Board of Directors

Caroline Bell, President
Caroline is a former educator who taught kindergarten for most of her career. She is an active retiree, volunteering at a local food pantry, mentoring first graders in reading, and singing in the choir at Western Hills Baptist Church. She is also an avid geocacher, often traveling long distances to find a cache!

Lynda Bertram, Secretary
Lynda is an attorney who, upon retirement, earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on reading and health literacy. A former board member of Literacy Texas, she also delivers Meals on Wheels, serves on the Tarrant County United Way Income Council and the board of Cowboy Santas, and presents workshops on nonprofit issues through CNM-Connect. She is a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.

Steve Seabury, Treasurer

Gerardo Arredondo
Gerardo lives in Arlington, TX, and is Branch Manager for Scholastic Books.

Lyle Crossley
Lyle teaches physics at All Saints Episcopal School in Fort Worth. Among other things, he sponsors the high school solar car race team, which finished second in the nation in 2014! A graduate of Auburn University, with a M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southwestern Seminary, Lyle serves as deacon at Faith Presbyterian Church.

Joy Edwards
Joy is a member of Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth. She directs our T-shirt book bag ministry. See Joy’s easy T-shirt bag directions here on our website.

Shelley Lowe
Shelley owns Monkey and Dog Books, a children’s bookshop in Fort Worth. She has taught Latin and English, and comes with experience directing both literacy and ESL programs. She teachers Sunday school at St. John’s Anglican Church. Shelley loves reading, gardening, needlework . . . and cookies!

Jana Marbut-Ray
Jana is a former educator and school principal who currently serves as Director of Operations for Parker County Center of Hope, located in Weatherford. Center of Hope offers a variety of assistance to individuals and families. She also volunteers with her church, Lakeshore Drive Baptist, and enjoys traveling.

Sue Matkin
Sue is the Vice President for Information Services and Manager of the Income Council for the United Way of Tarrant County. She manages the Earn Well initiative which, among other things, improves the financial stability of low income working families. Sue brings experience from both education and the nonprofit sector. In addition to Literacy Connexus, she serves on the boards of the Women’s Policy Forum, the Tarrant County Emergency Food and Shelter Program, North Texas Asset Funders, and Strong Families Coalition.

Shewanda Riley
Shewanda, an assistant professor of English at Tarrant County College-Northeast, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in English literature. She also serves on the steering committee of the Northeast Tarrant County United Way. She belongs to the Message Church in Bedford, likes to read, travel, and bake, and loves singing karaoke!

Gerardo Valadez
Gerardo works at Woodstone Apartments and is a member of Western Hills Baptist Church. He is one of the most dedicated Literacy Connexus volunteers, and is always ready to plunge into any project. His special interest is helping—and showing love for—others.

Linda Waggoner