Meet the dedicated team that is honored to bring interesting,
age relevant and quality books to struggling readers and a
unique writing platform for authors everywhere.
Founder & CTO
Gary Herman is the Co-founder of Story Shares. When approached by the Poses Family Foundation to assist with the development of a contest site to generate content for struggling readers, Gary realized that there was a major evolutionary change that he believed would greatly benefit the LD community and struggling readers at large. His passion for helping others using the power of technology drove the creation of a new system for authoring and delivering rich content. A collaboration quickly formed and the initial development effort was completed to great success.
Gary's passion for technology and design goes back to his early years. As a youngster, he was enamored with computers and their ability to manifest great ideas in the most abstract. As he gained experience through his teens he saw that technology was also a medium to fulfill his artistic side. After studying at Rutgers University, Gary moved to the Silicon Valley area where he sharpened his skills as a leader in his field. Over the past 14 years Gary has been running his own software development firm which has won awards for development projects for a myriad of both enterprise and small business groups.
Story Shares fills a gap in Gary's world in which he is able to harness his experience and keen eye for user experience and interaction while being able to create a solution for the benefit of those that need it. His excitement and passion for this project is now imprinted on the DNA of Story Shares.
Louise Baigelman, M.Ed., is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Story Shares. Louise was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Education in 2017, as well as the International Literacy Association's 30 Under 30 in Literacy in 2016.
Louise has been passionate about literacy education for most of her adult life. After earning degrees in English and Psychology from Cornell University, she became an English teacher at KIPP Academy in Lynn, Massachusetts. There, she led the English Language Learner program and taught reading and writing to middle school students. Louise was also a member of the charter corps of Teach for America, Boston, and earned her Master's in Education from Boston University.
In the past, Louise has been a literacy coach to underserved youth in Brooklyn, an after-school writing teacher in the California Bay Area, and a program manager at the Poses Family Foundation.
Director of Operations
Angela Dell'Isola is a creative writer and life-long bookshop aficionado with a to-be-read list certain to outlast her lifespan and a bullet list of stories-to-be-written that's even longer. She became involved with Story Shares when she entered her work, "Leap of Faith" into their very first Relevant Reads contest. From there, Angela's involvement grew as a member of their author panel and it wasn't long before she was thoroughly absorbed by the organization's mission to engage struggling readers as Story Shares's outreach and content manager. Now the director of operations, Angela employs her creative writing experience together with her passion for diverse, relatable books in order to maintain and develop the organization's library of reads, while blending her business and nonprofit management experience in order to identify and serve the 90+ million teens and young adults in the U.S. alone (and many millions more worldwide) who lack crucial literacy skills.
In addition to Story Shares, Angela's work has been published in numerous anthologies and she is currently in the final editing stages of her first full-length novel. Her world has comprised of reading and writing for as far back as she is able to remember, and she considers it a dream come true to share this world with individuals who might otherwise never have explored it.
Literacy and Education Coordinator
Jaya Minhas is an Honors student at Albright College, where she studies French, Spanish and Women's studies. Her love for reading and literature has always been an important part of her life, because it enlightens her worldly views. Jaya has just returned from studying abroad in France, and she often travels to India where she volunteers at a nonprofit organization. She dreams to one day set up her own school that supports children that have had difficulty with the mainstream school system. During the school year, Jaya is part of the Academic Learning Center, where she tutors students and she is in the midst of writing her Senior Honors Thesis. She currently teaches ESL and interns with Story Shares, where she wishes to help make literacy accessible and enjoyable for everyone, even those that do not consider themselves as readers. She is really excited about this opportunity with Story Shares and greatly hopes to make significant contributions to the non native English readers.
Editor / Story Wizard
Growing up, all Alex wanted to do was read. She dreamed of becoming a librarian and was rarely seen without a book in hand. Still in love with literature, Alex now dreams of becoming an editor. She graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Communications from New York University and plans to pursue a Master's degree in publishing for print and digital media.
Alex firmly believes that being involved with books means being involved with the shaping and dissemination of great ideas. Books help people learn, think, grow, and heal, and she wants to be involved with the sharing of knowledge and creativity that reading makes possible. She is also interested in utilizing new technologies and platforms to aid communication. Story Shares aligns with Alex's literature-related goals by making reading accessible to and applicable for readers and writers around the world, and she's honored to be part of the team.
Editor / Story Wizard
Holly is an award-winning multimedia artist and communication specialist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Even as a young girl, Holly loved to read and write. But it wasn’t until she experienced motherhood that she also knew she wanted to help others learn to love reading and writing. Today she is fortunate to be able to do both. Her work has been featured in Signet literary magazine, the 100 Words Film Festival, the New York Short Film and Screenplay Competition, and the North Portland Unknown Film Festival. She holds a BA in communication with a concentration in journalism and a minor in creative writing, and is currently pursuing an MA in communication from Queens University of Charlotte.
In her spare time, Holly likes to hang out with her sons Nathan and Ty and their dog Riley. A voracious creative experience seeker, Holly enjoys photographing, drumming, sketching, painting, sewing, co-creating, improv-ing, designing, and building . . . and doesn’t much enjoy routine. You can often find her in the kitchen, cooking for her family while interpretive dancing to very loud music. She maintains a portfolio of creative work at hollylanecreative.com.