Dorothy Lee

Executive Director

Dorothy is a change leader who has focused on growing LitWorld through strategic partnerships and creative approaches since 2009.

Favorite Children’s Book: I’ll Be You and You Be Me by Ruth Krauss


Pam Allyn


Pam is a world-renowned literacy expert, author and motivational speaker. She is the Founder of LitWorld and LitLife, and a champion for children everywhere.

Favorite Children's Book: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey



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Amber Peterson

Director of Program Innovation

Amber is an educator who believes passionately in the power of story and who helps young people change the world.

Favorite Book: Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara


Mariya Ohulchanska

Program Coordinator

Mariya is an education and human rights advocate who believes that every child deserves the right to be heard and celebrated for who they are.

Favorite Book: A Thousand Splendid Suns


Stephanie Alkhatib

Program Innovation Coordinator

Steph believes that access to literary knowledge can be life-changing, and has spent the majority of her professional career dedicated to designing curriculum that transforms children into lifelong learners.

Favorite Children's Books: Frog and Toad Collection by Arnold Lobel

Operations, Development and Communications

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Anxhelina Prenika

Director of Operations & HR

At her core, Anxhelina is a strategic thinker with a passion for operations management, who enjoys challenging and impactful work that strives to make a difference in children's lives.

Favorite Book: Three Comrades by Erich Maria Remarque


Ilana Solomon

Development Manager

Ilana is an extroverted and intuitive life-long learner, who combines her passion for development with her love of literature to build relationships and engage others with the LitWorld mission.

Favorite Children's Book: Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman.


Monica Valentin

Operations & Development Associate

Monica brings her commitment to supporting families from her time as a social worker in the Bronx to our work with children all over the world.

Favorite Book: Valley of Secrets by Charmian Hussey


Hannah Polauf

As a social justice advocate with a background in communications, Hannah understands the importance of storytelling as a tool for self-empowerment and the profound impact it can have on children and communities across the globe.

Favorites Book: The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

On-the-Ground Team

One of LitWorld's core values is community expertise. Through our trusted partner organizations in local communities, we rely on local leaders to help fulfill the work and mission of LitWorld. Together, we create sustainable, inclusive, and culturally-responsive programs.

Meet our On-the-Ground team!


LitWorld relies on an extensive network of strong leaders to support and advise our strategy, goals, and future outcomes. Click the link for each group to learn more.

Board of Directors

Advisory Council

Young Professionals Network