Leadership

National Center Leadership

Marty Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer, Marty Martinez leads the Reach Out and Read network, including more than 6,100 program sites in all 50 states and nearly 30 regional, state, and local affiliates. Marty brings nearly 25 years of experience working on behalf of young people, families and underserved communities across the Greater Boston area. He has developed a strong skill set and expertise in public health, nonprofit management and positive youth development. He recently led the City of Boston through some of the most pressing social and community challenges, including COVID-19 as the Chief of Health and Human Services.

Using his personal story and professional experiences, Marty has become a community leader who has dedicated his career to centering equity at the heart of his work to break down barriers and create systemic opportunities to advance the lives of his neighbors in Boston and beyond. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master’s degree in Urban and Social Policy from Tufts University.

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Perri Klass, MD, FAAP

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. Perri received her MD 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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Mashael Al-Asousi
Mashael Al-Asousi

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Mashael Al-Asousi leads the organization’s fiscal management and strategy with responsibility for the National Center in Boston, MA, and each regional affiliate across the U.S.

Mashael began her career in public accounting and found her passion in non-profits and academia. Before joining Reach Out and Read, she called Boston University her home working within the Department of Medicine’s research arm overseeing financials for clinical trials, and working directly with principal investigators.

Mashael graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts and is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, Phi Theta Kappa and Golden Key Honor Societies.

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Callee Boulware, MBA

Regional Executive Director, Carolinas, Virginia, and Washington, DC

Callee Boulware has served as Executive Director of Reach Out and Read in the Carolinas beginning in 2001 and led the team through regionalization with Virginia and Washington, D.C. She currently leads a staff of committed team members, and works with state and regional partners to build ROR throughout the region that includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Callee received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and is deeply committed to making Reach Out and Read a strong, sustainable reality for all children across the Carolinas. Callee is also a member of Leadership NC Class XXIV, an Advisory Board member of Capita, and a Riley Institute DLI graduate.

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Erin Henry

Chief Development Officer

Erin Henry leads the overall fundraising efforts as Chief Development Officer for Reach Out and Read’s National Center. In addition to supporting Reach Out and Read’s day to day development needs, Erin and her team, identify strategic funding and partnership opportunities for the National Center and collaborate with affiliates throughout the country in the quest to create a world where every child is read to every day.

For the past two decades, Erin spent much of her career as a fundraiser for academic medicine, working primarily in corporate and foundation relations, strategic partnerships, and events for Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Lahey Clinic, and Tufts Medical Center. She is a former member of the Board of Governors for the Human Rights Campaign and has served on numerous fundraising panels through the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Massachusetts and Essex County Community Foundation. She graduated with a BA in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and spent a year learning nonprofit management at AmeriCorps*VISTA at Jumpstart for Young Children in New York.

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Lambrina Kless, PhD

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. Lambrina brings extensive leadership, program strategy and design experience with national organizations, most recently as Chief Program Officer for the National Center for Teacher Residencies, and National Director of Learning and Innovation at Teach Plus. Lambrina completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and her PhD in Administration and Policy Analysis, with a minor in Quantitative Methods, from Stanford University.

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Nikki Shearman, PhD

Chief of Research and Innovation

Nikki Shearman is responsible for guiding the strategic planning process to build out Reach Out and Read’s strategic road map, Next Chapter, and for taking the lead in implementing the plan around Reach Out and Read’s leadership role in shaping pediatric primary care to promote nurturing family-child relationships. She also coordinates the strategy for research and evaluation that demonstrates Reach Out and Read’s impact. Nikki 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 Southampton, UK.

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Jen Tegan
Jennifer Tegan

National Director of Marketing & Communications

Jennifer Tegan is the National Director of Marketing and Communications. In this role, she is responsible for the strategy and efforts to promote and advance the organization’s mission of incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together every day. These strategies include digital media management, external communications, partnerships with membership organizations, web marketing, social media, and media outreach. Prior to joining the organization, she fine-tuned her skill set in education at Boston College High School as the Director of Marketing and Communications and as Executive Director for the Children’s Well-Being Foundation. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from George Mason University.

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Marty Martinez

Chief Executive Officer

Perri Klass, MD, FAAP

National Medical Director

Mashael Al-Asousi
Mashael Al-Asousi

Director of Finance

Callee Boulware, MBA

Regional Executive Director, Carolinas, Virginia, and Washington, DC

Erin Henry

Chief Development Officer

Lambrina Kless, PhD

Chief Operating Officer

Nikki Shearman, PhD

Chief of Research and Innovation

Jen Tegan
Jennifer Tegan

National Director of Marketing & Communications

Regional Leadership
Callee Boulware, MBA

Regional Executive Director, Carolinas, Virginia, and Washington, DC

Callee Boulware has served as Executive Director of Reach Out and Read in the Carolinas beginning in 2001 and led the team through regionalization with Virginia and Washington, D.C. She currently leads a staff of committed team members, and works with state and regional partners to build ROR throughout the region that includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

Callee received her Master’s in Business Administration from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina and is deeply committed to making Reach Out and Read a strong, sustainable reality for all children across the Carolinas. Callee is also a member of Leadership NC Class XXIV, an Advisory Board member of Capita, and a Riley Institute DLI graduate.

