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


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