Meet Our Staff

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

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!


Stewart Payne, Readmobile Coordinator         
423- 443-2527 (cell) 

Stewart Payne has been Read 20′s Readmobile Coordinator since the program’s inception in 2008. He is a proud husband and father of two grown sons. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and  lifelong 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, Knoxville, and has worked extensively in Chattanooga’s nonprofit sector as a programmer, operations manager, grants administrator, and executive director, since 1999.


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