kasper
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Abigal Martin
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Elisa Nanna
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Edvard Philipson
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Pamela Sonon
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Ramona Turpin
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Sarah Glick
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Marisa DeSantis-Hayman
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Camila Celis
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Your donation today creates a lifetime of opportunity.

Because of you, local parents, workers, and neighbors will gain vital reading, English language, and computer skills. They will earn a high school equivalency degree, get a job, enroll in college, help their children in school, and much more. With many people on our waiting list, your donation is urgently needed.
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