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Our Team

  • Zach Ward

    Deputy program director

    Zach joined Reading Partners in the spring of 2014 as a reading center coordinator at College View Elementary. After a year at College View, Zach transitioned onto the management team as a program associate. Since 2016, Zach has been overseeing the day-to-day operations of the program department in Colorado as a program lead. Prior to his time with Reading Partners, Zach was an AmeriCorps member and high school social studies teacher. Zach graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington with a bachelor's in secondary education with a focus on history and political science. To contact Zach, feel free to email at
  • Alex Walters

    Development associate

    Alex joined Reading Partners in 2020 as a volunteer coordinator and is excited to bring his five years of experience in engineering and project management to the team as a development associate. Alex graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering before attending Wichita State University for his master of business administration. After working in the aircraft industry for five years, Alex and his wife fulfilled their lifelong dream of moving to Colorful Colorado and he decided it was the right time to change life paths. As a lifelong reading lover and an advocate for education, Reading Partners was a perfect fit for Alex as he looked to branch out into the nonprofit sector. Alex loves hiking, college football, cooking new dishes, and seeing new places with his wife and husky.
  • Erika Stewart

    Program manager

    Erika joined Reading Partners in 2018 as a site coordinator at Columbine Elementary. She is passionate about educational equity and continuing to improve our program to be the very best for our students! Originally from Massachusetts, Erika has a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from Northeastern University. In addition to working with Reading Partners, Erika coaches synchronized swimming, and in her spare time she enjoys hiking, swimming, baking, and hanging out with her husband.
  • Brett Butler

    Senior program manager

    Brett has worked in education for the last few years, specializing in elementary literacy for the past year. He is excited to join Reading Partners as a program manager and bring his passion for education and reading to the team. Brett graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in English and religious studies before attending Princeton Theological Seminary for his master's of divinity. He then worked as a director of Christian education before relocating to Denver to pursue classroom education, most recently as a fellow at Rocky Mountain Prep. Brett loves hiking, skiing, and biking, and is an avid cook and traveler. He hopes to travel to all seven continents, but will, in all likelihood, omit Antarctica in the end.
  • Hannah Belich

    Community engagement manager

    Hannah joined the Reading Partners team in 2019 as a volunteer coordinator. Her passion for education and civic engagement made Reading Partners a perfect fit. After her service year with Reading Partners, Hannah worked for the University of Colorado Denver as a recruiter, managing a portfolio of 5 in-state institutions and students from thirteen additional states. Hannah looks forward to continuing partnership cultivation in higher education and leveraging these connections to advance our tutor pipeline and partnership growth. In her new role as community engagement manager, Hannah will use her years of recruiting experience and knowledge of the Colorado education landscape to attract diverse and motivated tutors. Hannah holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Hospitality from Colorado Mesa University and is a proud Denver native. When she’s not recruiting new volunteers, you can find Hannah hiking, reading, and exploring new places.
  • Guy Pasquino

    Executive director, Colorado

    Guy Pasquino has over 20 years of K-12 education and nonprofit leadership experience with a focus on educational equity in public schools. Before joining Reading Partners, Guy served as the managing director of impact for City Year Denver and a school leader with Denver Public Schools. He is a graduate of the University of Denver’s Ritchie Program for School Leaders and the DPS Learn to Lead Denver Principal Residency Program. Prior to embarking on his career in education, he worked in the financial industry. A first-generation college graduate, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Boston College.

Program team

Carissa Antonis, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Orchard Park Academy

Josh Ehrlich, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Dora Moore ECE-8 School

Robyn Fisk, AmeriCorps Senior Program Coordinator, Kaiser Elementary

Natalie Hernandez, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Stevens Elementary

Nicole Mackey, AmeriCorps Regional Program Coordinator,

MK Maloney, AmeriCorps Senior Literacy Lead, Boston P-8

Madeline Peloff, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Samuels Elementary

Kayla Porco, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Joe Shoemaker School

Daniella Ramos, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Paris Elementary

Mia Smith, AmeriCorps Senior Program Coordinator, Place Bridge Academy

Chelsea Spell, AmeriCorps Program Coordinator, Harris Park Elementary

Sue Twiford, AmeriCorps Senior Program Coordinator, College View Elementary

Community engagement team

Nicole Havel, AmeriCorps Senior Volunteer Coordinator

Alayna Hoglen, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator


Tanesha Bell, Sub-Grant Monitor at Colorado Department of Education

Matt Daley, Vice President, Business Transformation & Care Model Innovation at DaVita

Allison Gambill, Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP

Kate Garvin, Director,Family Advocacy and Community Engagement APS

Natasha Law, Director of Financial Reporting, Prologis

Michelle Roche, Principal/Founder, Roche Brand Advisors

Catherine Shipley, Community Volunteer

Brett Wilhelm, Director, Staffable Limited Uganda

Karen Winbourn, Community Volunteer

Colin Whitenack, Colin & Co

Michelle Wyman, Director of Business Development at Encompass Energy Services


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