Our Team

Jane Hileman, Founder & CEO

Jane Hileman founded American Reading Company to help educators learn the power of using independent reading to drive both instruction and assessment. Prior to starting the company in 1998, Jane spent ten years teaching in inner-city Philadelphia, nine years teaching at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, three years as a reading specialist in suburban Philadelphia, four years as staff developer for the School District of Philadelphia, and three years as the associate director of PHILADELPHIA READS. American Reading Company has grown from a few passionate teachers working from Jane’s dining room to a group of more than 100 dedicated professionals working at American Reading Company’s corporate headquarters and distribution facility, located on a 12 acre campus in King of Prussia, PA.

Jane currently serves as a member of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Steering Committee. She holds a master’s of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Al Struzinski, President

Al oversees the company’s finance, sales, operations, IT, human resources, and legal departments. With over 30 years of management experience, including 16 years in the book publishing industry, Al brings a comprehensive approach to managing all aspects of the company’s general operations. Before joining American Reading Company in 2005, he served as Executive Vice President-Sales for Perseus Books Group, Chief Operating Officer for Running Press Book Publishers, Chief Operating Officer for A. Pomerantz & Co., and Group Leader for Private Company Advisory Services for Deloitte Consulting.

Al serves on the Camden County United Way Appropriations Committee. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and management from Drexel University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Megan Maloney, Chief Academic Officer

Megan oversees American Reading Company’s professional development for teachers and district leadership and contributes to program design, tools, and materials. She also keeps the entire company informed and knowledgeable about cutting-edge academic research and educational policies at the federal and state levels.

Megan received a bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware with an elementary education and early childhood focus and her master’s degree from the College of Notre Dame in Maryland with a leadership and administration focus. Megan worked in Baltimore City Public Schools as a teacher, literacy coach, and District Literacy coach for nine years.

Sue Gerenstein, Vice President, Academic Solutions Management

Sue oversees all marketing and strategic business development initiatives for American Reading Company and brings over 30 years of experience in teaching, school administration, management, professional development, marketing, and product development to her role. Before joining American Reading Company, Sue served as the Senior Director of Education for Foundations, Inc.; Vice President, Professional Development and Curriculum for EdisonLearning; Vice President, Educational Services for EdisonLearning; and Director, Student Support Services for Edison Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University, a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in instructional technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and supervisory certification from Seton Hall University.

Sue taught and supervised practicum students and student teachers in elementary and special education while attending UW-Madison and is a former member and national presenter for the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and a member of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Nate Smith, Chief Technology Officer

Nate oversees all information technology initiatives for the company. This includes the system design and school interface for SchoolPace™, the Web-based student progress tracker, as well as proprietary business systems to enhance MAS 500 and SalesLogix. Since 1997, Nate has been developing desktop applications using BASIC and Web-based applications using PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript. He previously worked for Akron Public Schools where he supported an electronic portfolio management system and developed a Web-based lesson planning system.

Nate was one of the first 15 employees to join the company and has led all technology efforts since 2002.

Dr. Tony Hicks, Chief Strategic Officer

Tony oversees strategic planning and partner relationships for American Reading Company. He brings his extensive experience in education in the areas of research, assessment, planning, and diversity-related issues for school districts, community organizations, and corporations across the country. Prior to joining the company, Tony served as Vice President of Strategic Accounts for Achieve 3000, President and CEO of A Rennard LLC, and a collaborating partner with Visionary Policy Institute and Longview Associates. As co-founder of the Assessment, Strategic Collaboration, Professional and Leadership Development (ASCPLD) organization, he has worked with superintendents across the nation who have drawn on his knowledge and expertise with urban, suburban, and rural school communities.

Tony taught at Cambridge College in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program. He received his doctorate in education at Temple University.

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