Our Board of Directors
Rhea Cohn is an Assistant Professor in the George Washington University School of Health Sciences as well as a Health Care Consultant. She has been a Literacy Council tutor since 2009. Rhea received her B.S. in Biology from Tufts University, Masters in Physical Therapy from New York University and her DPT in Physical Therapy from Simmons College. After almost twenty years of clinical practice, Rhea has been working in the area of health care policy and payment. She now enjoys sharing this expertise with her graduate level students as they prepare for the changing health care environment.
Acting Vice President
Jim Hastings is a native of the Washington, DC area. He has more than 38 years of experience in the National Archives of the United States where he served as a senior manager with responsibilities that included organizational analysis, staff development, online access and outreach. When Jim retired in 2010, he was the Director of Access Programs at the National Archives. Since retirement, Jim has served as a tutor for the Literacy Council and as a volunteer at Manna Food Center. He has AB and MA degrees in history from Xavier University.
Treasurer/VP of Finance
A retired senior executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Barbara Benson brings significant experience to the Board in strategic planning, human resources management, and leadership development. She is a current tutor of an ESL student, a volunteer instructor for the Literacy Council’s tutoring program, and the Treasurer of the Board. A native of the Boston area, she holds a B.A. from Brown University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern University
A retired senior executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Barbara Benson brings significant experience to the Board in strategic planning, human resources management, and leadership development. She is a current tutor of an ESL student, a volunteer instructor for the Literacy Council’s tutoring program, and the Treasurer of the Board. A native of the Boston area, she holds a B.A. from Brown University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Northwestern University.
Mary Gallagher works as the Manager of the Center for Academic Success (CAS), the academic support department at the Universities at Shady Grove in Montgomery County. She began her career in student support in 2005 at Syracuse University, when her passion for writing and the mechanics of the English language inspired her to work as a writing consultant in the Syracuse University Writing Center and the University Athletic Department. She joined the staff of USG in 2009, and has served as CAS’s coordinator, senior coordinator and acting interim director. In her time at Syracuse, and CAS, Mary works to support diverse students, including language learners, to build skills and overall approaches to strategic learning. Mary is herself passionate about education and continual learning: she holds an MA Degree in Bilingual Education from UMBC, is currently pursuing a PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture, also from UMBC and is an alumna of the Education Pioneers Summer Graduate Fellowship.
iris stein korman
Iris Stein Korman has been a volunteer tutor since 2011 and has worked with five ESL students. She is also a member of LCMC’s Look at Literacy team, facilitating fundraising and community involvement. As a volunteer at the U.S. Holocaust Museum, Ms. Korman chaired the Volunteer Advisory Board and served as a museum educator. Her professional experience includes telecommunications sales and classroom teaching. She holds a B.A. degree from Hunter College in political science, sociology, and education.
Julian Schweitzer is a Senior Fellow at the Results for Development Institute with over 30 years’ experience in global health and development. He was previously Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Department and Acting Vice President for Human Development at the World Bank and during this time provided strategic leadership to the Bank’s support for Results Based Financing. Since 2010, he has consulted for the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank, the UN Foundation, PMNCH, WHO, the Centre for Health Market Innovations, the Overseas Development Institute, the Global Fund and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance on issues related to international health and inclusive growth.
Julian has served on the Boards of various international health partnerships including the Global Fund, GAVI, the Health Metrics Network and The Global Health Workforce Alliance. He was Chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in 2009/10 and helped provide new strategic direction to this important partnership in the run up to the 2010 Women Deliver conference and MDG Summit. He has worked extensively with the Partnership over the past few years and was co-author of the 2014 Success Factors study. Recently, Julian was part of the core team which prepared the 2016-30 Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health and he has helped conceptualize and implement the Strategy’s accountability framework.