Our Team

  • Rachel Minnick

    Rachel Minnick

    Executive Director

    Rachel brings twenty years of non-profit and public policy experience to her role as the Sacramento executive director. Most recently, she served with the City of Sacramento as the district director for Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby, managing the day-to-day operations of the office and serving as a liaison between constituents and city staff to solve complex challenges. As the director of family and community engagement for the California Charter Schools Association, Rachel identified and mentored parent leaders to become advocates for their schools, helping them collaborate with policy makers through positive and productive dialogue. Her passion for Reading Partners grew out of an opportunity to tutor students at one of the reading centers when she served as the communications officer for Mayor Kevin Johnson's literacy initiative Sacramento READS!

    which was launched to educate the community about the need for children to read on grade level by the end of third grade. Previous to these roles, Rachel worked on policy advocacy to increase access to affordable child care with Child Action, Inc. and was the training coordinator at the Sacramento Children’s Home and the Children’s Receiving Home. Her career has been dedicated to the well-being of children and families, rooted in the belief that every child deserves a bright future.

  • Christina Danielson

    Program Manager

    Christina grew up in the Bay Area and graduated from U.C. Davis with her B.A. in history, multiple subject teaching credential, and Masters in education. Prior to being a program manager in Sacramento, Christina taught third grade, fourth grade, and K-6 grade technology. Additionally, Christina was the Reading Partners site coordinator at Peter Burnett Elementary School in Sacramento for FY14-15. As a program manager, she oversees four school sites and manages student progress. She is excited to continue working with Reading Partners to address the national literacy crisis. Contact Christina at
  • Zoe Machol

    Operations Associate

    Zoe was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in Southern California and Southern Nevada. Currently, she is attending Sacramento State University, and is expected to graduate in Spring of 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She has previously worked for Reading Partners Sacramento as a volunteer tutor, a paid tutor, and an Americorps site coordinator. She is excited to return to Reading Partners to support the Sacramento team in a new role. When she’s not studying, she enjoys searching for antique coins and singing karaoke.
  • Michael Spalsbury

    Program Manager

    Mike was born, raised, and educated near the shores of Lake Michigan where he began a life-long love of experiential education and working with children, beginning with what became a long history with the YMCA. He has spent the better part of his life dedicated to education-centered nonprofit work and comes to Reading Partners Sacramento after spending time as a site coordinator with Reading Partners Silicon Valley. As a program manager, he oversees five school sites and is passionate about childhood education. His philosophy is that in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, and clarify values, we must purposefully engage the students with direct experience and focused reflection, because it will all develop the students' capacity to contribute to their communities. When he's not in one of the reading centers, Mike can be found on his bike or between the pages of the pretentiously long book he's only pretending to read. Contact Mike at or 415.305.5201.

AmeriCorps Team

Senior AmeriCorps Members

Elise Avilla, Regional Site Coordinator

Brian Vargas, Volunteer Coordinator

AmeriCorps Site Coordinators

Lauren Beach, Site Coordinator, New Joseph Bonnheim Community Charter

Dezirae Bell, Site Coordinator, H.W. Harkness Elementary

Joshua Dean, Site Coordinator, Susan B. Anthony Elementary

Kaitlyn Edwards, Site Coordinator, Bell Avenue Elementary

Julia Mann, Site Coordinator, Bret Harte Elementary

Rouzbeh Rahai, Site Coordinator, Parkway Elementary

Miranda Williams, Site Coordinator, Glenwood Elementary

Gina Yang, Site Coordinator, Ethel Phillips Elementary



Michelle Yung

Board Chair, PMO Supervisor, Energy Research & Development, SMUD

Hon. David Abbott

Judge, Sacramento County Superior Court

Kim Andersen

Vice President of Northern & Central California Region and West Coast Marketing Manager, Wells Fargo

Katharine Buddingh

Litigation Attorney, Downey Brand LLP

Rachelle Doyle

Marketing Coordinator, Image Orthodontics

Pavan Sandhu

Board Vice Chair, Business Banking Officer, SAFE Credit Union

Tricia Stevens

Retired Planning Professional, Sacramento County Community Development Department


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