Board of Directors

Sue Matkin

Sue Matkin

President

Sue has been involved in literacy initiatives for decades, including starting & funding the Tarrant Literacy Coalition.  Before retirement, Sue was the Vice President for Information Services and Manager of the Income Council for the United Way of Tarrant County. She managed the Earn Well initiative which, among other things, improves the financial stability of low income working families. In addition to her 10 years at Literacy Connexus, her extensive board service has included Literacy Texas, KERA Community Advisory Board, North Texas Master Naturalists, Women’s Policy Forum, Tarrant County emergency Food and Shelter Program, North Texas Asset Funders, and Strong Families Coalition.

 

Brent McClain

Brent McClain

Secretary

Brent has over 30 years in public education, where he has served as teacher, principal, and recently Director of Human Resources. As a principal, Brent served a bilingual campus in the Lake Worth ISD and assisted in the district’s organization of Adult ESL classes for the community. Brent also volunteered as the accompanist for Chapel Choir (youth) at Broadway Baptist Church and sponsored mission tours for 25 years across America, Canada, and the UK.

Jacob Rodriguez

Jacob Rodriguez

Treasurer

Jacob lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and is the Vice President/CFO of The Nelrod Company, a national affordable housing consulting firm.  Working in partnerships with thousands of housing agencies across the nation, he understands the importance of literacy and how it directly affects communities.  He brings over 28 years of management and financial experience to his Treasurer position on the board.  Jacob is honored to have served on the board of Literacy Connexus since 2022. 

James Jesse

James Jesse

Board Member

James R. Jesse resides in Burleson, Texas, and serves as Managing Director at Education Opens Doors, Inc. With a decade of nonprofit leadership, James is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. He brings extensive experience in addressing educational disparities and empowering underserved communities. James is honored to join Literacy Connexus as a board member.

Linda Waggoner

Linda Waggoner

Board Member

Linda received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Sociology and her M E.D. at Texas Tech University with teaching certificates in Elementary, Early Childhood, and Early Childhood-Handicapped. She’s been teaching literacy ever since. Currently, Linda works with Joan Grigsby in our program LEARN for Life teaching adults to read.  She has four individual tutoring students and works on curriculum and tutor training in the program.At the same time, she still teaches in the Tarrant County Adult Education and Literacy Consortium. She has taught reading and English language arts at every level of education.

Geralad Arredondo

Geralad Arredondo

Board Member

Gerald lives in Arlington, Texas, and is Branch Manager for Scholastic Books. Gerald Arredondo is new to DFW; he grew up in Lubbock, Texas. He is the Operations Manager for DFW area with Scholastic Book Fairs. Gerald is a former President of the Lubbock Boys and Girls Club, and past member of Literacy of Lubbock. He has been a member of youth sports Baseball, Softball, Football, and Wrestling. He is also a member of St. Vincents’s De Paul and the Knights of Columbus.

Julie Barron

Julie Barron

Board Member