Executive DirectorMargie comes to Reading Partners with more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. She joined Reading Partners in August 2015 after serving seven years as executive director for Rebuilding Together Seattle, where she oversaw operations, development, and programming in order to provide free home repair services to low-income homeowners in need. Margie also served on the Rebuilding Together National Affiliate Council and National Board (D.C.). Prior to Rebuilding Together Seattle, Margie worked in development in Seattle at an education foundation, Fulcrum Foundation, helping coordinate a $40m capital campaign and the organization’s annual gala. Margie’s other experience includes public relations, marketing, and journalism.Read
In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Thirlby is a former sports journalist, volleyball coach, camp counselor, and Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Margie graduated Magna Cum Laude at St. Olaf College with a bachelor’s degree in English and media studies, and received her certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Washington.
Program AssociateAmber comes to Reading Partners with a strong passion for individualized education. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Amber obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology, with a focus on child development, from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. She has experience working in programs for student with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and other cognitive development challenges which require specialized instruction. Amber joined the Reading Partners Colorado team in 2015 as a reading center coordinator. This year, she is taking on the role of program associate and cannot wait to continue serving students and tutors in the incredible journey Reading Partners provides.
Community Engagement ManagerJess is an advocate of experiential learning, thoughtful design, and exploring innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. Before joining the Reading Partners team, Jess co-founded ThinkImpact, an education travel company that built programs for college students to explore immersive learning, leadership, and design thinking in rural communities across Africa and Latin America. At ThinkImpact, Jess wore many hats, but found her niche in the world of community engagement, building successful partnerships with top universities including University of Southern California, Northwestern University, and Dartmouth to name a few. A Bay Area native, Jess received a BA from UC Davis in international relations and a MA in international education from George Washington University. She lights up when she is vinyl hunting, backpacking, and meeting new people!
Program ManagerZach joined Reading Partners in the spring of 2014 and served the last year as a reading center coordinator. He is thrilled to step into his current role as a program associate and to continue impacting the lives of young readers in Colorado. Prior to his time with Reading Partners, Zach served as an AmeriCorps VISTA working in a Denver Public Schools turnaround project and taught high school history in his native state of Indiana. Zach graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's in education with a focus on history and political science.
Reading Center Coordinators
Jessica Boberek, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Force Elementary School
Leslie Cairns, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — College View Elementary School
Karissa Ciarlelli, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Dora Moore Elementary School
Christine Ekleberry, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Kaiser Elementary School
Michaela Finn, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Samuels Elementary School
Mary Hambrick, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Ashley Elementary School
Lisa Henderson, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Columbine Elementary
Jonathan Merkel, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Garden Place Academy
Kristen Rochester, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Trevista Elementary School
Ruth Jackson, Development Coordinator *VISTA
Alaina Shires, Senior Volunteer Organizer*VISTA
Karen Barker, Principal, Dora Moore Elementary School
Erich Bethke, Attorney Senn Visciano Canges P.C.
Sarah Davis, SCD Marketing Communications
Dan Galemba, Senior Director, Insurance Strategy at DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.
Alison Gillis, Attorney
Barb Goettelman, Early Childhood Educator, Hope United Methodist Preschool
Danny McCormick, Independent Education Consultant
Robert Rosenthal, Underwriting Counsel/Commercial Escrow Officer, Assured Title Agency, LLC
Kara Williams (Board Chair), Director – Advisory, KPMG LLP
Cindy Westergaard, Community Volunteer