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Angela Zanelli

Lehigh Valley Reads Campaign Director
PBS39 610-807-5746 Read Angela's Letter Favorite Book: The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Angela Zanelli has spent her career working for mission-driven organizations that are making a difference. With nearly 20 years of experience in fundraising, marketing, and communications, she is thrilled to be part of the dynamic team charged with developing and executing the strategic vision for Lehigh Valley Reads. When she’s not at her desk, you can find her teaching a yoga class or volunteering for various causes across the Valley. Angela lives in Bethlehem with her wife and three daughters. Their home is affectionately called ‘The Crazy House of Zen’.   

Jill Pereira

Vice President of Education and Impact
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley 610-807-5739

Jill Pereira has held various leadership roles within UWGLV since 2009, most recently Vice President of Education. In her new role, Vice President of Education and Impact, Pereira will oversee the organization’s $13.5 million annual investments in education, health and human services as well as create and execute the strategies needed to advance successful outcomes for children, families and seniors across the region.
Pereira’s professional background includes working in high-need communities in the Lehigh Valley serving diverse populations spanning the fields of mental health, juvenile justice, children and youth, public housing, and public education.  As co-founder of the Pennsylvania Community Schools State Coalition, Jill worked to ensure that Pennsylvania's Every Student Succeeds Act recognized the Community Schools model as a strategy. Jill has presented at numerous local, state, and national conferences on the Community School archetype and the role United Way can play in large-scale social change efforts. She was nationally recognized with the 2018 Coalition for Community Schools Initiative Leader Award and was named one of the Lehigh Valley Business’ Forty Under 40 in 2015. Jill lives in Palmerton, PA with her husband and three beautiful children.

Beth Tomlinson

Senior Director of Education
United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley 610-807-5745

Beth Tomlinson, Senior Director of Education at the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, oversees our education platform. Beth has over 25 years of experience in social science research and evaluation, juvenile delinquency prevention, family services, education and social work. Additionally, she leads the Lehigh Valley Trauma Awareness Collaborative, a regional cross sector collective impact effort focused on building a trauma informed and resilient Lehigh Valley.

Steering Committee Members

Lucretia Brown

Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Accountability
Allentown Area School District

Bonnie Coyle

Chair, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine
St. Lukes University Health Network

Favorite Book: P.B. Bear's School Day by Lee Davis

Paula Margraf

CEO/President, Community Services for Children, Inc.
Community Services for Children, Inc.

Favorite Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Nicole Moschberger

Director, Penn State Lehigh Valley Writing Project
Penn State Lehigh Valley

Favorite Book: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Tim Mulligan

Communities In Schools of the Lehigh Valley

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Diane Neikam

Curriculum Supervisor of Elementary Education
Parkland School District

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Tracy Piazza

Director of Teaching and Learning
Easton Area School District

Favorite Book: The Man Who Didn't Wash his Dishes by Phyllis Krasilovsky

Carol Ritter

President & Co-Founder

Favorite Book: Oh David by David Shannon

Brook Sawyer

Associate Professor College of Education
Lehigh University

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Dr. Jack Silva

Assistant Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer
Bethlehem Area School District

Favorite Book: The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Tracy E. Smith

Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations
Parkland School District

Favorite Book: James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Daphne Uliana

Founder, Dyslexia and Literacy Network
Dyselxia and Literacy Network

Favorite Book: Norman and the Nursery School by W. Edward Young

It Takes A Community

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

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