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Our Team

  • Jake Saltzberg

    Community engagement associate, recruitment

    From healthcare to education, Jake is passionate about community service and improving community access to vital resources. Jake began working with communities through public health research positions at UPMC Pinnacle Community Paramedicine and the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation, where he supported research to find innovative solutions to reduce hospital readmission and connect patients to services. Jake also supported modernization efforts for nonprofit organizations as an intern with Ellipsis Partners. He earned his bachelor's degree in International Business and Management from Dickinson College.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Crystal Lowery

    Senior program manager

    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.
  • Shannon Held

    Program director

    Shannon is excited to work alongside the staff, AmeriCorps members, volunteers, and students at Reading Partners. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master's in education from Johns Hopkins University. Before joining Reading Partners, she served as a Teach For America corps member teaching third and fourth grades in Miami, Florida. Teaching provided a foundation for her understanding and passion for literacy instruction and educational equity. During her time in the classroom, she mentored and coached new teachers as a literacy content leader and a corps member advisor. She held previous roles at Reading Partners as a program manager and senior program manager.
  • 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.
  • Vanessa Gray

    Program manager

    Vanessa discovered her passion for educational equity while attending college and has since dedicated her career to bringing quality educational experiences and resources to students. Vanessa first joined Reading Partners as a site coordinator and completed two AmeriCorps terms of service with the organization before becoming a program associate. Vanessa's experience seeing the one-on-one impact of dedicated tutors and celebrating special 'ah-ha' moments with students as a site coordinator now drive her work with AmeriCorps members and partner schools. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Vanessa taught in Baltimore City Public Schools for two years, working with elementary and middle school aged students in a variety of roles. She earned her bachelor's degree in sociology from UC Santa Barbara, and two master's degrees in elementary education and special education from Lesley University.
  • 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.
  • Jessica Kohnen

    Interim executive director, Baltimore

    Prior to launching hyve, Jessica led two non-profit organizations, Evergreen Health Care and Playworks Baltimore, in the role of Executive Director, and held other roles in various nonprofits, including the Family League of Baltimore, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College, and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Jessica lives with her family in Baltimore. She actively participates in volunteer fundraising each year via a 140-mile weekend bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore for Moveable Feast.

Regional advisory board

Reginald Benbow, PwC

Trey Bennett, Baltimore Ravens

Allyson Black, Baltimore Gas & Electric

Katie Brown, Hord Coplan Macht

Kris Caverly, Chair, T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

Quinn Collins, Collins & Co.

Brooke Harlander, St. John Properties

Marla Johnson, Maryland Judiciary, Baltimore City

Amy Miller, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Brendan Regan, Brown Advisory

Guy Sheetz, Community Member

Nick Umosella, The Bozzuto Group

Mustafa Wahid, TransitioningU, LLC

Hershel Waites, M&T Bank Corporation


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