Staff & Board

Pike Place Market Foundation

Our Staff

Lillian Sherman

Executive Director lillian.sherman@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5246

“I can honestly say I have the best job in the city! Every day as I walk through the market, I’m surrounded by our mission: a neighborhood where low-income people find dignity, hope and community.

By giving to The Market Foundation YOU make stories like the ones you’ll find on our website possible.  The difference we make together is more than just a day in someone’s life, we are changing a community. Together, we create the legacy that is the Pike Place Market.”

Professional Background: I returned to The Market Foundation in 2012 after spending 13 years leading the fundraising and community relations efforts at Wellspring Family Services and FareStart.  Both organizations went through significant growth periods during my tenure including major capital campaigns. Prior to my first turn at the Market Foundation in the late ‘90’s, I created Special Events for Food Lifeline and for The Bon Marche.  I spent my formative years in McMinnville, Oregon, moving to Seattle to attend SPU where I earned a BA in Political Science & Social Work.  I also hold an MPA from Seattle University.

Fun fact! When not working or chasing children around, you will find me outside running or walking trails or swimming happily in the lake.

Christi Beckley

Fund Development Manager christi.beckley@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5243

I love the Market!…is what everyone says, but that is before they learn about the services housed with-in the Market and supported by the Foundation. Then they say….Wow, I love the Market even more now.”

Professional background: I enjoy ensuring that services are available for those in need by inviting others to give back to our community. Prior to joining the Market Foundation team, I spent the last 15 years in the non-profit sector in development, programming and leadership for the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the American Cancer Society.

Why I love my job? It’s a joy to be surrounded by the vibrancy of the Market community, but it is the passion of our supports and the positive impact that they help create that keeps me going each day.

Fun Fact! Give me a good beat (preferably a funky one) and I’ll dance to it!

Nicole Cilley

Business and Fiscal Administrator nicole.cilley@pikeplacemarket.org | (206) 774-5262

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. If you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

Professional Background: I grew up in North Carolina where I developed a passion for great food. I owned a small restaurant on the Gulf of Mexico for five years then moved to the Pacific Northwest. In Portland, OR I operated a “build your own” mac and cheese food cart as well as a small restaurant in conjunction with a brewpub. I found a wonderful home at the gourmet pasta stall in Pike Place Market for many years and now I’m happy exploring the culinary side of the market while I work for The Market Foundation.

Why do I love my job? I really feel great about my day when I’ve spent it helping people.  My role at the Foundation lets me help my coworkers with administrative tasks at the same time as helping the community.  To me, this is not just a job, it’s contributing to my own community.

Fun fact: I go on baking sprees for stress relief- cakes, muffins, brownies and breads…

 

Patricia Gray

Community Relations Manager patricia.gray@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5249

“More than fresh fish and produce, the Market is a model for how a diverse neighborhood stimulates a dynamic, economically viable community.”

Professional background: My passion is to empower people to make a positive impact in their community. I have worked in communications and fundraising at Wellspring Family Services, FareStart and the University of Washington Alumni Association and served on the board of ROOTS Young Adult Shelter. Prior to my nonprofit career, I was a journalist in Indiana, The Netherlands and locally for Real Change Newspaper. I have a journalism and telecommunications degree from Ball State University.

Why I love my job? My approach to public relations & fundraising is through community building and I firmly believe there is no better place to do this than Pike Place Market.

Fun Fact! By night, I enjoy tearing it up on the roller derby track!

Tiffany Swanson

Special Events Manager tiffany.swanson@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5233

“I’ve had a love affair with Pike Place Market my whole life, yet never knew the depths of the market community until recently.  I’m incredibly honored to work with Pike Place Market Foundation, where I not only get to plan some of the best events in the city, but also contribute to the greater good of our amazing community!”

Professional background: With a Communications degree from Washington State University (Go Cougs!), I spent most of my extensive career in advertising analytics, finance and management for Disney Interactive Media Group and Amazon.com. Then, I decided to grab the bull by the horns and steer my professional life toward what I’m truly passionate about – planning events that honor and celebrate our city with a non-profit organization that helps touch the lives of the Seattle community. I always knew I wanted to make the world a better place – I just didn’t know how!

Why do I love my job? The Pike Place Market Foundation is a powerful, caring and impactful organization full of delightful and inspiring individuals who truly want to help others.  I’m so thrilled to work with these people and have a hand in creating events here at Pike Place Market. It’s experiences like these that make life great – eating, drinking, dancing the night away in one of the coolest locations in the world, all to help our community thrive. What could be better than that!?

Fun Fact: You can also find me performing and teaching improv at Unexpected Productions, the improvisational theatre company right here at the Market Theatre at the Gum Wall. I like to think I’m changing the world for the better here too – one laugh at a time!

