North Texas

Our Team

  • Kaitlin Guthrow

    Kaitlin Guthrow

    Executive Director, North Texas

    Kaitlin Guthrow has over 14 years of experience in leadership, advocacy, development, and communication for children’s education-centered nonprofit organizations. Prior to joining the Reading Partners team, she worked in leadership roles at Communities In Schools of Central Texas, Children’s Defense Fund of Texas, and was the founding executive director of the Texas Early Childhood Education Coalition. As a result of her successful advocacy efforts at the Texas state capitol, Kaitlin was honored with both the Pre-k Champion award from Pre-k Now, as well as the Advocate of the Year award from the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children. Kaitlin has dedicated her career to improving access to quality education opportunities for young children. Kaitlin was accepted into the Dallas Regional Chamber’s 2016 Leadership Dallas Class and serves on the Mayor’s Taskforce on Poverty for the City of Dallas. Kaitlin is a sixth generation Texan and received her master’s degree in social work at the University of Texas at Austin and her bachelor’s degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.  
  • Kelly Bush

    Senior Development Manager

    Kelly Bush has over five years of development and event experience centered around youth non-profit organizations. Before joining Reading Partners, Kelly worked at CureSearch for Children’s Cancer in Washington, DC, and eventually Dallas, where she served as a development manager and was responsible for a portfolio of almost $1 million. A graduate of Ohio State University, Kelly interned with a nonprofit foundation focused on bringing books into elementary schools and emphasizing the importance of reading. It was this experience that helped her realize how much she enjoyed working with at-risk youth and she knew she wanted to continue working in the nonprofit world.  
  • Mary Freeman

    Development Director

    Mary Freeman has served in a variety of human service agencies, including The Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity, for more than 17 years. As a third generation nonprofit professional, her grandparents' legacy of service instilled in her a desire to continually answer a call of service to those in need. She has witnessed first-hand how education can be the key to breaking cycles of poverty. She views Reading Partners as a personal and tangible solution to guiding children toward a life-long pursuit of learning. Mary earned her bachelors of business administration in marketing from Southern Methodist University and a masters of business administration in nonprofit management from the University of Dallas.
  • Chasidy Henry

    Program Director

    Chasidy Henry has over a decade of experience in the education sector, teaching, leading, and directing public school and private education. Prior to joining Reading Partners, she taught for several years at the preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, and collegiate levels. She has taught multiple subjects, predominantly literacy centered instruction, and has worked with students with learning differences. Chasidy is a veteran presenter and published author. Chasidy has worked with several non-profit organizations, including Communities in Schools, Early Head Start, Head Start, The Parenting Cottage, Women’s Protective Services, National Association for the Education of Young Children, and more. Chasidy received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and interdisciplinary studies from Angelo State University and her masters degrees in curriculum & instruction and educational leadership, and PhD in curriculum & instruction with emphasis in language and literacy from Texas Tech University.
  • Ashley Huff

    Senior Program Manager

    Ashley Huff graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies (early childhood – fourth grade) and went on to teach in both public and charter schools for four and a half years. During her teaching career, she had the opportunity to work with students from second to fifth grade. While working as a fifth grade special education teacher, Ashley developed a passion for teaching reading and working with students one-on-one at their individual level. Ashley helped launch Reading Partners in Dallas and is looking forward to continue helping Reading Partners have an impact on Dallas students.
  • Maggie Hughes

    Program Manager

    Maggie Hughes graduated from Baylor University with a bachelor’s degree in social work after which she completed her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. Prior to becoming a program manager, Maggie served as an AmeriCorps regional site coordinator with Reading Partners North Texas for two years. During these two years as a regional site coordinator, Maggie found her passion applying her social work background in the field of education. She is looking forward to continuing with Reading Partners North Texas as it continues to grow and build new partnerships in the community.
  • Lisa Phillips

    Senior Program Manager

    Lisa Phillips is a seasoned educator with experience teaching at the preschool, secondary and adult levels, with extensive experience creating curriculum through her work. She has also worked in the nonprofit sector, with several years of working as an advocate, presenter and project manager. Lisa received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
  • Daniel Simmons

    Program Manager

    Daniel has eight years of teaching experience in both public and private institutions, within the United States and abroad. He has taught at the elementary, middle school, high school, and undergraduate level, giving him a unique perspective on the literacy development and skill-base acquisition needed for students to become excellent readers. Prior to becoming a program associate, Daniel served as an Americorps site coordinator with Reading Partners in Texas. He received his master's of theology and master's of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, and his bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. Daniel is excited to continue on with Reading Partners as the program expands to reach more students throughout Texas.
  • Annamaria Sirugo

    Program Manager

    Annamaria Sirugo earned her bachelor’s degree from Butler University and then went on to serve as a City Year AmeriCorps member in Tulsa, Oklahoma for two years. While serving at an elementary school in Tulsa, Annamaria developed a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and ensuring all students receive quality academic and socio-emotional support. In the future, she wishes to pursue higher education to continue learning how best to create educational equality for all students. Annamaria is excited to work in Dallas alongside the Reading Partners North Texas team.
  • Andrea Solis

    Program Manager

    Andrea Solis has always believed in the AmeriCorps motto of “getting things done.” She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s and master’s in public administration. She previously served with AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps NPRC. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Andrea taught for four years as a special education teacher. Her belief is that all children deserve a quality education! She could not be more excited to assist the Reading Partners North Texas team make a difference in the life of a child.
  • Jackie Walker

    Community Engagement Manager

    Jackie Walker joins Reading Partners after five years working in higher education. While at Birmingham-Southern College and SMU, she gained experience in service learning, community engagement, volunteer management, and program development. These experiences cultivated a deep sense of social justice and a desire to advocate for equitable education for alls. She has a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in international development, gender studies, and religious studies and a master’s degree from Southern Methodist University in gender studies and organizational dynamics.

Board

Jennifer Chandler, Board Chair, Senior Vice President & Market Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management for the Greater North Texas Region

Millicent Boykin, Chief Program Officer, VolunteerNOW

Kristine Burke, community volunteer

Ryan Burke, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

Jennifer Chandler, Board Chair, Senior Vice President & Market Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management for the Greater North Texas Region

Laura Elcock, Community Volunteer

Cathy Estrada, Community Volunteer

Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director at the George W. Bush Institute and Senior Vice President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Casey Moore, Litigation Attorney, Greenberg Traurig LLP

Robert Rogers, M.D. P.A, Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates

Kathy Spicer, Community Volunteer

Aleta Stampley, Senior Manager of Community Relations for the Commercial Bank, Capital One

Whitney Strauss, Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development, The Davis Advocates

De’Edra S. Williams, Customer Success Director, Salesforce

 

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