Executive director, TulsaOlivia is a devoted advocate for education and the Tulsa community. She brings more than two decades of experience in teaching, school administration, development, and civic engagement to her new role. Olivia attended Tulsa Public Schools throughout her entire childhood. She graduated with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from the University of Tulsa. Currently, Olivia is pursuing her PhD at the University of Tulsa in English Language and Literature with an emphasis on American literature. Olivia is fully committed to championing students, teachers, parents, and volunteers in the meaningful work of literacy for all children in Tulsa and the surrounding region. She envisions a dynamic future for Reading Partners Tulsa and looks forward to nurturing data-driven growth and collaborative partnerships in the service of students’ literacy and a life-long love of learning.
Community engagement directorHaley is a Tulsa native and graduated from the University of Tulsa in Nonprofit Business and Arts Management. Joining the Reading Partners team in 2020, Haley leads all volunteer recruitment and onboarding efforts for the Tulsa region and oversees community engagement initiatives and partnerships. Coming from Gathering Place as their volunteer program manager, Haley contributed to the launch and coordination of the park's volunteer program for two years. Prior to Gathering Place, Haley was the education and public programs manager at the Hardesty Arts Center for five years.
Program managerCamille Burke was born in Seattle, WA and grew up enjoying the great outdoors with her family and friends. In 2015, she graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan with a double major in Spanish and Anthropology & Sociology. After graduation, Camille made the decision to serve a year of national service through the AmeriCorps City Year team in Detroit, MI where she discovered her passion for helping students to reach their full potential. Camille continued her passion as a math and literacy intervention teacher and instructional supervisor in some of Chicago’s private schools from 2016-2021. She graduated from DePaul University’s Master of Public Administration program in June of 2021 and moved to Tulsa shortly thereafter. Camille joined the Reading Partners Tulsa team in Fall 2021 as a Program Manager and is excited to share her passion for education and years of experience to the Reading Partners community!
Program operations managerTara went to elementary school, high school, and college in Tulsa. She graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with a Museum Studies Certificate and an Art History minor. After TU, Tara joined the 2017 Teach for America Greater Tulsa corps and taught second grade at College Bound Academy. She served as a classroom teacher for two years and then served as an instructional coach for the next two years with a focus on math. Tara then received her Masters in Education Administration, Curriculum, and Supervision at OU-Tulsa. She is thrilled to be starting her second year with the Reading Partners team to continue her work in the Tulsa education community.
Program managerRae Carmichael is a Springfield, Missouri native and has spent her career weaving together the tapestry of social work and education. Rae holds to a firm conviction that given the right support, all students can achieve and thrive. Equipped with a Bachelors of Social Work from Southeastern University in 2012, and a Masters of Social Work from Missouri State University in 2013, Rae’s passion for youth advocacy led her Tulsa Public Schools where she served as a social service specialist. After earning her LCSW, Rae transitioned to Collegiate Hall as the director of student services in July 2019. In June 2020, the pandemic forced schools to pivot education and Rae embraced the challenge and accepted the role of founding school director for Collegiate Hall Primary School. Today, Rae Carmichael brings her unwavering commitment to providing equitable education opportunities to Reading Partners. Through collaboration and data driven practices, Rae has a deep desire to positively impact the literacy landscape in Tulsa.
Community engagement associateRachel joined Reading Partners in 2022 after graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelors of science in communication and a minor in family and human development. She launched into her career with a passion for nonprofit, working as an AmeriCorps member for Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma as a social media and publicity coordinator before joining Reading Partners. With deep love for literature and education, she works to improve the literacy skills for children throughout Tulsa. When not at work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her cats, reading, and painting.
Community engagement associateLyssa graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Science in psychology with minors in English and liberal arts. At university, Lyssa gained a service mindset and decided to dedicate her professional career to helping others. Lyssa knew she wanted to go into nonprofit work, and served as a City Year Americorps member at Daniel Webster High School, supporting freshman in an English classroom. During that year of service, Lyssa saw the literacy crisis firsthand and decided to join Reading Partners in 2017. Lyssa served two years at Reading Partners as an AmeriCorps site coordinator at Kendall-Whittier Elementary and McClure Elementary. Both schools boasted some of the highest student and tutor enrollments in the region. In 2019, Lyssa joined the Reading Partners full-time staff as the community engagement associate of recruitment. When not at work, you can find Lyssa in her craft room making paper crafts and scrapbooking.
