Executive Board

Dr. Carol Tacket

Dr. Carol Tacket

Executive Committee President: Dr. Carol Tacket

Dr. Carol Tacket is a strong leader and supporter of the Literacy Council and has tutored 3 students over the past 4 years. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland. Dr. Tacket’s primary research interest has been in conducting phase 1 and phase 2 studies of candidate vaccines against enteric infections. Dr. Tacket has authored or co-authored more than 100 research papers and book chapters on infectious disease topics.

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Dr. Michael Keller

Vice President: Dr. Michael Keller

Dr. Keller is a leader for both local and national organizations and has resided in Annapolis for more than 30 years.  He is chair of the Annapolis Human Relations Commission, the national Board President of the Peace Action Education Fund, and co-coordinator of the Homework and Reading program at his church. He retired as Director of Policy Analysis and Research for the Maryland Higher Education Commission in 2008.  Trained in journalism, Mike served as a war correspondent for the Vietnam bureau of Pacific Stars & Stripes.  Mike brings a wealth of leadership and fundraising experience to the AACLC.

Megan Jackson

Megan Jackson

Treasurer and Finance Committee Chairwoman: Megan Jackson

Megan Jackson has been a resident of Anne Arundel County for over thirty years and has twenty plus years of experience providing financial management and professional accounting support to a national non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Megan has been with our Literacy Council since 2010 as Treasurer.

Mary Jane McCarthy

Recording Secretary: Mary Jane McCarthy

Mary Jane graduated from Strayer College in 1972. She spent the next 40 years working as a court reporter in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Her work included reporting depositions, Federal government departmental and agency hearings, administrative law judge hearings, White House press conferences and Presidential remarks under three Presidents, as well as House and Senate committee hearings. For 24 years, Mary Jane worked for the U.S. Senate in the Office of the Official Reporters of Debates. The job of the Official Reporters of Debates is to report the debates and parliamentary procedures while the full Senate is in session, and compile the Congressional Record for the Senate. Mary Jane is also a tutor and avid supporter of our Literacy Council.

Tom Vernon

Tom Vernon

Correspondence Secretary:  Thomas Vernon

Thomas is a lifelong Marylander and an avid supporter of our Literacy Council.  During his 43 years in the Mortgage Banking industry, he served in various positions, ranging from Senior Loan Officer, Branch Manager, Assistant Vice President, to Vice President at several companies, including Chase Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Hamilton Mortgage, Old Kent Bank, Thomas J. Fisher & Co., Washington Savings Bank, Washington Suburban Mortgage Co., and Weyerhaueser Mortgage.

Program Committee Chair: Barb Colacicco

Barbara Colacicco is a lifelong teacher and learner with a passion for reading and literacy. She graduated from the University of Maryland and began her teaching career in 1973 in Baltimore City as part of a cohort between Johns Hopkins and Baltimore City, where they developed a new program for teaching students with learning disabilities.

She taught in Cherry Hill for ten years and then spent the next five years at home with her five children. During this time, she volunteered at their elementary school. Barbara returned to teaching with Anne Arundel Public Schools as a special educator for fifteen years. She then became an administrator, serving as an assistant principal in several schools for ten years. This included seven years at Woodside Elementary School, a Title One School with three Multiple Intensive Needs Classes as part of the school.

Deborah Turner

Deborah Turner

Tutor Representative: Deborah Turner

Debbie has tutored numerous basic literacy and GED students since she joined the Literacy Council in 2016. She received a bachelor’s degree from Rice University and a master’s degree from Columbia University and has held the professional credentials of Certified Pension Consultant (CPC), the Enrolled Retirement Plan Agent (ERPA), and the Qualified Pension Administrator (QPA) from the American Society of Pension Actuaries and Administrators. Debbie has spent 35 years in the employee benefits field as a retirement plan consultant. She owned her own pension consulting firm for ten years and worked at a large national accounting firm as a Managing Director and leader of their retirement plan consulting practice in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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Dr. Michael Keller

Development Committee Chair: Dr. Michael Keller

Dr. Keller is a leader for both local and national organizations and has resided in Annapolis for more than 30 years.  He is chair of the Annapolis Human Relations Commission, the national Board President of the Peace Action Education Fund, and co-coordinator of the Homework and Reading program at his church. He retired as Director of Policy Analysis and Research for the Maryland Higher Education Commission in 2008.  Trained in journalism, Mike served as a war correspondent for the Vietnam bureau of Pacific Stars & Stripes.  Mike brings a wealth of leadership and fundraising experience to the AACLC.

Michael Ahearn

Mary Austin