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Jeff Carter

Center for Literacy, Education & Employment


 Gail Cope



Academy Project Manager   Stacey Wright
Technical Support Bill McNutt &Duren Thompson


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Lennox McLendon is the current Executive Director of the NAEPDC.

Lennox has over 30 years of experience in adult education and literacy.  He began as a part-time teacher and over the years has taught ABE, GED, Adult High School, and ESL.  For six years he was a local adult education program manager.  After his years at the local level, he spent a little over ten years with the Virginia Department of Education as a regional consultant for local adult education and programs.  For the next twelve years, he served as the state director of adult education in Virginia.


His professional contributions during that time included Chair of the National Coalition for Literacy, leadership roles with the National Council of State Directors, and advisory roles with partners such as the American Bar Association's Law and Literacy Initiative.

Adrienne Boggs

Adrienne Boggs

Adrienne is a state trainer for the great state of Ohio.


Jody Angelone

Adrienne is a state trainer for the great state of Ohio.

Pat Morelli

Peg Morelli

Peg has served as a state program manager for Business and Marketing Education and Student Services. She has also served as Director of Career and Technical Education for a community college with 20,000+ enrollees. In addition, Peg has been a community college Dean of Student Services, as well as a Dean of Education for a private college. She is currently in her 8th year as the Director of the Upper Valley Career Center ABLE program in Piqua, Ohio. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration, a M.Ed. in Counseling, and a BS in Business Teacher Education. Peg has been with the Leadership Excellence Academy Program for 5 years.








Kathi Polis

Kathi has over 30 years of experience in adult education as a former teacher, local program director, state staff member, and state director in West Virginia from 1993-2003. As the West Virginia state director, Kathi was instrumental in spearheading a comprehensive professional development system, several coordinated adult education efforts with other state agencies and stakeholders, and a statewide curriculum effort resulting in standardized competencies, performance descriptors, and benchmark tasks.


She also served as the treasurer and committee chair of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium (NAEPDC).  As the chair of the NAEPDC Professional Development Committee, Kathi co-authored two national publications: Going to Scale, a step-by-step guide on planning, developing, and implementing program improvement initiatives and Coordinated Funding Streams, a guide and reference tool on securing and blending alternative funding for adult education efforts.


In April, 2003, Kathi opened her own consulting firm, Strategic Training and Resources, Inc.  She is currently working with a number of state and national organizations on a variety of adult education initiatives including marketing, professional development, leadership, managed enrollment, state plan development, technology, resource development, training design, and classroom management. 


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Guadalupe C Ruvalcaba

Lupe recently retired from the San Antonio Independent School District after 35 years of service. Her experience included 25 years in the public school sector in various roles including teacher, staff developer, assistant to the area superintendent, and school principal. She spent the last 10 years of service working as the Director of the Adult and Community Education Department. This department served over 6,000 inner-city students a year in the San Antonio, Texas area. She directly supervised approximately 150 employees.


She served on various boards including Workforce Solutions-Alamo, Texas Association for Literacy for Adult Education and Texas LEARNS State Advisory Committee. Ms. Ruvalcaba was also president of the Texas Council for Adult Basic Education, a state advocacy organization for state administrators.


Lupe has a Bachelorís and Masterís Degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Education from the University of Texas in San Antonio and a Masterís in Education in School Administration from Trinity University. Currently Lupe devotes her time to developing and providing various professional development opportunities for adult education teachers and administrators with focus on building capacities and knowledge to address the needs of the ever changing adult education field.


JoAnn Weinberger

JoAnn Weinberger is Co-Chair, Public Policy Committee, of PAACE (Pennsylvania Association for Adult Continuing Education), providing leadership to the adult education community on legislation, policy development, and advocacy. She is a National Trainer for Leadership Excellence Academies of the National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium; board member of the Philadelphia Youth Network; active member of the National Coalition on Literacy; Editorial Advisory Board Member of the COABE Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education; and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees and Past-President, Chester County Library and District Center. JoAnn is Trustee Emeritus of Philadelphia’s Center for Literacy, having retired as president/executive director of CFL, the nation’s largest community-based provider of adult and out-of-school youth literacy services, after 27 years of service in February 2013. Annually, CFL served close to 3,000 adults, trained about 200 volunteer tutors, and offered community, family, workplace, distance learning and education-to-work programs in over 30 sites. Formerly, she was Deputy Secretary for Policy Management in the PA Department of Education responsible for policy, legislative relations, research and the state library and an independent consultant in the areas of planning, policy analysis, government relations, management and proposal development.

She holds a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley. Awards have included: PAACE “Outstanding Adult Education 1995 for Distinguished Service and Dedication to the Field of Adult and Continuing Education” and 2013 “State Leadership Award for Outstanding Leadership to the Field of Adult Education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” JoAnn is a published author on subjects such as Adult Literacy Program Development, Out-of-School Youth Literacy Needs and Programs, Coalition Building, Public Policy and Advocacy, Planning for Change and Institutional Review Boards for the Protection of Human Subjects.



Bob Weng




Bob Weng

Bob retired as Director of Adult Education and Literacy for St. Louis Public Schools in 2008. Since retirement, he has been a national trainer for Leadership Excellence Academies. Bob has over 40 years experience as a teacher, administrator, and trainer in the field of adult education and literacy. He holds a B.S. in Education (Social Studies and Mathematics) and an M.A. in History with graduate work in adult education and reading. He holds Missouri Lifetime Certification in Social Studies, Mathematics, and Adult Education.

Bob has served as president of the Missouri Association for Adult Continuing and Community Education, the Missouri Adult Education and Literacy Administrators’ Association and the Commission on Adult Basic Education. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from MAACCE and the Outstanding Adult Educator and Founder’s Award from the Missouri Valley Adult Education Association.

He lives in Webster Groves, Missouri, with his wife, Judy. Their three children and six grandchildren also live in the St. Louis area.  

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Stacey Wright

With a Masterís Degree in Adult and Continuing Education from VPI & SU (VA TECH), Ms. Wright has accumulated over 35 years of experience in teaching and administration of Adult Basic Education, GED preparation (GED Chief Examiner-12 years to present), Adult High School, English acquisition and civics education, and workplace education programs.  She has piloted and written curricula for various adult education programs including health care programs and service industry programs, pilot tested the GED practice test on computer for the American Council on Education, and represented the region at the national math institute. 


Ms. Wright has served on numerous state and local planning and advisory boards and has delivered many state and local staff development institutes and training opportunities including the state staff development institutes.  Some highlights of her career include  presenting at the first United Kingdom Workplace Basic Skills Conference, initiating and implementing the RACE to GED program for her region (an initiative to double the number of GEDís obtained; this initiative was adopted by the Governor of the Commonwealth of VA  for the entire state), developing the first workplace teacher training in VA, being awarded the Outstanding Adult Education Leadership award by VAACE (professional association),  Outstanding Service Award from the  Region 17 Workforce Investment Board, and presenting at the national GED Administrators Conference and the National Workforce Investment Board Conference.   Ms. Wright currently serves as a Regional Program Manager in Southside VA. 



National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium

Jeff Carter, Executive Director

44 North Capitol Street, NW; Suite 422;

Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-624-5250; Fax: 202-624-1497



Center for Literacy, Education & Employment

Aaron Kohring

600 Henley Street, Suite 312
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-4109 Fax: (865) 974-3857

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