Our Board


Abigail A. Daly

Founder and Executive Director

Abby spent several years representing both children and adults who were involuntarily committed to psychiatric hospitals and then the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services in abuse and neglect actions and termination of parental rights cases. She is a graduate of Smith College and Dickinson School of Law. In 2001, she left the practice of law to be at home with her children. Bringing the Bridge of Books to New Jersey provided a perfect vehicle for her to remain involved with at-risk children, to pursue her love of reading and to expose her children to the concept of giving back to the community.


Valerie Brett

Valerie received her BA from Pomona College and MBA from Columbia University. She worked in the New York financial services industry in leadership and technology positions at Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank and Lazard for 17 years.  Banking aside, books have been a part of her life from an early age; in elementary school, Valerie and her brother would go to the small public library after school where her mother was a librarian. There, she learned how to file books using the Dewey Decimal system at a young age! Living overseas, she worked for the Hong Kong International Literary Festival. And now, upon her return to the US, she is excited to increase her involvement with Bridge of Books.


Cindy Gagliano

Cindy left the practice of law seventeen years ago to spend more time with her young daughters and with the hope of finding a new career path. While she has tried a variety of things along the way, raising her four daughters has been her main and most favorite venture.  Cindy is a graduate of the University of Virginia and George Washington University National Law Center.  Working with Bridge of Books is the perfect combination of her love of books and helping children discover the power of books.


Joan Fishman

A newcomer to Monmouth County, Joan moved to West Long Branch from Bethlehem, PA, in the summerof 2013.  A New Jersey native, she spent 15 years in New York, as an executive in the software industry.   More recently, she has been involved with many ‘make a difference organizations,’  as the Vice President of the Board of the Cancer Support Community of the Lehigh Valley, Vice Chair of The Boutique at the Rink in PA and as a Trustee of CPC Behavioral Healthcare in Monmouth County.  A graduate of George Washington University, one of her passions is literacy – She feels strongly that reading and access to books is so important, it cannot be underestimated.  As such, she has become active with the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County and is thrilled to join the board of the Bridge of Books Foundation.


Susan Murray

Susan is Managing Director of WasteNot Solutions, a waste and recycling consulting practice she launched in 2007.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Education from Wheelock College.  Susan has been an avid reader since childhood and her  three children have followed suit.  The values evidenced by the Bridge of Books Foundation are near and dear to her heart.

Kathryne Singleton

Kathryne Prost Singelton

Kathryne Singleton first became involved the Bridge of Books Foundation as a girl scout leader looking for fulfilling children’s outreach projects for her girls.  She has an extensive background in non-profit management including with New York City Opera, Second Stage Theater, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and many other NYC arts organizations, and holds an MA from NYU in Arts Administration.   After moving to Monmouth County in 1995 she helped to launch Two River Theater Company as its Director of Marketing and Development.   Now home with her children and as a volunteer in the community, Kathryne works with several local non-profits, including the Historic Association of Fair Haven, Fair Haven Footlights Club, St. George’s-by-the-River, Two River Theater Company and the Rumson Garden Club.


Kristy Rogers

Kristy Rogers learned about Abby and her commitment to The Bridge of Books shortly after relocating to Monmouth County from Pittsburgh, PA.  Abby and Kristy worked closely for years on the Book Fair at their kid’s school, both as the PTO Treasurer and then Financial Chair. Having volunteered for Bridge of Books as both a reader and a book sorter, Kristy jumped at the chance to work with Abby again when the position of Treasurer opened up. Kristy received her BS in Psychology from Allegheny College and her MS from Fordham University.


An avid reader, Kristy, staunchly believes that books provide the perfect avenue to experience new ideas and learn new words.  The better access a child has to diverse vocabulary, the more empowered he or she will become.  Words have vigor!