Our Incredible Staff

Jill Sieder

 

Founder/Executive Director

 

Jill Sieder has been leading the Kids Club since 1998. A graduate of Yale University who majored in English Literature, and a professional journalist for more than 20 years, she has helped to design the language arts and communications curriculum of East Atlanta Kids Club, along with professional educators. Sieder is also a lifelong athlete who plays competitive soccer and is an avid cyclist; she has helped to incorporate fitness and recreational activities as key components of the Kids Club after-school program. In 2002, President George W. Bush and the USA Freedom Corps honored her for outstanding community service. In 2004, she was named by Georgia Trend Magazine as one of the state’s “40 Under 40″ outstanding citizens. Both Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and the Atlanta City Council have commended Sieder for her work with Atlanta youth.

Adeena Howard

 

Program Director

 

Adeena is a native of Camden NJ.  She is the proud mother of two beautiful children and the product of a single-parent household.  Realizing that her family history was plagued by lack of formal education , she vowed to obtain a college degree “by any means necessary."  Ms. Howard went on to earn a Bachelors degree in Communications & Theater from Temple University, and a Master of Education from Lincoln University.  In July of 2011, she relocated to pursue a doctoral degree in social work from Clark-Atlanta University.  Ms. Howard quickly became vested in Atlanta’s youth, their families, and the community. It wasn’t long before she became involved with the East Atlanta Kids Club.As Program Director she will work to develop a curriculum that utilizes the creative arts as means to shape behavior, enhance self-esteem and self-expression, and increase literacy of its members, their families and the greater community.  She enjoys seeing hope in the eyes of EAKC’s youth, while secure in the knowledge that she remains a readily-accessible resource to the community.

Kristyn Iodice

 

Fund & Resource Development Director

 

Kristyn is an AmeriCorps VISTA working as the Fund and Resource Development Director at East Atlanta Kids Club. Before moving to Atlanta, Kristyn resided in Dahlonega, Georgia where she attended North Georgia College & State University. In December 2012, Kristyn graduated with a B.A. in English. Her educational plans involve pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management from Georgia State University.Kristyn believes in utilizing the skills she has worked hard to develop during her college and work careers to benefit the lives of others. She has great compassion for those faced with intolerance and prejudice, and aims to become involved with organizations that help promote tolerance, equality and acceptance of all people regardless of race, class, gender or sexuality. East Atlanta Kids Club is in direct alignment with her core values and she looks forward to her continued work with the organization.

Brad McKinley

 

Volunteer Manager

 

Away from EAKC, you’re likely to find Brad playing guitar or drumming and singing songs he’s written, while hanging-out with his grandkids -- dogs Fiona and Frida in tow. Brad brings to EAKC a wealth of vocational and life experience, which which he is most generous and willing to share.  He served in VISTA’s first class to Georgia, and has spent much of his professional career in roles of service to humanity.  Brad’s personal motto: “It feels good to do good,” is a direct reflection of his ambitions and worldview as he goes about his lifelong quest to remain connected, sane and young.The satisfaction he finds in his work with EAKC comes from working with staff who share his values and drive, with volunteers who are committed to making a difference in kids’ lives, and lastly, with kids who are crafting a positive future for themselves and their community.  Brad is a native of De Queen, Arkansas and has attended University of Arkansas, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia.

Quincy Robinson

 

Marketing & Operations Director

 

Quincy is a current VISTA and AmeriCorps alumnus with prior experience working in organizations that serve urban youth.  He has also served in leadership roles within community development organizations in the city of Atlanta.Quincy is an IT Management professional and holds an MBA from Georgia Tech with certifications in Management of Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Management.  He enjoys helping organizations streamline their business processes, and helping organizations make the best use of available technological resources.Quincy came of age in Hartford's inner-city, graduating secondary school and university from Connecticut’s public education system.  His leisure pursuits include team sports, inline skating, yoga, studying metaphysics, writing and producing art related to his studies.

Jayson Smith

 

Program Coordinator

 

Jayson first became involved with EAKC as an AmeriCorps VISTA summer associate in 2012, where he served as a counselor for the EAKC’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics summer camp.  Since the summer he has remained as a Program Coordinator, designing and implementing service projects, activities, and curriculum for EAKC’s children and teens.  The eldest of three siblings and a parent himself, Jayson finds purpose in fostering the development of Atlanta’s youth and empowering them through vocal expression.  Aside from his role at the Kids Club, Jayson has rendered his talents and experience to a varied cross-section of Atlanta’s young people in a number of capacities, education being the thread that integrates his experiences.  Jayson is a native of California’s Long Beach, he is an historian and fan of hip-hop who enjoys decoding the semantic of street poetry.

Rachel Washington

 

Logistics and Technology Coordinator

 

The seventh of eight children and first to graduate from college, Rachel’s life-long passion has been to motivate youth to aspire to do great things in their community.  In her role as Logistics and Technology Coordinator she will orchestrate events to boost children’s self-confidence and their mental, physical, and emotional development.  Rachel feels that working with EAKC is an excellent opportunity for her  to do what she loves by lending her education, experience and technology skills to a service-based organization.  Rachel is married with three children and four grandchildren, and enjoys literature, singing, sports, comedy, technology, and travel.  Rachel comes to EAKC from St. Louis, Missouri, holds a degree in Middle School Education, and is presently working to complete a Masters Degree in Technology-Education integration.

Lisa Marie Welch

 

Brownwood Facility Manager

 

Lisa Marie Welch works on connecting Brownwood Recreation Center and Kids Club with the community and creating programs that will enhance and enrich the neighborhood. An East Atlanta resident for about a decade, she has often helped out with community projects, including a Hands On Atlanta Day project at Brownwood that created a colorful tile mosaic in the park pavilion. As an artist, teacher and community activist, Kids Club is definitely a natural fit for her. Lisa Marie is an Upper Arlington, Ohio native with a BS in Environmental Communications. Fresh out of college she worked for Big Brother Big Sister at their camp near Athens, Ohio as the Nature Center Director. After her move to Atlanta, she worked for Zoo Atlanta in the Night Crawler Program. Next, she worked for a risk management company surveying environmental and workplace compliance. Most recently, she was a 3rd and 4th grade teacher for seven years at The Children’s School. Lisa Marie is an artist by nature, and shares her work, including, paintings, pottery, jewelry, handbags and other arts and crafts in seasonal shows throughout the year. She is a “granola girl” at heart and loves nature and the outdoors. Lisa Marie is a firm believer that most people have more in common than is initially revealed, and that all it takes is time and a desire to discover our commonalities. She will carry that mantra along with her while at Kids Club!

 

I don't have children of my own and hadn't known a whole lot of kids, so when I met the Kids Club kids, I pretty much treated them like everybody else I know. That seemed to work, except maybe when they wouldn't fasten their seat belts or turn down the radio.

                                     
               Michelle Rice, Volunteer

 

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