Our Team

Jane Hileman, Founder & CEO

Teacher turned entrepreneur Jane Hileman founded American Reading Company in an inner-city classroom. As a teacher and reading specialist, she saw firsthand how children struggled to learn the old-fashioned way how to read. Pulling from her experience as a young parent who had raised two avid readers, she was determined to teach children to BECOME readers. Her approach to reading created a groundbreaking instructional system that helps all children, regardless of their first language, to become highly successful readers.

Today, American Reading Company has grown from a few passionate teachers working from Jane's dining room to a group of more than 225 dedicated professionals across the country, serving more than 6,000 schools and 1,000 districts. Jane has been honored as the 2006 Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, named one of the Top 50 Business Women in Pennsylvania, and given the 2010 Women of Distinction Award.

Jane spent 28 years teaching in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, working as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, district teacher trainer, and adjunct professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania. 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.

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.

Gina Cline, Chief Program Officer

Gina Zorzi Cline is one of the founding members of American Reading Company (ARC). Currently, she is the Chief Program Officer. Among her many roles at ARC, Gina has served as an Executive Coach, collaborating with educators in designing and implementing literacy solutions PreK‒HS, in both struggling and high achieving communities. She is one of the co-authors of our developmental reading taxonomy, the IRLA®, lead developer for ARC Core®, our comprehensive core curriculum, and an author and Editor for ARC Press.

Gina has collaborated with numerous district curriculum leaders to design literacy plans, thematic content, and core curriculum solutions.

Gina graduated with Honors from Wesleyan University, CT, with a B.S. in Multicultural History. She also holds a M.S.Ed. in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Liz Cline, Chief Operating Officer

Liz was one of the founding team members of ARC, beginning as a receptionist through a temp agency and working her way up through the company to her present position as Executive VP of Operations. In this role, Liz leads the teams responsible for every element of delivering ARC's solutions from the moment a customer issues a PO, through coordinating over 150,000 unique moving parts that must combine in just the right way, to delivering materials into individual classrooms across the country. Liz often works directly with district leadership to customize the logistics of large orders. Liz founded ARC's first warehouse and has seamlessly scaled the Purchasing, Inventory, Receiving, Assembly, Fulfillment, Invoicing, Customer Service departments to meet the ever growing demands of ARC.

Liz holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Rutgers University and is currently working on her MBA.

Kareem Thomas, Chief Financial Officer

Kareem oversees American Reading Company's long-term financial goals and is responsible for optimizing our financial performance as well as leading Human Resources. He keeps the company informed and knowledgeable about our income and spending, identifying areas in which we can increase our economic return. This allows us to invest more in our employees and to better serve the schools and districts we partner with.

Prior to joining American Reading Company, Kareem served in various senior leadership roles in corporate finance, in and around the Greater Philadelphia area.

Kareem is a Philadelphia native and very involved in his community. A Philadelphia Tribune Most Influential African American Leader awardee, Kareem proudly sits on the boards of The Urban Affairs Coalition where he is also the Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the Friends of the Coalition, OIC of Philadelphia, and Self, Inc., and is a former Board Member of the American Red Cross and Young Scholars Charter School. In recent years, he has helped fundraise over $2MM for local organizations, as well as playing an integral role in the Read by 4th Campaign in Philadelphia.

Suzanne McNeir, Executive Vice President, Sales

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, Sales, Midwest Region

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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