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

Dr. David Helms- President

Dr. David Helms, joined the CARE Group Board of Directors in 2021. He is presently serving as the Senior Minister at First Baptist Church in Southern Pines, NC.


Kathy Farren - Vice President

Kathy Farren moved to Moore County with he parents when she was in eighth grade. After completing her Bachelors in Business Administration at Wingate University, she returned to Moore County to marry and raise her family. Kathy owned and operated TCBY for twenty two years. When they made the decision to close, she began doing more volunteer work and eventually took a part time job at her church, First Baptist in Southern Pines.

Four years ago, she was asked to mentor a high school girl. Kathy began working with her and soon after she joined the Moore Buddies Mentoring Board of Directors. She enjoys working with kids and trying to assist them to succeed in school and life, and her time on the board has allowed her to try to have a broader influence with the students here in Moore County.

Kathy enjoys volunteer work. As her kids were growing up, she constantly volunteered in their schools. She has volunteered with a nonprofit named ABRO and hosted two siblings from Belarus for 8 years.  She has also been a regular volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels for the past 8 years and served on their board. She and her husband Bob have been involved with Young Life for the past twelve years. They serve on the committee and volunteer at almost every fundraiser that Young Life conducts throughout the year. Her favorite quote comes from the Bible.  “For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13 

Andrew Lyons - Treasurer

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.

Sandra Waterkotte - Secretary

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.


Board Members

Doug Gill

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.

Karen Reese May

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.

Laura Douglass

Laura Douglass is a staff writer for The Pilot newspaper. She received her B.A. in communications from Mount Vernon College, an affiliate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. Laura was co-chair of the 2018 Moore County Leadership Institute and is a member of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Seven Lakes. She currently volunteers with the Sandhills Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, MCLI steering committee, is a co-leader of Girl Scout Troop 2301, and assists the Pinecrest High School’s PTSA, cheerleading squad and Speech & Debate team. Last year, Laura pedaled her way into 1st Place honors at the United Way of Moore County’s Tour de Trike Race.

Clare Ruggles

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.

Tammy Hernandez

Tammy is the Director of Program Operations at Pinnacle Family Services in West End, NC.

Todd Maness