Executive DirectorBrooke has dedicated her professional career to the belief that education is the lever by which we will change the world and the future for low-income individuals. As a member of the College Possible leadership team, she developed strengths in program management, curriculum design, implementation, and evaluation. Through multiple promotions as the organization grew from one region to a national organization, she effectively led the creation of the college program from inception to implementation across multiple sites. In 2011, Brooke received the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Catalytic Leader Award. Recognizing that reading is the foundation for educational success, Brooke took the opportunity to join Reading Partners as program director for the Twin Cities during its inaugural year in the region. She effectively led all programming and volunteer recruitment efforts, ensuring strong programmatic results for students, and helped Reading Partners Twin Cities more than double in size by year three. Brooke holds bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and Spanish, with a minor in english literature from Bethel University. A lover of laughter, Brooke gets plenty of it as a mom to one year old Josie (named after Jo March in Little Women).
Program ManagerWith experience as a classroom and intervention teacher, Katherine Christman is passionate about providing high-quality, individualized education for all students. Katherine has a Masters of Education in curriculum and instruction and taught in both Denver Public Schools and Talkeetna, Alaska. As a Twin Cities native, she is excited to partner with the community to make a positive difference in the lives of students in the Twin Cities.
Program ManagerAsha Farah is a former language arts teacher and Peace Corps volunteer. She received her master’s degree in language, reading and culture from the University of Arizona where her focus was on literacy and second language acquisition. She's very excited about the mission of Reading Partners because she knows that individualized instruction is the key to unlocking children’s potential and that volunteers help students build confidence and develop a love of reading.
Program AssociateGrace Herndon is an AmeriCorps alumna, having served as a site coordinator with Reading Partners at Hamline Elementary in 2015-16, then as regional site coordinator for the St. Paul Schools in 2016-17. She has her Bachelor of Arts in public health education from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and has recently returned to school for her Master of Arts in elementary education at Hamline University. She is passionate about lowering our state's achievement gap and ensuring that all students have access to equitable, quality education.
Community Engagement ManagerKelly Rynda is an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna and received her master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL) from Hamline University. She splits her time between Reading Partners and the Minnesota Literacy Council and is passionate about quality education for all learners no matter what point they’re at in their lives. She’s dedicated to Reading Partners’ mission of fighting the achievement gap and supporting the success of our Native students, students of color, and students experiencing poverty.
Development ManagerGraham Sutherland is a development professional with a strong commitment to social justice and education equity in the Twin Cities. He believes that a love of reading can unlock the potential to become powerful self-advocates and lifelong learners. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Graham worked in development in the realm of college access and success with College Possible. Originally from Seattle, Graham earned his bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN.
Community Engagement Team
Monika Hetzler, Volunteer Coordinator
Constance Taylor, Volunteer Engagement VISTA
Sarah Arena, Senior Development Coordinator VISTA
Regional Site Coordinators
Samantha Dulak, Regional Site Coordinator, Minneapolis Schools
Caitlin Ignasiak, Regional Site Coordinator, St. Paul Schools
Patrick Antenucci, Maxfield Elementary School, St. Paul
Emily Black, Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Elementary School, St. Paul
Xander Gershberg, Benjamin E. Mays International Magnet School, St. Paul
Marissa Heim, Hamline Elementary School, St. Paul
Kari Heistad, Bethune Community School, Minneapolis
Ashley Jensen, Lyndale Community School, Minneapolis
Blaishia Lee, Elizabeth Hall International Elementary School, Minneapolis
Tachinia Moss, Whittier International School, Minneapolis
Ellie Patterson, Ascension Catholic School, Minneapolis
Jeremy Scott, Northeast College Prep, Minneapolis
Benjamin Tuggle, Cityview Community School, Minneapolis
Antonia Weah, Mastery School, Minneapolis
Andrew Weiss, Anishinabe Academy, Minneapolis