Brian Gallagher, M.P.A.
Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer, Brian
Gallagher leads the Reach Out and Read network, including more
than 6,200 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.
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
Lambrina Kless, Ph.D.
Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer of Reach Out and Read, Lambrina Kless
leads the national network in developing and refining the systems
and processes needed to drive programmatic excellence. Kless brings
extensive leadership, program strategy and design experience with
national organizations, most recently as Chief Program Officer for
theNational Center for Teacher Residencies, and National Director
of Learning and Innovation at Teach Plus. Kless completed her
undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in
Administration and Policy Analysis, with a minor in Quantitative
Methods, from Stanford University.