Advisory Council Bios - Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County
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                        Our Members

President / Council Chair Linda Coshenet, Linda is a life-long learner with a desire for people to love reading like she does. Literacy Volunteers is a direct way to help adult literacy. She enjoys working with the council and is a New Mexico native. She thinks our county, state, and nation can grow only when everyone is literate and able to participate in all aspects of life.

Secretary Barbara Shaffer is a long time Las Cruces resident and experienced TESOL instructor who has taught in costa Rica as well as here in New Mexico. She not only tutors but also is a great help with our program’s communication links between tutors and learners.

Vice President / Vice Chair Dr. Anita Hernandez is the Don and Sarah Kidd Endowed Chair in Literacy at NMSU.

Director / Treasurer Dr. Dylan Retzinger, began tutoring at Literacy Volunteers in 2010. He currently teaches at DACC and NMSU.  

Director / Ex-Officio Susan Yasenka, worked as an Education Facilitator, then later as Literacy Coordinator for LV-DAC.  Certified Tutor Trainer through ProLiteracy.  Certified Teacher Trainer through English Forward and the Texas Collation for Literacy.  College ESL and HSE Instructor.  Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from NMSU.  Currently, coordinator/Instructor for the ACCE Program in Southern NM through UNM.  PhD candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at NMSU.

Ex-Officio Maria Ethier is the Director of NMSU-DACC-Adult Education program. Her life’s work has been dedicated to equality and social justice and helping adult learners to successfully negotiate education systems. Her goal is to bring literacy and English as a second language skills to those who are disenfranchised.

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