Ready Readers, a nonprofit that provides free books and literacy programs to children in low-income communities, recently welcomed Angela Sears Spittal as its new executive director. She is the former director of business operations for LUME Institute, an early childhood professional development organization.

The Gatesworth retirement communities made some recent personnel announcements. Laura Ritthamel was named executive director at McKnight Place Assisted Living & Memory Care, and Stacy Muehlher now is director of leasing at The Gatesworth. In other news, McKnight Place Extended Care commemorated its 25th anniversary this month. Residents and their families, staff and other guests celebrated with a cocktail reception, music and entertainment.

Nicci Roach recently was named general manager of RISE St. Louis, a collaborative workspace and event venue in Ladue. She is completing a doctorate in higher education leadership at Missouri Baptist University.

Peggy Musen has been named executive director of Duo Dogs, a nonprofit that provides service dogs and related assistance to individuals and families. She formerly was director of community engagement.

Former Fontbonne University vice president and dean of academic affairs Nancy Blattner will return to St. Louis as the school’s new president in July 2020. The Cape Girardeau native currently is president of Caldwell University in New Jersey.

Congratulations are in order for Darrell Boland, longtime facility technician at Kirk Day School. He recently retired after 26 years of service to the school. Students and faculty held a celebration to honor him.