Meet the members of our all-volunteer Board of Directors
Cathy L. Leiber, Co-Founder and Past President
Cathy co-founded Judith’s Reading Room with her husband Scott in 2009 after retiring as bi-lingual senior executive, following a successful 26 year career in marketing, strategic planning and corporate affairs for a global consumer products company. Geographic exposure included assignments in the USA, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Set strategic direction, led the communications effort and served as spokesperson for firm’s Latin America region.
Cathy speaks Spanish at the professional level, earned her black-belt in Karate, is a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Penn State Master Gardener.
M.B.A., Marketing, Pace University, New York with honors, 1978
B.A., International Relations, University of California at Davis, 1972
Linda M. Wellstein, Vice President – International
Linda M. Wellstein is Partner and Chair of the Global Technology, Telecommunications and Media Practice in Washington, DC of WELLSTEIN MORA RODRIGUEZ INTERNATIONAL, PC and formerly Resident Partner in Washington DC and Managing Partner of the Latin America and Caribbean office of a US Telecommunications firm based in Caracas, Venezuela. Ms. Wellstein has over twenty-five years of international telecommunications and technology commercial, transactional, regulatory and policy experience. Linda has extensive experience in the negotiations of commercial transactions in the telecommunications, technology and infrastructure industries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Beside being Vice President – International Board Member of Judith’s Reading Room, Ms. Wellstein is Vice-President of the US and Canada, and Chair of the Industries Strategies Committee of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Caribbean Central American Action (CCAA), a non-profit organization promoting private sector-led economic development in the Caribbean Basin for over three decade and is currently the Chair of the Global Communications and Information Technology Committee of the International Section of the District of Colombia Bar. Ms. Wellstein is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association’s International Telecommunications and Transactional Practice Committees.
Ms. Wellstein received her Honors Bachelor of Arts degree from Marquette University and her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center where she served as a member of a law review. In addition to English, Ms. Wellstein is fluent in Spanish and a student of French.
Scott Leiber, President, Treasurer and Co-Founder
Scott Leiber’s domestic and international professional business background spans 30 years in the field of financial services. As a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo Advisors, Scott advised in the management of the investment portfolios of individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Scott also focuses his practice on the Nonprofit / Philanthropic Sector. The emphasis on fine-tuning a responsible Investment Policy Statement by a nonprofit, the need to bolster the fiduciary responsibilities of the nonprofit, and, accordingly, the need to follow through with a responsible investment portfolio, encompassing the Investment Policy Statement of the nonprofit, in part, describes the financial management guidance skill set Scott provides.
For Scott, as co-founder of Judith’s Reading Room, the motivation to create this particular charity and perpetuate its mission as a member of its Board of Directors, stems from the fact that regardless of the technological advances made, children and adults, more than ever, must continue to embrace and appreciate the gift of reading to advance the standards of society worldwide.
A double major in English and Computer Science, Anthony graduate Lafayette College in 2015. Anthony also holds a master’s in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he studied technology, innovation, and education. Anthony currently lives in Manhattan and works at DataCamp, an online education platform whose mission is to teach data skills and help spread data literacy around the world.
Erin D’Amelio graduated from Lafayette College with a summa cum laude dual-degree in English and French. A resident of Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, she has always found her nose in a book since a young age. It is this passion for reading that has inspired her to spread the power of literacy and the love of literature. In 2014, Erin fulfilled a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship in Malaysia, where she taught English to secondary school students for ten months, and in 2015 taught English in France under a TAPIF grant. She is now attending the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a masters degree in International Education Development.
Judith’s Reading Room’s mission resonates with me, and serving on the board allows me to contribute, in little ways and in large ways, to spreading freedom through literacy.
Daniel created, with the farmers market manager, The Growing Gourmet Series at The Steel Stacks Farmers Market, where Daniel paired up with a Penn State Master Gardener to give educational talks on growing and cooking your own food. Accompanied with a cooking demo. His past culinary and wine work experience spans Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Florida. Currently on Daniel’s farm, he has 14 hens, one rooster, 8 head of sheep, an acre of pasture, and vegetable plots. Daniel also practices Reiki (hands on healing), which positively charges my plants, animals, and my food.
Why I love being on the board of JRR is because of the smiles! When we donate a library to an organization which serves people that have no access to books, their eyes light up and there is a smile a mile wide across their face, and that’s what I love!