Literacy Council

About Emily

Emily Francona is a retired U.S. Air Force officer with degrees in international relations. Her professional and personal travel have exposed her to a variety of cultures in the Middle East, Europe, New Zealand, Latin America, and the Balkans. Emily’s retirement brought her to the southern Oregon coast. 


Emily became involved in Adopt-a-Village in Guatemala’s efforts to empower Mayan children through education after visiting the organization’s Maya Jaguar Schools in 2019. She volunteered as the program coordinator for Let's Leave No Girl Behind, a two-year Rotary Club project that focused on promoting education and literacy for impoverished girls. Her efforts resulted in increased donations and visibility for Adopt-a-Village supported scholarships for Maya girls. Since then, she has accepted a leadership role in the recently- introduced bilingual literacy program for Maya preschool children.