Staff & Board


Kathy Stevens
Executive Director

Kathy Stevens has been the Executive Director for the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy since 2012. Kathy has over 25 years of professional experience with nonprofits, education and community development, and dabbling in local politics.  Her professional titles have included: fundraiser, lawyer, community organizer, and group... more...
Rudi Jeung
Program Manager

Rudi’s commitment to working on immigrant integration in Montgomery County brought her to MCAEL.  She has a background in nonprofit program development/management and grant making.  Rudi began her career in international development, designing and managing programs for The Asia Foundation for many years in the U.S. and in several countries in... more...
Christine Neil
Program and Instructional Specialist

Christine joins the MCAEL staff as the Program and Instructional Specialist.  As a former Program Administrator for a state and MCAEL funded program, she is excited to be working with MCAEL where she can bring her skills and experience to benefit the network.  In addition to managing adult English literacy programs including intensive English,... more...
Halima Ahmed
Program Associate

Halima is a recent graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where she obtained a Master’s in African Studies specializing in Politics. She is also a proud alumna of Montgomery College and Mount Holyoke College – two schools she credits much of her academic success too. She is fluent in Somali, Hindi and Urdu.

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Monica Casañas
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Monica Casañas joined MCAEL in early 2015. After working with local non-profits on housing issues, she is excited about working with the Adult English Literacy network in Montgomery County and building capacity for adults looking to acquire English language skills. Monica has worked with the Latino Economic Development Center, Jubilee Housing... more...
M Cartas
Administrative Assistant

Ms. Cartas joined MCAEL in July 2018, after five years of working at a foreign company. She studied abroad, but ultimately decided that the DC area was her home. As an immigrant herself, Ms. Cartas is very committed to helping the immigrant community and is very happy to be making a difference on a local level.


Board of Directors

Marta Brito Perez Chair Adventist HealthCare
David E. Kay Vice Chair Lerch, Early & Brewer
Beth Myers Secretary SEIU Local 500
Gloria Haws Treasurer Operations Advisor Professional Services
Tim Leiter Asbury Methodist Village
Gabriel Martinez Cabrera Literacy Council of Montgomery County
Stacy Parkinson Attorney/Citizenship Instructor, Retired
Joan Schaffer Consultant
Venky Venkatesh World Bank, Retired

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