SF Bay Area

Our Team

  • Lindsey Kessel

    Lindsey Kessel

    Managing Director

    Lindsey brings 15 years of experience in education, direct service, program management, and community engagement. Since 2010, Lindsey has helped shape Reading Partners’ programming across the Bay Area starting as program coordinator, serving as program director for six years, and now as managing director. Before joining Reading Partners, Lindsey taught special education for five years at a Title I Bay Area elementary school. Throughout her career, Lindsey has been passionate about supporting underserved youth. She proudly served as an AmeriCorps member, and has a bachelor’s in psychology and in Spanish language and literature, both from University of Colorado. She earned her teaching credential and master’s in learning and instruction from University of San Francisco.
  • Michael Baker

    Program Manager, East Bay

    Michael is a program manager in the East Bay. He is a transplant to the Bay Area from Buffalo, New York where in 2011 he earned his bachelor’s from SUNY Buffalo in history and a certification in secondary education. He briefly taught seventh and eighth grade social studies before continuing his career working in the nonprofit sector with Buffalo’s growing refugee population. After working with populations in Buffalo and on the Thai-Myanmar border, Mike returned to the United States to complete his master’s in sustainable development at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been serving Reading Partners in the Silicon Valley and Bay Area as a program manager since 2015. His favorite children’s book, if forced to chose one, is Redwall by Brian Jacques. He loves camping, cars, coffee, and current events.
  • Samantha Breault

    Program Manager with an Instructional Focus

    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 kindergarten through 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 is the San Francisco Bay Area team point person for instruction and student progress monitoring.  In addition, she manages the reading centers at Bessie Carmichael, Bret Harte, and Hillcrest.
  • 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.
  • Gardenia Campos

    Program Associate, East Bay

    Originally from Los Angeles, Gardenia moved to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where she promptly discovered the amazing literacy intervention organization called BUILD. It is through this program that she was able to serve as a Reading Partners tutor. After four years at Think College Now/International Community School, Gardenia returned to serve a year as an AmeriCorps site coordinator. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue supporting students as well as AmeriCorps members in her role as program associate. An avid reader herself, choosing a favorite book would be as horrifying a task as choosing a favorite child. However, the Harry Potter series holds a special place in her heart.
  • Kelly Cheung

    Program Manager, San Francisco

    Kelly serves as a program manager in San Francisco. She was born and raised in foggy SF, and worked in after-school and kindergarten classrooms in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) before obtaining her bachelor’s from Colorado College and then her master’s in teaching from Pace University in New York City. She taught elementary special education in the Bronx for two years with New York City Teaching Fellows before returning home to join the Reading Partners team as an AmeriCorps site coordinator in 2017. Her favorite children's books are the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems. Kelly manages the reading centers at Sherman Elementary, Jean Parker Elementary, Spring Valley Elementary, Tenderloin Community School, and Rosa Parks Elementary. Outside of work, Kelly loves camping, dogs, and making meals from around the world!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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