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Meet Our Staff

 

Kathy Houghton – Executive Director

Kathy Houghton is the Executive Director of Literacy New York.  In this position, she creates, implements, and monitors systems and procedures to ensure delivery of grant and project deliverables, and supports staff in meeting outcomes.  Prior to becoming LNY's Executive Director, Kathy was the Director of Program Services for LNY for 12 years.  

Kathy is also a certified trainer, and facilitates workshops and presentations locally, regionally, nationally, and virtually.  Her training certifications include many aspects of adult education including learning disabilities, reading, and writing. She is also a member of the national ADA trainer leadership network and qualified to deliver a nationally-vetted curriculum of workshops on ADA related topics.  

Kathy has a Bachelor of Arts in Business and English from Skidmore College, and a Masters in English from the University of North Florida.  (khoughton@literacynewyork.org)


Mary Jo Pelletier – Data Assistant, Literacy New York

Mary Jo Pelletier is the Data Assistant for Literacy New York. She supports Literacy New York programs with their data and the ASISTS online software, to insure NYRS compliance.  Mary Jo worked with the refugee population for many years in an adult ESL program before coming to work for Literacy New York.  She has attended numerous trainings and certification workshops pertaining to the New York Reporting System.  She has a BS in Economics/Business from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.  (pelletiermaryjo@gmail.com)


Kitty Hotles-Samson – Program Assistant, Literacy New York

Kitty Hotles-Samson is the Program Assistant for Literacy New York. One of her roles is working directly with Adult Literacy Education funded literacy agencies and potential tutors across the state, supporting them in our Intake to Outcomes (I2O) online tutor training program. Kitty is passionate about helping those seeking literacy help. Another role of Kitty's is assistant to the Executive Director. She has a background in hospitality, media broadcasting, direct sales and has a BFA from Niagara University.  (khotlessamson@literacynewyork.org)


Mary Abousaid – Finance Manager, Literacy New York

Mary Abousaid is the Finance Manager for Literacy New York, Inc.  As the Finance Manager, Mary prepares accurate and comprehensive financial information for the Executive Director, Board of Directors, and Program Managers to enable them to conduct their due diligence in financial oversight, organizational and financial planning and decision making.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree from SUNY College at Buffalo and an MBA from Medaille College.  (mabousaid@literacynewyork.org)


Ann Marie Przybyl – Director of ACCES/West RAEN

Ann Marie Przybyl is the Director of ACCES/West RAEN (Regional Adult Education Network), a program of the NY State Education Department's Office of Adult Education Program and Policy.  In that role, she provides staff development and technical assistance to Adult Education program providers throughout the six county western NY area.  In addition to coordinating NYSED workshops;  she designs, develops and delivers customized trainings with the goal of complimenting and improving  the skills of adult education providers and practitioners.  Ms. Przybyl has also presented at both regional and national conferences.

Prior to that, Ann Marie served as President of Catholic Central School, a two campus K-8 program in Buffalo, NY;  and as Program Director at the Buffalo and Erie County Girl Scout Council. Ann Marie holds a Bachelor's Degree in History from Canisius College in Buffalo;  and is a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, with a Master's Degree.  She is the recipient of the Girl Scout Thanks Badge  (2008) and the Friend of EOC Award (2019).  (amprzybyl@literacynewyork.org)


Lynn Lyons – Administrative Assistant, ACCES/West RAEN

Lynn Lyons is the Administrative Assistant for ACCES/West RAEN.  She has extensive experience working in both the corporate and non-profit worlds with a variety of positions ranging from Caregiver to Programmer/Analyst to Administrative Assistant.  Lynn has a BS in Literature from SUNY at Oneonta.  (officewestraen@gmail.com)


Sue Hensley-Cushing – Director, ACCES/Capital Region/North Country RAEN

Sue Hensley-Cushing is the ACCES/NYSED Regional Adult Education Director- Capital Region/North Country, a contact held by Literacy New York.  She has 20 years adult education experience as a trainer, literacy specialist, adult education executive director, curriculum director, consultant, training coordinator, and state professional development director. Currently, she develops, implements and monitors professional development and technical assistance for adult education programs in 18 counties of New York State. She has a deep understanding of local programs and state administration—evidenced by successful operation of a 20,000 square mile adult education network, comprised of rural, suburban, and urban programs, both traditional and community-based 

As a trainer and director, her expertise in research-based theory and practice is grounded by what will work in the field and what will serve practitioners and students well. She is committed to the concept of “Plain English”: language that is clear, concise and avoids jargon. 

Ms. Hensley-Cushing describes herself as a life-long learner. Her latest passion?  Google Drive and associated apps on any and all devices- making these tools accessible to teachers, volunteers, and students.  (sue@capitalnorthraen.org)


Danielle Grassi – Program Coordinator, Capital Region/North Country RAEN

Danielle Grassi is the Program Coordinator for the Capital Region/North Country RAEN, which is supported, under contract from NYSED, by Literacy New York.
With skill sets acquired from years in various industries; creative, production, service, sales and office, Danielle comes well-equipped to handle the logistics of event coordination. She’s comfortable in the technical realm of Google applications and has the interpersonal communications skills necessary for managing and follow through with RAEN members. She firmly believes a sense of humor and compassion for all other living beings and a bit of perseverance will get you through the majority of challenges in this life.  (coordinator@capitalnorthraen.org)