Linda SmithFounder and Board President
Linda has a background in education, public health, entrepreneurship, fair trade, business operations and community sustainability. She has been connected to Guatemala since 1988. She earned an MBA and MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA, is fluent in Spanish and is learning Kaqchikel. Dreamer, doer, and constant learner, Reading Village continues to thrive under Linda’s leadership and expertise.
Aaron SmithBoard Treasurer
Aaron is an analyst at Google, where he uses data to analyze and improve security for users. Aaron earned a BA from Wake Forest University and a MS from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. Outside of work, Aaron can be found chasing his son, wife, and golden retriever and indulging in Swiss chocolate.
Jan WannerBoard Secretary
Jan Wanner has worked in education for nearly 40 years. In that time, she has been an elementary teacher, Special Education teacher, school librarian, counselor, IT consultant, even school secretary. Now officially retired, Jan is learning to paint, write and photograph her way around the world. Those travels took her to Guatemala twelve years ago and her interest in the country has grown ever since. Jan joined the Reading Village board in 2013. She has traveled with us on three Learning Journeys and brings an intense creativity as well as her education expertise to our team.
Larry DresslerFounding Board Member
For over 25 years Larry Dressler helped people in organizations and communities mobilize their collective insight, commitment, and energy to make a positive difference in the world. He is a facilitator of high-stakes conversations and a trusted advisor to leaders who seek to weave authentic engagement and collaboration into the fabric of their organizations. Confidante, trip-leader, and visionary, Larry is a founding board member of Reading Village and currently serves as the Program Consultant for the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation.
Tommy PerkinsBoard Member
Tommy is a Senior Manager of Sales for rogenSi, a management consulting firm based in New York specializing in leadership, communication and sales effectiveness. Influencer, negotiator, team player and father, he manages client teams to develop the strengths of leaders in many top line organizations. Tommy earned a BS from Texas A&M University and a MBA from the Universidad del CEMA in Buenos Aires, Argentina where he spent several years with his wife before moving back to the US. Now he lives in New York and attempts to corral two young children.
Melissa VuernickBoard Member
Melissa is a former special education teacher who has worked in learning and development for over 20 years– twelve of which were in the publishing industry.Now, Melissa is the Executive Director of Leadership and Professional Development US at Kaplan. Melissa spends a lot of time outside of NYC, her current home, traveling for both business and pleasure.
Karen DuaneBoard Member
Karen has over 25 years of experience working with global brands within the fashion apparel retail sector, specializing in merchandising across international markets. She is currently a Senior Director with the Ann Taylor brand in her native New York City. Her career and innate wanderlust have brought her to over 40 countries, including Guatemala in 2016 when she participated in a Reading Village Learning Journey. Creative and curious, Karen also has a deep passion for design and the arts.
Erinn Mallory KolpBoard Member
Erinn’s expertise includes global learning and organizational development, coaching, change management, and leadership development. Erinn partners with leaders to select, identify, and deliver global learning solutions to colleagues across Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, China, Latin America and Canada. Erinn is currently the Director of Global Learning and Development at Godiva Chocolatier, before which she spent a significant amount of time in Learning and Development at Starbucks Coffee Company, New York University, and Apple, Inc. Erinn currently resides in Brooklyn, New York running, traveling, and enjoying music with her husband Pete and two sons.