Lisa Phelps | American Studies

From: Bellevue, Washington

Pomona Days: Class of 1979 | American Studies

Current Employment: Director of Early Childhood Ministries @ Bellevue Presbyterian Church

Past Employment:

  • Associate for Children and Family Ministries @ First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue (2011 - present)
  • PCI Certified Parent Coach @ First Presbyterian Children Preschool (2008 - present)
  • Lead Teacher @ BelPres Preschool (1999 - present)
  • Children's Teacher @ Bellevue Community College Parent Education Program (1998 - 1999)
  • Development Coordinator @ Northwest Burn Foundation (1987 - 1989)
  • Manager of Annual Giving @ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (1984 - 1986)


I worked in development (fund raising) for non-profits before became a parent.  I stayed home for a number of years, volunteering in their classrooms, school plays and supporting the social-emotional development of my own children and others.  I loved this time in my life and would not trade it for anything.  I began teaching Preschool and found that I loved and was gifted in teaching children and encouraging their parents.  Now I serve as the Director of Early Childhood Ministries at our large Presbyterian church.  I enjoy my job and the long-term relationships I have had with the families I serve.   I don’t have a master’s degree, just certificates in Parent Coaching and lots of continuing education.  Remember that alumni like me, who might not have a career you are interested in, do know lots of people in various industries and have warm relationships with them.  I can be a great source for networking connections and perspective on how having a family might fit into your work/life balance.