The Reach Out and Read Board of Directors is delighted to
welcome two new members, Claudia Aristy and Evan Keyser. Claudia
and Evan bring inspiring past experiences and individual
perspectives to the Board that will support the organization's
future growth and development.
Claudia Aristy has witnessed Reach Out and Read
from every aspect of the program - first as a mother, then as a
Parent Educator, and finally, as a Volunteer Trainer, and Director
of the Reach Out and Read Program at Bellevue Hospital. These
multiple roles give her a working knowledge and understanding of
the Reach Out and Read model from the viewpoint of the families we
As a mother inspired by the Reach Out and Read mission, Claudia
went on to work as a bilingual Parent Educator in the Bellevue
waiting room. She enjoyed spending her time directly in the clinic,
speaking to parents about the importance of reading aloud and
preparing them for the conversation that would take place later in
the examination room with the pediatrician. "It is so grounding.
All of us who have done this work - we would all agree - we do it
for the children," says Claudia.
Since 2013, Claudia has been Director of Children of Bellevue's
Reach Out and Read Program and The HELP Project. In addition,
Claudia serves on the Advisory Board of Leyendo Juntos, a Reach Out
and Read initiative to support Latino families in their native
language, and Reach Out and Read of Greater NY. Claudia is an
inspiring mentor for new program site directors who have heard
about Bellevue's continued success through Reach Out and Read.
"It's such an honor to hold this position," says Claudia. "I
hope to bring the reality of everyday Reach Out and Read in the
clinic. I have been on all ends of Reach Out and Read - I've been
there as a mom, as a Parent Educator, a Trainer for Volunteers, and
now a Director. I bring many different perspectives and I hope that
will benefit the mission as a whole and hopefully inform some of
the realities of the program."
Evan Keyser's professional, extensive knowledge
of finance will help to strengthen Reach Out and Read's
organizational acumen as we continue to focus on strong and stable
With over 9 years working in investment banking, Evan will
support our strategic financial planning.
Supporting families and children has been a central theme of
Evan's life. His mother taught orthopedically handicapped students
in the Kansas City public school system and he frequently visited
his mother's classroom and communicated with the students through
reading and writing. Evan believes that these interactions helped
to build a foundation for these students and was a wonderful way to
connect with them on a personal level.
As a volunteer for both Operation Breakthrough
Kansas City and The Ronald McDonald House Kansas City, he has
dedicated time to serving the lives of sick or needy children and
to supporting their families, which helped to remove some of the
burden associated with their situations.
"Throughout my formative years, I was surrounded by people and
programs focused on helping children realize their full potentials
through reading," Evan says. "Now, years later, I maintain the same
desire to support the relationship between children and reading,
albeit through a different lens, and am honored to contribute my
views, abilities and experiences to further bolster the impact
provided by Reach Out and Read."
Brian Gallagher, CEO of Reach Out and Read, says, "I am excited
to welcome Claudia and Evan to our national Board of
Directors. Each brings a unique and critical perspective to
our organization, and I know Reach Out and Read will benefit from
the many contributions they will make in the coming years. "