Emily Phillips, Program Coordinator
Emily has worked with Bay Area youth of all ages in several different capacities, as a creative writing teacher for elementary school kids with “Take My Word For It!” and SF Arts Ed, as the Middle School After School Program Coordinator at Oakland School for the Arts, and as a high school tutor, mentor, and substitute teacher. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts in 2008 and when she’s not doing fifteen things at once coordinating our growing writing program, she writes as much as possible.
Mary Pat Julian, East Coast Program Coordinator
Mary Pat Julian graduated with a major in English from West Virginia University. Mary Pat’s interest in finding unique enrichment programs for area schools combined with her love of all things written made her fall in love with Take My Word for It! When not busy with TMWFI, you can find her entranced in photography or writing (her own or someone else’s), volunteering or, more often than not, ferrying her 3 boys all over the DC area while dreaming of summers at the beach.
Susan Shay, Social Media Coordinator
Susan has been an operations & marketing consultant for over 10 years. Her clients stretch from coast to coast and include health & wellness professionals, yoga studios & arts organizations. Exercising her creative muscles, Susan has worked on & off stage in New York, Chicago, DC and San Francisco as an actor, stage manager, dramaturg and designer. She is a graduate of Georgetown University (BA, English Literature) and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Her favorite audiences are under the age of 12, as they allow their imaginations to enrich storytelling – on stage and on the page!
Kim Bielak, Marketing Consultant
Kim graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Media Studies. She found that her heart aligned with “Take My Word For It!” ‘s mission to give kids the opportunity to express themselves creatively and is thrilled to be able to employ her studies in digital media to interact with our online community. She finds her own creative outlet in dance, art and travel.