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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

Rekha Voruganti, H.Ed, CPHQ

Health Literacy Program Coordinator
255 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 355-0518
Fax: (614) 355-0509

As Health Literacy Program Coordinator for Nationwide Children's Hospital, Inc., Rekha’s duties include program management of the Reach Out and Read® Program and supporting of Nationwide Children’s organizational health literacy infrastructure. Rekha’s research and professional focus is within intervention design which decrease the impacts of social determinants of health by integrating literacy promotion and how health care system supports individuals’ and populations’ health literacy abilities.

She is actively involved in research as it relates to maintaining Nationwide Children’s as a health literate organization by supporting parental health literacy, early childhood literacy and language development. Rekha is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Behavior and Health Education and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).

Her favorite line from a children’s book is, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” - Dr. Seuss, I Can Read with My Eyes Shut! 


Robbie Conrad

Robbie Conrad, MS

Reach Out and Read® Volunteer Coordinator
255 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 355-0520
Fax: (614) 355-0509

Robbie Conrad, Volunteer Coordinator for the Reach Out and Read Program, helps to oversee all volunteer components of Reach Out and Read. He holds a BA in Liberal Studies with a focus in Communication and is pursuing a Master’s in Nonprofit Management. Robbie has over 15 years of experience in teaching and training children and volunteers.  His passion is making an impact in the lives of children.

Robbie’s favorite adult book is The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter.


Santele Smith

Santele Smith

Reach Out and Read® Clinic Liaison 
255 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 355-0519
Fax: (614) 355-0509
In the role of Clinic Liaison, Santele ensures that all Reach Out and Read sites are supplied with books and resources.  She assists with training sessions and helps manage additional time-sensitive tasks.  Santele is currently in pursuit of her BS in Business Administration and Public Relations at Ohio Dominican University.
Her favorite children’s book is Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham.

Linda Baus

Linda Baus, M.Ed 

Reach Out and Read® Content Specialist 
255 East Main Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 355-1191
Fax: (614) 355-0509
Linda Baus is the Program’s Content Specialist.  She oversees the Book Drives and Book Donations.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS degree in Elementary Education; she also holds a Master’s Degree in Gifted Education from Ashland University.  She is a former teacher and is dedicated to the importance of reading with children.
One of Linda’s favorite children’s books is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein and a favorite adult book is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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