SF Bay Area

Our Team

  • Aarika Riddle

    Aarika Riddle

    Executive Director

    Aarika Riddle has over a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she has served as the executive director of Reading Partners Silicon Valley where she helped to build strong school, district, partner, and funding relationships. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Aarika spent eight years at Adolescent Counseling Services as their advancement & marketing director where she developed a diversified funding stream, worked diligently to combine two donor bases following a merger, and led an agency-wide rebranding effort. Born and raised in Hawaii, Aarika holds a bachelor's degree from California Lutheran University in sociology and communication, with a concentration in public relations. Aarika is a proud product of the public school system and is passionate about ensuring students have the foundational skills they need to succeed in school and beyond. Aarika and her husband are self-professed foodies and she loves spontaneous dance parties with her two young sons.
  • 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.
  • Peter Cabana

    Program Operations Data 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!
  • 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 ten years, beginning at a small, environmentally focused nonprofit as a grant writer and administrator and serving at Playworks as the development director for the Northern California team. Michelle’s dedication to educational equity and social justice in the Bay Area brought her to Reading Partners. Her favorite book is Matilda by Roald Dahl.
  • Rebekah Espino-Drobner

    Community Engagement Associate

    Rebekah comes to Reading Partners from working a variety of jobs in the non-profit sector, including two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA working directly with veterans. Rebekah briefly left the Bay Area to attend UC Santa Cruz where she received a bachelor’s in American Studies and Sociology. She has spent the last two years working at her old elementary school in Oakland in the after school program, and loves working to continue to support children in a different role now. As someone raised in the East Bay, she is excited to work in an organization that focuses on building strong community partnerships to directly serve the kids within the community. Outside of Reading Partners, Rebekah spends her time focused on community organizing, enjoying the outdoors, and tries to see at least one movie per week. While Nancy Drew was her favorite series to read growing up, her favorite children's book is Amelia Bedelia.
  • Jon Lemke

    Program Director

    Jon is returning for his ninth 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 site coordinator, manager, and director, 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. Jon’s favorite children’s book is Maniac McGee by Jerry Spinelli.
  • Diana Martin

    Special Projects Manager

    Diana is a California transplant from Portland, Oregon and can't seem to leave the West Coast! Her tenure with Reading Partners started in 2012 as an AmeriCorps site coordinator in Redwood City. After serving for two years, she transitioned into the program manager role on the Silicon Valley team where she managed the six Redwood City school sites. She moved to the SFBA team continuing to grow as a program manager for the past two years overseeing five school sites in San Francisco. Diana is excited to take on this new role as special projects manager, form the opportunity to see a new side of a familiar organization, and the chance to work more closely with all regional departments. Diana’s favorite children’s book is The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.
  • Allison Rhodes

    Community Engagement Manager

    Allison is excited to lead the SFBA team’s volunteer recruitment efforts to engage over 1,600 tutors for our region. She has developed a passion for volunteering and service after five years of managing education programming for a nonprofit in Thailand and Myanmar, teaching primary students in Ghana, West Africa, and serving with AmeriCorps teaching resettled refugees in San Diego. She joined Reading Partners in 2015 as a program manager in San Francisco, and is excited to share her love for the reading centers  to community partners and new tutors. She has a bachelor’s in human development and international studies from UC San Diego. Growing up, she loved solving mysteries with The Boxcar Children book series.

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

Aria Brock, Volunteer Coordinator

Brynne Fay, Volunteer Coordinator

Rachelle Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator

Sky Mihaylo, Volunteer Coordinator

Branden Sheppard, Volunteer Coordinator

Maivy Xuan Nguyen, 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

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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