Brian Gallagher, M.P.A.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Brian
Gallagher leads the Reach Out and Read network, including more
than 6,000 program sites in all 50 states and nearly 30 regional,
state, and local affiliates. Gallagher, who has been with Reach Out
and Read since 2007, previously served as the organization's
Director of National Programs, providing strategic leadership to
all aspects of organization's national programmatic activity,
including program metrics, medical provider training and
professional development, quality assurance and improvement, and
special initiatives. He spearheaded national efforts to increase
the number of children served and the number of healthcare
providers who participate in Reach Out and Read, resulting in a
significant increase in organizational capacity from 3,700 programs
to more than 5,400. In collaboration with partners nationwide,
Gallagher led a strategy to build a strong foundation for numerous
new state and regional affiliates to increase capacity to serve
even more children living in low-income communities. Gallagher
previously worked as a Policy and Program Manager for the Boston
Private Industry Council, a workforce development organization with
a special focus on designing and implementing school-to-career
programs. He holds an M.P.A. from Suffolk University and
a B.A. from Hamilton College.
Perri Klass, M.D., F.A.A.P.
National Medical Director
Perri Klass 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.
Interim Chief Financial Officer
As Reach Out and Read's Interim Chief Financial Officer, Joseph
Cullen is responsible for the organization's financial management.
Cullen is a financial executive with over 30 years of experience
assisting nonprofit and for-profit organizations through the
implementation of accounting and financial management best
practices. As a Consultant at Clifton Larsen Allen, he has provided
Interim Controller and Chief Financial Officer services to many
nonprofit and higher education organizations. Prior to this, Cullen
served as Director of Finance for the Massachusetts Development
Finance Agency and as Accounting Director for Tufts
University. He received his Bachelor's degree in Management
from the University of Massachusetts and his Master's degree in
Accountancy from Bentley College. Cullen is also a Certified
Public Accountant (CPA) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Diane Malcolmson, M.B.A., M.A.
Chief Development Officer
As Chief Development Officer of Reach Out and Read, Diane
Malcolmson focuses on leading the organization's advancement
efforts and developing national fundraising partnerships across its
network of 6,800 program sites. Malcolmson brings more than 20
years of experience to the position, and served most recently as
the Chief Development Officer at nonprofit Boston Medflight, a
regional leader in critical care transport. Prior to this, she
served as Vice President of Development and Marketing at the
Dimock Center, and as Senior Director of National Development at
Year Up. Earlier in her career, Malcolmson held development
leadership roles at organizations including Harvard University,
Columbia University, Winchester Hospital, and Tufts University. She
also served as Senior Vice President and Director
of Internal Marketing, Media and Communications at Fleet
Financial Group. Malcolmson earned her Bachelor's degree in
international relations from Regis College and two Master's
degrees, one in business administration and the other in
international affairs, from Columbia University.
Nikki Shearman, Ph.D.
Chief of Network Strategy and Evaluation
Nikki Shearman is responsible for guiding a planning process to
formulate and implement the Network Unity Strategy. This is
designed to unify our organizational strengths and grow and
strengthen the Reach Out and Read intervention. She also
coordinates the strategy for research and evaluation that
demonstrates Reach Out and Read's impact. Shearman brings a
combined experience of research, operational strategy and
communications to this position, starting with 10 years' experience
in medical research in laboratories in the UK, Japan and Germany,
and publication of her work in international journals.
Subsequently, Shearman has worked within the management of a
variety of non-profit organizations in the UK and the US. Shearman
earned her Ph.D. in cancer research from the University of