Crystal Dixon

The Market Commons Manager crystal.dixon@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5262

“Pike Place Market’s community is as rich and layered as its history.  For many people who live and work in the market, it’s so much more than just a neighborhood, it is a place where people can live, shop, work, and care for each other. The Pike Place Market Foundation helps to maintain and fund the diversity and sustainability of this community.”

Professional background: I have a BA and MA in International Relations and have worked for NGOs and nonprofits for nearly my whole career. Before coming to The Foundation, I worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of King County as a Unit Director and Wellspring Family Services as a Community Engagement Manager. My approach to program development focuses on creating and sustaining social service programs where community and client can merge, and anyone and everyone has a chance to make an impact.

Why I love my job:  I am thrilled to see the 40 year old plan for the completion of the Pike Place MarketFront coming to life! The Market Commons is a key piece of this expansion and I am more than excited to be able to bring my community building and project management experience to help shape this new resource for the Market community.

Fun Fact: I don’t like chocolate, ice cream, or cake. I am a good person though, I swear!

Jennifer Schooley

Donor Relations Specialist jennifer.schooley@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5254

“Pike Place Market was one of the first places I visited after the move. On a mission to visit the “first” Starbucks store like any Starbucks enthusiast, I fell in love with what the Market represented in Seattle – a vibrant community of businesses, workers, residents, and shoppers.”

Professional background: Growing up in South Jersey, I pictured myself one day performing on Broadway. After graduate school, I made my home in Pittsburgh for nearly a decade, working in arts fundraising for a performing arts center that presented Broadway – close enough! At the end of Summer 2016, I decided to pick up my life and move to the Pacific Northwest.

Why I love my job: Over time, I learned just how integral the Market Foundation is to supporting the Market community and I am excited to put my nonprofit experience to use as the newest member of the Market Foundation staff. As Donor Relations Specialist, I focus on data reporting and analysis, donor communications, event support, and creating robust stewardship activities.

Fun Fact: In my spare time, I’m the Registration Manager for GeekGirlCon, an organization dedicated to amplifying and celebrating marginalized communities in their geeky pursuits. I also like to cook and bake an obnoxious amount of bad-for-you goodies.

Velma Chaney

Resource Coordinator velma.chaney@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5313

When you invest in the people, the people will invest in you. The Market is dedicated to helping the community through the service agencies supported by The Market Foundation, which in turn, motivates the members of the community to give back to such a thriving and wonderful cause.

Professional Bio: I graduated from Seattle Central with an Associates of Arts Degree in Social and Human Services, and I received my certificate in Child and Family Services. Most recently I interned at Wellspring Family Services to bring awareness to homelessness, provide resources, and ensure some of the basic needs of families were met.

Why I love my job: I am a survivor of homelessness. Through this difficult time in my life I learned what true strength is and how to fight for what I believe in and the things that I want out of life. I want to be there for all the individuals out there who need someone who understands them. I am passionate about helping people realize the fighter in themselves. This is what my new position as The Market Commons Coordinator encompasses and that is why I love my job.

Fun Fact: My singing group and I auditioned for Apollo when it came to Jackson. We actually won the preliminaries and the actual audition, but the group broke up because there were too many Beyonce’s. So suffice it to say, we never made it on the big screen.

Alejandro Valdivieso

Communications and Volunteer Coordinator alejandro.valdivieso@pikeplacemarket.org | (206) 774-5255

“Pike Place Market was one of my first sights when I moved to Seattle, and to this day I still feel the same joy and wonder of that first time as I traverse the shops and stalls. I’m excited to give back to the community that first welcomed me to this great city!”

Professional Background: I was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Communications and Psychology. After a brief stint in New York City to be a Mad Man-esque Broadcast Advertising Producer with Grey NY, my partner and I decided to move to Seattle to focus in on our passion for helping the public. This led to my previous position as a video producer/communications associate with the Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, helping inform the public about the New Burke project and research breakthroughs at the museum. From there I continued to set my sights on nonprofit work that would benefit those in need, leading me to to join the Pike Place Market Foundation!

Why do I love my job? I’ve always wanted to work somewhere where I could see the fruits of my labor directly benefiting people in need of care and support. It’s truly an honor to share the stories of our remarkable community, and give a platform to individuals and social service agencies who may not realize that they deserve to be in the spotlight.

Fun fact: I play jazz trumpet, and used to be in a Jewish acapella group despite not being Jewish.

Kathryn Horter

Food Resource Coordinator

Professional background: I graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Forest Resources and Conservation. As an undergraduate I maintained an active role in community boards and organizations. I served as a member of the City of Gainesville’s Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Board and City Beautification Board. I also interned with Active Streets Alliance, a non-profit that works to give all people equitable access to public spaces.

Why I love my job: I love working in a dynamic environment  that greets each day as a new opportunity for growth and positive community engagement. The knowledgeable and passionate individuals who work at The Commons make the space an invaluable resource to the Market community and an incredible space to work.

