Our Team

Working together to achieve our mission: our team is our greatest strength.

Our Staff

Tom Dillon

Co-Executive Director

tdillon@theliteracylab.org

Tom Dillon is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Literacy Lab. With a background in foreign language instruction, Tom brings an understanding of language acquisition and linguistic processes to the organization. Tom has experience teaching, coaching, and working in a number of academic programs in the Washington, D.C. area. Tom earned a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies at The College of William and Mary and holds a Certificate in Contemporary Europe from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Ashley Johnson

Co-Executive Director

ajohnson@theliteracylab.org

Ashley Johnson is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Literacy Lab. Prior to founding The Literacy Lab, Ashley worked as a Special Education teacher and coordinator at public and charter schools in the District of Columbia. Ashley was a Teach For America Metro DC corps member. Ashley earned her Master’s degree in Special Education from American University and her Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lauren Bomgardner

Program Associate

lbomgardner@theliteracylab.org

Lauren Bomgardner is a Program Associate at The Literacy Lab. She joined The Literacy Lab's staff after serving as a K-3 tutor at Langdon Elementary School in Washington, DC. Lauren has always been passionate about education and has volunteered in elementary schools for over eight years. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, Lauren earned her Bachelor's degree in Government and with a Minor in Dance from the College of William and Mary.

Emma Byrne

Program Director

ebyrne@theliteracylab.org

Emma Byrne has experience as a classroom teacher and is an expert in experiential learning and team building. After graduating from West Virginia University with a Master’s degree in secondary education and a Bachelor’s degree in English, she lived in Guanajuato, Mexico, where she trained high school and college faculty in the implementation of the country’s first 4-H & Youth Development program. Emma is a former Literacy Lab tutor.

Jordan Chandler

Operations Associate

jchandler@theliteracylab.org

Jordan Chandler joined The Literacy Lab team after serving as a full-time tutor at Stanton Elementary School in Southeast Washington, DC. Prior to her year of service with the Literacy Lab, Jordan completed a year of AmeriCorps service at Stanton. Jordan holds Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Sarah-Rose Dorton

Deputy Program Director

sdorton@theliteracylab.org

Sarah-Rose Dorton joined the Literacy Lab team after being a part of The Literacy Lab’s first class of full-time AmeriCorps tutors, where she served at Polk Elementary in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to her year of service with The Literacy Lab, she spent her summers working for Youth Development programs in North Carolina. Sarah-Rose holds a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Religious Studies from The College of William and Mary.

María Eugenia Fernández

Program Associate

mfernandez@theliteracylab.org

María Eugenia Fernández is a Program Associate at The Literacy Lab. A native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, she has previously interned with organizations working to improve the quality of public education on the island. María Eugenia also volunteered as a tutor and classroom aide in Richmond, Virginia. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Sociology from the University of Richmond.

Noelle Gipson

Program Manager

ngipson@theliteracylab.org

Noelle Gipson has extensive experience in both urban education and non-profit program development. For three consecutive summers, she was a servant-leader for The Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. She began her career as a middle school English teacher for New York City Public Schools before being selected as the founding trainer to open The Posse Foundation Inc. in New Orleans. She returned to teaching as a reading interventionist for New Orleans Public Schools and, subsequently, served as a Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach for a DC public charter school. Noelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Arts with a minor in Leadership Studies from Hampton University and a Master’s degree in English Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also earned a Reading Specialist certification from Xavier University of Louisiana.

Chamelle Gleaton

Office Manager

cgleaton@theliteracylab.org

Chamelle Gleaton joined the Literacy Lab team after serving as a full-time tutor at Amidon-Bowen Elementary school in Washington, DC. She also served as a Team Lead for the Literacy Lab’s summer school program at Wheatley Elementary school. Prior to her two years of service with The Literacy Lab, she worked four years educating the general public on FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program. She also spent a summer working in a youth development program in Hyattsville, Maryland. Chamelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Allen Hess

Director of Finance

ahess@theliteracylab.org

Allen Hess is the Director of Finance at The Literacy Lab. Allen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has extensive experience in providing accounting, tax, and consulting services to various non-profit organizations. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, Allen was a Principal with a public accounting firm located in Pennsylvania. Allen has over fifteen years of experience, working both in public accounting as well as serving as Chief Financial Officer for a non-profit continuing care retirement community. Allen earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Shippensburg University.

