Meet Our Staff

Executive DirectorMarissa Philipp

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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!

Kindergarten (Blue Room)– Kiki McCallum, Yasmin Solano

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. (:

1st and 2nd Grade (Green Room) Alex Kyger, Ben Jelinek ,& Jackie Yanez

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!

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.

3rd and 4th Grade (Cafe) Annamaria Cardenas, Aaron Howe, & Nemo Parker

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!

Hi, my name is Nemo! I have worked in after school programs and with people for 6 years. I really enjoy music and am really looking forward to the Seattle sunlight!

5th Grade (Room 105) – Kell Jacobson, Bashir Davis

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.

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!