ReadWest, Inc. is a non-profit literacy agency providing one-to-one tutoring by trained 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 34 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 in-person or digital one-to-one tutoring and/or
classes 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

Sue Fox, President
Volunteer Tutor
Professor, CNM

LouAnne Lundgren, Vice President
Dean, CNM

Hyejin Yun, Treasurer
Tax Manager

Tammy Wolf, Secretary
Professor, CNM

Ben Wakashige, Board Member
Retired Librarian

Paula Templeton, Board Member
Volunteer Tutor

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.

Token Ibis is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) with a mission to make social impact accessible to everyone. Their business model: Raise money from traditional fundraising sources like foundations and major donors. Get the community to decide where that money should go using our fancy web app. Send the money to local 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  Log on to https://tokenibis.org/, Click Join Now and Click Sign Up, Choose ReadWest Adult Literacy as your charity. Token Ibis gives you free money to donate to your favorite charity, like 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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