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RIF Selects 2011 Ambassadors to Strengthen Statewide Literacy Initiatives

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2011 – Today, Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), selected 50 volunteers representing each state to serve as RIF Ambassadors for 2011. The Ambassador initiative is sponsored by Macy’s, RIF’s lead partner for Volunteer Engagement and recognizes the valuable role that committed local volunteers have in advancing RIF’s mission. The initiative provides a structure of support for selected ambassadors to promote children’s literacy and RIF in their communities.

“Over the years, the hard work and commitment of RIF Ambassadors has helped build a love of reading in children statewide,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of RIF. “I am confident that our latest Ambassador class shares a deep passion for reading that will drive many young children to discover the joy of reading.”

Each RIF Ambassador will support RIF by conducting outreach activities, blogging on a social networking website, and sharing the story of a child touched by RIF.

The 2011 RIF Ambassadors:

  • Maureen Womack of Alabama Department of Youth Services in Montgomery, Ala.
  • Bonnie Cavanaugh of Wasilla Middle School in Wasilla, Alaska
  • Charlotte Forte of Southwest Human Development in Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Dottie Goode of Sheridan Elementary School in Sheridan, Ark.
  • Basia Lubicz of Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, Calif.
  • David Sanger of Denver Public Schools/School District #1 in Denver, Colo.
  • Carol Corliss of O’Connell & South Side FRC in Bristol, Conn.
  • Stacey Henry of Brandywine Valley Friends Inc. in Wilmington, Del.
  • Kelli Heath of John E. Ford K-8 School in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Letta Cox of Concerted service/Head Start in Waycross, Ga.
  • Shannon Ramirez of Family Support Services of West Hawaii in Kailua Kona, Hawaii
  • Kaylin White of Pocatello Head Start Parents in Pocatello, Idaho
  • Evan Georgi of RIF in Chicago in River Grove, Ill.
  • Denise Duncan of Brooklyn School PTO in Brooklyn, Ind.
  • Donna Koch of Friends of the Library in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Pamela Madaus of Reach Out & Read Kansas City in Kansas City, Kan.
  • Geraldine Woods of Louisville Center Community Center, Inc. in Louisville, Ky.
  • Sara Massey of Communities In Schools of New Orleans, Inc in New Orleans, La.
  • Susan Harvey of Oxford Hills RIF in Hebron, Maine
  • Ana Bolden of PG County Alumnae DST Sorority in Mitchellville, Md. 
  • Kelly O’Connor of Gregg Rapids Public Schools in Lynn, Mass.
  • Becca Walsh-Wolfe of Grand Rapids Public Schools in Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Colnese Hendon of Community Initiatives for Children in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Fergenia Hood of ICS Head Start in Holly Springs, Miss.
  • Rebecca Briggs of Economic Security Corps of SW Area H/S in Anderson, Mo. 
  • Elizabeth Williams of Jefferson School Missoula County Public School in Missoula, Mont.
  • Janel Keyes of Howard School PAB in Grand Island, Neb.
  • Lisa-Marie Lightfoot of Washoe Co. S/D-Read & Succeed Volunteer Program in Reno, Nev. 
  • Karen Moyer of Rockingham Community Action in Portsmouth, N.H.
  • Dennis Vroegindewey of Paterson Board of Education in Paterson, N.J.
  • Lindsley Silagi of Alamogordo Public Schools in Alamogordo, N.M.
  • Ellen Halliday of Brooklyn Public Library in Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Karlene Fyffe of Durham County Library in Durham, N.C. 
  • Shirley Deibert of Minot Head Start in Minot, N.D. 
  • Sue Sattler of Buckeye Career Center in New Philadelphia, Ohio
  • Evia Davis of Langston University in Langston, Okla.
  • Heidi Pramuk of Woodburn Public Schools in Woodburn, Ore.
  • Renee Novello of School District of Philadelphia - South Region in Philadelphia, Pa. 
  • Maria Mendez-Garcia of International Charter School in Pawtucket, R.I.
  • Ida Thompson of Richland County School District #1 in Columbia, S.C. 
  • Lucy Her Many Horses of Todd County School District in Mission, S.D. 
  • Sone-Serae Batten of Mid Cumberland CAA Head Start/Early Head Start in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
  • Debbie Mckamie of Clark Intermediate School in Houston, Texas
  • Marla Wharton of Redwood Elementary School in West Valley City, Utah
  • Deb Grennon of Franklin Grand Isle Bookmobile in Swanton, Vt.
  • Michelle Carrera of The Literacy Partnership in Norfolk, Va. 
  • Fay Crawford of Columbia Elementary in Wenatchee, Wash.
  • Lois Meadows of Emerson Elementary School  in Parkersburg, W. Va.
  • Lisa Quistorf of Koenig Elementary in Two Rivers, Wis.
  • Mary Hohnholt of Carbon Co. child Development Program, Inc. in Rawlins, Wyo.

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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RIF Selects 2011 Ambassadors to Strengthen Statewide Literacy Initiatives