Who We Are

Board & Staff

Reach Out and Read Minnesota's staff and board members have a strong commitment to our mission. 

  • Kris Hoplin, M.A., Executive Director

    Kris became the Executive Director in April 2018, after serving as Reach Out and Read Minnesota's Program Director and with fifteen 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 with our board, partners, and donors to promote early childhood literacy.
    Kris can be reached at kris@reachoutandreadMN.org.

  • Ellen Kluz, Program 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. 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.

  • Jenn Utermarck, Program Specialist

    “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”-Victor Hugo
    Jenn is passionate about early childhood literacy and brain development, school readiness, and building strong community relationships. Previously she has worked as a licensed Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing where her work focused on emerging literacy skills and language development, and at Washburn Center for Children in early childhood community based services. She earned a Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. Her favorite children’s books are Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney for it’s timelessness and beauty, and any book by Mo Willems for its wildly humorous heart.
    Jenn can be reached at jenn@reachoutandreadmn.org.

  • Lynne Burke, Former Executive Director

    Former Executive Director Lynne Burke retired on March 31, 2018, after 16 years with Reach Out and Read Minnesota. She guided the organization's evolution from one of the smallest affiliates in the Reach Out and Read national network to one of the biggest. Lynne has been devoted to increasing the availability of bilingual books in hard-to-find languages such as Somali, Hmong, Karen, Burmese, Ojibwe (and hopefully, soon, Dakota) and will continue that work in her retirement. She and her husband are moving to Western New York to spend more time with family. You can reach her at writerltb@yahoo.com.

Reach Out and Read Minnesota Board of Directors

Greg Brolsma

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

Olcay Cinar, MBA, ACDA
Vice President, Audit Project Manager – Treasury & Capital, Corporate Audit Services, US Bank

Kathy Cooney,
(Retired, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, HealthPartners

Rachel Domaszek 
Senior Labor Relations Consultant, University of Minnesota

Karen Elhai, M.D. 
Pediatrician and Reach Out and Read practitioner, HealthPartners 

Andra Fjone, DrPH, APRN, CPNP
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota 

Molly Martyn, MD
Pediatrician, Children's Minnesota

Joseph Piket
Owner, Primrose Schools (Two locations)

Sylvia Sekhon, MD
Pediatrician, HealthPartners, Reach Out and Read practitioner

Nick Sperling, J.D.
Attorney, Trepanier MacGillis Battina P.A

HaiVy Thompson 
Director of Marketing & Community Engagement, Children’s Cancer Research Fund