Welcome to the Children's Literacy Foundation Blog
Rubi Simon is the Library Director at the Howe Library in Hanover, NH. She recently moved to New Hampshire after having worked in Vermont since 2009. Her prior management experience in Vermont includes the Director of the Fletcher Free Library in the city of Burlington, and the Burnham Memorial Library in Colchester.
Cass Mabbott joined the Vermont Department of Libraries as the youth services consultant in 2017. She is also a doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Before pursuing her doctorate, she was a youth services librarian and manager for seventeen years, mostly, at Seattle Public Library.
Laura is the Development Director at WISE, a non-profit organization based in Lebanon, NH whose mission is to lead the Upper Valley in ending gender-based violence through survivor-centered advocacy, prevention, education, and mobilization for social change. Prior to joining WISE, Laura worked for thirteen years at The Mentor Network, a national network of health and human services providers offering home- and community-based services across the country, where she oversaw the integration of company acquisitions, the re-structuring of the human services division, and the strategic planning function of the organization.
Rick Roesch retired from Citigroup in 1999 after 35 years in its international operations, including postings in Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and New York. Since moving to Etna, NH he has served as a Vice Chairman of Ledyard National Bank, Chair of The Upper Valley Land Trust and the American Precision Museum, President and Trustee of the Montshire Corporation and Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth.
Jess Kell is the Parenting Program Coordinator for Lund’s Kids-A-Part program, based at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.
Julia Rogers is a former CLiF Program Director and Office Manger. Julia coordinated logistics for hundreds of literacy events during her tenure at CLiF and brings that experience to the Advisory Board. Before CLiF, her previous experience in literacy included teaching English and translating fairy tales in Tanzania and delivering books to children in rural Lao villages.
Doug Hemmings has been the Community and Social Services Coordinator at Highgate Apartments in Barre, VT since 2006. Doug comes to the affordable housing industry from an advocacy and emergency services background having worked in human services for over twenty years prior to working for Maloney Properties Inc.
Patricia Cantor’s first job after college was as editorial assistant to a group of four children’s book writers-in-residence at Bank Street College in NY. From there, she became assistant to the editor-in-chief at children’s book publisher Philomel, which was home to such notable authors as Eric Carle.
Jessica is the media specialist at Hanover High School where she teaches information skills across all subjects. She and her husband grew up in the Upper Valley and moved back to the area in 2005.
A committed volunteer, Jessica previously spent four years as the director of Youth-in-Action, a nonprofit organization that connects Hanover High School teens with volunteer opportunities.