Reach Out and Read Minnesota's staff and board members have a strong commitment to our mission.
Lynne Burke, Executive Director
Lynne was a children’s book reviewer with a nationally syndicated column for nearly 20 years – until she learned about Reach Out and Read in 2002. She became an on-site coordinator in 2003 and the state's field leader in 2005. She received the Wyntress Smith Award for Organizational Excellence from the Reach Out and Read National Center in 2014 for exceptional work and commitment to Reach Out and Read’s core values of passion, excellence, respect, and innovation.
Lynne can be reached at lynne@reachoutandreadMN.org.
Kris Hoplin, M.A., Program Director
Kris came to Reach Out and Read in April of 2013 with more than ten years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and a master’s degree from The University of Chicago, as well as a certificate in nonprofit management. Having two young daughters has reignited Kris’ passion for books and she is thrilled to work directly with clinic staff and providers to promote early childhood literacy and school readiness.
Kris can be reached at kris@reachoutandreadMN.org.
Ellen Kluz, Assistant State Coordinator
Licensed as a Speech-Language Pathologist with more than 12 years experience evaluating and treating young children, Ellen knows how vitally important early language stimulation and literacy skills are for school readiness. She loves promoting the use of age appropriate books and reading to children as a means of capitalizing on brain development, early learning and deficit prevention. In addition to her work with Reach Out and Read Minnesota, she volunteers in a preschool classroom 2 mornings per week working with at risk 4 year olds by supplementing the curriculum with literacy activities. She also speaks to parent groups about age appropriate literacy skills and the importance of reading aloud.
Ellen can be reached at ellen@reachoutandreadMN.org.
Reach Out and Read Minnesota Board of Directors
William Asp, J.D.
Attorney, Best & Flanagan
Fairmont Police Chief, Retired
Member, Board of Directors
Mayo Clinic Health System
Southwest Minnesota Region
Nathan Chomilo, M.D., FAAP
Medical Director of Reach Out and Read Minnesota
Reach Out and Read practitioner, HealthPartners Park Nicollet Health Services
Karen Elhai, M.D.
Pediatrician and Reach Out and Read practitioner, HealthPartners
Andra Fjone, DrPH, APRN, CPNP
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Sarah Friese, M.P.P.
Senior Research Analyst, Child Trends; Reach Out and Read parent
Owner, Primrose Schools (Two locations)
Sylvia Sekhon, M.D.
Pediatrician and Reach Out and Read practitioner, HealthPartners (Developmental Pediatrics)
Nick Sperling, J.D.
Attorney, Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A