Theodore was moved to support Start Reading Now after reading a Sun Post article. He contacted Start Reading Now to see how he could help. At the time, he was a part of Barnes & Noble's community development team, and he wanted to use his experience in helping schools and arts and literacy groups grow revenue and inspire learning.
His areas of expertise include nonprofit communications, social media strategy, website development, sales and marketing. He is currently a specialty sales representative at The Quarto Group injecting illustrated nonfiction books into specialty retailers. He is the father of two young children, so most of his time is spent reading picture books. Two of his favorites are Ninja Red Riding Hood and The Bossier Baby. In his remaining spare time, he enjoys camping, cycling and writing about fatherhood.
Prior to his MBA from Carlson School, Gong was a research scientist in molecular and cellular biology focused on novel approaches to treat leukemia. He holds a Masters in Public Health from The School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, and a BA in Biology from Knox College. Gong is also a Certified PCA responsible for the care of a disabled individual.