Kayvona Hewitt

Recruitment Associate

khewitt@theliteracylab.org

Kayvona Hewitt is a Recruitment Associate at the Literacy Lab. She served as a full-time K-3 tutor at Ketcham Elementary School in Washington, DC. Kayvona is a native of Washington, DC and attended two of the schools that The Literacy Lab serves: Savoy Elementary and Ketcham Elementary. She received her Bachelor's degree in English from Trinity Washington University and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Elementary Education with a focus in literacy at Grand Canyon University.

Carlie Muessig

Recruitment Coordinator

cmuessig@theliteracylab.org

Carlie Muessig is a Recruitment Coordinator at The Literacy Lab. She has always enjoyed interacting with students and spent her high school and college years working at summer camps, participating in elementary mentoring programs, and tutoring students of all ages. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a double major in English and Sociology, Carlie joined The Literacy Lab as a K-3 tutor at Mt. Vernon Community School in Alexandria, VA.

Ricardo Neal

Director of Innovation and Strategy

rneal@theliteracylab.org

Ricardo Neal is the Director of Strategy and Innovation at The Literacy Lab. Ricardo has extensive experience in the non-profit and public education sectors. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, he served in various leadership and governance roles in education, philanthropy, and public advocacy. Ricardo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master’s degree in Social Work from the Boston University School of Social Work.

Connor Nowalk

Data and Strategy Manager

cnowalk@theliteracylab.org

Connor Nowalk began his work in education as a Literacy Lab tutor, and he is thrilled to return to the organization. After serving as a tutor in 2010-11, he joined the Teach For America DC Corps as a high school math teacher. He continued to teach after moving to Kansas City and then founded Echograde, an ed tech company. In 2016, he returned to the Literacy Lab as the Data and Strategy Manager. In addition, he runs the Pell Project, a scholarship for Kansas City’s undocumented students that he cofounded. He has degrees in music and the Program of Liberal Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and he is currently pursuing his Masters in Data Science and Analytics from the University of Missouri.

Nick Picciotto

Program Associate

npicciotto@theliteracylab.org

Nick Picciotto joined the Literacy Lab team after serving as part of The Literacy Lab's first class of Baltimore tutors, where he was a Pre-K literacy tutor at Curtis Bay Elementary Middle School. Prior to his year of service, he worked as a teacher's assistant and lead teacher at Step by Step Children's Learning Center in Sparks, Maryland for 4 years. Nick holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Towson University.

Sarah Reape

Program Manager

sreape@theliteracylab.org

Sarah Reape has over a decade of experience serving in the nonprofit sector. She previously worked as a program manager with an early education agency, where she recruited and trained volunteers to serve in preschool classrooms in low-income neighborhoods in Kansas City. In recognition of her leadership, talent, and dedication, Sarah was honored as the 2017 Kansas City Emerging Nonprofit Professional of the Year. Sarah is an AmeriCorps alumna who holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Spanish and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Diamond Revell

Program Manager

drevell@theliteracylab.org

Diamond Revell is a Teach For America alumna with over a decade of experience working in public school systems. For over 7 years, she provided English as a second language instruction for students in DC Public Schools. Diamond subsequently served as a literacy and data coach, providing critical support and guidance for local elementary schools. She earned her Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from American University and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Richmond.

Sharif Scales

Program Associate

sscales@theliteracylab.org

Sharif is a Program Associate at The Literacy Lab. He joined The Literacy Lab staff after serving as a Pre-K tutor at C.W. Harris Elementary School in Washington, DC. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, Sharif worked as the lead anesthesia technician for a trauma hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He also spent time as a volunteer for youth sports programs.

Anna Selle

Program and Communications Associate

aselle@theliteracylab.org

Anna Selle served as a Pre-K tutor at Ervin Early Learning Center in the Hickman Mills School District during The Literacy Lab's first year in Kansas City, MO. Anna graduated from Truman State University with degrees in Art History and Communication. Anna applies her experience in the classroom in her current role as a Program and Communications Associate for the Kansas City region.

