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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
Anne Ryan, Program Coordinator
Primary responsibilities include the development of Volunteer English Program services. This includes direct student services, tutor recruitment, training and mentoring.
Anne can be reached at email@example.com
Anne holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching, a B.A. in History and French, and a PK-12 ESL Program Specialist Certification. She has more than a decade of experience teaching English language, digital literacy, and citizenship classes to adult learners. Anne approaches her work with curiosity, empathy, and a strong equity focus.
Rachel Van Tassel, Program Director
Primary responsibilities include direct student services, volunteer engagement, program communications, development, and data management.
Rachel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Kimberly Walters, Development Associate
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.
Kim can be reached at email@example.com
Kim holds a Master’s in Public Health and a Master’s in Public Administration. She has experience with grant writing, research, and program assessment, as well as a background in management and holistic health. She is driven to use her skills and commitment to public service to sustain and strengthen VEP’s role in Chester County in support of English language learners.