Fun fact: My childhood dream was to be a chicken when I grew up.

Kyra Meko

Community Outreach Coordinator krya.meko@pikeplacemarket.org | 206-774-5315

Professional  background: I graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore last spring with degrees in Political Science, Anthropology and Environmental Studies. In the past I have interned with a housing safety nonprofit in Baltimore, an environmental policy consulting firm in Washington, DC and a county agency in my hometown of San Luis Obispo, California. I found the most career inspiration, however, through leading a student group called Students for Environmental Action. Collaborating with other passionate volunteers to innovate and execute awareness campaigns and events was the best experience of my time as an undergraduate. I am so excited to be doing similar work at The Market Commons!

Why I love my job: The Market Community is vibrant and varied, bringing brightness to even the rainiest Seattle days. The myriad of folks who live and work here mean that every day on the job at The Market Commons is different. It is incredible to see how a community begins to flourish when basic needs are made more accessible, and I feel honored to be a part of this transformation.

Fun fact: I am a proud plant mom of a tiny cactus named Harriet!

Board Of Directors

2019-2020 Officers:

Lindy Gaylord , Seneca Group

President

Lindy joined Seneca Group in 1995 and became a Principal in 1999. She has led a number of large projects at Seneca Group from Adobe’s Seattle headquarters and the King County Courthouse seismic upgrade to the development of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation headquarters and the land use entitlement process for the Amazon-owned properties in downtown Seattle.

Lindy is a generalist. Her design background, together with 35 plus years in all facets of the development business here in the Pacific Northwest from brokerage to entitlements to construction management, provides Seneca Group’s clients with an extraordinary depth of experience. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design in both Interior Architecture and Fine Arts.

She and her husband recently relocated to downtown Seattle where she is thrilled to be just a block away from the Pike Place Market and all it has to offer.

Nicole Bahr , F5

President Elect

I joined the Market Foundation in 2011 because I am passionate about improving the lives of the low-income residents of Seattle while also transforming the waterfront into a world-class destination. I am honored to be part of the team making this change happen.

Professionally, I work at F5 Networks focusing on cloud technologies, with prior experience across startups and large corporations such as Russell Investments, London Stock Exchange, Microsoft, and Avenue A in product development, operations, sales and marketing. Throughout my career, I have championed new technologies to transform industries for the benefit of the end consumer, and am excited to drive F5’s transition to the cloud.

Abraham Dairi , U.S. Trust

Past President

Abraham Dairi is a Senior Vice President and Private Client Advisor with U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In his role, Abraham leads a team which works with High Net Worth and Ultra High Net Worth individuals and families throughout the country. In 2017, Abraham launched RedBird Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in start-up companies, primarily led by female entrepreneurs. With over 12 years of experience in finance, Abraham previously held positions with Union Bank & HSBC.

A resident of Downtown Seattle, Abraham serves as President of the Board of Directors of The Pike Place Market Foundation, Founding Chairman of the Washington Board of Advisors to the American Cancer Society and on the Education and Community Engagement Committee of the Seattle Art Museum.

Joel Carsley , Hines

Treasurer

There is an inexplicable feeling I get when I think about Pike Place Market.  It makes me think about summer vacation with my parents, falling in love with my wife, buying my first comic book, my 13th birthday party . . . and none of these things have anything to do with the Market.  I was born and raised in Vermont and met and married Nikki in Colorado.  It’s just that indescribable feeling you get when something so important and magnificent blesses your life.  Add to this mystery sensation the fact that growing up in a town of 3,000 people, I like to think local, and the fact that the Market is my neighborhood, it seems the Foundation and I are serendipitously meant to be together.  The Foundation’s support of local artisans, farmers, seniors, children, and neighbors in need is just the right combination of awesome that I’m super excited to get behind.

Sherry Burkey , Community Volunteer

Secretary

Sherry started her career working in the United States Senate and then returned home to work in Government Relations as AVP of University Relations and Director of Government Relations for the University of Washington and Western Washington University. She also worked in fundraising as Director of External Relations for UW Medicine.   She has a strong background in public outreach, policy development, strategic planning, communications and government relations.

Recently retired she has relished having the time to rediscover old interests and pursue new areas of interest. Getting involved with the Market Foundation has given her the opportunity to learn about the Market community and share what she has learned over the years and contacts she has made to help further the Foundation’s work. She also loves travel, art, gardening and spending time with family and friends.  She and her husband live in Madrona.

Eddie Kirschenbaum , Oculus

Member-At-Large

Eddie is delighted to sit on the Pike Place Market Foundation Board. Guiding the Foundation thru this exciting time has been a huge privilege. He is the Operations Manager for Oculus in Seattle optimizing the facility and productivity of the teams within. Before Oculus, Eddie was the VP of Business Development for Carbon Design Group in Seattle and prior was the Director of Sales & Marketing for a custom leather manufacturing business in New York City.  Eddie has also served as the Executive Director for Seattle’s South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an MPA from Seattle University. In his spare time, Eddie is eating his way through Seattle restaurants and hitting the local golf courses.

