Shannon McCloskey Able, Executive Director, has a wealth of nonprofit and volunteer leadership, communications experience as well as organizational, relationship building and strategic planning skills. As a native New Orleanian, she is acutely aware of the New Orleans educational system and its challenges. Shannon served as President of the Junior League of New Orleans in 2015-16.   In addition to her daily responsibilities as President, she developed programs and leveraged volunteers to meet the needs of the community. In addition, she worked closely with the Board and was the face of the organization to all key stakeholders and in the media.  Shannon oversaw all grants, fundraisers and investments to ensure the financial success of the organization.  Most recently, she chaired the very successful American Cancer Society Belles and Beaus Ball.

Amanda Chittenden, Deputy Director, holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of New Orleans. After beginning her career working as a Media Coordinator at a local advertising agency, Amanda ventured into the world of non-profits when she became the Public Relations Manager at The Blood Center.  There she learned the art of wearing many hats, which included company spokesperson, media/advertising coordinator, script and copywriter, special events coordinator, social media administrator, internal and external newsletters editor, loyalty program administrator, developer of marketing collateral materials, community volunteer coordinator and dressing as the company mascot-Betty the Blood Drop. Most recently, Amanda spent time at Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans working as a program manager recruiting schools in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes and the volunteers needed to deliver programming to the students in those parishes. Due to her extensive marketing and PR experience, her position evolved to Marketing Manager where she led all communications activities.  Amanda is actively involved in her children’s schools serving on several committees and co-chairing the annual Book Fair. She is the VP of Membership for the Public Relations Association of Louisiana-New Orleans Chapter. She also serves as the Board Vice President/Treasurer for Caps For Kids, a non-profit dedicated to providing autographed ball caps to children who have lost their hair due to illness and medical issues. 

Cassie Pierson, Program and Materials Coordinator 

Mary Williams, Volunteer Coordinator 

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