Our Staff

Lisa Fryman

Executive Director

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Lisa is the Executive Director of the International Book Project. An avid reader since childhood, Lisa believes that literacy opens doors to all worlds of opportunity. South African journalist and librarian Hazel Rochman said, “Reading takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” Books sparked Lisa’s interest in international affairs and led to a varied and fulfilling career that has taken her from international management and business development with Fortune 500 companies to raising a family in Kentucky, working as a volunteer and board member for a multitude of philanthropic and charitable projects and managing a congressional campaign. Lisa feels at home anywhere and everywhere, having lived in Lexington, Kentucky and the family farm in Washington, Kentucky for two decades, as well as having lived, traveled and worked throughout Europe, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. A native of Southern California, Lisa holds a B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance from UCLA. Her favorite author is Wallace Stegner, but she has too many favorite books to single out just one!


Charla Hamilton

Director of Operations

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Charla is the Director of Operations at the International Book Project. At an early age, Charla became enthralled by the world around her and took every opportunity to explore and learn about the world. She has spent time traveling and studying throughout Europe and Australia. While earning a B.A. in Psychology at Berea College, she developed a passion for social justice and non-profit service that led her to the International Book Project. In 2015-2016, Charla served as AmeriCorps VISTA member with the International Book Project and learned firsthand the impact books could have on a global scale. As the Director of Operations, Charla oversees all large shipments, keeps the warehouse running smoothly, and manages volunteers. Charla continues to be interested in seeing the world, reading good books, and large cups of coffee.


Stacie Musser

Domestic Operations Coordinator

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Stacie is the Domestic Operations Coordinator at the International Book Project.  Her love of books was inspired by her first grade teacher, Mrs. Watanabe who challenged her to read at least one book each week.  Stacie received a BS in Political Communications from Florida State University and a Master’s degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky.  While Stacie has worked in a variety of areas, putting people together with books quickly became her mission.  Beginning in the book retail business, Stacie saw the joy of helping others discover books and went on to share this experience in public and prison libraries.  In addition to serving book communities, Stacie fosters kittens for the Lexington Humane Society and holds a special place in her heart for feral/community cats.  While Stacie could not choose a favorite author, Geraldine Brooks, Haruki Murakami, and Richard Russo are in her top five.


Joy Saavedra

Cultural Literacy Coordinator

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Always curious, Joy has always wanted to learn as much as she could about everything. After graduating with a B.A. in Discipleship Studies and an M.Div. in Intercultural Studies, Joy is currently studying for a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. As a first-generation Filipino-American, her research and life passions include migrant and marginalized communities. When she discovered the International Book Project, Joy became excited by the opportunity to promote cultural awareness and intercultural dialogue through literacy and literature. When she’s not studying, Joy enjoys reading, playing video games, learning languages, and trying new things. She loves a variety of books but her favorite genres include philosophical fiction, classic literature, comic books, and Southeast Asian fiction.