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 ManagerJordan Castleberry is originally from Buffalo, New York, so she is no stranger to the Twin Cities’ winter weather! She attended SUNY Geneseo for undergrad, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and received her Master’s degree in Literacy Education from New York University. Jordan has taught at the elementary level in the city of Chicago, as well as the Bronx, New York, where she worked hard to instill a passion for reading and books in all of her students. Jordan has been able to see firsthand the need for literacy intervention in our schools. Her most recent professional experience includes having worked as a program director at the University of Cincinnati. Jordan managed a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to investigate how kindergarten students learn to write. Jordan is true lover of reading, her favorite genre is historical non-fiction, mixed in with the occasional novel.
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.
Community Engagement and Program ManagerGrace 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.
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
Hunter Jones, Senior Volunteer Coordinator
Karen Johnson, Volunteer Coordinator
Rita Mecicar, Volunteer Coordinator
Frieda Rule, Development Coordinator VISTA
Regional Site Coordinators
Malik Earle, Regional Site Coordinator
Brynna Davis, Regional Site Coordinator
Sarah Dischinger, Bethune Community School
Frank Meyer, Lyndale Community School
Audrey Smebakken, Maxfield Elementary School
Annie Roth Blumfield, Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School
Tré Goode, Cityview Community School
Mary Lengsfeld, Hamline Elementary School
Jake Dunne, American Indian Magnet School
Shannon Murphy, Ascension Catholic School
Emma Thompson, Benjamin E. Mays International Magnet School
Hallie Kircher-Henning, Hiawatha Leadership Academy- Morris Park
Morgan Muldoon, Hiawatha Leadership Academy – Northrop