Ellen Sheppard

Program Associate

esheppard@theliteracylab.org

Ellen Sheppard served for two years as a tutor with The Literacy Lab at Benjamin Banneker Elementary in Kansas City, MO. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Jordan Smith

Recruitment Manager

jsmith@theliteracylab.org

Jordan Smith has a range of experience in elementary education in her home state of Georgia, having served as a tutor, intern to a principal, and 5th grade teacher. Upon relocating to Washington, DC, she served as an AmeriCorps member in the Trinidad neighborhood, supervising supplemental literacy tutoring through engaged community volunteers. She brings additional experience in volunteer and partnership management to her role as Recruitment Manager. Jordan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Policy from the University of Georgia. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education Policy from the George Washington University.

Donnaraé Wade

Program Manager

dwade@theliteracylab.org

Donnaraé Wade began her career in education as a teacher in Washington, DC. She taught Kindergarten for five years, and has garnered experience working with both Early Childhood and Dual Language programs in public and independent schools. She earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction while she was a Teach for America corps member. Following her time in the classroom, Donnaraé served as the Coordinator of Elementary Schools for DC Public Schools. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, concentrating in Social and Cognitive Neuroscience, from Harvard University.

Weadé Wallace

Program Manager

wwallace@theliteracylab.org

Weadé Wallace has extensive and diverse experience in the education field, including program management, special education advocacy, and non-profit leadership. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, Weadé served as Executive Director of Advocates for Justice and Education in Washington, DC. In addition to being a former Literacy Lab tutor, she has also worked for Breakthrough Collaborative as a Program Coordinator leading initiatives to increase academic opportunity for low-income students. Weadé is an Advisory Council member of The National Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education. She received her Bachelor's degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master's degree in Educational Administration and Policy from Howard University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Special Education and Disability Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Ebanē Ward

Program Associate

eward@theliteracylab.org

Ebanē Ward is a Program Associate at The Literacy Lab. As a native of Richmond, VA, Ebanē attended school in two districts that The Literacy Lab currently serves. During the 2016-17 academic year she served as a full-time K-3 tutor at Glen Lea Elementary, where she initiated school-wide projects as well as leading clubs and afterschool programs. Prior to her year of service with The Literacy Lab, Ebanē worked with children of all ages in both recreational and educational settings, which ignited her passion for education and youth development. Ebanē is a graduate of Old Dominion University, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Professional Writing and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Virginia.

Angela Wilson

AmeriCorps Grants Associate

awilson@theliteracylab.org

Angela Wilson served as a full-time tutor at Benjamin Banneker Elementary during The Literacy Lab’s first year in Kansas City, MO. Her interest in literacy was stimulated by nearly a decade spent volunteering for early education programs, including the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center in Topeka, KS, where she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Angela earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Rudi Zelman

Program Manager

rzelman@theliteracylab.org

Rudi Zelman is a Program Manager at The Literacy Lab. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, she was a Teach For America Baltimore corps member and worked as a classroom teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools for six years. Rudi earned her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from Arizona State University.

Our Master Coaches

Emily Durig

Master Coach

edurig@theliteracylab.org

Emily Durig is a K-3 Master Coach in Kansas City, Missouri. She has a decade of experience as an intermediate general education and English-Language Arts teacher in Kansas City area schools. She is an alumna of the Leading Educators teacher leader fellowship and current leadership coach for the organization. Emily has experience managing and coaching teachers and teacher leaders as well as facilitating professional development locally and nationally for Expeditionary Learning Schools. Emily holds a Master’s degree in Elementary Education with a Literacy focus and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from The University of Kansas.

Suzanne Edgar

Master Coach

sedgar@theliteracylab.org

Suzanne Edgar is a Pre-K Master Coach in Washington, DC. She is an early literacy specialist with expertise in special education, dual language learning strategies, and behavior interventions. Suzanne taught in public and charter schools in the District, and was a mentor teacher for an Urban Teacher Resident. Suzanne holds a bachelor of music and a masters degree in special education.

Christine Farber

Master Coach

cfarber@theliteracylab.org

Christine Farber is a K-3 Master Coach in Baltimore, MD. She started off her career as a French teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. She then became a teacher coach and director of professional development with Teach for America - Baltimore. Her most recent role, prior to joining The Literacy Lab, was as an Assistant Principal for KIPP Harmony Academy – a public elementary charter school in Baltimore City. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in French and Political Science from Bates College and her Master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

Toni Hamlin

Master Coach

thamlin@theliteracylab.org

Toni Hamlin is a K-3 Master Coach in Hopewell and Petersburg, Virginia. She has over 20 years of experience working in grade K-6th with 17 of those years as a Reading Specialist in the Richmond area. Toni has experience in staff development and has facilitated training in both the educational and business sectors. Toni holds a Master’s degree in Reading from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education from Mount Vernon College (GW) in Washington, DC.

