Rebecca Constantino, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director
Rebecca Constantino holds a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Learning. She has published over 100 articles and a book in the areas of literacy development, equity in education, urban school and cultural perspectives of language acquisition. Having lived in worked in numerous countries, she has been involved in language and literacy development programs in Russia, South Africa and Eastern Europe. Currently, she teaches Language Acquisition and Reading courses at the University of California, Irvine. Her favorite chidren’s book is Caps for Sale. She reads it almost daily with two of her three children.
Meghan Cason, M.L.I.S.
Library Program Director
Meghan Cason joined Access Books in 2008. Passionate about information literacy, children’s literacy, and social justice, she holds a B.A. in journalism from Arizona State University and an M.L.I.S. from U.C.L.A. In addition to her work for Access Books, Meghan is the Digital Resources & Reference Librarian at Los Angeles Valley College. Raised in a chaotic home with little money to buy books, Meghan found a refuge in libraries. Her favorite books were Charlotte's Web, From the Mixed Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and anything by Judy Blume. As an adult, she’s fallen hard for Harry Potter.
Volunteer & Site Coordinator
Born and raised in Northern California, Lorri moved to Manhattan Beach with her husband Rob, son Roberto, and daughter Isabel in 2007. She is a graduate of California State University where she earned a B.A. in journalism. Lorri worked for several years as a paralegal before becoming a stay-at-home mom. One of her favorite children’s book is Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen.
Mural Program Coordinator
Ever since discovering Pseudonymous Bosch’s Secret Series, Beatriz Valls has been pondering the secret of life. Originally from Madrid, Spain, Beatriz is a sociologist, visual artist, cultural theorist, MFA graduate, and educator. She is committed to the belief that contemporary art has the responsibility to open minds towards sensitivity, self-reflection and critical thinking. Apart from her work with Access Books, Beatriz is the founding director of Trans Art Methods, a Socially-Engaged Art initiative applied to businesses and entertainment to create art with the community. And not to be overlooked, she can paint a radicalCat in the Hat mural.
Amanda Collins, M.L.I.S.
Bay Area Program Director
Amanda Collins joined Access Books in 2015. As a school librarian herself, Amanda is excited to be bringing the valuable work of Access Books to schools in need in the greater San Francisco Bay area. Amanda holds a B.A. in History from UC Santa Barbara, and an MLIS from UCLA, in addition to being a fully credentialed Teacher Librarian. The school library played an important role in Amanda’s early life as a child living below the poverty line, giving her access through literacy to worlds of information and fantasy she never would have been able to visit otherwise, and she can think of nothing better than helping to bring strong school libraries to students and schools in need.