The responsibilities of the Advisory Committee are to provide additional program oversight, provide guidance and support to Imagination Library of Washington staff, and provide resource support to aid in achieving state program goals.

Susan Grisham

Susan is the Assistant to the City Manager at City of Olympia, bringing her strengths in communications, organization and problem resolution to supporting the Imagination Library of Washington. "From a young age, I've had a passion for books and the power they have to expand an individual's world. I am excited to merge my experience in both the public and private sectors to inspire a future generation of readers." Fun fact...Susan's dog is also named Dolly Parton! Dolly is a Vizsla (cousin of the Weimaraner), typically used for duck hunting, but the only thing Susan's Dolly hunts for is hugs.


Jodi DeCesari

Jodi is the Executive Director at Okanogan County Child Development Association, also an affiliate of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Jodi brings her communications and organization skills, as well as her great eye for detail. "I love the Imagination Library, and I am passionate about the program, young children, and increasing literacy skills."


Carl Borg

Carl is the Housing and Homeless Program Manager with Kitsap County Dept. of Human Services and former CEO of United Way of Kitsap County. Carl helped launch the Imagination Library program in Kitsap County in 2022, which now serves more than 3,000 children. Carl brings his advocacy, public relations experience and humor to support Imagination Library of Washington efforts. "United Way of Kitsap County had such a great response in bringing Dolly Parton's Imagination Library to Kitsap children, and I want to help others have the same experience."


Heather Gallagher

Senior Program Manager/State Managing Director of ABCD Dental
Arcora Foundation


Jessica Beach

Director of Health Equity and Cultural Competency
Molina Healthcare