JJ Kissinger

Director, Side-by-Side

Born and raised in the great state of Colorado, I moved to the PNW where I studied at Seattle Pacific University and Regent College (Vancouver, BC). I started volunteering with Side-by-Side in 2006, and joined the staff in 2011. It’s a privilege to dream up all sorts of outrageous and unforgettable ways to provide laughter, rest, and togetherness for families dealing with serious childhood illness. I live in Shoreline with my wife Lisa, our daughter Jane, and our son Leo.


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Marla Malone

Associate Director, Side-bySide

I have been part of UPC since college and love this season of caring for families and volunteers through Side-by-Side. There’s always another party or event to plan and oodles of opportunities to creatively celebrate life in the midst of challenges. 

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Kelly Hampton

Associate Director, Preschool Programs

I am thrilled to join Team Side-by-Side and explore how to share the gift of play and friendship with kids in a consistent, caring environment, and also encourage parents as they provide for their kids in unimaginable circumstances. It's a joy to see the children’s faces when they walk into a room tailor-made for them—a place where they feel empowered to engage their curiosity because we have said YES.

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