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STAIR Names New Executive Director

New Orleans, October 8, 2018 – The Board of Directors of Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) has announced the appointment of Shannon McCloskey Able as its new Executive Director, effective October 15.

Shannon 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.

In accepting the position, Shannon noted, "One of the greatest gifts was watching my children learn to read and the sparkle in their eyes when they realized they could do it. Every child deserves this opportunity - to feel good, to feel empowered and to feel confident. The STAIR program demonstrates that the reading success of every child is essential to the fabric of our community.”

Since 1985 Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR) has served more than 7,500 at-risk children from public elementary schools throughout the New Orleans area.  Each school year, STAIR matches children with one-on-one volunteer reading tutors at no charge to their families or schools.  To learn more about STAIR, please visit

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