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Staff and Leadership

Danielle Marshall
Executive Director

Danielle Marshall is the executive director of Playworks Maryland. She brings over 20 years of experience in child development and nonprofit management. Danielle began her journey working as a program director for Jumpstart for Young Children, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the development of language and literacy skills of preschoolers. Her passion for the development of the whole child led to a transition to KaBOOM!, where she served as the director of community engagement programs overseeing programs that support communities' ability to increase children’s access to play and recreation through advocacy, education, and community building. Being a lover of all things playful Danielle also serves on the Board of The Alliance for Childhood and the US Play Coalition.  In her free time she and enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, knitting, and following playful pursuits with her daughter.

Joy Lawson
Program Director
Joy has made a career in developing programming that advances the ideas and capacity of young leaders. Most recently, she was Director at Young People For (YP4), a program of People For the American Way Foundation, where she trained more than 700 aspiring nonprofit, community, and elected leaders. Prior to her time at YP4 Joy served as National Field Associate and later as Midwestern States Field Coordinator at a national nonprofit focused on health care access. As student at University of Kansas, where she earned her degree in women's studies, Joy worked with local organizations as well as city and state school boards to ensure Kansas youth received medically accurate health education.
Joy is a Midwest Academy graduate, a 2006 Grassroots Organizing Weekend trainer, a proud Rockwood Art of Leadership: Women in Racial Justice alum, and a former fellow of CoreAlign’s Speaking Race to Power program.
Juanita Morgan
Program Manager

Juanita Morgan “Coach Morgan” has been a youth development worker since the age of 17. She began her journey with Playworks Maryland in 2012 where she served as a site coordinator at Patterson Park Public Charter School for three years. She is ecstatic to re-join this amazing team of innovative leaders as a program manager. She loves any opportunity to take her passion for the arts and play and use it as a tool to help youth understand their true purpose.

Juanita is a graduate of Morgan State University and holds a B.A. in Speech as well as a B.S. in Telecommunications. She also graduated as the first student at Morgan State to obtain a minor in Theatre Arts and is currently pursuing her Masters in Reading Education at Towson University.

Juanita remains excited and driven to help youth thrive in their households, families, schools, communities and beyond.  She also works as a program manager for Kiddiecorp, Inc. where she has the unique opportunity to travel and work with youth from all over the world.

Prior to joining Playworks, Juanita worked as a servant leader intern for the Children’s Defense Fund, a learning coach for ELEV8 Baltimore, and as a high school presenter for the Antonelli Institute of Graphic Design & Photography.

Juanita also has a passion for the art of pantomime and has two troupes of 25 youth that she teaches in Philadelphia and Baltimore. On the very rare occasion that Juanita is not working with youth, she enjoys traveling, community service, photography, running, reading, and spontaneous adventures.

AnDeneen Baldwin
Development Manager

AnDeneen joins Playworks with six years of experience supporting the effective design and implementation of financial development functions with specific roles focusing on stewardship of donors, stakeholder cultivation, events, marketing and communications, prospect management, and administration. She began her career in development working with nonprofit organizations that promote health, education, and safety for women and children.

With an extensive background in clinical therapy and psychology, donor relations, and strategic planning, AnDeneen hopes to expand her knowledge in her effort to focus on creating an environment in which children can thrive. AnDeneen holds a B.A. in Communications from Trinity Washington University and a M.A./Ed.S in Clinical Professional Counseling, Psychology, & Family Therapy from Seton Hall University.

During her free time, AnDeneen enjoys spending time with her loved ones, writing poetry, playing with her Boxer dog, and traveling.

Andrea McMillan
Engagement Specialist

Andrea "Andi" McMillan served as a Playworks AmeriCorps program coordinator for two years at Gardenville and the Mount Royal Elementary schools. Andi has shown a keen eye for program quality and has gone above and beyond in developing the leadership of her Junior Coaches. Growing up in Baltimore, Andrea always had a heart for serving. She is passionate about youth advocacy, excited about new opportunities to grow Playworks Maryland, and looks forward to helping lead new AmeriCorps members to best serve their communities and students.

Jade Davis
Program Manager

Jade "Green" Davis brings four years of experience as a program coordinator at Hilton Elementary and Graceland Park O'Donnell Heights. Jade served as the founding site coordinator for the TeamUp program in Baltimore in 2014–2015. She also participated in the 2014 recess roll-out in Indiana, which launched services in that region. In addition to her experience with Playworks, Jade co-founded the Dynamic Force dance team and briefly served as a team time recess manager and then director for NewFitKids. Jade has dedicated her career to serving, supporting, and cultivating Baltimore city youth and has great insights into how we can continue to provide excellent programming to partners.

Eugene Easter
Lower Mid-Atlantic Account Manager

After 15 years of professional experience in the IT sector, Gene read a copy of "What Color is Your Parachute?" by Richard Bolles. This book caused Gene to have an epiphany, and changed the course of his career forever. With a newly found fervor, and a new direction plotted for his life, Gene began a career in Education Sales. He has served in the roles of account executive, regional sales manager and regional sales director for such notable companies as Scholastic, Pearson, and McGraw-Hill Education. Gene is passionate about children having all the resources they need to get a quality education, including safe and healthy recess! He loves spending quality time at home with his wife, young adult children, and his Australian Miniature Labradoodle. His favorite game as a child: dodgeball, without a doubt!