The Nonprofit Journal Live with Dee Suomala welcomes Kids Need to Read Executive Director Denise Gary on Monday, August 8.
Kids Need to Read is a nonprofit children’s literacy foundation providing reading resources and literacy programs to disadvantaged children across the United States. She currently oversees the daily operations and program development of the organization. Denise was awarded the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative in 2012 for her work in the founding and development of Kids Need to Read. She is the author of a children’s picture book, The Little Flame, the proceeds of which benefit Kids Need to Read. In addition, Denise is a co-founder and volunteer of RMG Imaging Artists LLC, training adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Multimedia and Marketing Technology. She also participates in community service work as a member of the Mesa Host Lions Club in Arizona. Denise was a home school teacher for her two sons during their junior high and high school years. This fuels her desire to help children and adolescents learn the power and joy reading can bring to their lives.