Who We Are

Who We Are

Who We Are 

We are of this county’s residents, by this county’s residents, and for this county’s residents.  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 by laws 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 Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Crofut. 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

Managing Partners Executive Governance Committee

Eric Faisst: (Co-Chair) Director, Madison County Public Health Department

Michelle Ryan: (Co-Chair and Fiscal Sponsor) Director, Oneida Public Library

Robyn Smith: (Major Funder) CNY Community Foundation, Program Officer, Community Engagement


  • Robyn Smith, Program Officer, Community Engagement- CNY Community Foundation
  • Michelle Ryan, Oneida Public Library Director
  • Julie Dudrick, Colgate University–Upstate Institute Project Director
  • Eric Faisst, Madison County Public Health Director
  • Chuck Fox,  Community Bikes Coordinator
  • Carolyn Gerakopoulos, Former Oneida Public Library Director
  • Betsy Kennedy, Cazenovia Public Library Director
  • Bonnie Slocum, executive director of the Rural Health Council
  • Toni Noma, CAP Child Development Division Director
  • Maribel Arce, CAP Community Services

Literacy Coalition Office: Gorman Foundation Community Center 1081 Northside Shopping Plaza – Room 104, Oneida, NY 13421

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

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