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Our Beginnings

It can't be that hard to start a non-profit, right?"

~Evin Moore, founder of Burning Through Pages

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Kids Reading

“I just want to give books to kids…

In 2011, after discovering there were no organizations that specifically gave books to kids that would inspire them to love reading, hold conversations with them about their books, and help them develop as people, the only move was to create one. So, at 26, founder Evin Moore emptied his retirement account, filed for a 501(c)(3), and the journey began.

As Evin states, “books were how I got to know myself.” BTP hopes to create that same opportunity for youth throughout the city by providing new and exciting books to kids in the programs we partner with as well as the chance to discuss those books without the pressure of testing. We believe that fostering a love of reading in children is one of the simplest ways to move society forward. The goal has always been simple: provide books and a safe space to learn from them.

Our team is dedicated to helping kids discover books they love and relate to, help them explore and expand their minds, and deepen their critical thinking skills through reading that is actually fun.

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Meet the Team

Evin Moore

founded Burning Through Pages in 2011 and since then he’s learned a great deal about the nonprofit space, leadership, and how cruel and inspirational middle-schoolers can be.

Outside of BTP Evin also sits on the board of Kids At Their Best, a rural youth enrichment and feeding program, is a Sr. Marketing Manager for Charles Schwab, and has over a decade of financial services experience. He also sits on the advisory board of Books to Kids, and does no-cost nonprofit and small business consulting around the state.

Outside of his professional and volunteer life, Evin has a wonderful wife who hasn’t murdered him in his sleep, two young children (Penelope and Ronan), and walks daily the homeliest loving mutt you’ve ever met. When there isn’t a pandemic, you can often find him reading at various coffee shops and restaurants around Denver – his favorite pastime.

 

Bethany Lewis

Bethany Lewis

Bethany is BTP’s longest running volunteer. Since 2011, she’s managed event planning and fundraising, reading with groups, and managed partnerships with schools and afterschool programs. Marketing, social…just all the things. Outside of BTP she is a communications professional, is passionate about language, literature, and education. Bethany now sits on the board and supports marketing and fundraising.

Amber Adams

Amber Adams is an original member of the BTP board, founded in 2011. Outside of BTP, she is a counselor and owner of Skyward Counseling where she specializes in addiction recovery, trauma treatment, and veterans issues. She is also a published poet and US Army veteran. 

Terrence Dobbs

Terrence Dobbs has supported BTP in almost every capacity. He’s coordinated marketing campaigns, helped with events, and he’s orchestrated the operational aspects of delivering food and books to our our various programs. Terrence is a passionate fan of literature and is an encyclopedia of Comic Books and graphic novels. He holds a BA from the University Of Kansas.

 

Matt Knezel

Matt Knezel

Matt has been working on technology for BTP since the beginning of the journey! His strong love for learning takes up most of his reading time, but he still sneaks in a little humor now and then! Outside of BTP he works in Finance Technology.

Meca Littlejohn

Meca is everyone’s hero at BTP. She is a constant stream of creative ideas and is deeply passionate about education and reading. She was the very first partner of Burning Through Pages at the Boys & Girls Club. When she became a librarian, she stepped into the role of program implementation at BTP and has been generating groups of young readers at lightning pace. She’s amazing.

John Daskam

John is a Partner at Milgrom & Daskam where he focuses on real estate and corporate law.  He sits on the board of directors and is General Counsel for BTP. He also serves on the board for Sharing Connexion, which connects non-profits  to donated real-estate space and provides affordable housing options for those in need. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado in Boulder and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver.

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Maddie Shaner

Maddie supports a great deal of BTP’s operations and dots all of our i’s and crosses our t’s from a legal perspective. She’s a lawyer, former teacher, and Colorado native. Like all of our volunteers, she’s passionate about reading and says, “I love that reading opens up endless worlds, cultures, and stories to explore.”

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Tam An Hoang

Tam An, or TA as she prefers to go by, is BTP’s reoccurring donation program manager. If you’re a Page Turner then TA is who you’re getting emails from.  

Outside of her work with Burning Through Pages, she is an award winning financial professional with over 6 year of experience. TA adores kids and education, which inspires all her efforts with BTP.

 

Alysia Fyock

Alysia Fyock

Alysia got involved with BTP after working with Bethany and learning about the opportunity to help out with their website. As a former child who spent hours finding comfort in books, she’s passionate about fostering a love of reading in kids.

Outside of BTP she works in Marketing and spends her free time eating, reading, hiking, and skiing. 

 

Artur Kochinyan

Artur Kochinyan joined Burning Through Pages as Treasurer in 2019 and oversees all aspects of the organization’s finances. Art holds a B.A. in Economics from Yerevan State University, and both an MBA and M.S. in Accounting from the University of Colorado. Art is also a financial services expert with over a decade’s worth of experience in banking, brokerage, and financial research. He is passionate about impact investing and helping others in any way possible.