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 – Kiki McCallum
Hello! Around here, everyone calls me Kiki. 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) – Iliany Rojas
Hello! I’m Iliany! I have a lot of experience with the kids here at Kids Club and it has helped with my education. I love my work with kids and I think you can do a lot of fun activities with them! I have a degree in Clinical Psychology, a masters in Clinical Social work and I am currently working on my PhD in clinical Psychology. I enjoy watching T.V (Netflix), spending time with my husband and friends!
1st and 2nd Grade (Room 203) – Kiki McCallum, Alex Kyger
Hi! I’m Alex and I’ve been with Kids Club since spring 2019. I received a BFA in Theater from Roosevelt University in Chicago where I performed with various companies including Redmoon, Red Tape Theatre, Chicago Fringe Festival, Gryffin Theatre, Filet of Solo, and Lifeline Theatre. I have also worked in fundraising capacities with Seattle Opera and Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.
When I’m not at Kids Club, you can find me taking a hike, volunteering for an arts group, or chasing after my pet giraffe… speaking of, have you seen Fred? I miss him terribly 🙁
3rd and 4th Grade (Cafe) – Michael Friedman, Fune Tautula,
5th Grade (Green Room) – Kell Jacobson