Great Plains Literacy

About GPLC


Bruce Davis joined GPLC as the Literacy Coordinator on July 5, 2022. He has served as President of the GPLC Board for the past three years. He organizes, supervises, and develops activities and materials to sustain and strengthen GPLC.

Ruth Ortega joined GPLC as Administrative Assistant in June of 2017. Ms. Ortega serves as bilingual liaison between GPLC and the Hispanic Community, and assists with ESL program development and instruction.


The Great Plains Literacy Council (GPLC) was established as a 501(c) 3 organization (EIN 73-1310865) in 1985 with a mission to provide basic adult literacy services in Jackson and Harmon Counties. GPLC is a member of the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition, ProLiteracy, and the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits.


  • Rick Cheaney, President 2022-2023
  • Crystal Wilson, Vice President 2022-2023
  • Sabina Garrett, Secretary 2022-2023
  • Kathy Hale, Board Treasurer & SPLS Director, permanent

Board Members

  • Kristen Preston 2018-2023
  • Rick Cheaney 2017-2023
  • Doug Dalton 2018-2023
  • Sabina Garrett 2017-2023
  • Don Altom 2018-2023
  • Jacquelyn Parrish 2018-2023
  • Crystal Wilson 2018-2023
  • Kevin Hilley 2023
  • Nick Cavin 2023


GPLC ‘s Community Literacy, Health Literacy, and Immigration & Citizenship Programs are funded through the Oklahoma Department of Libraries with a federal grant from the Institute of Museums and Library Services. Additional funding is provided through the annual “Grate Spelling Bee” event.