ReadWest, Inc. is a non-profit literacy agency providing one-to-one tutoring by trained certified volunteers. ReadWest is an Accredited Affiliate of ProLiteracy. Sixteen standards of quality are continually achieved to maintain ProLiteracy accreditation. Since its inception, ReadWest has provided over 4,000 adults with literacy services and is expanding to meet the growing needs of our community. ReadWest has served Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties for 30 years!


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.


ReadWest’s mission is to provide quality one-to-one tutoring to adults seeking to transform their lives through enhanced literacy skills.


Meet Our Staff

Cyndy Ratliff


Executive Director

Rene Hernandez

Rene Hernandez

Program Coordinator

Elsa Victorson

Elsa Victorson

Assessment Coordinator

Board of Directors

Tamara Beall, CPA
President, Tax Manager,

Ray Sanchez, Vice President
Vice President-Operations,
New Mexico Gas Company

Carol Manzanares, Secretary
Senior Manager Talent Acquisition & HR Strategies,
Sandia National Laboratories

Hyejin Yun, CPA, Treasurer
Tax Manager,


Sue Fox, Member
English Instructor Emeritus,
Central New Mexico Community College

Matthew Hess, Member
CEO and President, BennuBio

Adrian Montgomery, Member
Associated Broker & Realtor®,
Coldwell Banker Legacy

Advisory Board

Yvonne Wise
State Senior Board Trainer for Adult Literacy Programs, Independent Contractor 

Karen Beaton
Retired, Speech Pathologist

ReadWest receives primary funding from the NM Higher Education Department and United Way of Central New Mexico.  In addition, individuals and private companies donate funds to help our organization provide its services.

ReadWest participates in the Smith’s Community Rewards. Simply click on this link, search for ‘Read West’ and add the number to your Smith’s Shopper’s card to link ReadWest with your purchases. Smith’s will donate a percentage of your purchases quarterly to ReadWest!

Amazon will donate a percentage of your online purchases to ReadWest via their Amazon Smiles Program. Simply go to smile.amazon.com and register ReadWest as your preferred charity. Be sure to log on to smile.amazon when you make purchases so Amazon will donate to us.

A few hours a week can change lives. Teaching someone to read can be the most satisfying donation you will ever experience.








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