Our dedicated staff includes 11 Literacy Specialists, 23 Teen Tutors, our Director of Operations (Andee Dunick) and our Executive Director (Rayna Dineen).
Eight of our Literacy Specialists are shown here with our Executive Director. Our team includes; Top row from the left: Joanne Lewis (and Adalyn), Rayna Dineen, Hugo Castenada Serrano, Sharon Eklund, Middle Row: Faridah Ndiaye, Gabe Otter, Elaine Merola, Eli Feliciano. Bottom row: Avery Armstrong, Aram Brown and Ella Rappaport.
Andee Dunick (Director of Operations)
A native New Mexican, Andee Dunick serves as Director of Operations. She brings more than 25 years of operational, administrative and marketing experience to Reading Quest. Her background includes supporting clients and executives in the financial industry and operations for a variety of nonprofits. A lifelong volunteer, Andee served a one-year term as an AmeriCorps Vista at Intermountain Children’s Home in Helena, Montana. At Intermountain, she supported the marketing team for the recruitment and retention of permanent families for foster/adoptive children. She also served as Marketing and Training Officer for the Governor of Montana, supporting the Governor’s Office of Community Service to promote statewide volunteerism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Houston.
Rayna Dineen (Executive Director)
Rayna has worked in education for 40 years. She received two master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, in addition to doctoral work at Colorado State University. Rayna has taught students from preschool to grade 12 and is passionate about literacy, joyful project based learning, inclusive practices, positive classroom management and service learning.
She co-directed the Cariño Community Children’s program for Santa Fe Public Schools and taught children with special needs at New Vistas. In 2000, she founded an EL Education prek-8 school in Santa Fe, NM (Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences) where she served as teacher and principal for 13 years.
Rayna has also worked as an EL Education School Consultant serving Santa Fe Public Schools and schools in Australia, India, New Mexico, Arizona, West Virginia, Utah, Idaho and Colorado. She facilitates national education institutes and works with experiential education organizations both here and overseas. She also consulted for Discover Learning, a Gates Foundation collaboration between Save the Children and UC Berkeley which supports a project based learning program for children ages 10-11 in Tanzania. She has consulted for Harlem Village Academies and two schools in India, Polymath School and Heritage Xperiential Learning School. She founded Hooked on Books and Reading is Magic in 2012 and began Reading Quest in 2015. She believes in the power of young people to change our world and loves supporting children as they discover the joy of reading.