Administrative Staff

Melanie Shinbaum, Executive Director

Melanie has over 15 years experience within the nonprofit sector, primarily within the fundraising and marketing areas. She came to Fannie Battle from United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, where she worked in fundraising and marketing from 2003 – 2013. Prior to United Way, Melanie worked for various other nonprofit organizations, including STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) and Family & Children’s Services of Chattanooga, Inc.

Melanie has been with the organization since 2013 as the Development Director and stepped into the role of Executive Director in June of 2015. Melanie is responsible for the overall operation of the organization, as well as handles organizational partnerships, human resources/benefits and fundraising.

Antoinett (Annie) McCutchen, Program Director

Annie joins the Fannie Battle team as Program Director in June of 2016, bringing with her over 10 years of experience working in early childhood as both a teacher and a leader in various child care centers. She has her Bachelors of Science from Austin Peay State University and her Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education. She is an Adjunct instructor at Nashville State Community College where she teaches courses in early childhood.

Please contact Annie for any programmatic questions regarding the Day Home.

Stacie Spasoff, Assistant Program Director

Many of you know Stacie as one of our former School Age teachers; she has recently been promoted to the Assistant Program Director! Stacie has her Associate’s Degree in early childhood education and is now pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree. Stacie has a long background in early childhood care and has been the center director for a multi-site child care as well as served as a classroom teacher for various age-levels of children prior to joining the Fannie Battle team. Stacie works alongside the Program Director to ensure the classroom programming and supervision of the teaching and program staff is successful. She is responsible for working with the teaching staff on all curriculum and programming items and is also handles all day-to-day operations of the child care center when Annie is unavailable. Please contact Stacie with questions regarding your child’s care.

Katherine Massey, Grants Manager

Katherine has her Master’s in Early Childhood Education, along with a wealth of previous experience in special education and research. Prior to becoming the Grants Manager, Katherine coordinated the LEAPS tutoring program at Fannie Battle.

Please contact Katherine for all grant-related matters and opportunities.

Melissa McWilliams, Development Director

Melissa recently moved to Nashville from Los Angeles where she developed extensive experience in Marketing, Sales and Development with small businesses and nonprofit corporations. She has served on various boards and committees for local chambers of commerce, as well as community nonprofits. Melissa received recognition in the community as a Person of Distinction for Business after launching and maintaining a Young Professionals Business Networking group. When she isn’t networking and finding new ways to generate revenue, she is hiking the beautiful trails that TN has to offer, advocating for those without a voice, or exploring new cities and states that surround TN. 

Please contact Melissa for all things relating to fundraising, donations, and volunteer opportunities.

Arneda Sims, Business Manager

Arneda has primarily worked in Human Resources, Business, and Finance in the corporate sector for the last 4 years. She received her Master’s degree in Business Management in 2011. She has experience in the non-profit and child care, having been previously employed with the Mid-Cumberland Child Care Resource & Referral Agency as the Program Compliance Analyst. Arneda is excited to be working for Fannie Battle and looks forward to building a strong relationship with our families. 

Please contact Arneda for questions or concerns regarding family accounts and payables.

Arleshia Tompkins, Read to Succeed Literacy Coach

Arleshia is a Detroit, Michigan native and has lived in Tennessee for over twenty years. She started working with children while attending college and in 2006, she graduated from Tennessee State University with a B.S. in Psychology. Arleshia has over eleven years of experience working with preschool children as a teacher infant through Pre-K and as an assistant director.  

Arleshia started her journey at Fannie Battle working as an Infant/Toddler teacher in 2009 and came back to Fannie Battle in 2016 as a Toddler Twos teacher.  As of July 2017 she is enthusiastic about her new role with working with the teachers, students and families in the Read to Succeed program.

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