Our Staff

Richard Dominguez – Executive Director

Education:
Bachelor of Science and Business Management
University of Illinois – Chicago

Biography:
Mr. Richard Dominguez joined the Board of Directors for Literacy Chicago in 2008 and transitioned to become Literacy Chicago‘s Treasurer in the fall of 2010. Mr. Dominguez accepted the role as Executive Director for Literacy Chicago in December 2013. He joined Literacy Chicago because he wanted to make a difference to assist individuals in learning how to read and write after watching both of his parents struggle throughout the years with a limited education.  His parents also faced the same challenges as many of the Literacy Chicago students where English is not their first language.

Prior to joining Literacy Chicago,  Mr. Dominguez was an entrepreneur who owned two successful small businesses and was a Vice President/Corporate-Commercial Transition Project Manager for Bank of America Corporation.  During Mr. Dominguez’s 25 years of being in the financial industry he has developed and has established a proven track record with his progressive leadership skills, client and employee education training programs, risk analysis and budget management abilities.

Mr. Dominguez brings a wealth of knowledge and experience into his current role as Executive Director for Literacy Chicago. Richard has a passion for learning.  He is also an advocate for helping people within the Chicagoland communities to develop and to reach their literacy goals. He hopes to raise more awareness for this important and vital adult education organization.


Marilyn Murchison – Operations Manager

Biography:
Marilyn Murchison is the Office Operations Manager at Literacy Chicago. She has been with the organization for over seven years overseeing all office functions and managing grant reporting and compliance. Marilyn attended community college in Chicago studying Business Administration and worked at a variety of offices before joining the Literacy Chicago team. She is the face of Literacy Chicago for all that come in need of educational services.


Joanne Telser-Frere Program Manager

Education:
B.A.S  Bachelor of Arts and Science University of Illinois

Biography:

Born in Chicago, Joanne has always been an adventurer. She has lived and worked in France, Pakistan, Egypt, and Qatar. Joanne is fluent in French and can get by in Arabic. Communication has always been important in her choice of jobs. In Qatar she was a journalist for French and English radio stations, the local press and Qatar TV. In Paris, after teaching English for many years, she became Academic Director at a prestigious language school. Upon her return to Chicago she spent four years developing and teaching Cognitive Fitness programs before accepting a position teaching English as a Second Language and citizenship courses. A member of Toastmasters International, Joanne received the Distinguished Toastmaster Award, the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters and holds a degree in French from the University of Illinois. As Program Manager at Literacy Chicago Joanne enjoys this adventure of enriching lives by helping adults in her home town

 


Debbra Florentin  – ESL Coordinator and Instructor

Education:
B.A., Sociology and Asian Studies,University of Illinois – Chicago
CELTA Certification (English Language Teaching to Adults)

Biography:
Debbra began to grow an interest in teaching English when she studied abroad in Hong Kong in 2005. After graduating from university, her goal was to travel and teach. She has obtained her goal and taught English overseas in Asia since 2007. She has found great pleasure in teaching English and now she would love to apply the skills acquired abroad to our community and to Literacy Chicago as an ESL teacher and coordinator. She has been with Literacy Chicago since 2012.