Deb Burgin                    Executive Director Deb comes to Ready, Set, Read! with 17 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County doing corporate board development and engagement, fundraising planning and implementation, program planning and evaluation, and outreach and education. During her tenure as Executive Director of Los Angeles Diaper Drive, she successfully grew the organization to become the largest diaper bank in the country. Deb also served as Director of Mission Programs at Susan G. Komen Los Angeles, and at the American Cancer Society in Los Angeles as Director of Health Programs.  Deb received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from California State University, Northridge in 2003, and completed her internship at UCLA.  Deb is an avid reader, and is eager to bring more books to families through her role at Ready, Set, Read!  

                        Deb Burgin

                   Executive Director

Deb comes to Ready, Set, Read! with 17 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles County doing corporate board development and engagement, fundraising planning and implementation, program planning and evaluation, and outreach and education.

During her tenure as Executive Director of Los Angeles Diaper Drive, she successfully grew the organization to become the largest diaper bank in the country. Deb also served as Director of Mission Programs at Susan G. Komen Los Angeles, and at the American Cancer Society in Los Angeles as Director of Health Programs. 

Deb received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from California State University, Northridge in 2003, and completed her internship at UCLA. 

Deb is an avid reader, and is eager to bring more books to families through her role at Ready, Set, Read!

 

                         Merrily Weiss                             Founder

                         Merrily Weiss

                            Founder

              Maria Elena Hernandez                      Parent Educator As an immigrant to the US, a product of the Los Angeles public school system, a graduate of LACC and UCLA, and a teacher in the LAUSD — Maria has unique insight into the needs of our students. She has expertise in bilingual-bicultural ed. & ESL, literacy, cooperation/team-building, social justice, and ecology, working extensively with children and adults. Maria retired after 27 years with the LAUSD as a teacher and administrator. In her spare time, she volunteers at local elementary schools.

              Maria Elena Hernandez

                     Parent Educator

As an immigrant to the US, a product of the Los Angeles public school system, a graduate of LACC and UCLA, and a teacher in the LAUSD — Maria has unique insight into the needs of our students. She has expertise in bilingual-bicultural ed. & ESL, literacy, cooperation/team-building, social justice, and ecology, working extensively with children and adults. Maria retired after 27 years with the LAUSD as a teacher and administrator. In her spare time, she volunteers at local elementary schools.

                         Cara Cornejo                        Parent Educator Cara begins her second year on our parent educator team. She is a bilingual instructional aide for Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District and is a candidate for a Masters Degree in Education from Antioch University.

                         Cara Cornejo

                       Parent Educator

Cara begins her second year on our parent educator team. She is a bilingual instructional aide for Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District and is a candidate for a Masters Degree in Education from Antioch University.

                         Nelly Igdal                      Parent Educator Nelly comes to us from Parent Institute for Quality Education where she spent five years as an Associate Director and Workshop Facilitator. She brings her passion and experience in empowering and motivating parents through education.

                         Nelly Igdal

                     Parent Educator

Nelly comes to us from Parent Institute for Quality Education where she spent five years as an Associate Director and Workshop Facilitator. She brings her passion and experience in empowering and motivating parents through education.

                        Nancy Tiller                      Parent Educator Nancy was a bilingual teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 24 years. She has taught The School Readiness Language Program ( SRLDP ), Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. She was a mentor teacher for 18 years and supported more than 20 new teachers as they began their careers. Although she retired in 2013, Ms. Tiller volunteers as a Preschool story hour teacher for the Burbank Unified School District and as a music teacher for LAUSD. She believes that music, movement and language development work together to improve literacy fluency.  

                        Nancy Tiller

                     Parent Educator

Nancy was a bilingual teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 24 years. She has taught The School Readiness Language Program ( SRLDP ), Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten. She was a mentor teacher for 18 years and supported more than 20 new teachers as they began their careers.

Although she retired in 2013, Ms. Tiller volunteers as a Preschool story hour teacher for the Burbank Unified School District and as a music teacher for LAUSD. She believes that music, movement and language development work together to improve literacy fluency.