Meet Our Team

Executive Director: Charlie Muessemeyer

Equipped with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education, Charlie “Carlita” Muessemeyer has been teaching English as a second language (ESL) since 1990. Before becoming executive director of Dogwood Literacy Council (DLC), Charlie has worked with ESL programs in Arkansas and Texas. Before assuming the role of executive director, Charlie was the ESL Coordinator of DLC for two years. She has been serving as DLC’s executive director since April 2017. She loves relating with her students and learning their reasons for attending DLC’s classes, and she enjoys witnessing the positive impact of improved literacy skills within the lives of students and their communities.


Board Members:

Johnna Vincent – DLC Chairperson | Term 2019-2022

Agency Manager Henderson Phillips Insurance Company

(479) 543-7709 | Vincentjohnna@yahoo.com | PO Box 801, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Lan Rothrock – DLC Treasurer | Term 2020-2023

Accountant Tyson Foods

(479) 957-8701 | lrothro@gmail.com | 6604 SW Shady Road, Bentonville, AR 72712

Dr Lou Cha – DLC Secretary | Term 2019-2022

Assistant Professor Christian Ministry and Formation John Brown University

(479) 524-7381 | lcha@jbu.edu | 21464 Fairway Court, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Stephanie Harper – DLC member | Term: 2016-2021

Siloam Springs School District Teacher

(918) 706-6492 | stephanie.harper@sssd.k12.ar.us | 609 Hat Creek Road, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Alicia Suarez – DLC Member | Term 2018-2021

Financial Sales Representative at Arvest Bank

(479) 529-1223 | aaliciades@yahoo.com | 2346 Aspen, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Anna Mitchell – DLC Member | Term 2020-2023

Self-employed (VRBO and rentals)

(479) 799-2864 | annalem@gmail.com | PO Box 7096, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Laura Perkins – DLC Member | Term 2020-2023

JBU student / aspiring math teacher

(479) 427-6919 | perkinsL@jbu.edu | 370 South Halsey Apt. B, Siloam Springs, AR 72761

Shannon Harrison – DLC Member | Term 2021-2024

Director of Quality, Pet Food and Animal Nutrition Simmons Foods

(479) 215-6193 | shannon.harrison77@hotmail.com; shannon.harrison@simfoods.com | 20419 County Road 502, Colcord, OK 74338