LETS GO Team Member Background and Biographies
Jon Anderson, Senior Advancement Officer
Jon serves as our Senior Advancement Officer and looks forward to building many productive partnerships with corporations, foundations and individual donors for Let’s Go. In joining the team, Jon brings over ten years’ marketing experience with Fortune 100 consumer products companies, ten years’ senior management experience in cause marketing for international non-profit organizations and fifteen years’ consulting experience with a broad range of corporate clients developing and implementing relationship marketing strategies. His academic training includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology from Loyola University of Chicago and an MBA in marketing from the Babcock School of Business at Wake Forest University.
Carnell Arrington. STEM Director, Baltimore Region
Carnell Arrington joined the LETS GO team in 2021. Inspired by his mother, an educator for over 35 years, the Baltimore-native started his career as an elementary teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System in 2007. In his 11 years of service with BCPSS, Carnell held multiple titles including Mentor Teacher, Staff Developer, School and Family Council Chair, and PBIS Committee Chair. In 2011, Carnell was recognized for his efforts as the Teacher of the Year for Margaret Brent Elementary School. In the education field, Carnell has a proven track record of improving student math scores through innovative and restorative practices. In 2018, Carnell transition into higher education as a Division I Basketball Coach at Coppin State University. He has a proven ability to connect and build genuine relationships with a diverse group of people. Carnell received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Morgan State University with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
Melissa Angerson, Program Coordinator
Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience teaching middle and high school science in the Anne Arundel County Public School System (AACPS). She developed a passion for STEM while teaching at Old Mill Middle South, a STEM magnet school. During her 13 years at AACPS, Melissa became a National Board-Certified science teacher and helped to develop science curricula for AACPS. Having joined LETS GO in May 2022, she is developing new STEM curricula for middle to early high school students and delivering STEM programming in Anne Arundel County for grades K-9. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Mary Washington University and a Master degree in Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College. She is also an avid equestrian. She was born and raised in Northern New Jersey.
Susan Callis, Data and Evaluation Director
Susan Callis has been with LETS GO Boys and Girls for six months and is currently the Data and Evaluation Director. Susan retired from the Federal Government after 35 years of service and moved into private industry as a Project Manager for Federal Government organizations. She retired from private industry in 2019 and began to focus on her book on “Learning and Practicing Emotional Intelligence.” Her desire to give back to her community drew her to join LETS GO. She started with LETS GO as both a part-time instructor and a part-time IT expert. She is now working solely as the Data and Evaluation Director for LETS GO IT. Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University and a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Missouri. Susan began her career as a scientist—a Meteorologist. She worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for 20 years—first as an operational meteorologist, then the Disaster Preparedness Meteorologist, then a Research Meteorologist, then a Program Manager for weather systems. When the programs ended for which she was serving as program manager, her career changed disciplines to Information Technology. In IT she served as a Chief of Staff to Federal Agency Chief Information Officers, a Chief Information Officer, and a Program/Project Manager for IT Security Programs and IT projects. As an IT Project Manager, Susan worked for several different companies after retiring from the Federal Government but always serving the federal sector.
Deborah Chin, CAE, Development Associate
Deborah develops new funding sources for LETS GO’S programs, orchestrates special events, and builds capacity through community partnerships. She also manages the post-grant reporting and invoicing for various Anne Arundel County grants. Previously at LETS GO, she volunteered in development and communications (2018-2019), publishing donor newsletters and orchestrating the annual golf tournament and auction fundraiser. From 2019-2022, she served as the part-time Special Projects Director until she joined the team in July 2022 as a Development Associate. Prior to LETS GO, Deborah served as the Senior Vice President, Strategic Development and CAO at The ERISA Industry Committee. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential in 2008 and is an American Society of Association Executives Diversity Executive Leadership Program Scholar (Class of 2014-2016).
Marcayla Connell, Communications and Outreach VISTA
Marcayla Connell is a life-long Marylander. She is currently a senior at Penn State University majoring in Psychology and International Studies with minors in African American Studies, English, and a Diversity Certificate. She has always been passionate about empowering marginalized communities and working to create lasting, impactful change. Desiring to apply her skills to an amazing cause that aligned with her vision for the future, Marcayla volunteered for AmeriCorps in 2022. She now serves as the Communications and Outreach VISTA for LETSGO Boys and Girls.
