Our story – During the more than two decades of managing her first nonprofit organization, Founder Betty J. Mohlenbrock, M.Ed. 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 and at-risk for failure in school and life.
Board of Trustees and Officers – Our Board of Trustees and Advisory Council are comprised of a diverse group of individuals who are committed to the fulfillment of our mission and vision. Our philosophy is to encourage volunteerism in our programs, create and sustain a broad base of funding support, and grow an endowment for the stability and legacy of our mission into the future.
Our Leadership – Betty J. Mohlenbrock, M.Ed. (President) – Betty’s background in primary education and nonprofit management has uniquely prepared her for the role of Founder and President of Reading Legacies. Her first nonprofit organization, United Through Reading (UTR), benefited over one million military service members and their families during her 20 years of leadership. Upon turning over the reins of UTR in 2008, she launched Reading Legacies in 2010 in order to reach out to children and youth who lack the emotional support of committed role models or whose lives have been torn apart by parental incarceration. Reading Legacies provides solutions to these devastating societal challenges through the transformational power of the shared-reading experience.