Category Archives: Staff

Natalie Ellis

Natalie joined the Read to a Child team in 2020 as our Development and Communications Coordinator. Natalie has a degree in History from George Washington University and has experience working in Development Communications for both large and small nonprofit organizations. Natalie is a passionate reader herself, stemming from her own childhood, and holds the mission of Read to a Child close to her heart.

Natalie’s favorite children’s book is The Snow Child: A Russian Folktale by Freya Littledale

Paul Lamoureux

A proven executive with 17 years of experience as a leader in non-profit education and 13 years in marketing, Paul Lamoureux has a record of growing mission-driven non-profits in both revenue and in impact.  Paul has also developed youth programs that have demonstrated evidence of success, have garnered national attention, are widely emulated and have expanded educational opportunities for thousands of under-served youth.

Mr. Lamoureux joined Read to a Child as its CEO in May 2015 and under his leadership the organization has grown to record highs for four consecutive years in both the number of students served and in revenue.  During this time frame, Read to a Child grew its number of students served by 29% and its revenue by 23%.

Prior to joining Read to a Child, Paul spent nearly a decade as Vice President of Programs and Program Director at Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center (TIOBEC) in Boston.  At TIOBEC, Lamoureux developed the cutting-edge “Connections” experiential learning programs that have garnered national attention and served more than 24,000 youth between 2009 and 2014.

Lamoureux also worked closely with administrators from Boston Public Schools, funders from the Opportunity Agenda and staff from Boston After School and Beyond (BASB) to adapt the “Connections” program and help pioneer summer learning efforts in Boston.  Beginning in 2010 on Thompson Island and four other sites, the summer learning program has now expanded to serve thousands of students at hundreds of sites across greater Boston.

A graduate of the College of Holy Cross, Paul’s passion is to provide young people with access to meaningful and enriching educational opportunities that will best prepare them for success in life.

Paul is also passionate about spending time in the outdoors.  An empty nester, he lives in the woods of Massachusetts north shore with his wife Lauren and Border collie Aries. His favorite children’s book is ‘Green Eggs and Ham’ by Dr. Seuss.




Beth Putnam

Beth, our Chief Financial Officer, joined Read to a Child as in November 2013.  Beth has an MBA from Duke and over 15 years experience providing leadership and support to mid to large sized organizations.  At FLEXcon, she “started-up” the Financial Planning & Analysis function, which grew to include five associates who were involved in almost all aspects of the business.  Beth truly enjoys working with others to build streamlined financial procedures, re-engineer processes, and provide analysis and recommendations that help colleagues and the Board of Directors make sound decisions that support an organization’s mission.

Beth’s favorite children’s book is Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.

Kaela Mento (formerly Vronsky)

Kaela Mento (formerly Vronsky) has been working since 1995 directly and from a management perspective to support youth programs domestically and abroad. A firm believer in mentoring, she has served as director, mentor, coordinator, and founder of mentor programs over the course of her career. She is also passionate about promoting literacy as a foundation not only of academic success, but of lifelong learning and self-reflection.

Before joining Read to a Child, Kaela spent five years at Partners for Youth with Disabilities directing both their Boston-based mentor program and their national nonprofit training and replication branch. She holds a BS in Psychology and Peace and Conflict Studies and an MA in Sustainable Development Management.

Her favorite children’s book is The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds