Meet Our Founder

During the more than two decades of managing her first nonprofit organization, Founder Betty Mohlenbrock was able to witness the impact that reading aloud with young children has on people of all ages, not just the child or parents. Her findings, coupled with the personal belief that youth are a powerful and important resource for the future of society, led her to begin shaping the framework for programs that would positively impact all children and youth, especially those who are underserved.

We believe that children deserve to feel the security of caring adult relationships and develop a love of reading through the read-aloud experience and you deserve a chance to feel empowered by supporting children in your community. We value service to others as a powerful method for personal growth. We help reconnect families using the power of reading together so that children feel loved, setting them up for emotional, social, and educational success.

L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth 2018 Highlight: Betty Mohlenbrock

Julianne Moore Introducing Betty Mohlenbrock at 2018 Women of Worth Event

We are honored

To carry on the legacy of Stephen R. Lewis, M.D.

A beloved and respected physician, and family friend. His life was an exemplary model of dedication to family and community, and a strong belief in providing a foundation for children and youth to be successful in life. To that end, our Board of Trustees has established the Stephen R. Lewis, M.D. Legacy Fund at the Jewish Community Foundation with the purpose of funding the leadership position of Reading Legacies, the Stephen R. Lewis, M.D. Presidential Chair.

Reading Legacies is working closely with his family to deliver programs with highest integrity that will fulfill his vision for children and youth. The Board is both grateful for and humbled by the generosity of so many of Steve’s family and friends. Together, we are paying a high tribute to this wonderful man’s life. In order to participate in this Legacy Fund, simply make note of this on your contribution. If you desire further information, please contact us.

We Believe Children Deserve

To Be Read To On a Daily Basis


We've seen time and again how children develop a love for reading when loved ones take the time to sit down and share a story with them. Those special moments have the power to impact children for the rest of their lives.


Reading to a child for just 5 minutes a day can dramatically increase their educational and emotional success as they grow. Bonding through reading not only helps children to feel supported and loved, but can can also increase rates of early childhood literacy.


We offer several opportunities for families learn new tools and techniques to instill the habit of reading aloud with children. You can get involved by volunteering with Reading Legacies to help us achieve this important goal.


Trustees, Advisors and Staff


Betty J. Mohlenbrock, M.Ed.

President and Chair

Educator, Reading Specialist

Richard Radosh, Esq.

Vice Chair

Community Volunteer


Julie B. Beaty


Community Volunteer

Michael Malone


Chair, Vistage International

Liz Valenzuela Banker


Shore Solutions, Inc.


Derek Cox, MBA


Contract Advisor  


CDR Michael J. Dobbs


USN (Ret.) Adjunct Faculty
U.S. Naval War College & U.S.D.


Michael J. Haynes


Pro Football Hall of Fame &
All NFL 100 Year Anniversary Team

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Rhonda Su’esu’e-Hernandez, RCFE


Activity Directors of Greater San Diego


Lillian Loeffler, Esq.


Loeffler Law

Eric Manese


Rancho Santa Fe Insurance

Ashley Rawlins, Esq.


Rawlins Law, APC

Shaun R. Wiley


Business Development
ZUZA Marketing Asset Management


Lee E. Winslett


Wells Fargo, SVP & Division Mgr.
New Markets Lending/Investment


Claire Gerbasi

Volunteer Manager & Events Coordinator


Kate Danielle Rapiñan

Office Manager & Program Assistant


Molly Biehl Corbin



Maribel De La Rosa-Villa

Family Outreach Coordinator


Jamie Consolo

Program Developer & Marketing manager

David Bejarano

Chief of Police (Ret.)
City of Chula Vista

Daniel M. Blumberg, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Associate Professor
Alliant International University

Edward DeRoche, Ph.D.

University of San Diego
Director, Character Development Center

Gilbert Fierro

Lecturer, SDSU School of Public Affairs
San Diego Co. Child Welfare Services Mgr. (Ret.)

Austin P. Galy, M.A.

Asst. Director, USD Maulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action

Kem Graham

Sr. Director of Development
Sharp HealthCare Foundation

Valerie G. Hong, Esq.

Garcia Hong Law APC

Antonette W. Hood, Ed.D.

Associate Professor (Ret.)
Cal. State Univ. San Marcos

Jessica Hughes, M.Ed.

School Counseling

Rachael Horn Langford

Adjunct Professor of Sociology
Point Loma Nazarene University

Michael D. McGlinn, Esq.

Attorney at Law

Christine Muecke M.Ed.

San Diego State University
Dept. of Child & Family Dev.

Renee K. Resko

Vice President of Development
Helen Woodward Animal Center

Carolos Ramirez Reyes

Third Grade Teacher
San Diego Unified School Dist.

Ann Sasaki-Madigan, Ph.D.

Dep. Chief Probation Officer (Ret.)
San Diego County Probation Dept.

Stephanie Scott

Quality Review Analyst
American Specialty Health, Inc.

Cecil Steppe

President & CEO (Ret.)
San Diego Urban League

Stephen P. Swinton, Esq.

Partner (Ret.)
Latham & Watkins, LLP

Col. Marianne Waldrop, PhD

USMC Ret., Leadership Consultant

Greg Williams

Campus Supervisor
Liberty Charter High School

Cheryl Carter King

Founding Trustee (Retired)

Stephen R. Lewis, M.D.

Legacy Fund Representative