As a children's book editor, preschool teacher, child care center director, and professor of early childhood education, Pat has maintained a strong commitment to supporting children’s literacy development and nurturing their love of books.

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Ethel Gaides is currently an assistant superintendent of schools, overseeing curriculum, instruction, assessment, professional development, the Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) program, grant writer, and serves as the Title I Project manager for seven schools within SAU 48 in Plymouth, NH. She has been an elementary educator, a library media specialist and technology educator, and an elementary school principal.

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Doug, the Community and Social Services Coordinator at Highgate Apartments in Barre, VT, comes to the affordable housing industry from an advocacy and emergency services background having worked in human services for over twenty years.

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Ann is the youth services coordinator at the New Hampshire State Library. She has also taught English at schools in Ohio, New York and at Plymouth State College in NH. While at Plymouth, she also worked part-time programming children’s events for Plymouth Friends of the Arts.

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Bruce is a reading specialist in the Merrimack Valley School District in New Hampshire, overseeing all language arts and reading programs, and providing direct instruction to the most needy students. Bruce has a particular interest in addressing the parent/student connection.

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Jess Kell is the Parenting Program Coordinator for Lund’s Kids-A-Part program, based at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility.

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Jane has worked at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, VT since 1994. She has been the store’s children’s book buyer since 2006. She has also served as an ESL teacher in Colorado and a tutor with Central Vermont Adult Basic Education. She served on the board of Planting Hope, which is based in Montpelier and La Chispa, Nicaragua, for five years.

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Cass Mabbott is the youth services consultant for the Vermont Department of Libraries.

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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.

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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.

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Michele is an assistant professor in the Education Department at Dartmouth College and researches the ways in which rural poverty impacts learning and academic achievement.

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