Executive Director – Marissa Philipp
Hi there, I’m Marissa! I was originally hired at Kids Club in 2009 after moving to Seattle from Colorado! I started out as a staff member working with the 3rd-5th graders, and in 2015 when I returned from graduate school I was hired as the Executive Director. Prior to Kids Club, I had worked as a Before & Afterschool counselor and supervisor with programs in Colorado, where I grew up. I have worked in this field on & off for 19 years. Wow, time has flown! During my adult career, in addition to working with youth I have also worked as a psycho-educational group facilitator of parenting groups for court-ordered adults with domestic violence and drug & alcohol histories; and as a social worker for incarcerated adults serving Life Without Parole. I enjoy working with adults and children, and have found in this current line of work that I can connect with both, and that is the sweet spot for me! Outside of work hours I enjoy spending my time with my family. I have a spunky two-year-old daughter, a wonderful husband, and a fluffy malamute named Dobby! I love reading bumper stickers on cars, building forts in the living room, and baking treats from scratch. I used to knit, swim, and read, but until my child grows up a bit those are on hold, as I’d rather spend my time with her after a long day than miss any more of her growing up!
Program Director – Shannon Marchand
Hi! I’m Shannon. I started my career in afterschool programs in a low income housing community center. This work exposed me to many assets of social work and family support needs. I went on to work in the field of domestic violence, child protection, and child mental health. I have my masters in Clinical Social work and have worked in the field of trauma for the last nine years. My passion in working in afterschool programs and working in collaboration with the school and families is important to me. As for outside of work, I love to spend time with my pug mix, smokey, read and do art. Family and friends are what I value most outside of work.
Assistant Director & Kindergarten (Blue Room) – Kiki McCallum
Hello! Around here, everyone calls me Kiki. I am originally from North Carolina. I’ve been working at Kids Club for almost five years! Over the last two years, I’ve worked with 4th and 5th grade students at Stevens Elementary where I focused on a girls group of color where we met once a week and worked on our social skills, building confidence, and leadership. Throughout the year, I volunteer when I can as an advocate for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). This is a program that offers volunteers to help children that’s experienced neglect and/or abuse in the home and their well-being. I’m currently in school finishing my Early Childhood program here in Seattle. I work with the first and second graders here at Kids Club and sometimes you may find me working in the office in my new role as Assistant Director! I look forward to engaging with the children daily and offering a great support system here at kids club. When I am not working, I enjoy movie time with my son and watching my bearded dragon chase crickets in his tank for dinner!
AM Program – Jillian (Jay) Kelley
My name is Jay and I’ve been working in education for 5+ years. I started off teaching preschool- which I loved, but in spring of 2019, I started my business, Ginger Gears, LLC and transitioned to coaching robotics full time. I currently coach 11 teams ranging from pre-k to 12th grade kiddos. Robotics is my passion and I am pursuing an education in engineering to support my dreams of creating mire inclusion in STEAM fields. when I am not working, I enjoy photography and exploring with my dog Steve!
1st and 2nd Grade (Room 203) – Alex Kyger, Ben Jelinek
Alex has been with Kids Club since spring 2019. He received a BFA in Theater from Roosevelt University in Chicago where he performed with various companies including Redmoon, Red Tape Theatre, Chicago Fringe Festival, Gryffin Theatre, Filet of Solo, and Lifeline Theatre. Alex has also worked in fundraising capacities with Seattle Opera and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.
When he’s not at Kids Club, you can find Alex taking a hike, volunteering for an arts group, or chasing after his pet giraffe… speaking of, have you seen Fred? Alex misses him terribly 🙁
I was born in Arizona to German immigrant parents. I grew up in Maple Valley, WA about 40 minutes South of Seattle. I love to read, write, and make music, and love to teach kids about how to engage in these subjects, which is why I majored in English with emphasis on education and librarianship from Central Washington University. Working with youth is a passion and I am excited to be apart of Kids Club!
3rd and 4th Grade (Cafe) – Fune Tautula, Aaron Howe
Hello my name is Fune Tautala. I am from Tacoma WA. I am also an actor singer dancer in the Seattle area. I really enjoy sharing my love for the arts with the kids in kids club. I’ve also found a way to connect with the kids through sports. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the kids the past couple of years. This place never feels like a job. I look forward to seeing the kids everyday. If your child enjoys theater and/or sports I’d love to chat with them. It’s pretty great talking Shakespeare and football with the kiddos
Hi, my name is Aaron! I’ve been working with kids for most of my life from teaching after school programs and running all kinds of different clubs over in Spokane. I enjoy working with students because I am a child at heart myself no matter how old I get. Kids are way cooler than grown ups!
5th Grade (Rom 105)- Kell Jacobson, Bashir Davis
Bashir is originally from the DC area and is a co-founder to the Crowd Control Collective, connecting artists and creatives to the Greater Seattle art scene helping to create community through collaboration. African
American culture and community is a strong influence in his art. His community has always pushed him to be active, participate, learn and grow. Kids Club is excited to have Bashir as part of the team to bring his passion of community, collaboration, encouragement and creativity
to our classrooms! Please introduce yourselves and chat with him if you would like to know more about him!