Literacy council has new board members -- Gazette.Net


The Literacy Council of Montgomery County named five new members to its executive board.

They are Jim Hastings and Rhea Cohn of Silver Spring, Debbie Murphy of Rockville, Suma Madapur of Gaithersburg and Barbara Benson of Ashton. They will serve one-year terms with the option of serving up to six consecutive terms.

“They all bring an interest in promoting adult literacy and community service and they all have special skills that will benefit our organization,” said Shelly Block, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit.

Before retiring, Hastings was director of access programs at the National Archives. In addition to his time with the literacy council, he is a volunteer at Manna Food Center of Gaithersburg.

Cohn is an assistant professor in the George Washington University School of Health Sciences and a health care consultant.

Murphy is the owner of Standard Supplies of Gaithersburg. She is vice chairwoman of the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board, a past Rotary assistant district governor and Paul Harris fellow, and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Montgomery.

Madapur is a technology marketing specialist at Avnet.

Benson is a retired senior executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She also is an assistant trainer for the literacy council’s tutoring program.

The council was founded in 1963 to help adults living or working in the county achieve functional levels of reading, writing and speaking English so they may improve their quality of life and ability to participate in the community.