Kate's Club Ambassador Program
Ambassadors represent a select group of Kate’s Club’s most engaged, active and dedicated supporters. Ambassadors can be Buddies, donors, former board members, member guardians, former KC members who are now adults, and/or volunteers who are uniquely committed to furthering the mission of Kate’s Club.
Each Ambassador serves a leadership role in ways that best fit their individual interests and skills. In addition to making a financial contribution to Kate’s Club, Ambassadors lead special event sub-committees; lead special projects; offer pro-bono professional services; and/or volunteer as a Buddy for a minimum of six shifts or at Camp Good Mourning. Ambassadors are encouraged to attend Kate’s Club programs and special events.
Ambassadors are formally recognized at events, on the website and various social media sites and in marketing materials. Interested in learning more, becoming an Ambassador or nominating a candidate? Contact Courtney Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the 2019 Ambassadors
The 2019 Ambassador Challenge
I have been a buddy at Kate's Club for 4ish years. Working with the kids has a very direct impact on my soul. I love it here.
Amanda Kay Seals is a civil litigator living and working in Atlanta. Outside of the courtroom, you can find Amanda Kay skiing, practicing yoga, or scouring Atlanta for its best molten cheese dishes. Amanda Kay's dad, Phil, died after a long illness when she was a young adult, and that experience drew her to begin volunteering at Kate's Club through the Junior League of Atlanta, where Amanda Kay has served on the Kate's Club committee since 2014.
Having lost my own mother at the young of fourteen, I connected immediately with Kate's Club mission when I first learned about the organization after moving to Atlanta to begin my law practice. I've served now, as both a buddy and Ambassador, for several years and serving with Kate's Club continues to be one of the most impactful experiences in my life. Each year, I take an active role in Camp Good Mourning, Memory Walk, and various other clubhouse opportunities. Working with Kate's Club is truly an honor and I'm thankful to have found this wonderful organization.
A personal loss is what brought Ashley to Kate's Club as a buddy and ambassador.
Catherine Andrews joined Kate's Club in 2012 as a Buddy. Over the years I have volunteered for Clubhouse days, field trips, camp, Family Night, Family Orientation, H.U.G.S. programs, silent auction committee for Gala, Memory Walk committee, administrative support, an Ambassador and Clubhouse days facilitator. I work in the talent division of Human Resources as a recruiter for Grady Health System. In my spare time, I also volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the American Cancer Society.
I became a buddy at Kate's Club 3 years ago, after my husband Dave, started volunteering at the urging of another buddy and friend. He lost his mom from a car crash when he was 13, and his dad from a plane crash when he was 20 years old. It wasn't until he started volunteering at KC, that he started to open up about the losses and delve into his own grief journey. KC doesn't just help the kids navigate their losses, it provides so much to the buddies as well. I love everything about KC, but especially Camp, and welcoming new families into the program and watching them blossom throughout their grief journey. Since I'm a Play Therapist by day, it's been a wonderful transition into being a buddy.
Since becoming involved with Kate's Club in 2013 through the Junior League of Atlanta, I have volunteered at six Camp Good Mournings, several Kate's Club outings, and many clubhouse days. From the very beginning, it was easy to see how important Kate's Club is for children and teens who have suffered a significant loss, it's truly is a special place! I received a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and a master's in communications from Purdue University. I work as a senior communications consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and enjoy live music, traveling, and spending time outdoors with my husband and two canine kids.
I am honored to represent, support and be a part of Kate's Club and their mission. I find it is often the most challenging topic for people and families affected by loss, and through my own grief process, have found that Kate's Club gives me a voice for those families in our communities that are currently facing their own. Its an evolution over time and the more children we can support the better, to know they are not alone in this process. I've been blessed to have found such an amazing organization to volunteer for, run by the most amazing staff that truly give all they can to make a difference.
I learned about Kate's Club through a Google search shortly after I moved to Atlanta in 2015, and I have been volunteering ever since. I quickly saw how significant of a role Kate's Club plays in the lives of members and their families, and feel honored to be a part of that. I work as psychotherapist in private practice and at a community mental health clinic in the Atlanta area. My volunteer work at Kate's Club helps inform my practice as a therapist, has helped me cultivate more compassion for others, and has provided me with a supportive community.
