Executive Director

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Knox Shelton (kshelton [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Executive Director for Literacy Mid-South. After graduating from Hendrix College in Arkansas, Knox enthusiastically made his move to Memphis. Prior to joining Literacy Mid-South, he worked at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Memphis. He has experience in engaging with his community and cultivating ways to get Memphians devoted to improving this city. Knox joined Literacy Mid-South team because he believes that through the collaborative spirit that both LMS and our partners hold, we can make a lasting impact on our community. He also enjoys spending his time digging through record crates, reading Latin, and rooting hard for the Grizzlies.

Community Resources Manager

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John Blount (jblount [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Community Resources Manager for Literacy Mid-South. In previous work with the City of Memphis, Youth Villages, and Christian Brothers University, he has pursued his passion for Memphis and the communities that make it up. John joined the Literacy Mid-South team in 2016 as an AmeriCorps VISTA for the Read901 Program. In his current role, he provides supports & distributes resources to our Read901 OST community partners. John received his BA in Religion & Philosophy from Christian Brothers University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Memphis.

Adult Program Coordinator

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Lee Chase IV (lchase [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Adult Program Coordinator for Literacy Mid-South.  He has been a volunteer tutor since 2012, and is also a freelance writer and filmmaker.  Before joining Literacy Mid-South, Lee was an Account Manager for Mimeo.com, an online printing company.  He also has experience writing and developing corporate training courses for adult learners.  Lee graduated from Christian Brothers University with a BA in English.  Lee is a certified ESL trainer by ProLiteracy and a graduate of Leadership Memphis' Fast Track program.  In his spare time, he is an avid reader, movie watcher, runner, and wrangler of his wild and crazy cat, Murphy. 

I.T. System Analyst

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James Coleman (jcoleman [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the I.T. System Analyst for Literacy Mid-South. Born and raised in Memphis, James graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in Computer Engineering. He has been involved with several research projects that developed medical equipment and automated machine learning. He was also involved in several organizations, such as the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TLSAMP). Before joining Literacy Mid-South, he worked as a mentor for Code-Crew where he engaged with Memphis youth, introduced them to Computer Science, and  taught them how to build various software. At Literacy Mid-South, he spends his time developing new systems for the various literacy programs, as well as handles any tech issues. James is truly dedicated to creating a better Memphis.

Adult Program Director

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Stacy Early (searly [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Adult Program Director for Literacy Mid-South. Stacy previously worked in the marketing department at Whole Foods where she leveraged community partnerships with local nonprofits for the company's 5% Day fundraisers. Stacy has also volunteered through Volunteer Mid-South as a volunteer coordinator for Sunny Meadows Safe Haven for Pets. Stacy has also served on the marketing committee for the Memphis Farmer's Market and as Vice Chair of the board of Mid-South Spay and Neuter services. Stacy has completed certificate courses in Community Organizing from Mid-South Peace and Justice Center and in Plant Based Nutrition from ECornell. She has her Associate's Degree in Graphic Design and recently became a certified trainer by ProLiteracy and a certified English Forward Trainer by the Literacy Coalition of Central Texas.

Director of Community Impact

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Anasa Franklin (afranklin [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Director of Community Impact for Literacy Mid-South. As a long-time Memphian, Anasa has worked as an educator, community advocate, and leader in the educational and nonprofit sector throughout the Memphis community. Her experience includes developing engaging and innovative solutions for diverse populations, assessing processes for efficiency, and mapping large scale program implementations across organizations and sectors. After seeing the power of reading in her own life, Anasa is committed to empowering the community through literacy. Prior to joining Literacy Mid-South, she worked for Memphis City Schools, Shelby County Schools, and Whole Child Strategies. She enjoys cooking, exploring history through documentaries, and solving puzzles and brainteasers with her family. Anasa received her BA in English from Tougaloo College and MA in Literature from the University of Memphis.

Development Assistant

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Rachel Goodman (rgoodman [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Development Assistant for Literacy Mid-South. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where she received her BA in Communications. She was involved in ASTRA Community Service Club, Pi Beta Phi, Miracle League, and International Student Conversation Club. Rachel has previous administration experience working for Noah's Ark Whitewater Rafting in Buena Vista, CO. She has moved to Memphis because of the opportunity to make impacts in the community and join the momentum of the developing city. Rachel loves enjoying the food and music scene that Memphis has to offer!

Administrative Assistant

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Lucy Hughes (lhughes [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Administrative Assistant for Literacy Mid-South. A native Memphian, Lucy moved to East Tennessee to attend school at The University of Tennessee Chattanooga where she graduated with a BA in Communications. It was in Chattanooga that Lucy found her passion in working with nonprofits while interning with the local PBS station. Lucy is excited for the opportunity to work with Literacy Mid-South to help foster a love of reading throughout the Memphis area and beyond. Outside of work, Lucy can often be found at Overton Park with her pup, Cooper, and getting reacquainted with her ever growing hometown.

Director of Development

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Lindsey Johnson (ljohnson [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Director of Development for Literacy Mid-South. A native Memphian, Lindsey ecstatically moved home after living and working in Los Angeles, CA for five years. Lindsey has previously worked in fundraising, account management, and event production. Lindsey loves the Memphis momentum that is rocking the city and making connections within the community. She received her BA in Theatre and French from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is also a board member for the University of Tennessee Alumni Memphis Chapter, as well as a committee member for St. Jude’s Courses and Cocktails. She enjoys exploring new museums, cheering on the Vols and Grizzlies, yoga, and hanging out with her miniature schnauzer, Walt. 

Director of Education

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Elisabeth F. Lee (elee [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is Director of Education for Literacy Mid-South.  A native Memphian, Elisabeth has worked as a classroom teacher and interventionist in independent, charter, and public schools in Memphis, New Orleans, and Florida serving at-risk urban populations and students with disabilities. Elisabeth has designed and implemented reading intervention programs and provided professional development for classroom teachers in language arts instruction. She has volunteered with a number of community organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Communities in Schools.   Elisabeth received her BA in Sociology from Loyola University and her MAT from Christian Brothers University.

Special Projects Coordinator

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Erica Ross (eross [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org) is the Special Projects Coordinator for Literacy Mid-South. Through an internship program with Christian Brothers University and Literacy Mid-South, she began pursuing her interest of serving the community in 2017. She later became a Summer Associate and full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA for the Read901 Program. In her current role, she serves as the point of contact for community engagement events, as well as creates high-quality content for the Read901 campaign. Outside of Literacy Mid-South, Erica is a freelance photographer and graphic designer.

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You taught me to read

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