Board of Directors

National Board of Directors

Curtis L. Gray, MBA
Chair

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.

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Claudia Aristy, BA

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 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. In 2018, Aristy was awarded the prestigious Joan H. Tisch Prize from Hunter College. Aristy has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Hunter College.

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Mark Del Monte, JD
Mark Del Monte, JD

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, American Academy of Pediatrics
Itasca, IL

Mark Del Monte, JD serves as the CEO/Executive Vice President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In this capacity, Mark leads a strong chief executive team for the organization which serves 67,000 pediatrician, pediatric medical subspecialist, and pediatric surgical specialist members. Prior to this role, Mark served as the AAP’s Chief Deputy and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and External Affairs where he directed the organization’s communications, public relations and advocacy activities.

Prior to joining AAP in 2005, Mark served as Director of Policy and Government Affairs for the AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families, a national organization advocating for children and families with HIV/AIDS. Before moving to Washington, DC, Mark worked as a lawyer in his home state of California, providing direct legal services to HIV-positive, low-income children and families.

Mark holds a law degree from the University of California (Berkeley) and a bachelor’s degree from Gonzaga University.

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Lily deSouza Burr
Lilly deSouza Burr, JD

Associate, Adjuvant Capital
New York, NY

Lilly deSouza Burr is an associate at Adjuvant Capital, a life sciences investment firm focused on global health. She joined the Adjuvant investment team from Citi, where she was an associate in Citi’s healthcare investment banking group, advising clients across the biotech, pharma, medtech and services sectors on strategic and operational planning, mergers & acquisitions transactions and equity and debt financings. Prior to Citi, Lilly practiced law in the M&A group at Davis Polk & Wardwell, LLP. Lilly also spent time before law school at the Neurosciences Clinic at the Ottawa Hospital, where she managed a clinical neurosurgery practice and focused on spinal cord injury research. She holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and a BS from the University of Ottawa.

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Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP

Professor and Associate Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP, 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 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He has served as President of the Academic Pediatric Association and Chair of both the American Academy of Pediatrics Steering Committee of the Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) network and Committee on Pediatric Education. Dr. DeWitt has served as a member of the United States Preventative Services Task Force and the ACGME Transition Year and Pediatric Residencies Review Committees. He has pursued innovative and effective approaches to graduate education, including an innovative online Masters in Medical Education program. With over ninety-five peer reviewed publications and senior editor of two general pediatric textbooks, he is nationally and internationally known for his publications and presentations in the areas of faculty development and community-based education and research.

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Robie H. Harris

Children’s Book Author
New York, NY

Robie H. Harris has written award-winning and internationally acclaimed picture books and nonfiction books. She is known for writing about serious issues with honesty and humor. Her picture book titles include Turtle and Me, Maybe A Bear Ate It!, When Lions Roar, Mail Harry to the Moon!, Goodbye Mousie, I’m Not Going To School Today, Don’t Forget to Come Back!, and other earlier titles. They center on the emotional lives of young children.

Her nonfiction books for preschoolers to teens, It’s Perfectly Normal, It’s So Amazing!, It’s Not the Stork!, Who Has What?, Who’s In My Family?, What’s So Yummy?, What’s In There? and Who We Are! provide accurate, up-to-date, and age-appropriate information for children as a way to help them stay physically and emotionally healthy and safe. Her most recent books include two early math picture books Crash! Boom! A Math Tale and Now What! A Math Tale and her first set of infant board books, Who? and Look! Harris is currently working on two new children’s books to be published in 2021. To learn more about her work visit her website.

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Trude Haecker, MD

Medical Director, International Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Medical Advisory Committee Member, Philadelphia, PA

Trude Haecker, M.D. the Medical Director of Global Patient Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, oversees all medical care for CHOP’s international patients upon acceptance to discharge. In this role, Dr. Haecker coordinates with CHOP faculty, referring physicians and patients and families to provide excellent pediatric healthcare. Dr. Haecker has over 20 years of experience as a physician at CHOP. She has worked to establish CHOP’s ambulatory centers and CHOP’s primary care center network. She is also the Medical Director of CHOP’s Reach Out and Read Program.

