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Emily Ball Cicchini, PhD
Executive Director, ext 106
Emily balances BookSpring’s hopeful vision for the future with its strong tradition of promoting reading in the home. She’s inspired by the critical work of sustaining a steady stream of the right books to the right kids at the right time. She has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit and education sectors, including leadership roles with Texans for the Arts, VSA Arts of Texas, and ZACH Theatre, and the University of Texas at Austin. Her work drives a strong interest in social justice, access to knowledge for all, and a deep passion for language and stories. She’s an award-winning writer in a variety of genres. As a lifelong learner with a BFA in Theatre, MFA in Dramatic Writing, and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, she loves poetry and enjoys gardening and space-watching with her family. Her favorite children?s book is The Golden Books of Poems for the Very Young by Louis Untermeyer, pictures by Joan Walsh Anglund, and also the Basher Science Series.
Finance Director, ext 120
Caroline llega a BookSpring con más de 10 años de experiencia en organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro como miembro del personal y de la junta directiva. Con experiencia como contable de subvenciones, siempre se fija en cómo los pequeños detalles se unen para contar una historia más grande. Sabe que el verdadero trabajo se realiza en primera línea, por lo que disfruta apoyando al personal del programa entre bastidores para que cumpla su misión. Sus libros favoritos para leer a sus hijas son Buenas noches, Gorila, y cualquier cosa de Sandra Boynton.
Development Manager, ext 104
Bianca grew up in Brownsville, Texas, and has a BA in Communication and a minor in writing. After college, she decided to pursue a life of nonprofit work. Having all four of her parents dedicated their lives to educating children, Bianca was instilled in the importance and joy of reading and writing from a very early age. She’s thrilled to be a part of the BookSpring team working to build up literacy in Central Texas. Bianca enjoys gardening, crafting, and spending time with her friends, family, and 5 fur babies in her spare time. Her favorite children’s book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom por Bill Martin, Jr. y John Archambault.
Finance and Development Associate, ext 100
Sarah aporta su capacidad de organización a BookSpring, ocupándose de las pequeñas cosas que hacen que las ruedas sigan girando. Nacida en Austin, creció rodeada de estanterías repletas de libros y cree que todos los niños deberían tener la misma oportunidad. De niña, algunos de sus libros favoritos eran ¡Vamos, perro, vamos!, y Stellaluna. Se graduó en la Universidad de Texas en Austin en 2020 con una pasión por la precisión y un amor por la literatura. Cuando no está trabajando en BookSpring, Sarah disfruta editando manuscritos, cultivando el jardín y pintando.
Operations Manager, ext 107
Raised in Bastrop, TX, Jimmy attended Bastrop High School and later the University of Texas at Austin. During high school, he wrote music with several bands. While writing was a lot of fun, developing a band, managing it, and executing a vision tended to be the most difficult aspect. During college, he continued to pursue music, song writing, and started a few more projects. With focus and cultivation, he managed to get a band off the ground and touring the country. This was when he realized and embraced his skill to manage others, resolve conflicts, negotiate, and fulfill a sustainable environment for others to enjoy during their time in a shared mission. After that project dissolved, he went on to manage multiple small businesses. Usually starting from the bottom, he?d tend to step in and take on as many tasks until a level of trust and understanding was developed to take on greater roles. There?s a saying, ?never work for free.? Jimmy disagrees, saying one can volunteer in roles to gain experience and knowledge that become priceless later in life. Jimmy still makes music and enjoys the therapeutic experience it gives him.
Volunteer Coordinator, ext 105
Jessy Morris es la Coordinadora de Voluntarios de nuestra organización que recluta, forma y supervisa a todos los voluntarios de BookSpring. Ayuda a gestionar las solicitudes de donación de libros y se coordina con nuestros socios para conectar los libros que recibimos con aquellos que los necesitan. Antes de unirse a este personal, Jessy trabajó como tutora de alfabetización a través de AmeriCorps, ayudando a estudiantes de primer y segundo grado a mejorar sus habilidades de lectura. Fuera de su papel en BookSpring, le gusta hacer ropa nueva, reutilizar artículos de segunda mano en piezas únicas, tocar la guitarra y practicar yoga. Sus libros infantiles favoritos son la serie Madeline.
Early Childhood Coordinator, ext 101
Idali plans, coordinates, and delivers programs that build early literacy and cultivate family engagement in reading through community partnership collaborations. Originally from El Paso, she moved to Austin shortly after graduating from the University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in History. Idali was a tour guide with the State Preservation Board and served as a bilingual tutor with Literacy First, helping 2nd, and 3rd-grade students develop their reading skills in Spanish. She was a dedicated BookSpring volunteer before joining the organization as an Early Childhood Coordinator. Idali enjoys cooking, painting, and spending quality time with loved ones and her dog when she’s not in the office. Her favorite books included Heidi and the Bailey School Kids series growing up.
Program Associate, ext 103
Alex worked in construction while in college. While in school, he saw how many people were struggling with literature. After graduating, Alex decided to teach children and adults English literature in his community when he wasn’t busy working. From first-hand experience, he knows it’s hard learning a new and foreign language, especially in a new country. “I believe by teaching children how to read at a young age, they will grow not only their vocabulary skills but also their comprehensive skills. Reading is a tool we all need in day-to-day life. Once older, this will benefit them in school and their careers.” Children need our help now more than ever. Alex enjoys watching movies, cooking, playing piano, and having fun with friends and family in his free time.