Our Board of Directors
I consider myself to be an Albuquerque native, have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. I have been a Board member and tutor in ESL and Basic Literacy since 2009, as well as Project Leader for a year. What keeps me tutoring is hearing the exclamation, “Oh, I never knew that!” said with a great smile. Those experiences underlie my work on the Board.
I am the founder of Reading Works. Many experiences brought me here. From 2001 to 2006, I tutored reading at TVI (now CNM). I was an ESL tutor in college. I grew up on a dairy farm and one of our hired hands could not read. When I was six, I asked my mother if I could teach him. She told me, "No. That would embarrass him." She was telling me to respect this man. I never forgot that. At Reading Works when I hear a student reading or an ESL class laughing and speaking English, my heart fills with joy.
Dr. Laura Banks
I have been part of the Reading Works family since 2012, serving as a basic literacy and computer skills tutor and assisting with writing grants and other fund‐raising activities. I’m a native of Albuquerque and an Eldorado Eagle, and attended New Mexico State University, Colorado State University, and the University of New Mexico. I work as an Associate Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Fun fact – I am one of 6 veterinarians working at UNM, participating in research and teaching.
Jerrid Williams is a Marketing and Public Relations professional. He specializes in social media marketing, search engine optimization, email marketing, website management, and global marketing strategy. Jerrid has experience in technology, non-profit, hospitality, small business industries and global solar industries. In addition to serving on Reading Works' Board, Jerrid is an alumni Advisor to the Sigma Chi Fraternity.
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