Jamie Sladkey is the Program Director of Covenant Youth Collision and the Director Kids College. She graduated from North Park University in 2014 with a degree in Youth Ministry, and plans to attend Garrett Evangelical Seminary in the fall. She is dedicated to showing people their potential for leadership. She loves when people are passionate about things and when students understand the incredible ways God is working in their lives. Jamie loves telling jokes, laughing and collecting hobbies, such as painting, guitar, banjo, Ultimate Frisbee, and making the perfect taco.
Marcus Payne II - Program Director
Marcus loves superhero movies, hip-hop and Kid Cudi almost as much as he loves Jesus. He is a recent graduate from North Park University where he majored in Biblical and Theological Studies and Youth Ministry. He is an aspiring pastor with a love of multicultural ministry. He enjoys working with youth and young adults helping them see that no matter their past or age, God has a calling on their life.
Allison Crino - North Park Liasion
Allison Crino absolutely loves everything about kids and camp, like being silly, playing group games, and singing random songs. She is an expert at filling water balloons and not so great at actually hitting targets. The boring stuff: She graduated from North Park in 2008 with a BA in Sociology, and went back for a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration because she likes helping people. When not having fun with Kids College, she works full time for North Park in University Ministries, coordinating all the Global Partnership trips that take students around the world to serve their neighbors.
Ariana Diaz - Counselor
Hello, friends! This is Ariana Diaz, she is a Minnesota native but Chicago-city lover at heart. She is a junior at North Park University, double majoring in Youth Ministry and Biblical and Theological Studies. She is incredibly passionate about living out her calling to guide youth in a closer relationship with their Creator, while loving everyone with the love that Christ has shown us. Fun facts: Obsessed with dogs, never eaten a hard shell taco, and she loves being outside (camping, hiking, ham-mocking).
Gissela Gualoto - Teacher
This is Gissela and she is 25 years old. She is an 8th grade English teacher, a student at North Park and a lover of theater and musical instruments. She likes to travel to warmer weather, road trip many miles away and collect memories in each place. She is very excited to work with Kids College this summer and she looks forward to having fun and learning!
Sid Smith IV - Counselor and Sports Coach
This is Sid Smith IV, he will be a junior this upcoming fall. He is a Music and Worship major, and he plays football at North Park.
This is his second year with Kids College. He enjoys working at Kids College because of the kids and because of the environment that Marcus and Jamie set up for the camp. He says, “It’s not your everyday camp, but that’s a good thing.” He enjoys having the opportunity to serve and give back to the community!!
Hannah Lewis - Games master
Hey this is Hannah and she will be a junior at North Park University. She is from Colorado and is obsessed with ultimate Frisbee and anything outdoors. She has a dog named Annie and a twin sister named Kayla. No, unfortunately they don’t have a telepathic connection (she blames it on being fraternal). She is studying graphic design and hopes to use her gifts to serve others. She loves coffee and anything arts and crafts, especially pottery. She is so excited to be a part of Kids College and can’t wait to get to know you!
Lydia Vander Stelt - Office Intern
This is Lydia and she is a junior at North Park University! She is double majoring in Business and Economics and Nonprofit Management with the hopes of running her own nonprofit one day. She absolutely loves the city and is excited to spend her first summer in Chicago serving and learning alongside of kids! Other than working for KC, she hopes to be relaxing at the beach, exploring the city, and finding some good eats during the summer.
Ryan Howson - Counselor and Sports Coach
This is Ryan and he will be junior at NPU (North Park), where he plays football and is studying to become a high school teacher where he plans to coach as well. He was born in Glendale Arizona and moved to the suburbs of Chicago when he was two years old and has been there ever since. He is most passionate about sports and has been playing them his entire life. He loves hip hop and in his free time he is either eating, training, or playing Fortnite.
Anca Pintiliuc - Counselor and Sports Coach
This is Anca Pintiliuc, she plays volleyball at North Park University and is majoring in psychology. She loves photography and exploring new things. She came from a Romanian background and used to live there when she was younger. English is her second language although she is the only one in her family who was born in the United States. Some of her best memories in Romania were playing outside all day as a kid, and she excited to help other kids explore their surroundings and help them learn about God, childhood, and sports!