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.

2019-20 Board of Directors

Karen Scott
Ozark, MO

President Elect
Amy Smith
Richmond, KY

Vice President
Leslie McBane
Columbus, OH

Past President
Jeffery Williams
Solon, OH

Lindy Harmon
Lexington, KY

Mary Lou Petters
Ravenel, SC

Debbie Baker
Versailles, KY
Teacher Representative

Sheila Barnes
Cornwall, PE, Canada
Canadian Institute of Reading Recovery Representative

Hollyanna Bates
Frisco, CO
Teacher Leader Representative

Shari Butcher
Pataskala, OH
Teacher Representative

Emmanuel Caulk
Lexington, KY
Partner Representative

Felicia Cumings Smith
Louisville, KY
Partner Representative

Craig Carson
Ozark, MO
Presidential Appointee

Sue Duncan
Atlanta, GA
Trainer Representative

Judy Embry
Lexington, KY
North American Trainers Group President

Salli Forbes
Cedar Falls, IA
North American Trainers Group Past President

Steven Foreman
Zanesville, OH
Site Coordinator Representative

Laura Kingsley
Sarasota, FL
Site Coordinator Representative

Carmen Lipscomb
Denton, TX
Descubriendo la Lectura Representative

Allyson Matczuk
Manitoba, CA
North American Trainers Group Vice President

Maeghan McCormick
Jackson, MI
Teacher Leader Representative

Robert Muller
Chicago, IL
Deans Representative

Lisa Pinkerton
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

Debra Rich
Sumner, IA
Presidential Appointee

Lori Taylor
Orono, ME
Trainer Representative

Staff & Associates

Billy Molasso
Executive Director

Anita Gibson
Director of Conferences & Events

Julie Reeves
Director of Membership

Dan Doron
Director of Communications

Mike Lemaster
Senior Accountant

Carissa Hershey
Communications and Development Manager

KT Hughes Crandall
Creative Communications Manager

Amy Summers
Conference Manager

Steve Potts
Program Specialist

Linda Johnston
Executive Assistant

Carol Lang
Office Assistant – Products

RRCNA Standing Committees

Kelly McDermott, Reading Recovery teacher leader, Boston Public Schools, 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, Reading Recovery teacher leader, Jackson County ISD, Jackson, MI

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.

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, Reading Recovery teacher leader, Summit School District, 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.

Karen Scott, Executive Director of Elementary Learning, Ozark School District, Ozark, MO

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.