Terri Potrako, Executive Director
Primary responsibilities include organizational leadership, community partner outreach, strategic program development and resource development.
Terri can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri holds a B.A. in Social Work from Cabrini College. She has 30 years of experience as a non-profit health care administrator and fund raiser. Terri’s expertise lies in relationship building with key community constituents and stakeholders in order to develop support for services that impact the well-being of diverse and underserved communities. This includes all aspects of program creation, executive leadership, donor development, public relations, and marketing.
Anne-Marie Cowan, Program Coordinator
Primary responsibilities include the development of Volunteer English Program services. This includes
direct student services, tutor recruitment, training, and mentoring.
Anne-Marie can be reached at email@example.com.
Anne-Marie holds a M.A. degree in Bilingual/Bicultural Studies in Spanish, a B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics, a PK-12 ESL Program Specialist certificate, a K-12 Spanish teaching certificate and a Middle School Grades 7-9 English teaching certificate. Anne-Marie has taught English both in the U.S. and Japan to various age groups including adult learners. Her passion for helping English language learners and their families be successful grew when she was an ESL Program Specialist for a local school district. Anne-Marie continues to have a strong desire to help immigrants, refugees and English language learners so they can participate to the fullest extent in society.
Donna Dello Buono, Senior Program Coordinator
Primary responsibilities include the development of Volunteer English Program services within the Phoenixville area. This includes direct student services, tutor recruitment, training and mentoring.
Donna can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donna holds two B.A. degrees, one in English Writing/Journalism and one in English Literature, the latter for which she studied in London, England. She completed her TESL certification. Donna has an extensive corporate background wherein she worked closely with international co-workers for whom English was not their native language. In addition to her professional role, Donna has been a VEP tutor.
Primary responsibilities include grant research, proposal writing, collaboration with the executive director to advance support for tutor and student services, and expanding VEP’s strategic positions with regional and national funders.
Development staff may be reached through the executive director’s office at email@example.com
Greg Lindeman, Community Engagement Coordinator
Primary responsibilities include promoting strategies for volunteer tutor engagement. This includes representing VEP within the communities it serves, supporting instruction, discovering new resources, and encouraging student and tutor retention.
Greg can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg holds a Master’s Degree in Second and Foreign Language Education, and a B.A. in Asian Languages and Area Studies. He has close to a decade of experience teaching and supporting research and teacher development initiatives in East Asia, including adult and continuing education. In addition to his work at VEP, Greg serves as an executive assistant at an international Fortune 300 company based in Chester County.
Rachel Van Tassel, Program Director
Primary responsibilities include direct student services, volunteer engagement, program communications, development, and data management.
Rachel can be reached at email@example.com
Rachel holds a Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and two B.A. degrees in Spanish and French. After participating in a language exchange during her undergraduate studies, Rachel discovered her passion for ESL (English as a Second Language) and adult education. Having volunteered in the community as an English conversation partner, ESL tutor, and ESL teacher for adult students, she has solidified her career interest in advocating for adult English language learners in the community. By striving to bridge the language gap, she aims to empower adult English language learners to be successful and autonomous learners.