December 2022 Newsletter

Oh, What A Year

With your support, 2022 has been a year of phenomenal growth at Reading Power. We have added two new partner schools, increased to ten unique programs, and recruited 112 new volunteer tutors. This remarkable growth has allowed us to reach over 400 students, each progressing towards their grade-level reading goals this academic year.  

Happy Holidays From Reading Power

We wish our Reading Power family all the joy and wonder the season brings. May your days be merry and bright. Thank you for fostering the promise of literacy this year!   

Reading Power Board of Directors and staff members at the Annual Board Retreat held October 2022

Warm Hands, Warm Hearts

Reading Power students decorated Frosty the Snowman with colorful winter mittens sharing their favorite parts of the program. One student stated, "I like Reading Power because it helps me read." Another student shared, "I like that everyone is kind."  

The Gift That Keeps Giving

Thank you to the many Reading Power friends and supporters that have already contributed to our annual fund this year.   

 If you have not yet donated, there’s still time to make your 2022 tax-deductible gift to Reading Power. Thank you for your continued support of our mission to accelerate children’s literacy learning and to develop a love of reading and writing in them.  


Need a Last Minute Gift?

Head to Lake Forest’s Think Local Pop-Up Shop in Market Square for prepackaged holiday gifts benefiting local nonprofit organizations, including Reading Power. The shop is open Thursday – Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm through December 31st.   

Our Mission

Working in partnership with underserved schools, 
Reading Power provides one-to-one tutoring during the school day 
for children in prekindergarten through second grade.  

Our mission is to accelerate children's literacy learning, 
and to develop in them a love of reading and writing. 
All children deserve to reach their intellectual potential.

Reading Power Board of Directors

Kathy McFarland, PhD, Chairman

Marra Lochiatto, MBA, Vice Chair

Kathleen Cowie, Secretary

Jim Young, MBA, Treasurer

Joanie Alley, MSEd 

Ann Bates, EdD

John Davidson 

Rob Davis, JD, MBA 

Mary Jane Hender, EdD

Todd Litzsinger

Rahul Malhotra, MBA

Melinda Mooney

Jacalyn Ramdin-Johnson, MBA

Beverly Raudabaugh, MBA

Frank Sibley

Arthur Turner

Mary Weber, MA

Rev. Dr. Gordon Butcher, DMin, Emeritus

Reading Power Program Staff

Lisa Bulzoni, MEd, Chief Executive Officer

Kristin Fine, MEd, Director of Programs

Debra Pucé, MS, Director of Development

Viri Perez, MEd, Associate Director of Programs

Kate Burke, BS, Marketing and Communications Manager

Nancy Duffy, Resource Development Manager

Susan Morris, MBA, Events Manager

Beth Zender, MEd, Volunteer Coordinator

Daniela Cruz, Office Manager

Melayna Pokorny, BA, Office Assistant 

Katie Burdiak, BA, Assistant Site Coordinator

Jennifer Bruns, MST, Site Coordinator

Julie Collishaw, MA, Site Coordinator

Brooke Davis, MEd, Assistant Site Coordinator

Julie DiGuiseppe, BS, Assistant Site Coordinator

Andrea Glickman, MAEd, Site Coordinator

Marla Guziec, BS, Site Coordinator

Melissa Kumin, MEd, Site Coordinator

Aimee Lewis, MEd, Site Coordinator

Debbie Loring, MSEd, Site Coordinator

Cathy Plate, MSEd, Assistant Site Coordinator

Heather Rosenblatt, MAT, Site Coordinator

Nancy Shorris, BS, Assistant Site Coordinator

Elizabeth Soling, AA, Assistant Site Coordinator

Summer Zilisch, Assistant Site Coordinator

Victoria Zilisch, BA, Assistant Site Coordinator 

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