About Us

Project Team

Anthony Chow – project director


Dr. Chow, an Associate Professor at Department of Library and Information Studies at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and holds a PhD in instructional design and technology and MS in educational psychology from Florida State University and a BS in human development from San Francisco State University. He served as the Montana State Library’s LSTA 2013-2017 Five-Year Evaluator where he first became aware of a potential gap in library services for Montana’s eight tribal nations; he is known for his work in community assessment, patron needs and library services, analytics and informatics, systems design, organizational management and leadership, and information seeking behavior. He recently was awarded a 2017 ALA writing award for best journal article in the The Journal of Research on Libraries & Young Adults and serves as chair of the Legislative and Advocacy committee for the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). He is a mixed-methods researcher with particular expertise in analyzing large data sets and quantitative analysis. Read More

Allyson Lugo – Project Manager
Haley Matthews – Project Manager

haleyhsHaley joined the School of Education as a project manager on the Transforming Teaching Through Technology grant in 2018. In her current role as a grants specialist, she’s involved with both pre- and post-award grant administration. Haley received her B.A. from Salem College in 2016 and her M.P.A. from UNC Greensboro in 2019. She is passionate about helping principal investigators manage their budgets and make the most of their awards. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their rescued puppy, Jake. Haley, along with Allyson, will serve as the project manager for RNW, which involves helping with the financial aspects of the project.

Dr. Ayesha Boyce – project evaluator

ayesha_boyce_8356_crop_resizeDr. Ayesha S. Boyce is an evaluation teacher, scholar, and practitioner. Before pursuing her Ph.D., she was an education research associate (evaluator) for the Arizona Department of Education. She is the Co-Director of the UNCG Office of Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Services (OAERS). Her research focuses on attending to value stances and issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, access, cultural responsiveness, and social justice within evaluation—especially multi-site, STEM, and contexts with historically marginalized populations. She also examines teaching, mentoring, and learning in evaluation. She has evaluated over 40 programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and Spencer and Teagle foundations. She is currently the external evaluator for five NSF funded projects and a Co-Principal Investigator on four NSF funded projects. She is a Co-PI on the recently funded 1 million-dollar NSF grant, Spartans ADVANCE: Adaptations of Practices For Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The UNCG. Dr. Boyce is a co-chair of the American Evaluation Association Multiethnic Issues in Evaluation Topic Interest Group, a member of the editorial board for the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation and teaches classes in program evaluation and research methodology where she emphasizes good practice with mindful attentiveness to theoretical roots. She encourages students to develop a strong methodological foundation, conduct studies based on democratic principles, and promote equity, fairness, inclusivity, and diversity. She is a 2019 UNCG School of Education Distinguished Research Scholar Award recipient.

Lori SPecial – research assistant
cam Roberts – Graduate Assistant

Cam Roberts PhotoCam is a graduate student in the MLIS program at UNCG on the academic librarian track. He is a graduate assistant for the LIS faculty in the School of Education. He is a former graduate assistant for the UNCG Faculty Senate, a former reference intern at UNCG’s Jackson Library, and current student member of the ALA and NCLA. Cam graduated from Wake Forest University in 2012 with a BA in Theatre and a minor in English. As an undergrad he worked in Preservation at WFU’s ZSR Library. His main areas of interest include information literacy, research, and dramaturgy. Cam is both glad and grateful to be a part of the RNW project.

Melissa Casey – Graduate Assistant

Melissa Casey PhotoMelissa is a graduate student in the MLIS program at UNCG. She received a BA in interdisciplinary social sciences, with a minor in trauma studies from Kansas State University. She then received an MA in psychology from American Military University. Melissa is currently working as a graduate assistant for the Reading Nation Waterfall project and the Faculty Senate, focusing on web and social media.

Steering Committee

Jason Cummins (The Crow Tribe of Montana)

Principal, Crow Agency Public (Elementary) School

Roberta Harris (Northern cheyenne)

Director, Head Start

Adam Lambert (the eastern band of cherokee indians)

Director, Qualla Boundary Tribal/Public Library

kim sellers phd (the lumbee tribe of North Carolina)

Program Director Reading Education

cynthia aguilar (Santo Domingo Pueblo)

Director, Santo Domingo Pueblo Tribal/Public Library

Renée Gokey (Eastern Shawnee/Sac and Fox -Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian) – Consultant, Parent Literacy Partner

Renee Gokey (Eastern Shawnee)Renée Gokey (Citizen of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma) is the Teacher Services Coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. She develops creative classroom resources and has created new formats for teachers and collaborations with organizations to amplify access of quality resources and teaching strategies through the Native Knowledge 360° National Education Initiative. Through her position at NMAI and in her work with her own tribal nation, Renée Gokey has worked in social justice and education issues for Native peoples and in promoting tribal knowledge systems and cultural practices. Read more

Lesley S.J. Farmer, Ed.D.- Consultant, Parent Literacy Partner Program

Lesley Farmer_Dist. Fac.Scholar. & Creative AcheivementDr. Lesley Farmer, Professor at California State University (CSU) Long Beach, coordinates the Librarianship program, and was named as the university’s Outstanding Professor. She also manages the CSU ICT Literacy Project. She earned her M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and received her doctorate in Adult Education from Temple University. Dr. Farmer chaired the IFLA’s School Libraries Section, and is a Fulbright scholar. A frequent presenter for the profession, she won several honors, including American Library Association’s Phi Beta Mu Award for library education and the Ken Haycock Award for Leadership, the International Association of School Librarianship Commendation Award, and the Catholic Library Association St. Katharine Drexel Award. Dr. Farmer’s research interests include digital citizenship, information and media literacy, and data analytics. She has written hundreds of articles and book chapters, and has over thirty professional books published. Her latest book is  coming out next month, which supports the program: Impactful Community-Based Literacy Projects.