Emma Hancock

Early Literacy Coach

ehancock@theliteracylab.org

Emma Hancock is an Early Literacy Coach in Kansas City, Missouri. She has previous experience as an Early Childhood Paraprofessional and Family Advocate. Emma served as a Pre-K tutor with The Literacy Lab in Kansas City Public Schools during the 2016-17 school year. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

Shannon Hepler

Master Coach

shepler@theliteracylab.org

Shannon Hepler is a K-3 Master Coach in Washington, DC. She has over a decade of experience as a special educator with DC Public Schools as well as with Cesar Chavez and EL Haynes Public Charter Schools. She was a member of the inaugural class of DC Teaching Fellows and has extensive experience managing and coaching teachers, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members. Shannon holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from George Mason University.

Jessica Jones

Master Coach

jjones@theliteracylab.org

Jessica Jones is a K-3 Master Coach in Washington, DC. She has a variety of experiences in early childhood and elementary education settings, teaching Pre-K, K, and 1st grade. Prior to joining The Literacy Lab, Jessica served as a Master Teacher for AppleTree Early Learning Public Charter School, coaching and developing teaching fellows. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from Temple University and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Studies at Walden University.

Lindsey Lipsky

Master Coach

llipsky@theliteracylab.org

Lindsey Lipsky is a K-3 Master Coach in Kansas City, MO. Lindsey has over a decade of experience working in both the education and non-profit realms. She is a Teach for America Alumni (Phoenix ’07) and worked as a special education classroom teacher for over five years, helping students with more severe reading, learning, language and attention issues. Lindsey is a certified Learning and Behavior Specialist who continues to work as an Inclusion Specialist for local private schools and religious institutions. Lindsey has a Master’s Degree in Special Education as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Nonprofit Management from North Park University-Chicago.

Shelley Keith

Master Coach

skeith@theliteracylab.org

Shelley Keith is a Pre-K Master Coach in Baltimore, MD. She has extensive early education experience with a wide variety of programs with various philosophical approaches. Previous positions held include director, coach, mentor, curriculum specialist, parent educator and teacher. Shelley holds a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Trident University and a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from the University of Wyoming. Shelley is a former Literacy Lab Internal Coach.

Terrell Mann

Master Coach

tmann@theliteracylab.org

Terrell Mann is a Pre-K Master Coach in Kansas City, Missouri. Her past roles include: early childhood teacher, master teacher/coach, and director, and elementary, preschool, and early intervention special educator. For the past ten years she has provided training, technical assistance, and coaching services to local and national child care and out of school time programs and support organizations. Since 2000 Terrell has served and continues to serve as adjunct faculty in the early childhood programs at two local community colleges. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History of Art and Architecture from Princeton University and holds a Master of Education degree in Child Study from Tufts University as well as a Master of Arts degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Kimberly Parker

Master Coach

kparker@theliteracylab.org

Kimberly Parker is a Pre-K Master Coach in Washington, DC. She is an Early Childhood Specialist with expertise in early childhood development, early literacy acquisition, and special education. Kimberly taught in a variety of settings in Washington, DC including child development centers, public charter schools, and DC public schools. In her three years with DC Public Schools, she was recognized as a Distinguished Teacher, having been rated as a Highly Effective educator for three years in a row, the highest possible evaluation rating. Kimberly earned her Master’s Degree in Education and Human Development from the George Washington University in 2007.

Alisa Smith

Master Coach

asmith@theliteracylab.org

Alisa Smith is a K-3 Master Coach in Richmond, VA. She began her career in education as an elementary teacher for Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, VA. After earning her Master's degree and reading specialist endorsement from the University of Virginia , she helped open Harvie Elementary in eastern Henrico as the school's Title I Literacy Specialist. There she provided intervention to struggling readers and supported the faculty as a reading coach. Alisa has also taught graduate level courses in literacy for the University of Virginia in the Richmond area and has enjoyed providing professional development and support to teachers in a variety of settings.

