Here’s a little more information about our honorees. Hope you can make it to the breakfast! Here’s the RSVP link:

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Sharon Darling, president and founder of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), serves as an advisor on education issues for governors, policy makers, business leaders and foundations. She is well known for deploying family literacy—parents and children learning together—as an intergenerational pathway to literacy and self-sufficiency in hundreds of cities and communities throughout the nation, as well as many countries worldwide. Darling’s work has created new educational models and has helped millions of families in the United States achieve success through an intergenerational approach to education.  She has held key leadership positions at the local, state, and national level.

A graduate of Jefferson County Public Schools and the University of Louisville, Ms. Darling’s many awards and recognitions include: the National Humanities Medal, awarded by President George W. Bush; Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism, Johns Hopkins University; the Harold W. McGraw Award for Outstanding National Educator; the Razor Walker Award from the University of North Carolina; and the Woman of Distinction Award, Birmingham Southern University.

In Kentucky, she has been recognized at Louisvillian of the Year and received honorary doctorate degrees from Spalding University and Bellarmine University.  Additionally, she has received both the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Fellow award from the University of Louisville.[/one_half]

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Susan Riley Stevens has worked as an actress and teacher for over 20 years. She has appeared in numerous theatres across the country, including the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, 1812 Productions, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Act 2 Playhouse, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Peterborough Players, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Yale Repertory Theatre, and of course, Actors Theatre of Louisville.

She has been fortunate since her first Shakespeare production at Walden Theatre to have appeared in more than 20 subsequent productions of Shakespeare plays, and to have directed several more. She has taught Drama, Improv, Scene Study, and Voice and Speech throughout her career, including classes at Arcadia University, the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, and Asolo Repertory Theatre. She was on the faculty of the Youth Performing Arts High School in Louisville, KY, and the Kentucky Governor’s School For the Arts. She also taught and directed at P.S. 87 in Queens, NY, Gloucester County Institute of Technology in NJ, and at Walden Theatre. Susan is the recipient of the 2007 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play and holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Although she now lives just outside of Philadelphia, she will always call Louisville her home.