Who We Are

Staff

Terri S. Hansen
Executive Director
920.236.5185
hansen@winlit.org

Terri holds a Master’s degree and has over 20 years experience in executive management. She has strong leadership and savvy analytical business skills. She has a thorough understanding of budgeting, fiscal management and analysis, and P & L management. Terri writes grants and oversees the management of the organization’s programs.

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Dr. Oxana Martynova-Perzentka
Road to Work Coordinator
920.236.5219 ext. 4830
perzentka@winlit.org

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. In addition, she teaches Basic Computer Literacy classes. 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.

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Mylia S. Yang
Volunteer and Service Coordinator
920.236.5219 ext. 4802
yang@winlit.org

Mylia joined the WCLC team in 2015. She has a Masters in Transnational Human Services Leadership and a certificate in Community Health Studies. When Mylia was an undergraduate student, she interned with WCLC and led and assisted in several programs. She has provided educational support to English Language Learners and families when working for the Oshkosh Area School District. She is passionate about serving the vulnerable and enjoys advocating and connecting them to resources. Mylia shares a role as a Volunteer and Service Coordinator to assess and enroll learners into programs; recruit volunteer tutors; coordinate the matching of tutors to learners; and identify and monitor learners’ personal literacy goals with tutors and other WCLC staff.

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y A. Lerch
Volunteer and Service Coordinator
920.236.5219 ext. 4802
lerch@winlit.org

A June 2017 addition to WCLC, Bethany grew up in Oshkosh and graduated from UW Oshkosh. Afterwards, she was a Fulbright scholar to Germany and Rotary Foundation scholar to the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland. She has since worked in Germany as an Assistant Lecturer at the University of Leipzig, in Palestine as a volunteer English teacher for young girls, and in Kabul, Afghanistan, as a Military Advisor 2015-2016.

At WCLC, Bethany splits position responsibilities with Mylia Yang. Bethany and Mylia welcome and register new learners, manage learner-tutor matches, and measure learner literacy goals over time. Outside work, Bethany is a graduate student of Professional Counseling at UW Oshkosh in hopes of becoming a School Counselor. She enjoys writing as a Community columnist for the Oshkosh Northwestern, giving back to the Oshkosh community, and visiting schools and Rotary groups as a motivational speaker.

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Dana Koch
Tutoring Coordinator
920.379.2611
koch@winlit.org

Dana has an international background, having lived in Tunisia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and France, and having visited almost two dozen other countries. She has been with the Literacy Council since 2007, taking a one year sabbatical to teach in Paris. For four years, she was our Education Coordinator. In that role, she oversaw the building of our county’s largest reading and resource collection for low-literate adults and helped the WCLC win a state-level award for its Health Literacy program.

She has had twenty years of teaching experience, and now, as one of our ESL instructors, has helped the WCLC win another state-level award, this time for our Family Literacy program. In 2015, she assumed the new position of Tutoring Coordinator. In this role, her extensive experience is used to give our tutors and their learners the support, guidance, and resources they need to successfully reach their literacy goals and to help strengthen the bonds between our highly valued volunteers and the organization.

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Julia Frascona
Education Coordinator
920.236.5219 ext. 4830
frascona@winlit.org

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.

History

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.