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Kim Byam

Executive Director, New Jersey

Kim Byam has been the Executive Director of Reach Out New Jersey since 2009, leading its fundraising and strategic initiatives. As a dedicated advocate of Reach Out and Read’s vision, Kim champions programs that improve cognitive and social-emotional well-being for all children, particularly those growing up in low-income communities and facing systemic barriers.

Kim has extensive and varied experience in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining Reach Out and Read, Kim served as Director of the Annual Fund for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Assistant Director of Development for Project Bread, an anti-hunger organization located in Boston.

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Alexander Chu, MBA

Regional Executive Director, Northeast

Alexander (Alex) Chu currently serves as the Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Northeast Region. With more than 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, youth development, finance, operations, and program evaluation, Alex’s priority for the Northeast is to enhance the educational and social impact of our programs for a diverse client base.

Alex’s experience extends across the non-profit Human Services and Education sectors, where he has led efforts to support behavioral health providers in profitability and market positioning; led time-study efforts to support organizations in better understanding their outcomes and services; advised public and private school districts on revenue enhancements and philanthropic support; and conducted reviews of data systems and capacity building opportunities for agencies supporting adoptive families. Prior to Reach Out and Read, Alex worked for Public Consulting Group, Thompson Island Outward Bound, and the YMCA. He serves on the boards of multiple non-profit and public agencies including as Chair of the Board for the Boston Green Academy 6-12 Horace Mann Charter School, and as Secretary for Camp Starfish, a summer camp for youth with developmental disabilities. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College, and a Master’s in Business Administration in Public and Non-Profit Management from Boston University.

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Amy Erickson

Executive Director, Georgia

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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Carol E. Hickman

Interim Executive Director, Oregon

Carol E. Hickman brings more than 20 years of leadership with statewide affiliates of national nonprofits to serve as Reach Out and Read Oregon’s Interim Executive Director. Her expertise includes operationalizing strategic goals, values, and deliverables to foster mission alignment, brand fidelity, and staff and volunteer engagement. An Oregonian since 1991, she is excited to work with Reach Out and Read Oregon and its partner clinics to continue to ensure that every child in Oregon has the foundation they need to succeed in life.

Carol previously was a Governor-appointed Commissioner and Co-Chair of Oregon Volunteers, the state’s commission for voluntary service and action. She is a longtime volunteer at her local elementary school’s library, has served on boards and advisory committees for several literacy organizations, and knows first-hand how fun—and hot—it is to be in the Clifford the Big Red Dog costume.

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Lori Lake, M.Ed

Executive Director, Oklahoma

Lori Lake serves as the Executive Director for Oklahoma and provides oversight of the state program including training, programmatic support, and technical assistance to medical practitioners, as well as evaluation of programs and development of quality improvement plans. Loris is also responsible for recruitment of new providers and healthcare facilities and the necessary development support to sustain and expand Reach Out and Read within Oklahoma, as well as forming partnerships and creating new initiatives with state agencies, foundations, and corporations. Under her leadership, the number of participating sites in Oklahoma has increased by 146%; therefore, resulting in significantly more children and families served.

Lori joined the non-profit world after a 32-year career in the public education system. With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education and a Master’s degree in Education, she served as a special education teacher, reading interventionist, consulting teacher, and instructional/literacy coach. She has extensive experience in the areas of literacy, academic assessment, educational advocacy, teacher-training, professional development, and the creation/development of new educational programs. During her tenure in the public-school system, she was honored as a Council for Learning Disabilities Teacher of the Year and was the recipient of both the Hospital Corporation of America Teacher Award and the Frist Teacher Award.

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Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW

Executive Director, Wisconsin

Karin Mahony has been the affiliate leader of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin since its founding. She oversees a dynamic and growing team and works with the ROR Wisconsin Advisory Council, local, state, and regional partners to support the healthy development of children and their families throughout the state. Over the past the past 11 years, she has overseen the growth of a committed and dedicated network of ROR participating clinics from 55 to more than 250.

Karin’s varied career as a pre-school teacher, child protective services worker, infant mental health specialist, freelance writer, and health care trainer has been the perfect warm-up for her current role. Karin received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, a master’s in early childhood education from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s in clinical social work from University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Jessica Mortensen, MLIS

Regional Executive Director, Washington

Jessica Mortensen has served as the Executive Director of Reach Out and Read Washington since 2018. In that role, she directs strategy of the ROR program in Washington and supports healthcare professional practice change, cultivates relationships and partnerships, and build high-performing teams. She has overseen the expansion of ROR in Washington from 100 programs serving 60,000 families annually to more than 240 sites serving over 135,000 families each year.

Mortensen previously served as ROR Washington’s Program Director from 2010-2015 and as Deputy Director from 2015-2017. She has played a pivotal role in the creation and implementation of a program quality evaluation and improvement system that was adopted nationally. Mortensen completed her Master’s in Library and Information Science at the University of Washington and her undergraduate degree in Spanish and Art History at Whitman College.

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Callee Boulware, MBA

Regional Executive Director, Carolinas, Virginia, and Washington, DC

Kim Byam

Executive Director, New Jersey

Alexander Chu, MBA

Regional Executive Director, Northeast

Amy Erickson

Executive Director, Georgia

Carol E. Hickman

Interim Executive Director, Oregon

Lori Lake, M.Ed

Executive Director, Oklahoma

Karin Mahony, MEd, MSW

Executive Director, Wisconsin

Jessica Mortensen, MLIS

Regional Executive Director, Washington