VMLC was founded in 1997 by Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to address the critical community need for English literacy classes in Vickery Meadow, an extremely high-density, low-income neighborhood in Northeast Dallas. The program began with volunteers providing classes in neighborhood apartment clubhouses in the evenings. By 1999, a permanent facility was acquired in Vickery Meadow, and over the next 10 years the program was expanded to include both day and evening classes, as well as a preschool education program. In 2009, VMLC opened its first satellite campus in West Dallas at the former home of Trinity River Mission in the Los Altos neighborhood, and in its first year, the classes were filled to capacity.
Today, VMLC classes for both adults and young children are at full capacity at both the Vickery Meadow and West Dallas sites, with a total of more than 1200 adult students and 330 children. To meet the ever increasing demand for our English literacy services, in January of 2012 VMLC expanded services at our West Dallas site by offering afternoon classes for both adults and children.
Volunteers are vital to VMLC – more than 325 regular weekly volunteers teach all adult classes. Additional volunteers work in the computer lab, assist in the office and support the children's program – allowing VMLC to deliver services efficiently and effectively.
Board of Directors
President: Kevin Jackson - Federal Tax Partner, KPMG
Vice President: Colleen Taylor - Community Volunteer
Treasurer: David Hundley - Attorney, Counsel Rees-Jones Family Office
Secretary: Marian Spitzberg - Belo Corporation (Retired, Sr. VP Human Resources)
David M. Alexander - CFO, Tamlin Software
Rev. Susan Sytsma Bratt - Associate Pastor, Northridge Presbyterian Church
Nancy Alexander - Community Volunteer
Ruby Carrasco - Church Administrator, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church
Sheana Chen - Senior Counsel, Texas Instruments Incorporated
Amita Chhabra - Owner, Radical Rags
Clinton Coleman - Managing Director, Newcastle Capital Management, L.P.
Anjie Coplin - Regional Director of Communications, Aetna, Inc.
Ricki Ebner - Community Volunteer
Paula Andrea Gean - Director, Addison Treehouse
Shelton G. Hopkins, MD- Retired orthopaedic surgeon; Past President Dallas County Medical Society and Medical Staff President Medical City Dallas
Donald D. Humphreys - (retired) Senior Vice President and Principal Financial Officer, ExxonMobil Corporation
Julie Lowenberg - Community Volunteer
George Lowery - Engineer, Texas Industries Inc.
Patricia Massey - Sr. VP, Dave Perry-Miller & Associates
Ted M. Moore, D.D.S. - Woodhill Dental Associates
Rev. Deborah Morgan-Stokes - Senior Minister, East Dallas Christian Church
Femi Omonije- Owner, SolidLines
Rev. Trucy R. Morphew - Retired, Presbyterian minister
Daniel Simon Jr.- Electrical Engineer, Instruments Incorporated
Rev. Susan Sytsma Bratt- Associate Pastor, Northridge Presbyterian Church
Kari Berdelle - Ex Officio, Junior League Dallas Liasion
Sarah Papert - Ex Officio, Executive Director of VMLC
Ruben E. Esquivel
Rev. Rob Leischner
Sharon & Luis Martin
The Rev. Dr. Blair R. Monie