Jill Casselman is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP. She is a business litigator and trial attorney with experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all stages of litigation up through, and including, trial. Her practice focuses on business and property litigation in state and federal courts. One of Jill’s favorite children’s books is Roald Dahl’s Matilda.
Lora Cohn is Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products where she has spent the last 16 years working on entertainment brands like The Simpsons, Family Guy, Modern Family, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Avatar.
She is an active member of the Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA) and has ties to major retailers as well as Consumer Products giants Mattel, Hasbro, Lego, Saban Brands, Nickelodeon, Sanrio, etc. She has broad experience in all aspects of sales and marketing including retail development, brand strategy, sales plans and public relations.
Lora grew up in Western Pennsylvania where she spent most of her time in the Carnegie Free Library devouring every book she could get her hands on. Her favorite series of all time is the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. She currently lives in Manhattan Beach with her two daughters, Jordan and Bari where they spend free time doing beach sports, seeing movies, trying new restaurants and volunteering for their favorite charities.
Born and raised in Cincinnati , OH, Gail moved to southern CA with her husband Mike in 1983. She attended California State University at Long Beach from 1987-1991 and earned a BS in Business Finance. She opened South Bay Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, an outpatient rehabilitation clinic, in Torrance, CA with her husband and two partners in 1988.
She continues to work as Manager/Administrator for SBSM, which employs 20 people. She’s been married for 30 years, and has two sons, Ryan, born in 1989, and Travis, born in 1993. Gail has been an Access Books board member since 2001. She became involved when she organized a book drive at her son’s elementary school. One of her favorite children’s books is Bob and Jack: A Boy and His Yak, by Jeff Moss.
September Hill is a nonprofit advocacy consultant currently working with 2020 Mom, a nonprofit organization focused on improving maternal mental health care. Previously, she conducted non-profit advocacy as a board member of the Junior League of Los Angeles (JLLA) and as co-chair of the Junior Leagues of California State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC). September was recognized for her community service and civic leadership by being awarded JLLA’s “Shining Star Award” and Association of Junior Leagues International’s “Rising Star Award.” She is also a graduate of JLLA’s Leadership Development Institute and Development Institute and CORO’s Executive Fellows Program.
September has over fifteen years experience working in television production and logistics for award shows, music specials, sitcoms and several Olympic games. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. She earned her M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship and Change from Pepperdine University. September currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. Her all-time favorite children’s books are Bud Not Buddy, The Trumpet of the Swan and The Giving Tree.
Ann Marie was born and raised in Lake Orion, Michigan, the Great Lake State. Oldest of eleven kids, one of her fondest memories is her Mom reading to her and her many siblings at bedtime. Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys series were the popular choice at their home.
Ann Marie attended Michigan State University (Go Spartans!) and received a degree in Advertising. After graduating, Ann Marie moved to Los Angeles to work at an advertising agency called Backer, Spielvogel, Bates, a Saatchi & Saatchi firm.
A few years later, Ann Marie got into software training and started a training company with a partner called SoftWorks Corporate Training. After eight years, they sold the company to become full-time moms and enjoy time at home with their young children.
Ann Marie currently lives in Manhattan Beach with her three sons and husband. She volunteers in the schools and has dedicated many hours with other philanthropies, such as Sandpipers in the South Bay. Ann Marie became interested in Access Books when she starting volunteering for library builds with her oldest son. Growing up, her favorite stories to read were fairy tales! She couldn’t get enough of Hans Christian Anderson or the Grimms Brothers. Today, her reading choices are mostly directed by her fun book club and what her boys are currently reading.
Born and raised in Northern California, Lorri moved to Manhattan Beach with her husband Rob, son Roberto and daughter Isabel in 2007.
She is a graduate of California State University where she earned a B.A. in journalism. Lorri worked for several years as a paralegal before becoming a stay-at-home mom. One of her favorite children’s book is Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen.
Marcia Sidney-Reed is a proud product of the Los Angeles Unified School District with experience as a student, a playground supervisor, a teacher, a coordinator, and an administrator. She moved from the playground to the principalship. Mrs. Reed is currently the Principal of 186th Street Elementary School. She received her professional training at the University of Southern California where she received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degrees in Education. She received her administrative credential from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Under Mrs. Reed’s leadership, 186th Street was awarded the prestigious California Gold Ribbon School Award and the California Distinguished School Award by the California Department of Education, a Title I Academic Achievement School Award, an Arts Banner School Award, an Honor Roll Award from the California Business for Education Excellence, a Golden Bell Award for Collaborative Community Partnerships from the California School Boards Association, and a National Award for Peace Collaboratives from the Peace First Organization.
Mrs. Reed lives in Long Beach, California with her husband Marty, and she is the proud mother of three young adult children, Maree, Marques, and Marti. They are known as the “Mar” Reed family. She firmly believes “every child deserves a golden opportunity and every golden opportunity deserves a child; the opportunity is waiting for a courageous leader to just ask.” With the joy of reading, her students are soaring academically, artistically, and peacefully!!! She encourages her students to read to lead so they can go places in their wildest imagination. Her favorite book is Oh, The Place You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss.
Steve Sines is very mysterious.
Katherine Winder is a Senior Associate in the Los Angeles office of Murchison & Cumming, LLP.
Formerly, Katherine taught ESL to a refugee group with Literacy Volunteers of America. She is currently a literacy tutor through the adult literacy program at the L.A. Public Library. Katherine’s favorite children’s book is Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters.