Announcing the new Telling Tales Board of Directors

Over the past nine years Telling Tales has developed and expanded, but we have always remained true to our initial vision of inspiring a love of reading and improving literacy levels in children and youth.

Telling Tales started in 2009 as a project sponsored by Rotary Club of Hamilton Sunset. Since 2013, the sponsoring club has been the Rotary Club of Hamilton. Now Telling Tales is taking big steps towards independence. We have incorporated as a not-for-profit and applied for charitable status which we hope to achieve by the end of 2017.

“We are grateful for the essential support of Rotary not just as sponsors but also for their unfailing ability to provide hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers every year. We will work very hard to ensure we never lose the collective support of our local Rotary Clubs,” explains Telling Tales acting Executive Director, Susan Jasper. “Now that we are nearly 10, it is time for Telling Tales to take charge of its future to ensure that we are sustainable in the long-term, and able to inspire young readers for generations to come.”

Susan Jasper is the Telling Tales Chair and Founder, and now acting Executive Director. She supervises a dedicated group of volunteers that serve on eight committees: Selection, Marketing, Volunteer, Program, Fundraising, Finance & Admin, Transportation, and Logistics.

New Inaugural Board

Telling Tales is proud to announce we have now appointed an inaugural board. “Our exemplary new Board of Directors are excited to work on strategic development,” explains Susan. “Together they bring to the task an impressive array of collective knowledge and experience in strategic development, community development, governance, financial, fundraising, marketing, literacy, and more. We are poised for greater heights and an even deeper impact.”

They will first meet as a full board on May 16, 2017. “On behalf of my fellow board members I can say that we are all honored and thrilled to be part of Telling Tales and advancing this important work,” said Richard Koroscil, Telling Tales Chair.

Meet the new Telling Tales Board of Directors


Chair, Richard Koroscil, C.Dir, President and CEO, Korlon Strategic Services Inc.

Richard has been and continues to be a very active community leader. He is a senior Aviation executive with 39 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors in Canada and internationally. He recently retired as President/CEO for the Hamilton International Airport.

Treasurer, Cindy Alaimo, President, CPA, Treasury Management Services

Cindy is an accounting professional with over 25 years of experience, and is President of her own consulting company, Treasury Management Services. Her community involvement has included being a Big Sister, Treasurer for the St. Joseph’s Hospital Volunteer Association and Treasurer for her community parks.

Co-Treasurer, Ruth Liebersbach, CFO, C.Dir, McMaster Innovation Park

Ruth is an avid lifelong reader, Rotarian and literacy champion. Her extensive community involvement includes serving as President of Rotary Club of Hamilton, board member of the Hamilton Community Foundation, and chair of the fundraising committee for the Juravinski Breast Assessment Centre.

Board Members:

Paul Berton, Editor-in-Chief, Hamilton Spectator and

Paul has been a journalist for three decades. He is a current member of the board of the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and has previously served on the board of Hamilton Out of the Cold, and committees at the Royal Botanical Gardens, the Hamilton YWCA, and Mohawk College.

Emily Ecker, M.A.Ed, Manager of Community Access and Engagement, Mohawk College

Emily has a background in business and education, and brings extensive experience in developing community-based partnerships. For over 20 years, Emily has been committed to improving access to education and employment in the Hamilton community.

Alyssa Lai, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Hamilton Heath Sciences Foundation

Working as a public relations professional, Alyssa utilizes various communication channels and techniques to highlight the important work of different community organizations in the city. An aspiring professor, Alyssa continues to explore teaching and facilitating opportunities, and is involved in Hamilton’s leading young professional network.

Madeleine Levy, Community Relations, Marketing and Fundraising Professional

Madeleine is a dedicated community leader who devotes her time and effort to many charitable and community causes. She has worked in the field of finance, marketing and community relations for the past 30 years. Madeleine has extensive experience on boards, advisory committees and other governance organizations.

Laura J. Lukasik, Manager, Partnerships & Communications, Hamilton Public Library

Laura has been involved with Telling Tales since its inception as the Selection Chair and representative of co-host Hamilton Public Library. For the past 13 years, Laura has been working for the Hamilton Public Library on a full-time basis and most recently as Manager of Partnerships and Communications.

Gillian O’Reilly, Author, Freelance Editor, former Editor of Canadian Children’s Book News

As a freelance writer and editor, Gillian has worked in the book business for over 35 years. She edited Canadian Children’s Book News, published by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and has written two books for young readers.

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