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Dr. Judy Cheatham Joins RIF as Vice President of Literacy Services

WASHINGTON – February 7, 2011 – Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, named Dr. Judy Blakenship Cheatham vice president of literacy services. In this role, Dr. Cheatham will strengthen and promote RIF’s literacy initiatives across the country.

“The RIF Board of Directors and I are thrilled to have Dr. Cheatham join our staff to enhance RIF’s literacy programs,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF.  “She brings more than 30 years of educational knowledge and experience to RIF, and we look forward to having her develop literacy programs that will engage children and their families.”

Prior to joining RIF, Dr. Cheatham served as the Jefferson Pilot Professor of English at Greensboro College, as well as the coordinator of the Modern Languages and Literatures division and director of the Master of Arts program. She was also the dean of Professional and Graduate Studies.

In the community and nationally she has led literacy efforts by serving on boards and committees overseeing efforts ranging from the city of Greensboro’s biannual “One City, One Book” program and O. Henry Festivals to the Goals 2000 Adult Literacy Taskforce, to which she was appointed by President George H.W. Bush.

Cheatham holds a B.A. from Middle Tennessee State University, an M.A. from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. She was awarded the National Literacy Volunteer of the Year by ProLiteracy (formerly Literacy Volunteers of America) in 1999. She is married and is the mother of two children.

About Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF)

Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), founded in 1966, motivates children to read by working with them, their parents, and community members to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. RIF’s highest priority is reaching underserved children from birth to age 8. Through community volunteers in every state and U.S. territory, RIF provided 4 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources last year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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Dr. Judy Cheatham Joins RIF as Vice President of Literacy Services