New Executive Director

Charles Reaves

Board President, Rick Nangreave, of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester (LVR) after an extensive search is happy to announce that the 4th Executive Director of LVR will be Charles Reaves. Charles Reaves will take over as Executive Director on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Charles has dedicated his life and work to serving the not-for-profit community.  When you combine his proven experience as a leader, education, and the foundation already established, LVR and Charles are poised for the success in the future.”– Rick Nangreave, Board President

Charles’ professional work experience is expansive.  Charles has served as the Executive Director of Children Awaiting Parents, the Operations Manager for Sojourner House,   Commissioner of Recreation and Youth Services for the City of Rochester, Executive Director of the YMCA of Greater Rochester, Acting Director of Emergency Services for The American Red Cross, and the Assistant Director of Emergency Services for the Heating Fund.  Additionally, Charles holds a Bachelor’s Degree from SUNY Brockport.

“A strong literate community will strengthen our economy, improves our educational systems, break down barriers that divides us, and better prepares us for the future.  I’m honored to be part of Literacy Volunteers of Rochester and help lead the organization towards achieving these goals.” Charles Reaves

To make the transition of leadership as smooth as possible Charles will work side by side with current Executive Director, Robert (Bob) Mahar, for a few weeks before taking official control of LVR on July 1, 2019.

Bob Mahar announced his retirement from LVR after 17 years as Executive Director on February 14, 2019. Under the leadership of Bob, LVR has gone through a rebranding with a new name and logo, achieved national accreditation, a physical move to its currently location at 1600 South Avenue, and major growth and diversification of programming, funding, and community partnerships. One of the latest expansions under Bob is the addition of the Learning Center at 1600 South Avenue. Through the generous support of Charter Communications/ Spectrum, the Learning Center provides expanded drop in hours for student to receive extra help from tutor and have access to 10 laptops to use online resources.

Please join us in welcoming Charles Reaves to the Literacy Volunteers of Rochester Family!