Augustine Literacy Project Upstate South Carolina Board

Ann Copeland, Co-Executive Director

Ann CopelandAnn joined the Augustine board in the Spring of 2010 and trained as a tutor in the summer of that year. She tutored ten Augustine students and served as secretary and vice-chairman while on the board. Ann currently teaches at Camperdown Academy and is pursuing Certified level membership in the AOGPE.

Sandi Smith, Co-Executive Director

Sandi SmithSandi joined the Augustine board in 2018 and trained as a tutor in 2016. She has a BA in Sociology, and an MBA in technology management. Her professional background includes project management, education data warehousing, reporting, and analysis. She is currently a private Orton-Gillingham tutor, and a candidate for Associate level membership in the AOGPE. Sandi is the mother of three school-aged children, one of whom is dyslexic. She understands that not all struggling readers are able to attend specialized schools and sees working with Augustine as an opportunity to give back to the community, change the lives of children, and break the cycle of poverty.

Denise Ruby, Chairman

Denise RubyDenise was elected to the Board in the summer of 2015 and trained as a tutor in July of the same year. Her professional background is in telecommunications working as a technical specialist and facilitator of training programs for AT&T and other client companies. As a working mother of two, she taught Sunday School, and was a leader in Girl Scouts for nine years and Cub Scouts for two years. Semi-retired, she is inspired by the program, results and leaders of the Augustine Project and motivated to make a difference, one child at a time.

Susan Cruz, Vice-Chairman

Susan CruzSusan, an Augustine tutor since 2014, joined the Augustine board in late 2016. Her professional background is in large-scale construction management, budgeting, cost monitoring and scheduling execution. Retiring to Greenville from her position as Marriott International Senior Director in 2013, Susan is particularly pleased to have discovered Augustine. As a tutor, she is enthusiastic about the literacy skills growth she witnesses in her students. As a board member, she looks forward to helping Augustine advance and grow in the Upstate.

Kelly Harrison-Maguire, Secretary

Kelly Harrison-MaguireKelly joined the Augustine board in 2017 and trained as a tutor in 2010. She has a BA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, M.Ed. in Special Education, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Kelly is a professor of education at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC where she coordinates the Ed.S. program in Literacy and the M.Ed. in Advanced Studies with a literacy concentration. Kelly is the mother of two teenagers — Harrison and Maggie. They live in Roebuck, SC.

Bob Coffey, Treasurer

Bob CoffeyBob joined the board in the fall of 2016. He retired in early 2016 from Gordian, a company he co-founded in 1990 that specializes in data, software, and services for the construction industry. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Construction Science and Management at Clemson University while teaching Construction Contract Documents. He has four sons, one of which is dyslexic. He understands firsthand the challenges that a child can face when struggling with literacy skills and the transformation that occurs when that child receives the proper help.

Sara Mansbach

Sara MansbachDr. Sara Currie Mansbach graduated from Boston University in Reading/Adult Education. Sara has taught in 3 colleges, developed libraries, and directed family literacy programs. For 11 recent consecutive years, she served as Literacy Chair for Haiti for Rotary Charities' Partners in Literacy Haiti developing community libraries and other early reading projects. She has written and received many grants and been honored with numerous civic and organizational awards. She believes strongly in the mission of Augustine Literacy Project of the Upstate and is honored to serve on its board.

Jim Schroder

Jim SchroderJim joined the board in October 2014. With a background in construction, manufacturing and technical matters as well as business development, he currently serves as Market Development Manager for Tindall Corporation. Jim personally understands both the challenges and gifts which accompany dyslexia, and he looks forward to helping ALP "get the message across" to students, potential tutors and the community.