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Literacy Volunteers Names New Executive Director

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven is pleased to welcome Louis Perno as its new Executive Director.  He will be responsible for all operations in the New Haven area, the Valley, Meriden and Wallingford.  Literacy Volunteers is a non-profit educational organization that recruits, trains and supports volunteer tutors.  The tutors provide free literacy tutoring for adults who need to improve their reading, writing, and English-speaking skills.  The organization’s goal is to empower adults through literacy.  This past year over 1,500 adults were serviced by the program.

Lou resides in New Haven, CT and has more than 40 years-experience in the nonprofit sector.  Before joining Literacy Volunteers, he served as co-Executive Director of Farnam Neighborhood House.  Prior to his leadership role at Farnam, Lou was Executive Director of Sterling House Community Center in Stratford for nearly 30 years.

Lou takes over as Executive Director replacing Donna Violante who is retiring from the position after 4 years at Literacy Volunteers.  Prior to her career in the non-profit sector, Donna had over 30 years experience in Marketing, Customer Service, Sales Operations and Training with AT&T, in the Consumer, Wireless and Business divisions.  Her last position there was Director of Consumer Marketing for the East Region.

Lou has extensive experience working in and managing human service programs, as well as in strategic planning, program and organizational design, human resource, financial management, and development and special events,  Lou is also an adjunct instructor at Gateway Community College for the past 17 years, teaching courses on human services and sociology.  He is also an active volunteer, and serves on the board of FISH of Greater New Haven.

Additional information about Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven, becoming a tutor, or making a charitable donation is available at www.lvagnh.org or by calling 203-776-5899.

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