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 how to read the old-fashioned way. 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 languages, 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 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 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 was one of the first 15 employees to join the company and has led all technology efforts since 2002.
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 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 Chief Operations Officer. 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, and 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 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 with whom we partner.
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 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 partnerships with districts in those territories are 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.
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 is the Executive Vice President of Innovations and Academic Partnerships at American Reading Company. She has over 20 years of experience in the public school system. Prior to joining American Reading Company, she was Assistant Superintendent in Pasco County, Florida. Amelia's areas of interest include improvement science and new pedagogies for deeper learning. She is dedicated to scaling solutions focused on social justice, equitable outcomes, identity affirmation, and system optimization.
Amelia has provided consultation, professional development, and support to schools, districts, national organizations, and state departments of education seeking to develop a comprehensive continuum of supports to address equity, access, and variation of performance. She has worked with thousands of teachers, support staff, and administrators in the United States; she believes that courageous and effective leadership is critical to breaking through the status quo to transform inherently inequitable educational systems.
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 industries. In the past 10 years, Gloria has held several management roles at American Reading Company.
Gloria is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University.
Chris Christoff is the Executive Vice President of Teaching and Learning. In this role, Chris works with district and school leaders to implement successful literacy solutions using a continuous-improvement model. Chris is no stranger to education, having spent 21 years working in the Pasco County School District, FL, as a teacher, principal, and district leadership and professional development director. Chris has consulted across the country, helping districts and schools implement multitiered systems of support. Chris's passion is creating equity and access for all students through comprehensive systems study and thoughtful improvement science.
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