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.

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.

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.

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. Sue taught and supervised practicum students and student teachers in elementary and special education while attending UW-Madison.

Sue 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.

Suzanne McNeir, Vice President, District Partnerships

Suzanne works closely with districts to develop plans of implementation that include both curriculum and professional development support. During her time with American Reading Company, she has served as an Account Manager in Maryland, DC, Delaware, and Virginia. In addition to those responsibilities, Suzanne directly supports Account Managers in Maryland, DC, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Colorado to ensure that ARC partnership with districts in those territories is planned and delivered effectively. Suzanne plays an active role in the oversight of American Reading Company’s professional development for teachers and district leadership and to program design, tools, and materials.

Suzanne received a bachelor’s degree from University of Delaware with an elementary and middle school focus. Prior to joining American Reading Company, she worked in Baltimore City Public Schools as a teacher and literacy lead for 13 years.

William Sarnese, Vice President, Finance

Bill is responsible for maintaining all the financial and tax records of the Company as well as preparing and presenting monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements for the Board of Directors and shareholders of the Company. He is also responsible for coordinating the outside independent audit of the Company. Bill has over 30 years experience as a financial executive, including past experience in a senior management position of a $200 million publicly traded manufacturing company. He is also an elected board member on the Pennridge School District Board of Education in Perkasie, PA, where he is Chairman of the Finance Committee. In addition, Bill is Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Deep Run Presbyterian Nursery School in Perkasie, PA.

Bill has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Villanova University and is a licensed CPA. He also holds an MBA in Finance from Temple University.

Amelia Van Name Larson, Vice President, Innovations and School Supports

Amelia supports American Reading Company’s program design, with a special emphasis on District Partnerships and Accelerated Progress sites. She is also actively involved in new business development efforts. A dedicated and resourceful educator with 20 years of field experience, Amelia’s areas of interest include implementation of innovative solutions for the purpose of organizational development, continuous improvement and systems optimization, and new pedagogies for deeper learning, and social justice. She spearheaded the district-wide implementation of MTSS (RtI) as Supervisor of Student Services for Pasco County Schools prior to advancing to Supervisor of Curriculum and Instructional Services and ultimately Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement. Amelia has also served as an educational consultant, delivering professional development and supports to schools, districts, national organizations, and state departments of education nationwide.

Amelia received her early childhood teaching certification from Brazilian Baptist College, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of South Florida. She later earned a Master of Arts and Education Specialist degrees in school psychology and a certification in PreK–12 Education Leadership from University of South Florida.

Gloria Acey-Davis, Vice President, Non-District Partnerships

Gloria brokers partnerships to support districts and schools with organizations such as United Way, AARP’s Experience Corps, and Eagles Youth Partnership. She has a track record of proven success in all phases of project management and school innovative reform with the School District of Philadelphia and Universal Companies. Prior to entering education, Gloria worked 25 years in the retail and marketing industry. In the past 10 years, Gloria has held several management roles at American Reading Company.

Gloria is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.

Heather Lamke, Vice President, Professional Development

Heather works with district and school leaders to establish Smart School Systems. She designs custom professional development services to meet the diverse needs of schools and districts nationwide and oversees the team of more than 40 professional coaches. As an Executive Coach with American Reading Company, Heather has provided extensive professional development for principals, administrators, teachers, coaches, and parents. She has been an integral piece in implementing ACTION 100, leading the transformation of schools in Camden and Trenton, New Jersey; Baltimore City, Maryland; and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining the ARC team, Heather dedicated over 14 years of service to the students of the Baltimore City School System as an administrator, special and regular education teacher, reading intervention teacher, and literacy coach.

Heather earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Maryland College, and a Certificate in Administration and Supervision from Johns Hopkins University.

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E-mail
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1-866-810-2665
Phone
610-992-4150
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610-992-4156
Address
201 S. Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
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