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 2015-16 Annual 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.

History

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: Nancy Stenberg
Vice President: Ginger Tonne
Treasurer: Ted Ellis
Secretary: Kim Quirk
Susan Allison
Mary Bedosky
Gerald Bright
Bill Ferrell
Camille Garcia
Victor Garza
Ginger Greenberg
Raul Hinojosa
Brian Howell
Jose Moreno
Shanna Sims-Bradish
Pamela Tomasello
Jessica Watts
Cheryl Ann Wong

Staff

Katie Patterson – Executive Director

Katie Patterson 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.

Angela Gentz – Program Coordinator

Angela Gentz coordinates RALC’s English as a Second Langauge programs, including tutor training, student assessment, student/tutor matching and student/tutor follow-up.

Angela retired from Richardson ISD after 25 years as a pre-K English as a Second Language teacher. Her extensive background in ESL instruction includes curriculum development, mentoring and assessment. Angela lives in Garland with her husband. They have two grown daughters.

Contact Angela 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 Outreach 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.