Ethiopia Reads' programs are managed by Ethiopians who live and work in Addis Ababa and the regional capital of Hawassa (Awassa). Without the on-the-ground expertise and oversight of our staff in Ethiopia, Ethiopia Reads would not exist. Ethiopia Reads offers its employees the opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience in the fields of library science, publishing and design, project management and NGO administration. We offer a competitive wage and employee benefits as well as continuing professional development, such as workshops and trainings with volunteers from around the world.
Lizbeth Moss – Board Chair
Liz joined the Ethiopia Reads board in 2012 and became chair of the board in 2013. Liz has been instrumental in the planning of several Ethiopia Reads/Tesfa projects, including two ER schools builds in the Kembata-Tembaro region, and the Pizza Ranch Kembata-Tembaro Coffee Program.
Jeffrey Grier – Treasurer
Jeffrey joined Tesfa in 2012 and believes in the ability for education to uplift a community. He lives in Minneapolis and studies business at the University of Minnesota. His professional background includes employment with the U.S. Department of State and service in the U.S. Army.
Matt Andrea – Board Member
Matt is an investment banker who lives and works in Washington, DC. During the day, he does financing for hospital construction projects. He is also an amateur photographer. In his free time, he has become very involved in volunteer work for Ethiopia Reads and other non-profit organizations dedicated to the improvement of education and health in Ethiopia.
Malcolm Clark – Board Member
Malcolm is a Managing Director of Glendevon Advisors, a firm advising private equity investment firms on developing strategic partnerships and relationships in Asian markets. He previously worked as an investment banker in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok and London and as an economist. Malcolm grew up in Scotland and studied law at Edinburgh University.
Julie Corby – Board Member
Julie is a writer living in Los Angeles. She and her husband adopted a brother and sister from Ethiopia in 2009. Julie became a board member in 2011 after founding The Kololo School in the village where her children were born. She believes that education should be a right and not a privilege, and that where you are born should not determine whether or not you go to school.
Betty Gronneberg- Board Member
Betty is a Software Engineering Manager at Intelligent InSites, a healthcare software company based in Fargo, North Dakota. She holds an MSc. degree in Software Engineering from North Dakota State University. Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Betty's previous employment includes working as a web master for United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. As an alumni of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, Betty is committed to lifelong learning. She has a great passion for spreading literacy – putting books in the hands of children that yearn for it. Her favorite pass time includes writing and running.
Leah Oliver- Board Member
Leah Oliver is a mom to three children, Cole, Ainsley and Beniyam (adopted from Ethiopia). She is currently a full-time parent and volunteer. In that capacity, she has served on the Session at Montview Blvd Presbyterian Church, founded and co-facilitated MomTime, an educational parenting group, and volunteered in her children’s schools. Leah's previous professional experience includes working at the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Leah has a Master’s degree in social work and lives in Denver, Colorado.
Ann Porter – Board Member
Ann grew up in the Kansas City area and received a BS in education from the University of Kansas. She has a Master’s and Doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of North Dakota. Before retiring in 2004, she was an elementary teacher and principal in the Grand Forks Public Schools.
Frew Tibebu – Board Member
Frew joined the Ethiopia Reads board in January 2009, and since then he has been active growing the San Francisco Bay Area Ethiopia Reads Chapter and fundraising for Efoyta Elementary School, the Logiya Library in the Afar region of Ethiopia and the Open Hearts Big Dreams Seattle event. Frew has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and works as a real estate professional in Tracy, CA. In 2014, Frew was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Image Award by the Tracy African American Association for his involvement in his community, and his work with Ethiopia Reads. Currently he spearheads the One World Play Project/ Ethiopia Reads campaign to distribute the world's ultra-durable soccer balls to underserved communities in Ethiopia.
Lacey Yantis- Board Member
Born & raised in Seattle. I graduated from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut and received my master’s in Dance Movement Therapy. I married the man of my dreams. Our first daughter, Kailey, was born in 2006. She shares my heart for those less fortunate and embraces life & love. Our second daughter, Maddyn, was born in 2009. Maddyn has an uncanny sense of humor. She is our little mother. In 2013, our entire family traveled to Ethiopia to adopt Ermias. He is a tender hearted & brave souled boy with a killer smile! Our life is intentional, playful and sometimes really loud!