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Our Staff

Our book-loving team is dedicated to supporting Books for Keeps' mission to inspire joyful experiences with literacy that children can forever associate with learning. We'd love to meet you! 

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Justin Bray

Executive Director


Colleen Craven

Literacy Mentor

Program Manager


Andy Ekegbu

Book Access Coordinator


Rainey Lynch

Director of Finance & Administration

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Destini Noori

Book Access Coordinator

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Kelsey Ripley

Director of Development & Communications

Our Board

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Books for Keeps relies on our Board to help support literacy for all in our community and beyond. We are so grateful for each of our board members who lend their time and talents to this work!

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Mary Alston Killen

Board President

Director of Donor Relations, Franklin College at University of Georgia


Nipuna Ambanpola

Board Member

Research & Public Service Manager, Fanning Institute at University of Georgia


Leigh Dillard

Board Secretary

Professor, University of North Georgia


Cathy Wilkinson

Board Member

Foreign Language Interpreter, Georgia PINES

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Kathleen Adams

Board Vice Chair

Marketing Manager, Leon Farmer & Company


Pamela Garcia

Board Member

Principal, Fowler Drive Elementary


Tiara Smith

Board Member

Program Manager, Bright Paths


Keith Roberson

Board Member

Manager & Co-Owner Of Barron’s Rental

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Ben Jacobs-Nichelson

Board Treasurer

Financial Planner & Owner, Fully Financial

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Chandra Mincey

Board Member

Scientist, Ethicon

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Julie Denton

Board Member

Marketing & Communications Manager, Centennial Academy

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Deirdre Siguichi

Board Member


Join the board

If you are passionate about our cause and interested in joining our board, we welcome applications from individuals who share our vision. Please review the below documents to better understand our board member expectation, committee structure, and meetings frequency before submitting an application.

2024-27 Strategic Plan

Where we're from and where we're headed. 

Board Member Expectations

Deliverables, time commitments & more.

Board Meeting Dates

Sample meet dates and locations from 2023. 

Committee Structures

Committee functions, goals, and descriptors.

For question about the process or position, please reach out to We look forward to hearing from you!

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