Our Team

Our team is working to transform education through evidence-based programs and resources, boosting student confidence and reading skills for a brighter future.

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Alexandra Arcaya

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Amy Garner

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Amy Mattingly, Ph.D.

Chief Program and Impact Officer

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Anam Lodhi, MAT

Deputy Director of K-12 Programs, Raleigh Office

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Anissa Burwell

Implementation Coach

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Ben Iluliano

Implementation Coach

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CeCe Sellers

Implementation Coach

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Chowdhury Arefin

Director of Finance

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Elizabeth Wilson

NC Literacy Corps
Member

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Finley Baldwin

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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GraceAnna McCray

Assistant Project
Manager and
Implementation Coach

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Gwen Hinton

Vice President of AFACE Programs

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Heather Kasdan

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Jasmine Fuentes

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Jennie Copeland, MSW

Vice President of Advancement

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Jenny Kim

HELPS Implementation
Coach

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Kate Llewellyn, M.Ed

Recruitment and
Outreach Manager

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Katie Thompson, MAT

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Katie Yow, MSW

Program Trainer and Facilitator
Adult, Family, and Community Empowerment Programs

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Kayla Webb

Events & Engagement Coordinator

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Kim Perkins

Vice President of K-12 Programs

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Laura Tucker, M.Ed.

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Maranda Bryant, M.Ed

Implementation Coach

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Melissa Walker

Program Trainer and Facilitator
Adult, Family, and Community Empowerment Programs

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Mishelia Harris

AFACE Data Specialist

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Moné Norman

Administrative Coordinator, Leadership Team

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Nhi Cao, Ph.D.

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Pierce Watson

Deputy Director of K-12 Programs, Raleigh Office

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Rashonda Peterson, 
MAED

Program Trainer &
Facilitator

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Reem Salah

Grants and Contracts
Manager for Advancement

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Sarah Hough, Ed. D

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

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Sierra Wilkins

NC Literacy Corps
Member

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Tai Caldwell

Adult & Family Literacy
Trainer & Facilitator

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Tamara Campbell

Chief of Staff & Personnel Relations Specialist

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Tanisha L. Herring, M.Ed

Program Trainer and Facilitator
Adult, Family, and Community Empowerment Programs

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TJ Ewool

MSW Intern and Implementation Coach

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Trevor Osterhaus

Lead Operations and HR Manager

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William D. Gibson

President and Chief
Executive Officer

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Yanitzmarie (Marie)
Polanco

Project Manager and Implementation Coach

Staff Spotlights

We are incredibly proud of our dedicated staff members who work tirelessly to support families, educators, and students of all ages. We began as an all-volunteer organization and have now grown to represent more than 40 full and part-time individuals. We are thrilled to spotlight our outstanding team members and the ways they work to support our programs and deliver high-quality, evidence-based interventions.