Skyline Literacy Staff


Elizabeth Girvan

Executive Director,

Elizabeth joined Skyline Literacy as the Tutor & Training Coordinator before becoming the Executive Director in 2011. She has a bachelor's degree in management and organizational development and a master's in organizational leadership.  She also holds professional certificates in nonprofit management and adult basic education.  In 2013, she received the Nancy F. Jiranek award from the Virginia Literacy Foundation for Outstanding Executive Director. Elizabeth moved to Harrisonburg from Seattle with her husband in 2008.  During her free time, she enjoys traveling and, of course, reading.


Nelly Moreno Shenk

Programs Coordinator,

Nelly was born in El Salvador, came to the United States in 2002, and naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 2006. She is married and has two grown children, Daniel and Sara. She has a degree in economics and an MBA from El Salvador. Nelly has been working for Skyline Literacy since 2008. She has non-profit experience in her country as well as the United States. Nelly learned English when she came to this country as an adult, so she knows that learning another language in adulthood is difficult -- but achievable if you have the motivation! Her family has been her biggest motivation. She loves learning about different cultures, and trying new food, too!


Barbie Spitz

Curriculum & Training Coordinator,

Barbie started as a volunteer English Language (ELL) tutor with Skyline Literacy in 2009, and joined staff in 2011. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Sociology and speaks Spanish. When she moved to Philadelphia in 2013 to pursue another career, she realized she was more passionate about adult education than any other field, and came back to Skyline Literacy in 2015. She's dedicated to helping others, being involved in her community, and of course, teaching!


Todd Van Patter

Volunteer & Tutor Coordinator,

Todd joined Skyline Literacy in 2016. He holds bachelor’s degrees from Penn State University in Communication Arts and Sciences and Spanish, and a master’s in Organizational Leadership from EMU. He and his family have lived in Harrisonburg since 2011, and love the sincerity and diversity of culture in our area. Todd speaks Spanish, enjoys cooking and gardening, and is excited to be part of the work Skyline is doing in this community.



Amy Leap Miller

On-line Communications Specialist,

Amy began working at Skyline Literacy in 2015 and loves what this organization is all about and the diversity of our workplace. She graduated from The University of Mary Washington with a degree in Geography and Spanish. Amy loves to spend time outdoors (especially on the water and in the mountains), spending time with family and she also loves to travel. Amy is working remotely from Vermont as she pursues her Master's Degree at SIT Graduate Institute and is happy to continue working with on-line and social media communications for Skyline Literacy! 

Goodwill SCS Volunteers


Diane Sena

Administrative Assistant,

When you call Skyline Literacy, it's likely that Diane will cheerfully answer the phone. She does a lot of behind the scenes work to keep Skyline running. Diane is originally from Florida and has lived in 3 other States before settling in Virginia. She has worked as office managers and with money management. She loves chocolate and likes to read. 


Abdulwahhab (Wahab) Alameri

Student Liasion (Arabic),

Wahab is incredibly welcoming to Arabic speaking students and helps connect them with Skyline's classes and services. He is an American Citizen originally from Iraq, where he worked at a civil engineer. Wahab enjoys reading, traveling, grilling meat and spending time with friends. 


Eva Carrera Bouza

Student Liaison (Spanish),

I was born in Havana, Cuba, but now I am a proud American citizen. I am an accountant and although I would like to get a job in accounting, I enjoy teaching citizenship classes at Skyline Literacy. This service to the community has taught me how satisfactory it is to teach other people. I love cooking and to spend time with my family. My favorite hobby is to play with my grandchildren and socialize with my friends.

Board Members

Charlette McQuilkin           Esther Minskoff            Laura Zarrugh

Stan Farthing                      Scott Kizner                  Lynn Martin   

Jeannine Peterson             Jorge Gutierrez            Helen Silvis-Miller

Abbas Rawoot                    Diar Kaussler

Board Officers 2016-2017

Gall Fox, President

Bill Fisher, Vice-President

Sylvia Whitney-Beitzel, Secretary

Andrew Kohen, Treasurer

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