Jessica Roubitchek, Owner

Jessica opened Purple Monkey Playroom in 2012, when her daughter was a toddler. 

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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, 8-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 a first grader 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. 

Sarah Nelson, Manager of Business Development and Special Assignments

Sarah Nelson has recently joined Purple Monkey Playroom with over two decades in the property management and hospitality industries.  She brings her passion for event planning and establishing partnerships to her role as Manager of Business Development and Special Projects.

You can find her in Logan Square volunteering at her daughter's school, scouring Chicago for original artwork with her husband, and dabbling in fiber arts/weaving with her nine year old child. 

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