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Our Team

  • Zenobia Judd-Williams

    Executive director, Baltimore

    Zenobia comes to us with more than 20 years of experience as a nonprofit leader with a strong track record working in the public and private sectors, including in healthcare, housing, education, and family investment. Most recently, Zenobia served as the Director of Student Life & Residential for The SEED School of Maryland, a statewide college-preparatory public boarding school where students live and learn on campus Sunday–Friday. Prior to her current role, Zenobia served as the Chief Executive Officer of a regional association focused on developing non-profit, private, and public service organizations. She has held many other leadership roles in large and small educational, health and human service organizations. Zenobia holds Bachelorʼs degrees in business and behavioral sciences and a Masterʼs degree in business and organizational management. When she is not working, Zenobia enjoys historical excursions and serving as an amateur family genealogist. She is married with two adult children.
  • Keyna Anyiam

    Community engagement manager, operations

    Keyna is a seasoned network engagement professional with a multidisciplinary background in city and state government, private sector, and non-profit organizations, spanning ten years. As the community engagement manager, she will manage the onboarding and training for volunteer tutors, facilitate the retention and recruitment of community partners, and report critical volunteer insights throughout the Baltimore region. Keyna is no stranger to Reading Partners Baltimore, having served as a volunteer in 2014. She is excited to come back and find new ways to work with the community to close the literacy opportunity gap. Keyna earned her bachelor's in Political Science from Saint Francis University.
  • Nancy Fenton

    Director of development

    A native of Baltimore, Nancy attended Baltimore City public schools. Visits to the Enoch Pratt Free Library are among the earliest and most vivid memories of her childhood. She received her MA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and completed the Certified Nonprofit Management Program at The Johns Hopkins University. Nancy has worked in Baltimore’s nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, with a focus on raising funds for education, affordable housing, and workforce development. She believes in the power of mutually supportive collaborations to create positive change. In addition to loving her work, Nancy enjoys reading books about history and political intrigue as well as works of fiction. She is also a budding beekeeper.
  • Jenna Gross

    Program manager

    A seasoned elementary school educator, Jenna prides herself on her focus on equitable treatment and consideration for all students through strategic partnerships, relationships, and ethical decision-making practices. Jenna joins Reading Partners after more than seven years of experience teaching within Baltimore City Public Schools and in Accra, Ghana. As a program manager, she is excited to continue supporting Baltimore students and collaborate within the nonprofit community in a new capacity. Jenna earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Goucher College. Outside of Reading Partners, she loves to cook and believes that food is one of the best ways to learn and connect with people and communities.
  • LaShaya Johnson

    Community engagement associate

    LaShaya Johnson comes to Reading Partners with a diverse background spanning animal care to municipal government. LaShaya graduated from Bowie State University with a Bachelors in Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts and is actively pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. Known for her big personality, LaShaya is always ready to support Reading Partners in our mission to make a difference. LaShaya finds her purpose in helping those in need, embodying the spirit of compassion and commitment that drives our work forward. LaShaya lives by the motto "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade," and she can probably be found somewhere taking pictures of plants or the scenery around.
  • Crystal Lowery

    Program director

    A native of Baltimore, Crystal was educated in Baltimore County Public School and attended Coppin State University, earning her bachelor's degree in psychology, minoring in early childhood education. She's worked with infants to kindergarteners in various education settings. Her work is not limited to children; she also mentors and trains volunteers. She joined Reading Partners as an AmeriCorps regional site coordinator, became staff as a program associate, and is now a program manager. As an educator, she realizes that literacy is the foundation for success in learning and life. She believes that to help someone succeed, you must provide the right care and attention. In addition to working with children, Crystal enjoys working with administrators, educators, specialists, parents, and the greater community; she believes that educating children is a collaborative effort.
  • Jessica Loyal

    Program associate

    A Baltimore native, Jessica first discovered her passion for working with children during her service as a Reading Partners AmeriCorps member in 2018. She continued serving as an AmeriCorps member for three service terms, supporting students, tutors, and staff at Holabird Academy, piloting Reading Partners Connects online tutoring program, and holding leadership positions within her AmeriCorps cohort. Jessica most recently served the Baltimore community as a full-time tutor with the Success For All Foundation, tutoring with the Lightning Squad. She is excited to return to Reading Partners Baltimore and support AmeriCorps members as a program associate.
  • Christine Pannell

    Community engagement director

    From Goosebumps to Harry Potter, reading has played a large role in Christine's life since childhood. She is thrilled to join the Reading Partners team and use her marketing and communications skills to positively impact Baltimore students and spread a love of reading. Christine comes to Reading Partners from the education company, Pearson, where she spent six years supporting publicity efforts for its full-time online public schools. Prior to this, Christine completed an AmeriCorps year of service with the Baltimore City Office of the Mayor's StepUP volunteerism initiative, organizing the Supper Club program in juvenile justice centers across the city. She earned a bachelor's degree from La Salle University and a master's degree in communication management from Towson University.

Regional advisory board

Reginald Benbow, PwC

Trey Bennett, Baltimore Ravens

Kris Caverly, Chair, T. Rowe Price

Quinn Collins, Collins & Co.

Ismanuela Denis, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Marla Johnson, Maryland Judiciary, Baltimore City

Stephen Plank, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Ashlyn Sowell, Johns Hopkins University and Medicine

Nick Umosella, The Bozzuto Group

Hershel Waites, M&T Bank Corporation

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