Ready At Five staff

Keri Hyde, Executive Director

Monique Baskerville, Events Director 

Natalie Dean, Engagement Director

Robin Hopkins, Partnerships Director

Cassandra Simons, Evaluation & Grants Associate


Keri Hyde, Executive Director
Keri has spent more than 15 years in the Howard County Government addressing issues impacting children, youth and families, and working closely with the Howard County Public School System and the Early Childhood Advisory Council. She is an innovative leader with an extensive background in public-private partnerships, family engagement and community-based programming. Prior to her work in local government, she was an elementary school teacher in Carroll County, and started her career in social services, working with individuals and families facing substance abuse.  Ms. Hyde holds a post-graduate certification in Elementary Education from McDaniel College, and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Washington and Lee University.
Monique Baskerville, Events Director
Monique has been with Ready At Five for more than 20 years. She is enthusiastic about event planning and taps into her knowledge to provide expert event management services around Program Workshops, Symposia, and Executive Leadership Committee meetings. In this modified role, she will be primarily responsible for managing and enhancing current and developing new program events, while effectively mobilizing staff and volunteer resources to achieve best experiential results for attendees of RA5 events. Monique is currently working toward her AA Degree. 
Natalie Dean, Engagement Director
Natalie has been acting as Ready At Five's Communications Director since January 2012. In this adjusted capacity, she will be responsible for connecting key stakeholder audiences with existing and new programs and services. Natalie will leverage digital channels - social, web, email, SMS, and blog plus traditional channels - to advance RA5's mission. She will be working to increase RA5's reach with target audiences, and creating new engagement paths that drive meaningful action and organizational impact. Natalie earned her Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Loyola University in Baltimore. 
Robin Hopkins, Partnerships Director
Robin has adjusted her schedule to part-time to spend more time with her family. In this new role, she will continue to support current programs and services, maximizing the synergies while managing quality. In particular, Robin will be responsible for coordinating consultants who support the delivery of RA5's programs and services, along with managing RA5's program evaluation efforts. She holds a Master's Degree in Educational Studies and graduate certificates in Teaching Reading and Leadership in Technology Integration from the Johns Hopkins University, with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Towson University. 
Cassandra Simons, Evaluation & Grants Associate
Cassie has been consulting for Ready At Five on evaluation and assessment projects since 2015. She is a doctoral candidate in the Applied Developmental Psychology program at UMBC, where her research focuses on factors that promote school readiness, especially for children placed at risk. In this new part-time role, she will be responsible for designing appropriate data collection research and providing evidence-based evaluation reports to demonstrate the effectiveness of RA5's programs and services. Cassie holds a Master's Degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from UMBC and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware. 

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Ready At Five improves the practice and quality of early childhood education in Maryland.


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