Team Bios

Patricia Butts 

Ms. Butts has over 20 years of experience in change management, public relations, strategic planning, program performance, staff development and education and training. Patricia’s career has always been about service. After serving in the United States Army, she worked with military families, in the states and abroad, at Fleet and Family Support Centers in the Hampton Roads and Commander, Navy Installations Command in Washington, D.C.

 

Her passion for civil rights and the history of culture in Alabama evolved into an opportunity with the National Park Service. Patricia helped promote awareness and increased visitation for Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, while in her role as a management analyst and public information officer.  Her participation in the Selma to Montgomery’s 50th Anniversary ignited a call for action.

 

Volunteerism and advocacy were natural progressions. Patricia has shared her time and talent in leadership roles with Alabama Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Alabama CASA. And, now with Lee County Literacy Coalition, Ms. Butts is skilled in working in complex systems involving the private sector, government, philanthropic organizations, community groups, and educational institutions. She is excited about the new direction of the organization. Re-branding and delivery styles will introduce increases in outreach, service delivery, and literacy rates in the state of Alabama. Originally from Virginia, Patricia calls Alabama home. Ms. Butts was appointed by the board of directors on May 1, 2019. Currently serving on the boards of the following organizations: Alabama Literacy Alliance,  Lee County Remembrance Project, and the Women’s Club of Auburn.

Austin Pearson

Austin Pearson has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and recently graduated with a master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in nonprofit organizations and community governance in Spring 2022, both from the University of Auburn. He also works with Auburn Universities Lab for Usability, Communication Interaction, and Accessibility as a research assistant. Austin began his internship in May 2021. He is very conscientious, creative, and a self-starter. In November 2021, Austin continues his contributions as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. 

Natasha Demick

Natasha is a first year graduate student of Public Administration at Auburn University. Her degree in Business Management from Skidmore College helped her to understand how public administration and business can provide a global force for good, understanding both the strengths and weaknesses inherent in many organizations. Having studied everything from organizational behavior to financial management, She still struggled to identify my particular field of interest.
 

Following graduation, she explored different types of video production. Her various roles as a project manager and production assistant have taught her how to effectively work alongside community leaders to create and produce marketing and promotional videos, bringing a sense of community. Through these experiences, she has found a passion for working on projects larger than herself. These opportunities have allowed her to travel to places like Russia, Singapore, and England. These trips opened her mind and eyes to how connected our world is, as well as the endless possibilities for addressing real global issues.

Madison Robinson 

Madison is from Cincinnati, Ohio. She has a bachelor’s in science in Political Science from the University of Louisville, and now attends Auburn University in a dual degree program working towards her master’s in Public Administration and Community Planning. She has spent time on the other side of the classroom teaching elementary school children and is excited to transfer those skills to adult learners. As an AmeriCorps VISTA summer intern, Madison will help expand capacity through outreach within the community. She is excited to work with the Lee County Literacy Coalition this summer and play a role in improving literacy in Lee County!

Ashley Patton

Ashley Patton received her bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science at Auburn University in Spring 2022, and will be seeking a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Georgia starting in the summer of 2022. She is very passionate about helping anyone in need, therefore, she felt drawn to the non-profit world and is very excited to be a part of the LCLC staff this spring. Ashley began as an intern in January 2022 and has rejoined our team as a Summer Associate. 

Kensley Sanders

Kensley Sanders is an undergraduate senior at Auburn University pursuing a degree in English Language Arts Education. After she graduates, she plans to be a high school English teacher where she can instill her own love of reading and belief in the importance of literacy into future students. Before joining the Lee County Literacy Coalition, Kensley served as President of the Auburn University chapter of International Justice Mission where she worked to develop skills in advocacy for human trafficking awareness. Her combined passion for reading, education, and advocacy led her to participate in LCLC.