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

Our Core Values

1. We value intergenerational social interaction as an opportunity to share cultural heritage and values.

2. We value children and youth as powerful, important resources for the future of any community.

3. We value reading aloud as an effective medium to build relationships and develop an interest in reading.

4. We value service to others as a powerful method for personal growth and an increase in self-worth.

5. We value our relationship with our community and our country as a public trust by providing services with the highest integrity and sound business practices.

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.


Board of Trustees and Officers


Betty J. Mohlenbrock, M.Ed.

President & Chair

Educator, Reading Specialist

Richard Radosh, Esq.

Vice Chair

Community Volunteer


Michael Malone


Chair, Vistage International

Julie B. Beaty


Community Volunteer

Liz Valenzuela Banker


Shore Solutions, Inc.


Eric Manese


Rancho Santa Fe Insurance

Michael J. Haynes


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


Derek Cox, MBA


Contract Advisor  


Lillian Loeffler, Esq.


Loeffler Law
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Vivian Lin


San Diego Strike Force 


Shaun R. Wiley


Business Development
ZUZA Marketing Asset Management

Reading Legacies Staff


Kate Danielle Rapiñan

Office Manager & Program Assistant

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Tessa Grotz

Book Bridges Program Manager


Molly Biehl Corbin


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Camila Velazquez

Volunteer Manager


Maribel De La Rosa-Villa

Family Outreach Coordinator

Advisory Board

David Bejarano

Chief of Police (Ret.)

San Diego and Chula Vista Police Departments 

Daniel M. Blumberg, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Founder, The Power Project

Reo Carr

Founder/CEO, Research Group of Companies, LLC

Ashley Rae Rawlins

Rawlins Law, APC

Ken Culver

Commander (Ret.) 

San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

Antonette W. Hood, Ed.D.

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

Antonette W. Hood, Ed.D.

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

Valerie G. Hong, Esq.

Garcia Hong Law APC

Kem Graham

Sr. Director of Development
Sharp HealthCare Foundation

Jessica Hughes, M.Ed.

School Counseling

Christine Muecke M.Ed.

San Diego State University
Dept. of Child-Family Dev. (Ret.)

Michael D. McGlinn

Attorney at Law

Rachael Horn Langford

Adjunct Professor of Sociology
Point Loma Nazarene University

Carolos Ramirez Reyes

Third Grade Teacher
San Diego Unified School District

Renee K. Resko

Vice President of Development
Helen Woodward Animal Center

Edward DeRoche, Ph.D.

University of San Diego

Director, Character Development Center

Stephanie Scott

Quality Review Analyst
American Specialty Health

Cheryl Carter King

Member of Founding Board, Retired

Stephen R. Lewis, M.D. Legacy Fund Representative 

Kory Russell

Utilities Foreman 

MacKenzie Singer

Marketing Coordinator, VIstage International 

Greg Williams

Campus Supervisor
Liberty Charter High School

Lee E. Winslett

Wells Fargo, SVP & Division Mgr. New Markets

Rhonda Su'esu'e-Hernandez, RCFE

Activities Director of Greater San Diego (ADGSD)


Cecil Steppe

Director, Dept. of Social Services/San Diego County Chief Probation Officer/CEO San Diego Urban League (Ret.)