Welcome, Deni Henson!

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Welcome, Deni Henson!

Posted by STAIR-Annapolis on September 8, 2021

STAIR-Annapolis is pleased to announce the addition of Deni Henson to our Board of Directors.

As an engaged community advocate in the greater Annapolis area, Deni comes to STAIR with a desire to impact the lives of local students. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Charles W. “Hoppy” Adams Jr. Foundation, an organization dedicated to implementing and establishing programs that support educational, social, emotional, recreational, and faith-based growth for youth and adults living in Annapolis and the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. metro area. Deni also serves as the current President of the historic Peerless Rens Club, a social organization that has been creating community in Eastport since 1948.

A mother of two and a former foster mom of 16, Deni believes that a well-developed love of reading can take you many places. She worked hard to teach her own children the importance of reading and now hopes to pass that along to a new generation through her work with STAIR-Annapolis.

“My favorite people are children, and anything I can do to help a child is where my passion lies,” Deni explains.

A native Annapolitan, Deni earned her BFA in Technical Theatre from Howard University and worked in radio and television for many years. She is also a screenwriter, a documentary filmmaker, and in 2016 was honored as a recipient of the Fannie Lou Hamer Award by the City of Annapolis.

In her spare time, Deni enjoys reading, writing, travel, and is an avid doll collector.

We’re so fortunate to have the benefit of Deni’s community-building expertise and are excited about the value she’ll bring to the STAIR-Annapolis Board!

Welcome, Janet Huang!

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Welcome, Janet Huang!

Posted by STAIR-Annapolis on January 13, 2021

It is with great excitement that we announce the addition of Janet Huang to our Board of Directors!

Janet comes to STAIR with an impressive background in child development and early childhood education. She's currently employed at Montessori International Children's House in Annapolis as a Teacher's Assistant, where she works closely with teachers and students to prepare lessons, guide children through daily self-directed activities, report on student progress, and engage with families.

As a high school student, Janet got a job working in her local library, where she helped review new books, assisted with creating reading displays, and offered reading recommendations to children and families.

"It's where I really developed my love for books, especially for children's books and for libraries," Janet says. "I still share the joy of reading a good children's book together with my daughters."

In her spare time, Janet enjoys yoga, a good podcast, testing new recipes, and spending time on the water. An avid star-gazer and cloud-watcher, she's also passionate about supporting local small businesses, farmer's markets, and embracing new experiences and adventures.

We're thrilled to have Janet join the STAIR-Annapolis team and are looking forward to her valuable contributions to our Board!