Mighty Volunteers

Micah Markray
Hometown: Nolensville, TN
Profession: Author/Illustrator
Been A Volunteer at MW since: June 2015
What I Do at MW: Mentor
Favorite Author: Avi
Last Book I Read: Outwitting the Devil by Napoleon Hill
Book I Liked as A Kid: Hidden Talents by David Lubar
Quote I Like: “Anything the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

Lila Gordon
Hometown: Memphis, TN
Profession: student at Temple University
Been a volunteer at MW since: 2015
What I do at MW: I come once a week and help the participants with their writing. I am also newly a mentor to the wonderful Guyana.
Favorite author: I have many favorites, but I particularly like Stephen King and Ann Patchett.
Last book I read: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen (totally recommend)
Book I liked as a kid: Where the Red Fern Grows
Quote I like: “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.” – John Steinbeck “East of Eden”

Vivian Lubin
Hometown:  New York City
Profession:  Retired university administrator
Been a volunteer at MW since:  September 2014
What I do at MW:  I volunteer as an Academy Assistant for the 3-5 grade group every Tuesday
Favorite author:  I don’t have a favorite author, but of all the books I have read in the last few years, my favorite was All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Last book I read:  Peacekeeping by Mischa Berlinski
Book I liked as a kid: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Quote I like:  “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank

Patricia Madej
Hometown: Reading, Pennsylvania
Profession: Writer/Web Producer for PhillyVoice
Been a volunteer at MW since: September 2016
What I do at MW: I help the students at El Futuro as a Mighty Tutor. One of my favorite parts of my week is walking into the building and hearing the kids shout, “Miss Pat!”
Favorite author: David Sedaris
Last book I read: Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris
Book I liked as a kid: Junie B. Jones series
Quote I like: “Keep typing until it turns into writing.” – David Carr

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