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To inspire underserved children to reach for their dreams through innovative reading programs and by advancing the cause of early childhood literacy.

We believe our greatest gift to a child is to provide them with the necessary literacy resources to increase overall academic success and life potential.

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Dream Makers

Kristi Yamaguchi

ADF Founder/Head Dream Maker

Kristi is a wife, mother, Olympic Gold Medalist, author and philanthropist. “All the athletic glory and honors are wonderful. But sometimes I come face-to-face with a disadvantaged child or with a struggling mother or father, and I am grateful for my gifts. And I rededicate myself to doing whatever I can to help someone in need. The good feeling I get rivals anything I felt on the Olympic stand in Albertville.”
Favorite children’s book: E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web”

Jennifer Lee

ADF, President of Board

Jennifer is the Co-Founder/President/Executive Director of Elim Care, Inc., which specializes in the care ofindividuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Jennifer is a wife and mother o three, and devotes her time to the welfare of her family and her clients in fundraising for community service organizations.
Favorite children’s book:Robert Kraus’ “Little Louie the Baby Bloomer”

Jan Yanehiro

ADF, Vice President of Board

Jan pioneered the magazine format on television as co-host of San Francisco’s highly acclaimed “Evening Magazine.” Currently, she is the Director of the School of Multimedia Communications at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. Jan has won multiple awards including an Emmy and the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, she is the mother of six and an author.
“I loved reading “Momotaro,” “peach boy” in Japanese, to my kids.”

Nadyne Orona

ADF Board Member

Nadyne is a San Francisco native, and spent more than 20 years in sales & marketing working in Silicon Valley’s technology industry, when she decided to branch out on her own and founded her skincare company called Pure Hapa. She decided her new calling in life, besides being a Wife, Mother and Grandmother, is to commit her time & support to non-profit organizations in the Bay Area with great purpose and focus. One of her top priorities is to continue to teach her grandchildren the important value of giving back to the community.

Favorite Children’s Book: Watty Piper’s “The Little Engine That Could”

Dean Osaki

ADF Co-Founder

Dean Osaki’s professional insights and perspective comes from a diverse background in community relations, sports and corporate philanthropy, cause-related marketing, branding, fundraising and management of non-profits.

Currently serving as a consultant, his past experiences include, Campaign Director of United Way in Silicon Valley, Co-Founder and Executive Director for Kristi’s Always Dream Foundation, Director of Marketing for the Examiner and Target, Manager Community Relations, Western & Southwest Regions.

Favorite Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham”

Lori Yamaguchi

ADF Executive Director

Lori is the Executive Director of the Always Dream Foundation. She spent several years on the Board of Directors before taking on the Executive Director role in July 2011. Prior to her directorship at the Always Dream Foundation, Lori spent 16 years at Franklin Templeton Investments, most recently as the Director of Global Financial Operations. Lori’s two young daughters serve as her inspiration for ensuring other children are provided with opportunities to succeed in life.

Favorite children’s book: Roald Dahl’s “James and The Giant Peach”

Partners

Our past successes and goals for the future could never have been accomplished without the help of our generous partners and supporters. We are fortunate to have a variety of outstanding corporations, organizations and individuals that share our deep commitment to our communities and to the welfare of underserved children; we are grateful to work in such great company.

Philanthropic Donors

Takitani Foundation

Takitani Foundation

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Sourcebooks

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Always Reading 20th Anniversary Major Donors