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.

Reginald Wilborn, Jr.

 

Program Director

 

Reginald is a native Atlantan and the son of three generations of preachers and pastors. Reginald graduated with his Bachelor's degree in English from Morehouse University, received his Master's Degree in Education from St. John's University, and came back to Atlanta receive a Masters in Divinity from the Emory University. He was a middle school math teach in Brooklyn, New York as well as Carolina, Puerto Rico.  As the East Atlanta Kids Club's Program Director, he loves that he gets to be involved all levels of the program.  When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Gigi and their adorable baby daughter Audrey, as well as fiction writing, reading, traveling and watching all kinds of films on Netflix.

Beth Hogan

 

Outreach & Resource Development Coordinator

 

Beth is an AmeriCorps VISTA working as the Outreach and Resource Development Coordinator at East Atlanta Kids Club. Beth is a 2nd generation native of Atlanta, received her Bachelor's Degree in Education from Georgia State University and just submitted her application for the Master’s program in Public Policy!Beth always wanted to join the Peace Corps to pursue her interest in social justice and changing the world for the better, but could never give up her pets.  Now that she is married with children, she can work as a VISTA in her own community and receive money for grad school.  Beth loves working with the East Atlanta Kids Club as it combines her background, gifts and interests right in her neighborhood.  Beth's husband Jason is a City of Atlanta Firefighter and her 6 and 3 year old son and daughter are the funniest, wisest people she knows. 

Kraynewskia "K.K." Allen

 

Program Coordinator

 

Kraynewskia "KK" Allen is a native Atlantan who received her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Savannah State University and her Master's in Social Work from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.  KK was one of the original East Atlanta Kids Club members and spent a lot of time here.  She wants to make sure she can provide the kids in this community with the same encouragement that she got here when she was growing up.  She loves her position with the East Atlanta Kids Club because she gets to be involved with the community and learn from people of all ages.  She finds that teaching youth the importance of community involvement is the most appealing part of her job.  She is a strong advocate of human rights and fully believes that it takes a village to raise a child and  it's the community's responsibility pitch in and help.   KK is a proud Aunt and the eldest of 7 sisters and brothers.  When she's not spending quality time with her family she enjoys taking nature walks, reading, traveling, and swimming.

Jaye Liptak

 

Operations 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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