MCLC Board of Directors

The Moore County Literacy Council Board of Directors meets quarterly, and minutes and financial reports are posted on the Read Moore Center bulletin board for public viewing.
Electronic copies of this list can be requested by emailing

Sandra Waterkotte

The Rev. John G. Talk, IV – President 2020

The Reverend John Gordon Talk, IV, joined the Board of Directors in 2017. He is presently serving as the Rector at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, NC.

Previously, John served with distinction as the Rector of Christ Church in Detroit, Michigan from 2009 to October 2015.  Christ Church is a beautiful historic multi-racial, multi-ethnic church in the Central Business District of Detroit. From 2006 to 2009 John was the Rector of The Church of the Epiphany in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.  He also served previously as the Priest in Charge of St. Mary’s in Waynesville, Ohio.


Nancy Farina

Nancy Farina – Vice President 2020

Nancy is a retired college professor with a sincere interest in community service. She has been a tutor at MCLC for a number of students and currently serves as the MCLC liaison to the national “Growing Great Readers” project which is being administered through the Southern Pines Library.

Andrew Lyons

Andrew Lyons – Treasurer 2018

Mr. Lyons is a Vice President and Branch Manager of First Bank. The Wake Forest University graduate is a board member of the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. He is President of the Moore County Public Education Foundation and Junior Achievement. He serves as Treasurer of the Moore County Historical Association and the Southern Pines Business Association. He is a member of the Southern Pines Rotary Club and lives in Pinehurst, NC.

Moore County Literacy Council

Bonita Simpson -Secretary 2020

A tutor for MCLC, Ms. Simpson received her college and advanced degrees from Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington), Arizona State University, and Duke University. Ms. Simpson has worked in medicine, the arts, business and countless hours in community service. She is an ardent believer in the power of a literate life.


Board Members

Steve Daskal

Steve Daskal – 2018

Steve is a Senior Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER professional with Wells Fargo Advisors. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in Human Resource Management from Marymount University, and is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning. Steve has been an active member of the Kiwanis organization for over 17 years and has worked with numerous community outreach and service organizations.


John Nagy

John Nagy – 2019

John Nagy joined The Pilot as its Editor in March 2012, after 20 years of working for the News & Record of Greensboro. He graduated Magna cum laude from the University of Florida and was a Poynter Institute Fellow in 2001. His made his debut at the 2013 Bee as a member of The Pilot’s “The News Flashers.” He and his family live in Pinehurst.

John Nagy

Sandra Waterkotte –  2019

Ms. Waterkotte recently retired as Vice Chancellor for Advancement at University of North Carolina at Pembroke after a 30-year career in fundraising for the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Oklahoma and Michigan State University where she graduated with a BA in Communications. She and her husband live in Aberdeen and are active in the community. She serves on the Patient and Family Advisory Board of First Health, is a member of the Democratic Women of Moore County and tutors at MCLC. She chairs the Council’s Fundraising Committee.


Karen Reese May

Karen Reese May – 2020

Karen holds an Associate Degree in Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Los Angeles and a B.S. in Clothing and Textiles from NC Central University.
After a very successful career as a retail buyer at the corporate level, Karen returned to her roots in Moore County, and since 2010 has utilized her marketing, negotiation, and communications skills as a realtor with Keller Williams Realty of Moore County.
A dedicated volunteer, Karen serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Pines Rotary Club, as well as Family Promise. She is also an Ambassador for the Moore County Chamber of Commerce. Karen credits her parents’ strong emphasis on education for her interest in advocating for adult literacy in Moore County.

Karen Reese May

Doug Gill – 2019

Doug is a graduate of Duke University and of Harvard, School of Law.  He is a solo, partner, and of counsel, with Gill & Tobias, LLP, in Southern Pines, NC. He is a past president of the Southern Pines Business Association and has served on their Board of Directors.  Doug has also served on the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of the Sandhills; the Sandhills Children’s Center and the Sunrise Preservation Group.  Doug also volunteers as a tutor at the Moore County Literacy Council.

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Clare Ruggles – 2018

Clare has been serving as the Executive Director of the Northern Moore Family Resource center for 9 years. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and utilizing different talents has worked at the University of Houston as Associate Director of the Creative Writing program.

Clare holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, and she brings a wealth of experience in management and fundraising to MCLC.

Moore County Literacy Council

D. Lynn Thompson – 2018

Lynn is the Director of Library and Information Technology Services for the Town of Southern Pines Public Library. She received her B.A. from Mary Baldwin College and holds a Masters in Library Science form the University of Maryland. Lynn is also an active member of the Rotary Club of the Sandhills.