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A longtime board member and supporter of Centro Hispano, Richard has taught English as a Second Language (ESL) as a volunteer two nights per week at Centro Hispano for the past five years. After working as a shipyard welder, he earned his degree from the Tulane University School of Law. Richard moved to Knoxville in 1988 where he practiced law for more than twenty years with Sidney Gilreath & Associates representing individuals in medical, pharmaceutical, medical device, and other complex cases.
After retiring from the paid practice of law, he assisted his wife Christine in operating Greenway School, a private middle school in Knoxville noted as the first in Tennessee to provide each student with a computer. Richard also was instrumental in developing Richmond Orchard, the first site-built, tiny house community in Knoxville. In 2020 he was honored by Governor Bill Lee as the Knox County Adult Volunteer, the same year Centro Hispano was recognized by the Governor as East Tennessee Nonprofit of the Year.
As a late-in-life learner of the Spanish language, he uses his own experience and empathy to effectively instruct his adult students in learning English. About his fondness for his students at Centro Richard said, “I admire their determination to learn English and integrate into the community. Their willingness to conjugate irregular verbs after working all day inspires me when I am tired. After every class I have ever taught at Centro, at least one student thanks me.”