Meet our dedicated team…
Denise Hilliard, Director
Denise loves that, through the DLC, she is able to continue to promote education for those that want to improve their lives. In one way or another, Denise has been working in the education field for her entire career and especially likes that at the DLC, she has the opportunity to interact with such wonderful people. She loves to see the students’ eagerness to learn and is equally inspired by the great staff and dedicated tutors that make up the DLC community.
Sr. Robin Richard, OP, ESL Program Manager
Sr. Robin likes working at the DLC because the team tries to help learners feel like they have a “home away from home.” She appreciates that the DLC welcomes all people regardless of race, creed, nationality, or background. She came to the organization to share her ministry passion for teaching language to those who need and to join with other Sisters and Associates incorporate witness to working with the marginalized. The DLC helps learners set goals that address their immediate needs, and when those goals are incorporated into the curriculum, learners are better able to succeed in the workforce and around the community.
Adriana Johnson – ESL Program Coordinator
Adriana works at the DLC to make a difference in the lives of her friends and neighbors. At the end of the day, she says, she has made a difference in our students’ lives. She believes in the organization’s slogan, “Education improves lives,” and seeing how the DLC improves the community by teaching others to read, speak or write.
Sister Mary Riley, ABE/GED Program Manager
Sister Mary has had the joy of teaching children and ESL to refugees and immigrants. The faces of these little ones, refugees, and immigrants, with their trust and openness, truly reflect God’s tender love and allow us to glimpse God’s face more clearly. Sr. Mary is grateful for the opportunity to join the passionate staff and volunteers at the Dominican Learning Center who strive to follow St. Dominic who confidently placed the details of his journey in God’s Hands. Today, as in the time of Dominic, we too are called to journey with all those God places in our lives entrusting this ministry to our compassionate God.
Sr. Shawn Fitzpatrick, OP, Language Arts Specialist/Tutor
Sr. Shawn loves working with those struggling to learn, fighting addictions and trying to improve their and their family’s lives. After working as a principal for 23 years, she was asked to become the Director of the DLC, which was a great fit because of her love for education and working with the poor. Serving today as a tutor, she believes that the DLC helps adult learners who live in generational poverty and facing many adversities to reach their goal of providing a better life for themselves and their families.
Sr. Mary Deane, OP, Language Arts Specialist/Tutor
Sr. Mary likes teaching and helping people. Her experience in teaching English makes her a valuable addition to the DLC staff. She hopes that the ripple effect, not only in getting a GED and a better job, but being treated with dignity, respect and care, will make it easier for learners to share this with others when they leave the DLC.
Sr. Mary Ruth Leandres, OP, Math Specialist/Tutor
Sr. Mary Ruth has worked at the DLC for ten years. She enjoys working there because of the gratitude shown by the learners for everything the tutors and staff do no matter how trivial. She chose to work with the DLC because she has an education background and can help people discover their truth. She sees the DLC as an oasis of hope for the people of the community.
Sr. Jeanne Conrad, OP, Math Specialist/Tutor
Sr. Jeanne appreciates the opportunity to help those in need of help. She believes that the DLC gives those who tutor there an opportunity to share their gifts with others while the learners are given the opportunity to learn a new language, improve themselves or even get better-paying jobs.
Melody Johnson, Trainer
Melody has found that the DLC has given her a mission after she retired from teaching. She chose to work at the DLC to help those who are trying to get a better education to improve their lives. Education is the way to improve lives, which in turn improves the community.
Kathy Trucco, Administrative Assistant
Kathy likes working at the DLC because it is interesting and fun. She appreciates the opportunity to see the learners and tutors and to help make their experiences at the DLC more successful. She believes that education is life-changing and its ripple effect helps us all.