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Our Team

Board 1 Barbara Bush, Founder Doro Bush Koch, Honorary Chair

Board of Directors

  • Jean Becker, Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush
  • David L. Beré, Nonni’s Foods, LLC
  • Peggy Conlon, Retired President and CEO, Ad Council
  • Craig Denekas, Libra Foundation
  • Timothy Gage, Esq., Comcast
  • Mark Kaplan, The Mosaic Company
  • Doro Bush Koch, Barbara Bush Foundation Honorary Chair
  • Tricia Reilly Koch, BB&R Consulting
  • Liza McFaddenBarbara Bush Foundation President and CEO
  • James E. Nevels, The Swarthmore Group
  • Gloria Portela, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Governor Bob Wise, Alliance for Excellent Education

Foundation Staff

Liza McFadden is President and CEO of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, an organization that has championed the cause of literacy as a civil right for all Americans for the past 25 years. The Foundation’s efforts have focused on the power of early childhood education and supports parents who, driven by their desire to provide a better life for their children, are learning to read, write and gain critical job skills. With more than 20 years of success leading visionary change, Liza is recognized for her entrepreneurial efforts. During the past two years she successfully transitioned the Barbara Bush Foundation from a donor-advised fund to a public charity, instituting a talented and respected board to oversee these efforts. In 2014, the Foundation launched a “Help Them Read” campaign, a massive online effort to engage the public in understanding societal impacts of low literacy. In 2015, the Foundation will launch a five-million dollar Adult Literacy XPrize to develop software solutions for existing smart devices that result in the largest performance increase for adult learners. You can hear Liza’s thoughts on literacy by clicking here . Liza was recently recognized in her hometown paper as one of the 25 Women You Need to Know, and in June 2014, she received the inaugural Women Who Mean Business Service Award by Tallahassee Woman Magazine.


  • Roosevelt Alexander, Chief Financial Officer
  • Fonda Anderson, Chief of Staff
  • Rebecca Dyer, Executive Vice President, Programs
  • Susan James, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Adine Zornow, Senior Vice President, Development

Contact Us: email or call 850.562.5300.

Get in Touch

You may also contact us by phone at 850.562.5300 or by mail at:
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
516 North Adams Street • Tallahassee, Florida 32301