Jessica Roubitchek, Owner
Jessica opened Purple Monkey Playroom in 2012, when her daughter was a toddler.
She earned her BA in marketing from the University of Illinois and later completed her MBA at the University of Chicago. Prior to opening Purple Monkey, she was a fundraiser for several Chicago-area nonprofits, including the University of Chicago, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and Girl Scouts.
In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the business, Jessica is the lead party planner for Purple Monkey and loves working with clients to create unique, stress-free celebrations.
She lives in Bucktown with her husband, 6-year-old daughter, and two rescued Pit Mixes.
Lea Martinez, Senior Manager
Lea joined the Purple Monkey playroom family in July 2013, less than 6 months after opening day. Lea manages staffing for the team and can be found greeting families several afternoons a week. Lea also expertly manages the process of finalizing last-minute preparations for birthday parties and ensures every family is ready and excited for their celebrations. Lea has personally hosted several hundred events as a party assistant for the playroom. When she's not in the playroom she is also a trusted pet caregiver.
Lea is mom to an almost-Kindergartener and lives in the Kelvyn Park neighborhood with her son, partner, and cat. Prior to working at Purple Monkey she had a long career in the IT world. The playroom's multiple printers are grateful for her skills.
Kate sysavathly, manager
Kate started at Purple Monkey in the summer of 2014 and expertly manages a variety of responsibilities, including hosting birthday celebrations, welcoming drop-in play clients, and weeknight cleaning.
Kate is the mom of three children, ranging from preschool to fourth grade. Before becoming a stay-at-home parent, Kate worked in organizational development and fundraising for children's causes. Her family lives in Humboldt Park and loves being active community members, including Purple Monkey Playroom!
Enid Munoz, Assistant manager
Enid is a top-notch party assistant and also occasionally moonlights during drop-in play. Outside of the playroom she is a childcare provider and also a Chicago actor. Her passion for writing and performing keeps her involved in classes and art community. She lives in a full house with 2 dogs, old god McGruff and puppy Tamarindo. When she's not working at Purple Monkey, she's creating new work with the FEMelanin collective.
Lysette Simmons, client service specialist and graphic designer
Lysette is the newest addition to the Purple Monkey team!
She lives in Logan Square with her hilarious husband, and they both write for The Onion. They have an adorable little dog named Stella, whom they adopted from the Chicago Canine Rescue shortly after moving to Chicago. Lysette recently earned an Associate's degree in Digital Multimedia & Design from Harold Washington College. She is a published, award-winning poet and has an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College in NYC. Lysette is very crafty and loves making artwork (she's the lead designer for Purple Monkey's celebrations!), so when she's not at the playroom, she's probably at home working on a new project!