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Peter Patel Named Reading Is Fundamental's Vice President and Chief Information Officer

WASHINGTON, December 11, 2008—Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation's oldest and largest children and families' literacy organization, named Peter Patel as vice president and chief information officer.

As chief information officer, Patel brings to Reading Is Fundamental more than 12 years of experience in managing information technology for both corporate and nonprofit organizations. Joining RIF in January of 2005, he successfully led the organization's conversion of paper–based contract management to a fully automated web–based system, connecting the RIF national office to 3,500 local RIF programs throughout the United States.

Before joining RIF, Patel served for six years as the IT director at Inspection & Control Services (ICS), a multi–national corporation focused on customs modernization, trade facilitation, and E–government services worldwide. He worked closely with the customs departments of various countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America, enhancing those governments' revenue collection through inspection and fraud detection of import declarations.

Patel was the chief architect of ICS Price Research System, a patented web–based system that coordinates the activities of ICS's global price research and intelligence gathering activities. He earned his bachelor's degree in the management of information systems from the University of Greenwich, England.

The Meadows Foundation is a private philanthropic institution established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows to benefit the people of Texas. The Foundation's mission is to assist the people and institutions of Texas to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations. Since its inception, the Foundation has disbursed over $550 million in grants and direct charitable expenditures to over 2,000 Texas institutions and agencies.

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 provides 4.6 million children with 15 million new, free books and literacy resources each year. For more information and to access reading resources, visit RIF’s website at www.rif.org.

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Peter Patel Named Reading Is Fundamental's Vice President and Chief Information Officer