Our Board

Meet Our Board Members

    • Tina Johnson
      Tina Johnson is an Amdocs Corporate Social Responsibility Manager. She manages the environmental footprint, labor standards, human rights in operations and supply chain, empowering employees, and making positive contributions in local communities for Amdocs.
    • Krista Schwarze
      Vice President

      Krista is an Education Manager at Granular.  Prior to focusing on organizational learning, Krista was an elementary teacher and a middle school language arts teacher.  She is a member of Mahomet Rotary Club and the Champaign County Farm Bureau.  Krista knows the importance of literacy skills as they are the foundation of all learning.

    • Beth Chandler

      Beth has 15 years of public relations experience in both nonprofit and corporate settings. She most recently earned a master’s degree in Professional Writing & Rhetoric. While attending graduate school she taught first-year composition. Beth has loved to read since she was a young child, and she and her husband now enjoy sharing their love of books with their young daughter.

    • Chad Hoffman

      Chad is the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity and the former owner of Rogards Office Supply Company.

    • Sarah Bjelland
      Board Member

      Sarah is a Business Intelligence Specialist for the University of Illinois Alumni Association. Her passion for data, research and education, as well as her current and past experience in collecting and analyzing data related to education outcomes as a Director for Huntington Learning Center in Decatur and the Education Coalition of Macon County, challenge The Reading Group Board to address real challenges in the education community we serve. Sarah’s degree from the University of Illinois, and her advanced certification in the use of data management systems, makes her skills relevant to finance, scholarship, programs and outreach.

    • Jedd Swisher
      Board Member

      Jedd was one of Marilyn Kay’s first students when she started tutoring kids with dyslexia back in 1972. His kids and grandkids have also worked with tutors at The Reading Group over the years, since dyslexia is hereditary. He is General Manager at Depke Gases and Welding, Owner of Campus Ink, and an Equity Partner in the Illinois Marathon. Jedd is a living example of the statistic, “Forty percent of entrepreneurs are dyslexic.” Jedd knows first-hand that The Reading Group changes lives.

    • Brittany Michaels
      Past President

      Brittany is the Deputy Director of the Champaign Public Library. She is a member of Champaign West Rotary and Executive Club of Champaign County. Brittany believes early literacy, in particular, is extremely valuable and significant to personal development and to communities as a whole.

    • Jean Hinton, EdD
      Executive Director

      Jean brings 35 years of experience with her most recent work being the development of curriculum and instruction for the Leadership segment of Millikin University’s two MBA programs. Jean led the Education Coalition in Decatur which was funded by the Community Foundation of Macon County and focused on improving education through a community cradle-to-career initiative.

      Jean holds a doctorate in Education, an MS in Adult and Continuing Education, and an undergraduate degree in history. She is passionate about literacy and is excited to join The Reading Group.