The Reading Recovery Council of North America, Inc. is a not-for-profit association of Reading Recovery professionals, advocates, and partners

The Council provides a network of opportunities for leadership and professional development and is an advocate for Reading Recovery throughout North America. Membership is open to anyone interested in Reading Recovery and early literacy. Members include Reading Recovery teachers, teacher leaders, site coordinators, university trainers, and partners who are classroom teachers, early literacy educators, Title I teachers, school principals and administrators, school board members, researchers, parents, and community members. The Council provides a wide variety of programs and services, including publications, annual conferences, advocacy, technical assistance, and special institutes. These activities strengthen the implementation of Reading Recovery and provide opportunities for Reading Recovery professionals to collaborate with early literacy advocates and other education professionals.

2020-21 Board of Directors

Amy Smith
Richmond, KY

President Elect
Leslie McBane
Columbus, OH

Vice President
Maeghan McCormick
Jackson, MI

Past President
Karen Scott
Ozark, MO

Lindy Harmon
Lexington, KY

Mary Lou Petters
Ravenel, SC

Debbie Baker
Versailles, KY
Teacher Representative

Felicia Cumings Smith
Louisville, KY
Partner Representative

Wenda Dickens
Winnipeg, MB, CA
Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Representative

JaNiece Elzy
Denton, TX
Trainer Representative

Judy Embry
Louisville, KY
North American Trainers Group Past President

Steven Foreman
Zanesville, OH
Site Coordinator Representative 

Rachael Gabriel
Storrs, CT
Presidential Appointee

Jennifer Hutchison
Lexington, KY
Presidential Appointee

Janet Irving
Venice, FL
Teacher Representative

Laura Kingsley
Sarasota, FL
Site Coordinator Representative

Carmen Lipscomb
Denton, TX
Descubriendo la Lectura Representative

Beth Magsig
Lexington, KY
Teacher Leader Representative

Allyson Matczuk
Manitoba, Canada
North American Trainers Group President

Robert Muller
Chicago, IL
Deans Representative

Lisa Pinkerton (Patrick)
Columbus, OH
Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Inc. Representative

Gay Su Pinnell
Columbus, OH
Founding Director

Don Pope-Davis
Columbus, OH
Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Inc. Representative

Helen Proulx
Winnipeg, Canada
Teacher Leader Representative

Debra Rich
Sumner, IA
Trainer Representative

Journey Swafford
Atlanta, GA
North American Trainers Group Vice President


Billy Molasso
Executive Director

Sally Ann DeBolt
Director of Educational Events & Resources

Laura VanTress
Director of Information Systems

Mike Lemaster
Senior Accountant

Carissa Hershey
Digital Communications Manager

KT Hughes Crandall
Creative Communications Manager

Dena Harrison
Program Generalist

Carol Lang
Products Manager

RRCNA Standing Committees

Kelly McDermott, Mattapan, MA

The Advocacy Committee:

  • Develops a process to use in determining what and how to advocate.
  • Develops and recommends to the board of directors policies and procedures outlining advocacy processes.
  • Collaborates with other standing committees to develop plans and programs to assist Reading Recovery professionals in advocating for Reading Recovery.
  • Collects and develops informational materials to support advocacy work.
  • Develops a system and resources to assist Reading Recovery professionals with advocacy at all appropriate levels.
  • Performs other tasks as may be assigned to it by the president or the board of directors.

Maeghan McCormick, Jackson, MI

The Codes and Policies Committee:

  • Is composed of members of the Board of Directors.
  • Reviews all proposed amendments to the Code of Regulations and makes recommendations for amendment.
  • Receives and reviews all proposed changes to RRCNA policies and makes recommendations to the board for revisions.

