Marsha Poppie What do you do at Learning Ally? I mostly do recording of instructional text with occasional checking of other’s files. In the 90’s, I was on the board of directors for the Orland Park studio. How long have you volunteered at Learning Ally? This is my 25th year of volunteering for Learning Ally (previously known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic). What made you want to volunteer at Learning Ally? After all my children were out of the house and off to school, I had more free time on my hands and wanted to volunteer. I have always felt that blind people faced challenges in everyday life and learning and so I wanted to share my eyesight in a constructive helpful manner. What's something most people at LA don't know about you? Perhaps, that I used to work as an extra in TV and film. What do you like most about volunteering at LA? With the advent of our virtual studio, I like the flexibility it affords me in sitting to record at any time of the day I wish. I also enjoy the gratification I receive in knowing that some student somewhere really needs the book I’m working on and will learn from it. Moreover, another thing I enjoy about recording for LA is that I am learning as well from every book I read. Do you have any advice for prospective LA volunteers? Ease into the process and understand that you will not know everything at once. Staff and other volunteers are very helpful and always there to lend advice. Even now, I still learn new things. What is your favorite audio book/ book if you have any? When I was recording Inferno by Dan Brown, I became so engrossed in the story that I was going to the studio extra days to read it. What do you do during your free time? During my free time I most enjoy singing in a choir, making quilts, going to movies, reading, traveling and spending time with my family of six children, their spouses, and eleven grandchildren. What is your Favorite movie or TV series? I like all the PBS shows, Downton Abbey, Grantchester, Call the Midwife, Doc Martin etc. The intrigue of Raymond Reddington on Blacklist captivates me.