National Board of Directors

Who’s behind our leadership and governance.

DeWittThomas G. DeWitt, M.D., F.A.A.P.- Chair

Director, Division of General and Community Pediatrics
Professor and Associate Chair for Education and Primary Care, Department of Pediatrics,
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH

Thomas DeWitt, M.D., F.A.A.P., is the Carl Weihl Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Division of General and Community Pediatrics, and Associate Chair for Education in the Department of Pediatrics at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has served as President of the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network and Committee on Pediatric Education, as well as on the National Academies of Science Board on Children, Youth, and Families. DeWitt currently sits on the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. He is internationally known for his publications and presentations in the areas of faculty development and community-based education and research.



Claudia Aristy, B.A.
Director, Reach Out and Read and the H.E.L.P. Project
Children of Bellevue, 
New York, NY

Claudia Aristy has been Director of Children of Bellevue's Reach Out and Read Program and The HELP Project and since 2013. Her career at Bellevue Hospital began in 2000 as a bilingual Parent Educator in both programs.  Aristy was instrumental in developing all aspects of HELP including its Instructional DVD's.  She was also responsible for training bilingual HELP volunteers and for translating and field-testing Spanish language materials for HELP and for the HELPix low literacy medication sheets. 

Currently, Aristy oversees both programs--from administration to staff and volunteer training.  Her passion for her work inspires staff and volunteers as well as the many professionals and media representatives who visit the programs. She serves on the Advisory Board of Leyendo Juntos-a National Reach Out and Read initiative, as well as on the Advisory Board of Reach Out and Read of Greater NY.  Aristy has a Bachelor's of Arts Degree from Hunter College. 

BerkelhamerJay Berkelhamer, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Past President (2006-2007)
American Academy of Pediatrics
Senior Medical Staff,
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Jay Berkelhamer, M.D., F.A.A.P., is a Clinical Professor at Emory University School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, and a retired general pediatrician. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Ambulatory Pediatric Association, and the Chicago Pediatric Society. Berkelhamer served as the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Academic Officer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. He was also Chair of Pediatrics at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit prior to his move to Atlanta. He attended the University of Michigan, and trained in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago.



GrayCurtis L. Gray, M.B.A.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration
BAE Systems, Inc.,
Arlington, VA

Curt Gray is Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration for BAE Systems, Inc., responsible for all human resources and employment-related activities for the company's U.S.-based operating groups, which collectively employ some 50,000 employees in the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Israel, Germany, Mexico, and South Africa and generate annual sales in excess of $10 billion. His background encompasses a broad array of businesses including information and communications, commercial airplanes, and both commercial and defense electronics. Previously, Gray was director of the People organization for the Boeing Company's Phantom Works. He also supported the Engineering Process Council and represented Phantom Works on the Company People Process Council. Gray holds a bachelor's degree in personnel administration from the University of Colorado, and an M.B.A. and a master's degree in organization development from Pepperdine University.


HastingsJeremy Hastings, M.B.A.
Senior Vice President, Network Strategy 
Beacon Health Strategies,
Boston, MA

Jeremy Hastings joined Beacon in 2013. In his role as Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, Mr. Hastings leads all operational and strategic vision for contracting, credentialing, provider relations and provider data loading for the 130,000 providers that are part of Beacon's network. Mr. Hastings is charged with ensuring continued success in Beacon's post-merger integration work to create a seamless experience for all providers in the Beacon network. In addition to operational strategy, Mr. Hastings leads Beacon's thinking on provider and network innovation, including the role of value-based payments, technology to improve member outcomes, and the link between clinical outcomes and provider networks.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Hastings served as the Vice President of Corporate Strategy, where he led the development and execution of strategy across Beacon's corporate initiatives and business units, including business unit strategy, corporate M&A, strategic partnerships, value-based payment models with providers, and innovative programmatic models for highly complex member populations. In his first role at Beacon, Mr. Hastings served as Vice President, Provider Partnerships, where he led the development of an innovative model of provider outreach and engagement and launched a national team to support the model.

Before joining Beacon, Mr. Hastings was a senior manager at Bain & Company, serving in Bain's Global Healthcare Practice. He led projects in the payor/provider, medtech, and healthcare services spaces, in addition to significant advisory work supporting private equity due diligence projects.

Mr. Hastings currently serves as a Board Director for the national non-profit Reach Out and Read. He received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his BA in biology from Clark University.


