Our Team

  • Margie Thirlby

    Margie Thirlby

    Executive Director

    Margie 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.

    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.

  • Michaela Kadavy

    Program Associate

    Michaela came to Reading Partners in 2015 as a reading center coordinator at Samuels Elementary. After two years of overseas work in Nicaragua, Thailand, Kenya, and the Philippines, she realized her passion for education, literacy, and helping solve the world's problems one world-changing student at a time. She did relief work along with teaching English to students ages 3 to 20. When not buried in her favorite book, you can find Michaela watching football, hammocking, or enjoying beautiful Colorado sunsets!
  • Amber Matkowski

    Special Projects Manager

    Amber comes to Reading Partners with a strong passion for individualized education. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Amber obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Christopher Newport University in Virginia. Amber joined the Reading Partners Colorado team in 2015 as a reading center coordinator and served as a Program Associate for the beginning of the 2016 school year. Amber is now in the position of special projects manager and is excited by the opportunity to serve Reading Partners in this versatile role.
  • Zach Ward

    Program Manager

    Zach 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

Summer Shetenhelm, Reading Center Coordinator — Samuels Elementary School

Mary Hambrick, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Ashley Elementary School

Lisa Henderson, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Columbine Elementary

Michelle Kenney, Interim Reading Center Coordinator — Ashley Elementary

Tim Kitchens, Interim Reading Center Coordinator — Force Elementary

Jonathan Merkel, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Garden Place Academy

Kristen Rochester, Senior Reading Center Coordinator — Trevista Elementary School

AmeriCorps Team

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.

Pat Heneghen, Technical Accounting Manager – Prologis

Danny McCormick, Independent Education Consultant

Cesar Rivera, Principal, Samuels Elementary School

Robert Rosenthal, Underwriting Counsel/Commercial Escrow Officer, Assured Title Agency, LLC

Kara Williams (Board Chair), Director – Advisory, KPMG LLP

Cindy Westergaard, Community Volunteer


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