Martin has spent the last 3 years as Customer Manager for BurlingtonEnglish. Previously, he was Vice President of Program Services for Houston Center for Literacy the Mayor’s Commission on Adult Education. Where he supported the literacy organizations, engaged the community to join efforts in solving Houston’s low literacy problem, and connected adult learners to literacy providers. Prior to joining HCL, Martin was a program manager for Harris County Department of Education Adult Education Division. HCDE is the second largest adult education provider in the state. Martin was born in Brownsville, Texas and raised near the Mexico border. His childhood experience as a migrant farm worker propelled him to be the first member in his family to graduate from high school and college, receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas Pan American and his Master’s Degree in Education from Texas A&M University. He is an experienced educator, trainer and conference organizer. He has been instrumental in recruiting members and donors for statewide and national conferences, and has successfully managed the budget for the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education (TALAE) organization as the former treasurer. He currently serves as Past-President for TALAE. He was elected and served as Region 6 COABE Representative for 3 years. Martin also has extensive experience collaborating with numerous educational programs and community organizations in order to provide access and quality services for diverse student populations. Martin has served as an instructor and an administrator in Adult Education.
Charmyn Tumey has been with Kilgore College Adult Education and Literacy program for six years and currently serves as the Coordinator of Instructional Support and Distance Learning Coordinator. She is also an instructor with Kilgore College, teaching continuing education business courses. Prior to working for Kilgore College, Charmyn worked as an adjunct instructor for Vista College teaching business administration courses, where she was able to lead in the development of a business clinic to give students real hands on experience as small business owners. With over 10 years in the business sector, Charmyn worked as a sales trainer and manager with Harley Davidson and as a training coordinator and sales manager with New York and Company. Charmyn contributes a great deal of her leadership experience and business acumen to her experience at Texas Woman’s University, serving on various committees and in various roles with the Kappa Nu Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and with the Texas Woman’s University chapter of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, which consisted of all the African American sororities at Texas Woman’s university. In addition to serving as East Regional Representative for TALAE, Charmyn also serves as a board trustee with the Pine Tree Education Foundation, a member of the Kappa Mu chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, an international professional society for women educators, and in her most rewarding job, as a troop leader and cookie manager for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas Troop 7497.