Our Team 

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Mary Denison, PhD I Executive Director 

Mary Denison is a retired school psychologist. She has worked in that capacity with school-age children with learning and developmental problems for over 30 years. Mary initially taught Special Education for children with learning and behavioral challenges. After graduating with her doctorate in School Psychology she worked at Shaler Area School District and at PACE School. In 1995 she began working at The Day School at The Children's Institute. Mary worked for 22 years developing an expertise in working with children with autism and genetic and neurological disorders. After retiring from The Day School, Mary founded Reading Ready Pittsburgh to help build a love of reading in families of small children throughout the Pittsburgh area.  Mary has 3 children who are all grown. She is an avid reader and enjoys sharing her love of books with others. 


Cary Meyers I Program Director

Cary graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Community and Nonprofit Leadership. Cary has completed two education focused AmeriCorps programs, Project Grow and City Year. Those experiences drove Cary's passion for education equity and led her on the path of becoming an elementary school teacher. Following City Year, she moved to Denver to complete a teaching fellowship and received her K-6 teacher certification. Cary spent five years teaching grades K-3. She believes providing families with books and encouraging parent-child connections through reading is one of the most powerful things we can do to help children be successful in school.