the team

      Marlene Mejia Weiss, Executive Director of Outreach                                                    

Marlene is Parent Matchmaker, Baby Whisperer, and Communications/Community-Building Lead of The Inc. She can be found walking around The Inc. helping a baby fall asleep or playing with little ones in the cowork + coplay room in-between meetings with potential partners, members and community supporters.  

With a background in sports marketing and licensed consumer products, Marlene didn't start cultivating her entrepreneurial spirit until her six year stint as a full-time parent to her two boys. Using her previous work experience, recently updated skills in digital marketing and mothering “know-how” for fostering adaptability and managing chaos, she embarked on a career onramp that included marketing projects for early stage startups and freelance marketing for small businesses.

She realized during this time that like her other women were struggling to balance work and motherhood so she joined the board of the Women's Business Incubator in 2016 to work on a solution. Since then, she has realized her passion for social entrepreneurship and has enjoyed supporting parents and children at The Inc and through other endeavors. Marlene lives in North Seattle with her husband Matthew, their two fun-loving boys and a crazy amount of Legos.

 

     Sarah Beaumont Hines, Executive Director of Operations                                      

Sarah is Chief Plant Lady, Systems Slayer, and Operations Lead of The Inc. As the “Wizard Behind The Curtain,” Sarah can be found in a quiet corner fixing an operational issue as far away from her adorable toddler as possible or creating a more inspired space to help our Inc members feel more productive.

With a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship and her experience in Corporate HR Operations, Sarah has found the perfect opportunity with The Inc. to combine her professional experience with motherhood. Not only does Sarah work hard to create a unique space like The Inc. for other parents, but she also uses it for herself and her toddler and has desired such a space since her pregnancy. Sarah has been a coworking advocate in Seattle for several years. Since 2012, she has helped to promote the Seattle coworking movement and has consulted for other coworking spaces during their early stages and has been involved with the Women’s Business Incubator since its earlier iterations. Sarah lives in South Seattle with her husband Zach and son Charlie.

 

     Erin Kelly, Lead Community Cultivator                                                                     

Erin is Seattle's Go-To Nanny Guru, Marlene and Sarah’s Wrangler, and The Inc.'s Onsite Community Cultivator. She manages the day-to-day administrative duties of the space: handling all inquiries, tours, member onboarding; supporting online and onsite member experience; and facilitating day-to-day Inc. community cultivation.

Erin has a unique perspective on the local childcare landscape for working parents as she is also the owner of Spilt Milk Nannies, an online referral service connecting babysitters and families who need flexible childcare. With her huge roster of stellar Seattle area sitters, Erin also helps with backup staffing for The Inc.'s Playschool rooms. 

 

      Alex Grennan, Lead Playschool Teacher                                                                  

Teacher Alex runs the preschooler room for children 2.5 years old-PreK. Alex brings a breadth of experience, warmth and enthusiasm to The Inc. team. While currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Alex has taught and worked with children in a variety of settings, including preschool, daycare and summer camp programs. In addition to her other teaching experience, Alex has extensive experience in teaching sign language and working to build confidence and creative problem solving in children. When she is not at school or teaching Alex enjoys being involved in the local theatre scene and roller skating.

  

     Spilt Milk Nannies, Toddler Room Caregivers

Hanna Richards is the lead caregiver of the toddler room for children who are steady walkers up to 2.5 years old. Hanna is a full-time, CPR certified Spilt Milk Nanny who has been a professional caregiver for over five years. She has worked extensively with infants, toddlers, school-aged children and pre-teens and has daycare experience as well. Hanna is a master of crafts and games and is extremely skilled at distracting a toddler who doesn’t like seeing their parent leave.

 

     Rocio Cruz, Part-Time Spanish Immersion Playschool Teacher                                                

Rocio Cruz is The Inc’s drop-in Spanish Immersion Playschool teacher. She is a native Spanish speaker from Mexico and has a BA in Social Work and is a mother of two. Rocio has more than 12 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings including daycare, nannying and preschool. She is involved in the local Seattle Spanish community by volunteering for cultural events, one being the Dia de Muertos at Seattle Center.

Every Friday in the Fall, Rocio hosts her own Spanish playgroup called “Chiquitines ” in The Inc.’s cowork + coplay room for infants 4 months old up to a year old. Rocio then drops into the preschooler and toddler rooms to engage in Spanish for a half hour in each room with the children. She uses songs, books, crafts and other activities to introduce Spanish in a fun way.

 

Playschool Program Support Team

 

      Miriam Yoon, Playschool Program Supervisor

Miriam is an Early Childhood Special Educator in a past life and now a full-time Mama with a current classroom of two. She has a BS in Child Development and MA in Education with expertise in construction paper, cardboard, scissors, and packing tape. Before her wardrobe consisted primarily of stretch, she worked in teaching environments all across the spectrum including childcare, contained special education, inclusion model classrooms, and therapeutic programs.  As The Inc.'s Playschool Program Coordinator, Miriam is excited to jump into both the Preschool and Toddler classrooms to be a resource and support to the teachers, provide programming and curriculum guidance, and work with families as they transition their young scholars through The Inc.'s Playschool Program, preparing them (both children and parents!) for years of learning to come.

 

     Elise Gooi, Playschool Program Advisor

At fifteen, Elise's first paid job was as an Education Room Intern at a Boys & Girls Club and she has been passionate about quality and equity in education ever since. Committing the last 10 years in the early childhood field, most of her career has been invested in coaching, mentoring and supervising early childhood professionals.  After losing a friend to breast cancer in 2015, Elise quit working at a nonprofit she loved to reassess and reprioritize life, starting with spending more time with her then-one year old son. Lost in the whirlwind of life as primary caregiver, Elise wanted and needed a place like The Inc., but concluded during the ideation phase (and life with a toddler), “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”  She is glad someone did!  After returning home to Washington in 2017, Elise discovered The Inc., and as they say, the rest is history! She drives all the way from Issaquah, with two littles in tow, to support The Inc.’s mission by providing consultation to the Playschool.  In her spare time, she stays busy re-learning how to live in the rain.