President and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Morgan has served on the ProLiteracy board of directors since 2007. He was appointed interim President and CEO in November 2012, and became permanent President and CEO in February 2014.
He has led the restructure of the organization and the development of a new strategic plan to better serve the mission of developing and promoting adult literacy learning, content, programs, and advocacy.
Kevin has an extensive background in marketing and has worked on a wide variety of leading global and domestic brands including MasterCard, Agilent Technologies, Maxtor, Nissan, and Six Flags. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University and a master’s from the Keller Graduate School in Chicago.
VP of Publishing
Sonja Chernos is the VP of Publishing for ProLiteracy’s publishing division, New Readers Press. She is responsible for the strategic direction and management of the organization’s current portfolio as well as future curriculum development and distribution of both print and digital solutions for adult basic education, English language learning, high school equivalency and workforce development.
Sonja has extensive experience in curriculum development and portfolio management. Prior to joining ProLiteracy, she spent 13 years with McGraw-Hill Education in different capacities, most recently as the VP of Academic Design for Intervention, Adult Education, and Product Development Operations. Sonja holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental and occupational health science and a master’s in public health from California State University, Northridge.
Senior Director of Programs
Michele Diecuch is the Director of Programs for ProLiteracy. She is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of ProLiteracy’s domestic and international initiatives, including professional development, membership, credentialing, advocacy and awareness efforts, and other grant and special projects that support the mission of ProLiteracy. Michele has been with ProLiteracy in different capacities for almost 23 years.
Senior Director of Development
Lara Pimentel is the Director of Development for ProLiteracy. She is responsible for guiding the philanthropic goals and social impact of the organization. Lara’s passion was ignited for addressing systemic social issues during her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic (2006-2008).
Lara’s previous career experience includes positions at two Upstate New York community foundations and most recently was the inaugural Executive Director of the Literacy Coalition of Herkimer & Oneida Counties. Lara Pimentel holds a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and a master’s of public administration from Syracuse University.
Jeffrey Justice is the Controller for ProLiteracy. He is responsible for the financial operations and related internal controls to protect the assets of the organization. Jeffrey brings over 11 years of nonprofit and public accounting experience. Before joining ProLiteracy, he spent six years as Controller at the Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse, New York. Jeffrey is a graduate of Le Moyne College where he also received his master’s of business administration.