Lisa is the Executive Director of the International Book Project. An avid reader since childhood, Lisa believes that literacy opens doors to all worlds of opportunity. South African journalist and librarian Hazel Rochman said, “Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Books sparked Lisa’s interest in international affairs and led to a varied and fulfilling career that has taken her from international management and business development with Fortune 500 companies to raising a family in Kentucky, working as a volunteer and board member for a multitude of philanthropic and charitable projects and managing a congressional campaign. Lisa feels at home anywhere and everywhere, having lived in Lexington, Kentucky and the family farm in Washington, Kentucky for two decades, as well as having lived, traveled and worked throughout Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. A native of Southern California, Lisa holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance from UCLA. Her favorite author is Wallace Stegner, but she has too many favorite books to single out just one!
Director of Operations
Charla is the Director of Operations at the International Book Project. At an early age, Charla became enthralled by the world around her and took every opportunity to travel and learn about the world. While studying at Berea College, she developed a passion for social justice and nonprofit work, which drew her to the International Book Project. During 2015-2016, Charla served as AmeriCorps VISTA member with the International Book Project and learned firsthand the impact books could have on a global scale. She is very excited to continue her work with IBP in such a direct role. Charla continues to be interested in seeing the world, reading good books, and large cups of coffee.
Books as Bridges Program Coordinator/VISTA
Ryan is an AmeriCorps VISTA serving International Book Project as a member of The Plantory Network.
Director of Development
Dana is the Director of Development of the International Book Project. For as long as she can remember, books and words have been her inspiration. A native of Louisville, Dana has worked as a journalist, travel writer, magazine editor, and in academic publishing and retail book-selling before spending more than 15 years in fund-raising at the University of Kentucky. Dana earned her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism at UK and completed graduate coursework in Historic Preservation. She helped launch the Curry Stone International Prize in Design and has been active with the IdeaFestival in Louisville. Dana lives in Lexington with her husband, Jim, and her children, Annie and Christopher. Dana enjoys fiction and non-fiction and is a fan of poetry and short stories. She lives by the words of Robert Frost: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” In her role as development director, Dana seeks to make a difference in global literacy and education by expanding the resources and reach of the International Book Project.
Nick is the Operations Coordinator at the International Book Project. As a student at Berea College, he spent his time studying technology and design, while also working as an assistant at the college library’s educational technology studio and as a graphic designer for the marketing department. Nick’s experience in digital technology and the arts has enabled him to do everything from freelance graphic design for non-profit organizations to constructing his own custom guitar. Aside from working at IBP, he is also an assistant at the Lexington Public Library’s digital studio. In his free time, he enjoys music, photography, running, and reading non-fiction, his favorite book genre.