Stuart Mills – Executive Director
. . . 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.
Stuart and his wife Helen moved to Pinehurst in 2006 and are raising their three beautiful daughters here in the Eden in the Pines.
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 and at the MCLC. She is also a ProLiteracy certified Tutor Trainer in both Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language. Terry has successfully completed the training to be a certified Motheread/Fatheread® Instructor. She 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.
Amanda Voglezon – Program Specialist
… holds an Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, a Master of Arts in French Language and Literature from Middlebury College, and a Bachelor of Arts in French Education from North Carolina State University. Prior to her arrival at the MCLC, Amanda worked in administration at the University of Maryland University College Asia in Korea and taught French at Green Hope High School in Wake County, NC. Amanda is a Licensed K-12 teacher and is currently fulfilling the requirements to obtain a North Carolina School Administrator License. She is also a ProLiteracy certified trainer in both Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language.
Amanda is a proud military spouse and enjoys traveling, Crossfit, and trying new food. Amanda and her husband just moved to Pinehurst, NC after a two year tour in South Korea.
Heather Lussier – Family Literacy Specialist
…holds a BA from The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in Elementary Education with a Fine Arts concentration. She also holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum Design and Instruction from Lesley University with a focus on Creative Arts and Learning. Formerly, Heather was a Primary school Technology teacher and has also taught Elementary Math and Science. Heather has successfully completed the training to be a certified Motheread/Fatheread® Instructor. She spearheads the Motheread/Fatheread classes that are held throughout Moore County. Heather’s educational philosophy is that life-long learning increases life-long opportunities for joy and that reading is a gift that you open every day.
Heather and her husband, David, who is a music teacher at The O’Neal School, moved to Aberdeen in 2015. They are busy raising their two teenage children. When time permits, Heather enjoys drawing, crafting, singing, taking long walks, and getting to the beach whenever she can.
Deb Sikes, Project Specialist
…earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She earned a Masters in School Counseling and School Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and a Superintendent’s Certification through Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Deb comes to the MCLC after a 30-year career in education in Texas. She served in positions as a teacher, school counselor, principal, superintendent and education consultant. Deb has completed the training to be a ProLiteracy Tutor. She works with the MCLC grade level reading initiative in the Moore County Schools. Deb maintains a strong passion for the education of all students, especially struggling students, and left retirement after only a few months to continue working with both children and adults.
In addition to her love for education, Deb enjoys writing and has published a book entitled, “God, Can You Hear Me Now?” She and her husband live in Seven Lakes.
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.