BBK Team

Staff

Executive Director:  Jamie Grissom joined the Books Between Kids team as our first Executive Director and she is eager to help Books Between Kids extend its reach to even more children and schools in Houston.   Contact Jamie if you would like more information about corporate or community partnerships, or to make a monetary donation.  She can be reached at jamie@booksbetweenkids.org or by phone at 832-831-1402 x803.

Volunteer & Communications Manager: Pamela Loza joined Books Between Kids with the goal of helping us ensure that more children have access to books at home and to extend their reading skills all while reading fun books donated by Books Between Kids. Contact Pamela if you would like more information about volunteering with us. She can be reached at pam@booksbetweenkids.org or by phone at 832-831-1402 x801.

Program Manager & Librarian:  Trenton Ormsbee-Hale has worked alongside our volunteers and partner schools since 2015, and he is committed to ensuring Houston kids have access to relevant and engaging reading material at home. Contact Trent if you would like more information about donating books, hosting a book drive, or if your school or agency is interested in partnering with Books Between Kids. He can be reached at trent@booksbetweenkids.org or by phone at 832-831-1402 x802.

Board of Directors 2018-2019

Books Between Kids strives to maintain a Board of Directors with diverse experiences, perspectives, and skills. The Board of Directors is charged with planning and monitoring programs and services, representing us to the public and providing financial and legal/ethical oversight.

President: Kate Robertson is a lifelong learner and retired educator with 30 years of experience in teaching and educational leadership. She volunteers with various community organizations including HITS Theatre and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Kate and her husband have one son who is a student at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Secretary: Susan Ellerbe is retired from The Minute Maid Company/The Coca-Cola Company after 22 years in sales, marketing, IT and training. She is currently involved in several non-profit organizations. Susan and her husband David have one teenage son.

Treasurer:  Sandra Ahlhorn is a Co-Founder of Books Between Kids.  Sandra is an active volunteer in her child’s school and is Co-Owner of Speedy Printing – W. Alabama.

Board Member:  Ann Guerra has been a Montessori teacher for 24 years. She is an active member of the PTO at her daughter’s school.

Board Member:  Amy Barnes is a Co-Founder of Books Between Kids.  Amy is a lifelong bibliophile and an active volunteer in the schools her three children attend.

Board Member:  Katie Morgan has worked in HISD as an elementary teacher, reading specialist, and dyslexia therapist. She currently spends her days with her twin six-year-olds but remains passionate about literacy development and reading education. She has been involved with Books Between Kids since its conception.

Board Member: Sharleen Walkoviak is co-owner of Covenant Technology Services.  She believes education and mentoring is the key to changing our society, one child at a time.  She actively supports many education-centric organizations, including the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, where she serves as a Lifetime Vice President. 

Board Member: Christie Cardon is a commercial litigator and pro bono coordinator for her law firm.  She and her husband have two young boys and are active members of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and other charitable organizations for which they both serve as board members.  The whole family shares a love of books.

Board Member: Emily Duncan works in private practice as a reading specialist. She is involved in many educational organizations in Houston including The Rise School of Houston and the Houston Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.

Board Member: Sarah Cooper is a lawyer, parent of a college and middle school student, volunteer tutor, librarian and lifelong reader; she is originally from New York City and has lived in Houston for over 20 years.