December 13, 2015

Our Staff and Board

Our Board of Directors and Staff

Teri Walker

Board President

Teri Walker originally worked in technology management, and left the field to work in nonprofit. After serving for 6 years as the Executive Director of Aberg Center for Literacy, she now owns her own company, CommonTeri Services, which provides technology management services to nonprofits. Teri believes that Literacy Texas can offer a unified voice for advancing adult education in our state. In her spare time, Teri plays banjo, hosts dinner parties, reads nonfiction, and travels – not necessarily in that order.

Mike Meyers

Board Treasurer

Mike Meyers believes that education is the gateway to success and that helping adults achieve a high school degree leads to a better life. Mike, a CPA, served as CFO of Moni Smart Security which is one of the nation’s largest security alarm companies with over one million customers. Mike has experience leading finance, accounting, HR, IT and operations functions. He currently serves on the Board of Eyewitness Surveillance and served as a Director and Treasurer of Arlington Arts League. Mike holds an MBA from UT Austin and teaches a graduate case study class at TCU. Mike’s passion is all types of music from indie-rock to classical and loves attending concerts.

Kathy Schatz

Board Secretary

Reading has been Kathy’s passion as far back as she can remember.  In her work as a lawyer, the written word is an essential tool of the trade; in her free time, it is an ever-changing window into the wider world.  Kathy is deeply committed to Literacy Texas’ mission to promote literacy among all adults and enthusiastic about the path it opens for helping others to acquire this most basic foundation for success.   Kathy works as an employment attorney at Jackson Lewis P.C. and is a member of Rotary International.  When she is not reading, Kathy loves to travel, explore other cultures, hike and enjoy nature.

Dr. Ida Acuna-Garza

Board Member

Ida Acuna Garza has been working in Adult Education her whole life. She has developed a bilingual curriculum to reach parents of high school students with information on helping their children graduate from high school and enroll in post-secondary education, and currently serves as the Executive Director of the South Texas Literacy Coalition. Ida has written two children’s books about a cat named Callie, a rescued Calico kitten, who helped her children and Ida herself learn about family, love, and friendship.

Melanie Fisk

Board Member

Melanie Fisk is the proud CEO of Literacy Advance of Houston. She passionately believes that education is the foundation to a more equitable society and she does everything possible to integrate this into her daily work.  Melanie is a self-professed nonprofit geek and in addition to her passion for education, she has worked in the fields of homeless services, child welfare, suicide prevention, and sexual assault advocacy. Melanie’s favorite indulgence is to spend the day reading a book that she can’t possibly put down.

Joshua Hayes

Board Member

Joshua Hayes began his career at an Episcopal health outreach clinic in Beaumont, TX, and went on to operate basic literacy and GED programs for SEARCH Homeless Project near downtown Houston. Joshua became Director of Adult Education at College of the Mainland in 2008, and also serves on the board of the Mainland Children's Partnership in Galveston County. He has been involved with Literacy Texas since 2001, when he attended his first TAALC Conference, and enjoys cooking, reading quality non-fiction and bad fiction, and fishing with his nephew.

Jamie Williams

Board Member

Jamie G. Williams is Director of Human Resources and Regional Grants, North Texas, for the Moody Foundation. She holds a BFA in Art and Art Education, an MEd in Education and MAs in Experimental Psychology and Cultural Anthropology from Southern Methodist University.  Prior to her work in philanthropy, she was a classroom teacher, dyslexia specialist, educational consultant, founding coordinator of the SMU Learning Therapy Program and founding president of the Academic Language Therapy Association. She currently serves on the Presidential Boards of SMU’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Meadows School of Arts.

Jake Stoffle

Program Manager

A Kentucky native, Jake’s previous experience working with Christian Outreach with Appalachian People (COAP) fostered his commitment to and deep appreciation for the non-profit world. Having worked with low-income families in the heart of Appalachia, and with hundreds of local and out-of-state volunteers, Jake has witnessed the true impact of non-profit work firsthand.