Meet the Dedicated Team
Behind Community Reading Buddies

Our Team

Kathleen Mautner

Director of Community Reading Buddies

Kathleen is an Oregon native who has dedicated her career to closing the opportunity gap in education. Since beginning her career as a high school teacher in New Orleans, Kathleen has held district leadership roles focused on improving academic outcomes for all students, and is excited to now bring her passion for literacy development and systems change to CRB. Kathleen holds a BA in Politics and Spanish from Scripps College and an MPP in Education from Vanderbilt University.


Avi Rose

Interim Executive Director

Avi recently retired from fifteen years of service as Executive Director of Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay and has been serving since then as an interim leader for other nonprofit agencies. Prior to that, Avi devoted several decades of his career to doing HIV-related work, including some of the earliest efforts to mobilize faith communities to address the epidemic. He also holds two masters degrees and has been honored by KQED with their “Community Hero” award.


Aaron Rubio

Program Manager

Aaron is a Los Angeles native who has a passion for community development, education and social work. He is a Program Manager for Community Reading Buddies. In this role, Aaron helps in the planning and implementation of the program. Prior to joining CRB, Aaron worked as a primary and secondary school teacher in Chiang Rai, Thailand for a number of years. He was a lead teacher in the subjects of English, science and math. He joined Community Reading Buddies because he believes every child should have equal access to a formal education. Aaron holds a BS in Sociology from Arizona State University.


Kristian Adams

Program Coordinator

Kristian is a Texas native who is dedicated to reducing inequities within society. Kristian has led campaigns to uplift voices of underserved communities, specifically, the Black and Indigenous communities throughout his undergraduate years. He has a BA in History from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and he plans to attend dental school to pursue a career in orthodontics.

Joy Patterson

Program Coordinator

Joy is a current student at Vanderbilt Law School, and also serves as a Program Coordinator for Community Reading Buddies. Social justice and community engagement are passions that drive her to join many initiatives aimed at balancing the scales for underrepresented groups and giving back to the community. Joy holds a BA in Psychology from Trinity University.

Amanda Yu

Program Coordinator

Amanda is a Bay Area native and currently serves as a Program Coordinator for Community Reading Buddies. As a teenager, she developed a deep passion for charitable work and became inspired to work in the nonprofit sector in college. Her experience has given her a profound understanding of how nonprofit organizations improve the quality of life for our communities. Amanda holds a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley.

Governing Board

Jack Woodruff

Board Chair

Jack is an Oakland native dedicated to improving education and childhood experience for all Bay Area kids. Once a Youth Mentor in Community Reading Buddies himself, he has also served as an educator and leader  in classroom, international development, nonprofit, and corporate contexts. Jack holds a BA in Historical Studies from Bard College, and was also formerly the Executive Director of Aspire Education from 2014 – 2018.

Nancy Glasenk

Board Treasurer

Nancy has an accounting and finance background. She worked at Price Waterhouse (briefly) and at Levi Strauss & Co. (20+years), including a stint as Finance Director in the UK. She joined the Board in 2019 because she believes strongly in the opportunities afforded by education and the need for more students to access higher education. An avid basketball fan (starting with the Knicks but graduated to the Warriors), she has some sports knowledge that might surprise you!!

Dana Sherry

Dana is an educator and storyteller who helps create inspired multi-cultural spaces for learning and community through her work with the Silk Road House (a cultural center dedicated to the traditional arts of Central Asia and the Caucasus), Eth-Noh-Tec (an Asian-American kinetic storytelling theater), and St. Mary’s College of California. She is a Bay Area native but has lived in Russia, the Republic of Georgia, Poland, Hungary, and British Columbia. She has a BA and MA in Slavic Languages and Literatures (UC Berkeley and University of Washington), and a PhD in Russian History (UC Davis). Her two sons are her inspiration to help give all children access to a quality education.

Fatemeh Khatibloo

Fatemeh is a technology ethicist at Salesforce, leading Ethics by Design for some of the company’s largest products. Her work focuses on enabling innovation while mitigating harm and protecting human wellness and dignity. As a queer, first-gen immigrant, she’s especially interested in the role of identity in social and technical systems. Fatemeh studied journalism at GWU and SDSU. She’s also a potter and part-time amateur homesteader in the Sierra foothills.

Katrina Journey

Katrina is a marketing & commercial strategy leader in the biotechnology industry. She currently serves as Sr Director of Marketing & Market Planning at Dompé. Katrina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado. Katrina is passionate about ensuring every underrepresented child has an opportunity to reach their potential through education. Katrina prides herself in her ability to turn anything into a spreadsheet and loves pivot tables.

Linda Pelton

Linda has lived and worked in the SF East Bay for 40 years– spending much of that time in the field of education. She believes that education is a key lever for social change and equity. Linda holds a BA from UC Berkeley, Multiple Subject teaching and Administrative Services credentials, a Masters and a Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College. Linda has taught, led schools from K through 12th, and served at the District level in Charter School oversight. She now shares time between travel by land and sea, service, consultancy work, friends and family.

Tejaswi Doddapaneni

Teja is learning & growing everyday on how to be a better HR Leader. She currently moonlights as Aspire’s Secretary and daylights as a Human Resource Business Partner at DoorDash. Teja holds a BA in Interpersonal & Org Communication from UNC-Chapel Hill and a MS in Human Resource Management from Purdue’s Krannert Business School. Her dad is her inspiration to believing in providing everyone with an equal opportunity to educate themselves which led her to our non-profit.

Advisory Board

Jamil Miles

Jamil is a classically trained marketing professional with product and brand management experience at global B2C and B2B companies including P&G, Unilever, Sony, and SAP. She joined the Advisory Board in 2020 because she believes that all children benefit when they have access to personalized learning opportunities. Jamil is an active member of the startup community and spends time mentoring founders in the technology and consumer products space. She currently resides with her family in Oakland, California. 

Nat Smith

Nat is a marketer with a clean tech and personal finance background. Most recently he has been focused on storytelling and branding. In every experience, he always is thinking about the story he’ll tell afterwards. He grew up in Berkeley CA, and knows the importance of a strong network in order to build a strong education. Nat has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, spends as much time as he reasonably can on a bike, reading books, and fly fishing, but is mostly just excited about being a (relatively) new dad.

Join the Team!

Any educational program is only as good as those who provide it, so we strive to attract, develop, and reward the most effective, committed change-makers who deeply believe that the early literacy problem is solvable. Interested?