Board & Staff

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas Staff

Marci Bynum Robertson, Executive Director

Marci Bynum Robertson joined Literacy Action as Executive Director in November 2018 after recently working as a freelance grantwriter and museum consultant. She previously served as the Curator/Historian/Grantwriter for the Museum of Discovery and the Associate Director of Foundation Relations at the Arkansas Arts Center. Marci curated traveling, permanent, and temporary exhibits at the Museum of Discovery, and considers the “Get to the Basement” tornado exhibit her legacy after 15 years at the Museum. She also enjoyed developing and presenting educational programs such as “Wiggle Worm Tales.” An avid reader and informal education advocate, she is committed to helping provide literacy opportunities for the residents of central Arkansas.

Marci holds a B.A. in History and English from Arkansas State University and a Master’s Degree in Public History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She lives in North Little Rock with her husband, daughter, and Thor, a rescue pup who is not nearly as large as his name suggests.

Sarah Standridge, Director of Adult Literacy Programs

Sarah grew up in Northwest Arkansas and received a B.A. degree in English from the University of Arkansas in 1995. After working in the corporate world, she began tutoring at the Ozark Literacy Council in Fayetteville and went on to work there as an administrator and an English as a second Language (ESL) teacher. Following her family’s move to Little Rock in 2003, Sarah spent years working and volunteering with young children. She received her M.A. degree in Teaching from the University of Central Arkansas, with special training in ESL, in 2013. From 2013 to 2015, Sarah worked as an instructor in the Intensive English Language Program at UALR. In her free time, Sarah loves to read, hike, do yoga, and spend time with her husband and two children.

The Director of Adult Literacy Programs is responsible for developing, implementing and administering Literacy Action’s educational programming. The Director is also responsible for tutor training, and supervision as well as client intake, evaluation, and assignment of services for all of our programs.

Kathleen Conley, Development Director

Kathleen joined Literacy Action in December of 2018. She is a Little Rock native and received her B.A. in History with a minor in French from Hendrix College in 2016. She then served as a corps member in the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps, which cemented her interest in the nonprofit sector. After working for a Colorado nonprofit, The Wild Animal Sanctuary, Kathleen returned to Little Rock to earn her Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. As Development Director, Kathleen puts her varied experiences in the sector to use in order to raise awareness and support for Literacy Action’s mission.

Kathleen loves to read, watch soccer, cook, travel, and compete in pub trivia in her spare time.

Aaran Mattson, Program Coordinator, ConwayAaran Mattson

Aaran joined Literacy Action in August 2016 as the program coordinator for our Conway office.  Aaran earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Spanish from the University of Central Arkansas, which led to teaching junior high and high school. After four years of teaching in a small public school, she moved to Fayetteville, where she received a master’s degree in communication from the University of Arkansas. For several years after graduate school, Aaran worked as a full-time proofreader in the fast- paced world of shopper marketing. In 2006, she returned to her hometown of Conway and has since taught in both University College and the Communication Department of UCA while continuing to write, edit, and proofread as a freelancer.

In her leisure time, Aaran hangs out with her wonderful husband and two goofy kids, reads fiction until the wee hours, and watches way too much Netflix. She loves to travel and prefers gray, rainy days to those full of blinding sunshine (yes, she’s a pluviophile).

Liz Hall, AmeriCorps VISTA, Little Rock

Liz Hall grew up in North Little Rock, Arkansas. After graduating high school she joined the Navy and served 5 years on Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, Oahu, Hawaii. She was deployed twice to Japan and to Bahrain during September 11, 2001. After serving her time, Liz moved back to Little Rock in 2004 and met and married her husband. They have 3 children ages 12, 7, and 5. While being a stay at home mom Liz completed a B.A. in International Studies with an emphasis in Middle Eastern Studies from UALR in 2010 and earned a Masters in Rehabilitation of the Blind from UALR in 2017. After student teaching for a year at Arkansas School for the Blind Liz turned her sights towards the nonprofit world and decided to serve her country once more as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Her year in service is being carried out as the Development VISTA.

Liz enjoys spending time with her family, going to concerts, and living in a historic home next door to her mother in downtown Little Rock. Thanks to her amazing husband, Liz has been able to continue to roam the world. Her recent adventures include hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru 2015 and Hiking to Everest Base Camp, Nepal 2016.

Literacy Action of Central Arkansas Board of Directors 2018-2019

Mary Waldo, President

Caley Hawkins, Vice President

Deborah Sallings, Secretary

Bill Foster, Treasurer

Zachary Riley

William Cochran, Ph.D.

David Monteith

April Phillips-Perry

Tish Depriest

Elisabeth Owen

Sherry Owen