Peter True , Gull Industries

Member-At-Large

Peter True is Vice President with Gull Industries, Inc. in the Sodo neighborhood of Seattle. In this position Peter is responsible to managing the commercial real estate portfolio, as well as analyzing potential company acquisitions. Gull is a family company founded by Cecil True that operated gas stations till the early 2000s, and now maintains a portfolio of real estate and investments. Prior to joining Gull Industries Peter worked in political fundraising in Boston, MA and completed his MBA at the Foster School at the University of Washington.

Peter and his wife Jacqueline Barton True live in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle with their cat Stella, their dog Harper, and their new son, Theodore. Peter and Jacqueline love travelling, in particular to places off the beaten path. In the past few years they have been to Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia, the Maldives and South Africa among others. Peter joined the Market Foundation board to support his love of Seattle and his belief in a diverse and supportive urban core. He believes strongly in the mission of the Foundation to support people to live and work around downtown, and help those in the community.

Chris Volk , Edelman

Member-At-Large

Chris has lived in Seattle for 13 years, and has been with the communications firm Edelman for more than six years. In his role as a senior vice president, he is a leader in the firm’s Brand and Technology Practices where he develops and executes communications campaigns for several global clients. A resident of Madrona, Chris is an avid runner, hiker and traveler.

A longtime Market supporter, Chris was drawn to the Board based on his belief that the Market Foundation can help to make a difference in the lives of people in our community, particularly in the areas of homelessness and poverty.

2019-2020 Members:

Kirsten Anderson , Monopar Therapeutics

Kirsten has been working in the local biotech industry for more than 20 years, with expertise in oncology drug development. She has held clinical trial management positions at OncoGenex, Sonus Pharmaceuticals, Xcyte Therapies, and Immunex, and is excited to be part of the expanding biotech sector and the exciting research happening in Seattle.

She had this to say about her position on the board: My love and adoration of Pike Place Market began when I moved to Seattle in 1995. I shopped regularly, and brought all our visitors to enjoy the bustling marketplace. Yet I only recently learned about the Foundation and the thriving community it serves; I hope to change that for many other Market fans.   I am very excited by the opportunity to contribute to a program that provide its community and influence the future of our fair city.  It is a privilege to work with the Market Foundation staff and partner agencies who selflessly dedicate their careers to improving the lives of others.

Clint Bennett , Community Advocate

Clint and his wife relocated from the Washington, DC area in late 2014. He has a broad background in engineering, marketing, and landscape design as well as a strong history of volunteerism. Living downtown, Clint has embraced the local community by volunteering with the PikeUp! Campaign and Market Outreach as well as the education and conservation efforts at the Seattle Aquarium. He and his wife enjoy hiking, boating, and the tremendous food scene that Seattle has to offer. He is excited to join the Board to further the Foundation’s mission of helping those who live and work in the Market.

Natasha Bleier , Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Natasha Bleier has lived in Seattle for 20 years and proudly calls herself a local. As a long-time enthusiast of the Market, and wanting to be civically engaged in the city, being a board member is a perfect channel for both. Natasha works in Human Resources at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has been there since 2005. She holds a Masters in Psychology from Antioch University. Natasha lives in Wallingford and in her free time enjoys yoga, cooking, open-water swimming (including polar bear plunges!), volunteering for Providence Hospice, and traveling to faraway places.

Elizabeth Coppinger , TEDxRainier

Elizabeth’s career spanned over 25 years in the converging fields of digital technology and entertainment content and media services. Most of her executive career was in New York City as Sony Corporation of America’s Senior VP of Emerging Technologies where she evaluated new business opportunities and managed SCA’s venture investment and acquisition group. As an alum of UW, Elizabeth had always aspired to return to Seattle. Like most Seattleites, she loves the market and its community and has had the privilege of serving on the Foundation board for nearly 8 years. In addition to her work with the Pike Place Market Foundation and being an avid rower, Elizabeth is the Executive Director and Curator of TEDxSeattle, an annual conference now in its 7th year that presents inspiring and insightful talks and performances by exceptional individuals who reside and work within our region.

Christine Craig , Bramble Berry

Christine is a marketing and consumer insights consultant with over 20 years of experience helping clients build brands, learn about their customers, and make critical business decisions.  She has worked with a broad range of industries from international private banking to Pokemon trading cards to small non-profits.

Since moving to Seattle in 1996, Christine has been an active volunteer in the community with Wellspring Family Services, FareStart, and the Community Campaign Committee for the Pike Place Market Foundation.  As a member of the board, she enjoys to sharing her skills and passion for serving the needs of the local community to help grow the social services the market provides and especially the new Market Commons.

