Staff

Meet the United Through Reading Team

Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer | Coronado, Calif.


As the multifaceted leader of United Through Reading, Sally serves as the chief guardian and spokesperson for the organization’s vision and mission, builds and sustains relationships with stakeholders and partners, and leads programs, finances, and internal team. In her distinguished career, Sally’s values for education are always evident.

Sally has a doctorate in educational leadership and management, a master’s degree in special education from the University of San Diego and a BA in elementary education from Purdue University. From her first position as an elementary school teacher to her present leadership role, Sally has integrated her knowledge of education and educational technology with her talents for building and leading organizations of all sizes in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  Sally is an Army spouse of almost 30 years and her son, an Army reservist, has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Contact Sally Ann Zoll

Kara Dallman, MBA, Sr. Director for Development and Strategic Alliances  | Fairfax, Va.

Kara Dallman

Kara works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees’ Development Committee to plan and direct resource development and fundraising to support United Through Reading’s mission delivery. Kara leads a team of development and communications professionals who together provide program support through alliance strategies, marketing and campaigns, special events, gift development, and donor stewardship.

Kara has ten years of nonprofit management experience at United Through Reading.  In 2008, she retired from the Navy as a Commander with 12 years on active duty, including seven months after 9-11 with the 31st Naval Construction Regiment in Port Hueneme, CA, and eight years in the Navy Reserve. Kara earned a BA from The College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from San Diego State University. In 2013, Kara received the Sanctae Crucis Award from Holy Cross, an award for alumni who have distinguished themselves professionally and in the service of justice. A proud Navy spouse for 28 years, Kara is the mother of Hannah and Andrew.  Contact Kara Dallman

Kurt Schwend, MBA, PMP, Sr. Director for Operations and Technology | San Diego, Calif.

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Kurt leads a team of four Program Managers who work directly with each service branch, the Coast Guard, and the Reserve Component; military medical facilities serving the Wounded, Ill, and Injured; program partners such as the USO; and with volunteers and representatives of other emerging initiatives to provide training and support to those offering our program in the field. In addition, Kurt plans, organizes and directs a comprehensive technology strategy ensuring the smooth and continuous operation of technology support services to a geographically dispersed team across the US and providing technical guidance to a user community of volunteers located across the US and those stationed with forward deployed units. Kurt also serves as the staff liaison to the Board’s Strategic Growth Committee and serves as the head of United Through Reading’s Technology Advisory Group.

Kurt has 21 years of hands-on technology management and leadership experience, the last 10 years leading a team of technologists supporting 13 higher education campuses in the western United States and the Pacific. Kurt spent six years on active duty as an F-14 Radar Intercept Officer, completing three deployments on the USS Saratoga (CV-60), and earning a Naval Strike Flight Medal for flying 20 combat missions in Bosnia. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and earned a BS in Astrophysics at UCLA, and an MBA with an emphasis in Technology Management through the University of Phoenix. Contact Kurt Schwend

Program Delivery

Samantha Hagan Lingad, Director of Operations and Program Manager, Navy – East | San Diego, Calif.

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As Director of Operations, Samantha works with the Program Managers to coordinate national program campaigns, oversee volunteer recruitment, and establish, expand, and support United Through Reading programs throughout the United States Military. She also works directly with U.S. Navy commands based from the Eastern half of the U.S. to Rota, Spain, and everywhere in between.

A graduate of George Mason University, she spent four years at a small nonprofit raising funds for historical sites before finding her true calling serving military families. She has worked for USO, Inc. as a programs manager and launched USO Northwest’s mobile canteen. An active duty Navy Spouse, Samantha currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA. Contact Samantha Hagan Lingad

Lily Carlton, Program Manager, Navy – West | San Diego, Calif.

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As a member of the Operations team, Lily works directly with U.S. Navy Commands throughout the western half of the United States. She works to increase awareness and implement United Through Reading programs to sailors and their families. Her three daughters have benefited from United Through Reading videos while their father was stationed in Iraq in 2008.

As a Navy Chaplain spouse for more than 14 years, she has worked side by side with her husband in ministry. While living overseas, she organized events to increase morale for service members and military families as well as local outreaches. An active member of various military spouse organizations, Lily knows the importance of community and is passionate about caring for military families. With a degree in Marketing from California State University, Dominguez Hills, she spent 10 years in the Aerospace Industry working on military programs. Contact Lily Carlton.

Alia Reese, National Program Manager, United States Marine Corps | Fredericksburg. Va.

080816-101747Alia works with Marine Corps and Air Force commands to bring the United Through Reading program to all USMC and USAF families who are separated by requirements of service. As an active duty spouse for over 16 years who has raised young children through her husband’s multiple deployments, Alia is very familiar with the best practices and programs for developing and maintaining family connections over distance.

Alia has a Master’s Degree in Psychology and has been an active volunteer in military family programs for many years. She is also the award winning author of My Daddy is a Marine and My Mommy is a Marine, and has written for various online publications.  Contact Alia Reese

Program Support

Taylor Monaco, Director of Communications | Fort Wayne, Ind.

Taylor MonacoAs the Director of Communications, Taylor strategically leads United Through Reading’s internal and external communication efforts. Working with staff, volunteers, and the Board’s Marketing Communications Committee, Taylor helps to successfully tell the story of United Through Reading and grow awareness and participation within the military families served by United Through Reading.

Taylor earned a BA in Mass Communications from Miami University of Ohio and for 8 years has worked in the field of communications. Born and raised in San Diego, Taylor and her family currently reside in Northeast Indiana. Contact Taylor Monaco

Simi Rush, Director of Campaigns and Initiatives | Portsmouth, R.I.

Simi RushAs Director of Campaigns and Initiatives, Simi oversees various development related campaigns, such as employee giving campaigns, while also serving as the primary project manager in the implementation of new initiatives to further align key partners to United Through Reading’s mission.

Simi holds an MA in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of San Diego and a BA in Communication from the University of California, San Diego and has more than 14 years of professional experience serving the nonprofit sector in San Diego. Simi is also a Navy spouse of 10 years, her and her active duty husband have two children. Contact Simi Rush

Gretchen Schnitzer, Grant Writer | St. Ignatius, Mont.

Gretchen SchnitzerAs a member of the development team, Gretchen manages a docket of hundreds of annual funders for program support.  As well as identifying and researching new funding opportunities, Gretchen prepares proposals, funding reports and general communication to grant makers explaining the impact of their investments in United Through Reading.

In addition to her fundraising work, Gretchen provides support to United Through Reading staff on goal-setting and outcome measures.  Gretchen has a background in marketing, business planning, customer care, teaching and writing. Contact Gretchen Schnitzer

Terri Wetterberg, Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship | San Diego, Calif.Terri-Wetterberg-Headshot

As the Director of Annual Giving and Stewardship, Terri Wetterberg is responsible for the strategic execution and management of a comprehensive annual giving program, and the development, implementation, and management of United Through Reading’s stewardship program designed to foster and nurture long-term, meaningful relationships between UTR and its generous donors. In addition she fosters the growth of best practices in the supporting areas of gift processing, data management, evaluation instruments, and communications vehicles.

Terri has more than 10 years of nonprofit professional and volunteer experience. She received a BA in Communications from Purdue University and a MA in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of San Diego. She recently moved back to San Diego after having traveled and volunteered her way through Asia and Australia. Contact Terri Wetterberg