About Us

ReadWest, Inc. is a non-profit literacy agency providing one-to-one tutoring by trained certified volunteers. ReadWest is an Accredited Affiliate of ProLiteracy America. Sixteen standards of quality are continually achieved to maintain ProLiteracy accreditation. Since its inception, ReadWest has provided over 3,500 adults with literacy services and is expanding to meet the growing needs of our community. ReadWest has served Rio Rancho for 25 years!

Letter from the President

Dear Friends of Literacy,

Here at ReadWest, our focus is helping adults learn to read and write English. You do not need to be a licensed teacher or speak a foreign language to be a successful Tutor. We provide comprehensive training and ongoing support for our tutors, as well as a library of resources that are available for use with your students.

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History of ReadWest

ReadWest began as the Westside Literacy Volunteers in 1988 and was the brainchild of Barbara King, Corrales librarian who contacted the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy to ask for assistance in beginning a literacy project to serve Westside residents. The service area was Taylor Ranch, Paradise Hills, Corrales, Rio Rancho and Bernalillo.

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ReadWest receives primary funding from the United Way of Central New Mexicothe New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, and Intel. In addition, individuals and private companies donate funds to help our organization provide its services.

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Vision Statement

ReadWest believes that the ability to read and write is essential to economic self-sufficiency and personal well-being. ReadWest exists to increase literacy skills for adults as the means of achieving basic survival skills, parenting skills, employability and job skills, citizenship, and further education.

Mission Statement

ReadWest’s mission is to provide quality one-to-one tutoring to adults seeking to transform their lives through enhanced literacy skills.
Board of Directors
  • Dennis Nagle, President
  • Gwenevere Johnson, Vice President
  • Michael Baremore, Secretary
  • Tamara Beall, Treasurer
  • Phillip Banks
  • Chuck Swim
  • Elvira Burciaga
  • Kelly Porter
  • Katharine Spehar
  • Karen Beaton
Executive Director

Cyndy Ratliff
Program Coordinator
Helen VanNess
Assistant Coordinator