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.

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.

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!

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.

Russ Reardon

Russ began his relationship with Bridge of Books Foundation while leading the corporate social responsibility program for a local environmental, engineering, and construction management services company. After coordinating several corporate volunteer events to collect and sort books, he was eager to get more involved in supporting BoB’s mission. Today, he provides marketing and communications support to raise awareness of the organization’s many programs and promote all the great things that we do.