Mary Ann is passionate about providing children with authentic reading, writing, listening, and speaking opportunities in and outside of the classroom, and believes that literature can change lives.

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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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Deborah was a public and school librarian in Vermont and New Hampshire before becoming the Youth and Adult Services Librarian at the NH State Library.

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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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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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Jennifer has been a Reading Specialist and a Title 1, first and second grade, and Reading Recovery teacher who credits her love of reading to being read to as a child and promotes family literacy as an enjoyable and important part of childhood.

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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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