Julie Damian (Founder/CEO)
Julie Damian is a mother to three boys, small business owner, and educator. She taught in Georgetown ISD for 8 years as a high school Professional Communication teacher, Debate Coach and Kindergarten teacher. She is currently a licensed instructor with Music with Mar. and teaches young children and families an appreciation of music and learning though interactive weekly classes.
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 Foundation has been created in Kade’s memory and honor. We love you little man!
Jenna Fleming (Mental Health & President)
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.
Donna Looper (Secretary & Neighborhood Rep for Memorial Park)
Donna Looper holds a Bachelor of Science in child and family development and a Master of Education in early childhood special education. She has spent twenty years serving families as a child life specialist, an early intervention specialist and as a parent education consultant. She is also a Certified Child Life Specialist and Child Passenger Safety Technician.
An advocate for the importance of play to a child’s growth and development, Donna has focused much of her career supporting families and children in the hospital setting. Normalizing their healthcare experience by promoting opportunities for play, providing procedural support and education, and helping them balance the ups and downs that come from a chronic illness, traumatic events, and/or death.
Donna has been able to put her professional work into practice with her son, Ben, who was born prematurely with a congenital heart defect in 2011. He has fortunately moved beyond most of his medical complications and now keeps Donna busy practicing her child development skills as a parent.
JD Wright (Treasurer)
JD started his construction career at the age of six when he would drive around with his Grandfather to various construction sites. Later, this led to becoming proficient in using shovels, brooms, and carrying drywall. After earning an Accounting Degree from Arizona State University, he has spent over 20 years in the construction and manufacturing industry. His primary responsibilities have been running financial departments and overseeing construction projects and manufacturing operations as a Project Manager.
JD played many sports growing up in Arizona. As an adult he has spent twenty years coaching soccer, baseball, football and basketball youth teams. He prides himself on creating a balance of having fun, developing skills and competing at a high level for each team he has coached. He has four active children and currently coaches his youngest daughter’s soccer team.
Kenneth Simmons (Advisory Member)
Kenneth began his professional career as a military policeman in the US Army in 1989, and has 22 years of service (12 active and 10 reserve). He transitioned to the Retired Reserve in 2011. Kenneth began a career with the Department of Public Safety in 2002 and started working at the capitol in 2006. In 2012, Kenneth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from American Military University. Kenneth enjoys music as a hobby and has been fortunate enough to play in several local bands. Kenneth is married with 3 children (Justin-27, Casey-23, and Christy-21). He met his wife, Sue, while stationed in the Republic of Korea (S. Korea).
Tim Urban (Vice President)
Tim Urban is an active, licensed landscape architect and small business owner. Tim earned his Master of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University and has two decades of expertise in native and adaptive flora, park and trail master planning, landscape compliance and mitigation. His experience ranges from boutique design-build to multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firms in the Austin area. Tim also taught landscape design and construction classes for a number of years at Austin Community College. In 2013, with the encouragement of his wife Cynthia, an art teacher and their three children, Tim created Urban Landforms Landscape Architecture Studio, located in Georgetown. Tim is a hands-on owner and manages projects from conception to construction. Mr. Urban provides technical expertise for stakeholder design teams, successfully facilitating the solicitation of community input.
Growing up, Tim fondly remembers many summers running around in the woods, building rafts that float, creating tree forts and not coming home until supper. He understands the importance of children experiencing the outdoors by providing accessible, safe and engaging opportunities for natural play and exploration.
Rieley Moeller (Social Media)
Rieley is about to begin her junior year in college, majoring in Mass Communication and minoring in Journalism. She is passionate about connecting with others, making music, and learning. As Rieley continues to grow, she is excited to be a part of The Playful a Child, and seeks to share the message of the importance of time spent with family and loved ones.
We are super excited to have Rieley join our small but mighty team! If you are interested in volunteering or becoming an intern, contact us today!