Kids Need to Read Co-founder and Executive Director Denise Gary organized the fledgling Kids Need to Read project into a nonprofit foundation following thirty years of office management and customer service experience. She currently oversees the daily operations and program development of the foundation. Denise was awarded the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative in 2012 for her work in the founding and development of Kids Need to Read. She also participates in community service work as a member of the Mesa Host Lions Club in Arizona. Denise was a home school teacher for her two sons during their junior high and high school years, successfully teaching one son with Asperger's syndrome after he was passed through the elementary public education system. This fuels her desire to help reluctant readers learn the power and joy reading can bring to their lives.