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Bios - Board of Directors

Tomekia Rush

Ms. Rush has fifteen years of experience in nonprofit administration and support. She has worked in varying capacities with AUMC Food Pantry (partnership engagement, resource volunteer), Christian Women's Job Corps of Great Lee County (trained as site coordinator and served as mentor, instructor, board member), AmeriCorps State (Area Agency on Aging as SHIP Counselor at Lee-Russell Council of Governments), Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Lee County (support volunteer, Teen Director volunteer and employee), and eleven years of employment with American Red Cross.

Patricia (Pat) Stewart

Ms. Stewart is an advocate and supporter of the organization. As co-founder and Principal of Innovative Healthcare Solutions, Pat was responsible for the quality of consulting services provided to Innovative Healthcare Solutions clients. Working across the United States with healthcare executives and her consultants, she played a key role in growing, marketing, and managing the practice’s consulting services. Under Pat’s guidance from 2000 to 2016, Innovative Healthcare Solutions, Inc. received multiple national awards as a leader in healthcare technology consulting. Pat sold her healthcare technology consulting company in 2016 and has retired from business. Throughout her career, she has tried to combine her business skills with her desire to help others and “give back” in a meaningful way.

 

One of Pat’s goals for her retirement has been to dedicate more time for positive change in our community. She provides her professional expertise to LCLC as well as the Food Bank Garden, Stop Hunger Now, Christian Women’s Job Corps of Lee County, United Way of Central Alabama, and the YWCA of Central Alabama. Pat is a Certified Public Accountant with degrees in Biology and Accounting from Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Dr. Rindia Lambert Hunt 

Dr. Rindia Lambert Hunt is a native of Huntsville Alabama but moved to the loveliest plains of Auburn, Alabama in 2016. She is a grateful mother and wife to Rogers Hunt III and their two college students, Miles and Zion. Dr. Hunt received her bachelor degree in Medical Technology from Alabama A&M University in 1997. She embarked further on her educational journey and received her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in 2001 and Doctorate of Occupational Therapy in 2005, both from Belmont University.

Dr. Hunt has practiced over 22 years in healthcare as an Occupational Therapist in various settings that include home health, skilled nursing rehab, assisted/independent living communities, psych/mental health, hospital, community settings and academia. Dr. Hunt has served in academia almost 10 years as an Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator for Tuskegee University's Master of Occupational Therapy Program. Dr. Hunt is excited and motivated to share her knowledge, passion, authentic leadership and spirit of volunteerism with Lee County Literacy Coalition and surrounding community . Lastly, she is a devoted and distinguished member of Auburn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and currently serves as Chair of the Educational Development Committee.

Arlene Godwin

Ms. Godwin works as a Community Inclusion Facilitator for the Auburn University Office of International Programs (OIP). In this role, she connects domestic and international students, faculty, and the community through intercultural programs and events. In addition, Arlene has been a college professor for more than 20 years, and she has also worked as a learning support specialist, writing coach, and tutor.

 

Arlene has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida A & M University and a master’s in public administration (MPA) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She currently serves as the Education Committee Chair for the Lee County NAACP where her work involves improving educational outcomes for marginalized youth and adults. Arlene is also passionate about intercultural competency, internationalization, literacy, and service learning. She finds joy in volunteering, reading, and gardening.

Tenley Lewis

Born and raised in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Lewis attended college at Virginia Tech graduated 1984 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. While employed as a software analyst for Lockheed Martin, she earned a Masters degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. In 1988, Tenley earned a position as an IT Project Manager with IBM and relocated to Atlanta in 1990. Prioritizing family first to raise her children, she retired in 1993. After moving to Auburn in 2001, her community connections include: Chapter Advisor for Delta Gamma at Auburn University, 2003-2007, Lee-Scott Academy Board of Directors, 2008-2011, East Alabama Community Ballet Board of Directors, 2015-2020, and Jule Collins Smith Museum Advisory Board, 2017- 2023. Tenley and her husband Brian are the proud parents to two sons; Patrick, 30 and Mitchell, 26.
 

Shakari Cunningham 

Shakari Cunningham currently serves as the Vice Chair on the Junior Board, Lee County Literacy Coalition. She received her B.S. from Auburn University in Apparel Merchandising in 2017. She serves as the Chaplin for Sisters w. Hope Incorporated a nonprofit, women’s organization. She also serves as the liturgical dance team leader at Mount of Transfiguration church.
 
Shakari became involved in Lee County Literacy Coalition because she wanted to be a part of something “greater than her.” She wants to help bring awareness to the many resources that are available for people with literacy challenges. She hopes to be a change agent in her community and impact the movement for literacy in a positive way.

 

Ambassadors

Carole Harrison 

Carole Harrison has been a Realtor in Lee County since 1999 and is currently the Qualifying Broker at Porter Properties.  Prior to her real estate career she spent 16 years in the health care industry with a Fortune 500 company in sales and marketing. She is the current Past President of the Lee County Association of Realtors and has been heavily involved with her profession having, served on many committees and elected positions locally but also on the state level. She most recently finished serving as a Commissioner for two 5 year terms with the Alabama Real Estate Commission.  The Kiwanis Club of Auburn and the Lee County Literacy Coalition are civic organizations where she volunteers her time outside of real estate. Carole is a graduate of Auburn University with a BS in Biological Sciences and has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Georgia.  Carole lives in Auburn with her husband Steve and they have 6 grandchildren that live in the Atlanta area.

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