Molly Olinger Topf
Coalition Leader

Jamie Christophersen, MD
Medical Director

Jamie Christophersen, M.D. fondly remembers reading and rereading Little House in the Big Woods during her childhood in Peoria, Illinois. She studied philosophy at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and attended Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Jamie was first introduced to the Reach Out and Read Program by one of her mentors at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she completed her pediatric residency and served as chief resident. Jamie and her family settled in the Iowa Quad Cities in 2001 where she and her husband are raising two young readers of their own. Her daughter loves Laura Ingalls Wilder books and her son especially enjoys the Harry Potter series. Jamie teaches pediatric and family medicine residents the Reach Out and Read model of early literacy as a Site Trainer for Reach Out and Read. At her neighborhood school, she reads one on one with students in the Literacy Links program and organizes the annual Visiting Author day. She is a member of two monthly book clubs and now one of her favorites to read and reread is My Antonia by Willa Cather.

Amy Shriver, MD
Medical Director

Amy Shriver, MD, is a general pediatrician at the Blank Children’s Pediatric Clinic in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Shriver completed medical school at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in 2004. Her pediatric residency training as well as a Chief Residency were completed at the University of Colorado at the Children’s Hospital of Denver. Upon her residency graduation, she became the medical director for Reach Out and Read at the Child Health Clinic in Denver. In addition, she spent two years as the Pediatric Residency Advocacy Director for the University of Colorado prior to moving to Des Moines in 2010. Dr. Shriver is passionate about educating future physicians and is an adjunct professor for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Iowa. She assists the Blank Pediatric Residency program with advocacy education and has received numerous grants supporting pediatric advocacy initiatives. She enjoys being active in the Iowa Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is currently the chapter’s grant facilitator for the Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) program. With two young children of her own, she is passionate about early childhood brain development.