Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Announces Appointment of new Executive Director, Dedre Smith

Dedre Smith

The Board of Directors of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is pleased to announce the appointment of Dedre Smith as the organization’s new Executive Director, effective May 30, 2023.

“After an extensive search, we’re excited to welcome Dedre as the Executive Director to lead our adult literacy organization,” said Brian Tave, board chair of the LCFBC. “With more than 15 years of nonprofit experience, including extensive management, program and fundraising expertise, Dedre is the ideal executive to lead our agency and enhance the sustainability of the Literacy Council, a nonprofit agency that has been operating in Fort Bend County for 35 years.”

A Stafford resident, Dedre most recently led six community care centers across the Greater Houston area as a Director at the Salvation Army. She was responsible for providing a direct link to resources for children, teens, adults, senior citizens, and families through sound operational and financial performance results. As a senior program manager for Be A Champion, Inc., Dedre was instrumental in establishing community partnerships with several large school districts in the area, as well as implementing processes that resulted in reducing account balances. She also developed leadership skills while managing programs, funding and community partnerships with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston and the YMCA of Greater Houston.

“I look forward to working alongside the board, staff, volunteers, and community partners as we strive to grow our presence in the community, build new partnerships, re-energize donors, and establish new funding campaigns that align with our strategy,” said Dedre.

“A huge acknowledgement of gratitude to Sally Kubiak who has served as Interim Executive Director since December 2022,” concluded Brian. “As a tutor, past board member and seasoned education and nonprofit professional, Sally will help Dedre transition into her new role and will rejoin the board at the appropriate time.”

About the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County

For 35 years, the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County has been changing lives through literacy. The mission of the Literacy Council is to improve family, community, and professional lives through adult literacy education. The Literacy Council provides several programs for its students: Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, GED Preparation, U.S. Citizenship Preparation, and Computer Skills. For more information, visit