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ASTRA Welcomes Back Katie Cooley as Educational Coordinator

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ASTRA welcomes back their new, and returning staff member, Katie Cooley (Marso). Katie will be working part-time as Education Coordinator at ASTRA, getting their education programming back on track!


Katie graduated from Lake Forest College in Illinois with a degree in both Sociology and Communications. After of college, Katie started working for ASTRA as the Membership and Programs Coordinator. Although she loved working for ASTRA and in the specialty toy industry, she left her position to move from Chicago to her home state of Michigan. In Michigan she has worked in a variety of positions in Development and Fundraising at non-profits. After having her first child in November of 2021, Katie became more invested in knowing what the best toys were for him and his development. She reached out to ASTRA president Sue Warfield, knowing ASTRA would have the answers.


When learning of the possibility of working remotely for ASTRA, she jumped at the opportunity. “I absolutely love the work that ASTRA does and spreading the importance of play,” Katie Cooley said. “I could not be more excited to work for ASTRA again.”