Kandace Couts, Education Manager
Kandance Couts is a native born of the DC, Maryland, and Virginia Area. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biochemistry from Virginia Polytechnic State and University with a minor in Chemistry. Upon graduation she worked for three years in the biopharmaceutical field as a Microbiologist, helping to ensure environment sterility and the quality of the manufacturing process of pharmaceuticals. Called to teaching, as she spent many childhood years in her mothers and grandmothers classrooms, she went back to school to receive an M ed. in Elementary Education with a certification and license in Elementary Montessori 6-12 years. She has taught Lower Elementary Montessori for three years within the DC Public School system and now recently joins the Lets Go Boys and Girls Team, bridging her background in Science and Education. She is passionate about exposing young children to STEM as this work incites the imagination and creativity of children and develops the whole child (both academically and socially).
VaShaun Davis, Program & Data Coordinator
VaShaun is one of the first LETS GO STEM Scholars. He was inspired by a LETS GO presentation on neutral buoyancy. He later joined LETS GO as a Jr. STEM Assistant. He was promoted to Assistant Instructor in Washington, DC where he coached the FBR Nation Robotics Kings and Queens FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team at the FBR Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. The team is the first LETS GO robotics team from Washington, DC, to participate in an FLL tournament—a milestone for LETS GO and VaShaun. Since joining LETS GO, VaShaun has expanded his responsibilities to include program data management for the entire organization and program support for the Washington, DC and Anne Arundel County regions. Additionally, he has become a certified observer for The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital. The certification demonstrates his understanding of the dimensions of success required for students to excel in informal STEM learning environments.
Debbie Dininno, Regional Director
Debbie Dininno, Baltimore Regional Director, manages all regional staff, establishes and maintains collaborative partnerships, coordinates outcome evaluation efforts and manages the database. Debbie has 13 years of experience with LETS GO, serving as the Baltimore Regional Director for the past 7 years. Debbie Dininno has been with LETS GO since inception, 2009. Debbie has grown the Baltimore region significantly since assuming the role as regional director. She loves to solve complex and challenging problems in order to contribute and impact the lives of others. Debbie began her career in special education in Baltimore County and then transitioned into the world of Non-Profit Leadership and Management. Debbie received her Master of Science in Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University.
Margaret Shea-Moore, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer
Margaret Shea-Moore serves as Chief Operating Officer for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. She
manages the day-to-day operations, including the management of a team of highly effective
functional and regional directors. In addition to consulting as COO for LET’S GO, Margie works for Avila Consulting LLC, where she provided scientific and operational consulting services to social entrepreneurs. Her work experiences include the startup of a scientific services division for a technical staffing company, a start-up medical device company focused on stroke rehabilitation and 14 years in academia. Margie received her Master’s degree (Etholgy/Nutrition) and Ph.D. (Neuroscience) from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph, Guelph, Canada. As Research Leader in charge of the Center of Excellence (USDA), and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Purdue University, she has experience with research team building, research programs, and designing university level courses.
Pam O’Neil, Accounting Manager/Human Resources Manager
Pam serves as Accounting and Human Resources Manager for LET’S GO Boys and Girls. As owner of a small company specializing in back office needs, she provides LET’S GO with accounting, human resources, policy development and organizational skills. Before starting her own business in 2015, Pam worked in the telecom, service and real estate sectors in accounting, human resources, sales and marketing roles. Pam received her BS and MBA from the University of Baltimore and earned her SHRM-CP certificate in 2011. Pam and her husband reside in Florida with one very spoiled dog. Her personal interests include traveling, boating, walking, reading, gardening and cooking.
Hannah Ross, Program Manager
Hannah (Wroton) Ross joined the LETS GO team in 2021 to launch the LETS GO Career Catalyst Internship Program and Alumni Connection (LAC) project. She previously served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with LETS GO, helping to build organizational capacity.
She began her career in restoration ecology, teaching students about conservation and restoration practices and assisting with ecological research. Four years later, she combined her lifelong passion for mentorship and student development with her love of STEM at LETS GO. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a minor in Geology from the University of Colorado, graduating with Academic Distinction.