Dr. Trude Haecker has been the Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Greater Philadelphia since the Affiliate’s establishment in October 2002. A general pediatrician well versed in the developmental issues of young children, Dr. Haecker first brought Reach Out and Read to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 1996.

Dr. Haecker’s outpatient practice focuses on the comprehensive care of children born prematurely. She has vast experience with chronic medical conditions, developmental delays and care coordination and has written extensively in the area of medical and developmental care of young children in foster care. Dr. Haecker is also Medical Director of Global Patient Services at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2018, Dr. Haecker was elected as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Jeremy Hastings, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Alegeus
Boston, MA

Jeremy Hastings joined Alegeus as Chief Operating Officer in January 2019. In this role, Hastings will lead the company to deliver better solutions, differentiation, and winning outcomes for Alegeus and its clients. Prior to this, Hastings served as Chief Operating Officer, Northeast Region at Beacon Health Options, where he led all client operations, clinical and quality teams, implementations and was responsible for meeting both health and business outcomes.

Before joining Beacon, 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.

He received his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and his BA in biology from Clark University.

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Susan Hildreth, MLS, MBA

Library Consultant
Walnut Creek, CA

Susan Hildreth, MLS, MBA, currently a library consultant with a variety of clients, recently completed serving a term as the inaugural Gates-funded professor of practice at the Information School at the University of Washington in Seattle. She served as the Treasurer of the American Library Association from 2016-2019 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 40-plus year career as a leader in public libraries. 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.

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Shana Hoffman, MBA

New York, NY

Shana Hoffman most recently served as Chief Operating Officer at PWNHealth a lab and genetic testing enablement organization. Prior to this, Hoffman served as SVP, Corporate Transformation and Chief Operating Officer, Tri-state Mid-Atlantic Region at Beacon Health Options, where she led all client operations and implementations and was responsible for improving operational performance for clients and the organization leading to better patient and business outcomes.

Before joining Beacon, Hoffman was a senior director of client development at Kyruus, a healthcare technology startup focused on improving patient’s ease of access to healthcare. Hoffman began her career at DaVita working on healthcare strategy for the Fortune 500 dialysis services provider.

Hoffman also was the co-founder of CareSolver a senior care technology startup helping family caregivers of seniors manage and coordinate care.

Hoffman received an engineering degree, cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Evan Keyser, MBA

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, 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, 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, Keyser focused on equity offerings and M&A transactions across all healthcare sectors.

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.

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Perri Klass, MD, FAAP, National Medical Director

Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics
New York University, New York, NY

Perri Klass, MD, FAAP, 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. 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.

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Lisa Lebovitz, MBA

Board Member
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.

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Terri D. McFadden, MD, FAAP

Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Georgia

General Pediatrician & Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Director of Primary Care
Hughes Spalding Campus, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Dr. McFadden is a General Pediatrician and an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics of the Emory University School of Medicine. She serves as Medical Director of Primary Care at the Hughes Spalding campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she sees patients and teaches medical students, pediatric residents and allied health students. She is also the Medical Director for primary care with the Emory Department of Pediatrics PARTNERS for Equity in Child and Adolescent Health program. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), where she serves on the Executive Committee of the Council on Early Childhood. She also serves as Vice-President and President-Elect of the Georgia Chapter of the AAP. McFadden has served as the Medical Director Reach Out and Read Georgia for over 10 years and worked to strengthen the Reach Out and Read program at her on site for more than 20 years. Her academic and professional interests include comprehensive care for the underserved, early brain development and preschool literacy promotion, breastfeeding promotion, childhood injury prevention, and medical education. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Spelman College and a medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

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Leora Mogilner, MD

Associate Program Director,
Pediatric Residency Program

Director, Advocacy and Community Pediatrics Rotation
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Leora Mogilner is a pediatrician in the Division of General Pediatrics at Mount Sinai. She started Reach Out and Read at Mount Sinai in 1998. She is the director of ROR at Mount Sinai and oversees the program, which distributes over 12,000 books per year to patients, teaches parents about the importance of early childhood literacy, and provides volunteer readers in the waiting room.

