North Texas

Our Team

  • Lisa Bracken

    Executive Director

    Lisa started her career in education as a public school elementary teacher in Title I Schools. While teaching, she was named a RISE District Teacher of the Year for the Richardson Independent School District in Texas. During this time, she became a trainer of teachers on the state and local level while writing curriculum for the state of Texas. Lisa also worked for public television in North Texas at KERA, leading the department of early childhood content and television. This support included conducting community outreach for PBS Kids shows, working with multiple community-based organizations, schools, and libraries on a national and local level. Early childhood and literacy led Lisa to the initiative of the Zero to Five Funders Collaborative as the director to ensure children in low-income neighborhoods are physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually ready for school by age five. Lisa holds a degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood and a master's in reading education from the University of North Texas. Lisa is reading specialist certified by the State of Texas.
  • Rebecca DeVille

    Program Manager

    Rebecca DeVille graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor of arts in International Studies. Since graduating, Rebecca has been passionately engaged in the movement for educational equity. She served two terms of service as an AmeriCorps Member with Reading Partners Tulsa, managing, training and supporting over 100 community volunteers, and made sure students were making gains in their reading abilities. Rebecca also served for two years with Teach for America as an early childhood education teacher. While teaching, she planned and implemented a rigorous curriculum for students that resulted in 104% content mastery in literacy/ language skills, as measured by the GOLD assessment. Her students developed a love for literacy and learning, and she is excited to ensure students across North Texas develop a love of learning to unlock their full potential.
  • Ashley Huff

    Senior Projects Manager

    Ashley 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. Ashley helped launch Reading Partners in Dallas and is looking forward to continue helping Reading Partners have an impact on Dallas students.
  • Amber Martin

    External Relations Manager

    Amber Martin graduated from Grand View University with a bachelor’s in liberal arts. She is currently completing a master’s of social work from New England University and holds a Community Health Worker Certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Amber is a dedicated, passionate professional offering a progressive 15-year career history advancing objectives of local to national level grant-funded programs. Amber strives for setting a strategic direction and mobilizing financial, staff/volunteer, and other resources to drive attainment of immediate and future objectives. Amber is effective in the design, implementation, and oversight of social, economic, and health-based programs fostering education and empowerment for individuals and communities.
  • Annie McCormick

    Program Manager

    Annie McCormick graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington with a bachelor of arts degree in interdisciplinary studies and earned an early childhood through fourth grade teaching certification. She spent nine years teaching third and fourth grade with a focus on math and science. To learn about education from another perspective, Annie decided to move out of the classroom and work with Reading Partners in her community. During her year of service as an AmeriCorps member, Annie worked with school staff and community volunteers to close the literacy achievement gap for students in Fort Worth. She is excited to continue this work as a Reading Partners staff member and believes a strong foundation in reading empowers students to be confident leaders in school and life.
  • Sabrina Sifuentes

    Program Manager

    Sabrina Sifuentes first served as an AmeriCorps member for Reading Partners in both their North Texas and District of Columbia regions. During this time, she was inspired by her school communities and discovered her passion for literacy. Sabrina decided to join Teach for America to work as an elementary school teacher for Dallas Independent Schools while earning a master of education specializing in early literacy from Southern Methodist University. She then returned to the nonprofit sector to serve at Georgetown University as the Program Director of DC Reads, where she recruited, trained, and supported a team of undergraduate students to tutor elementary students at eight schools across DC’s Ward 7. Sabrina is thrilled to come home to Reading Partners North Texas and grow the next generation of readers.
  • Trinica Venters

    Program Director

    Dr. Trinica R. Venters has 17 years of experience in education with the philosophy that education is about improving the lives of others and leaving your community and the world better than you previously found it. Trinica’s roles as an educator have been those of a teacher, literacy coach, district instructional coordinator, and assistant principal. Her educational experience includes Fort Worth ISD, Crowley ISD, and A+ Charter School. Trinica has earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood from Langston University, a master’s of education in Leadership and Policy Studies with principal certification from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Leadership from Walden University.

 AmeriCorps Team

Volunteer Coordinators

Hannah Knox, Volunteer Coordinator, Central Dallas

Jessica Rood, Volunteer Coordinator, North Dallas

Morgan Torbert, Volunteer Coordinator, Fort Worth

Central Dallas

Samantha Hall, Regional Site Coordinator

Jesse Acosta, Literacy Lead, Mount Auburn Elementary School

Aminat Ashiru, Literacy Lead, J.N. Ervin Elementary School

Paula Boleware, Literacy Lead, J.N. Ervin Elementary School

Taylor Garner, Site Coordinator, John F. Kennedy Elementary School

Arika Molitor, Site Coordinator, Mount Auburn Elementary School

Nichole Romero, Site Coordinator, Lumin Lindsley Park Community School

Eva Rosen, Site Coordinator, Eduardo Mata Elementary School

Jocelyn Salazar, Literacy Lead, John F. Kennedy Elementary School

Marisa Santarella, Literacy Lead, Eduardo Mata Elementary School

North Dallas

Alexis Molitor, Regional Site Coordinator

Jamie Cager, Literacy Lead, Arthur Kramer Elementary School

Julia Fox, Site Coordinator, Sudie L. Williams Elementary School

Sarah Logan, Site Coordinator, Preston Hollow Elementary School

Genesis Lopez, Literacy Lead, David G. Burnet Elementary School

Morenike Olorunnisomo, Site Coordinator, David G. Burnet Elementary School

Jin Ae Sakai, Site Coordinator, Stephen C. Foster Elementary School

Lilivette Viera, Site Coordinator, Walnut Hill Elementary School

Sha’Kiyla Wafer, Site Coordinator, Arthur Kramer Elementary School

Fort Worth

Tangie Washington, Regional Site Coordinator

Ahmed Hadi, Regional Site Coordinator

Raven Davila-Parkhill, Literacy Lead, Como Elementary School

Sarah Dinh, Literacy Lead, John T. White Elementary School

Arin Dixon, Literacy Lead, Maude Logan Elementary School

Alaina Gunter, Literacy Lead, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary

Lorena Mayorga, Literacy Lead, John T. White Elementary School

Annie McCormick, Literacy Lead, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary

Deneen Newland, Literacy Lead, Como Elementary School

Adia Oshikoya, Literacy Lead, Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School

Board

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

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

D. Lance Currie, Partner, Carrington Coleman

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

Kathy Spicer, Community Volunteer

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

 

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