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.
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    Lisa additionally worked with Lakehill Preparatory School as the director of development and prior director of admission including advancing educational equity for all children. 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 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 as an AmeriCorps member with Reading Partners Tulsa, managing, training, and supporting over 100 community volunteers. Rebecca also served for two years with Teach for America as an early childhood education teacher. While teaching, she planned and implemented rigorous curriculum for students that resulted in 104 percent content mastery in literacy and 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, TX, in 2012 and continues to be excited by the impact community volunteers have on students in North Texas. Currently, she is pursuing her master’s in special education with an emphasis in educational diagnostician.
  • Amber Martin

    External Relations Manager

    Amber 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 with 15 years of experience advancing the objectives of local and national grant-funded programs. Throughout her career, Amber has refined her talent for creating strategic directions and mobilizing resources to meet goals. Amber hopes to use her knowledge of design and experience implementing and overseeing social, economic, and health-based programs to further promote Reading Partners in North Texas.
  • Abby Mayer

    Development Director

    Abby joined Reading Partner with a decade of experience in education both in and out of the classroom and combines that passion with her fundraising skills to serve as the director of development. After earning her degree from Angelo State University, in San Angelo, TX, she taught English for seven years in both urban and suburban schools in Colorado and Texas. After leaving the classroom, she served as the grant manager and director of philanthropy at Genesis Women’s Shelter in Dallas, until the pull to move back into education took Abby to Dallas ISD. There she worked in human capital management, focusing on increasing teacher quality, strategic planning, and building sustainable systems. She is currently pursuing her master’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University with a concentration in business analytics and organizational management. She is eager to bring her love of reading and to serve her community together to positively impact students in North Texas.
  • Andrea Solis

    Program Manager - Fort Worth

    Andrea has always believed in the AmeriCorps motto of “getting things done.” She graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration. She previously served with AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps NPRC. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Andrea taught for four years as a special education teacher. She believes that all children deserve a quality education. She could not be more excited to assist the Reading Partners North Texas team make a difference in the life of a child.
  • Trinica Venters

    Program Director

    Trinica 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 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

Jennifer Chandler, Board Chair, Senior Vice President & Market Executive, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management for the Greater North Texas Region

Robert Rogers, Vice 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

Aleta Stampley, Senior Manager of Community Relations for the Commercial Bank, Capital One

Whitney Strauss, Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development, The Davis Advocates

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

 

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