January 2023 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

Thank you for being an integral part of the Reading Power family. We are excited to continue fostering the promise of literacy in 2023. Together, we can do even more for the students of Lake County and beyond.

Reunited And It Feels So Good

Tutors and students were excited to reunite and continue their work earlier this month after the winter break. Reading Power students receive over 70 one-to-one sessions of literacy tutoring during the school day per academic year, contributing to their academic growth and success. 

Tutoring Is A Win-Win

Give the gift of your time to help students make literacy gains and you will get so much more in return. To reach our tutoring capacity this year, we need 20 additional tutors.

Is This The Year You Join Us?

In a recent tutor survey, ninety-eight percent of responding tutors felt satisfied with their tutoring experience. Sign up to tutor as little as two to three hours a week at readingpowerinc.org/tutors

Have a friend or family member that might be interested? Please share our newsletter with them to learn more. 

Thanks A Latte

Reading Power is thanking our volunteer tutors for sharing their time and talent this academic year. Each week, a tutor is randomly chosen to receive a Starbucks gift card that was generously donated. Congratulations to our most recent winners: Ellen, Terri R.(pictured right), Prasanthi C, Ellen L., Dianne S., and Marney S., and thank you for all you do to foster the promise of literacy.

Help From Our Friends

Many of Reading Power’s friends and supporters made the holiday season shine extra bright this year. Thank you for your continued support!

Thank you to First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest for awarding Reading Power a 2023 Mission Services Grant. The generous support helps us continue to foster the promise of literacy in the new year.

Thank you to Great Lakes Credit Union employees who helped pack holiday gift bags last month at our drop-in volunteer event. The bags, filled with books and activities, were gifted to Reading Power students before winter break.

If your group or organization is interested in drop-in volunteer opportunities in our Lake Bluff office, please reach out to

Beth Zender, Volunteer Coordinator.

The Girl Scout motto is to be ready to help wherever needed. Troop #41508 at Science and Arts Academy in Des Plaines recently held a book drive to benefit Reading Power. Way to go, girls! Thanks for the help.

Meet Max, an avid reader and seventh grader from Woodlawn Middle School. Max and his friends collected over 800 books to fill Reading Power classroom libraries for his recent Bar Mitzvah project. Way to go, Max!

A Reading Power classroom library contains 200-300 high-quality children's books. If you or a group would like to hold a book drive benefitting Reading Power, please reach out to

Beth Zender, Volunteer Coordinator.

Coming Fall 2023

Reading Power is thrilled to announce that the third annual Play for Literacy Golf & Games event will be held in September 2023. If you or your organization want to become an event sponsor, please get in touch with Debra Pucé, Director of Development.

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

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, 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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