Leadership 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. mshinbaum@fanniebattle.org


Melissa McWilliams, Development Director

Melissa joined Fannie Battle in October of 2016 and has extensive experience in Marketing, Sales and Development with small businesses and nonprofit corporations. She has her Associate of Arts Degree and will soon graduate with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing. She has served on various boards and committees for the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Torrance Chamber of Commerce in the Los Angeles area, as well as community nonprofits specializing in children and family services. Melissa received recognition in the community as a Person of Distinction for Business after launching and maintaining a Young Professionals Business Networking group in Los Angeles.  

Please contact Melissa for opportunities relating to fundraising, donations, and volunteer opportunities. mmcwilliams@fanniebattle.org


Stacie Spasoff, Program Director

Stacie is a former School Age teacher at Fannie Battle and was promoted to Program Director in 2018. Stacie has her Associate’s Degree in early childhood education and is 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. 

Please contact Stacie with questions regarding your child’s care. sspasoff@fanniebattle.org


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. kmassey@fanniebattle.org


Latara Holt

Latara began working at Fannie Battle in 2007, as both a lead preschool and toddler teacher and was promoted to the Infant/Toddler Director in 2018. Latara holds an Associates Degree and has a vast amount of experience working in a variety of early childhood education centers since 2007, such as montesorri, MNPS schools, and after school programs. 

To contact Latara lholt@fanniebattle.org


Nessa Sparks, PS/SA Director – Literary Coach

Nessa has worked in Early Childhood since 1997 at nonprofit childcare centers. She received her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education in 2016 and Bachelors in Early Childhood Education in 2018. She began working at Fannie Battle in 2009 as a floater and has been our Preschool Lead Teacher since 2016. In 2018, Nessa was promoted to our Preschool and School Age Director and Instructional Coach. 

To contact Nessa ssparks@fanniebattle.org

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