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.

Jeanne McGehee, Read to Succeed Literacy Coach

Jeanne serves as the United Way Read to Succeed Literacy Coach at Fannie Battle Day Home for Children, and as such provides instruction, coaching and professional development opportunities to the Fannie Battle teachers as they work to prepare the children for success in school. In her role, Jeanne also works with and evaluates the children’s progress, manages an extensive on-site library of more than 7,000 books, and coordinates highly successful Family Nights for the Fannie Battle families throughout the year. Jeanne is a retired elementary school teacher with a heart for children and learning.

Please contact Jeanne with any questions related to the United Way Read to Succeed partnership or ways to engage in Fannie Battle’s literacy efforts.

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