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 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.

We stand for inclusiveness, equity, and respectand 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

Justin Goldsborough, Fleishman Hillard-Co-Chair

Dustin Walton, Populous-Co-Chair

Pauly Hart, Lead to Read KC-President

David Lowe, Lockton-Vice President

Ellen Pantaenius, Onspring Technologies-Secretary

Eric Graham, TPG Investments-Treasurer

Sue Agrawal, Community Partner

Lynn Carlton, HOK

Sarah Gaikwad, Lead to Read KC

Rebecca Haessig, Set the Schools Free 

Lokesh Krishna Ravichandran, Cerner

Mary O’Connor, Country Club Bank

Lynn Rundle, Founder Lead to Read KC

Mark Swanson, Burns & McDonnell

Caitlin O’Byrne Waters, CBIZ

Alane Watts, American Century Investments

Lynn and Jean Rundle Co-founders of Lead to Read
Lynn and Jean Rundle
Co-founders of Lead to Read
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Lead To Read KC Executive Director, Pauly Hart
Pauly Hart
Executive Director
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Sarah Gaikwad
Director of Administration
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Bev Leonard
Program Manager
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Hayley Rees
Volunteer Manager
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Martha Weber Conradt
Communications Manager
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