Who We Are & What We Are About

Who We Are & What We Are About

Who We Are & What We Are About

We are of this county’s residents, by this county’s residents, and for this county’s residents. We’re a private association exclusively doing charitable work for literacy. In 2009 with the generous support from the Central New York Community Foundation, the Oneida Public Library’s Leadership Committee assisted by Literacy Powerline and Colgate University’s Upstate Institute organized over fifty county organizations—public and private schools, libraries, businesses, not-for-profit groups, health care providers and government agencies—to develop this coalition.

We are an unincorporated non-profit association with the fiscal sponsorship of the Oneida Public Library. Guided by a full-time director, 501(c)3 compliant bylaws and Managing Partners, the coalition members meet regularly. This community’s collaboratively developed countywide literacy plan guides us. We are committed to facilitating coordinated action by existing groups to significantly and permanently raise our county’s literacy levels.

We are about the business of facilitating needs analysis, problem solving, project management, public relations, training, coordination and resourcing for the dedicated groups addressing literacy. The goal is to create synergies that infuse literacy throughout the lifespan leading to an improved future. We will achieve, in Literacy PowerLine’s phrase, “100% literacy through 100% community involvement.”

The issue is broad: “Literacy” encompasses reading, writing, speaking & listening, computation, information systems, workplace readiness, finances and health—to list only the basics.

The LCMC NY is open to all with literacy needs and all that want to address these countywide needs:

  • 10% of adults cannot read and understand this paper.
  • 17% of adults don’t have a high school diploma or a high school equivalency credential.
  • 28% of fourth graders are behind in reading.
  • 63% of children under five are not in early education programs.

Effective and lasting change comes when we work together.

Find out how to get involved. Contact Executive Director Fred Bragan. Tax-deductible contributions go  to “LCMC NY” C/O the Oneida Public Library 220 Broad St. Oneida, NY 13421.


Our Mission Statement

The  Literacy Coalition of Madison County is a consensus-building initiative intended to unite the community around the importance of literacy, provide economies of scale to existing organizations to efficiently service those in need and provide hope to residents for sustainable change and an improved future.

Our Executive Team

Executive Director

Fred Bragan

Managing Partners Executive Governance Committee

Carolyn Gerakopoulos: (Fiscal Sponsor) Director, Oneida Public Library

Michael Drahos: (MP Chair) Superintendent, Morrisville-Eaton Central School District

Frank Ridzi: (Major Funder) CNY Community Foundation Director of Research and Community Initiatives; Associate Professor of Sociology at Le Moyne College


  • Chair: Michael Drahos, M-ECS Superintendent
  • Lew Carinci, Madison County Board of Supervisors
  • Elizabeth Crofut, Head Start Director
  • Julie Dudrick, Colgate University–Upstate Institute Project Director
  • Jay Dunn, Retired Teacher/Former Director of LCMC NY
  • Eric Faisst, Madison County Public Health Director
  • Chuck Fox, Hamilton Theater Manager; Community Bikes Coordinator
  • Carolyn Gerakopoulos, Oneida Public Library Director
  • Jackie Groves, M-ECS Board of Education President
  • Betsy Kennedy, Cazenovia Public Library Director
  • Frank Ridzi, CNY Community Foundation Director of Research and Community Initiatives
  • Kathleen Rinaldo, BOCES Consortium of Continuing Education Director
  • Todd Slabaugh, New Life Christian School, Principal & Randallsville New Life Church Assistant Pastor
  • Patricia Vacca, Madison-Oneida BOCES Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction


Director’ s Office: Room 104, Gorman Foundation Community Center 1081 Northside Shopping Center Oneida Ny 13421

Business Office:[LCMC NY’s Fiscal Sponsor]
 c/o Dir. Carolyn Gerakopoulos Oneida Public Library 220 Broad Street   Oneida, NY 13421   315-363-3050

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