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Celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new executive director and assistant director, the Children’s Reading Alliance (CRA) is continuing to support and empower parents and put books in the hands of children in Las Cruces and throughout Doña Ana County.
“It’s an exciting year and an exciting time,” said Marisa DeWolf, who came on board as CRA executive director earlier this year. “New people are continuing CRA’s really rich and established history,” she said.
“We are reintroducing ourselves,” said CRA’s new assistant director, Linda Lardner. “We are the book people.”
CRA is an independent nonprofit housed at the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, located at 3880 Foothills Road in Las Cruces.
CRA’s major programs are
“Our focus is supporting parents,” said Lardner, who is co-leader of the parents sector of Doña Ana County Resilience Leaders, an organization formed in 2017 to combat childhood trauma and abuse.
CRA’s other staff include Karina Gomez, the program manager for First Teacher; April Bennett, a programs assistant; and Cassandra Reveles, creative media lead.
One of Reveles’ most impactful creations on the new CRA website is the parents’ resource page,” DeWolf said. Visit www.childrensreadingalliance.org/parent-resources-page.
DeWolf is originally from western New York state. She came to New Mexico in 2002 and has an MA from New Mexico State University. Lardner was raised in Deming and has a BA from NMSU.
Contact CRA at 575-522-3717 and firstname.lastname@example.org.