Raising Readers in Story County

Our Team

Lisa Reeves, Executive Director 

As Executive Director, Lisa Reeves leads Raising Readers in Story County’s day-to-day operations and collaborates with the board, partners, and staff to ensure the mission of the organization is at the heart of our programming, goals, and outreach.  Lisa holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a Master’s in Education.  She has been a children’s reading advocate for the past 18 years and joined Raising Readers in Story County in 2016. Lisa is dedicated to supporting significant language and literacy growth in children and advancing the vision of Raising Readers in Story County.

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

Autumn Long, Story County Reads Data Specialist

As Data Specialist, Autumn collaborates with a network of partners to ensure all Story County children read and comprehend at or above grade level. Autumn joined Raising Readers in Story County in August 2017. She has her Master of Arts degree in Sociology. Autumn compiles and analyzes data to assist in making data driven decisions and documenting the impact of literacy programs on youth in Story County. She focuses on results-based accountability frameworks to establish outcome measures to improve leading community indicators in the area of education.

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

Kate Ringstad, Family Literacy Coordinator/Educator

Kate joined the Raising Readers team as the Family Literacy Coordinator for the StoryPals and Harrison Barnes Reading Academy programs in September of 2019. Previously, she was a site supervisor for two summers with the Harrison Barnes Reading Academy. Kate is an Iowa State University alum with Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Child, Adult and Family Services, with an emphasis on youth programs. She is currently attending Drake University, where she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. She has worked with children and families in various capacities for the past 5 years.

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

Holly Hatch, Family Literacy Coordinator

Holly Hatch recently joined the Raising Readers team as the Family Literacy Coordinator for the StoryPals program in August of 2020. Previously, she was an intern where she primarily helped with the ACPC Reading Buddies and Harrison Barnes Reading Academy programs by creating lesson plans. During the summer of 2020, she was one of the site supervisors for the virtual Harrison Barnes Reading Academy. Holly is an Iowa State University alumni with a Bachelor of Science degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services with an emphasis on children from birth to 8 years old. She also currently works at an early childcare center where she is a part-time teacher in the infant classroom. Overall, she has worked with children and families in numerous settings for the past 3 years.

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

Robyn Nitchals-Reierson, LENA Program Coordinator

Robyn joined Raising Readers as the LENA Program Coordinator in September 2020.  She supports and coaches families of young children to increase their child’s language development. She graduated from Iowa State with a Political Science degree, and earned her Master’s of Science in Teaching from Drake University. Prior to working with Raising Readers Robyn worked as an early childhood and elementary teacher for 12 years. 

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

 

Nancy Gebhart

Bio forthcoming 

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