Christine lives in Sunset Hill with her husband, Jim, and four energetic kids!  When not serving the needs of the community, her family or her clients, she likes to sit on the porch with a nice glass of wine and catch the sun setting slowly over Puget Sound.

Austin Dienst , Zillow

Austin Dienst is a digital native who has been living and working in the greater Seattle area for the last decade. After leaving Washington, DC in 2005, he and his wife Meghan have embraced all that Seattle has to offer. His passion for technology, computers, the internet, and social media are matched only by his passion for Pike Place Market and the diverse community of people who enjoy its wide array of sights, sounds, and services.

Austin currently works as the Director of Global Interactive Tools at Russell Investments, helping financial advisors, CIOs, and individual investors improve their financial security through a deeper level of understanding and digital engagement. Prior to Russell Investments, Austin has helped organizations like Amazon.com and U.S. News & World Report improve their digital experiences. He is a proud Davidson College alumnus and enjoys sharing boarding school stories from his time at Avon Old Farms.
When he’s not in front of a screen, you can find Austin playing soccer in the rain, skiing his way through the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, or hanging out at home with his wife and their cat, Mr. Sandwich.

James Furlan , Lease Crutcher Lewis

The market has resonated with me for a number of reasons.  Both my parents are immigrants to North America (Father from Italy, Mother from Hungary) and both grew up in poverty.  Housing was an issue for both my mother and father. They were fortunate to immigrate to Toronto and in their early adult life had the support of a thriving immigrant community there.  That community helped each other out and gave my mother, father and my grandparents the support they needed to ensure they had a roof over their head and could pursue something more.  My father used that opportunity to complete an accounting degree over 8 years of night school while working full time, and my mother raised my brother and I while also providing help to family and friends on their farms around the area.  I was fortunate to have the experience of tagging along to play in the fields as a child.  My grandparents made ends meet by converting every inch of outdoor space they could have access to, into gardens for growing food and early on gave me another connection to our food.  The housing mission and the market mission of the PPMF are important to me and a part of my heritage.  Without stable housing my mother and father would never have been able to give me the opportunities I’ve had in life and my exposure to farms, urban and commercial, have given me a connection and appreciation for the importance of where our food comes from.

I was born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, but lived most of my early life in Toronto.  When I was at the end of grade school my family moved back to Saskatoon, where I when to high school and then onto University, where I pursued a Civil Engineering Degree.  While in University I participated in Engineers without Boarders, ran a youth science camp during the summers, and represented the college of engineering as an elected member of student council.  After graduation I moved to Victoria British Columbia and started my career with a local construction company, eventually moving on to work on large scale infrastructure projects at the Naval base located in Victoria.  Looking for a new experience, I eventually moved on to Los Angeles about 8 years ago where I discovered my passion for building interiors.  Unfortunately I quickly realized that the PNW was where I wanted to be, and moved back Seattle after a few short years in LA, and have been working with Lease Crutcher Lewis ever since.  I started as a Project Manager, was promoted to a Sr. PM roughly 2 years ago and 6 months after that transitioned into my current role as a Project Executive running most of our interiors work in the Greater Seattle Area.

Emeline Jumie Garba , Oculus VR

Soon after moving to Seattle, I fell in love with Pike Place Market. I would go there almost every week for the first year I lived in here. I have a passion for community and have done a lot of volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House, various group events with Food Lifeline and Legal Voice. I am also a huge advocate for women of color to have strong interests in STEM. By daytime, I am Product Design Engineer at Oculus VR trying to connect peopleacross the globe. I love to read, travel and eat all the flavors the world has to offer.

It is through community and connecting with others that Pike Place Market Foundation and I have found each other! I am amazed by how much the Foundation contributes to keep the soul of Seattle alive for not just our visitors but for the individuals and families who need us the most. It’s definitely an iconic part of what Seattle is and what resonates with me.

Carol Garza , Caravel Marketing

Carol Garza is a Downtown Seattle resident who lives in the Belltown neighborhood and works downtown. Her walk to work includes passing right through Pike Place Market each day. You can find her most days enjoying lunch at DeLaurenti’s. The soup and salad combo is her go-to. 

Carol is currently the Senior Manager of Consumer Engagement at 206Agency where her clients include Amazon, Delta Dental of Washington, Laird Norton Wealth Management, and Southwest Airlines. Her work has garnered awards for her clients including PR Campaign of the Year for Delta Dental of Washington and the “The Big M” Private-Sector Project Award for Laird Norton’s Pianos in the Parks campaign.

Carol was previously the Events and Promotions Manager for the Downtown Seattle Association – an organization focused on making Downtown Seattle a great place to Live, Work, Shop and Play through public advocacy, economic development, and marketing.