Senior program manager of student impactAmanda has devoted her entire professional career to public education, first as a classroom teacher in Memphis and Dallas and later as an instructional coach. In 2019, Amanda and her family moved from Dallas to Tulsa. Upon arrival, Amanda joined the Tulsa Reading Partners team as an AmeriCorps member, first as a literacy lead, and then as a site coordinator at McKinley Elementary and McClure Elementary. Amanda graduated from the University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Masters in Library Science at OU-Tulsa.
Director of developmentA Tulsa native, Emily graduated from Oklahoma State University with degrees in Spanish, and family relations and child development. She then headed to the mountains of Colorado to get her master’s degree in human development and family studies at Colorado State University. With over two decades of experience, Emily has dedicated her career to working with children in various capacities, including education, healthcare, and nonprofit organizations. She currently serves as the director of development for the Reading Partners team, merging her experience in fundraising and development with her passion for education. Beyond her professional responsibilities, Emily actively contributes to her community as she serves on the board for the Foundation for Tulsa Schools, the Lemon-Aid Project, and holds the position of treasurer for the Edison Foundation board. She is also an alumna of Leadership Tulsa Class 68. Emily finds great joy in forging new connections and nurturing meaningful relationships.
Program managerBrandy is a North Tulsa native who has devoted her entire professional career to providing an outlet for less fortunate students. She first worked as a junior high band director in Pine Bluff, AR and an elementary music teacher and high school vocal music director in England, AR. In 2012, Brandy moved back to Tulsa from Arkansas. Upon her arrival in Tulsa, Brandy served as the vocal music director and marching band director at Central High School. Later, she returned to elementary education in one of Tulsa’s newest Charter Schools, where she served as the music teacher and an instructional coach. She is now earning her second Master’s Degree in Education Leadership. Brandy joined the Tulsa Reading Partners team as a program manager in July 2021.
Senior manager of AmeriCorps experienceBorn and raised in the Midwest, Ashley moved to Oklahoma in 2007 where she went to the University of Oklahoma. After volunteering with the United Way in OKC tutoring elementary students, Ashley found her passion and joined Reading Partners Tulsa as an AmeriCorps site coordinator at Celia Clinton Elementary. From there Ashley, has been a regional site coordinator, program associate, program manager and is now Senior manager of AmeriCorps experience. Ashley graduated with her master’s degree in public administration in 2018.
Program operations associateTonya is a Tulsa native. She is a former AmeriCorps member who has served all four years and now joins the Reading Partners team as the new Program Operations Associate. She loves working with children and seeing them reach their reading goals. Tonya is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in Psychology and is looking forward to settling into her new position.
Senior program managerTammy Robbins earned her undergraduate degree from the Xavier University of Louisiana and graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin. She has taught in the classroom for 15 years, four years as a middle school science teacher in the Rio Grande Valley, and 11 years in an elementary school in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She started working at Reading Partners as a site coordinator in 2015. She later became a program manager and is currently serving as the deputy program director. She is excited to continue building relationships with our schools and their families. She believes that literacy is the key to future academic success for children and that it allows students to have better opportunities in life.
Program directorCourtney Rodebush graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism and public relations. Courtney pivoted from journalism to build a career in education and brings over 15 years of secondary classroom teaching experience to her work with Reading Partners. Courtney joined the Reading Partners staff in 2018 as a program manager and is currently serving as the director of program. She looks forward to continuing to serve students across Tulsa to increase reading proficiency and foster a love of literacy at an early age.
Program managerMike has worked in education since 2009. He has spent time working for multiple area school districts, and then spent seven years working for the YMCA running Out of School Time programming. As a Tulsa transplant, he has fallen in love with this city. He is passionate about serving students and families in our community and believes that we are all better when we serve together.
Samantha Aponte, chair
Torii Ransome Freeman
Omare Jimmerson, immediate past chair & board member emeritus
Maggie Sharum, Junior League of Tulsa board fellow
Kristen Wagner, LT360 (Class 68) board fellow