About Us

Early Literacy Advisory Board


Read On Arizona is a statewide, public/private collaboration of agencies, philanthropic organizations and community stakeholders committed to determining the gaps, identifying solutions, and implementing a collaborative approach to improving language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children ages birth through the end of third grade.

Advisory Board

Arizona Board of Regents
Catcher Baden, Associate Vice President for State Relations

Arizona Community Foundation*
Lorenzo Chavez, Executive Director, Education and Scholarships

Arizona Department of Economic Security
Lela Wendell, Assistant Director, Division of Child Care

Arizona Department of Education*
Linda Burrows, Deputy Associate Superintendent, Academic Standards
Brooke Colvin, Director, Early Childhood Standards/Head Start State Collaboration Office

Arizona Office of the Governor
Selianna Chang, Policy Advisor, P-12 Education

Arizona State Board of Education
Sean Ross, Executive Director

Arizona State University
Felicia Durden, Executive Director, Student Services

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Mayra Flores, Program Manager

The Burton Family Foundation
Glenn Wike, Chief Executive Officer

City of Phoenix/Read On Phoenix
Tim Valencia, Youth and Education Director/Read On Community Lead

Eyes on Learning
Karen Woodhouse, Director

First Things First*
Melinda Gulick, Chief Executive Officer

Helios Education Foundation*
Kelly Koenig, Director, Early Grade Success

Maricopa Association of Governments
Anubhav Bagley, Regional Analytics Director

Nina Mason Pulliam Trust
Laura McBride, Senior Program Officer

Read On Arizona
Terri Clark, Arizona Literacy Director
Lori Masseur, Director of Early Learning

The Steele Foundation
Amber Skalsky, Program Director

Teaching Strategies
Nicol Russell, Vice President of Implementation Research

Valley of the Sun United Way
Melissa Boydston, Senior Vice President, Community Development and Engagement

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust*
Karen Leland, Chief Communication Officer
Erin Goodman, Senior Program Officer
Kerri Kaczmarczyk, Program Officer

*Founding Partner