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.

2017-18 Board of Directors

Janice Van Dyke
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

Jeffery Williams
Solon, OH

Vice President
Karen Scott
Ozark, MO

Past President
Lindy Harmon
Lexington, KY

Mary Anne Doyle
Storrs, CT

Maryann McBride
Clemson, SC

Cheryl Achterberg
Columbus, OH
Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Inc. Representative

Allison Briceño
San Jose, CA
Presidential Appointee

Shari Butcher
Pataskala, OH
Teacher Representative

Felicia Cummings Smith
Louisville, KY
Partner Representative

Sue Duncan
Atlanta, GA
Trainer Representative

Kellie Ehlers
Worthington, OH
Teacher Representative

Judy Embry
Lexington, KY
North American Trainers Group Vice President

Salli Forbes
Cedar Falls, IA
North American Trainers Group President

Steven Foreman
Zanesville, OH
Site Coordinator Representative

Yvette Heffernan
Lower Sackville, NS, Canada
Trainer Representative

Tamera Lipsey
Nashville, TN
Site Coordinator Representative

Leslie McBane
Columbus, OH
Teacher Leader Representative

Maeghan McCormick
Jackson, MI
Teacher Leader Representative

Robert Muller
Chicago, IL
Deans’ Representative

Gay Su Pinnell
Columbus, OH
Founding Director

Mary Ann Poparad
Lisle, IL
North American Trainers Group Past President

Kathryne Salinas
Rosenberg, TX
Descubriendo la Lectura Representative


Patricia Scharer
Columbus, OH
Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Inc. Representative

Janine Stutt
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Presidential Appointee

Ian Wilkinson
Columbus, OH
Partner Representative

Shari Worsfold
Whitehorse, Canada
Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Representative

Staff & Associates

Jady Johnson
Executive Director

Anita Gibson
Conferences & Events Director

Julie Reeves
Membership Director

Vicki Fox
Communications Director

Carissa Hershey
Communications Manager

Carol Lang
Office Assistant – Products

Mike Lemaster
Senior Accountant

Linda Johnston
Executive Assistant

Steve Potts
Program Specialist

RRCNA Standing Committees
Amy Smith, Teacher Leader
Madison County Schools
Richmond, KY

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.
Anne Simpson, Trainer
Texas Woman’s University
Denton, TX

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.
Kathryne Salinas, Teacher Leader
Richmond, 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.

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

The Development 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.
Maryann McBride, Teacher Leader
Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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.

Janice Van Dyke, Reading Recovery Trainer
Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery
Thornhill, ON, Canada

The National Conference Committee:

  • Is chaired by the person in the presidential line who will be president in the year each respective national conference 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 the national conference.