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 6,000 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