“There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you
haven’t started wondering about yet.”
-Roald Dahl, “James and the Giant Peach”
Mike English serves as the Executive Director of Turn the Page KC. As the organization’s first Executive Director, Mike established Turn the Page KC as a 501C3 nonprofit organization and has since led the creation and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan. Mike reports to a committed group of board members led by Mayor Sly James. Despite having nothing against profit, Mike has worked in leadership positions at different nonprofit organizations for twenty years. Mike earned his Undergraduate Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and his Master’s Degree in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, focusing his studies on public finance. Mike resides in Kansas City with his wife Corie, their sons Finnegan and Beckett, and their annoying cat Moo-Moo.
“You’re mad, bonkers, completely off your head. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
-Lewis Carroll, “Alice in Wonderland”
Elle Hogan is the Director of Community Engagement at Turn the Page KC, where she directs the organization’s communications initiatives, manages key collaborative partnerships, and oversees the implementation of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan Community Engagement tactics. Throughout her career, she has worked as a communicator advancing a variety of social causes, including public interest law, child welfare, and public health. Elle began her career at Ogilvy, a global marketing and public relations firm, where she managed communications initiatives for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. She has a Master’s Degree in Communication with an emphasis in Health Communication at Johns Hopkins University, and is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Journalism. Elle and her husband, John, have two toddler daughters, an unruly dog, and no shortage of domestic crises.
“Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child, Listen to the DON’TS,
Listen to the SHOULDN’TS,
The IMPOSSIBLES, the WONT’S.
Listen to the NEVER HAVES, Then listen close to me —
Anything can happen, child,
ANYTHING can be.”
–Shel Silverstein, “Where the Sidewalk Ends”
Annie Watson (she/her) is the Director of Early Education and Parent Success at Turn the Page KC. She helped lead the organizing team for Mayor Sly James’ KC Race & Equity Initiative, hosting a series of town hall conversations for our community in Fall 2018 and Winter 2019. Previously, she helped establish and build Bambini Creativi a Reggio Emilia inspired Early Education program and has served as a classroom teacher and education coach. Annie joined Turn the Page KC after revitalizing a local home visitation program aimed at early education and intervention for Kansas City families and organizing a group of midtown neighbors to prevent the forced displacement of hundreds of Section 8 residents in her neighborhood. Annie is an advocate for high-quality early education and learning environments with a passion for social justice and ending multigenerational poverty. When she is not working, she can be found playing with her three children and trying to find the bottom of the laundry pile.