Our Team

  • Rachel Minnick

    Rachel Minnick

    Executive Director

    Rachel brings twenty years of non-profit and public policy experience to her role as the Sacramento executive director. Most recently, she served with the City of Sacramento as the district director for Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, managing the day-to-day operations of the office and serving as a liaison between constituents and city staff to solve complex challenges. As the director of family and community engagement for the California Charter Schools Association, Rachel identified and mentored parent leaders to become advocates for their schools, helping them collaborate with policy makers through positive and productive dialogue. Her passion for Reading Partners grew out of an opportunity to tutor students at one of the reading centers when she served as the communications officer for Mayor Kevin Johnson's literacy initiative Sacramento READS!

    which was launched to educate the community about the need for children to read on grade level by the end of third grade. Previous to these roles, Rachel worked on policy advocacy to increase access to affordable child care with Child Action, Inc. and was the training coordinator at the Sacramento Children’s Home and the Children’s Receiving Home. Her career has been dedicated to the well-being of children and families, rooted in the belief that every child deserves a bright future.

  • Christina Danielson

    Program Manager

    Christina grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from U.C. Davis with her B.A. in history, multiple subject teaching credential, and Masters in education. Prior to being a program manager in Sacramento, Christina taught third grade, fourth grade, and K-6 grade technology. Additionally, Christina was the Reading Partners site coordinator at Peter Burnett Elementary School in Sacramento for FY14-15. As a program manager, she oversees four school sites and manages student progress. She is excited to continue working with Reading Partners to address the national literacy crisis. Contact Christina at
  • Virginia Isble

    Development Manager

    Before joining Reading Partners, Virginia spent six years working in development, focusing on major gifts, event planning, and grant writing, for the Crocker Art Museum and LifeSTEPS. Virginia is a passionate supporter of reading and lifelong learning. She earned her master’s in museum studies and MBA from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, California. Her favorite children’s book is Roald Dahl’s The BFG. Contact Virginia at or (530) 746-8306.
  • Michael Spalsbury

    Program Manager

    Mike was born, raised, and educated near the shores of Lake Michigan where he began a life-long love of experiential education and working with children, beginning with what became a long history with the YMCA. He has spent the better part of his life dedicated to education-centered nonprofit work and comes to Reading Partners Sacramento after spending time as a site coordinator with Reading Partners Silicon Valley. As a program manager, he oversees five school sites and is passionate about childhood education. His philosophy is that in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values, we must purposefully engage the students with direct experience and focused reflection, because it will all develop the students' capacity to contribute to their communities. When he's not in one of the reading centers, Mike can be found on his bike or between the pages of the pretentiously long book he's only pretending to read. Contact Mike at or 415.305.5201.

AmeriCorps Team

Shannon Butler, Volunteer Coordinator

Site Coordinators

Cindy Ayala, Site Coordinator, Bret Harte Elementary

Meleah Campbell, Site Coordinator, Peter Burnett Elementary

Julia Glick, Site Coordinator, H.W. Harkness Elementary

Vanessa Hernandez, Regional Site Coordinator

Opinerveer “Pindee” Kaur, Senior Site Coordinator, Pacific Elementary

Evelyn Kwong, Site Coordinator, Caroline Wenzel Elementary

Uri Martinez-Tavera, Site Coordinator, Bell Avenue Elementary

Allison Miyashiro, Site Coordinator, Ethel Phillips Elementary

Karin Oxenham, Site Coordinator, Michael J. Castori Elementary

Edith Santibanez, Senior Site Coordinator, Glenwood Elementary

Erica Walthall, Site Coordinator, Northwood Elementary



Michelle Yung

Board Chair, PMO Supervisor, Energy Research & Development, SMUD

Hon. David Abbott

Judge, Sacramento County Superior Court

Kim Andersen

Vice President of Northern & Central California Region and West Coast Marketing Manager, Wells Fargo

Katharine Buddingh

Litigation Attorney, Downey Brand LLP

Rachelle Doyle

Marketing Coordinator, Image Orthodontics

Berit Elam

Associate Attorney, Barth Daly LLP

Robby Gill

Sacramento State University Student

Tim Jordan

Co-Owner, Old Soul Co.

Pavan Sandhu

Board Vice Chair, Business Banking Officer, SAFE Credit Union

Michael Shockley

Director of Corporate Partnership Sales, Sacramento Kings

Tricia Stevens

Retired Planning Professional, Sacramento County Community Development Department

Jane Tsai Weaver

Board Member, Social Venture Partners Sacramento

Jill Withrow

Co-Owner, Old Soul Co.


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