As a writer from Vermont Magazine once observed, CLiF does a lot with a little. We are able to accomplish so much thanks to our dedicated, creative, and energetic staff, board of directors, and board of advisors.

Our Staff

Duncan McDougall

Duncan McDougall

Executive Director

Duncan founded CLiF in 1998. He has given hundreds of literacy presentations to children and parents throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. His vision and leadership have helped CLiF mature into an organization that has inspired thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural children and given millions worth of brand-new books to children and struggling communities.

Jana Brown

Jana Brown

Program Manager

Jana joined CLiF in 2014. She manages CLiF’s At-Risk and Summer Readers grants , as well as CLiF’s Children of Prison Inmates program, and coordinates books and logistics for program events.

Stephanie Kucinskas

Stephanie Kucinskas

Data/Office Manager

Stephanie joined the CLiF staff in October 2015. Luckily for CLiF, she responded to our call for weekly summer volunteers, so she has been getting to know CLiF since June 2015. As Data/Office Manager, she will put her background in market research to work.

Erika Nichols-Frazer

Erika Nichols-Frazer

Communications Manager

Erika joined CLiF in September 2016. As Communications Manager, she oversees CLiF’s outreach to local, regional, and national media about CLiF’s programs, partners, and grant initiatives.

Meredith Scott

Meredith Scott

Program Director

Meredith joined CLiF in January 2014. She oversees all CLiF programs and manages our long-term programs Rural Libraries and CLiF Year of the Book. Her skill at developing programs from strategic vision to individual event details helps our program partners nurture relationships within their communities and build strong cultures of literacy.

Our Presenters

CLiF is honored to partner with more than 65 accomplished children’s book authors, illustrators, poets, and storytellers who give inspiring presentations on our behalf to thousands of children across New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Board of Directors

Mark Beams

Mark Beams

Mark retired in 2008 from a career as an international tax lawyer that included stints at the office of international tax policy at the US Department of Treasury, and at General Electric.

Jessica Eakin

Jessica Eakin

Jessica Eakin is the media specialist at Hanover High School and the former director of Youth-in-Action, a nonprofit that connects Hanover High School students with volunteer opportunities.

Michele Gravelle

Michele Gravelle

Michele is a senior consultant with Triad, where she applies her 25 years of experience to helping professionals cultivate their leadership capabilities and develop masterful communication skills.

Duncan McDougall

Duncan McDougall

Executive Director

Duncan founded CLiF in 1998. He has given hundreds of literacy presentations to children and parents throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. His vision and leadership have helped CLiF mature into an organization that has inspired thousands of low-income, at-risk, and rural children and given millions worth of brand-new books to children and struggling communities.

Laura Rice

Laura Rice

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.

Katie Robbins

Katie Robbins

Katie Robbins is a child and family clinical psychologist in the Upper Valley of NH/VT specializing in social-emotional-behavioral difficulties, parent-child relationships, school psychology, and health psychology.

John Vogel

John Vogel

After 26 years at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth where he taught real estate and entrepreneurship in the social sector, John Vogel retired in 2018.

Deb Nelson

Deb Nelson

Deb is an AP English teacher at Lebanon High School in Lebanon, NH, where she has taught English, American Studies, and American History for the past 20 years. She is a longtime volunteer for and cyclist in The Prouty, which raises funds for cancer research and patient services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, and in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC).

Board of Advisors

Mary Ann Cappiello

Mary Ann Cappiello

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.

Patricia Cantor

Patricia Cantor

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.

Deborah Dutcher

Deborah Dutcher

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.

Toni Eubanks

Toni Eubanks

Toni Eubanks is the director of the Barton and Glover public libraries in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. She has volunteered in many capacities, including the reading programs in her children’s classrooms, Junior Great Books programs for first and fourth grades, after-school programs for the local PTO, and Everybody Wins! Vermont.

Ethel Gaides

Ethel Gaides

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.

Jess Kell

Jess Kell

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

Jane Knight

Jane Knight

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.

Jennifer Kusnarowis

Jennifer Kusnarowis

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.

Julia Rogers

Julia Rogers

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.

Rubi Simon

Rubi Simon

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.

Michelle Tine

Michelle Tine

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.