Tom Perry
Executive Director
Phone: 920-236-5185

Tom has over 20 years of nonprofit 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.


Julia Frascona
Education Director
Cell: 920-573-5065

Julia has an MA in education and spent 20 years as a special education teacher licensed in the areas of Learning Disabilities, Behavior and Emotional Disabilities, and Alternative Education. She served 3 years as an adjunct university instructor and student teacher supervisor prior to joining WALC. Julia designs and manages our learner-centered programs and classes. As she has spent her entire career working to break the cycles of poverty and education inequality, finding her way to literacy education has enabled her to continue that work. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting and quiet reflection. 

Dr. Oxana Martynova-Perzentka
Vocational Services Director
Cell: 920-573-5506

Dr. Martynova-Perzentka joined the Literacy Council in 2013. She directs the Road to Work program and acts as a job coach and conducts one-to-one & group sessions to help refugees and immigrants develop effective resumes, apply for jobs, develop interviewing skills, get their credentials evaluated, and connect with local employers.

Previously, Oxana worked as an Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Cross-Cultural Communication at Lipetsk State Pedagogical University in Lipetsk, Russia. She holds her PhD degree in Philology from Moscow Pedagogical State University. Oxana dedicated 15 years of her teaching career working with undergraduate and graduate students teaching them English as a Second Language.

In her free time, Oxana practices Reiki, studies Numerology & Aromatherapy, and enjoys the outdoors and traveling the World.

Mai Kao Xiong
Volunteer Coordinator
Cell: 920-573-5507

Mai Kao was born in a refugee camp in Thailand. She was raised and grew up in Oshkosh, WI. As early as elementary, she began translating for her parents, grandparents, and elders; translating Hmong to English and English to Hmong. This sparked her interest in translation and inspired her to learn other languages.

With her undying curiosity about the world, she majored in International Studies and earned her Bachelor’s degree from UW Oshkosh in 2016.
Mai Kao is also currently a Library Assistant at the Oshkosh Public Library.

She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Wanda Tracy

Events and Communications Manager

Cell:  920-573-5057

Wanda joined the Literacy Council in 2022 and comes to us with five years of Marketing experience for companies such as Ann Sacks (a subsidiary of Kohler Co.) and Lithia Motors.  She has always had a passion for International Studies, which was furthered through a study abroad program to Beijing, China while she earned her Bachelor Degree from UW-Madison.  Literacy is a personal passion, and she has also worked as an Assistant Kindergarten Teacher where she primarily assisted students one-on-one with learning to read.  

In her free time, she enjoys book club, yoga, cooking and spending time with her children and family.


Kendra Block
Referral & Services Manager

Cell: 920-479-5081

Kendra will be working alongside Dr. Oxana and assisting in the Road to Work Program. 

Kendra previously worked as an Individualized Youth Mentor at Cesa Six here in the Winnebago Area. As a youth mentor, she assisted children with severe emotional disturbances and found that she has a passion for mentoring children. Kendra is currently a Youth Mentor through the Oshkosh Area School District to serve our students with a refugee background and is pursuing a Human Services degree.

In her free time she enjoys being outside in nature, doing yoga, and spending time learning about holistic health and midwifery.

Winnebago Area Literacy Council also employs certified teachers to teach ELL classes.