Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney and Jefferson Counties

The SMART Reading Central Area team implements SMART Reading programs, and raises funds to support SMART Reading in Central Oregon. In 2020-2021 in SMART Reading’s Central Area, we served 1,362 PreK through third-grade children with the help of 425 local volunteers. We are focused on recruiting more volunteers and establishing strong financial support among our communities to ensure we can continue this important work of empowering local children through reading.

Click here to read SMART Reading Central’s Year-end Report.

Click here to read SMART Reading Central’s Local Newsletter.

Local Staff:

Jennifer Zardinejad Area Manager

Jennifer Zardinejad
Area Director

Amy Luther Program Manager

Volunteer Opportunities:

2021-22 UPDATE: Due to ongoing safety precautions related to the pandemic, our programs are primarily virtual. We’ve made adaptations in how we deliver our program that allow us to continue serving students with reading support and books to keep. As a result, our volunteer opportunities have changed. Click here for more information on volunteering with SMART Reading. For a list of sites we serve in the Central area, click here, or call 541-797-7726.


SMART Reading partners with local businesses, foundations and organizations that support SMART Reading through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. For a list of our Central Area business, foundation and organization partners, click here ›.

Leadership Councils:

SMART Reading Leadership Councils are groups of individuals who help SMART Reading flourish in our local communities through fundraising and recruitment.  Thank you to our Central Area Leadership Council members:

  • Kimberly Barrett – Snap Fitness & Silver Moon Brewing
  • Elie Gaines – All Schools Consulting
  • Harriet Langmas* – Community Member
  • Jim Linker – Umpqua Bank
  • Jane Teater – Retired Educator and Member of the SMART Reading Statewide Board of Directors
  • Erin van der Velde – Tetherow Resort

*Emeritus member


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