Audrey Fleming is currently the president of CRA.  She was the president-elect last year and with her team put on the in-person conference in Ventura, CA.  Audrey has been a member of CRA since 1994.  She was the secretary/treasurer for six years for CRA.  She has been on the CYRM committee twice and the Eureka committee. Audrey is a retired teacher.  She taught grades 2-5th, with 4th grade being her favorite. Besides reading, Audrey’s other hobbies are quilt making and travel. Audrey’s goals for CRA is to keep meeting the literacy needs of current teachers, librarians, and most of all students.


Alison Briceño, Ed.D

Allison Briceño, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department at San José State University, where she coordinates the Multilingual and Multicultural Literacy Education MA program and serves as Co-Director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program (beginning summer 2024). She is an editor for the International Literacy Association’s journal, The Reading Teacher. Her research explores the rich literacy practices of multilingual students and culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies. Dr. Briceño’s recent scholarship has appeared in Language Arts, Bilingual Research Journal, Teacher Education Quarterly, Educational Policy, and Language and Education.Dr. Briceño’s recent book, Conscious Classrooms: Using Diverse Texts for Inclusion, Equity & Justice, centers students, highlights the transformational impact of diverse books, and guides teachers through powerful practices for the literacy block and beyond.


Nancy Rogers-Zegarra, Ph.D., is the HEROES’s project manager and teacher leader for a federal grant affiliated with The Ohio State University and Saint Mary’s College that trains teachers to support striving readers. In addition, she is a clinical trainer and Reading Recovery Teacher Leader affiliated with  Saint Mary’s College, CA. Nancy has pre-K-12 administrative experience at the district and county level, has taught at the elementary, secondary, and university levels, and has served as a reading specialist in California and Peru. She has served at the state level on the ELA and History/S.S. curriculum adoption panels, was a member of the state literacy planning team, and is a current member of CDE’s Literature List K-2 committee, In addition, Nancy has presented numerous professional development sessions at the state, national, and international levels. She is a past President of the California Reading Association, a current CRA Board member, and the Editor of The California Reader. Her research interest is finding ways to develop students’ oral language to facilitate reading and writing, especially for MLLs. Her passion is bringing the joy of literacy to all students.

CHAPTER LIAISON, Central California

Lindsay has served as a Chapter Liaison for Central California since 2021.  Her local chapter is San Mateo County Reading Council. She is actively involved with the County’s Big Lift initiative which is dedicated to transforming early literacy and reading proficiency by third grade.   In addition to her role with the California Reading Association, Lindsay is the District Literacy Coordinator for the South San Francisco Unified School District.  Prior to this role, she served as a classroom teacher and Reading Specialist & Literacy Coach.  Lindsay holds her Masters of Teaching Reading from the University of San Francisco and an Administrative Credential from California State University, East Bay. She is Orton Gillingham and GLAD trained. In all her roles, Lindsay remains committed to equity and supporting students & staff.

CHAPTER LIAISON, Southern California

Rebecca Langston-George

Rebecca Langston-George is the author of sixteen books for children including the internationally popular For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai's Story, and The Booth Brothers: Drama, Fame and the Death of President Lincoln (a former Scholastic Book Club title). Her first graphic reader on one of WWII's most daring spies, Virginia Hall was published August 1, 2023. California Reading Association honored her with the Armin R. Schultz Award for writing in social justice in 2016. A graduate of California Baptist University, she holds a Master of Education degree. After more than twenty-six years in the classroom, Rebecca recently retired from teaching to devote more time to writing books. An active volunteer, she is involved in both Kern Reading Association and Ventura Reading Association and currently serves as the Regional Advisor for the Central-Coastal California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI CenCal), helping other writers learn the craft. She's passionate about children's books and classroom writing. She writes and mostly re-writes on a treadmill desk at one mile per hour. Rebecca Langston-George - Home

CHAPTER LIAISON, Northern Region

Carla Peterson

Carla Peterson has been a member of the Gateway Reading Council (Sonoma County)  and California Reading Association for nearly thirty years. She is currently on the CRA Board serving as Chapter Liaison for the Northern Region with Gayle Watkins.  Carla joined the board of her local CRA chapter, Gateway Reading Council, in 1998. She continues to be an active member, currently serving as the council  secretary. Carla first  joined the CRA Board as an Area Director for Area 1 and served as a member of the Eureka! Non-fiction Book Award Committee.  Carla was a general education upper elementary teacher for many years before moving to special education.   Currently, Carla is an elementary special education teacher co-teaching with general education teachers.

CHAPTER LIAISON, Northern Region

Gayle Watkins

Gayle Watkins has been involved with the California Reading Association for 35 years as a member of the San Joaquin County Reading Association, and the San Joaquin-Stanislaus Reading Association. She has recently joined the CRA Board as the Chapter Co-Liaison for the Northern Region with Carla Peterson.  In her local chapter she currently serves as President and Treasurer, but has held various positions over the years.  In 2011 she was awarded CRA's Margaret Lynch Award for Exemplary Service to the Area.  Gayle taught in Linden and Stockton Unified School districts as a primary teacher, Reading Specialist, Program Specialist and Literacy Coach until retirement in 2014.  Currently, she finds joy in teaching Sunday School and tutoring 3rd graders in reading at her granddaughter's school.

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