Meet Our Team


Executive Director

“For all children, and for all who love and inspire them—a world of possible awaits in the pages of a book.”

Prior to joining Bring Me A Book, Lois Bridges was the Vice-President and Publisher of professional books and resources at Scholastic, the Literacy Publisher at Heinemann Publishers, and the Director of Professional Publishing for The Galef Institute. She has served on the boards of Bring Me A Book, LitWorld, and on the Literacy Awards Board for the Library of Congress. Lois taught first grade on the Tohono O’odham Reservation in the Sonoran Desert and pursued her doctorate in Education with a focus in Language & Literacy and Applied Linguistics. While raising her three children, she taught graduate language and literacy courses at the University of California and California State University campuses in the San Francisco Bay area. She is the author or co-author of eight books, including Open a World of Possible, a tribute to the joy and power of literacy.

Georgia VanDerwater

Operations and Communications Manager

Georgia VanDerwater is an artist, writer and avid reader originally from Buffalo, NY, but currently living and working in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining Bring Me a Book, Georgia worked as a Writing Tutor and Teaching Assistant at State University of New York at Geneseo while earning her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.

Following her graduation with honors from SUNY Geneseo’s Department of English, Georgia has taken on a full-time role as Bring Me a Book’s Operations and Communications Manager, working with the Executive Director and board to develop strategy to optimize the efficiency of BMAB’s work, and strengthen BMAB’s brand identity.