Raising Readers in Story County

Our Team

2018-19 RRSC Board of Directors

Executive Committee
Shellie Orngard, Ames
Vice President:
Randie Camp, Ames
Kim Herzberg, Nevada
Reno Berg, Ames
Past President: 
Jennifer Dieter, Ames
Board of Directors
Paula Cady, Colo 
Diana Claus, Ames
Lynn Engen, Ames
Dan Franklin, Ames
Jane Halliburton, Ames
Jerri Heid, Ames
Carolyn Jons, Ames
Margie Oldehoeft, Ames 
Sue Seaton, Nevada 
Melissa Skinner, Ames

Lisa Reeves, Executive Director 

Lisa Reeves joined the Raising Reader's team in the summer of 2016.  Lisa holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a Master's of Education.  She is a reading advocate and has been helping children learn and enjoy reading for the past 18 years. 

Lisa can be reached at literacy@raising-readers.org or by calling 515-520-8686.  


Judy Dahlke, Family Literacy Coordinator/Educator

Judy joined RRSC in September 2015. Prior to her new position, Judy was the volunteer Volunteer Coordinator for RRSC and also served on the Board of Directors. Judy is a retired kindergarten teacher who taught at Fellows Elementary School in Ames for 32 years. Judy focuses on our Thrive by Five programming and parent engagement, the programs at Eastwood, and Transition to Kindergarten summer programming.

Judy can be reached at families@raising-readers.org or by calling 515-520-8686


Autumn Long, Story County Reads Data Specialist

Autumn joined RRSC in August 2017. She has her master’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Autumn works with a network of partners to ensure all Story County children read and comprehend at or above grade level. Autumn helps document the impact of literacy programs on youth in Story County; focusing on a results-based accountability framework to establish outcome measures to positively impact leading community indicators in the area of education.

Autumn can be reached at autumn@raising-readers.org or by calling 515-291-4726


Nancy Gebhart, Program Coordinator

Nancy Gebhart joined the Raising Reader's team in October 2018.  Nancy holds an interdisciplinary Masters Degree from Iowa State University.  She is an expert on visual literacy and has been helping develop critical thinking and communication skills through art based interactions for the past 11 years. Nancy is responsible for the StoryPals program. 

Nancy can be reached at gebgirly@gmail.com or by calling 515-520-8686. 

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