"I watched as some of our struggling students met with success due in part to this wonderful team."

Principal Veronica Wilkie,

Brandywood Elementary

About Us — Board Members

Founder

Virginia Biasotto

Virginia Biasotto

Virginia (Ginger) Lanier Biasotto is a native of Delaware and a graduate of the University of Delaware (1959). She is the founder of Reading Assist Institute and has authored ten Reading Assist textbooks as well as the autobiographical book, Educating Andrew, A Promise Fulfilled. In 1994, Ginger was the first recipient of The Janet L. Hoopes Award from the Philadelphia Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. In 2005, she received Delaware's Jefferson Award for her contribution to the community. She and her husband, Lawrence, are semi-retired and spend half of each year in Wilmington, Delaware, close to children, grandchildren and his mother, and the other half in Palm City, Florida, where she enjoys the luxury of time to paint.

Board of Directors

Pamela J. Scott

Pamela J. Scott, President

Pamela J. Scott has extensive experience with nonprofit organizations, having served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations over the last fifteen years, including two terms as board president of Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County. Pam is currently an assistant general counsel for Pepco Holdings, Inc., serving in the role of regulatory counsel for Delmarva Power & Light Company and Atlantic City Electric Company. Prior to that, she was a partner with the law firm of Saul Ewing, LLP representing clients in commercial transactions and complex land use matters. Pam is a native Delawarean and a graduate of the University of Delaware and Widener University School of Law.

Stephen Brauerman, Esq.

Stephen Brauerman, Esq., Secretary

Steve joined the board of RAI in 2008 and serves as RAI’s Secretary. He is currently an attorney with the Bayard, P.A., and specializes in corporate and intellectual property litigation. He is a graduate of American University, Washington College of Law and Johns Hopkins University. Steve’s legal and human services background have been an asset to RAI.

Israel Mercado

Israel Mercado, Treasurer

Israel Mercado is the RAI Board Treasurer. He has been a member of the Board since 2007 and has helped guide the organization on financial matters. A CPA, Israel works for the Santora CPA Group as an auditor. Israel is a graduate of the University of Delaware and has been involved with and volunteered time for various professional organizations and Delaware charities.

Board Members

Kae Keister
Kae Keister served for  33 years in public education as a preschool and middle-level math teacher in the Smyrna School District and the Cape Henlopen School District, as well as an elementary and middle level administrator in the Milford School District. As an educator, she attended Virginia Biasotto’s Reading Assist course in Georgetown at the Owens Del Tech Campus, and later worked with Reading Assist staff to gather empirical evidence for the effectiveness of the Reading Assist program. She is now an Associate Professor at Wilmington University in the College of Education, where she teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs, and is a board member for Schools That Lead.  She graduated from Pfeiffer College, Salisbury State University and Nova University, and is a native Delawarean.

Darren Mahoney
Darren Mahoney joined the board in 2013. He leads the bank digital marketing team for Capital One where he has worked since 2005. Prior to Capital One, he worked at J. Walter Thompson, Landmark Communications (hamptonroads.com) and Gannett (delawareonline.com). He is married and has two children. In his free time he enjoys attending lacrosse, soccer and basketball games. His parents, both teachers, raised him and his brother in the suburbs north of New York City. Darren completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia in 1997 and has since graduated with an MBA from the University of Delaware.

Darryl Scott
Darryl Scott served in the Delaware General Assembly from 2008 - 2014 as the 31st District State Representative. During his tenure in the Legislature, he was an advocate for public education and access to higher education for Delaware students. One of his most significant legislative accomplishments was the creation of the Inspire Scholarship program which provides Delaware students tuition assistance for up to six semesters to attend Delaware State University. Since 2014, has served as a member of the Rodel Foundation Advisory Council and in 2016 joined the Delaware Campaign for Achievement Now (DelawareCAN) advisory board.Darryl has degrees in economics and marketing from Eastern Kentucky University and is a director of global account management at Sitel. Darryl and his wife Carol live in Dover and have two sons.