Jeffery Williams, Solon, OH

The Communications Committee:

  • Oversees procedures and content for publications, nonprint materials, and the RRCNA website(s) and supports the work of other committees by developing and distributing high-quality resources. Plans and procedures support the RRCNA strategic plan and will be compatible with the RRCNA Code of Regulations.
  • Oversees publication of and develops operational procedures for The Journal of Reading Recovery, including editorial appointments and invitations.
  • Helps develop and recommend policies for print and online advertising, social media posting, and other outreach channels, including marketing to audiences beyond Council members and the Reading Recovery community.
  • Is composed of at least two trainers, two teacher leaders, one site coordinator, two Reading Recovery teachers, and one partner, as well as all active editors of The Journal of Reading Recovery.

Carmen Lipscomb, Reading Recovery teacher leader, Denton, TX

The Descubriendo la Lectura Committee:

  • Facilitates the growth of DLL directly through its own work and indirectly through DLL Committee members on other standing committees.
  • Is composed of at least three active members of the Council representing each service category
  • Is chaired by the DLL representative elected to the Board of Directors.

Maeghan McCormick, Jackson, MI

The Elections Committee:

  • Is composed of at least two active members of the Council, including the Vice President who serves as chair.
  • Oversees the elections process,  assures the accurate counting of the votes, determines the winners, and report the results to the Board of Directors.
  • Provides the necessary information to the Elections Committee to develop a ballot containing nominees for each office and Board position to be filled.

Lindy Harmon, Lexington, KY

The Finance Committee:

  • Is composed of at least five RRCNA members, at least two of whom are members of the Board of Directors. The Treasurer serves as Chair of the Committee.
  • Prepares and recommends an annual budget to the Board of Directors and monitors financial performance throughout the year.
  • Assures RRCNA’s compliance with its Financial and Risk Management policies and prepares and secures all records required for audit, bonding, and insurance purposes.

Annie Opat, Reading Recovery trainer, Emporia State University, Emporia, KS

The Foundation Committee:

  • Performs functions and duties pertaining to fund development for RRCNA. Provides leadership for involving the board in the fund-raising efforts to support the strategic plan of RRCNA. Works with appropriate RRCNA staff to develop and implement the fund development plan.
  • Develops policies and procedures for board action related to gift solicitation and recognition.
  • Develops strategies for involvement and cultivation of major gift prospects, including evaluation of prospects for estimated levels of contributions.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of its fund development plan.
  • Reports to the board and officers of RRCNA.

Hollyanna Bates,  Frisco, CO

The Membership Committee:

  • Performs functions and duties pertaining to the recruitment of new members and renewal of current members for the council. Provides assistance to staff in developing and implementing marketing and communications plans focused on member recruitment and retention.
  • Oversees matters pertaining to membership benefits and their delivery. This role includes conducting membership satisfaction surveys and developing new products and services to address members’ interests.
  • Reviews all requests for affiliation of membership organizations and monitors compliance to the related guidelines.
  • Reports to the board and officers of RRCNA.

Amy Smith, Richmond, KY

The LitCon Committee:

  • Is chaired by the person in the presidential line who will be president in the year each respective LitCon is held.
  • Is composed of the chairperson, five, strand committee chairs, and the ten RRCNA board members who are elected from membership categories. The chairperson also appoints ad hoc members, including at least three representatives of the host state or region, to support the chairperson in planning a particular year’s conference.
  • Plans and implements the program including the preconference institutes, three keynote speakers, and nearly 200 concurrent sessions for the national conference.
  • Recommends to the board the location of LitCon.

Karen Scott, Springfield, MO

The Nominating Committee:

  • Is composed of at least one member of the Board of Directors representing each service category. The Past President is the Chair of the Committee.
  • Solicits names for nomination from the Council members through a procedure approved by the Board of Directors.  The names are compiled into a slate of nominees.
  • Proactive in recruiting nominees in addition to those individuals recommended by members.
  • Strives to include a diverse representation.
  • Is not required to slate any particular individual for whom a nominating form is received.
  • Considers the overall needs of the Council in developing the slate.