SF Bay Area

Our Team

  • Michelle Torgerson

    Michelle Torgerson

    Senior Executive Director

    Michelle comes to Reading Partners from College Possible, where she led the organization’s strategic growth, development and replication into new communities. Prior to her work expanding College Possible, Michelle spent eight years in the nonprofit sector in California. She served as the vice president of Draper Consulting Group in Los Angeles, leading capacity building projects for a wide range of nonprofit and foundation clients. She also served at Silicon Valley Community Foundation where she worked on scaling Raising A Reader across the country and providing technical assistance to more than 100 early learning affiliates. In 2011, Michelle was named the Emerging Practitioner in Philanthropy of the Year for Los Angeles by EPIP. Michelle earned her master’s degree in public administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City as a National Urban Fellow and a bachelor’s degree in science from Arizona State University in Tempe.
  • Samantha Breault

    Program Manager, San Francisco

    Before joining the Reading Partners team in July 2016, Samantha spent two years as the site director of a preschool in Redwood City, CA. Samantha’s experience in early childhood education includes teaching TK-first grade and providing reading support to six classrooms as a Learning Specialist. Samantha received her master’s degree from the University of San Francisco and is excited to return to this vibrant city by supporting students in local public schools. Her favorite children’s book is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Samantha manages the reading centers at Bessie Carmichael, Bret Harte, Los Cerritos, Sherman, and Spruce. Contact Samantha at samantha.breault@readingpartners.org or (415) 851-0557.
  • Peter Cabana

    Community Engagement Associate

    Peter is a Bay Area native and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in Communications. His strong passion for education led him to find Reading Partners in August 2014. He first joined the Reading Partners Silicon Valley team serving as an AmeriCorps regional site coordinator for two years before moving into the role of community engagement associate in 2016. Peter assists in data collection and analysis for the community engagement and program team while also managing the regional operational systems. Peter’s favorite children’s book is Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. Contact Peter at peter.cabana@readingpartners.org or (650) 260-5904.
  • Aurelio Cisneros

    Program Manager, San Francisco

    Aurelio is a California native and graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in education. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Aurelio worked as a bilingual elementary teacher, a grant compliance and program coordinator, and a teacher recruiter for San Francisco Unified School District. This is his first year with Reading Partners, and he is excited to continue his career in education with an outstanding organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Aurelio manages the reading centers at Alvarado Elementary, Cesar Chavez Elementary, Cleveland Elementary, Leonard Flynn Elementary, Sanchez Elementary and Sunnyside Elementary in San Francisco. One of Aurelio's favorite children’s book is Tiki Tiki Tembo by Arlene Mosel. Contact Aurelio at aurelio.cisneros@readingpartners.org or (415) 501-0775.
  • Michelle Collier

    Development & External Relations Director

    Michelle Collier serves as the development & external relations director at Reading Partners SF Bay Area. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a bachelor's in feminist studies and recently completed her master’s in nonprofit administration at the University of San Francisco. She has worked in nonprofit development and fundraising for nearly nine years, beginning at a small, environmentally focused nonprofit as a grant writer and administrator and serving most recently at Playworks as the development director for the Northern California Team. Michelle’s dedication to educational equity and social justice in the Bay Area has brought her to Reading Partners. Her favorite book is Matilda by Roald Dahl.
  • Morgan Hickman

    Program Mangager, East Bay

    Originally from St. Louis, Morgan is a graduate of the University of Missouri and the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she obtained her masters in business administration. Morgan found a meaningful career serving a diverse group of veterans, women, and underrepresented youth working with various organizations all over the country. Morgan recently moved to the Bay Area from New Orleans where she taught third and fourth grade. Morgan is looking forward to continuing her work impacting the lives of Oakland youth alongside the amazing Bay Area team of staff and volunteers. Her favorite children's book is one created by her talented friends, Briana McLean and Desmond Owusu, Too Fly Not to Fly. Morgan manages reading centers at Futures Academy, Madison Park Business and Art Academy, and Learning Without Limits College Preparatory Elementary. Contact Morgan at Morgan.Hickman@readingpartners.org or (510) 288-8645.
  • Virginia Isble

    Development Manager

    Before joining Reading Partners in 2015, Virginia spent six years working in development, focusing on annual fund campaigns, major gifts, event planning, and grant writing for the Crocker Art Museum and LifeSTEPS. Virginia is a passionate supporter of reading and lifelong learning and is excited to help other literacy champions make a lasting impact for students. She earned her master’s in museum studies and MBA from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley. While there are too many wonderful books to name just one favorite, the book Virginia read the most as a child is Roald Dahl’s The BFG.
  • Abby Johns

