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.
  • Malik Stewart

    Program Director

    Malik 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.
  • Morenike Olorunnisomo

    Program Associate

    Morenike Olorunnisomo graduated from St. Edward's University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in English rhetoric and writing. She loves working with children because they are the future and she has always had a “heart for service!” Her first year with Reading Partners was as a volunteer during high school and continued tutoring students during college. After graduating from college, Morenike joined Reading Partners North Texas as an AmeriCorps member and is now a program associate. She is currently working on her master’s in counseling psychology. She strongly believes empowering students to do and be their best is invaluable and wants to be the help kids achieve their goals, and go above and beyond!
  • Kim Taylor

    Development Manager

    Kim 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.
  • Jennifer Quick

    Community Engagement Officer

    While 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.

 AmeriCorps Team

Volunteer Coordinators

Azeezat Ashiru, Volunteer Coordinator, Dallas

Brittaney Freiheit, Volunteer Coordinator, Fort Worth

Jazmin Rose, Volunteer Coordinator, Dallas

Kelly Smith, Volunteer Coordinator, Fort Worth

Central Dallas

Sarah Dinh, Regional Site Coordinator

Kabriesha Barber (KB), Site Coordinator, J.N. Ervin Elementary School

Marlisa Ensley, Literacy Lead, Mount Auburn Elementary School

Taylor Garner, Site Coordinator, Maple Lawn Elementary School

Sharon Mansfield, Site Coordinator, Lumin Lindsley Park and Lumin East Dallas Community School

Eva Rosen, Site Coordinator, Eduardo Mata Elementary School

Keoshia Smallwood, Literacy Lead, J.N. Ervin Elementary School

Joycelynne Williams, Site Coordinator, Mount Auburn Elementary School

Darcy Vines, Literacy Lead, Eduardo Mata Elementary School

North Dallas

Jin Ae Sakai, Regional Site Coordinator

Dana Cooper, Site Coordinator, K.B. Polk Elementary School

Monica Dardon, Site Coordinator, Martin Luther King Elementary School

Wayne Dominick, Literacy Lead, Stephen C. Foster Elementary School

Anastacia Harris, Literacy Lead, L. L. Hotchkiss Elementary School

Cristina Nicolae, Literacy Lead, Jill Stone Elementary School

Karl Santos, Site Coordinator, Arthur Kramer  and Walnut Hill Elementary School

Kelsi Spillman, Site Coordinator, Stephen C. Foster Elementary School

Kayla Wells, Literacy Lead, David G. Burnet Elementary School

Christine Vu, Site Coordinator, Jill Stone Elementary School

Zarinah Williams  (Ziggy), Literacy Lead, Martin Luther King Elementary School

Fort Worth

Lorena Mayorga, Regional Site Coordinator

Jasmine Bryant, Literacy Lead, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary

Nancy Cantu, Literacy Lead, George C. Clarke Elementary School

Lindsey Draper, Site Coordinator, John T. White Elementary School

Alaina Gunter, Site Coordinator, Mitchell Boulevard Elementary

David Long, Site Coordinator, Como Elementary School

Rodrigo Munoz, Site Coordinator, George C. Clarke Elementary School

Austin Rector, Literacy Lead, John T. White 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

Kathy Spicer, Community Volunteer

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

 

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