John Dwyer — Executive Director

John Dwyer brings a wealth of experience in administration, business, and marketing.  He has previous experience in Quality Assurance in both metropolitan and rural health care.  Additionally, he worked in real estate development in an administrative capacity. His experience brings Read To Them the skills necessary to facilitate its organizational growth.

Bruce Coffey – Director of Programs

Bruce Coffey has an M.A. in Colonial American History and has taught history in high school. After aggressively reading to his own children and sharing and discussing anecdotes and tips and insights with other parents and educators, he developed the One School, One Book program, whose growth he has spearheaded and supervised.  He has developed a wealth of reading aloud resources and materials for parents, teachers, and schools.  He has shared his insights on reading aloud via his well-received workshops and blog for the last twelve years.

Gary Anderson – Founder

Gary Anderson worked as a school psychologist for over 30 years, personally witnessing children losing interest in school in 3rd grade due to their lack of reading skills (something he terms “the third grade slide-out”), before founding not one, but two non-profit organizations promoting the benefits of reading aloud: Read Aloud Virginia and Read To Them. He developed the One District, One Book program, whose growth he spearheads and supervises.

Cathy Mitchell — Literary Specialist

A former Fairfax County, VA first grade classroom teacher, Cathy earned her B.A. in Economics from Duke University, her M.Ed. from Marymount University (Arlington), and is Reading Recovery and Orton-Gillingham trained. She has also been a classroom teacher with “Young Scientists” providing elementary school science lessons. She works with schools assisting in the implementation of Read To Them programs. She lives in her native Richmond with her 3 teenage daughters. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys reading, tennis, Bikram yoga, travel, and beekeeping.

Joanie Bache

Joanie has worked in education for over 35 years. She brings a great deal of experience in reading research and development, teaching, administrative and non-profit experience to Read to Them. Over the course of her career, she has worked with international authors, statewide reading associations and local non-profit groups to bring family literacy into the homes of thousands of children.



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