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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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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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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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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Mary White has been the library director of Howe Library (Hanover, NH) since July 2007. Prior to coming to the Howe, Mary was library director at Marlboro College (Marlboro, VT) where she received the Librarian of the Year award from the Association of College and Research Libraries/New England in 2005.

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