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 – Kiara (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!
Hello everyone! My name is Yasmin but people call me Yas for short. I am currently a student at the University of Washington. Majoring in Sociology. I speak fluently in Spanish and English. I love turtles, hiking and Neflix. I am very passionate about working with children. Not only are they funny, adorable and silly but you can learn so much from them! I am very excited to be apart of the Kids club team. (:
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 🙁
Hi I’m Ben! 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!
My name is Jacqueline and I am from Covington, WA. I have been volunteering and working with children and adults for about 6 years. My goal here at Kids Club is to be inclusive, engaging and create a welcoming environment for everyone. I am part of a nonprofit organization called Warm Current that strives to teach the Native Youth how to surf. Being a part of this organization has given me perspective and has influenced me to want to work with younger people. I am also and artist, so you may see more art projects! I have college education and am also part of Association for Women in Science. I hope to one day make a difference for this planet and positively impact our youth.
Hi, my name is Annamaria! I’m from a small town off the coast of WA. I come from a large family and grew up around lots of children! I am a child of immigrants and passionate about family and child advocacy. I attended Seattle Central College and received an Applied Bachelor of Science in Social and Human Services. I am very excited to work with the youth and families of Kids Club!
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!
Kell has worked with school-age children for over 6 years. He grew up in Seattle and went to school at Seattle Central and Central Washington University. He plays in a band with his wife Bailey and enjoys reading, cycling, and writing in his off time. Kell believes children are the key to a sustainable and equitable future, staking his career on this belief. He is currently working on a Master’s in Teaching.
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!
Hello, my name is Janel! I am originally from Ohio and moved to Seattle to work with middle school youth. Currently, I am focusing on finishing my degree in film making! My hobbies include sewing clothes and cooking! I look forward to working with youth and families of Kids Club!
My name is Aaron. I am a filmmaker and visual artist. I am from Cleveland Ohio. I graduated with a degree in psychology and a minor in film production. I just got hired as a IA for Seattle Public School district during the school year and I can’t wait to spend my summer working with the kids at the club.
Hi, I’m Kaili! I’m born and raised in Seattle and have been working summers at Kids’ Club for a couple years now. This year, I graduated from Holy Names Academy and am now looking forward to pursuing my academic career at the University of Washington in the fall. I love having fun with the kids here because they challenge me to be an out-of-the-box thinker and have taught me it’s ok to be a little silly. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, doing anything outdoors, swimming, and listening to music!