Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County is proud to announce that Kathy Sigrist of Waterloo has been named its new Executive Director.
She succeeds Arline Marino who retired after serving as Executive Director for 19 years.
“Kathy has been a dedicated and successful Literacy Volunteers tutor for several years,” said Board President Ellen Hughes. “She understands and is committed to Literacy Volunteers and has the skills and energy to continue the excellent work of Arline Marino. We are excited to welcome her as Executive Director and can’t wait to work with her as she brings new life and energy to our program.”
Sigrist has long had a special passion for helping people learn. “I knew early in life I wanted to be a special education teacher,” she said.
A graduate of Nazareth College, she served five years as a teacher’s aide at Waterloo Central School and 23 years as a special education teacher for Geneva City School District. Following her retirement from Geneva, Sigrist worked as a tutor for Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES for eight years and three years as a High School Equivalency teacher for Finger Lakes Community College.
Sigrist is an enthusiastic community volunteer who has served as a 4-H leader for five years and as a member of the board of Seneca County Cornell Cooperative Extension. She headed the essay contest and served as a member of Celebrate Commemorate. A Waterloo Rotarian for 17 years, Sigrist is a past president and past literacy chair and served on the Literacy Committee for District 7120. She has served as a volunteer tutor for Literacy Volunteers for eight years, helping students achieve their GED.
“I was honored to be offered the position of Executive Director for Literacy Volunteers,” Sigrist said. “As a tutor, I am aware of the challenges and responsibilities of the position. After some careful soul-searching, I accepted the challenge to carry on the mission of Literacy Volunteers of Seneca County and expand that mission to serve those around us and help improve their quality of life.”
Sigrist is the owner of Rudolph & Co. gift shop. She is married to Bill Sigrist, former owner of Nugent Hardware. They have two children, a son, Michael, of Fayette and a daughter, Erin, of XXX Vermont.
Literacy Volunteers provides quality literary services to adult students at no cost, to improve their lives and that of their families. Volunteer tutors work one-on-one with students to help them learn to read and write, improve math skills, obtain a high school diploma, or become US citizens.
New students and teachers are always needed. To volunteer, contact the Literacy Volunteers office at 315-539-1795. Literacy Volunteers is a United Way agency.