I started volunteering with Kate's Club in April 2013, and it has changed my life profoundly. Having lost my older sister at age 13 and my mother at age 16, I know what it is like to grieve without the guidance and support of an organization like Kate's Club. Any time I talk with people about Kate's Club, they always say what a great thing I'm doing and how much we are helping these kids. I thank them and agree, but I see more and more each day how much this organization has helped me. I don't feel like I'm giving up my time when I volunteer at Kate's Club because I get so much in return. I think one of the things that makes Kate's Club so unique is that they offer year-round support for the kids; monthly program days at the clubhouse, quarterly outings, the HUGS programs, and of course Camp Good Mourning! Additionally, the other volunteers are some of the most amazing people I've met in my life. It's an incredible organization for which I am so thankful to be a part of.
I began volunteering at Kate's Club in 2017 because the mission hit close to home (my dad died in 1997 and my brother died a few months before I began volunteering). The children who come to Kate's Club inspire me with their strength and have helped me with my own healing, and I look forward to many more years of Clubhouse Days, Quarterly Outings, HUGS and Camp Good Mourning. When I'm not being a Buddy, I'm traveling to visit friends across the country, acting in my local community theatre or cheering at an Auburn or Clemson football game.
Volunteering has always been part of my life. When I first moved to Atlanta I volunteered with a youth homeless shelter every week for over 6 years. When the program closed in 2015, I knew I had to find something to fill that gap. After doing online research about my passions for volunteering, mental health, and working with children, I found Kate's Club. I began volunteering at Kate's Club in the fall of 2015 and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. My personal journey has taught me the power and importance of mental health and wellness and that's why I am so passionate about the mission of Kate's Club. I feel extremely fortunate to be part of such an amazing organization. My favorite thing about Kate's Club is volunteering with 'the littles' during the morning shift on clubhouse days, camp, and the friends I've made.
Kate's Club has been a part of my life since 2014. It has become my second home and family. (Among my favorite things are camp, new family orientation, clubhouse days, family nights, HUGS, outings, and school groups...ok that is almost everything KC offers but it is hard to say what I love most). When I am not at Kate's Club, you can find me working with my other amazing children doing play and sand tray therapy. Since I am married to a fellow Buddy Volunteer, Adam, we spend lots of time together both inside and outside of KC and also love our maltese, Ferrell, living in Midtown and finding new and exciting places to go explore.
Having lost my father when I was 18, the mission of Kate's Club is one that is very close to my heart. I started as a buddy in the summer of 2014 and more recently, I have been lucky enough to sit on multiple Gala Committees and Co-Chair the Auction Committee in both 20177, 2018 and now 2019. During the day, I work at Delta Air Lines as an Events Program Leader and in my spare time, I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy the outdoors with my husband and dog.
My father died when I was nine years old. Participating in a peer grief support group throughout high school was a transformative experience for me, and I was thrilled to discover the opportunities Kate's Club offers for kids and families. I started volunteering as a buddy at clubhouse days and HUGS in 2018 and also participated on the Memory Walk committee. Every interaction I've had with Kate's Club reinforces its importance and I feel fortunate to be a part of the community.
I have been a buddy volunteering with Kate's Clubs since December 2012. I've had the privilege to sit on multiple Gala Committees and Co-Chair the Auction Committee since 2017, be a buddy at Camp Good Mourning, and become an ambassador. I was drawn to the mission of Kate's club as I suffered the loss of my father at the age of 12. I love witnessing the impact Kate's Clubs services has had on these children and plan to continue being a part of that as long as possible! By day, I am a Premier Broker Executive with Aflac Group. In my spare time, I enjoy taking martial arts classes, cycling, and long walks with my Siberian husky.
I lost my dad when I was 10 years old, and spent a lot of my early life struggling with my grief. At the age of 15, I created a grief program for children in South Carolina and went from school to school sharing my story and how children can cope with their grief. After moving to Atlanta to attend Emory Law, I wanted to find a place where I could continue to help children who had experienced loss like myself. I found Kate's Club. For over two years I have been actively involved with Kate's Club and it's mission. I have met several children who have left a lasting impression on my heart, and who I feel I have left an impression on too. I am thankful that Kate's Club exists, and would love to see it grow to other states like South Carolina and across the state of Georgia. There is truly a national need for this organization.