Meet Our Staff

Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee,  Chief Reading Officer        
423-209-6192 (office)
423-227-4320 (cell)

We call her the Reading Czarina or the CRO.

An unrelenting advocate for children and their education, Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee has worn many hats during her impressive professional career in the non-profit arena. Prior to becoming the CRO, she has served as Vice President of the Public Education Foundation, Executive Director of the Center for Nonprofits and Vice President of Educational Programs and Director of the Siskin School. She has worked as a teacher, consultant and facilitator in nonprofit management, board development and strategic planning.

Shawn is very active across the community in volunteer roles, and was named a Woman of Distinction by the American Lung Association in 2007. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Leadership Institute and serves on the Endowment Committee of St Paul’s Episcopal Church. Shawn has two adult children and 60,000 more who are still growing up- and if she has her way, learning to read!


Shula Yelliott,  Program Manager      
or 423-598-8294 cell

Shula serves Read 20 and Hamilton County Government as Program Manager. She is a native of Chattanooga and a proud daughter of the South. Shula’s educational background includes Special Education, Psychology and Pre-Med, with a BS from East Tennessee State University and graduate studies at the University of TN Chattanooga . She has years of experience as a special education teacher, science teacher, mental health custodial designee, Child and Family Professional, and veterinarian assistant for large animals. Children, two-legged and four-legged, are her favorites. Shula also jumps at the chance to assist Mr. Stewart in reading with children anytime he needs the help.


Stewart Payne, Readmobile Coordinator      
or 423- 443-2527 cell 

Stewart Payne has been Read 20′s Readmobile Coordinator since the program’s inception in 2008. He is the proud father of two sons attending UTK and the husband of Julie Payne, a Director at Unum. He is an avid mountain biker, disc golfer, outdoor enthusiast, and musician with a passion for the arts, education, and organizational development. Stewart holds both Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees from the University of Tennessee and has worked extensively in Chattanooga’s nonprofit sector as a programmer, administrator, and fundraiser since 1999. Prior to his work in nonprofits, Stewart was a contractor in the office interior industry, a freelance musician, renaissance man, jack of all trades, and a master of many! 

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