Founder & CEO
Governing Board Member, Read Better Be Better
Sophie Etchart was born in Connecticut, but raised and educated in England. She studied Spanish, French and German at the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. As part of her degree, Sophie spent her third year of University living and working in Belgium and Spain.
Upon graduation, Sophie joined a financial services agency specializing in board-level strategic HR consulting. In 2009 Sophie designed and executed the Private Equity Foundation / Deutsche Bank Leadership Program: a series of instructional workshops and networking events in partnership with INSEAD business school, France. After spending a year on loan to the Private Equity Foundation as a strategic HR consultant, Sophie committed to a full transition into the non-profit sector.
Sophie moved to Peru in 2010 to run the education program at SKIP, an international development organization in northern Peru. For 2 years she managed a team of 25 staff and volunteers working with 330 young people aged 3-17. The key component of the program was a comprehension curriculum designed to complement the national public schooling system. This program received a commendation during a site visit by professional contacts at the Bill Gates foundation.
Sophie met her husband, an Arizona native, in Peru and moved to Phoenix in 2012. She spent 2 years managing the JA BizTown® team at Junior Achievement. Upon her departure, each member of her team had delivered “outstanding” performance according to standardized quantitative KPI assessments.
Sophie had identified the need for basic reading comprehension support during her 2 years at Junior Achievement. The JA BizTown® program serves over 20,000 students per year; an alarming number of whom had neither the focus nor the foundational skills to obtain the most value from the experience. When the “Move On When Reading” law was announced, she decided that the timing was critical to support those 3rd graders at risk of being kept behind. Read Better Be Better is based on the proven SKIP model and adapted to the current environment.
In 2017, Sophie was recognized as one of Phoenix Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 younger business leaders making an impact in the Phoenix area.
She lives in the Coronado District of Downtown Phoenix with her husband Andy, her son Cody and two dogs.
Chief of Staff, Teach for America
Governing Board Member, Phoenix Elementary School District
Daniil Gunitskiy has dedicated his career to expanding educational opportunity in the Phoenix-area. He is currently the Managing Director, Chief of Staff in the Teach For America – Phoenix region and has served on the Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board since January 2015.
Mr. Gunitskiy began his career in education as a middle school science teacher. During this time, he helped lead his students to significant academic gains, sponsored the student government and coached several students to successful appearances at the state-wide science fair. He then worked in higher education at Arizona State University, focusing on community engagement and social entrepreneurship projects. Mr. Gunitskiy also serves on the City of Phoenix Youth and Education Commission and is a fellow in the Valley Beit Midrash “Start Me Up!” program, an initiative to spur Jewish social entrepreneurship in the Phoenix-community. He is also past participant of the Center for Progressive Leadership program and served as secretary on the CASA Academy Governing Board.
He holds a Master of Education Degree from Arizona State University and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with honors in history and political science.
Dr. Betsy Hargrove
Superintendent, Avondale Elementary School District
Governing Board Member, Read Better Be Better
Dr. Betsy Hargrove is the Superintendent of the Avondale Elementary School District. Dr. Hargrove had been the Assistant Superintendent since March 2009. She provides on-going leadership in creating a positive climate of high expectations for all involved with the educational program of the district. She also works to engage in the continuous improvement of the Avondale educational community by implementing and monitoring the achievement of district goals.
Dr. Betsy Hargrove served as a Principal for 12 years with the Alhambra School District in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Hargrove holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Southern Maine, master’s degree in educational administration and supervision from Fordham University, and a a doctorate in educational administration and supervision from Arizona State University. Dr. Hargrove has participated in a variety of programs focused on enhancing the effectiveness of school leadership including multi-school district programs, including Learner-Centered Leadership and Beat the Odds. Dr. Hargrove has presented at the American Educational Research Association, Character Education Forum, and the 2008 National Staff Development Council Mega Conference.
3rd Grade Teacher
Stephanie, an Arizona native, attended the University of Arizona where she received her bachelors of science in family studies and human development. She then continued her studies in early childhood development and received her early childhood teaching certificate through the department of education in Phoenix, Arizona. Her qualifications include five years of elementary teaching experience. She spent two years teaching Kindergarten and one year teaching third grade in Phoenix, Arizona. Stephanie traveled abroad for one year to teach English to kindergarten and middle school students, and developed a kindergarten curriculum for a school in Seoul, South Korea. She recently finished teaching 3rd grade at Rocketship education in San Jose, CA where her students showed over 1.8 years of growth in math and literacy. This upcoming school year, she will begin her 6th year teaching at an elementary school in San Francisco, CA as the lead third grade teacher.
Director, Arizona Endowment Building Institute. Arizona Community Foundation
Ed was born in Virginia but raised in both Boise, Idaho and Phoenix, Arizona. He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in accounting from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and is an attorney certified by the State Bar of Arizona. Ed currently lives in Gilbert, Arizona with his wife Lisa and their six children Emily, Jacob, Ashlee, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Thomas. In his free time he enjoys serving on community committees, giving service through church responsibilities, and being with his family.
Professional Learning Coordinator, Arizona K-12 Center
Kristin Moon is a proud native of Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History. Upon graduation, Kristin spent time traveling abroad in Italy, Switzerland, France and Greece where she was able to see firsthand all of the beautiful works of art and architecture that she had studied in her degree program.
Kristin spent the next couple of years exploring various industries and eventually discovered her passion for event planning. Prior to joining the Arizona K12 Center, Kristin worked for seven years with Junior Achievement of Arizona, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. As the Senior Manager of Special Events, Kristin was responsible for coordinating high-end fundraising functions including golf tournaments, bowl-a-thons, auctions and student programs.
Kristin currently lives in Phoenix and enjoys travel, photography, arts & crafts, and coordinating an occasional wedding in her spare time.
Finance Coordinator, Read Better Be Better
Audit Associate, BDO USA LLP
Artem Tretiakov is an auditor at BDO USA LLP. After graduating from university in Ukraine, he moved to Phoenix to discover the United States and once again pursue an accounting major at Grand Canyon University.
As he is advancing in his career, he now helps RBBB to address accounting and financial questions.
Executive Director, Supporting Kids In Peru
Originally from the UK, Liz has been the Director of SKIP since 2009. SKIP – Supporting Kids In Peru, is a non profit supporting children and their families living in poverty. Liz has a Bsc (Hons) in Psychology and a MSW (Masters in Social Work) and was a child protection social worker for 5 years before joining SKIP. Having lived and worked in the USA, Guatemala, The Dominican Republic and Hong Kong, Liz was already an avid traveler before arriving in Peru and now spends much of her time moving between countries promoting SKIP and networking with many international partner organisations. In February of 2014 Liz gave a TEDx Talk “Do Stuff you Love and Make a Difference” speaking about her own personal experiences and how they have shaped her career and passion for working in international development.