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Our Team

  • Kelli Wood

    Development special projects associate

    Kelli received her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Mississippi. After college, she served one year with AmeriCorps as the program coordinator at Keep Knoxville Beautiful in Tennessee. She developed an interest in the public sector and wanted to learn more about working in nonprofits and government. She recently graduated from a concurrent graduate program at the College of Charleston, earning one master’s degree in Public Administration and another in Environmental and Sustainability studies. During graduate school, Kelli worked as an environmental educator with the Department of Natural Resources, and she is excited to continue serving students in the Lowcountry with Reading Partners.
  • Cierra Rogers

    Special projects manager

    Cierra 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.
  • Christine Messick

    Director of community engagement

    Christine 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.
  • Rebecca Hoffman

    External relations manager

    Rebecca 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.
  • Victoria Felder

    Community engagement associate

    Victoria pursued her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in African American studies at Winthrop University and the University of Maryland University College. Her prior experiences to joining Reading Partners include over 15 years in sales and marketing and grassroots movements including local, state, and national political campaigns. She currently advocates for social justice issues to include educational equity and injustices toward people of color. She has a love for reading and the arts; acting in several plays and featured in spoken word appearances. Her passion for literacy and underserved children is what inspired her to begin her journey with Reading Partners as a tutor. She then served as an Americorps member and is now excited about bringing all those perspectives together in her new role as the community engagement associate.
  • Kelly Clouser

    Program manager

    Kelly brings over a decade of education experience to Reading Partners. Before her role as program manager, Kelly was a passionate and successful third, fourth, and fifth-grade teacher, alternative education teacher, team leader, and served as an Elementary Principal in Pennsylvania. Kelly was the lead educator of over 600 students, including 4 self-contained classrooms (Autistic Support) and one Emotional Support Classroom. She also managed more than 80 staff and faculty. Kelly has earned two Bachelor of Science degrees, the first from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Education of Exceptional Persons and the second from the Pennsylvania State University in Elementary Education. Kelly also holds a Master of Science Degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Francis University. Kelly has been certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and South Carolina Department of Education and holds Administrative II and Principal Certificates for PK-12 in both states. Kelly has a deep passion for learning, education, leadership, and ensuring all students have equal opportunities to be successful now and through their adult lives. 
  • Dr. Bonnie Bella

    Director of development and strategy

    Bonnie 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.
  • Lucas Adams

    Program manager

    Lucas has been in education for over 20 years. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston. Before coming to Reading Partners, she taught first, second, and third grades in North and South Carolina. In addition, she was the director of admissions and recruitment for a small nonprofit college. As a program manager, Lucas brings a wealth of knowledge to Reading Partners and the volunteers and schools with which she works.
  • Kecia Greenho

    Senior executive director, South Carolina

    Kecia 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.  

AmeriCorps Team

Ariel Argroe
Ashanti Campbell
Caitlin Washington
Chace Frazier
Dylan Vogel
Emma Carson
Heather Ickes
I’man Meyers
Jamie Austin
Judith Dixon
Malik Godfrey
Rion Duncan
Savannah Ogle
Sonya Thomas
Tiffany Canty
Tiffany Cribb
Victoria Svihovec


Board

Emily Swanson, Community Advocate and Volunteer
Board Chair; Strategic Volunteer Engagement Committee Co-Chair

Nedra Hecker, Retired, Curator of Marine Mammals, National Aquarium in Baltimore
Board Governance Committee Chair

Alison Kowalski, Bookkeeper, Carolina Custom Carpentry
Strategic Volunteer Engagement Committee Co-Chair

John Thompson, Novelist
Development and Marketing Committee Chair

Sarah Belaustegui, Project Manager, League Inc.

Dianne Benton, Principal, Pinehurst Elementary School

Katharine Crawford, Community Advocate and Volunteer

Dwayne Green, Owner and Founder, Green Consulting

Mark Lea, Account Director, National Accounts, Vf Corporation

Justin Lee, Associate VP of Membership Engagement, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce

Brandon Sharrett, President and GM of Blackbaud Corporate Solutions

Pam Wilson, Community Advocate and Volunteer

Roger Jones, CEO, Companion Associates, Inc.
Board Member​ ​Emeritus

Louise Kohlheim, Community Advocate
Board Member Emerita

Richard Star, Principal, NEXgistics, LLC
​Board Member Emeritus

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