Our Team

  • Margie Thirlby

    Margie Thirlby

    Senior 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 (DC). 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.

  • Brett Butler

    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.
  • Ashleigh Madonna

    Program and Development Manager

    Ashleigh comes to Reading Partners with a variety of experiences in education. She spent about four years working with Denver Public Schools’ central office and had the opportunity to work with aspiring principals seeking to start new schools. Ashleigh is a City Year Denver AmeriCorps alum and spent time teaching ECE in southeast Denver. She has a bachelor's degree in peace and justice studies and seeking her master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. She is a Colorado native and enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. Ashleigh is the program and development manager and is looking forward to supporting a small number of reading centers in the region, as well as supporting the organization’s grant writing.
  • Amber Meade

    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

    Senior Program Operations Manager

    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 in his current role as program manager overseeing the day-to-day operations of our program. 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 - Bloomington with a bachelor's in secondary education with a focus on history and political science. To contact Zach, feel free to email at
  • Elizabeth Way

    Community Engagement Manager

    Elizabeth comes to Reading Partners with a passion for service and early literacy programming. She spent the last few years in Boston working for the Massachusetts Service Alliance, where she managed AmeriCorps programs focused on education and environmental stewardship, including Jumpstart and Reading Corps. Prior to her work in Boston, Elizabeth worked in development for Easter Seals New York and served two terms with AmeriCorps. Elizabeth completed her bachelor’s degree in history and international studies at Nazareth College of Rochester, and obtained her MPA and a nonprofit certificate from Northeastern University. She loves being outside, and relocated to enjoy the many outdoor activities of Colorado, including skiing, mountain biking, playing ultimate frisbee, and adventuring with her cat. Feel free to contact Elizabeth at

Program team

Carrie Bindschadler, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- College View Elementary

Quinn Boden, Reading Center Coordinator- Harris Park Elementary

Julie Keller, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- Trevista at Horace Mann

Tim Kitchens, Senior Reading Center Coordinator- Garden Place Academy

Erika Larson, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- Columbine Elementary

Hannah Lemon, Senior AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- Force Elementary

Amanda Morris, Senior AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Samuels Elementary

Rebecca Nelson, Reading Center Coordinator- Dora Moore ECE-8 School

Alyssa Ontiveros, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- Joe Shoemaker School

Kristen Rochester, Regional Center Coordinator

Nadia Salman, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- Skyline Vista Elementary

Debbieann Santana, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- Tennyson Knolls Elementary

Hannah Stephenson, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- Kaiser Elementary

Maia Wen, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator- International Academy of Denver at Harrington


Community engagement team

Katelyn Bradley, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator

Sammy Feliz, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator

Catherine Flynn, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator



Karen Barker, Principal, Dora Moore Elementary School

Dan Galemba, Vice President, DaVita HealthCare Partners, Inc.

Pat Heneghen (Board Chair), Director of Technical Accounting, Prologis

Ryan Hill, United States Army, Independent Contractor

Danny McCormick, Program Manager, Colorado Succeeds

Jessica Morse, CKD Program Manager DaVita

Cesar Rivera, Principal, Samuels Elementary School

Brittany Williams, Teacher, Holm Elementary

Karen Winbourn, Community Volunteer

Cindy Westergaard, Community Volunteer

Colin Whitenack, Colin & Co


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