HildrethSusan Hildreth, M.L.S., M.B.A
Professor of Practice
University of Washington
San Mateo, CA

Susan Hildreth, M.L.S., M.B.A., is currently serving as the inaugural Gates-funded professor of practice at the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle.  She recently stepped down as the Executive Director of the Peninsula Library System,  the NorthNet Library System, the Pacific Library Partnership and the Califa Group and continues as a strategic advisor to those groups.  She is the Treasurer of the American Library Association and is a fellow at the Aspen Institute's Dialogue on Public Libraries. Hildreth served as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 1/11 -1/15. Prior to that she served as City Librarian San Francisco Public Library, State Librarian of California, and City Librarian of Seattle Public Library in a distinguished 30-plus year career as a leader in public libraries. She is now Executive Director of three associated organizations: the Peninsula Library System, the Pacific Library Partnership, and Califa. Active in professional associations throughout her career, Hildreth is past president of the Public Library Association (PLA), and has served as a member of the PLA Board of Directors and an at-large member of the governing Council of the American Library Association. She is also a long-time member of the California Library Association, for which she served as president and treasurer. She led efforts to integrate Reach Out and Read with California public libraries and has been a strong advocate for Reach Out and Read for many years.

Hildreth graduated cum laude from Syracuse University and holds a Master's degree in Library Science from the State University of New York at Albany, as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration from Rutgers University.


KeyserEvan Keyser, M.B.A.
Director, Global Healthcare Group
Citi Corporate and Investment Banking,
New York, NY

Evan Keyser joined Citi in 2011. In his current role as Director with the Healthcare Investment Banking group, Mr. Keyser is focused on evaluating new, and maintaining existing, client relationships with large- and mid-cap Healthcare Services companies, specifically acute and post acute care providers. In addition, in this role, he serves as the lead execution banker driving the development, preparation and presentation of client-specific M&A and capital market financing strategies.

Before joining Citi, Mr. Keyser spent three years with the Healthcare Investment Banking groups at Cowen and Company and Stifel Nicolaus, both middle market financial services firms. With these firms, Mr. Keyser focused on equity offerings and M&A transactions across all healthcare sectors.

Mr. Keyser received his MBA from The Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and his BS in Architectural / Structural Engineering from Kansas State University. 



KlassPerri Klass, M.D., F.A.A.P.
National Medical Director
Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics
New York University,
New York, NY

Perri Klass, M.D., F.A.A.P., led the National Center from 1993 to 2006, during which time Reach Out and Read grew from a single program into a national network of more than 3,000 program sites. She is a professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, where she works in the pediatric clinic at Bellevue Hospital, and where she is currently the Director of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. Klass received her M.D. from Harvard University and completed her training in pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital, and in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital. She received the 2007 American Academy of Pediatrics Education Award for her work with Reach Out and Read, and the 2011 Alvarez Award from the American Medical Writers Association. She writes frequently about children's issues, including the weekly "The Checkup" column for the New York Times.


LebovitzLisa Lebovitz, M.B.A.
Board Member, City Year Boston 
Advisory Board Member, Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University
Weston, MA

Lisa Lebovitz has been an active volunteer with Reach Out and Read since 1999, providing strategic and marketing counsel to the organization. Lebovitz also serves on the Board of City Year Boston and as a member of the Advisory Board at Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. Her work experience includes Bronner Slosberg Humphrey (Digitas), Loyalty Management Group (AirMiles), and Bain & Company. Lebovitz, who was honored as Reach Out and Read's 2013 Literacy Champion, is a graduate of Tufts University and Harvard Business School.









LeBuhnRobert LeBuhn, M.B.A.
Private Investor
New Providence, NJ/Snowmass Village, CO

Robert LeBuhn, a private investor, has served on a number of corporate and nonprofit boards. Currently, LeBuhn is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and serves on the Investment Committee of the Board of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. He has been a Trustee of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation since 1980, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2000 to 2010; and is Investment Advisor to the Sidney E. Frank Foundation in New York City. LeBuhn was Chairman (1992-1994) and President (1984-1992) of Investor International (U.S.), Inc. New York, a subsidiary of Investor AB of Stockholm, Sweden. He began his investment career at Cyrus J. Lawrence & Sons, in New York in 1957 and served with the Rothschild Inc. group (formerly New Court Securities Inc.) from 1981-1984. He was also an investment advisor to the Sid W. Richardson/Perry Bass interests of Forth Worth from 1962-1972. LeBuhn served on the Board of US Airways, Inc. and its predecessor airlines for more than 37 years, retiring in 2002. LeBuhn is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Elaine have five children and 10 grandchildren.


LoganAnn Mercer Logan, M.L.S.
Co-Founder,  Reach Out and Read Colorado
Denver, CO

Ann Logan is the Founder and former Board Chair of Reach Out and Read Colorado. She has worked as a school librarian in Denver and Tuckahoe, NY, as well as a pre-school teacher, an ESL teacher, and a staff member at a spouse abuse program. She was the Reach Out and Read Program Director at Denver Health for 10 years and founded the statewide coalition in Colorado in 2003. Logan was also the co-founder and co-chair of the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition of Metro Denver. She currently serves on the boards of Denver Public School's Summer Scholars Program, Friends of Denver School of the Arts and the T&R Foundation. Logan received her B.S. from the University of Tennessee and her M.L.S. from St. John's University.



