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 Director 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.

 

 

 

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 from 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.

 

 

 

Margaret Manzella is the Systems Specialist at Read to Succeed Buffalo and focuses on using technology and applications to support a variety of operations at the organization. Margaret received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Management Information Systems from the University at Buffalo and joined the organization in 2020.

 

Board of Directors


Mary Jo Hunt - Chair
Executive Director
James H. Cummings Foundation

Carmen Snell, Esq. - Vice Chair
Assistant General Counsel
BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York

Michael Noah - Treasurer
President, Commercial Banking
Bank on Buffalo

Kate Dust - Secretary
Retired - Vice President, Education & Staff Development
Edukids, Inc.

 


Hon. Betty Calvo-Torres - Nominating & Governance
Buffalo City Court Judge
City of Buffalo

Victoria Nappo Ticco
Executive Director
Sheridan Benefits

Crystal J. Rodriguez-Dabney, Esq. L.L.M.
Chief of Staff/Chief Diversity Officer
SUNY Buffalo State College

Wendy Montante
Community Volunteer

 


David Rogers
Founder of Life Storage, LLC.

Paul Olszewski
Senior Portfolio Manager
Vice President, Key Private Bank

Carol Goulding
Director of Sales Practice Compliance
Wilmington Trust

Dr. Marvel Ross-Jones
Campus Director
Bryant & Stratton College

Programs

We are focused on creating support for teachers of economically disadvantaged children.

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Get Involved

Thank you to the inaugural group of Experience Corps Volunteers!

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Parent Resources

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