About Us


NCFL's Board of Directors and Board of Advisors is a diverse group including researchers, business executives, and former students who help us champion the cause of family literacy. They understand that literacy is the foundation for national economic well-being and local community progress.


Sharon Darling

President and Founder
National Center for Families Learning

Richard E. Barr

Retired Vice President, Airline Operations, UPS

Nicole M. Chestang

President, Chestang and Associates, LLC

Jacquelyn Jackson Fleming, Ed.D.

President, LifeLearn Associates; Retired Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability, U.S. Department of Education

E. Susan Gourley, Ph.D.

Retired Superintendent, Lincoln Public Schools

Vikki Katz, Ph. D.

Associate Professor, Rutgers University, School of Communication & Information

Christopher Lehman

Founding Director, The Educator Collaborative

Meredith M. Parente

Financial Consultant; Retired Vice President/Treasurer, Brown-Forman Corporation

Jay W. Warren

Senior Corporate Attorney, LG&E and KU Energy LLC

Mary Gwen Wheeler

Executive Director, 55,000 Degrees


C.C. Chapman

Founder, Digital Dads

Linda Chester

Principal, The Linda Chester Literary Agency

Jan Goldstein

Best-selling Author

The Honorable William F. Goodling

Former Chairman, Committee on Education & the Workforce
U.S. House of Representatives

Monica Holloway

Best-selling Author

Mr. Yoshimi Inaba

President & COO, Toyota Motor North America

Janice Kaplan

Editor, PARADE Magazine

Jeanne B. Mullgrav

Byron Pitts

60 MINUTES Contributor & CBS Chief National Correspondent

Michael Price

Co-Executive Producer, The Simpsons

Dorothy S. Strickland, Ph.D.

Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education Emerita, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Johnna G. Torsone

Sr. Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Pitney Bowes