Client Relations Our client relations team is dedicated to building long-lasting, supportive, and engaged partnerships with educators, families, and all those who work with us to make our mission a reality. With more than 30 years of expertise in the fields of education and child advocacy, we have developed a team of passionate professionals who truly understand the challenges faced by children and the adults who support them. We are committed to working with our clients, not just for our clients, by providing access to and ongoing support of high quality, research-based programs and tools that will lift children up today and help create a safe and positive society in the future. Kelly Merkling Client Relations Manager × Kelly Merkling Client Relations Manager Kelly began working at Committee for Children in 2017. As client relations manager, she provides strategic leadership and development to all sales and customer support staff at Committee for Children. Kelly brings over 20 years of client management and sales experience to the role, previously working in the software, ecommerce, online advertising, and education industries. Before joining Committee for Children, Kelly worked at Apollo Education Group as the director of industry strategy, creating educational partnerships with industry leaders and national associations focusing on workforce development. She also worked as director of implementation and strategy, supporting Fortune 500 partnerships in developing strategic plans to support the needs of working learners. Kelly graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in business management and human resources management. Client Outreach Amy Walker Senior Regional Outreach Manager, West Coast × Amy Walker Senior Regional Outreach Manager, West Coast Amy joined Committee for Children in 2002. A graduate of Western Washington University, Amy previously worked in education and technology sales, international business, and preschool and elementary school classrooms—also teaching at a university in Argentina. She has many years of experience consulting on violence prevention, bullying prevention, child abuse prevention, and social-emotional learning while working with hundreds of school districts around the country and presenting at dozens of conferences in the U.S. and abroad. As a member of our international team, Amy has led district sales and training for our partner agencies in Australia and the U.K. We will forever be grateful to Amy for initiating the webinar program at Committee for Children and for spearheading many outreach campaigns and business initiatives. Jennifer Balogh Regional Outreach Manager. South × Jennifer Balogh Regional Outreach Manager. South Jennifer joined Committee for Children in 2013 as our regional outreach manager for the southern U.S. Previously, Jennifer was an early childhood classroom teacher, a nonprofit director, and an after-school program trainer. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. An integral part of our team, she is a strong resource for clients planning and sustaining their Second Step program implementation. Jennifer currently manages and creates our live and on-demand webinars to help clients stay connected, no matter where they are. Working at Committee for Children is an extraordinary source of joy for Jennifer, and she appreciates the opportunities for her to make a big impact on the world every day. Yvette Braddock, MEd Regional Outreach Manager, Central × Yvette Braddock, MEd Regional Outreach Manager, Central Yvette has worked as an outreach manager at Committee for Children since 2015. Before her time here, she spent nearly 12 years in the education field and 3 years in the consultative field, bringing to Committee for Children a wealth of experience. Yvette served as an assistant director for an after-school program, assistant preschool/kindergarten teacher, and most recently, a behavior analyst supporting high school students with IEP goals. She is passionate about children and building social awareness programs that contribute to positive and productive futures. Yvette graduated from the University of Washington, where she received her bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in special education with an emphasis in behavior analysis. As an Assyrian born in Baghdad, Iraq, her first language is Assyrian. Not many people know that Assyrian is both a term used to identify the culture and also a language! Julie Campbell Regional Outreach Manager, West × Julie Campbell Regional Outreach Manager, West Julie joined our outreach team in May 2017 as our newest regional outreach manager for the west territory. She works with clients from Idaho to Oklahoma and Arizona to North Dakota, as well as Alaska and Hawaii. Julie has a rich background in sales and account management in a variety of education and technology sectors and is a University of Washington graduate. Outside of work Julie has enjoyed volunteering for Special Olympics, Make-A-Wish, and Smile at Your Baby—and is a mom to a Second Step program kiddo. As a native Seattleite Julie feels blessed to combine her strengths and passions in this role with Committee for Children. Kate Tovias Regional Outreach Manager, Northeast × Kate Tovias Regional Outreach Manager, Northeast Kate began working at Committee for Children in 2014. Prior to that, she was an academic intervention specialist and long-time elementary and middle teacher. Kate brings a teacher’s perspective to her work with districts, schools, and organizations throughout the northeast U.S. Kate has two bachelor’s degrees: one from Seattle University in psychology and one from Central Washington University in elementary education. Kate is also certified in leadership and management from Cornell University. Majella McNeese Client Outreach Representative × Majella McNeese Client Outreach Representative Majella began working at Committee for Children in 2016. She has a combined 10 years of experience as an elementary and middle school teacher and taught the Second Step program to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders for four of those years. Majella went to Australian Catholic University in Brisbane and earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a focus in primary education. Here at Committee for Children she heads up our request for proposal (RFP) process, is on the Second Step Leadership Institute facilitation team, and helps with online tutorials for training administrators on our Child Protection and Bullying Prevention Units. Client Support Services Eddie Daggett Client Support Services Supervisor × Eddie Daggett Client Support Services Supervisor Eddie joined Committee for Children in 2012. Prior to his time here, he spent 10 years in the wireless industry in many roles, including customer experience management, and also worked as a case manager in a residential treatment center. Eddie’s strengths in client and technical support make him a strong asset to Committee for Children and the clients we serve. Eddie studied at Seattle Pacific University where he received a bachelor of arts in English. Adam Peck, MiT Client Support Services Representative × Adam Peck, MiT Client Support Services Representative Adam has been a part of the Committee for Children team since 2008. He has experience as a middle school para-educator and a high school humanities teacher. Adam is an integral part of our international work and regularly assists with our copyright permission requests. Adam’s ideal night is to be home with his family, eating spicy food and playing board games. Zach Sherman Client Support Services Representative × Zach Sherman Client Support Services Representative Zach has worked at Committee for Children since 2013. After attending the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma and completing a double major in economics and international political economy, he moved to Seattle and worked in the fast-paced customer service departments of tech startups like Zulily and Blue Nile. After his work there, he took part in an internship at a Seattle-based nonprofit called The Borgen Project, where he applied skills learned in college to help spur grassroots political activism around the country. This was his first taste of nonprofit work and served as motivation for joining Committee for Children. Zach has also helped to improve the FAQ section on SecondStep.org, making it quick and easy for users to find answers to their questions and use our programs more effectively. Mark Steinberg, MEd Client Support Services Representative × Mark Steinberg, MEd Client Support Services Representative Mark began working at Committee for Children in 2004. He is a graduate of Iowa State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in zoology. Mark went on to get his master’s degree in physical education from the University of Oregon. In the years prior to joining the Committee for Children, Mark was a high school teacher in biology, chemistry, physics, math, geography, health, and marine science. He also coached cross country and track and field.