MCLC Staff

Stuart Mills – Executive Director

… is a graduate of the University of Chicago (juris doctor) and the University of Michigan (Masters in Accounting, first in class, and Bachelors in Business Administration, with high honors).  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.  In a previous life, Stuart was an equity partner at Kirkland & Ellis, the country’s largest law firm, and chairperson of Kirkland’s London office.  Stuart is currently a trustee of The O’Neal School, a member of the board of directors of Pinehurst’s Village Heritage Foundation, the Vice-Chairman of the Given Library/Tufts Archives in Pinehurst, the Vice-Chairman of Friend to Friend, the Co-Chairman of Growing Moore Readers, 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 children here in our Eden in the Pines.

Terry Taylor – Programs Coordinator

… 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.

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.  Heather is a former Elementary School teacher in the disciplines of Language Arts, Math, Science, and Technology.  She has successfully completed the training to be a certified Motheread/Fatheread® Instructor, and spearheads the Motheread/Fatheread classes that are held throughout Moore County.

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.

Maureen Avendutti – Program Specialist, Seven Lakes

… graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from St. Andrews University and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Queens University of Charlotte.  Prior to becoming an educator, Maureen worked in a management position for United Parcel Service in Ohio and North Carolina for 21 years.  During the past decade, she has taught both first and second grades for Moore County Schools and is currently teaching fourth grade science at The Academy of Moore County. 

Originally from Northeast Ohio, Maureen and her daughter, Hayley, moved to Pinehurst in early 2007.  She loves spending time with her family, enjoying sweet tea while reading a great book on a shady porch, and travelling to both new and old-favorite places.