Our Team

Nikki Daruwala, Executive Director

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Nikki strongly believes in giving everyone the opportunity to fulfill their potential and contribute to their community. This made joining Loudoun Literacy Council in 2018 a natural continuation of her nonprofit leadership. She has enjoyed living in Loudoun County for over 25 years. As a first-generation immigrant, she truly appreciates the value of a strong literacy program.

With a career in nonprofit leadership spanning more than three decades, Nikki brings vision, dedication, and expertise to her position. In her role at Loudoun Literacy Council, she administers diverse educational programs and spearheads the organization’s operations, management, and fundraising. Early on as Executive Director, she expanded and diversified the organization’s sources of funding — a 168% increase in revenues over a 2-year period. She has also re-organized staff roles and responsibilities — 4 new positions added — to better meet client needs, and strengthened existing programs, while launching new ones to better meet the needs of important Loudoun County communities – an 8% increase in clients served over a 2-year period.

As a life-long passionate advocate for issues impacting children and families and supporting our communities, Nikki was inspired to become a founding member of the Child Labor Coalition and the Desi Giving Fund. She also is founder of NDpoint Strategies and the Socially Responsible Business Program.

Continuing her community first focus, Nikki serves as Vice Chair of the Loudoun Human Services Network, and is an active member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun Pediatric Obesity Coalition, Loudoun Continuum of Care Coalition, Loudoun Census Complete Count Coalition, and Loudoun Workforce Resource Center Continuous Quality Improvement Committee. She is currently an advisor to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and Ford Foundation’s Experts of Color Network.

Nikki holds a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from the University of Massachusetts–Amherst and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business from Ithaca College.

Priscilla Martinez, Special Projects Director

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A Head Start student of the late 70s, Priscilla is the first in her family to have attended college. She joined Loudoun Literacy Council in 2020 and brings with her extensive community organizing, civic engagement, interfaith bridge building, and youth leadership experience.

Priscilla was appointed in 2019 by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to serve as the at-Large member of the Loudoun County Public Library Board of Trustees. She also serves on the board of Interfaith Power & Light environmental advocacy organization. As elected chair of BSA’s National Capital Area Council’s largest district, Priscilla led over 2,000 adult volunteers and over 5,000 youth in programming, fundraising, inclusion, and community service initiatives.

Priscilla’s commitment to advancing peace has been the foundation of her volunteer work over the past 25 years with the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center). She currently volunteers for the Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington and the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, and is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). As of October 2020, Priscilla has been appointed to serve a 4-year term on Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism. The Board advises the Governor and Cabinet Secretaries on matters related to promotion and development of national service in the Commonwealth.

A fourth-generation native Texan of Mexican-American and Native American heritage, Priscilla continues contributing to the betterment of society by exemplifying leadership and embodying excellence through outreach, social, educational, and civic engagement activities. She majored in Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin.

Tanya Bosse, Family Literacy Program Director

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Tanya has given back to the community in so many ways and has continued her interest in community partnerships and family involvement since joining Loudoun Literacy Council.

Before becoming Director of the Family Literacy Program, she worked in Head Start classrooms, managing the Sweet Dreams program, sending volunteer readers into the local homeless shelter. She works closely with Loudoun County Public School’s Head Start and STEP preschool programs, bringing early literacy services to low-income Loudoun families. She also helped establish the Book Builders Program, expanding book distribution to low-income children, partnering with organizations such as INMED, YMCA, Loudoun County Health Department, Loudoun County Public Schools and many others.

Starting her career as a preschool teacher and working with Arlington County’s Multi-handicapped Recreation Program complemented her Loudoun Literacy Council role. Her depth of experience includes working in marketing and event planning, for over 15 years, in the corporate world.

She has enjoyed volunteering with Loudoun County organizations, including Loudoun Hunger Relief, LAWS, and the Volunteers of America homeless shelters. Her favorite past time is, of course, reading!

Tanya has a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation.

Karen Feldman, Adult Literacy Program Director

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Karen has always loved language and communication so joining Loudoun Literacy Council in 2017 was a natural connection for her.

Under her leadership, the organization instituted three major projects – the inclusion of financial literacy instruction, a partnership to bring health literacy instruction to Loudoun County and the re-creation of a jobsite literacy program.

