CV – Ms. Randy Houk

(Dorothea Randolph Houk)

CEO - The Benefactory Consulting Group

781 385 9790   RANDYHOUK1@GMAIL.COM



From April 15 to January 2017, Randy has been Executive Director of Raising A Reader, MA, a Boston based nonprofit reaching 12,000 children a year, leveling the playing field for children from the most under-served communities in MA, so they can go to school with the reading readiness skills to read and succeed.  For the previous 3+ years, Randy served as Senior V.P. of an award-winning nonprofit, More Than Wheels, helping lower income families repair their credit, learn financial literacy, and get a low-interest, reliable vehicle, so they can get and keep a good job.  She has been CEO and founder of three organizations, most recently her own multi-media publishing company, The Benefactory, where she served as President and CEO for 23 years.  For The Benefactory she negotiated licensing agreements with 18 nonprofit organizations such as The Humane Society of the U.S. and National Wildlife.  She has extensive experience as the public face of the organizations she has represented, and has raised over $15 million for her companies. She's a comfortable, professional public speaker. This link provides a sample interview:

Her strengths include visionary leadership, a deep commitment to children and education, with curriculum expertise in reading, social services and to the environment, forging marketing partnerships; public speaking, and fundraising.  She’s been privileged to contract exclusively with many nonprofit licensors, including National Wildlife, The Girl Scouts and The Humane Society of the U.S. as well as with renowned celebrities and authors, such as musicians John Denver and Tom Chapin, authors Richard Bach and actors, Alan Thicke and Kate Bosworth.

Strategic Corporate Partnering

Ms. Houk has expertise in creating strategic partnerships with both for-profit corporations (Nabisco, Reader’s Digest, Petsmart, Zany Brainy, KOA Summer Camps, FunBrain, Learning Network and Citibank) and not-for-profit associations (United Way, Bright Horizons, Horizons for Homeless, The Humane Society of The U.S., National Wildlife, Girl Scouts of The USA, Boy Scouts, America Reads, Doris Day Animal League, Northeast Aninal Shelter, Green Chimneys and more.)

Here's an interview conducted while she was E.D. of Raising A Reader MA:

Girl Scouts Mentoring Programs

Ms. Houk designed a mentoring Storytelling Kit for The Girl Scouts and for RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Personnel.)

 Background and History

2015-2017   Raising A Reader MA

  • Ms. Houk served as Executive Director, focusing on development, forging new strategic partnerships with for profit and not for profit entities, and managing a team of between 14-18

2012-2015 More Than Wheels A nonprofit, providing credit repair and car-purchasing services

  • Ms. Houk was Senior Vice President, responsible for outreach and development in four New England states, where she forged over 800 strategic partnerships

1990 - 2012     Founder, CEO, The Benefactory, Inc. (environmental and animal protection publisher of original books, audio, video, toys)

  • Published over 50 true stories about animals accompanied by audio, dvd and toy
  • Enrolled celebrity narrators: Alan Thicke; musician, Tom Chapin; Kathy Fink
  • Raised over $5,500,000 in capital, from Venture Capital, angels and individuals
  • Negotiated exclusive license with Miracle Pets TV series, audience of 2 million
  • Negotiated strategic corporate partnerships
  • Operated the company profitable at $2 million+ annualized sales (1997)
  • Marketed to bookstores, gift stores, toy stores, department, park, museum stores
  • Developed direct response catalog to schools and libraries
  • Developed a stable of award-winning authors, illustrators
  • Selected by America Reads Challenge to read to 30,000 children nationwide
  • Contracted licenses with 18 non-profit groups

1988 - 1990    Founder, CEO,  Soundprints Corporation, Norwalk CT 

1983 - 1988   Founder, CEO,    Soundworks Corporation, Arlington, VA

Soundworks was a leading human resource development publisher, enrolling top selling authors in creating leading-edge audio programming with authors such as Leo Buscaglia, Jerry Jampolsky, Barbara Marx Hubbard, John Denver, Tony Robbins, Tim Galwey.

  • Conceived, Developed, Managed leading audio publishing company
  • Raised over $5,500,000 in private equity, VC and debt capital
  • Marketed via direct mail to a house list that grew to 880,000
  • Developed original audio spoken-word audio programs with best-selling authors

1979 - 1983    Director of Publishing,   National Public Radio, Washington, D.C.

  • Founded and developed plan for NPR audio spoken-word publishing division
  • Raised over $2.5 million funding, wrote grant proposals and secured funding from Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Fund, John and Mary Markle fund
  • Developed NPR direct mail catalog (nine percent response on first mailing)
  • Developed subscription newsletter, Cassette Gazette to NPR listeners
  • Produced and promoted first monthly audio magazine on Continental Airlines

1988 - 1990 Consultant with Southport Partners, Southport CT

1971 - 1979    Senior Editor, Reading Curriculum Specialist, Addison Wesley,     Menlo Park, CA 

  • Produced basal reading program with author Pleasant Rowland, founder of American Girl


BA cum laude, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, Art Students League

2017  (pending) Author, Illustrator, In Wheelwright Park, Don’t Bite!  Don’t Bark!

2017 (pending) Author, Illustrator The Womp and the Wigwam: The Missing Wigwam

2009  Author, Rico's Hawk: A Green Chimney's Tale

1996  Author, Chessie, The Travelin' Man (winner of the 1997 silver NAPPA award)

1995  Author, Illustrator, Wolves in Yellowstone,  Hope

1993  Author, Illustrator, Bentley and Blueberry; Jasmine; Ruffle, Coo and Hoo Doo

1988  Author, Smithsonian Collection Scamp's New Home; Beezle’s Bravery (as Joey Elliott)

1980  Editor, Time Life Books, Good Cook Series (3 books)