About Us

LVNRV provides free instruction for adults in basic reading, writing and math; GED preparation; ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages); basic computer skills.  Skill UP NRV is an initiative to help adults achieve employment goals through literacy and language acquisition and employability skill development.  LVNRV also provides family literacy programming to give parents the skills to read with their children. We have a learning center at our location at 195 West Main Street in Christiansburg, and provide tutoring at community locations in Floyd, Giles, Montgomery and Pulaski counties, and the City of Radford.


Our students play an active role in planning their own learning.  Tutors provide instruction that is tailored to the student’s goals, learning style and pace of learning.  LVNRV cooperates with local libraries, educational institutions and community organizations to provide convenient tutoring locations in each locality.

Volunteer Driven    

The power of LVNRV comes from our volunteer tutors.  These trained, dedicated tutors help adult students achieve their literacy goals in a safe, confidential setting.  Whether they are teaching a student to read, to strengthen workplace skills, or to prepare for citizenship, LVNRV tutors have a powerful and enduring impact on the lives of the students they serve.


Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Charitable donations and foundation gifts enable LVNRV to help area residents strengthen their literacy skills for personal independence and better employment.

Our Mission

The mission of Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley is to foster, support, advocate for, and instruct adults in the New River Valley who seek opportunities to achieve greater independence through literacy.

We are a community-based literacy program that provides free one-to-one or small group tutoring at a location and time that is convenient to both the learner and the tutor. We are a United Way Partner Agency and an affiliate member of ProLiteracy.

Board of Directors

  • Nikki Giovanni, Honorary

  • Karim Khan, Chair

  • Elizabeth Sensabaugh, Vice Chair

  • Monena Hall, Treasurer

  • Sally Warburton, Secretary

  • Barry Anderson

  • Jenny Bolte

  • Lois Davis

  • Allison Long

  • Kristan Morrison

  • Peter Potter

  • Jane Swing

  • Yvonne Thayer, EdD


Linda Jilk is Executive Director for Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley. Linda believes in the power and importance of education as a catalyst for positive change in lives and communities. After earning her Masters degree in Teaching Students with Specific Learning Disabilities from Virginia Tech, she devoted her career to  providing learners with access to skills and knowledge to empower them to bring about the changes they wish to see in their lives.  She has more than 20 years experience teaching literacy, math, GED, workforce readiness/life skills, and English as a Second Language to adults and teens. In 2017, she returned to the position of LVNRV’s Executive Director, a position she held in the late 1990's. 




Lisa Quesenberry is Operations Manager for Literacy Volunteers of the New River Valley. Lisa’s degree is in Administrative Technology from New River Community College in Dublin, Virginia. She has 7 years of experience in adult education as a Student Support Specialist. Lisa resides in Christiansburg, VA with her husband Randy and Rusty the cat.  She enjoys volunteering for events in the community, including the Fiddle and Banjo Club and local festivals, to provide outreach to people who can benefit from resources in the area.



Anne Rolison Abbott is our part-time Program Coordinator! Anne has been a literacy tutor with LVNRV since 2007 and has worked with both adult basic education and ESOL learners over the past 20 years. She has most recently managed our Family READS program, which aims to give parents the skills they need to help their children succeed in school. She enjoys volunteering with the refugee resettlement programs in Roanoke and Blacksburg and believes strongly in the power of literacy to change. In Anne's new position, she will be working our growing number of learners and tutors to help learners achieve their goals!