Friends of Reading

Members of our Friends of Reading serve as critical community champions of AR Kids Read. They utilize their professional expertise, diverse knowledge, and community connections to:

• Serve as community champions of AR Kids Read’s mission;
• Share their gifts of service, time, influence, and/or personal resources to promote a love of reading;
• Energize volunteers and community players to support AR Kids Read; and
• Elevate awareness of our literacy crisis.

AR Kids Read Friends of Reading


Judge Tjuana Byrd, Arkansas Circuit Court
Jim Cargill, Arvest
Jay Chesshir, Little Rock Regional Chamber
Dr. Christina Drale, UA Little Rock
Sara Drew, Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Dr. Margaret Ellibee, UA Pulaski Tech
Derrell Hartwick, North Little Rock Chamber
Dr. Fitz Hill, Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship & Community Development
Ben Kutylo, ForwARd Arkansas
Andrea Lewis, First Security Bank
Yarely López, La Zeta 106.3 FM
Judy Love, Retired—Little Rock Regional Chamber
Hugh McDonald, Retired – Entergy
Tabitha McNulty, Junior League of Little Rock
Dr. Charles McNulty, Pulaski County Special School District
Brian Marsh, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas
Moses Moody, Golden State Warriors
Craig O’Neill, KTHV Channel 11
Erik Ostermueller, FIS
Dr. Jeremy Owoh, Jacksonville North Pulaski School District
LTC Will Phillips, Arkansas National Guard
Dr. Greg Pilewski, North Little Rock School District
Mike Poore, Little Rock School District
Staci Croom-Raley, Children’s Equity Coalition
Elizabeth Small, UA Little Rock
Dr. Roderick Smothers, Philander Smith College
Jim Wohleb, Evaluation Consultant