Board Members



Robert Hybben

Robert is currently the Director of Program Operations for the Butler Family Foundation in St. Paul. Prior to that role, he spent nine years in grant making and philanthropy roles with the Minneapolis Foundation. He has also served as mentor, juror and ELL teacher for the Minnesota Literacy Council, and as an adjunct instructor in English at Hamline University.

Robert holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Hamline University, and a BA in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College.   




Theodore Evans

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. 




Meg Connolly

Meg Connolly is a former fundraising consultant and sales executive. She has worked for MJ Scott Search Partners, Marts and Lundy, Bentz Whaley Flessner and The Chronicle of Higher Education and Philanthropy. 

She has served on the Board of The Jesuit Partnership, the Ignatian Volunteer Corp, the parish council of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church and co-chair of the Vocal Essence auction. 

Meg is a graduate of Georgetown University. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband Frank and has three grown children. 




Gong Yun

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.