Board Of Directors 

Caroline Bell

Caroline Bell

President

I have been a friend of Literacy Connexus for over a decade.  Being a retired early childhood educator made an excellent match with the work of Literacy Connexus!  Over the years, I have participated in many activities including trips to the Texas border with Books for the Border and Beyond projects as well as many workshops and activities along the way.  Several years ago, I helped develop the Ready for School Curriculum with Karen Morrow, Field Personnel with Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and Jana Marbut Ray, retired administrator and Literacy Connexus board member. 

Angela Childers

Angela Childers

Vice President

Angela overcame her own reading stuggles in school and is the second generation of an immigrant family. Right out of college, she began working with adults who were stuggling with reading or the English language. This ignited her passion for helping those with literacy needs. She has been involved in literacy the past 14 years, and is wxcited to be a part of helping churches help others with literacy needs. A financial analyst at a mortage company, she is a member of Watermark Community Church. 

Becky Williams

Becky Williams

Secretary

Becky Williams brings over ten years of  nonprofit experience in both direct service and fundraising. Becky received her undergraduate degree in social work from Luther College and her masters in social work and nonprofit administration from The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. As an AmeriCorps alum, Becky has a great appreciation for opportunities to help make the world a better place. Currently Becky is the Major Gifts Officer with Cancer Care Services in Fort Worth.

Lynda Bertram

Lynda Bertram

Lynda is an attorney who, upon retirement, earned a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on reading and health literacy. She has volunteered as a tutor for adult learners and children for numerous years, and has served as a board member for Literacy Texas. She has also taught classes and workshops for nonprofits through Literacy Texas, CNM-Connect, and other groups.  She is a member of Daughters of Abraham and St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church, and is avid about reading and yoga. 
Gerardo Arredondo

Gerardo Arredondo

Gerardo lives in Arlington, T, and is Branch Manager for Scholastic Books. Gerald Arredondo is new the 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. 

Sue Matkin

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. 

Linda Waggoner

Linda Waggoner

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. She is teaching three High School Equivalency classes: two at Tarrant County Jail Greenbay Unit for Fort Worth ISD, and one at Tarrant County College, Trinity River 

Shelly Lowe

Shelly 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 teaches Sunday school at St. John’s Anglican Church. Shelley loves reading, gardening, needlework, and cookies! 

Shewanda Riley

Shewanda Riley

Shewanda, an assistant professor of English at Tarrant County College – Northeast, is currently pursuing he 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!