Lizzie Allison – President
Lizzie is a sophomore at St. Francis High School. Her desire to help foster youth stemmed from performing at age 8 in the musical Annie. Since then, she has always wanted to help foster kids, but because of her young age, she couldn’t find a way to help until now. Lizzie decided to start her own nonprofit where kids like her and other volunteers can help foster kids.
Celebrating birthdays is something everyone can understand and enjoy, and it is a volunteer project for all ages. Lizzie wants to make her four years of high school count, by bringing joy to foster youth in the Sacramento area. Lizzie is also an active volunteer with National Charity League, Inc., El Dorado Hills, and she is passionate about playing basketball.
Adult Advisory Board
During the day, Kristen is a seasoned Information Technology consulting professional, with over 16 years of experience in the public sector. She enjoys the challenges associated with learning her clients’ business and supporting them in the transition to new processes and technology. Kristen’s also the proud mother of a bright-eyed, inquisitive 6 year-old who brings her endless joy.
Kristen believes in the importance of giving all children safe, nurturing environments in which to develop and learn. To this end, she’s been an active member of the Sacramento Children’s Home board of directors for 8 years and is currently serving on the Home’s executive committee. Her desire to provide for youth, specifically those who need it the most, aligns with Team Celebrate’s goal of making foster youth feel special on their birthdays.
Jean is a retired educator with over 37 years experience working in the public school arena as a teacher, resource teacher, vice-principal, principal, principal coach and consultant. She strongly believes that all children have the right to receive the very best education possible to help develop their sense of self worth and confidence. Her life has been dedicated to promoting the best possible learning and caring environment for children. Jean is the mother of two children and the grandmother to five.
Jean feels privileged to serve as a member of the Adult Advisory Board. She has witnessed during her years as an educator how a certain friend, teacher, or special event can impact a child’s sense of self worth. Team Celebrate capitalizes on the uniqueness of each child and lets them know that they are special and have value as an individual. She is looking forward to being a member of this project celebrating the importance and life of each child served.
Andralee Harmon – Placer County
Andralee is a sophomore at St. Francis High School, where she plays basketball and enjoys her studies. She was adopted when she was nine and was in the foster system. She was inspired to help foster youth as a way to give back to those who didn’t get the chance she did. She aspires to be a cop one day and Team Celebrate is another way she hopes to give back to her community and kids who were in positions similar to hers.
Shelby Le Marquand – El Dorado County
Shelby is a sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, where she is a photographer for her sports marketing team. She enjoys playing the piano, weightlifting, and helping serve her community. Shelby has been an active member of National Charity League, Inc., El Dorado Hills since 7th grade. Volunteering at various outreaches has motivated her to really get involved and find new ways to help others. Team Celebrate’s mission has truly inspired her to give back to foster kids, and she is excited to be apart of their future accomplishments.
Jena Brasil – El Dorado County
Jena is super excited to be working with Team Celebrate! She is a sophomore at Oak Ridge High School, and she loves to read, play guitar and hang out with her friends. Volunteering is a huge part of Jena’s life, especially volunteering with kids! In addition to working with Team Celebrate, she works with Hands4Hope, NCL, and Girl Scouts. Working with these organizations is Jena’s passion, and she is so exited to make a difference with Team Celebrate!
Peyton Spellacy – Sacramento County
Peyton is a sophomore at St. Francis High School. She plays varsity Tennis and has a passion for journalism. She is so honored to be the Sacramento Teen Representative for Team Celebrate. When she first heard of this non profit organization, she thought it gave a great opportunity to raise awareness and bring smiles to foster kids faces. These children are left with no resources, giving them little potential. She thinks that Team Celebrate can change lives through birthday boxes and make the world a better place.