Judy Koch, Founder, President
Prior to founding Bring Me A Book in 1997, Judy was owner of RSP Manufacturing Corporation from 1989 to 1997. RSP provided precision sheet metal fabrication, stamping and electro-mechanical assembly services to companies in Silicon Valley. Bring Me A Book grew out of a benefit program she had provided employees of her company. Judy began her career as an English teacher in California public schools. She is a member of The Committee of 200, Women’s Forum West, University Rotary Club of Palo Alto, and a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Judy received the Philanthropic Innovator Award from the Committee of 200 in 2004 and a Purpose Prize Fellow Award from Encore.org in 2007. She has two adult sons and four grandchildren who live in Silicon Valley.
Megan Martin Strickland, Project Manager
Megan Martin Strickland joined Bring Me A Book in April 2015. After graduating from Princeton University with a degree in history, Megan spent seven years in the financial services industry, most recently as a municipal bond analyst at Franklin Templeton. While Megan thoroughly enjoyed her time in finance, her true passion has always been in the education space and she relishes the opportunity to help kids achieve their reading goals and reach their potential through Bring Me A Book and its programs. Mom of a 7-month old baby named Clayton, Megan is becoming acutely aware of the importance reading and book ownership plays in the development of children's literacy skills. Megan stated she is thrilled to be a part of BMAB.
Catt Olazabal, Accountant
Catt Olazabal has been the accountant for Bring Me A Book since December 2014, and has worked in the non-profit sector since 2007 supporting Finance, Human Resource, Operations, Administration, and IT. Catt works part-time as the Finance and Administration Director at Prospera Community Development, and consults as an accountant at a variety of non-profits throughout the Bay Area. Her breadth of clients have provided her with a wide range of experience in non-profits supporting education, the arts, community development, housing, immigration, business development, cooperatives, government, and direct services for youth, families, and adults. Her clients have ranged in budget size from $150,000 to $7,600,000 annually, and staff size ranging from 2-60 employees. Catt’s specialties lie in compliance, audit preparation, government reporting, and creating efficient processes and procedures at every organization she supports. “I moved to the non-profit sector because even though I’m an accountant I wanted my work to make a difference, and I believe in the work these non-profits are doing to bring about change and create impact. If the life of just one child, one family, or one individual is changed for the better, then we have succeeded.”
|| Southern California Regional Team ||
Dale Petrulis, Southern California Regional Manager
Regional Manager of Southern California Bring Me A Book, has a 46 year background as an educator, serving in six school districts, retiring from the Los Angeles Unified School District. Prior to joining Bring Me A Book, she served as an Early Childhood teacher for 11 years, an elementary school principal for 20 years, Coordinator of Elementary Reading Programs, Director of Instruction in South Los Angeles, overseeing Pre-K - adult programs, and as Director of Civic Engagement, including Partnerships and Adopt-a-School Programs. Dale has a Master's Degree in Early Childhood from Pepperdine University, with an undergraduate degree from UCLA. She has earned national honors for her collaborative work, as well as the numerous grants she has written and implemented, including the California Healthy Start Grant. The last school where Dale served as Principal was comprised of predominantly poverty families and English Learners and honored as a California Distinguished School.
Colleen Triesch, Southern CA, Regional Training Coordinator
20 years teaching at all levels of educational institutions, early childhood development, science education, psychology, family and consumer studies and adult basic education at CSULB, Pacific Oaks College, LBCC, Cerritos College and LBUSD. For 13-years she directed, coordinated and developed curriculum for the LBUSD Family Literacy program and collaborated with hundreds of community business partners and non-profits including Toyota Motors, National Center for Family Literacy, Target, American Red Cross, Churla, and Head Start. Colleen continues to develop curriculum for child development teachers, students and parents alike in order that children of all ages secure a better future.
Barbara Egyud, Development and Grants
20 years experience as a non-profit development consultant and project manager with extensive experience managing large complex multi-agency education, community outreach, and literacy projects for the Long Beach Public Library Foundation. During her tenure with the LBPLF she raised $18 million dollars and designed / implemented the highly successful award-winning Raising A Reader Long Beach project. Barbara also had a successful 30-year multi faceted career at Xerox Advanced Systems, as a marketing analyst and technical writer. Awards and Recognition: First 5LA Champion for Children Award; Received an Academy of Arts and Sciences Emmy for technical assistance on U.S. Dept. of Immigration Documentary, U.S. Citizenship: A Dream Come True. She has been a partnerships and development consultant with Bring Me A Book since 2007.