Lives transformed in language communities through literacy and development.
ILAD partners to develop local language literacy coupled with sustainable economic development.
ILAD’s purpose is to partner with local communities, governments, and organizations to effect ongoing change through the promotion of literacy in local languages and collaboration with communities on development.
Our Impact in 2016: Togo
SCHOOL SUPPLY KITS DISTRIBUTED TO ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS
PEOPLE ATTENDED LOCAL-LANGUAGE LITERACY CLASSES
PEOPLE GRADUATED FROM LOCAL LANGUAGE LITERACY CLASSES
WOMEN TRAINED AS LITERACY FACILITATORS
DEMONSTRATION FARM CONDUCTED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIVE (SRI), PINEAPPLE AND PEANUT PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
PINEAPPLE PLANTS WERE PLANTED ON THE DEMONSTRATION FARM
PEOPLE RECEIVED FINANCIAL SERVICES OF SAVINGS AND LOANS
LOCAL FARMERS FROM 14 FARMERS’ COOPERATIVES RECEIVED FOLLOW-UP ON AGRICULTURAL TRAINING
PEOPLE RECEIVED MEDICAL CARE IN 2 RURAL MOBILE MEDICAL CLINICS
PEOPLE HAVE ACCESS TO CLEAN WATER
Our Impact in 2016: Worldwide
ILAD STAFF CURRENTLY ENGAGED IN LITERACY AND DEVELOPMENT AMONG MINORITY LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES
ILAD STAFF PREPARING TO ENGAGE IN LITERACY AND DEVELOPMENT AMONG MINORITY LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES IN ASIA, AFRICA, EURASIA AND THE MIDDLE EAST
MINORITY LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES ENGAGED FOR LANGUAGE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
NEW MINORITY LANGUAGE COMMUNITIES ENGAGED IN AGRICULTURAL TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
We are so thankful and appreciative for the dedicated service and insightful leadership that the men and women of our board provide in support of our mission and vision. Each of these individuals is passionate about helping relieve poverty and develop literacy programs worldwide. All of them serve pro bono.
Stephen BrossChairman of the Board
Mr. Bross is a project development manager for a major resource production company. He has worked in numerous areas around the world and managed significant projects for both his present and prior employer. He now manages the early framing and assessment of development opportunities for major projects company wide. He has a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.
William KotlanBoard Member, President
Mr. Kotlan is a Professional Engineer and City Administrator for Montgomery, Texas. He has over 20 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of public works and development projects ranging up to $15M in construction cost. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University where he has a Bachelors in Civil Engineering.
Leslie SchmidtBoard Member, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Schmidt is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor of Accounting degree from Stephen F. Austin University. She has served as Controller and CFO for several large companies and currently runs her own accounting business. Ms. Schmidt brings extensive financial expertise to the organization as she serves on the board and in the position of Chief Financial Officer.
Deborah ClevelandBoard Member, Secretary of the Board
Ms. Cleveland is a practicing attorney who operates her own firm in Ft. Worth, TX. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. She obtained her Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the South Texas College of Law and her LLM in Taxation from Southern Methodist University. She is a member of a number of bar associations and CPA chapters and brings extensive legal and accounting expertise to the organization.
Dr. Charles JohnsonBoard Member
Dr. Johnson has an extensive and unique background as an educator, attorney, banker, business consultant, and entrepreneur, both domestically and internationally. His work includes the dynamic use of business and banking to holistically transform communities economically. He has an array of academic credentials including masters and PhD degrees in public administration, bank management and economic development which allow him to bring both a practical and academic perspective to his work, writing, consulting and teaching.
Kathy McFarlaneBoard Member
Ms. McFarlane is a successful businesswoman who is currently running her own family business. She has experience as an executive in hospital systems where she worked for over 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and Marketing from University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Budd HebertAdvisory Board Member
Dr. Hebert is currently retired after a successful career in International Business, as both a practitioner and educator. Dr. Hebert has served as an International Business Professor, Entrepreneur, and New Mexico State Senator. He has led dynamic international business projects domestically and internationally, increasingly focusing his efforts on social business initiatives that holistically give back to communities.
Hiram SloanEmeritus Board Member
Mr. Sloan is currently retired after a successful career of 35 years in the Telecommunications Industry. During that time he served as Transmission Engineer, Operations Supervisor, Human Resources Training Specialist, and Product Training Specialist. He is a graduate of Eastfield College where he obtained an associate degree in Business Management.
Brenda HollandVice President and Chief Operations Officer
Ms. Holland, a former high school teacher near Memphis, Tennessee, spent 12 years in Togo, Africa, where she worked with various development projects including women’s empowerment and literacy. Adding to her international experience and fluency in French and an African dialect, Ms. Holland received her master’s degree in International Community Development from Eastern University and a life-coaching certification from CoachNet International. Ms. Holland currently serves as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of ILAD.
Josiah PleasantEconomic Development Strategist
Mr. Pleasant is a Certified Leadership Coach & Business Consultant and an adjunct professor for multiple universities. He earned a BBA in International Business while becoming bilingual in Spanish, a MMIN with a focus on conflict management & team leadership, and an MBA in International Business from Harding University. His unique experience in management, leadership development, corporate social responsibility, & social entrepreneurship are assets to his role as Economic Development Strategist of ILAD.
Where We Work
WHAT WE DO
- Minority Group Language Development
- Mother-Tongue Literacy and Education
- Agricultural Development
- Sustainable Social Business
- Community Health Initiatives
Our vision is to see lives transformed in language communities through literacy and development.