Meet Our Staff

MEET OUR STAFF
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JO ANN MATTSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jo Ann Mattson joined STAIR-Annapolis in March 2022 after serving for six years as Executive Director of The Light House in Annapolis. A former elementary school educator and passionate community advocate, Jo Ann understands the importance of strong literacy skills in improving a child's chances for academic success. She believes that reading opens up new worlds of possibility and promotes empathy and understanding. Jo Ann lives in Homewood in Annapolis and enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, Gatsby. She is an avid knitter and loves to listen to books as she knits!

Jo Ann can be reached at Executive_Director@stairannapolis.org.

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MALENA RULAND, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

Malena first joined STAIR-Annapolis as a twice-weekly tutor at our Mills-Parole location, and she brings this valuable experience to her work as Volunteer Coordinator. Malena is responsible for managing a roster of more than 250 volunteers, arranging tutor workshops, recruiting and training new volunteers, and serving as a critical support for volunteers. Malena grew up in a bilingual Spanish-speaking household surrounded by books and understands how important it is for children to become stronger, more confident readers. She lives in Crownsville with her husband and enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her three children.

Malena can be reached at Volunteer_Coordinator@stairannapolis.org.