Our Leadership

JustREAD’s Staff, Board of Directors and Advisory Council are dedicated to helping struggling, at-risk students in our communities to thrive and to excel in school. In their professional and volunteer capacities, they bring to JustREAD their creativity and a wealth and diversity of experience working with young people.


Lisa Cittadino, Middle School Manager. B.A., Political Science; Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential (CLAD). Lisa worked as a public school classroom teacher for several years, teaching Kindergarten through 5th grades, before becoming an Editor for Hampton-Brown Publications, managing the delivery of an English as a Second Language (ESL) textbook development program. Lisa also has extensive community service work.

Julie Scott, High School Program Manager. B.A., Duquesne University (History), M.A., University of Illinois (English). CA Secondary Education Teaching Credential. Julie has been a part-time writing instructor at De Anza Community College since 1995. She also has extensive experience working as a volunteer and tutor in Mountain View schools, was President of the Crittenden PTA and helped found the parent participation program at Monta Loma Elementary School.

Board of Directors

Judy Hannemann, Board Chair. Judy was a member and past President of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School Board of Trustees, past President of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association, and serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of Stanford University, as well as the Rotary and Los Altos Community Foundation boards. She received the 2002 California Woman of the Year Award (CA Legislature honor).

Iravati Hingne, BS (Engineering) University of Pune, MBA University of Virginia. Iravati is a Sr. Product Manager at Yahoo!, Inc. and has global work experience as a product manager, business analyst and software engineer at several U.S. and overseas corporations. Iravati tutored children at the Chinatown YMCA in San Francisco, and provided pro bono consulting services for Taproot Foundation.

Alison Kibrick, President. B.A. Wesleyan University, M.A. Harvard University. Alison is a principal of SHG Foundation. Her experience includes librarian in the Los Altos School District, writing, editing, technical training and support, Japanese translation, and teaching English as a Second Language.

Monica Lipscomb, B.S. Business Administration, Cal State Long Beach; Teaching Credential, Adult Education/English as a Second Language,  San Jose State University. Monica has experience as a Resource Specialist for Special Education and as an Instructional Aide, both at Monta Loma Elementary School. She has volunteered as a reading tutor for Reading Partners at Vargas Elementary and is currently a JustREAD tutor at Crittenden Middle School. She has also volunteered extensively for various non-profits in San Jose, Menlo Park and Mountain View.

Catherine Moore, Secretary. B.A. Williams College cum laude, J.D. Stanford Law School. Cathy headed and co-developed the curriculum for the litigation training department at Fish & Richardson P.C., and worked as an intellectual property attorney specializing in patent litigation at Howrey LLP. Cathy is an active volunteer in the Mountain View Whisman Elementary School District, including serving on the MVLA PTA Council.

Randa Mulford, A.B. University of California at Davis, M.A. Harvard University, Ph.D. Stanford University (Developmental Psycholinguistics). Randa has 25 years of experience as a technical communicator in the software industry. She currently is Content Strategist for the Advocacy, Insights, and Retention group at Yahoo!. She has been an active parent volunteer and bilingual education advocate in the Mountain View school community, serving as PTA Treasurer and President at Castro Elementary School, and on the MVLA PTA Council.

Ester Ng., Treasurer.  CFP, CRPC, M.B.A. Ester is a Certified Financial Planner by the CFP Board, and a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor by the College of Financial Planning. She has been a Financial Advisor with Ameriprise Financial for over 14 years in Los Altos, CA. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association and the Rotary Club of Los Altos.

Madhvi Pratt, B.A, B.Ed., M.A. University of Mumbai (English Literature), M.Ed. San Jose State University (Counselor Education). Madhvi has over 20 years of experience teaching overseas, as well as local migrant/ESL students at elementary and middle school levels. She taught and developed curricula for self-learning tools at San Jose City College Learning Center. Madhvi previously worked in management positions at Intel, and also taught classes through Intel University.  She serves on the Board of the US-based nonprofit, Home of Hope.

Leena Tawate-Deshpande, M.S. Interdisciplinary Telecommunications, University of Colorado, Boulder. Leena is a Senior Researcher at IHS Markit. She has over 12 years of experience in program management, strategy, analysis, editing, and website building. She is an active parent volunteer in the Los Altos school community and Bay Area Maharashtra Mandal. She is a supporter of orphan children at Achungo Children’s Center, Kenya.

Advisory Council

Carolyn Compton, Ph.D. Co-founder, Morrissey/Compton Educational Center, Inc.
B.A. Primary Education Oberlin College. M.A. Special Education from San Francisco State University. Ph.D. Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford University. Publications include Learning Disabilities; Ten Year Follow-Up, and 100 Tests For Special Education. Dr. Compton holds Life Credentials in The Learning Disabled, Orthopedically Handicapped, General Elementary Teaching, and General Supervision specializations.

Judge Leonard Edwards,
Retired Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge. First Californian to serve as President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2002). Founder, Family Relations Division of the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Founder and past chair of the Juvenile Court Judges of California; founder Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, and Kids in Common. Recognized for many national awards, including the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence.

Jim Geers, retired marketing executive; founder of software licensing company; board member Los Altos Community Foundation.

Karen Grites, B.A. Special Education and M.A. Learning Disabilities from Illinois State University. Director of Educational Services. Karen has been with the Children’s Health Council for over 20 years, working as an educational diagnostician on multidisciplinary teams, as site director for the All Kinds of Minds’ Schools Attuned program, and as director of Parent Education. Before CHC, she worked in public school settings for 18 years as a Special Day Class teacher for emotionally disturbed students and as a Resource Specialist for the Learning Disabled.

Monique Kane M.A., L.M.F.T. Executive Director of Children’s Health Awareness Council (CHAC). Former Clinical Director and Clinical Supervisor of CHAC. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Past President of the Mountain View Rotary. Currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kiwanis Mountain View, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, VTF Services, CHASE, Partners for New Generations. Member of the Mountain View Challenge Team and Advisory Committee of Sunnyvale Challenge Team. Member of the Mountain View Gang Task Force, member of the Alcohol and Drug Contractors Association of Santa Clara County.

Roy Lave, Founder and Executive Director of Los Altos Community Foundation. Co-founder and Board Chair Systran Inc.; Professor Stanford University Dept. of Industrial Engineering; Mayor of Los Altos 1976-78.

Molly McCrory. Molly is a co-founder of JustREAD and co-founder of YES Reading/Reading Partners. She holds a California Lifetime Teaching Credential and has served on numerous community boards. Molly created and coordinated the development of the JustREAD Curriculum and ToolBox.

Brigitte Sarraf B.A., M.A., A.S.C., S.T.C. Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District. Student achievement and success are her primary focus; 36 years of teaching and administrative leadership. WASC Chairperson for 12 years, consultant to State Department of Education, Kettering Model on School Advisement, and County Office of Education. Participant in various task forces and workshops, member of ACSA, ASCD, FLASCC, FLANC and NASSP.

The District has been spending much effort, thought and money on “closing the achievement gap.” We are facing a time of high stakes testing and it is critical to have every student pass the High School Exit Exam. JustREAD is an answer to this dilemma for the students who have English as a second language and is a gift that came along when we needed it most.

-- Susan Sweeley, MVLA Board of Trustees, Member JustREAD Board of Directors, JustREAD tutor.



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