About Us

Early Literacy Advisory Board


Read On Arizona is a statewide, public/private collaboration of agencies, philanthropic organizations and community stakeholders committed to determining the gaps, identifying solutions, and implementing a collaborative approach to improving language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children ages birth through the end of third grade.

Advisory Board

Arizona Community Foundation*
Glenn Wike, Senior Philanthropic Advisory, Education

Arizona Department of Education*
Heather Cruz, Associate Superintendent, High Academic Standards
Nicol Russell, Deputy Superintendent ECE Unit, Director Head Start State Collaboration Office*
Sean Ross, Director, ELA and Move On When Reading

Arizona Governor’s Office of Education
Dawn Wallace, Senior Education Advisor, Director of Strategic Partnerships

Arizona State Board of Education
Alicia Williams, Executive Director
Catcher Baden, Deputy Director

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Mayra Flores, Program Manager

City of Phoenix
Amy Corriveau, Deputy Director, Human Services

Eyes on Learning
Karen Woodhouse, Director

First Things First*
Marilee Dal Pra, Chief Executive Officer
Michelle Katona, Chief Program Officer
Roopa Iyer, Senior Director of Research & Evaluation
Daniel Puglisi, Senior Director Communications

Helios Education Foundation*
Karen Ortiz, VP Early Grade Success

Maricopa Association of Governments
Anubhav Bagley, Regional Analytics Director

Mesa Public Schools
Dawn Foley, Director of Teaching & Learning

Nina Mason Pulliam Trust
Laura McBride, Senior Program Officer

Read On Arizona
Terri Clark, Arizona Literacy Director

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust*
Mary Jane Rynd, President & CEO
Karen Leland, Director, Communications

*Founding Partner