Advisory Group
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Adrianne Banks

Field Engineer at Dellbrook | JKS Construction Company

Professionally, I am a Real Estate Specialist in the telecommunications field, with a background of 13 years in administration, child care, and senior adult care. I am a mother of two who is extremely passionate about reading and books! When I was first introduced to the lovely work that Lisa Vergara does, I was taken aback. I knew the joy of reading and gracefulness of giving would intricately come together in the best way! 

     Children in schools and communities will benefit from the diverse reality of what Storytime Crafts has to offer. They will learn to love reading more as they are able to identify with the characters in the stories they read. "My ideal world would be for every child to have a room with books lining every wall, and a cozy chair to sit in while reading them all! Storytime Crafts is on its way to making this a reality! It is a great honor to help support such a much needed and well deserved mission, such as Storytime Crafts."

Maria Citrin

7th Grade Teacher, Murphy School, Dorchester, MA​

I went to undergrad at Smith College and then got my Master’s in Sports Management at UMass Amherst. My first “real” job brought me to Boston as an Account Executive at a cause-marketing firm, where we helped build and publicize partnerships between businesses and non-profit organizations. From there I took my marketing skills to the nonprofit side as I became Assistant to the President of the founder of YouthBuild. 

     When I was 29, someone asked me, “What is your most cherished unfulfilled dream?”  Without hesitation, the answer came out “to teach.”  That moment marked the beginning of my career transition from marketing to teacher and educator. 

Diane DerMarderosian, MD

Pediatric Director, Hasbro Partial Hospital Program, RI

Diane graduated from Amherst College and then attended the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she was selected to be part of the Humanities and Medicine Program. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at Brown University where she first became involved with Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and encouraging families to read aloud together. She went on to work as a primary care pediatrician in Roxbury, MA, where she incorporated ROR into the practice and expanded the program to serve a broader age group.

     Since that time, Diane served as the Medical Director for Reach Out and Read RI for over 10 years and is presently on the Medical Advisory Board for the organization. Currently she is the Pediatric Director of the Hasbro Partial Hospital Program and an Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

Neddra English

I am from Boston, Massachusetts and I currently reside in Waltham. I have been working with children for over 18 years. I love sports, dancing, Zumba Fitness, music and cooking. My energetic ability lights up a room, and my personality makes it easy to work with children. My main focus in life is try to help others as much as I can. Summer is my favorite season and I enjoy traveling the world. 

Rose Marie Flores

Wellesley College alum, former Hospital Administrator, now an Economist and Environmentalist, Single Mom of teen, Caterer for Filipino Cuisine (especially desserts), Volunteer to instill passion for reading and education 

I am originally from the Philippines and proud to be Filipina and American. Here in the USA we are privileged to have better access to education and books (at least in some areas). Most of my volunteer work involves sending used children’s books (sometimes clothing and shoes) to poor areas of the Philippines to help lift families out of poverty.  I also facilitate virtual book discussions with Filipino teachers to improve their skills in teaching English (which is part of the Philippines’ curriculum) to their students. 

Jordan Freeman

Special Ed Teaching Assistant, Schofield Elementary School, Wellesley, MA 

I am from Newton, Massachusetts where I attended high school as well as college. At 16 years old, I started working at the YMCA as an after school/summer camp counselor for the preschool and school aged children that attended the program. After spending 4 years at the YMCA I decided to work at a daycare center in Watertown, MA, where I worked with infants and toddlers. The years I spent working at the YMCA and daycare prepared me for the job I have today, as a Teacher's Assistant in an elementary school.

     Working with Lisa has been a pleasure, and I am more than thankful for having such a great person in my life. I know how much Storytime Crafts means to her and I am thrilled to be a part of it. It is so important for children and youth to get a taste of all types of literature from all parts of the world. Helping our generation of children getting acquainted with different cultures is very important, so I applaud Lisa for all of the time and effort that she puts into making this happen.”

Julie Holmes

School Librarian, Martin Luther King, Jr. K-8 School

I am the Library Paraprofessional at the Martin Luther King Jr K-8 School. I began working for BPS in 1999 and have been the Library Paraprofessional at the King K- 8  since 2012. My love for literacy and children compels me to continue fostering a love for reading in all children. To say that I enjoy being surrounded by smiling faces that light up when they enter the library because they get to browse and read books is an understatement!

     I met Lisa in 2019 when she donated two awesome Storytime Crafts chairs to our library. She brought over a thousand books to our school through her "Kindness Project",  more than once I might add. Each child was able to take home more than one book and even toys and games, Wow! The epitome of kindness. I'm honored to be a part of Storytime Crafts, such a wonderful cause.

Nicole Little

After School Program - Floating Teacher, Wellesley Community Children's Center, Wellesley, MA

I have worked in the education field for ten years.  After graduating from Providence college with a secondary education and social studies degree, I went on to work as an ELA teacher at a charter middle school.  I then worked as a T.A. in Wellesley, and at Wellesley Community Children’s Center as an after school teacher.  I am honored to be on the Advisory Team committee for Storytime Crafts.  I am so appreciative of Lisa and her passion for celebrating diversity through literacy.  As a proud Korean American, I grew up with few role models who looked like me.  Whether it be on television, in movies, or books, I was rarely able to relate to the characters.  

     As we move into a more diverse and inclusive world, my goal is that we can expand to include authors of various backgrounds and a wide array of stories.  I hope that my son and daughter, and all children are able to easily access books with characters that look just like them.  This will grow our youth into confident, caring, and accepting people who no doubt will create a bright future.

Sue Young

Long-time Needham Resident, Library Foundation of Needham, Board Member, Mother of two, grandmother of 6

It's been fun to watch Lisa as she got  started with her idea - figuring out how to add illustrations from classic children's books to chairs and tables. Lisa thinks through which book would be best for each piece and how to feature the illustrations, title, and perhaps some text to maximum effect. I continue to be amazed by her artistic sense as the inspiration for each project takes hold. I'm so happy to watch her enthusiasm for books evolve into sharing her projects with her admirers.

Natalie Vergara

Social Media Editor, Brooklyn, NY

With an education in fine art, Natalie is passionate about supporting the next generation of creative thinkers, makers and doers alongside Storytime Crafts. 

 Paul Vergara

Rachel Vergara