Stuart Mills – Executive Director
Stuart Mills is the Executive Director of the Moore County Literacy Council. Stuart and his wife Helen moved to Pinehurst in 2006 and are raising their three beautiful daughters here in the Eden in the Pines. Stuart was formerly a partner with Kirkland & Ellis, the international law firm, in London and in Chicago. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago (juris doctor, 1988) and the University of Michigan (Masters in Accounting, first in class, 1985, and Bachelors in Business Administration, with high honors, 1985). Stuart is licensed to practice law in the states of North Carolina and Illinois. He is a licensed general contractor. He holds a certificate and diploma in company direction from the United Kingdom’s Institute of Directors. Stuart was formerly a Certified Public Accountant. Stuart is currently a trustee of The O’Neal School, a member of the board of directors of Pinehurst’s Village Heritage Foundation, chairman of the VHF’s Historical Plaque Committee, a Trustee of the Given Library/Tufts Archives in Pinehurst and a member of The Carter Center’s Board of Councilors in Atlanta.
Terry Taylor – Program Coordinator/Office Manager
… holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from East Carolina University. In addition, she has completed post graduate work in English from Fayetteville State University. Terry has a variety of educational experience to include teaching at the Higher Educational level here in the states and tutoring English overseas. She is also a ProLiteracy certified trainer in both Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language. Terry believes that “if you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime” and the same applies to helping someone to improve their literacy level.
Terry is a proud Army wife and mother of 2 children. She loves traveling, antiquing, and spending time with her family.
Debra Gray, Motheread® Program Specialist
Debra is a native New Yorker who has been an educator for 10 years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Education from Long Island University, New York and her Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University, Utah. As an ordained minister, Debra serves under the Rev. Dr. Paul Murphy at Trinity A.M.E. Zion Church in Southern Pines, NC. She is working towards completing her ProLiteracy Tutor Training certification in Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language.
A widow since 2016, she lives with her youngest son Timothy, who is 20.
Julia Poisson – Seven Lakes Tutoring Site Coordinator
… brings a professional background in elementary education and experience tutoring in the Seven Lakes program to the Coordinator position. She states that she has “a true love of teaching,” which is readily evident as she provides support and guidance to the Seven Lakes students and tutors. She oversees the program on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Julia attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and UNC Greensboro. She has a BS in Elementary Education and, until her retirement, held NC teacher’s certification. She taught reading and special education classes for over 12 years in North Carolina and in Virginia public schools. In addition to gardening, knitting and reading, Julia greatly enjoys playing with her four grandchildren.