Jeff Shank serves as the Treasurer for SVLA. 

Jeff is a retired business executive currently residing at Pebble Creek in Goodyear. Both Jeff and his wife are active SVLA tutors and also serve as after-school tutors in the Phoenix/Glendale School systems. (  


Advisory Support

 Jan Cosgrove, President

Jan Cosgrove serves as the President of the Southwest Valley Literacy Organization.

Jan has both a business and teaching education background. With an Masters in Education she has spent several years teaching high school English followed by management positions at both the local and national level in the field of communications. Jan is a Pro Literacy certified trainer of tutors and also tutors students. She brings organizational skills and passion for the success of SVLA to this position.  Jan resides in Goodyear. (

Leadership Team

​Susan Rudoy, Serves as the Vice President of Southwest Valley Literacy

Susan is Board Member, Tutor Trainer, Tutor.  She holds a Master’s Degree from Colgate University N.Y. in Social Studies and a Masters in Special Education from Bowling Green, Ohio with a specialty in working with learning disabled students, is now retired and a Certified Pro-Literacy America trainer as well as an active tutor.  (

​John Cosgrove, Principal & Owner of AZ Growth Advisors, brings over 40 years’ leadership and business management experience to the AZ Growth Advisors process, including expertise in strategic planning, marketing, sales, operations and administration. 

 Susan Rudoy, Vice President

The Executive Committee positions are filled by volunteers. Each member is responsible for specific functions to operate SVLA. The Advisory Board consists of individuals who donate their expertise on an “as needed” basis.

Working Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  If you wish to attend and/or address the Board, please call ahead (623-695-4321) to be added to the meeting agenda.

 Jeff Shank, Treasurer