Kristi Yamaguchi's Always Dream

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About Us

Always Dream is committed to impacting early literacy through fostering family engagement and building a love of reading. Our Always Reading program is about more than reading; we are building confidence in each child, nurturing the discovery of their unique voice, and inspiring them to dream bigger. Our program is a magical mix of fun and learning for the entire family because we know that reading isn’t just a skill – it’s a ticket to future academic success and a world of endless possibilities. Join us on this journey where we’re turning little bookworms into big dreamers, one story at a time.

Our Founder

Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi

Founder and Board Chair 

Kristi is an Olympic Gold Medalist, New York Times bestselling children’s author, philanthropist and mother. “As a mom of two, I’ve witnessed the transformative power of reading in my daughters’ lives and in the lives of the countless children and families we’ve worked with over the years. I feel books unlock the imagination in children, and that’s where dreams are born.”

Our Team Members

Aarika Riddle

Aarika Riddle

Executive Director

Lori-Yamaguchi

Lori Yamaguchi

Director of Programs

Michelle Collier

Michelle Collier

Development & Marketing Director

Dean Osaki

Dean Osaki

Co-Founder

Troy Clark

Troy Clark

Development Operations Associate

Chelsea Brinegar

Chelsea Brinegar

Marketing & Communications Manager

Josie Loaiza

Josie Loaiza

Program Operations & Data Manager

Annika-Malik

Annika Malik

Program Manager

Terrie Togafau-Tarpley

Terrie Togafau-Tarpley

Lead Family Literacy Book Coach (Hawaiʻi)

Jennifer Spencer

Jennifer Spencer

Family Literacy Book Coach (Hawai'i)

Ariel-Zander

Ariel Zander

Family Literacy Book Coach (California)

Karen Hernandez

Karen Hernandez

Family Literacy Book Coach (California)

Sara-Carrillo

Sara Carrillo

Family Literacy Book Coach (California)

Jazmyne Robinson

Jazmyne Robinson

Operations Manager

Meet Our Board Members

Mark D. McCaffrey

Mark D. McCaffrey

PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD

Casey Johnson

Casey Johnson

EXECUTIVE VP

John Ramsbacher

John Ramsbacher

SECRETARY

michael milton

Michael Milton

TREASURER

Nicole Auyang

Nicole Auyang

BOARD MEMBER

Sara Jo Buehler

Sara Jo Buehler

Board Member

Kristen Correll

Kristen Correll

Board Member

Aimee Sueko Eng

Aimee Sueko Eng

BOARD MEMBER

Bret Hedican

Bret Hedican

BOARD MEMBER

Hutch Hsieh

Hutch Hsieh

BOARD MEMBER

Louise Ing

Louise Ing

BOARD MEMBER

Kara T. Okamoto

Kara T. Okamoto

BOARD MEMBER

Nadyne Orona

Nadyne Orona

BOARD MEMBER

Jeffrey Ting

Jeffrey Ting

Board Member

Legacy Circle

Jan Yanehiro, Chair

Jim Adler

Richard Barker

Jennifer Lee

Dale Minami

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