Who We Are
Lead to Read KC was launched in 2011 by Lynn and Jean Rundle. Both former teachers, Lynn and Jean mentored and tutored teens. They realized that many of these very intelligent kids couldn’t read fluently – and a few barely could spell. There had to be a way to help.
Lynn and Jean believed the problem wasn’t just that the kids weren’t reading; it also was that reading didn’t seem relevant to them. After months of research, plus consultation with school principals, teachers, community groups and community members, Lynn and Jean developed Lead to Read KC.
Beginning with a handful of volunteers in several Kansas City-area schools, Lead to Read KC has grown into Kansas City’s largest literacy volunteer corps. Through our traditional in-classroom program we connect 1,100 elementary students with adult Reading Mentors in more than 50 urban classrooms across the metropolitan area, providing more than 500 hours of social, emotional and reading skill support each week. And, we have launched a new digital program so we can continue to serve students when they need personalized reading and mentoring support more than ever.
We stand for inclusiveness, equity, and respect―and against racism. We will speak up for equity and justice in schools. We operate with the utmost respect for our employees, volunteers and the communities we serve. Learn more.
Lead to Read KC Board of Directors
David Lowe, Lockton-Board Chair
Justin Goldsborough, FleishmanHillard-Past Chair
Caitlin O’Byrne Waters, CBIZ-Vice Chair
Pauly Hart, Lead to Read KC-President
Ellen Pantaenius, Onspring Technologies-Secretary
Eric Graham, TPG Investments-Treasurer
Sue Agrawal, Community Volunteer
Shawn Creger, Edward Jones
Sarah Gaikwad, Lead to Read KC
Dr. Lloyd Jackson, Kansas City Public Schools
Holly Jenkins-Long, LISC of Greater Kansas City
Denise Mills, The LeaderFuel Center LLC
Dina Newman, UMKC Center for Neighborhoods
Mary O’Connor, Country Club Bank
Lynn Rundle, Founder of Lead to Read KC
Mark Swanson, Burns & McDonnell
Dustin Walton, Populous
Yasheka Williams, American Century Investments
|Lynn and Jean Rundle
Co-founders of Lead to Read
Director of Administration
|Martha Weber Conradt