    Program Manager, East Bay

    A Kentucky native, Abby followed her passion for education all the way to California, serving as an AmeriCorps member teaching in after-school programs in Oakland schools. She then joined Reading Partners in August 2013, serving as an AmeriCorps site coordinator for two years before transitioning to the Program Manager role in 2015. She graduated from Taylor University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, with an emphasis on special education and gifted education. Abby loves combining her passion for literature and literacy by supporting Bay Area students. She manages the reading centers at Think College Now, International Community School, Brookfield Elementary, Fruitvale Elementary, and EnCompass Academy. Her favorite children’s book (and lifelong kindred spirit) is Matilda by Roald Dahl. Contact Abby at abigail.johns@readingpartners.org or (510) 686-3290.
  • Emily Jorgenson

    Community Engagement Manager

    A native of Alaska, Emily's passion for educational equity and high-quality literacy programming began when she taught pre-kindergarten in East Palo Alto as a Teach for America corps member. After receiving her master's of social work from Washington University in St. Louis, Emily moved to New York City where she served as a relationship manager and volunteer recruiter for several nonprofits, most recently at Citizen Schools New York. Emily's favorite children's book is The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Emily assists in volunteer recruitment and strengthening partnerships with community organizations and volunteers, generating long-term advocates for students and communities. Contact Emily at emily.jorgenson@readingpartners.org or (510) 214-6944.
  • Lindsey Kessel

    Program Director

    Lindsey is excited to be a part of Reading Partners and advance the mission of helping kids become lifelong readers here in the Bay Area. This is her fifth year as program director in the Bay Area. After receiving degrees in psychology and Spanish from the University of Colorado, Lindsey moved to California where she found her passion for working with kids. She served as an AmeriCorps fellow while earning her teaching credential. She taught special education for five years at a Bay Area Title I elementary school. She earned her master’s degree in learning and instruction from the University of San Francisco. Lindsey likes many books, but one of her favorites is Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish. Contact Lindsey at lindsey.kessel@readingpartners.org or (415) 322-8533.
  • Jon Lemke

    Deputy Program Director, San Francisco

    Jon is returning for his seventh year with the Reading Partners AmeriCorps program. Jon graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in psychology and business. He joined Reading Partners as a site coordinator in 2010 and launched Reading Partners’ first reading center in Marin. Having served as a tutor, site coordinator, and manager, Jon brings a broad perspective and great enthusiasm for education. He is excited to continue building and supporting Reading Partners in the San Francisco Bay Area. Contact Jon at jon.lemke@readingpartners.org or (415) 723-0353.  
  • Diana Martin

    Program Manager

    Diana serves as a program manager in San Francisco. Prior to this role, she worked as a program manager on the Silicon Valley team and served as an AmeriCorps site coordinator for Reading Partners for two years in Redwood City. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Diana found her heart captured by California. After she graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, the Bay was her next destination. Outside of Reading Partners, Diana enjoys researching, testing out, and sharing recipes found on a variety of food blogs, volunteering with 826 Valencia, exploring the Northern California region, bicycling around San Francisco, and sharing her love of learning with everyone.
  • Mandy Motl

    Special Projects Manager

      Mandy joined the Reading Partners SF Bay Area team in the fall of 2015. Before her move out west, Mandy spent three years with the Twin Cities nonprofit, College Possible. During that time, she had the opportunity to serve as an AmeriCorps and VISTA member where her roles varied from event planning and supporting executive staff, to assisting with the launch of programming in new communities. Mandy earned her bachelor's in community and nonprofit leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her favorite children’s book is Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. You can reach Mandy at mandy.motl@readingpartners.org.
  • Allison Rhodes

    Program Operations Manager

    Allison joined Reading Partners in fall 2015 after five years teaching and managing education programming for a nonprofit in Thailand and Myanmar. She graduated with a bachelor's in human development from UC San Diego, and studied and taught primary students in Ghana, West Africa. She also served with Literacy AmeriCorps as an ESL teacher for resettled refugees in San Diego. After a year as a Program Manager in San Francisco, she is excited to step into the role of Program Operations Manager to support the regional site coordinators and training and engagement for new tutors. Growing up, she loved solving mysteries with The Boxcar Children book series. Contact Allison at allison.rhodes@readingpartners.org or (650) 458-7696.
  • Rueben Salmeron

    Program Manager, East Bay

    Rueben served as a Reading Partners AmeriCorps site coordinator for two years in the East Bay before joining the management team. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's in American studies with a focus on education, sociology, and psychology. His senior thesis explored how inequalities in education and funding contributed to the achievement gap seen in California’s schools. For five years Rueben also volunteered as a mentor and coordinator of a one-on-one mentoring program at Longfellow Middle School in Berkeley, California. He is excited to continue to support quality programming in the San Francisco Bay Area. His favorite children’s book is The Rajah’s Rice by David Barry. Rueben manages the reading centers at Allendale Elementary, Aspire College Academy, Cox Academy, Hesperian Elementary and Hillside Elementary. Contact Rueben at rueben.salmeron@readingpartners or (510) 545-3901.  

