Colburn.jpgKaren Colburn, Executive Director

As Box of Rain's new Executive Director, Karen brings more than 20 years of executive-level experience directing nonprofit programs and helping small nonprofits reach their growth potential. Karen holds an M.A. in Journalism from Ohio State University and a B.A. in Psychology from Miami University of Ohio. As an 20-year resident of Anne Arundel County, Karen has also led public education advocacy efforts. Karen has enjoyed sailing in the Chesapeake Bay with her family for more than 20 years, and understands the power of sailing and Bay activities in making a difference in young peoples' lives. She looks forward to working with our schools, local business, and the community to develop programming that keeps our kids safe, nurtures their self-esteem, builds skills, and steers them toward a bright future.

Meredithweb.jpgMeredith Krissoff-Adams, Program Director

An active sailor, coach, and Eastport resident, Meredith embodies Box of Rain’s maritime spirit. She will also complete her Master of Arts in Teaching and Special Education this year and has worked with many Box of Rain and other Title I children through her special education and teaching positions at Annapolis Middle, Central Middle, Georgetown East Elementary, High Roads Academy, Oakwood Elementary, and Tyler Heights Elementary where she will be teaching this year.

As a pioneering member of our Charting Careers team, Meredith facilitated the pilot program at Tyler Heights Elementary and plays a vital role in our school partnerships.  


Candi.jpgCandace "Candi" Brown, Director, Summer Program

Candace directs Box of Rain's Summer Program and leads many Box of Rain programs throughout the year, including Step It Up Kids, Girls' Club, and Create the Story of You at Woodside Gardens Community Center. Born and raised in the Annapolis/Edgewater area, she worked for the City of Annapolis, Department of Public Works for ten years before she and her husband started their family. They have four very active children. Candace is a teacher at Eastport Elementary. 



Jim Harmon, Director, Build a Boat Program

When Jim isn't working with Annapolis youth on building boats, he's producing and directing videos as CEO of the company he's owned for the last 25 years, Harmon-Edison. In addition to his award-winning video work, Jim has taught media production at University of Texas and the Corcoran School. Jim has built a talented team of volunteers who share their boat-building know-how with our kids.


TykiaraFB.jpgTykiara Chew, Program Assistant

Tykiara is a long-time Box of Rain participant and summer counselor. In her role as program assistant, she makes sure all parents are fully informed of Box of Rain scheduled activities and details. Ty is headed off to Bowie State University next year to study nursing.



Calyl Robinson, Former Senior Counselor

Calyl is himself a graduate of the Box of Rain program and recently graduated college in South Carolina. For years during the summer, he gave back to the program that made a difference in his life, serving as chief mentor to nearly 40 Box of Rain summer camp kids.


Counselors.jpgJunior Counselors

Many of our Junior counselors came up through the Box of Rain program. We tell them that no matter what successes they achieve in life, they'll always look back on their counseling days with Box of Rain as some of their finest work!

Senior counselors in Summer 2017 were Dayshawn Addison, Ben Brown, Tammy Brunemann, Just Kazee, Guy Massey, and Nolan Thomas.  Junior counselors were Yamarko Brown, Tyson Caraway, Jody Downs, D'Asia Jones, Joniece Pitts, and Armani Queen.



sherwoodpic.jpgRenee Sherwood, M.A. Education, Education Director

As Director of the 100 Book Challenge, a Charting Careers partnership project at Woodside Gardens with the Woodside Gardens Community Association and PK Management, Renee built an academic literacy program that is already showing results. As Charting Careers Education Director, Ms. Sherwood now oversees all Charting Careers programs from elementary through high school. One of her top priorities is developing a high school mentorship program to help keep students on track with their success plans. Renee holds a Masters in Education from Towson University and served as a teacher and curriculum developer to low-income students in Baltimore City.


ArmaniPic.jpgArmani Queen, Charting Careers Program Assistant

Armani is a long-time Box of Rain participant and summer counselor. In her role as Charting Careers program assistant, she makes sure all parents are fully informed of Box of Rain scheduled activities and details.



Michele Rensler, Outreach Activities Coordinator


As guidance counselor at Hillsmere Elementary, Michele was a major player in launching the Charting Careers program, serving on both the Advisory Panel and as a pilot program facilitator. Now she'll be working with our Charting Careers and Box of Rain kids to match their interests to extracurricular opportunities in our community.






Laura Anderson, LCSW-C

2014 AAC Mentor of the Year
Former Academic Counselor with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Nancy Clifford, M.A.

Lead Program Developer
Certified MBTI Practitioner, Career & Life Coach (
M.A., Education, B.S., Human Development and Family Studies

Valerie Drozd, M.Ed.

Co-director of Hands on Learning (
Former Education Director, Seeds4Success

Meredith Adams Krissoff

Special educator, Tyler Heights Elementary

Molly Mee, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Secondary and Middle School Education, Towson University

Michele Rensler, M.Ed.

Guidance Counselor, Hillsmere Elementary
M.Ed. School Counseling

Jessica Snell-Johns, Ph.D., Clinical & Community Psychology

Program and Evaluation Consultant,
specializing in results-oriented planning
Licensed psychologist providing individual, couples, and family therapy


Middle & High School

LISA.jpgLisa Wells

Lisa is the Career & College Facilitator at Southern High and brings a wealth of experience in child development, curriculum design, and teaching. She is working toward certification in Career & Life Skills Coaching.



Julie White

Julie is the former owner of Huntington Learning Center, Senior Consultant with Strategic Development Associates, certified DiSC certified trainer, and leader of youth empowerment programs in our county. Julie is working toward certification in Career & Life Skills Coaching. 

 Elementary School

Meredith Adams Krissoff, AACPS Special Educator
Candace Brown, AACPS Teacher
Lindsey Ells, AACPS Reading Specialist
Ashley Gemayal, AACPS Teacher
Emilia Gonzalez, AACPS Guidance Counselor
Kelly Keys, AACPS Social Worker
Michele Rensler, AACPS Guidance Counselor
Jill Stewart, AACPS Special Educator