About Us

The Richardson Adult Literacy Center transforms lives by providing English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to adults who live or work in Richardson or Richardson ISD area. These adults want to learn or improve their English so they can gain better employment, help their children in school and become more involved community members.

With more than 19,000 adults in our community who don’t speak English well or at all, our work focuses on training volunteer ESL teachers, recruiting adult students and placing students into appropriate classroom instruction. Students attend classes taught by trained volunteer ESL teachers at various locations in the Richardson/RISD area.

Learn about our impact – read our 2018-19 Impact Report.

As we continue to serve hundreds of adults in our community, your support is needed more than ever. Consider making a financial donation by visiting our Support page.

Our classes aren’t possible without the amazing dedication of our volunteers. To learn more about how to become a volunteer ESL teacher, office staff, translator or event volunteer, visit our Volunteer page.


RALC was founded in 1990 through a collaboration between several community organizations. Members of these organizations saw that Richardson’s demographics were changing and that there were gaps within adult ESL services. The organization has succeeded for 25 years because of its dedicated volunteers and loyal community support.

To learn more about our ESL programs, visit our Students page.

Board of Directors

President: Bill Ferrell
Vice President: Cheryl Ann Wong
Treasurer: Ted Ellis
Secretary: Rane Burress
Susan Allison
Gerald Bright
Lauren DeCillis
Victor Garza
Ginger Greenberg
Bruce Henderson
Elaine Kollaja
Jose Moreno
Bonnie Perry
Ron Poff
Shanna Sims-Bradish
Nancy Stenberg
Pamela Tomasello
Cheryl Ann Wong


Katie Patterson – Executive Director

Katie has been an active volunteer and leader in the Richardson community for many years. She has served in various capacities within PTAs, both at local and council levels, school district committees, and local nonprofit organizations. As a volunteer ESL teacher and former RALC board member, Katie understands the rich history of the Center and the great need for its services in our community.

Before joining RALC, Katie directed communications for Texas Schools Project and the UT Dallas Education Research Center. Additionally, she has managed communications projects for various education organizations at the K-12 and post-secondary level. Prior to her work in education, Katie spent 20 years with Cookies by Design, a national franchisor, serving in various positions including vice president – franchise services, where she directed marketing and public relations efforts and was involved in operations, creative development and strategic planning.

Katie lives in Dallas with her husband and two children.

Contact Katie at director@ralc.org.

Monica Pauken Solorzano – Program Coordinator

Monica coordinates RALC’s English as a Second Langauge programs, including curriculum development, teacher training, student assessment, and teacher support. Her passion is creating engaging, active learning environments where adults can learn.

Monica came to RALC after ten years of teaching adult ESL. She also worked in program coordination for Big Thought. She lives in Dallas with her husband. They have two sons.

Contact Shanna at programs@ralc.org.

Sara Bramlett – Volunteer Coordinator

Sara Bramlett coordinates RALC’s volunteers, from recruitment to training to placement to ongoing support. As a longtime community volunteer herself, Sara understands the impact volunteers can have in an organization and works to ensure RALC volunteers enjoy their work and feel supported in their efforts. Sara lives in Plano with her husband and three children.

Contact Sara at volunteer@ralc.org.

Franny Banks – Student Coordinator

Franny Banks coordinates RALC’s student outreach efforts, from letting students know about upcoming registrations, supplemental classes and other events to assisting them when they have challenges with classes. Originally from Columbia, Franny understands what it’s like to be an English language learner and works to ensure RALC’s students feel supported in their learning. Franny lives in Plano with her husband.

Contact Franny at students@ralc.org.