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Reach Out and Read® Staff

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Olivia Thomas, MD

Reach Out and Read® Medical Director
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205

Olivia Thomas, MD, serves as Medical Director of the Reach Out and Read® Program at Nationwide Children’s. She is Chief of the Section of Ambulatory Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Thomas is responsible for the implementation of Reach Out and Read® and continues to be actively involved in all aspects of program operations.

Rekha Voruganti, BS H.ED

Health Literacy Program Coordinator
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 355-0518
Fax: (614) 355-0509

Rekha Voruganti Health Literacy Program Coordinator for Nation Children's Hospital, Inc, which includes the Reach Out and Read® Program and health literacy related projects.  Rekha is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Health Education and Human Ecology. Rekha has significant experience working with youth and families and community outreach. Reach out and Read allows for her to not only help families but improve literacy amongst high need communities. Currently she is actively involved in research as it relates to parental health literacy, early childhood literacy and language development.

Shareena Casey

Reach Out and Read® Program Coordinator
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 355-0519
Fax: (614) 355-0509

Shareena Casey, Program Coordinator for the Reach Out and Read Program, helps to oversee all components of Reach Out and Read.  Shareena is a graduate of Otterbein University with a BA in Business Management.  Shareena’s music background enables her to implement a music curriculum for the Primary Care center patient population.  Shareena is a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s Education Committee and is an advocate for the arts and literacy. 

Jodi Springer, RD

Reach Out and Read® Volunteer Coordinator
255 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 355-0520
Fax: (614) 355-0509

Jodi Springer, Volunteer Coordinator for the Reach Out and Read Program, helps to oversee all volunteer elements of Reach Out and Read.  Jodi is a graduate of Ohio State University with a BS in Medical Dietetics.  Jodi has a background in teaching and training, as well as a passion for reading, volunteering, and working with children. Reach Out and Read allows her to share her desire to help improve children’s literacy, as well as work with volunteers who share her goals. Jodi is a member of the Volunteer Administrator's Network and the Reach out and Read Advisory Council.

Camara Scott

Reach Out and Read® Administrative Assistant
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Phone: (614) 355-0518
Fax: (614) 355-0509

Camara Scott, Administrative Assistant for the Reach Out and Read Program, provides secretarial support for Reach Out and Read.  Camara is currently completing her Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Columbus State Community College. An avid reader herself, Camara is a passionate advocate for pediatric literacy and early childhood education.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about any of the Reach Out and Read® programs, email
ReachOutandRead@NationwideChildrens.org.

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000