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About Us

Our Mission

Read to Me Project helps under-served children achieve kindergarten readiness and a lifetime of literacy by empowering school age brothers and sisters to read to their young siblings at home. We also raise public awareness about the literacy crisis and the need for language development and pre-reading skills during a child's first five years of life.

Our Vision

Every child entering kindergarten prepared to succeed.

Annual Reports

Read to Me Project’s Annual Report for the prior July 1 to June 30 fiscal year is published every September.

Our Staff

Barbara Greenway

Barbara Greenway

Founder & Program Director

Barbara Greenway

Founder & Program Director

Until 2013, she was a public school Speech and Language Specialist working closely with teachers, children and families in East Salinas to develop and provide language-rich interventions and experiences to promote learning and literacy. She holds Masters Degrees in Educational Administration and Speech, Language and Audiology. Barbara’s thirty years of experience in the field of language development and education led her to finding an innovative and powerful approach to helping children enter school with the essential readiness skills needed to succeed and to become literate and successful adults.

Mary De Groat

Mary De Groat

Director of Development and Marketing

Mary De Groat

Director of Development and Marketing

Mary De Groat is a marketing communications executive with more than twenty years’ experience creating and directing consumer and business-to-business brand and content marketing strategies in global corporate, state government and local non-profit business environments.

Libby McMahon

Libby McMahon

Executive Director

Libby McMahon

Executive Director

Libby McMahon has worked with nonprofits for decades. She was the first finance director at the ACTION Council, where she helped to incubate the Read to Me Project. In recent years she has provided financial consulting to local agencies.

Kirsten van Gend

Kirstin van Gend

Program Manager

Kirstin van Gend

Program Manager

Kirstin brings over six years of cross-cultural programs experience and fifteen years of working with young children. Most recently she worked as an Impact Associate at the United Way Monterey County. She holds a BA in International Relations from Wheaton College and a Master of Public Administration from Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

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