Read and Feed Announces New Board Members


CARY, NC, March 27, 2021 – Read and Feed, an organization known for giving kids an appetite for reading, appointed three community members to their Board of Directors: Miriam Andrews, Carmita Bass, and Matt Merletti. These volunteers bring expertise, passion, and perspective to the leadership and will play a key role in shaping strategy for the next three years.

Miriam Andrews is an affiliate contractor with moss + ross, a Raleigh-based non-profit consulting firm. Miriam was first introduced to Read and Feed as the interim Executive Director in 2020. Her leadership skills and non-profit experience served Read and Feed well during its transition. Now that her interim role has concluded with the hiring of Shelly Shudra, Miriam will continue to lend her talents as an active board member.  In addition to her many volunteer roles on nonprofit boards, Miriam has been involved with supporting the creation and growth of entrepreneurial companies for over 15 years. Her most recent role was Senior Vice President of Programs and Operations at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED).

Carmita Bass is a Solutions Director of Business Critical Services at Cisco. She is responsible for transforming the Business Critical Services Delivery experience for our customers.  Her team builds best in class delivery capabilities at scale in CX Centers and enables growth through innovative delivery approaches.  Carmita learned of Read and Feed from her daughter, a student at Cary Academy and Read and Feed volunteer. Additionally, Carmita has served on the Board of Directors for NC State’s Alumni Association, the Chancellor’s African American Community Advisory Council, and is a Past President of the Black Alumni Board of Directors.  

Matt Merletti is a Benefits Consultant at Scott Insurance, where he provides insight and resources pertaining to new benefit plan developments, products, ideas, and compliance. He first served on Read and Feed’s Resource Development Committee and showed a keen ability to think strategically, ask the right questions, and lead by example. During his undergraduate years, Matt played football at UNC and had a short stint with the Indianapolis Colts. Matt also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Rams Club.

“We are thrilled to welcome our newest board members,” said Read and Feed Board President Tina Vrabel. “I look forward to working with each of these talented individuals. They are joining Read and Feed at an exciting time. With the launch of our evidence-based literacy component and the addition of six new locations, we will all be working hard to make a difference for children.”


About Read and Feed

Founded in 2007, Read and Feed aims to bridge the reading gap by providing children with the resources they need to learn in a safe, welcoming and fun environment. Working with Wake County schools, teachers and social workers, Read and Feed identifies children in grades K – 5 who struggle to reach reading benchmarks and live in underserved neighborhoods. With a cadre of over 700 volunteers, Read and Feed annually serves over 630 students at 24 program sites, provides 13,000+ meals, and distributes 39,000+ books. Read more at

For More Information: Contact Tina Vrabel, Read and Feed Board President at