Senior Executive Director, South CarolinaKecia received her bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Georgia and received her master's in elementary education from Boston University. She has experience in corporate adult training and management consulting and taught elementary school in the public schools in Massachusetts. She has served as a curriculum and technology integration specialist for public schools in Massachusetts. She was school improvement chair for Berkeley County schools 2009-2011. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Kecia was the executive director of Charleston Volunteers for Literacy.
Program ManagerLucas has been in the field of education for 20 years where she has worked with students aged six to thirty-six. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the College of Charleston. Before coming to Reading Partners, she was the director of recruitment and admissions for a small nonprofit college, and has taught first, second, and third grades in both North and South Carolina for 13 years. As program manager, Lucas brings a wealth of knowledge to the volunteers and schools with which she works.
Dr. Bonnie Bella
Director of Development and StrategyBonnie received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina. She has more than 25 years of executive management and senior leadership experience in the behavioral health care industry and nonprofit sector. She recently joined Reading Partners after serving as the senior vice president of community impact at Trident United Way. Prior to that she was the chief executive officer for Carolina Youth Development Center. Across her career she has been responsible for strategy, business, and resource development for small and large organizations.
Development AssociateRebecca received her bachelor's degree in historic preservation and her master's in arts administration from Savannah College of Art and Design. During her time at SCAD, she interned with several nonprofits in the Southeast and discovered a passion for grassroots and community-driven causes. She served a year with AmeriCorps as a development VISTA with Austin Partners in Education before joining The University of Texas System as a development associate. She is thrilled to bring her grant writing and gift processing experience to Reading Partners as we continue to impact the Tri-County region.
Community Engagement ManagerChristine Messick has over 20 years of nonprofit management experience with an emphasis on volunteer engagement. Prior roles include serving as the executive director of Youth Service Charleston. She has worked extensively with outreach and volunteer support at MUSC Children’s Hospital. Christine's passions for volunteerism, collaboration, and coordination have guided her gifts of time and talent to Hotline Training, the Trident United Way, the Mayor’s Commission for Children, Youth and Families and the Community Volunteer Engagement System Organizing Committee to name a few. She is an enthusiastic and determined leader, skilled in developing a broad vision and cultivating excellent relationships with executives, community leaders, peers and volunteers. Ms. Messick holds a BA in English from the University of South Carolina and a certification in volunteer administration from the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration.
Kim Williams Odom
Community Engagement AssociateKim received her bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies with a concentration in African-American Studies from North Carolina State University and her master’s in library and information science from the University of South Carolina. For over 17 years, she has worked in libraries and early learning environments. A former Reading Partners Volunteer Tutor, she served a year with AmeriCorps as a site coordinator before becoming a community engagement associate. A native Charlestonian, Kim has been actively involved in various community and Charleston County Title I school-based projects for the past two decades. The opportunity to combine a love for working with youth and passion for early literacy brings special joy to her life.
Dr. Katie Qualls
Program DirectorKatie graduated with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education from the College of Charleston. She also holds her master's degree in school leadership and administration from Arkansas State University, and has her Ph.D. in the area of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Before coming to work with Reading Partners, Katie worked as an instructional coach, lead teacher, literacy interventionist, and first grade teacher in Charleston County School District. Katie loves working in schools with educators and students. She was a South Carolina Teaching Fellow and has always had an intense passion for education. She especially enjoys interpreting and analyzing data.
Program ManagerJourdan is a California native with almost 10 years of experience with AmeriCorps. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child and adolescent development from San Francisco State University. During college, Jourdan served as an AmeriCorps member with Jumpstart where she supported preschoolers with literacy and kindergarten readiness. After college, she served as an AmeriCorps member full-time with Reading Partners, supporting students in South Central Los Angeles. After completing her years of service, Jourdan continued her work with literacy intervention in Los Angeles and earned her master’s degree in public administration from the University of Southern California. Prior to joining Reading Partners South Carolina, Jourdan was a program manager for City Year Los Angeles where she managed a program that supported students with academics and socio-emotional learning as well as coached and developed AmeriCorps members through their years of service. She is very excited to join Reading Partners South Carolina to continue her work in education and service.
