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RRCNA Standing Committees 

Advocacy—Amy Smith, Chairperson

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.

Communications—Anne Simpson, Chairperson

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.

Descubriendo la Lectura—Kathryne Salinas, Chairperson

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.

Development—Cathleen Duvall, Chairperson

Cathleen Duvall, Teacher Leader
Fort Bend ISD
Missouri City, TX

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.

Membership—Maryann McBride, Chairperson

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.

National Conference—Lindy Harmon, Chairperson

Lindy Harmon, Trainer
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

 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.



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. It is an advocate for Reading Recovery throughout North America.

RRCNA operates, in part, through its standing committee structure which enables the Council to involve many members who serve multiple-year terms. RRCNA also provides committee support to the North American Trainers Group (NATG).