She has conducted research looking at the impact of literacy programs on early childhood language development. She is also involved in the Family Friends Program, an intergenerational program providing senior citizen volunteers to families at risk. She has been on the Board of Directors of the Reach Out and Read Coalition of New York since 1999 and is on the Board of the Mount Sinai Children’s Center Foundation. She is married to Richard Linhart and is the mother of Ariella, Eitan and stepmother of Tobey.

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Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, FAAP
Vice Chair

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Dipesh Navsaria is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, he has practiced primary care pediatrics in a variety of settings with special interest in underserved populations. Currently, he 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 heavily involved in both training and in the practice of child health advocacy — writing and speaking publicly locally, regionally and nationally on early brain and child development, early literacy, and advocacy to a broad variety of audiences.

He also works with the American Academy of Pediatrics on a state level, serving as the current vice-president of the Wisconsin Chapter. He also has served nationally on a number of committees, including being the founding co-chair of the Early Literacy Subcommittee of the Council on Early Childhood. He regularly writes op-eds on health-related topics, does radio and television interviews, and frequently speaks locally, regionally and nationally on early brain and child development, early literacy, and advocacy to a broad variety of audiences.
He blends the roles of physician, occasional children’s librarian, educator, public health professional and child health advocate. With graduate degrees in public health, children’s librarianship, physician assistant studies, and medicine, he brings a unique combination of interests and experience together. 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.

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Robert Needlman, MD, FAAP
Co-Founder

Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Pediatrician, MetroHealth Medical Center,
Cleveland, OH

Robert Needlman, MD, FAAP, 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 DrSpock.com, parenting.com, 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.

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Judy Newman

Executive Vice President, Scholastic Inc.,
President, Scholastic Book Clubs and eCommerce
New York, NY

Judy Newman is Executive Vice President of Scholastic Inc., and President of Scholastic Book Clubs and eCommerce. Since joining the company in 1993, Judy has overseen Scholastic Book Clubs, the company’s unique school-based book and reading distribution business. Treasured by teachers, students, and parents since 1948, Book Clubs shares the vital importance of helping children see themselves as readers by choosing and owning their own books.

Judy spearheads several initiatives to support the company’s mission and excite teachers and students about reading: Classrooms Care, in which kids read to raise awareness and generate book donations to children in underserved schools; a deep partnership with We Need Diverse Books to ensure all children are represented in the books we offer through Scholastic’s distribution channels; the Patterson Partnership in which superstar author, James Patterson, has donated $8.5 million over the past five years to help teachers get the best books to their students through Scholastic Book Clubs.

Judy’s commitment to connecting every child to the right book and helping them see themselves as readers extends to her work through many non-profit organizations: Reach Out and Read, Book Trust, Pajama Program, Ruby Bridges Foundation, Book Harvest, Behind the Book, and several community organizations in Montclair, NJ where she lives, and is known as The Book Lady who gives out books instead of candy to the thousands of kids who come trick or treating to her house every year.

Judy writes a series of rhyming chapter books called The Bobs and Tweets, published under the pseudonym of Pepper Springfield. She also contributes a monthly column for Story Monsters Ink Magazine.

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Todd Nicolet, PhD

Vice Provost for Digital and Lifelong Learning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Todd A. Nicolet, PhD is the Vice Provost for Digital and Lifelong Learning at the UNC-Chapel Hill. In this role, Dr. Nicolet provides leadership and direction for all the University’s digital, flexible, and lifelong learning programming. Prior to this role, he has held administrative leadership positions at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health and the UNC School of Government. He led strategic initiatives that advanced each unit’s mission, including development of MPH@UNC, a joint MPH with UNC Asheville and MAHEC, and MPA@UNC. Dr. Nicolet also had direct oversight over several functional units within each school, such as Finance, IT, Human Resources, NC Institute for Public Health, Library, Publications, Events Management, and Strategic Analysis and Business Intelligence. He holds a doctorate in higher education administration from UNC-Greensboro, a Master of Arts in English from UNC-Chapel Hill and an undergraduate degree in literature from Eckerd College.

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Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP

Chief Health Officer, IBM
Cambridge, MA

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.

