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*
Glenn Wike, Senior Vice President, Strategy & Community Investment
Lorenzo Chavez, Executive Director, Education & Scholarships

Arizona Department of Education*
Felicia Durden, Associate Superintendent, High Academic Standards for Students
Brooke Colvin, Director, Early Childhood Standards/Head Start State Collaboration Office

Arizona Governor’s Office
Selianna Chang, Policy Advisor, Education

Arizona State Board of Education
Sean Ross, Executive Director

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Mayra Flores, Program Manager

City of Phoenix/Read On Phoenix
Tim Valencia, City of Phoenix, Read On Community Lead

Eyes on Learning
Karen Woodhouse, Director

First Things First*
Melinda Gulick, Chief Executive Officer

Helios Education Foundation*
Vince Yanez, SVP, Arizona Community Engagement
Grace Smith Kaus, Director, Postsecondary Success Initiatives

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

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

*Founding Partner