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R.E.A.D. announces new board members

• Oct 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM

R.E.A.D. (Reading Enables Adult Development) recently announced the appointment of two new board members.

Barbara Goudie and Jeanne Farrer have joined the adult literacy program, both bringing extensive experience in working with diversity and respect for marginalized populations.

Goudie has been a practicing nurse since 1974 as well as a nurse educator for the past 12 years. She has dedicated herself to advocate for people who have no voice. A graduate of Queen Elizabeth College of Nursing and Health Studies in both nursing and midwifery, she continued her studies at Open University in Great Britain and Kirkhof School of Nursing at Grand Valley State University.

Goudie was the 2008 recipient of the Ohio League of Nursing & Health Studies Excellence in Teaching award and the National Coalition of Hospital Associated Schools and Colleges of Nursing Faculty Excellence Award. She has actively volunteered with Seeds of Learning in West Cleveland, working with low-level readers pursuing their GED; and the National Association of Mentally Ill, advocating for people with serious mental illness.

Farrer, a lifelong educator, continues her commitment to instruct and teach in various capacities. A graduate of Western Michigan University and ESL-certified, she has a passion to teach and helping others learn. She has taught in several schools in the Muskegon Heights Public Schools system. She has also taught in rural Alaska, New Mexico and Kentucky. Internationally, she has taught in diverse positions in South Africa, India, South Korea, Egypt, Hungary, Tanzania, Thailand, Nova Scotia, China, Romania and Japan.

Some of Farrer’s community involvement has been with the Global Awareness Task Force at Christ Community Church, Big Sister Program, Muskegon Heights Learning Center, Youth for Understanding, Hospice and Camp Bluebird.

Goudie and Farrer join current R.E.A.D. board members Paul Martin, Jennifer Jacobs, Lori Koons, Nancy Fortuna, Kim Seniors and Paul Koons.

R.E.A.D. is a volunteer-based adult literacy program serving Northwest Ottawa County. The program’s mission is to provide tutoring for adults who have minimal reading ability. This service helps students develop the tools to acquire basic life skills, achieve personal goals, find reliable employment and attain independence. It is estimated that more than 6,500 people in our area are in need of this service.

To learn more about R.E.A.D., become a student or volunteer, contact Susan Lowe at susanloweread@gmail.com or 616-843-1470.

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