Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln

About Us

Board of Directors

Our volunteer board meets 6 times a year, the annual board meeting is in June.

President: Brenda Lewis

Vice President: Lisa Picker

Secretary: Andrea Luchini-Smith

Treasurer: Gene Pryor

Executive Director: Samuel V. Greenholtz

Student/Tutor Coordinator: Heidi White

Outreach Director/Grants: Rebecca L. Arenson-Rachlinski

Board Members

Glenn Bair

Dr. James D. Ball

Erin Benevento

Shaun M. Blakeslee

Stephanie Dale

Jo Donaldson

Bernie Jones Sr.

Dr. Faye Pappalardo

Lisa Picker

Sandy Sidlovsky

The Honorable Richard R. Titus, Esq.

Amy Wallace-Yingling

Heidi White


Board members and officers can be reached through our office.

Literacy Council of Carroll County
255 Clifton Blvd.
Westminster, MD 21157
Send e-mail to lcouncilcc@gmail.com


The Literacy Council is affiliated with ProLiteracy Worldwide, an international literacy organization that operates in over 50 countries.

ProLiteracy Website



The Literacy Council of Carroll Count was founded by Sister Rosalia, the principal of St. John’s Catholic School in Westminster and Kathryn Sieverts, a Lutheran laywoman. Its mission was to promote literacy by training tutors to teach reading, speaking, spelling, and math to youth and adults in Carroll County. Judy Ritchie was the first director.


The first volunteers worked out of various county locations until moving into their first office which, thanks to the generosity of Grace Lutheran Church, was at 30 Carroll St. in Westminster. With the move, came a new director, Marian Carr, 1988-1995.


More space was needed and the Council moved again into the second floor of 95 Carroll Street. A program at the Central Laundry Facility, a minimum security prison, was initiated which trained skilled inmates to tutor other inmates in literacy skills.


The Council was able to move to its present home in the Carroll Non-Profit Building at 255 Clifton Blvd., Westminster, MD with support from a grant from the Anverse Foundation.

1997 thru 2014 The Council continued to grow and to expand services under the directorships of Dee Hines, Carol Sapora and Janet Garcia.


Sam Greenholtz, the current executive director, is focusing on a business outreach in Carroll County and tightening internal communications.


With the help of the business and non-profit community, the Council plans to expand community awareness through activities and training programs to include both individual and small group tutoring.

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