Special Projects Associate, AC ExperienceCierra is a graduate of College of Charleston, where she received her bachelor’s degree in communication and minor in linguistics. She has dedicated her career to serving youth and education in Charleston County since 2009, as she is passionate about supporting dynamic organizations that work to change the lives of youth. Prior to Reading Partners she worked as a Children’s Defense Fund Freedom School Servant Leader Intern. She later served three terms as an AmeriCorps* VISTA member under Charleston County Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Families, as a volunteer coordinator and literacy site coordinator. In 2013, Cierra joined Reading Partners Charleston team as a site coordinator for Chicora Elementary School, and served there until the spring of 2016. Cierra is excited about her transition into a full-time position with Reading Partners, where she will work directly with AmeriCorps members to make their service year as meaningful as possible.
Program ManagerAbbie fully believes in making all students lifelong readers. She has made it her mission since she graduated from Towson University with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Before Reading Partners, Abbie strove to provide quality literacy education for seven years in a myriad of settings. During that time, she saw the direct impact that individualized instruction and data-driven decisions had on children in the classroom and how it contributed to their love of reading. In addition to teaching, Abbie contributed to the educational world by starting an educational summer program, managing a teacher certification program, and is continuing her education by attending Mary Baldwin College to earn her master’s degree in special education. She is excited to be a program manager that supports students, site coordinators, and volunteers with data-driven decisions, instructional strategies, and a love of reading.
V Barnett, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, A.C. Corcoran Elementary
Ingri Barton, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Pinehurst Elementary
Christopher Bookhart, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, St. Stephen Elementary
Latia Coleman, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Angel Oak Elementary
Lisa Edwards, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Pepperhill Elementary
Janelle Haupt, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, North Charleston Elementary
Kristen Johnstone, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Goodwin Elementary
Shamonda Kornickey, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Whitesville Elementary
Alex Nutley, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Cainhoy Elementary
Grace Rogers, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Hunley Park Elementary
Arnettie Sims, AmeriCorps Literacy Lead, Mary Ford Elementary
Emily Barnette, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, A.C. Corcoran Elementary
Anastasia Bodea Crisan, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Memminger School
Devan Bowersox, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Pinehurst Elementary
Tiziana Collins, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Mary Ford Elementary
Ann Dupree, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Mitchell Elementary
LeRonna Drayton, AmeriCorps Regional Site Coordinator
Brittany Fortuna, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Frierson Elementary
Aisha Ghodbane, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Angel Oak Elementary
Clara Kress, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, North Charleston Elementary
Laura Lesburg, AmeriCorps Regional Site Coordinator
Janaan Muhammad, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Hunley Park Elementary
Brittany Myers, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Hursey Elementary
Ianara Natividad, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Whitesville Elementary
Tressa Page-Greene, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Goodwin Elementary
Paulina Peralta, AmeriCorps Regional Site Coordinator
Lynda Pompey, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, St. Stephen Elementary
Maggie Smith, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Cainhoy Elementary
Amber Tisdale, AmeriCorps Site Coordinator, Pepperhill Elementary
Morgan Smith, AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator
Richard Star, Founder, RJS Ventures – Board Chair
Nedra Hecker, Historian, International Marine Animal Trainer’s Association – Board Governance Committee Chair
John Thompson, Author – Development and Marketing Committee Chair
Sarah Belaustegui, Consultant, Benefitfocus
Dianne Benton, Principal, Pinehurst Elementary School
Katharine Crawford, Community Advocate
Louise Kohlheim, Community Advocate
Mark Lea, Account Director, Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Company
Justin Lee, Director of Membership Engagement, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
William W. Payne III, Mortgage Broker, First Home Mortgage
Amy Salzhauer, Managing Partner, Good Growth Capital
Yani Smith, Marketing and Clients Relations Director, The Steinberg Law Firm
Emily Swanson, Community Advocate