Board of Directors





Jed Gaines, Founder and President 

Jed Gaines founded Read Aloud America in 1995, in effort to bring families together and also share the love of reading.  Under his leadership, RAA and the Read Aloud Program (RAP) have reached over 315,000 people in homes across the state.  Jed also serves as the Marketing Director and the Training Director for all of the RAA presenters.



  Joanne Laird,  Director of Programs

Joanne is a retired teacher and school administrator from school districts in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was President of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise and now serves as Assistant District Governor for nine Rotary clubs on Maui. In her "spare time" she dances hula with and Halau Hula Kauluokala.

Joanne got involved with RAP while assisting Larry in his role as Maui Site Coordinator at Kihei School and first became a Parent Trainer/Presenter at Paia School in the Fall of 2009. Currently she serves as the Program Director and the Assistant Training Director for Read Aloud America.



Larry Laird, Director of Operations and Grants

Larry is a retired Director of Human Resources and School Principal from San Jose Unified School District in San Jose, California. After 34 years in education, he retired and moved to Maui in 2003. He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise. He loves to travel with his wife Joanne, and enjoys reading about people and places where he plans to visit.




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