Our AmeriCorps Team

Site Coordinators

Maggie McCleskey, Site Coordinator, Alvarado Elementary (SFUSD)

Tanner Reyes, Site Coordinator, Bessie Carmichael Elementary (SFUSD)

Kimi Petsche, Site Coordinator, Bret Harte Elementary (SFUSD)

Ellie (Elizabeth) Barrios, Site Coordinator, Cesar Chavez Elementary (SFUSD)

Chelsea Blumenthal, Site Coordinator, Cleveland Elementary (SFUSD)

Amelia Bell, Site Coordinator, Flynn Elementary (SFUSD)

Elizabeth Dresser-Kluchman, Site Coordinator, Hillcrest Elementary (SFUSD)

Jenny Lieu, Site Coordinator, Jean Parker Elementary (SFUSD)

Shea Sweeney, Site Coordinator, Rosa Parks Elementary (SFUSD)

Esther Miner, Site Coordinator, Sanchez Elementary (SFUSD)

Kelly Cheung, Site Coordinator, Sherman Elementary (SFUSD)

Carisa Borromeo, Site Coordinator, Spruce Elementary (SSFUSD)

Emma Machcinski, Site Coordinator, Tenderloin Community School (SFUSD)

Zaira Sanchez, Site Coordinator, Allendale Elementary (OUSD)

Ariele Vaccaro, Site Coordinator, Berkley Maynard Academy (ASPIRE)

Marcela Ortega, Site Coordinator, Bridges Academy

Nour Elgezawi, Site Coordinator, Cox/Reach (EFC/OUSD)

Hannah Hall-Dolezal, Site Coordinator, EnCompass Academy (OUSD)

Elizabeth Jennings, Site Coordinator, Franklin Elementary (OUSD)

Eli Schwartz, Site Coordinator, Fruitvale Elementary (OUSD)

Bianca Ramos, Site Coordinator, Futures Elementary (OUSD)// Community United Elementary School

Sheyenne Davis, Site Coordinator, Hesperian Elementary (SLZUSD)

Ciera Alvarez, Site Coordinator, Hillside Elementary (SLZUSD)

Charlie Lundquist, Site Coordinator, Laurel Elementary (OUSD)

Emilia Perez, Site Coordinator, Learning Without Limits (EFC)

Angelica Guiao, Site Coordinator, Madison Park (OUSD)

Gardenia Campos, Site Coordinator, TCN/ICS (OUSD)

Literacy Leads

Allison Stuart-Willis, Literacy Lead, TCN/ICS (OUSD)

Alexander Judge, Literacy Lead, Bridges Academy

Janette Krulick, Literacy Lead,Cox/Reach (EFC/OUSD)

Sa’adia Massarano, Literacy Lead, EnCompass Academy (OUSD)

Hector Amaya, Literacy Lead, Futures Elementary (OUSD)// Community United Elementary School

Jackie Davis, Literacy Lead, Madison Park (OUSD)

Volunteer Coordinators

Brynne Fay, Volunteer Coordinator

Maivy Xuan Nguyen, Volunteer Coordinator

Sky Mihaylo, Volunteer Coordinator


Lexus Sistrunk, Community Relations Coordinator


Helena Brantley, Principal, Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing

Cathy Cockrum Dean, Education Philanthropist

David Ellis, Senior Manager, LinkedIn for Nonprofits

Jennifer Friedland, Golden Gate Mother’s Club, Volunteer Chair

Sally Hartman, Education Philanthropist

Zachary Hill, Specialist, Community Relations, Golden State Warriors

April Kupper, Vice President, JPMorgan

Katie Markov, VP Operations, Gametime United

Tom Musbach, Bank of the West, Managing Editor, Social Media

Ravi Paidipaty, Citadel, Portfolio Manager

R. James Slaughter, Partner, Keker & Van Nest LLP

Kristin Sverchek, Lyft, General Counsel

Miriam Warren, Vice President of New Markets, Yelp

Tom White, President and CEO, Co-founder, Triact Therapeutics Inc.

Charlie Wyman, Principal, Seven Post Investment Office LP


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