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. Every adult has the right to literacy. Originally from Virginia, Patricia calls Alabama home. Ms. Butts was appointed by the board of directors on May 1, 2019
Catherine (Cat) Mullikin
Cat Mullikin has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Montevallo. She is a former English teacher with a love of literacy. In July 2020, Cat joined Lee County Literacy Coalition as a Program Coordinator. She previously volunteered as a tutor with the organization and brings the benefits of direct service delivery with her in this new role. Her compassion and professionalism add tremendous value to the mission and our team dynamic. Cat is a true advocate for people and the community. She resides in Opelika and married to her love, Rich. Together they have 3 wonderful pets named Margaux, Orinda, and Adam.
Beck Stallworth is a rising senior at Auburn High School. Beck began volunteering with LCLC in April 2020 amid the pandemic and performed assignments virtually. When the office resumed on-site services, she was encouraged to apply for a team vacancy. She is a self-starter and was hired as a program coordinator in July 2020. The organization is richer having her energy with skill sets beyond her years. She loves being able to work with others in support of the gift of literacy. Upon graduation, Beck plans to attend college to pursue a career in science, or medicine. Beck enjoys her free time with friends and family, trying new recipes, and exercising.
Austin Pearson has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and is currently working towards his master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in nonprofit organizations and community governance, 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.
Chloe is a graduate student at Auburn University seeking their Master of Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Community Governance. They have a passion for environmental justice and equal education, and they bring that passion with them into their work. Chloe is a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Sustainability. They are a creative problem solver, analytical thinker, and all-around joy to work with. Chloe is contributing their skills to our organization as an AmeriCorps Vista Member.