Before joining the Downtown Seattle Association, Carol served as a lead contributor to the Creative Services team at KOMO 4. There she worked on projects supporting the News Director’s initiatives which included campaigns like Your Transportation Station, Voter’s Guide and numerous community service projects. She received four Regional Emmy nominations including two Emmy wins for her work on KOMO 4 Marketing Campaigns. She was instrumental in creating a partnership between The Market Foundation and KOMO 4. Her team produced the first PSA’s in support of the PikeUP! Campaign. This partnership remains active to this day.

She is currently an Alumni Fellow for the University of Washington’s Communication Leadership program and a Wish Granter Volunteer for the local Make-A-Wish chapter.

Jason Hamblin , Harborstone Credit Union

Jason Hamblin lives, works and plays in Downtown Seattle. He takes his Miniature Schnauzer, “Effie” for walks all around the city — and enjoys buying fresh fruit and flowers at Pike Place Market. You can also find Jason at Old Stove Brewing enjoying an IPA with his friends.

Jason started his journey working for Credit Unions in 1999 and has been in the Financial Industry for more than 25 years. Currently he is the Community Development Manager for Harborstone Credit Union. In his roll he works with non-profits that supports Financial Literacy and Education, Military Families, Community Safety, Family Health and Welfare and Small Business Education. Working with non-profits is very rewarding for him.

Why PPMF:  The Pike Place Market is not just a market that is open on the weekends or a few mornings a week, it’s alive 24/7 in some capacity. Some of my favorite times at the market is when I walk though during the busy tourist season, and its wall to wall — arm to arm with visitors. It gives our city life with an exciting atmosphere that makes us feel happy. I want to be a part of this amazing gem that I’m so lucky to have in my backyard. The market feeds those who are hungry, quenches the thirst for those who are thirsty and gives shelter to those who need a home. It would be my pleasure and honor to be a part of this amazing board and to be able to bring life to our citizens and guests in our beautiful city. My commitment to the board would to always put the needs of the Market Foundation first, to work well with other members and to protect the market’s integrity to provide a positive place for all that visit.

Nick Hawley , Allen Institute

Nick is a Wisconsin transplant who’s called Seattle home the past ten years. He currently heads up branding and marketing at the Allen Institute—Paul G. Allen’s bioscience non-profit that openly shares their data and innovative tools with scientists globally, to help accelerate research and nurture more breakthroughs in science.

Prior to the Allen Institute, Nick led leisure marketing efforts at Visit Seattle—the city’s tourism organization. In keeping with the idea that travel broadens peoples’ perspectives and worldviews, his work helped to share Seattle’s spirit of inclusivity and acceptance so that visitors—of all types, from all over—feel welcome here.

The Pike Place Market Foundation is dear to his heart because it’s an organization that, for the past 30 years, has supported a community of people in need that live in and around Pike Place Market, and enables seniors to receive healthcare and housing, children a preschool to learn and grow, and a food bank for all.

Nick is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, enjoys traveling, eating at Seattle’s plethora of outstanding restaurants and running with his partner along Lake Washington.

Christopher Juneau , SAP Concur

Christopher Juneau has been with SAP Concur for 17 years Mr. Juneau has extensive business operations and marketing experience participating in SAP Concur’s growth from a $30M to $1B in annual revenue company. He has significant international experience having managed Marketing for Australia, Asia-Pacific for over three years including the opening of numerous new markets in region. He also spent nearly two years in Europe where he opened Concur’s European Centre of Excellence in Prague, Czech Republic in addition to opening new markets in central Europe. He has served on the board of the Global Business Travel Associations and has spoken at numerous Corporate Travel conferences around the world. He resides in Seattle, WA when not traveling internationally. He received his Master’s in Business Administration degree from Emory University and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

As for why I want to participate on the PPMF board, I see the Market as “anchor” for what makes Seattle, well Seattle. It is not a museum staffed by paid staff or volunteers. It is a functioning market with a variety of people who depend and benefit from its presence. We cannot let it become an attraction like “Williamsburg – a historical experience”, but it must remain functioning market and serve all who work are reside nearby. Its why I choose to remain in Seattle. I feel grounded and part of a broader community when I am in the market.

Joe Keating , Amazon

Prior to joining the Market Foundation, Joe spent 15 years in digital marketing, sales, and business development at Seattle offices for Razorfish, Microsoft and Facebook. He currently works at Amazon building experiences on the Alexa voice platform that millions of people can enjoy every day.  He also helps his wife promote her book about miscarriage and healing. A former East Coaster, Joe has happily called Seattle home for over a decade, taking every chance he can get to explore the Pacific Northwest with his two young children. If you ever meet Joe, you’re sure to hear some great stories. We recommend asking him about his “horrible” golf game, the two weeks he spent living on a boat, or the time he met Bruce Springsteen.

