Our team


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.

Yenebeb Getachew / Finance and HR
Yemisrach Worku / Program Coordinator
Sintayehu Dugassa / Government Officer
Kalkidan Shitemaw / PR Officer
(open) / Project Officer, Finance
Mekdelawit Berhanu / Project Officer
Senayit Alemu / Project Officer
(open) / Project Officer, Southern Libraries
Mastewal Waleligne / Secretary and Cashier
Tesfahun Andarge / Assistant Project Officer
Ejigu Tefera / Assistant Project Officer
Derib Desta / Director
Birhane Getiso / Teacher
Kebebush Kebede / Teacher
Zenebech Abuye / Teacher
Alemitu Yakob / Teacher
Asnakech Ganebo / Librarian
Belaynesh Lambebo / Nursery
Aberash Yohannes / Cleaner
Desalegn Jateno / Guard
Abiyot Teshome / Director
Mesfin Adugna / Teacher
Mengistu Lemma / Teacher
Nigatwa Dibaba / Teacher
Derro Lemma / Teacher
Simegne Tolla / Cleaner
Dereje Lemma / Guard
Mulunesh W. Senbet / Director
Aberash Achiso / Teacher
Desalech Erbeto / Teacher
Abayenesh Deginet / Teacher
Almaz Tafesse / Teacher
Tigist Abera / Baby Sitter
Almaz Tadege / Cleaner
Yohannes Handebo / Guard
Batiso Fose / Director
Dawit Dayamo / Teacher
Fikere Assefa / Teacher
Birtukan Kebede / Teacher
Abreham Ashengo / Teacher
Handso Sangago / Guard
Tseganesh Alemayehu / Baby Sitter
Tseganesh Bekele / Cleaner
Mulunesh Abute / Librarian
Hidar Loreto / Librarian
Tariku Legiso / Security Guard
Fikirte Moges / Librarian
Rahel Arega / Assistant Librarian
Daniel Demissie / Security Guard
Semhal Hailu / Librarian

US Staff


Dana Roskey
Executive Director
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Dana Roskey
Executive Director

Scott Wolf
Office Manager
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Scott Wolf
Office Manager

Krister Karlsson
Development Director
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Krister Karlsson
Development Director

Kristina Berg
Development Consultant
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Kristina Berg
Development Consultant

Board Members


Lizbeth Moss
Board Chair
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Betty Gronneberg
Board Member
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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.

Julie Corby
Board Member
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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.

Frew Tibebu
Board Member
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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.

Leah Oliver
Board Member
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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
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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.

Lacey Yantis
Board Member
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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!