Our Team

Meet our leaders and literacy coordinators.


Kevin Turpin, LEC PresidentKevin Turpin | President, Founder, Life Enrichment Center

Deeply passionate about the impact of literacy, Kevin’s vision is to enrich the lives of underserved children and families in Hampton Roads. Involved in church, community and city initiatives to empower individuals, Kevin serves as senior associate pastor at New Life Church with campuses in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and Norfolk, VA, is adjunct assistant professor of Psychology at Tidewater Community College, and is founder and president of the Institute for Personal and Professional Development, a limited liability corporation based in Norfolk, VA. He holds a B.S. in psychology from the University of Buffalo, Master’s in Counseling from Canisius College and a Master’s in Practical Theology from Regent University. He is currently in PhD level psychology classes at Regent and ODU and is a LEAD Hampton Roads graduate.

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Read Smartt | Partnership Development Officer & Literacy Coordinator

Assists the president with developing corporate partnerships and oversees literacy volunteer tutors at Chesterfield Academy in Norfolk, VA.


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Wanda Turpin | Literacy Site Director, Office Manager

Wanda oversees the administration of LEC literacy programs in Title I elementary schools, and manages office operations. Wanda has a degree from Bryant and Stratton and attended Delhi State University of New York (SUNY Delhi), studying business administration. A certified trainer for the Phoenix Program, she has a long history and extensive experience in health care customer service. She has a passion to see children succeed in academic pursuits, especially reading.

Bonnie Kyle

Bonnie Kyle | Publications Consultant

In her role as Publications Consultant, Bonnie Kyle produces promotional materials for LEC fundraising events and assists in the production of other LEC documents.



Sandra Christmas Literacy Coordinator

Sandra Christmas| Administrator and Literacy Site Coordinator, St. Helena

As a leading literacy coordinator, Sandra Christmas manages the literacy tutoring initiatives at St. Helena, and assists with LEC outreach initiatives at office headquarters. Sandra earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Coppin State College in Maryland and Master of Arts Degrees in Human Services Counseling and Practical Theology from Regent University in Virginia. She is founder and president of EWES Ministries,Inc., a faith-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to equip women for excellent and effective service.

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Kristin Vischer | Public Relations Consultant

Kristin Vischer serves as the LEC’s Public Relations Consultant. She assists with annual fundraising and marketing events, social media campaigns, media relations and web development. Kristin also enjoys volunteering as one of the LEC’s mentors.


Literacy Coordinators


Chesapeake Public Schools

Thurgood Marshall Elem

Kathy Thomas

Hampton Public Schools

Aberdeen Elem

Erica Knight

VA Beach Public Schools

College Park Elem

Windsor Oaks Elem

Wanda Turpin

Norfolk Public Schools

Southside STEM Academy at Campostella

Barb Kaste

Richard Bowling Elem

Betsy Kurrle

James Monroe Elem

Dr. Brenda Neumon-Lewis

Ingleside Elem

Pat Taylor

P.B. Young Sr. Elem

Hattie MacFarland

Jacox Elem

Jerry Hargett

Chesterfield Academy

Read Smartt

Lindenwood Elem

Dr. Althia Woodson-Robinson

St. Helena Elem

Sandra Christmas

Tidewater Park Elem

LaTaunja Johnson

Lisa Anderson, Coordinator Assistant