Message from the Executive Director

Mercedes Anderson, Executive Director

“It takes a dedicated group of staff and volunteers to produce Vita’s quality programs. Their commitment,  expertise, and passion have helped Vita to expand its programs to serve larger numbers of adults than ever before. We value their work and recognize the contribution they have made in making Vita the lead literacy agency in Bucks County and the largest provider of educational programs at the Bucks County Correctional Facility.”

Karina Wegelius, Director of ESL Programs

Karina is responsible for the management, coordination and supervision of ESL classes, ESL tutoring, and Family Literacy at sites throughout Bucks County.

Kathy White, Director of Literacy & High School Programs






Kathy is responsible for the management, coordination, and supervision of classes and tutoring of literacy and High School Equivalency (HSE) preparation at sites in the community and criminal justice system.

Gail Huber, Curriculum & Training Specialist






Gail is responsible for curriculum development, supervision, and training of facilitators and volunteers in Vita’s Decisions programs in the criminal justice system.

Vita Full and Part-Time Staff







(Standing) Kara  –  Administrative Assistant, Iryna Yefimenko – Family Literacy Instructor, Mercedes Pacheco – Child Care Worker/Assistant, Tina Ruckh – Family Literacy Instructor, Agnes Kimball – Family Literacy Instructor, Pat Stansfield – Literacy Tutoring Coordinator, Linda Block-Love – ABE Programs Coordinator, Kevin Opett – ESL Tutoring Coordinator

(Seated) Ryan Kanoff – ESL Instructor, Judy Schaeffer – Communications Coordinator, Maritza Aucay  – Child Care Worker/Assistant, Madaline Diane – CareerLink® Workshop Facilitator, Dottie Hence – Literacy Database Manager

Ancillary Staff
Twenty-five ESL and HSE Instructors
Four Decisions Facilitators

Seventy ESL and Literacy Volunteer Tutors
Twelve Decisions Volunteer Tutors
Two office volunteers

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