Why PPMF:  Joe thrives when he’s helping and learning from others.  He’s been inspired by the work of the Foundation over his 9 months volunteering with the marketing committee and would be honored to continue his service on the Board.  Joe wants to help make a lasting impact in this community that his children will inherit in the future.

Reid Martin , Hines

Before I started working at Pike Place Market as the Capital Campaign Coordinator, I thought that the market was for tourists and downtown residents. After volunteering for the Foundation, I have seen that the Market is more than flowers and fish. It is a community of people who come together every day to lift one another up to make the community they live in better than the day before.   I have always been a person who thrives on personal interaction and serving on this board in the market will allow me to work with people of all different backgrounds.

Leaving the Market Foundation was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my profession career.  After shepherding the donor naming opportunities to the production phase, I was offered an opportunity with Hines to help run the Seattle Oculus office.  Working with Hines has allowed me to draw on my experience with both the Foundation, and my construction background.  The reason I wanted to join the board, was because of my love for what the Pike Place Market Foundation stands for.  This love didn’t end when I left, in fact it grew stronger, especially now that I knew I needed preach the gospel to the whole Hines community.

Dan Moore , Starbucks Coffee Company

Dan Moore is the Marketing & Product Director for Licensed Stores at Starbucks Coffee Company.  In this role, he leads a team that provides strategic initiatives, marketing programs and product strategies to Starbucks licensees.  Dan was inspired by the Foundation’s mission and the connection that Starbucks has to the market, and joined the Board to further advocate for its goals.   With nearly 25 years at Starbucks, Dan has an extensive background in both the US and international businesses, having lived and worked in the United Kingdom, Australia, and the US for Starbucks.   He grew up in Washington State and currently resides in downtown Seattle with his husband, Carter Pecce.  Dan enjoys travel and digital photography, and during his spare time he produces stock photography and is currently a contributor for Getty Images.

Amy Morgan , Avalara

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest – this is my home and I’m a product of all its quirks.

My professional life is as much ingrained in the PNW as my personal one.   I’ve worked for some of the largest companies in the region as I’ve built a career in international trade, a job choice no doubt influenced by the diverse region where I grew up.

Among my friends and colleagues, I’m known for my love of taking on challenges and my action – oriented approach to ensure I deliver on my commitments.

Today, I find myself in the fortunate position to be able to give both time and money to a cause I believe in.  Pike Place Market Foundation is that cause.  It’s hard to believe that little more than a year ago, the PPMF and its social services were unknown to me.  Now that I’m aware of the organization and its good works, I want to shout about it from the rooftops.   My avid volunteering and giving shows that I’m a passionate PPMF supporter and a strong advocate of the Pike Up campaign.

Raluca Pop , Unify Consulting

Raluca is passionate about her work. An economist by profession and consultant by occupation, she has partnered with a good handful of Seattle consulting firms and international start-ups, to serve clients over a broad set of industries, across sectors, since starting her professional career 15 years ago.

On her time away, there’s an equal likelihood you’ll find her skiing, snowshoeing, taking a rainy Seattle day urban hike, packing in island sun, reading a book at her favorite Capitol Hill bookstore, sharing comedy club laughs with friends on a Tuesday evening or enjoying a Thursday night concert around town.

Why PPMF:  I first connected with the joint PDA/ PPMF mission back in the spring of 2013 when I was living in Belltown and rented one of my friend’s Pike Place Market art studio, to paint, in my free time. Since then I’ve been a fan of the market community in its entirety and the organizations that help run it, by extension.

Recently, as I learned more about how the PPMF is enabling the organization’s mission, I was consistently surprised to see how well the administration of the market works to serve a circular economy style structure that engages both the consumer and farmer (grower, maker) communities, providing support, enabling access, preserving place, craft and artistry, while building for the future.

Mary Richardson , Retired University of Washington Professor

Mary Richardson is a Professor of Public Health (Emeritus) at the University of Washington.  She served as the Director of the Graduate Program in Health Administration for over ten years.  During that time she held positions on local, regional and national non-profit Boards.  A resident of the downtown area for more than 25 years, Mary is a big fan of Pike Place Market – as a shopper and a supporter of Market activities.  She is currently a volunteer at the Market Food Bank.   Mary is also a member of the Thursday Walkers, a group of women who walk from downtown to Queen Anne’s Kinnear Park and back four days a week.  She has participated with the Thursday Walkers in projects to support the Market Foundation.

Why PPMF:  I’m excited about serving on the Foundation Board because I care deeply about the work of the Foundation and the organizations it supports.  Of course, I’m quite familiar with the Food Bank having volunteered there for the past two years.  I watched with great excitement as the new Senior Center housing went up, and have known of the Heritage House for a long time.  In fact, my friends (and colleagues) Drs. Jenifer Ereth and Donald Patrick helped in the development many years ago.  As you know I worked with my friends, the Thursday Walkers as we raised funds for the Child Care Center playground.  And I’ve known of the Health Center since it’s inception.   Another dear friend, Chris Hurley started up the Health Center (and assisted in starting the Foundation) not too long after we each graduated from the UW’s Masters in Health Administration Program.  Chris has been, and remains, a hero in my eyes because of her work.

