Founded in 2016, our mission is to provide families simple ways to discover and invest in their children’s early learning and creativity through play.


Mary Mayesky Holroyd, Ph.D.,
Chief Educational Officer & Co-founder

Skilly-do is the latest chapter in Mary’s 40 year career in education. As a 1st generation Lithuanian-American and single parent of a 2-year-old, her Masters in Child Development became a lifeline, helping her design engaging, age-appropriate activities for her daughter, Claire. She put these ideas into her textbook, Creative Activities for Young Children, now in its 11th edition. Mary’s experience as an educator began as a Head Start and elementary school teacher. As a working parent and principal, she designed the first elementary, extended-day school program in the Southeastern United States, receiving the American Association of School Administrators Research Award. She continued her career at Duke University as an Education Professor, Student Teaching Supervisor and Outstanding Young Educator. Mary then went on to become a member of North Carolina's State Day Care Commission, North Carolina's State Day Care Program Director, Wake County School Board member and Curriculum Committee Chair. These plus her current roles as a North Carolina Museum of Art educational docent and great-grandmother are all at work in Skilly-do.

Claire Holroyd,
CEO & Co-founder

Claire began her career receiving the John Hope Franklin Award from the Center for Documentary Studies, earning a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. She went on to be a Producer and Product Manager of worldwide, digital services for mobile, gaming, music, and video with Creative Artists Agency, the PlayStation Network, Qualcomm and Square Enix. Most recently, she served a term as a Presidential Innovation Fellow in partnership with the Obama Administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Small Business Administration. Looking back now, Claire believes it all began when she was a little girl. The fun she had making things with her mom, Mary, gave her the skills and confidence to keep growing and learning. As Skilly-do’s Co-founder, Claire uses her product development experience to grow Skilly-do and power our next generation’s creativity.



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