June 2023 Newsletter


Play For a Purpose

Reading Power's third annual Play for Literacy Golf & Games event is scheduled for September 18, 2023, at Knollwood Club, Lake Forest. If you or your organization want to become an event sponsor, please get in touch with Director of Development Debra Pucé. More information on ticket sales is coming soon.

Oh, The Places You'll Go

As the 2022-2023 academic year closes, Reading Power celebrates our students' remarkable literacy gains this year. With the help of our volunteer tutors, students have excelled in reading and writing, gained confidence in their abilities, and are developing a lifelong love for learning that will extend beyond the classroom. Way to go, Reading Power students!

Doing More In More Places

Reading Power is proud to announce the expansion of our program into two new school districts, Wheeling and Palatine, IL, for the upcoming 2023-2024 academic year. Both districts have schools that meet our program selection criteria based on student reading intervention needs.

New Reading Power students will receive 120 minutes of weekly in-person tutoring in a dedicated Reading Power space. A caring adult's individualized, one-to-one attention is fundamental to Reading Power's tutoring model. Tutored students demonstrate growth towards grade-level benchmarks through accelerated learning and benefit from the social-emotional connection with their tutors. 

Next Stop: Cook County, IL


This expansion will take Reading Power beyond Lake County and into Cook County, IL, allowing us to help more students reach grade-level literacy. Please help us get to know our new neighbors!


📚 Share this newsletter with friends and family in Cook County that need to learn about Reading Power and our mission to foster the promise of literacy.


📚 Know someone in Cook County that would make a great tutor? Please get in touch with Volunteer Coordinator Beth Zender

On The Move

Reading Power is thrilled to share that our headquarters has moved. Our new location is a step towards growth and progress, providing a space that aligns with our expanding vision. 


📍 Don't forget to update your address book with our new location: 


900 North Shore Drive, Suite 178, Lake Bluff, IL 60044 

In The Spotlight

Longtime Reading Power volunteer tutor Lynn Eichorn was recently recognized by SERVE Illinois as their Volunteer of the Week in recognition of her work with Reading Power. SERVE Illinois is part of the Americorps Program. Read her spotlight here.


Thank you, Lynn, for dedicating so much of your time and talents to Reading Power and our students.

The Results Are In

Thanks to our Reading Power friends and family who voted for Reading Power in the Old National Bank Choose Your Charity Campaign this Spring. With your

overwhelming support, Reading Power received the most votes in our region,

securing a $5,000 grant. We sincerely thank each voter for championing Reading Power and our mission to foster the promise of literacy.

Save The Date

North Shore Unitarian Church Rummage Sale



Reading Power was selected as one of six fund recipients of the upcoming North Shore Unitarian Church Rummage Sale. Visit the annual sale on Saturday, June 17, and a portion of sales will be donated to Reading Power and five other local nonprofits.

Our Mission


Working in partnership with underserved schools, 

Reading Power provides one-to-one tutoring during the school day 

for children in prekindergarten through second grade.  


Our mission is to accelerate children’s literacy learning and develop their love for reading and writing.



Reading Power Board of Directors

Kathy McFarland, PhD, Chairman

Marra Lochiatto, MBA, Vice Chair

Kathleen Cowie, Secretary

Jim Young, MBA, Treasurer

Joanie Alley, MSEd 

Ann Bates, EdD

John Davidson 

Rob Davis, JD, MBA 

Mary Jane Hender, EdD

Todd Litzsinger

Rahul Malhotra, MBA

Melinda Mooney

Jacalyn Ramdin-Johnson, MBA

Beverly Raudabaugh, MBA

Frank Sibley

Arthur Turner

Mary Weber, MA

Rev. Dr. Gordon Butcher, DMin, Emeritus

Reading Power Program Staff

Lisa Bulzoni, MEd, Chief Executive Officer

Kristin Fine, MEd, Director of Programs

Debra Pucé, MS, Director of Development

Viri Perez, MEd, Associate Director of Programs

Kate Burke, BS, Marketing and Communications Manager

Susan Morris, MBA, Events Manager

Beth Zender, MEd, Volunteer Coordinator

Daniela Cruz, Office Manager

Melayna Pokorny, BA, Office Assistant 

Katie Burdiak, BA, Assistant Site Coordinator

Julie Collishaw, MA, Site Coordinator

Brooke Davis, MEd, Site Coordinator

Julie DiGuiseppe, BS, Assistant Site Coordinator

Andrea Glickman, MAEd, Site Coordinator

Marla Guziec, BS, Site Coordinator

Melissa Kumin, MEd, Site Coordinator

Aimee Lewis, MEd, Site Coordinator

Debbie Loring, MSEd, Site Coordinator

Cathy Plate, MSEd, Assistant Site Coordinator

Heather Rosenblatt, MAT, Site Coordinator

Nancy Shorris, BS, Assistant Site Coordinator

Elizabeth Soling, AA, Assistant Site Coordinator

Summer Zilisch, Assistant Site Coordinator

Victoria Zilisch, BA, Assistant Site Coordinator 



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