In March, Reading Legacies’ Founder and President, Betty J. Mohlenbrock, M.Ed. was nominated for the San Diego Military Advisory Council’s (SDMAC) Nancy Dix, Esq. Community Achievement Award (Civilian Individual). This award recognizes individuals and organizations that go above and beyond established mission charters or statements in serving the San Diego-area military and civilian communities. Betty was nominated for her work while leading her first non-profit, United Through Reading.

Betty’s vision of providing ALL children the opportunity to improve their reading skills, increase their self-esteem and build strong, healthy relationships with their family and community through the shared-reading experience is still going strong today at Reading Legacies. Congratulations, Betty, for the nomination and for the courage to continue your work on behalf of the most at-risk populations in our society.

Nicole Vargas

My name is Nicole Vargas. I joined the Reading Legacies team in January 2023. I have a BA in Child Development from Point Loma Nazarene University and 6 years’ experience working with children from ages infancy to adolescence. My role as the Storybook Readers Program Manager is to oversee the programing and implementation of our Youth Readers and Storybook Inspirations programs. As a child development professional, I have firsthand experience seeing the immense impact that reading aloud to children has on their early literacy skills and relationship building within the family and community. One of my favorite children’s books is If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff.