Our Team

  • Afi Tengue

    Afi Tengue

    Executive Director

    A Seattle native and product of public schools, Afi Tengue joins Reading Partners as our new executive director. Afi most recently worked as a management consultant with FSG, leading cross-sector community engagement efforts in South Dallas/Fair Park. Afi has broad social sector experience having worked at Teach For America, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children, and the American Red Cross. She currently serves on the the United Way of King County's Supporting Youth Impact Council and the Seattle Teacher Residency Advisory Council. Afi has a bachelor’s from the University of Washington and a master’s of public administration from New York University.
  • Ankita Aras

    Ankita Aras

    Development Manager

    Ankita began her development career in Virginia working with grass-roots efforts in the public health space and fundraising for campaigns supporting independent businesses to scale. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Ankita managed idea-to-launch fundraising strategies and analytics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. A graduate from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor's degree in economics, she is passionate about driving philanthropic support, advocacy, and awareness to inspire social investments in the people and communities most in need. A transplant from Mumbai, Ankita is excited to call Seattle her new home.
  • Cassy Charyn

    Cassy Charyn

    Program Director

    Cassy is a Seattle area native, and is excited to be a part of bringing Reading Partners to the Seattle community. Cassy previously taught at the highest performing charter middle school in Washington, DC and loved working with her amazing students there. While completing her undergraduate degree, she interned at the U.S. Department of Education and also worked as a teacher’s assistant in an early childhood center and student-taught in an elementary school. Cassy received a bachelor’s from Middlebury College and a master’s in special education from George Mason University. She is passionate about serving kids and helping students to develop a lifelong passion for reading.


Oscar Aguirre, Site Coordinator
Oscar is a first generation Mexican-American and the second in his family to graduate from college.  His passions include music, politics, and the outdoors.  He graduated from Western Washington University with an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in politics, philosophy, and economics.  He recently completed a 10-month term with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps where he traveled around the Southwest participating in different service projects.  Oscar hopes to pursue a law degree in the near future.  He is excited to join the Reading Partners team!

Caitlin Courshon, Site Coordinator
A Seattle-area native, Caitlin is very excited to be joining the Reading Partners Seattle team this year. Caitlin recently received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and sociology from Santa Clara University. Throughout her undergraduate career, Caitlin pursued her passion for education by conducting educational psychology research on student motivation and presenting her findings at various national conferences. Additionally, she has extensive community service experience, including working with the elderly at Beautiful Gate South Africa and with youth at the University of Washington Autism Center and in various Bay Area public schools. Caitlin hopes to pursue a graduate degree in school psychology in the near future.

Maya Festinger, Senior Site Coordinator
Maya is very excited to return to the Sanislo Reading Center as a Senior Site Coordinator this year. Having received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish literature from the University of Chicago, Maya is an avid reader in Spanish and English. Since 2008, she has worked for art museums and nonprofits, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Oriental Institute Museum, and the Hyde Park Art Center.  As a proud graduate of the Los Angeles Unified School District, she considers her high school teachers to be her personal heroes, and she is enormously grateful to have joined their line of work with Reading Partners!

Tia Francis, Volunteer Coordinator
Tia, a Seattle-area native, is delighted to be joining the Seattle team as the AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator. Tia has a bachelor’s degree in art history from Western Washington University and recently earned a master’s degree in branding from Goldsmiths University of London. Having lived abroad the last two years, Tia has extensive international experience. She has a diverse background in community outreach from working with local theaters and museums in the Olympia and Bellingham areas. Tia has a love for education and the arts and is passionate about helping students transport themselves through literature.

Lynnie Kehoe, Site Coordinator
Lynnie is committed to impacting her community through education, and is excited to be a part of the Reading Partners Seattle team for her second Americorps year.  Lynnie has a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in math from Allegheny College, and worked as a tutor and library research assistant during her time there.  Most recently, Lynnie served as a City Year corps member in Seattle at Highland Park Elementary.  She is thrilled to be joining the Highland Park community for a second year, and is passionate about impacting her students through relationship-building and improving reading skills.


Brad Creswell, Partner and Co-Founder – NCA Partners

Rebecca Graves, Managing Director – FSG Consulting

Melody B. McCutcheon, Attorney, Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.

Sharonne Navas, Co-Founder & Executive Director – Equity in Education Coalition

Allie & Chris Ruettgers, Ruettgers Family Charitable Foundation

Zoe Stemm-Calderon, Director, Education – Raikes Foundation


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