NavsariaDipesh Navsaria, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.L.I.S., F.A.A.P.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin

Dipesh Navsaria is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and practices primary care pediatrics at Access Community Health Center. He is the founder and director of the Pediatric Early Literacy Projects at the University of Wisconsin, and is also the founding medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin. Dr. Navsaria is the director of advocacy training for the pediatric residency, and is frequently involved in medical student and physician assistant education from the clinical arena. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Pediatric Interest Group and is the director of the MD-MPH program at the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Navsaria received his Master's in Public Health from Boston University and his Physician Assistant training from The George Washington University in DC. He practiced as a pediatric physician assistant in East Central Illinois before attending medical school at the University of Illinois in Urbana. He also completed a master's in library and information science at the University of Illinois, focusing on children's librarianship.


NeedlmanRobert Needlman, M.D., F.A.A.P. - Co-Founder
Professor of Pediatrics,  Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Pediatrician,  MetroHealth Medical Center,
Cleveland, OH

Robert Needlman, M.D., F.A.A.P., is co-founder of Reach Out and Read and President of the Greater Cleveland Reach Out and Read Coalition. He is the author of "Dr. Spock's Baby Basics" and co-author of the ninth edition of "Baby and Child Care," Dr. Benjamin Spock's classic parenting manual. He has also been a columnist for Parent and Child Magazine, and has written for parents online at,, and as a Yahoo health expert. His published academic work includes studies on pediatric literacy promotion, the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure, iron deficiency, maternal depression, and resident training. A graduate of Yale College (English Literature) and the Yale School of Medicine, Needlman practices and teaches Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland and is Professor of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.


NewmanJudy Newman, M.B.A.
EVP & President, Scholastic Book Clubs & E-Commerce
Scholastic Inc.,
New York, NY

Judy Newman, Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc. and President of Scholastic Book Clubs & E-Commerce, oversees a $290 million business consisting of Scholastic Book Clubs, the Company's unique print and online school-based distribution channel, and STORIA, Scholastic's teacher-recommended digital eReading app for children.

Newman joined Scholastic in 1994 as Vice President of Marketing for the Book Group. She was previously at Bantam Doubleday Dell as Vice President and Founding Director of the Trumpet Book Club. She also served as Publicity Director at Dell/Delacorte Publishing Company. Newman received her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College and an M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business. She attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course.



RheeKyu Rhee, M.D., M.P.P.
Chief Health Officer, IBM 

Dr. Rhee serves as Chief Health Officer of IBM, where he has global responsibilities for Watson Health and assuring a culture of health at IBM.  Prior to joining IBM, Dr. Rhee was Chief Public Health Officer at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where he served on and led numerous national initiatives related to prevention, quality, and public health. Dr. Rhee also served as the Director of the Office of Innovation and Program Coordination at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he led initiatives related to eliminating health disparities and promoting health equity.  Prior to his federal government service, he worked in community health settings as the Chief Medical Officer of Baltimore Medical System Inc.  Dr. Rhee performed his medical residency training in both internal medicine and pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Southern California and holds a master's degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.



SnowCatherine Snow, Ph.D.
Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education
Harvard Graduate School of Education,
Cambridge, MA

Catherine Snow, Ph.D., is the Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Snow has co-authored books and published many articles in refereed journals on language and literacy development. She chaired the National Research Council Committee on Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, the RAND Reading Study Group, and the National Academy of Education committee that produced the 2005 volume "Knowledge to Support the Teaching of Reading." She was also a member of the National Research Council Committee that developed the plans for the Strategic Education Research Partnership (SERP) and currently leads the research effort of the first SERP field site, in the Boston Public Schools. Snow is a former president of the International Association for the Study of Child Language and of the American Educational Research Association, as well as a member of the National Academy of Education and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from McGill.


SomerfieldBenita Somerfield, M.A.
Chair of the International Committee of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards
Vice-Chair of the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), Hamburg, Germany
New York, NY

Benita Somerfield was the Founding Executive Director of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, serving the Foundation from 1989 to 2012.  Prior to that, Benita held several roles at Simon & Schuster Publishing, including Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications; and President, Workplace Resources. Her government work includes serving as Special Advisor in Adult Literacy at the U.S. Department of Education, and member of the Presidentially-appointed Board of the National Institute of Literacy. In addition, Benita has worked for a number of public/private literacy programs in workplace, community, and prison settings.


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