Board Members

Julie Damian (Founder/CEO)
Interim Chair: Marketing, Park, & Volunteer Committees

Julie Damian is a mother to three boys, a former small business owner, and an educator.  She taught in Georgetown ISD for 8 years as a high school Professional Communication teacher, Debate Coach, and Kindergarten teacher.  

 

In March of 2018, Julie’s middle son Kade died in a tragic accident.  The Playful Child Foundation is a work of heart for Julie.  She is passionate about creating healthy, strong, resilient children through play and developmentally appropriate activities.  Joy is the heart of play.  Kade reminded our family of that daily.  He lived his life to the fullest and spread love and happiness during his 1065 days on Earth.  The Playful Child has been created in Kade’s memory and honor.  We love you, little man!

 
 
 
 
Jenna Fleming (Mental Health & President)
Chair: Governance Committee

Jenna Fleming has over 18 years of experience working with children and families and a deep love of the Georgetown community.  She is a Licensed Professional and Nationally Board Certified Counselor and the owner of Georgetown Child & Family Counseling. Jenna is a former educator and school counselor.  She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from St. Andrews University and an M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling from Texas State University. 

 

Jenna is a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) Practitioner, which is an attachment-based method of helping children with difficult backgrounds and behaviors.  She holds advanced training in TF-CBT, Gottman Level 1 and Trauma and Loss in Children. Jenna is a speaker and trainer locally and for Franklin Covey Education.  Additionally, she has developed and delivers the Deeply Rooted Parenting Program, which is focused on healthy and strong family relationships and parenting support. 

 

Of all her training, Jenna considers her highest credential to be her experiences as a former kid and teenager who really struggled with her own issues and confidence.   Today as a wife and mother, she does her best to grow personally and spiritually through learning life’s many lessons. Jenna's deep belief that families are the foundation of a community, drives a passion to serve caregivers, children, and families.  

Rachel Hancock 
Chair: Resource Development Committee

Rachel has always enjoyed connecting with the people in her community. She has a bright personality, a “can-do” attitude, and a love for all things local. 

 

Rachel owns Something Social, a local art company that specializes in joyful illustrations. In March of 2020, Rachel developed a fundraising program, Art with Heart. In just three months, Rachel raised over $10,000 for the local downtown community of business owners. 

 

Rachel and her husband, Zane, live in the heart of Georgetown with their children, Kennedy and Miles. They enjoy strolling the historic downtown square, going to local events, and hiking down the many nature paths Georgetown has to offer.

John Hancock (Treasurer)
Chair: Finance Committee
Jeff Lindstrom 
Co-Chair: Park Development Committee

Jeff Lindstrom is trained as a landscape architect and currently resides in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada just West of Toronto. His area of expertise as a designer is play-space design and has over a decade of experience designing parks, playgrounds, trails, open space and communities. His work has brought him around the world working with military installations, educational facilities, indigenous communities, municipalities and parks departments. 

 

Jeff became involved with the Playful Child Foundation in 2018 when Julie reached out inquiring about creating a community play space in Kade’s honor. He worked closely with Julie and the Foundation as the primary consultant to create the concept plan for the Kade Damian Healing Hearts Park. 

 

Now as a Board member and Co-Chair of the Park Development Committee, Jeff brings design and project management experience and will act as an important bridge between the Board and the consultants/design team. 

 

Interns

Alex Moya is a senior at Southwestern University majoring in Business and minoring in Communication Studies. He is from McKinney, Texas and looking to pursue a career in digital marketing. Alex previously interned doing social media marketing at the Williamson County Children Advocacy Center during his Summer and Fall semester of 2020. He has a passion for non-profits and causes that will benefit those in need in the community.  In Alex’s free time, he loves playing soccer and playing disc golf at San Gabriel Park.

Committees

Finance (Chair: John Hancock) 

Members: Rhonda Look, Nicole Mitchell

Governance (Chair: Jenna Fleming) 

Members: Alicia Esposito, Jenni Richards

                 

Marketing (Interim Chair: Julie Damian) 

Members: Rachel Hancock, Carolyn Luttrell

Park Development (Co-Chairs: Julie Damian & Jeff Lindstrom) 

Members: Jennifer Aranda, Mary Delaney, Kimberly Garrett, Melissa Houchin, Donna Looper, Eric Nuner, Esme Peterson, Colin Saunders, Amber Smith, Rebecca Triana, Covey Landscape Architects, Gail Allard (Salado Glassworks, Dignity Memorial 

Resource Development (Chair: Rachel Hancock) 

Members: Julie Damian, Ben Haley, Lisa King, Cristina Schleifer, Amber Smith

Volunteer (Interim Chair: Julie Damian) 

Members: Neva Kutcher, Haley Ramirez

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Georgetown, TX 78627

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