Meet the United Through Reading Team

Sally Ann Zoll, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer

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. She 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 28 years and her son, an Army reservist, recently returned from serving in Afghanistan on his second active-duty deployment. Contact Sally Ann Zoll

 Kara Dallman, MBA, Sr. Director for Operations

Kara leads a staff of ten Program Managers who work directly with the Department of Defense service branches, military medical facilities serving Wounded Warriors, program partners like the USO, and with volunteers and representatives of other emerging initiatives to provide training and support to those offering our program in the field.  Kara also serves as the staff liaison to the Technology and Strategic Planning Committees of the organization’s Board of Trustees.  Kara has six years of nonprofit management experience at United Through Reading, and in 2008, after serving 12 years on active duty and eight years as a reservist, she retired from the Navy as a Commander.  The highlight of her career was being mobilized in 2001 with the 31st Naval Construction Regiment in Port Hueneme, CA.  A proud Navy spouse of 20 years, Kara earned a BA from The College of the Holy Cross and an MBA from San Diego State University. Contact Kara Dallman

Kurt Schwend, MBA, PMP, Sr. Director for Technology

Kurt plans, organizes and directs a comprehensive technology strategy on behalf of United Through Reading, 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 Technology Committee.  Kurt has 19 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

Kate Wheeler, MA, Sr. Director for Development and Strategic Alliances

Kate leads the program support staff and works closely with United Through Reading’s Development and Communications Committee and its Board of Trustees to plan and direct program support operations including resource development, data management, outreach, communication and strategic alliances with other nonprofits, corporations and funders. Kate has 18 years of experience in the nonprofit arena. Before joining United Through Reading, Kate served as Executive Director for a community nonprofit in Aspen, Colorado for four years and then worked as an independent consultant for nearly ten years, helping diverse nonprofit organizations meet their development and strategic goals.  Kate is currently a PhD student in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego (USD), where she received an MA in Nonprofit Leadership.  She received a BA in econometrics from the University of Northern Colorado.  Contact Kate Wheeler

Program Delivery

Suzan Caughlan, National Program Manager, Marines

Suzan trains and supports U. S. Marine Corps Commands in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Expeditionary Forces and 4th Marine Division to implement the United Through Program in the field. After earning a BA from University of West Florida, she became credentialed in special education and devoted ten years to her career as a special education teacher. As a military spouse, she has worked with Marine Corps families for more than 30 years as a volunteer for family support and networking groups. Contact Suzan Caughlan

Kristin Driscoll,  Director of National Engagement

Kristin manages United Through Reading’s National Engagement efforts and is working toward creation of a sustainable work corps of volunteers and the organizational infrastructure to support them.   Following a career in business process definition, project and program management, and systems design, she now dedicates her time and energy in support of military families.   In the past ten years, she has provided oversight of volunteer programs for numerous military and educational nonprofits.  Kristin holds an MBA from the University of Central Florida and, as a recipient of a FINRA Military Spouse Fellowship, she is an Accredited Financial Counselor.  Contact Kristin Driscoll

Kristen E. Hewlett, National Program Manager, Navy/ West Coast

Kristen facilitates the expansion, establishment, and support of United Through Reading programs for the Navy, Pacific Fleet. She has over 15 years of experience in operations, finance, business analysis, and project management. Previously, Kristen was a member of the executive management team for a nonprofit dedicated to children’s internet safety and educational initiatives, and prior to that, spent 10 years in the finance industry as a financial analyst, strategic advisor, and human resources consultant. Kristen holds an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Texas A&M. She is a Navy spouse of 17 years.  Contact Kristen E. Hewlett

Wimberly Kneisler, National Program Manager, Navy/East Coast

Wimberly trains and supports Navy units on the East Coast as National Program Manager for the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet. Wimberly was an elementary educator, and her passion for military culture, strong family ties and education provides a strong foundation for her commitment to deployed service members and their families. She has been a military spouse for over 30 years. Contact Wimberly Kneisler

Melissa Malloy, National Program Manager, Army

Melissa trains and supports U.S. Army units, and works to increase awareness of United Through Reading throughout the Army. A graduate of Florida State University with a BA in Hospitality Administration with emphasis in Business, she has worked for large corporations in management, marketing and sales. As an Army spouse of sixteen years, Melissa lived overseas while her husband was stationed in Brunssum, Netherlands. Contact Melissa Malloy

Marge Nordman, Regional Program Manager, Hawaii

Marge supports all branches of service on the island of Oahu, Hawaii (US Navy, US Coast Guard and US Army.)  She is a retired Navy Reserve O-6 with 25 years of service. She has served as a volunteer with nonprofits including the Arizona Memorial, and the Red Cross.

Tina Wright, National Program Manager, US Coast Guard

Tina has been working to grow the United Through Reading Program in the US Coast Guard since 2011.  Tina was a USO employee in 2007-09 as the Programs Coordinator where she was responsible for events and program planning for the service members and families attached to Commander Fleet Activities Sasebo, Japan.  She is currently serving as Command Ombudsman USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49).  She has been a military spouse for 20 years, and her husband is currently active-duty with the US Navy.  Contact Tina Wright

Program Support

Victoria Cameron-Lewis, Director of Strategic Alliances

Victoria plays a principal role in alliance strategy and implementation, relationship building, project management and marketing with major national corporations and organizations to support synergy to move the mission of United Through Reading forward while providing significant benefit to the organization’s partners.  Victoria has a BA in Political Science from the University of Hawaii and an MPA from the University of Oklahoma. She is a Navy spouse of 15 years and has worked extensively in support of the military community. Contact Victoria Cameron-Lewis

Deborah Loeffler, Director of National Outreach

Deborah is a key spokesperson for United Through Reading, engaging with both military non-military communities and bridging the gap between the two.   Deborah is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and is an educator and trainer who has worked extensively with Navy families throughout her husband’s career as a Surface Warfare Officer.  As a leader within the Command and Flag spouse communities, she received the prestigious Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Medal. Contact Deborah Loeffler

Simi Rush, Data Manager

As Data Manager, Simi works closely with both the program delivery and program support teams to manage all of United Through Reading’s data systems including donor records, beneficiary data, evaluation instruments and communications vehicles.  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 10 years of professional experience serving the nonprofit sector in San Diego. She is a Navy spouse of 8 years. Contact Simi Rush

Gretchen Schnitzer, Grant Writer

As an indispensable 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

Helen Westcott, Director of Communications

Helen coordinates and directs all internal communication efforts for the organization, including oversight of design and production of all program and administrative print collaterals, and provides management of the website and all digital media. She also serves as staff liaison to the Board’s Development and Communications Committee.   Prior to joining United Through Reading, Helen served as the Director of Communications for the San Diego County Medical Society.  She holds a BA in English, and has spent more than 25 years in nonprofit communications and marketing. Contact Helen Westcott