• December 8, 2015: Fox Valley Literacy Council in Appleton, Wisconsin — Honored to help this organization celebrate 25 years of achievement.
  • October 24, 2015: Learning Disabilities Association of Illinois Conference at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois
  • October 22, 2015: Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council Leaders of Literacy Luncheon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • September 8, 2015: Wisconsin Literacy in Green Bay, Wisconsin — Honored to have had the opportunity to speak at Wisconsin Literacy‘s 30th anniversary event alongside Green Bay Packers linebacker Sam Barrington. I may be a Chicago Bears fan, but there is no rivalry when it comes to attacking literacy issuesView the full photo album here.
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  • June 26-30, 2015: United Church of Christ General Synod in Cleveland, Ohio — I had such a wonderful time at United Church of Christ‘s General Synod in Cleveland. Whether I was speaking to an audience, in small groups or one-on-one, the enthusiasm and passion for literacy and making a difference was everywhere! I couldn’t have been more inspired by all who attended.
UCC General Synod
  • June 5, 2015: Literacy Conference in Peoria, Illinois
  • April 25, 2015: United Church of Byron in Byron, Illinois
  • March 15, 2015: Fitchburg, Wisconsin
  • March 8, 2015: Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • February 23, 2015: Little Home Church by the Wayside in Wayne, Illinois
  • February 20-22, 2015: The Literacy Center in Evansville, Indiana: Had a great time speaking on adult literacy issues while in Evansville for The Literacy Center’s anniversary weekend.


  • November 8, 2014: The Literacy Connection Anniversary in Elgin, Illinois
  • October 12, 2014: Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ in Oak Lawn, Illinois
Pilgrim Faith United
  • May 9, 2014: Florida Literacy Conference in Daytona Beach, Florida
  • March 9, 2014: PAACE Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • January 26, 2014: San Quentin Prison in San Quentin, California


  • October 30, 2013: ProLiteracy Conference in Washington, D.C. — My family and I got into the Halloween spirit at the ProLiteracy Conference … hot dogs and hamburgers style!
  • March 23, 2013: Tutor and Adult Learners Conference at the University of Illinois, Chicago