Meet the team behind PopUp Childcare. We are a group of folks passionate about parenting. We feel that happy parents result in happy children!
Kimberly Thompson – Founder & CEO
Kimberly has 20 years marketing and product development experience (has it really been that long!?). Prior to founding PopUp Childcare she was CMO of Sonicbids, a marketplace that connects bands with people who book or license music. She joined as employee #3! While there she grew membership to nearly 500,000 and assisted in a successful acquisition in 2013. Kimberly became a mother later than most at the age of 39 after nearly 7 years of trying… She decided to take time off to be with her daughters Lydia and Zoe and work on her art (she has a BA in illustration). She and her husband live far, far, far away from family. With no one to call on last minute, she found herself struggling to find reliable occasional care for her girls when she needed an hour of help here or there. Try finding someone to help on a Tuesday at 1:30 for an hour when you really need a break. Nearly impossible. So she decided to do something about it and PopUp Childcare was born!
Leigh O’Sullivan Flannery – Director, Childcare Curriculum
Leigh has a BA from Smith College in American Studies and Elementary Education and a MAT (masters in the art of teaching) from Brandeis University and is certified in elementary education and early childhood education in Massachusetts. She is the co-director of The Children’s House of Cambridge which serves children birth-6 drawing from the philosophies of Montessori, RIE, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. Creating a program that fits the needs of the modern family, provides nutritious food and food education, and constantly evaluating best practices for teaching in the classroom has allowed her to meld all her passions together. Leigh is passionate about local food production and works for CSA’s and local farmers and loves to bring that passion to her teaching and curriculum development. In her spare time she loves to cook, preserve food, read, and spend time with neighbors and friends. She has three daughters ages 7, 5, 3 and a new born son!
Martina Hughes – Director, Logistics
Martina was born and educated in Ireland, she moved to the United States in 1995. She has 20 years experience in childcare. She believes childhood is a special time that should be treasured and that each child should be allowed to grow and learn at his or her own pace. She’s spent years participating on her children’s elementary school PTO board bringing many extra curriculum programs to the school, volunteered in the library and classrooms and prior participated on the her sons pre-school coop board and as a parent helper. She is co-founder, with Leigh, of The Cambridge House of Children. She has a 6 year son and 9 year old daughter.
Abby Murphy, MS, OTR/L – Director, Integrated Play
Abby is a pediatric occupational therapist, yoga instructor and most recently Mama to a toddler, Fitz! She’s worked in schools and private practice with children of all ages and abilities. She believes in the importance of play, respectfully guiding children of all ages to make discoveries and learn through self-motivated engagement. On any given day you may find Abby baking gluten free treats with her toddler, hiking with her dog or sneaking in a nap or workout while Fitz is asleep!
Neela Samia – Art Director
Neela has more than 15 years of design and art direction experience working for creative agencies, in-house marketing teams, and independently for clients like Raising A Reader Massachusetts, UPromise Investments, and Shriner’s Hospital. She graduated magna cum laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor’s degree in electronic media, arts, and communication and earned a Master’s degree in advertising at Boston University. She creates hand-set type prints on an antique letterpress in a shared artist space in Providence in her spare time. She can play “Heart and Soul” upside down on the piano … or at least could when she was 7. And most importantly, she is a mother to two girls.