Nancy Roberson, President of the Board of Directors for Teach My Kid To Read (TMKTR), provides leadership to TMKTR as it transitions from a newly formed 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization into a sustainable global entity. Nancy has had a life-long passion for education as her first job out of college was a junior high school teacher. She believes “reading” is at the foundation of all life-long learning, and that reading should be taught so that all children learn to read. Nancy is an engaged, energetic leader focused on TMKTR’s mission and its overall management. Nancy has spent most of her career in the educational publishing and lifelong learning sectors where she has served in key leadership and executive roles at major companies including AMA/AMACOM, Cengage Learning, Oxford University Press, Williams & Wilkins (Wolters-Kluwer), Scott/Foresman (Pearson), and Mosby (Elsevier). Read more…
Nancy Cummings is the Founder & President of Cummings Collaborative, a boutique consultancy focused on collaborating and empowering organizational innovation. Prior to the Collaborative, Nancy served as co-Founder & Principal of a higher education consulting firm, Executive Vice President and Provost, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Department Chair, IRB Chair, Tenured Associate Professor, Director of Clinical Athletic Training Services, and Director of Research. Driven for excellence, her expertise lies in supporting organizational accountability and performance outcomes with a focus on optimizing talent and resources. Read more…
After earning a B.A. in Political Science and M.P.A from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Sheila moved to New York City to undertake a consultant position with the United Nations. She began her work in state government in the International Division of the New York State Department of Commerce (now called the Department of Economic Development) before being recruited to join the New York State Public Management Intern program in Albany. She worked for the Executive Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Department of Labor before moving to the Division of the Budget to prepare policy papers for the Governor Carey/Governor Cuomo transition team and then to work on public authority financing, capital budgeting, and later health and social development issues.
Susan Simpfenderfer is no stranger to reading challenges. Her oldest child is dyslexic, and while trying to help her daughter, she discovered her husband is dyslexic. The knowledge and resources available to her daughter were very limited and nonexistent when her husband grew up in the 60s and 70s. As a result, she is an impassioned Board Member and is excited about the direction and goals of TMKTR. Susan has two undergraduate degrees from Rutgers and has worked in educational publishing since 1985. For the last 16 years, she’s owned and is founder of a small edutech content company that provides educational content to the major educational publishers in the US.
Tiana Wyrick, Treasurer and interim Secretary of the Board of Directors. Tiana has spent 12 years in public health driving change through partnership building and facilitating collaborations. Tiana has extensive experience in identifying key partners to implement evidence-based strategies to improve key project outcomes. This experience includes contract management and budget development and management. Tiana has an Associates in Applied Science in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse from Maria College and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the State University of NY.
David B. Giminiani, CPA, PLLC
Anne Reynolds Copps, Esq.