Following her love of language, Karen earlier taught 1st and 2nd grades, as well as Reading Recovery, in the Maryland public schools. Most recently, she has been teaching preschool in Leesburg where language and communication often begin for many children.

Personally, Karen enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and visiting museums.

Karen graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Italian. In addition, she holds a Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.

Cynthia Medina, Office Manager

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Loudoun Literacy Council certainly benefits from Cindy’s more than 20 years experience specializing in bookkeeping and accounting; payroll processing; project, contract, and office management; and human resource administration. A true seasoned professional with skills any organization needs, Cindy joined Loudoun Literacy Council in July 2020.

Cindy has vast experience working in bilingual administrative environments and is an asset to serving Loudoun Literacy Council’s English- and Spanish-speaking clientele. In addition to Makpar Corporation, she has served as Business Office Manager at several local businesses, senior living facilities, and property management firms.

Cindy is working toward her Associate of Applied Science in Business Management from Northern Virginia Community College and expects to graduate in 2022.

Margie McGinnis, Volunteer Coordinator

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Margie understands the value volunteers bring to an organization. Since joining Loudoun Literacy Council in mid-2019, she highlights that value through her responsibilities for volunteer recruitment, training, and orientation in support of the overall Loudoun Literacy Council mission. Supporting the many programs requires understanding the individual value unique to each volunteer.

With a strong commitment to community, Margie has served in several capacities with the Girl Scouts of America; Scouts BSA; and the Loudoun County Public Schools as PTA representative, classroom mom, and on several key event committees.

Skilled at working with others for a common good, Margie enjoys bringing people together in support of lifelong learning.

A former licensed professional Engineer, Margie worked with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; and with the Bridge Design and Maintenance, and Road and Bridge Construction of King’s County, Washington State, before moving to Loudoun County in 1999.

Margie earned her Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Sandra Amaya, Outreach Coordinator

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Working with current and potential students to help better serve their literacy needs is very important to Sandra. She joined Loudoun Literacy Council mid-2019 to pursue this interest as the Outreach Coordinator.

Under Sandra’s leadership, Loudoun Literacy Council is expanding services to provide specialized English classes and instruction under the umbrella of a new program, School Success, to help parents navigate the Loudoun County Public School system. She is keenly interested in empowering parents to take an active role in their children’s education.

Sandra has served as the Sterling Elementary School Community Coordinator (LCPS- Loudoun Education Foundation), San Francisco Unified School District Administrative Assistant and Special Education Teacher Assistant, El Salvador Government Institution International Trade and Customs Specialist at and El Salvador Boys Scout Association Coordinator. She currently works at Sugarland Elementary School as an Attendance Secretary.

Sandra holds a professional certificate from Insituto Cultural Oxford and graduated, with honors, from Centro Cultural El Salvador-Estados Unidos with a major in Business Administration, Finances and English as a Second Language.

Sara Anderson, Organizational Assistant

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Imagine all the different projects that support an organization involved with literacy. To provide the needed support, Sara is responsible for special projects, including Loudoun Literacy Council’s monthly newsletter, updates to the organization’s website, and upkeep of the informational database.

Joining the organization in 2018, she served the first year as the Volunteer Coordinator and Program Assistant.Prior to joining the organization, she served as Reference Assistant at the Handley Regional Library in Winchester.

Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Virginia and Master of Arts in Communications, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University.

Jenny Cassidy, Adult Literacy Program Assistant

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Jenny Cassidy loves teaching. She says when she gets in front of that white board with her Expo marker, no matter what, she is delighted. She loves her students and is more than happy to let them laugh at her terrible drawings or her silly jokes. Jenny had no idea that this is what she would do when she went to school for English Literature and while she was getting her MFA in Creative Writing. It all started when she started teaching basic reading and writing to adults while in AmeriCorps in graduate school and then went on to work with GED prep and ESOL students in the New York Public Library’s Literacy Program.

After moving to Virginia and taking time off to raise her 3 kids, Jenny volunteered at a shelter for at risk youth and helped facilitate an art group for mentally challenged adults. But, she also found Loudoun Literacy where she volunteered in the jobsite program, taught a class at Brambleton Library and led a conversation class at Sterling Library. Literacy won out and Jenny is thrilled to be working with the Loudoun Literacy Council team. She loves working with the students and supporting the volunteers. Jenny is also currently enrolled in NOVA’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certification program.