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. We now connect nearly 1,100 elementary students with adult Reading Mentors in more than 50 urban classrooms across the metropolitan area, providing more than 500 hours of literacy support each week. Become a Reading Mentor apply today!

Lead to Read KC Board of Directors

Dustin Walton, Populous-Co-Chair

Justin Goldsborough, Fleishman Hillard-Co-Chair

Pauly Hart, Lead to Read KC-President

David Lowe, Lockton-Vice President

Ellen Pantaenius, Onspring Technologies-Secretary

Eric Graham, TPG Investments-Treasurer

Alane Watts, American Century Investments

Caitlin O’Byrne Waters, CBIZ

Lokesh Krishna Ravichandran, Cerner

Lynn Carlton, HOK

Lynn Rundle, Founder Lead to Read KC

Mark Swanson, Burns & McDonnell

Mary O’Connor, Country Club Bank

Rebecca Haessig, Set the Schools Free 

Sarah Gaikwad, Lead to Read KC

Sue Agrawal, Community Partner

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Pauly Hart
Executive Director
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 Lynn and Jean Rundle
Co-founders of Lead to Read
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Sarah Gaikwad
Director of Administration
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Hayley Rees
Volunteer Manager
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