Our Board

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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.

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.

Susan Murray

Susan is the Educational Technology Coordinator at Oak Hill Academy and strives to combine her love for all things books with all things tech. In addition, Susan is the Managing Director of WasteNot Solutions, a waste and recycling consulting practice she launched in 2007. Susan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Villanova University and a Master of Science in Education from Wheelock College. The values evidenced by the Bridge of Books Foundation are near and dear to her heart.

Amanda Lehman

Amanda Lehman was born and raised in Monmouth County and has lived in New Jersey her whole life. She earned her BA from Rutgers College and her JD from Seton Hall Law. Amanda has an appreciation for the importance of a robust education. After working as a litigator for 15 years, she was looking for a way to give back to her community. Amanda was drawn to Bridge of Books as this organization provides books to children who might not otherwise have access to reading outside of school, thereby building an interest in reading and independent learning.

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!

Liza Tamashunas

Liza Tamashunas spent over a decade teaching middle school ELA and Humanities in both New York City and New Jersey. As an avid childhood reader, teaching about reading and writing seemed the next best thing to reading books all day. Liza has a BA in English from Georgetown University and an M.Ed. in Secondary Teaching of English from Boston College. Liza first met Abby while working as the PTO co-president at her children’s school and serving as the liaison to the Book Fair.

 

They share a love of reading and a mission to increase kids’ access to books. After moving away from classroom teaching, Liza is enthusiastic about getting more involved with Bridge of Books. Reading and books provide us all with the opportunity to enter other worlds and access new experiences.