Tom has over 20 years in Not-for-profit executive leadership experience and over 30 years working in human services fields. Born in Illinois, most of Tom’s working career has been in Wisconsin after he graduated from Beloit College. Program design and optimum organizational efficiency are his passion as well as exotic travel and spending time with his family.
Dr. Oxana Martynova-Perzentka
Vocational Service Director
920.236.5219 ext. 4830
Dr. Oxana is a highly qualified Associate Professor in the field of linguistics with 15 years of teaching experience at university levels and in tutoring of the English language. She holds her Ph.D. degree in Philology from Moscow Pedagogical State University.
Dr. Oxana joined the Literacy Council in 2013, teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) level 1. In January of 2015, the Road to Work Coordinator position was added to her responsibilities. She provides employment literacy training and ongoing assistance and guidance to the learners. She acts as a job coach and conducts group sessions to help refugees complete their resume, apply online for jobs, develop interviewing skills, and obtain employment. She encourages them to focus on how to continue career development after an entry-level job is obtained, improve their English language skills, work toward a better-paying job, and resolve workplace problems and issues. Dr. Oxana’s commitment to education and her passion for teaching makes her a great addition to the team of WCLC.
920.236.5219 ext. 4830
Julia has a Master’s Degree in Education and over 20 years of experience as a public school special education teacher and adjunct university instructor. She holds WDPI licenses in the areas of Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavior Disabilities, and Alternative Education. Julia develops ELL course content and construct as well as effective strategies for tutoring our Adult Basic Education learners. She is also responsible for tutor and teacher training, professional development, and support. Julia’s passion and purpose are helping our learners develop strong literacy skills so they can confidently engage in our community. Julia believes every learner has a rich story that deserves to be told.
In 1955, after working with indigenous cultures around the world, Frank C. Laubach created a groundbreaking method of teaching adults to read and write in their own language. The Laubach Literacy program came to Oshkosh in the 1980’s to provide local tutor training through the sponsorship of the Altrusa Club.
The club and the Oshkosh Public Library worked together to coordinate tutor-learner matches, purchase workbooks and reading materials, and provide a comfortable meeting place. At that time, the main goal was to teach English to our incoming Hmong refugees.
During the economic difficulties of the mid-1980’s, another literacy issue also needed addressing. The high rate of illiteracy among displaced American workers came to the attention of businesses, educators, and the government. In 1989, the Altrusa Club and the Oshkosh Public Library called together organizations and individuals concerned with literacy issues and the Winnebago County Literacy Council was formed. We hired librarian Laurie Magee, formed our first Board of Directors, and with the continued dedication of our volunteer tutors, we became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The library continued to give its unfailing support, and in 1995 it began providing formal office and tutoring space to the WCLC.
From the beginning, the WCLC has been a community-based organization supported by people who have understood the effects of low literacy on the lives of individuals, their families, the workplace, and our community. We are truly grateful for the financial and logistical support given by individuals, businesses, local churches, and community organizations.