Rebecca Constantino, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Director
Rebecca Constantino holds a Ph.D. in Language, Literacy and Learning. She has published a book and more than 100 articles about literacy development, equity in education, urban schools, and cultural perspectives of language acquisition. Having lived and worked in numerous countries, she was involved in language and literacy development programs in Russia, South Africa, and Eastern Europe. She taught Language Acquisition and Reading courses at the University of California Los Angeles, the University of California Irvine, and Pepperdine University. Her favorite children's book is Caps for Sale, which she read with her children when they were young. Now that her children are older, they enjoy family conversations about books and what everyone is currently reading. Two of her children are adopted and she was active in the foster care community for several years. Rebecca considers this an extension of her main mission in life: to support equity in families, schools, and communities.
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
Claire Freedman started volunteering with Access Books in 2016. Claire is a big advocate for social justice, community engagement, and sustainability. She is one of the young adults that has benefited from our artist-in-residence program and is now the official Access Books mural coordinator. She plans on attending the University of California Davis in Fall 2021 majoring in Environmental Studies/Fine Art. Her favorite children’s books are Oh the Places You’ll Go and Where the Wild Things Are.
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.