Ready At Five Announces New Staff Roles

During the last 6 months I've had the great pleasure of working with a talented and dedicated group of individuals who have each played a critical role during Ready At Five's leadership transition. As I guide our remaining preparation to welcome Keri Hyde as our new Executive Director, I would like to announce a restructuring of existing staff titles to better serve both the community and their professional aspirations. This change will also better delineate for external stakeholders the roles in which each one of these professionals has been serving so effectively. I am proud to have worked with these women, and am grateful to have met so many Marylanders dedicated to improving the practice and quality of early childhood education in this wonderful state. Onward! 
-Susan Foulds, Interim Executive Director
 
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. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
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. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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