Message from Our New Chief Executive Officer

Sharon Bonney

Sharon Bonney

Dear COABE Members,

I am so grateful and humbled by the recent appointment of the Board of Directors to the newly crafted position of Chief Executive Officer for the Coalition on Adult Basic Education! As you may know, I have worked with and for COABE in some capacity for twenty years, first in a contracted administrative position for ten years, followed by seven years as COABE's full time manager, and then serving in the recent role of executive director for three years prior to this appointment.

With the change in my title from Executive Director to Chief Executive Officer, my focus will shift as well. I will now tackle building foundation support for adult education, building business partnerships, and representing our field on the national stage.

I have appointed Michelle Chiles to the Chief of Staff position to run the internal operations of the organization, and I know that she will execute this new role beautifully!

We are also building capacity internally with a number of new hires to ensure the work of the organization runs smoothly as our exponential growth continues. An announcement with more details will be shared shortly.

I am also delighted to welcome our member-elected board president, Dr. Don Finn, and the following new board members: President Elect, Jody Angelone: Vice President, Debbie Faubus-Kendrick; Secretary, Jeff Arnott; Region 2 Representative, Shaketta Thomas; Region 4 Representative, Michael Matos; and Region 6 Representative Olga Escamilla!

As we work together to transform the field of adult education, we will continue to seek your input and to look for ways that we can ensure that COABE stays mission driven, member focused, and results oriented.

With this in mind, I would like to encourage you to take action for adult education with 3 quick clicks. Get the details HERE.

Thank you again for your membership in COABE, and I look forward to serving you and our field in this new capacity!


Sharon Bonney
Chief Executive Officer
Coalition on Adult Basic Education