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Andrés Satizábal, MBA

VP Research
Cengage Learning
New York, NY

Andrés Satizábal is passionate about transforming education at a global scale. He is originally from Colombia, where his family has managed private schools for decades. Andres has extensive management and consulting experience defining and implementing business strategies, reimagining the customer experience, designing products, processes and services, and hacking growth. He has transformed B2B and B2C organizations in U.S. and Latin America for almost 20 years, including roles as Project Manager at McKinsey & Company, Chief Strategy and Finance Officer for a K-12 education network, and currently as Vice-President of Research at Cengage Learning. Andres has a BA in Management and Economics from Universidad de los Andes and an MBA from New York University.

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Benita Somerfield, MA

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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Curtis L. Gray, MBA
Chair

Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Administration,
BAE Systems, Inc., Arlington, VA

Claudia Aristy, BA

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

Mark Del Monte, JD
Mark Del Monte, JD

Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, American Academy of Pediatrics
Itasca, IL

Lily deSouza Burr
Lilly deSouza Burr, JD

Associate, Adjuvant Capital
New York, NY

Thomas G. DeWitt, MD, FAAP

Professor and Associate Chair for Education, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Robie H. Harris

Children’s Book Author
New York, NY

Trude Haecker, MD

Medical Director, International Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Medical Advisory Committee Member, Philadelphia, PA

Jeremy Hastings, MBA

Chief Operating Officer, Alegeus
Boston, MA

Susan Hildreth, MLS, MBA

Library Consultant
Walnut Creek, CA

Shana Hoffman, MBA

New York, NY

Evan Keyser, MBA

Director, Global Healthcare Group
Citi Corporate and Investment Banking, New York, NY

Perri Klass, MD, FAAP, National Medical Director

Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics
New York University, New York, NY

Lisa Lebovitz, MBA

Board Member
Weston, MA

Terri D. McFadden, MD, FAAP

Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Georgia

General Pediatrician & Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Director of Primary Care
Hughes Spalding Campus, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

Leora Mogilner, MD

Associate Program Director,
Pediatric Residency Program

Director, Advocacy and Community Pediatrics Rotation
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, FAAP
Vice Chair

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Medical Director, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Robert Needlman, MD, FAAP
Co-Founder

Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Pediatrician, MetroHealth Medical Center,
Cleveland, OH

Judy Newman

Executive Vice President, Scholastic Inc.,
President, Scholastic Book Clubs and eCommerce
New York, NY

Todd Nicolet, PhD

Vice Provost for Digital and Lifelong Learning, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Kyu Rhee, MD, MPP

Chief Health Officer, IBM
Cambridge, MA

Andrés Satizábal, MBA

VP Research
Cengage Learning
New York, NY

Benita Somerfield, MA

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

Organizational Representation
Brian Gallagher, MPA

Chief Executive Officer, Reach Out and Read

National Representative

As Chief Executive Officer, Brian Gallagher leads the Reach Out and Read network, including more than 6,400 program sites in all 50 states and nearly 30 regional, state, and local affiliates. Brian, 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, Brian 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. Brian 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 MPA from Suffolk University and a BA from Hamilton College.

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Amy Erickson

Regional Executive Director, Georgia

Affiliate Representative

Amy Erickson serves as the Regional Executive Director for Reach Out and Read Georgia and is responsible for leadership and oversight of the organization as well as its administration, operations, programming, sustainability, and strategic plan. Other key duties include development and fundraising activities, relationship management, marketing, community outreach, and employment-related leadership. Her innovative approach to engaging with more than 1,200 pediatricians, medical providers and employees has led to optimal scaling of growth with fidelity and a deep commitment to improving outcomes for the most vulnerable populations.

Amy has 24 years of experience working in the private sector for leading national education, digital, and entrepreneurial companies. She has been a member of the Junior League for 31 years and is a current sustaining member of the Junior League of Atlanta. She is a founding Board member of the National Charity League, Northeast Atlanta Chapter, and founding member of the Young Men’s Service League, Northeast Atlanta Chapter.

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Brian Gallagher, MPA

Chief Executive Officer, Reach Out and Read

National Representative

Amy Erickson

Regional Executive Director, Georgia

Affiliate Representative