Lisa Sweeney

Master Coach

lsweeney@theliteracylab.org

Lisa Sweeney is a K-3 Master Coach in Washington, DC. She has a decade of experience as an educator in a variety of elementary and special education settings. Lisa was a K-3 Master Coach for Iowa Reading Corps and has experience training and coaching AmeriCorps members for Minnesota Reading Corps National Replication. She is a member of Kappa Gamma Pi, the National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society, which strives for a high standard of excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service within the community. Lisa holds a Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Learning Differences from Cabrini College and her Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Sara Twaddell

Master Coach

stwaddell@theliteracylab.org

Sara Twaddell is a K-3 Master Coach in Washington, DC. She began her teaching career at Hope Community Charter School and taught 1st and 4th grade. She went on to manage the teacher recruitment and selection process for DC Public Schools and then served as an Instructional Coach at Langley Elementary School before joining The Literacy Lab. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, with a Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of Virginia. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from New York University.

Kyle Warren

Master Coach

kwarren@theliteracylab.org

Kyle grew up primarily in South Carolina where he attended school at the University of South Carolina, earning a degree in English and Political Science. After graduating, Kyle moved to Tulsa, OK where he taught 5th grade for two years at Celia Clinton Elementary School through the Teach For America program. He shifted to an instructional coach role with Teach For America as a Manager of Teacher Leadership Development, supporting teachers in content delivery, planning, and pedagogy in both Arkansas and Massachusetts from 2012 – 2016. He’s excited to begin supporting tutors with The Literacy Lab in Richmond, VA where he lives with his partner and two dogs. When not working, you’ll likely find him trying something new in the kitchen, kayaking or running the dogs by the river, or exploring the city.

Sheila Williams

Early Literacy Coach

swilliams@theliteracylab.org

Sheila Williams is an Early Literacy Coach in Washington, DC. After receiving her degree in special education from Kean University, she began teaching preschool in the same New Jersey school district where she attended school as a child, and later coached both at the pre-K and Kindergarten levels. After marrying, she moved to Pennsylvania and became a Lead Trainer for the Tools of the Mind preschool curriculum. Her interest in working within a Head Start program led her to the DC Public Schools Early Childhood Division, where she has both been a curriculum specialist and a manager of Instructional Specialists. With over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood, she is excited to support the Literacy Lab Leading Men Fellowship.

Our Board

Hugh Cole III

Treasurer

Hugh Cole is an associate with Washington Property Company, a real estate development firm in Bethesda, MD. Hugh has 12 years of experience in real estate development and investments. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland. Hugh has previously served on the Board of Directors for KIPP Baltimore, the Alumni Board for the Gilman School in Baltimore, and the Secondary School Committee for the University of Pennsylvania Admissions Department. He lives in Bethesda with his wife and son.

Elizabeth S. Duff

Secretary

Betsy Duff is a Partner with Harbour Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment management firm and family office based in McLean, VA. Betsy has over 25 years of experience in private banking, investment banking, and corporate finance. She earned a B.A. from Brown University. Betsy has served as a Trustee and Chair of the Board of The Potomac School, as a Director of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and as a board member and President of the Junior League of Washington.

Bailey Edelson

Bailey Edelson is a Senior VP with the JBG Companies, a real estate investment and development firm in Chevy Chase, MD. Bailey has over 10 years of experience in real estate investment and development and is currently focused on mixed-use development in the DC Metro Area. She earned an A.B. from Brown University and an MBA from Georgetown University. She has been active through the Junior League of Washington with The Literacy Lab’s Ready to Read program since 2012. She lives in Bethesda with her husband.

Patricia L. Evans

Patricia L. Evans is the Associate Director of the DC Human Resources Center for Learning and Development (DCHR CLD). Prior to joining DCHR CLD, she was the Executive Director at Serve DC – The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism. Patricia has worked in senior-level positions for the American Lung Association, the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, and the Fannie Mae Foundation. She also served for six years as the Director of Operations and Education at Standard Register, a Fortune 1000 company. Patricia lives in the historic Hillcrest neighborhood in Washington, DC and is married with two children.

Praveen Jeyarajah

Praveen Jeyarajah works with Astor Place Holdings, the private investment arm of Select Equity Group, L.P. Praveen has 20 years of private investment experience and earned a B.A. in Economics from Rutgers College and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Praveen previously served on the Board of Capital Partners For Education. Praveen lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two sons.

Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson is the Founder and Co-Executive Director of The Literacy Lab. Prior to founding The Literacy Lab, Ashley worked as a Special Education teacher and coordinator at public and charter schools in the District of Columbia. Ashley was a Teach For America Metro DC corps member. Ashley earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from American University and her Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Elisabeth (Liz) Liptak

Ms. Liptak has been involved in the literacy field for more than 20 years. She currently serves as director of professional services for the International Dyslexia Association in Baltimore, where she directs their standards initiative for teacher training. Previously she served as executive director of the Washington Literacy Council, an adult and family literacy nonprofit in Washington, DC, and was a researcher for a U.S. Department of Education reading grant at the Krasnow Institute of Advanced Study at George Mason University. She has been a volunteer literacy tutor in Washington, DC, and New York City. Ms. Liptak began her career in the publishing industry in New York City, working for John Wiley & Sons and Institutional Investor.

Ned Mandel

Chair

Ned Mandel has been involved in serving schools and literacy programs for over 25 years. He was an unpaid Literacy Lab tutor the past two years at two different DC public schools. He served as Development Director and board member of Septima Clark Public Charter School, located in DC’s Ward 8. Prior to his work at Septima, Ned spent 15 years as owner and President of AKJ Educational Services, a leading supplier of paperback books to schools and literacy programs nationwide. He earned an A.B. from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. Ned serves as Treasurer of the board of Horizons National, an award-winning, summer academic program based in Westport, CT.  He also served as Vice Chair of the board of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC. Ned and his wife Betsy have two grown children and live in Chevy Chase, MD.

Our Supporters


FUNDERS

• The Abell Foundation
• AmeriCorps
• The Andrew and Julie Klingenstein Family Fund
• BJ’s Charitable Foundation
• Bancroft Foundation
• Boeing
• Capital for Children
• Capitol Hill Community Foundation
• City Fund
• The Clark Charitable Foundation
• The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia
• Crowell & Moring LLP
• DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
• DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI)
• The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
• Dimick Foundation
• Dollar General Literacy Foundation
• Durwood Foundation
• Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
• Fight for Children
• George K. Baum Foundation
• The George Preston Marshall Foundation
• The H&R Block Foundation
• Hall Family Foundation
• Hallmark Foundation
• Harman Cain Family Foundation
• The Hattie M. Strong Foundation
• Henry E. Niles Foundation
• Horning Family Fund
• The International Monetary Fund Civic Program
• The Jacob and Charlotte Lehrman Foundation
• John Wall Family Foundation
• The Junior League of Washington
• The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation
• The Lois and Richard England Family Foundation
• The Ludwig Family Foundation
• M&T Bank Foundation
• Mark and Anne Hansen Foundation
• Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
• MAXIMUS Foundation
• MetroAid
• The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
• Nora Roberts Foundation
• The Philip L. Graham Fund
• Pitney Bowes Foundation
• Robins Foundation
• Roger A. and Corinne R. Durkee Fund
• RGK Foundation
• Richard E. and Nancy P. Marriott Foundation
• Scheidel Foundation
• Select Equity Group Foundation
• Share Fund
• Sherman Family Foundation
• Sidgmore Family Foundation
• Speas Memorial Trust
• Stanley and Lucy Lopata Foundation
• Target
• Taylor S. and Patti Harding Abernathy Charitable Trust
• TEGNA Foundation
• Terracon Foundation
• Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation
• Washington Nationals Dream Foundation
• Webber Family Foundation
• Wells Fargo
• William J. Brace Charitable Trust
• Whispering Bells Foundation: The Workman Family
• Wright Family Foundation
• Yelp Foundation
IN-KIND
• Books-A-Million
• Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts
• Compass
• Covington & Burling LLP
• Fair Chance
• Georgetown Cupcake
• Hogan Lovells
• JBG Companies
• Raffa
• Spectrum Printing
• Washington Nationals
• Washington Redskins
• Whole Foods Market

Our Partners


• Catalogue for Philanthropy
• Georgetown University
• George Washington University
• Junior League of Washington
• Maryland Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism
• Missouri Community Service Commission
• ServeDC
• ServeMinnesota
• United Way
• Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Service