Executive DirectorLisa 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.
Program ManagerRebecca 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.
Senior Projects ManagerAshley 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.
External Relations ManagerAmber 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.
Program ManagerAnnie 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.
Program DirectorMalik Stewart has 20 years of experience in education; with a focus on Title I school communities. He served as an instructional coach for Head Start in Wilmington, DE and in targeted public elementary schools in Washington DC. Malik oversaw afterschool program operations and partnerships in Philadelphia, PA public schools. As an administrator with the Delaware Department of Education, he coordinated the state’s $3 million support system; helping 13 schools to exit improvement status and aiding two Title I schools in becoming National Blue Ribbon awardees. As the manager of federal programs with the Red Clay School District (DE), Malik oversaw over Title I, school improvement, community schools, preK and parent/community engagement; helping to expand Title I preK and pilot a parent university program. Recently, he led the grant programs for the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth, managing over $4 million in awards to support strategic goals. Malik has earned a bachelor’s degree in art design from North Carolina A&T State University, a Master’s of Education from Cabrini University and an outcomes-based program evaluation certificate from CNM. Malik believes that literacy is a pathway to success, and that all children deserve to have caring adult help them grow as readers.
Development ManagerKim Taylor graduated from Northwood University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. While completing her degree, Kim decided to dedicate her career to organizations that make a positive impact in her local community. For over ten years, Kim has held a variety of roles ranging from development, special events, volunteer administration, and community engagement at local agencies. She received her international accreditation for Certification in Volunteer Administration in 2014.
Community Engagement OfficerWhile serving as an adult literacy tutor during her senior year at Knox College, Jennifer decided to pursue a career in education—a decision largely based on the passion for educational equity that the experience had sparked in her. Shortly after, she began her career in Denver, CO as an elementary school teacher with Teach for America. After completing her two-year commitment and earning an M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado-Denver, she taught another four years before transitioning into the multifaceted role of instructional coach, family liaison, and manager of a 21st Century Community Learning Center at her school. Jennifer additionally served as an Urban Leaders Policy Fellow in Dallas, Texas where she researched and drafted recommended changes to the state’s English Language Arts standards and conducted case studies of schools in the DFW metroplex. Most recently, Jennifer worked as a policy analyst with the New Mexico Public Education Department where her key responsibilities included policy research and development, data analysis, and stakeholder engagement.
Program ManagerWayne is a graduate of California Lutheran University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Minors in Economics and International Business. He received his MBA from the University of LaVerne. Prior to Reading Partners, Wayne spent nearly 22 years with the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group in Sales and Management including 6 years as a Vice President. Wayne became a Reading Partners volunteer in 2018 before serving as an Americorps Literacy Lead at Stephen C. Foster Elementary in Dallas ISD in the 2018-19 school year. He is excited to continue to work with students to improve their reading and overall confidence to help them reach their potential.
Program ManagerAmber is a graduate of Lake Forest College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in African American Studies. In 2014, Amber received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Arkansas and relocated to Dallas-Fort Worth to pursue a career in nonprofit management. Prior to Reading Partners, Amber gained invaluable experience working with K-12 students, families, and communities as an afterschool program manager and director, as well as an elementary school social worker. She has managed and supported programs for literacy and math tutoring, youth mentoring, and parent engagement. Amber is dedicated to serving students through a holistic approach that prioritizes both academic growth and social/emotional learning and development.
Robert Rogers, Chair, M.D. P.A, Fort Worth Allergy and Asthma Associates
Chrystal Badillo, Compliance Officer, Westwood Holdings Group, Inc.
Millicent Boykin, Chief Program Officer, VolunteerNOW
Ryan Burke, Partner, Transaction Advisory Services, Ernst & Young
Scott Chandler, Vice President, Morgan Stanley
Lance Currie, Partner, Carrington Coleman
Tania Curry, Director of Government Relations, Project Lead the Way
Laura Elcock, Community Volunteer
Cathy Estrada, Community Volunteer
Matt Garcia, SVP – Public Policy, Dallas Regional Chamber
Rev. Dr. Daniel C. Kanter, Sr. Minister/CEO, First Unitarian Church of Dallas
Holly Kuzmich, Executive Director at the George W. Bush Institute and Senior Vice President of the George W. Bush Presidential Center
Myra H. Savage, Trust Officer, Bank of America Private Bank
Kathy Spicer, Community Volunteer
Von Trammell, Senior Manager, EY
James Walton, Partner, EY
De’Edra S. Williams, Senior Customer Engagement Executive, SAP