Executive Director

Joyce Reid Kasprzak’s affiliation with education began as a reading and language arts specialist in Dayton Parochial Schools from 1969 to 1973. She began working with HBA as a volunteer in 2000 before becoming the Executive Director in 2006, after the passing of Founder William Bell. Before joining the organization, Joyce was Founder and CEO of the Dayton/Toledo/Columbus region of The Diet Workshop for more than 25 years. The national headquarters in Boston commended her franchise as the largest and most successful in the company’s history. Honored by the New York Times for outstanding work in corporate weight loss programs, her innovation and vision won her Dayton's Female Entrepreneur Award. In 2010, she was recognized by the Dayton Daily News as one of the Top Ten Women for community contributions.

Managing Editor

Brian Reid has published 20 titles of our catalog from concept to print. Collaborating with subject matter experts, his role has involved research, interviews, writing, editing, fact-checking, art direction and book subject selection. The books have been enjoyed by more than 500,000 children and are found in national museums, bookstores and hundreds of classrooms. For more than 20 years, his work as a content strategist and professional writer in marketing communications has spanned across advertising, branding and public relations for corporations and nonprofit organizations. His clients have included brands from a variety of industries including Mercedes-Benz, Bloomingdales, MGM, Cartier, Nature Made, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and many more.

Curriculum Director

Elois Henderson offers nearly 35 years of teaching experience in the Dayton, Ohio Public School (DPS) system. With a M.A in Education, she formerly served as a Social Studies Resource Teacher in DPS.


Author, columnist, essayist and Emmy award-winning historical consultant, Curt Dalton has devoted his life’s work to the preservation and celebration of Dayton, Ohio's rich history. Founder of Dayton History Books Online, Curt expanded his charitable work with other nonprofits when he began collaborating with Children’s Historical Publishing. He also serves as the resident historian for the Dayton Engineer’s Club.

Graphic Designer

Kathleen Russell serves as our graphic designer after working for more than 30 years with Computer Science Corporation.