Team

Read to Succeed Buffalo is fortunate to have a committed team, of tenured professionals, implementing its programs and services with integrity. From overall agency operations to taking a call from a concerned parent, Read to Succeed Buffalo staff reflect our mission in all they do.

Staff

Anne S. Ryan has served as Executive Director of Read to Succeed Buffalo since she joined the organization in 2011.

Ryan brings a wealth of experience and expertise to RTSB in early childhood education, organizational leadership and development. Prior to Read to Succeed, Anne served as Director of Resource and Project Development with Catholic Charities of Buffalo and VP of Community Impact with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County.

Anne was responsible for implementation of Success by 6, UW's early childhood initiative, successfully developing leadership capacity in the field serving as its first Executive Director. In 2006, Anne was awarded the NYS Association for the Education of Young Children's Champion for Children award. Anne is a 1999 graduate of Leadership Buffalo.

Currently Anne is a board member of the Episcopal Church Home and Affiliates, Inc. and Canterbury Woods, Chair of the Birth to 3rd Grade Task Force for Say Yes to Education Buffalo and a Health Fellow through the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York.

 

 

 

Kristen Bellomo is an Experience Corps Literacy Coach at Read to Succeed Buffalo focused on supporting Experience Corps Volunteer Tutors in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade classrooms. Kristen's primary responsibilities are to guide, monitor, and assist Experience Corps Volunteer Tutors in adapting instructional strategies using data and materials for students who demonstrate risk of reading difficulty and who require more intentional instructional intervention to meet grade-level goals. Prior to becoming and ECLC, Kristen was a Literacy Intervention Specialist for RTSB.

 

 

 

Julia Brueckl is the Director of Program for Read to Succeed Buffalo, supporting CARE Child Care, CARE Preschool, and Experience Corps programming. She has been with RTSB since 2008, employed as a literacy coach and literacy intervention specialist, where she collaborated with teachers to enhance the language and literacy skills of students. In addition, Julia has presented at local, state, and national conferences about vocabulary, comprehension, and literacy in the content areas. Before working at RTSB, Julia was a prekindergarten teacher. She has her M.S. in Literacy and B.S. in elementary education from the State University of New York at Fredonia.

 

 

 

Kristin Cook is an Experience Corps Literacy Coach at Read to Succeed Buffalo focused on supporting Experience Corps Volunteer tutors in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade classrooms. Kristin's primary responsibilities are to guide, monitor, and assist Experience Corps Volunteer Tutors in adapting instructional strategies using data and materials for students who demonstrate risk of reading difficulty and who require more intentional instructional intervention to meet grade-level goals. Prior to becoming an ECLC, Kristin spent time as a Special Education teacher in a local district and a Youth Programs Driector at a local nonprofit. She has her M.S. in Special Education and B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Daemen College.

 

 

Shannon Davis is an Experience Corps Literacy Coach at Read to Succeed Buffalo focused on supporting Experience Corps Volunteer Tutors in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade classrooms. Shannon's primary responsibilities are to guide, monitor, and assist Experience Corps Volunteer Tutors in adapting instructional strategies using data and materials for students who demonstrate risk of reading difficulty and who require more intentional instructional intervention to meet grade-level goals. Prior to becoming an ECLC, Shannon was a Literacy Intervention Specialist for RTSB.

 

 

 

Lisa McCue is RTSB's Director of Operations and is instrumental in making our office hum. Lisa's excellent administrative skills help to support all facets of RTSB programs and our office administration including scheduling, finances, human resources, facilities management, as well as handling countless other details.

 

 

 

Michael Riccio serves as Systems Specialist for RTSB. His responsibilities include managing data collection and reporting systems associated with RTSB's literacy programs in child care, Head Start, and Buffalo Public Schools. He also maintains the book distribution database that supports RTSB's implementation of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Michael has a B.S. in Adolescent Education and English and an M.S. in Communication and Leadership, with a focus in Non-Profit Management, from Canisius College.

 

 

 

Amy Toy is an early literacy intervention specialist with Read to Succeed Buffalo. Amy holds a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education as well as a Bachelor's degree in Childhood Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to joining RTSB Amy was a pre-kindergarten teacher at Bethel Head Start for 7 years.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Wilk is an early literacy intervention specialist with Read to Succeed Buffalo. As part of the CARE initiative, her role is to increase language and literacy skills for children birth to five years old. Elizabeth holds a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education for the University at Buffalo, as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Geneseo. Prior to joining RTSB Elizabeth was a Universal Pre-Kindergarten teacher at Bethel Head Start for 15 years.

 

 


Board of Directors

Marcia O'Neil-White, Chair
Retired - Director of Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
Buffalo Prep
Frederick G. Attea, Vice Chair
Partner
Phyllips Lytle, LLP
Michael Noah, Treasurer
Vice President, Commercial Banking
Bank on Buffalo
 
Kate Dust, Secretary
Vice President, Education & Staff Development
Edukids, Inc.

 

Hal D. Payne
Retired, Vice President, Student Affairs
Buffalo State College
Karen A. Clinton Jones, Ph. D
Chief Diversity Officer
Buffalo State College
Hon. Betty Calvo-Torres
Buffalo City Court Judge
City of Buffalo
Hon. Jack Quinn
Retired, President
Erie Community College


Mary Ellen Reilly
Group Vice President, M&T Bank - Risk
Management Compliance

Carmen Snell, Esq.
Assistant General Counsel
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
 
 
Wendy Montante
Community Volunteer
 
 


Victoria Nappo Ticco
Financial Advisor
Health Insurance Rep.
Nappo Financial Services

 
Paul Olszewski
Senior Portfolio Manager
Vice President, Key Private Bank
 

 


Former Member
Gordon Gross, Chair Emeritus of Development Committee

Founder
Gross Shuman Bridzle & Gilfillan P.C.

 

Mary Jo Hunt
Executive Director
James H. Cummings Foundation
 

 

 

 

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