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 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.
Madison is the Director of Development at the International Book Project. She grew up in rural Kentucky and saw firsthand the importance of books and libraries in her community. Graduating from University of Kentucky with a BA in Information & Communication Technology with a focus on commercialization, Madison brings a new digital perspective to IBP. Having previously worked as CRM Architect and Administrator, she has experience in marketing, sales, and client relations. She hopes to grow IBP’s network of donors and deepen relationships with community partners. Madison is a vegetarian who hates vegetables, but enjoys playing video games and spending time with her dog, Lily. While she doesn’t have a favorite book, Madison enjoys reading true crime and non-fiction books in her free time.