Our Team
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Lennox Chase

Legal Advisor

Storytime Crafts founder Lisa Vergara of Needham, MA, is an impactful nonprofit leader. Storytime Crafts has a clear mission and purpose of creating diverse book-rich environments for children. Ms. Vergara has assembled talented and skilled volunteers dedicated to supporting the organization’s grassroots literacy initiative.

     The ratio of program expenses to total expenses is such that a donor can rest assured that their donation will go as far as possible.

     Ms. Vergara has displayed an ability to inspire and engage volunteers and constituents/members as passionate partners and spokespersons. Further, Ms. Vergara has shown a willingness to partner with other nonprofits working to address the same issues, regarding those organizations as allies as opposed to competitors.

     Accordingly, I am pleased to be a partner with Storytime Crafts. 

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Ty Allan Jackson

Literacy Advisor

Award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, and captivating motivational speaker

 

In 2011 Ty founded Big Head Books, LLC, a literacy organization that aims to introduce children to the joys of reading. Ty travels around the country inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy. A three-time TedX presenter, Ty believes that literacy is the foundation for a successful life and promotes it with humor and enthusiasm. Ty’s work as an author and literacy advocate earned him the Massachusetts inaugural Martin Luther King Jr. Content of Character Award, as well as citations from the Massachusetts Governor, Senator, and the House of Representatives.

     Ty’s books have been featured on CNN, NBC Nightly News, The Steve Harvey Show, PBS and countless other media outlets. In 2012, Ty’s books were gifted to former First Lady Michelle Obama by his hometown mayor. He is the co-founder of the Read or Else movement and Danny Dollar Academy.

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Claire Kaiser

Community Partner Advisor

Association Director for Community Hub Schools​, YMCA of Greater Boston

Lisa and her organization, Storytime Crafts, has been an incredible asset to the King K-8 School since beginning her work with us in the Spring of 2018. Lisa has provided thousands of books to our students and two incredible art chairs that we are proud to make use of in our library.
     Lisa's passion for literacy is contagious and students often walk out of one of her events asking for extra books to take home and making special requests for her next visit. The Grove Hall Community has been historically underserved and under-resourced and Lisa's partnership has made it possible to bring books into the lives of all of our students in a way that we would not be able to without her help. Her reach has gone beyond the King as she continues to collaborate with other schools and community centers in our neighborhood. 
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Dana Moochnick

Volunteer Outreach & Community Engagement Manager

Dana Moochnick (Needham High School, '24) joined Storytime Crafts’ as the Volunteer Outreach & Community Engagement Manager. Dana first joined Storytime Crafts’ Volunteer Ambassador team to be able to spread positivity and kindness in the community. Dana started helping Storytime Crafts by assisting with projects such as book sorting, assembling baby kits, and organizing volunteer data. 

     In a volunteer capacity, Dana will support Founder/President Lisa Vergara with volunteer outreach, community engagement and data organization. Throughout her high school career, Dana has gained a vast knowledge in technology with a passion for STEM. Dana loves being a part of school clubs such as Mock Trial, Science Team, and Interact Club. Outside of school, Dana enjoys spending time with her friends, watching movies, and playing field hockey in her spare time. 

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Beth Seidman

Strategy and Planning Consultant

Beth Seidman joined Storytime Crafts as a Volunteer Consultant in May 2021. In a volunteer capacity, Beth will support Storytime Crafts' Founder/President Lisa Vergara with strategy and planning projects as well as grant writing. Beth is Director of Customer Experience Strategy at Liberty Mutual Insurance. She is passionate about social justice, equity, and literacy and is excited to share her experience in strategy, research, product development, and design thinking with Storytime Crafts. Beth has 19 years of experience in roles at Liberty Mutual, Fidelity Investments, Diamond Management & Technology Consultants (now part of PWC), and Putnam Investments. 

     Outside of work, Beth enjoys spending time with her family (her husband, two children, and dog), is an avid reader with a longstanding book club, and loves running with her running group. She volunteers as a pie seller every year for Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky Fundraiser and has been a member of teams to raise money for Dana Farber as well as a volunteer with Horizons for Homeless Children. She also serves on Newman Elementary School Advisory Council and PTC.

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Sean Thimas

Community Partner Advisor

Program Manager, ReadBoston, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, Boston, MA
Founded in 1995, ReadBoston is the City’s only comprehensive early literacy program, reaching Boston’s children at all points in their day, all year long. They provide schools, childcare programs, community-based organizations, and families in low-income and new-immigrant communities with the resources they need to set Boston’s children on the path to reading success.