Meet the Staff

Meet Tasha Espendez

From Tasha Espendez’s early years to adulthood, reading is the focal point in the page-turning journey that would lead her to land a staff role for Raising A Reader MA. Tasha’s first vivid memory was in bed reading with her mother. They would pick a page every night from a children’s illustrated bible and discuss the stories…

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Meet the Staff: Tara Ruby

A love of reading is a prerequisite for working at Raising A Reader MA. Tara Ruby wakes up everyday with a goal of sharing this love of literacy with families throughout Boston. Tara Ruby is a literacy lover who saw her role at Raising A Reader MA as the perfect opportunity to interact with and…

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Meet the Staff: Summer 2018 Interns

For the third summer in a row, Raising A Reader MA has benefitted from the support of the DukeEngage program. Funded by Bill and Melinda Gates, DukeEngage allows Duke University students to travel around the world and immerse themselves for an extended time in various communities, working with nonprofits and organizations. Our interns’ program is focused on…

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Meet the Staff: Francia Wisnewski

What makes RAR-MA so special? The people. Read about Francia’s journey to our team. Summarizing Francia Wisnewski in a brief blog post is a tall order. She greets everyday with a beaming smile, a relentless desire to improve the lives in her surrounding community, and a superhuman level of energy that could rival the total…

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Meet the Staff: Maria Mombeleur

Our staff is as diverse as the populations we serve. Check out why Maria is so passionate about her role at Raising A Reader MA. The profound impact and success that Raising A Reader MA (RAR-MA) has had over the years would not be possible without the drive and passion that Maria Mombeleur brings to…

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