Introducing Staff at Literacy Volunteers
The driving force of Literacy Volunteers is just that: volunteers. More than 400 local people give generously of their time and talents to ensure that students reach their goals. However, it doesn't happen by itself. We depend on this small but mighty staff to make it all happen.
Mary Marin Lyon
“No one ever makes it by themselves. We all get help from others along the way.”
Growing up in a French-speaking community in Northern Maine, she learned that her grandfather couldn’t read or speak English, despite selling insurance for MetLife. It was Mary’s mother who taught him to read. At the age of 19, Mary had her first child and was only able to complete her education and rise up from poverty because of mentors and her family’s help.
That understanding of and passion for addressing the problems of low literacy, poverty and cultural diversity brought Mary to Literacy Volunteers in 2003. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in communication, a Certification in Volunteer Administration, and is a Nationally Certified Poverty Coach.
Favorite read? Historical fiction.
Model superhero? Stretch from The Incredibles, so she can reach and gather everything and everyone.
One of Meredith Eaton’s first jobs was as a “fluffer and folder” at the old Filene’s at the Bangor Mall. She became a cosmetics consultant, and learned a lot about customer relations, which has served her well at Literacy Volunteers. With a degree in University Studies with a focus in public administration, she’s our Program Manager and has a Certification in Volunteer Administration and is a Nationally Certified Poverty Coach. Meredith has been with us since 2006, first as volunteer, then as staff since 2013.
Her greatest satisfaction? Seeing a student and tutor going beyond the lesson plan: “I love seeing the tutor going outside her or his comfort zone, and the student getting excited about learning!”
Favorite reads? Memoir and sociology.
Real-life superhero? Dorothea Dix and Carrie Fisher, who helped us understand more about mental illness.