Brian Rockey , 1st Security Bank

Brian has 19 years of experience in the banking industry, including 16 years as a commercial lending relationship manager. He specializes in working with non-profits, manufacturers, wholesalers and professional services businesses. Brian strives to meet all of his customers’ needs and works diligently to assist them in reaching their goals. Brian is a graduate of DePaul University with a bachelor of science in finance. Brian is also active in the community as a Board Member for the Rotary Boys and Girls Club and the Seattle Risk Management Association (RMA).  In addition, Brian is a committee member for Treehouse, the Pike Place Market Foundation, and the national RMA.

Why PPMF:  I am interested in joining the PPMF board for two reasons:  I grew up shopping at the market.  I want to play a role in progressing the lives of the residents of downtown, especially those most in need.

Matt Rosston , Wells Fargo

Matt Rosston is a Vice President and Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo Bank. In his role, Matt leads a team of highly talented relationship managers that work with businesses in the Seattle region and oversees the Seattle-area Business Banking operations. Matt, a 13 year Wells Fargo veteran has held various positions for Wells Fargo in Seattle and San Diego regions. Matt earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Washington, and is also a graduate from Pacific Coast Banking School.  Matt has held a board advisory position for the PNW Cancer for College organization and is passionate about being involved in the community in which he serves/lives.

“Having the ability to be a part of a great organization like the Pike Place Foundation is a honor for me as it is amazing to see the positive effects that the organization has on the community and the people that they help on a daily basis.  When I think of what makes Seattle great to live and work in, the Pike Place Market and the Foundation are at the core of it all.  The organization’s commitment to social responsibility and supporting various organizations and vendors within the market is amazing and I am so happy to be a part of that.”

Skylee J. Sahlstrom , Community Volunteer

Skylee has been living in the Seattle area nearly her entire life.  She served as a Paralegal with the U.S. Army immediately upon graduating high school.  She then obtained both her Bachelor’s degree (Business Administration) and law degree at the University of Washington.  Skylee worked as a commercial litigator, then later represented individuals who suffered harm.  She has always been committed to civic engagement, including volunteering to representing undocumented workers, supporting law students and new attorneys, representing people facing imminent evictions with the Housing Justice project, and providing free legal advice to self-represented litigants through the Walk-In Clinic at the King County Courthouse.  In her spare time Skylee enjoys practicing yoga, perfecting her favorite recipes and coffee-brewing methods, and taking in the beautiful scenery in and around Seattle with her husband and daughter.

Lisa Samson , Community volunteer

A native of Seattle, Lisa joined the Pike Place Market Foundation Board when she returned to Seattle after studying and working on the east coast, mid-west and abroad because she thinks that nothing epitomizes what is great about the city as much as the Pike Place Market.

Lisa graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, received a masters in economics from Cambridge University and earned an MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  She began her career as a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. in Boston and then worked in the apparel industry in New York City.  She worked as Director of Strategy at RR Donnelley in Chicago before returning to Seattle.

Lisa’s husband, Michael Gamsky, is an attorney specializing in structured finance.  They have one daughter in high school who has been volunteering with Lisa at the Pike Market Preschool since she was ten.

Ryan Santwire , Paseo/Rackspace

Born and raised in the Seattle area, Ryan originally grew up in Edmonds, WA, but has spent his adult life in Queen Anne and for the last 15 years the Ballard area has been his home. He is currently a consultant in the Cloud Computing and IT Solutions space, as well as having several other businesses in the Greater Seattle area. He is also an investor in Wine World Warehouse on 45th and I-5, RockCreek Seafood and Spirits in Fremont and has recently purchased the infamous Paseo.  As a serial entrepreneur, he also provides guidance to business owners and consults in helping businesses improve sales, marketing and strategic direction”.

He’s an avid sports fan, both active on the field, as well as off. He is also a long-time Tyee supporter for the University of Washington and supports many other great causes.

In 2014 he became a board member for the Pike Place Market Foundation and recently joined the American Cancer Society board in 2015.  Both he and his wife are avid travelers, so when they are able to find time, you’ll find them traveling to all parts of the globe.  Food, great wine, music and creative endeavors round out some of his other interests and fills-out any other spare time.

Michele Shaw , Michele Shaw Law

Michele Shaw has been practicing in King County for over 26 years, and specializes in all aspects of criminal defense. For the past 19 years Michele has had her criminal defense practice in the Pike Place Market area and enjoys the Market daily. Michele’s passion in her practice is representing clients with complex mental health issues, and she has the opportunity to do so in Federal, State and Juvenile Court. She is a member of the Pastoral Council for Christ our Hope Catholic Church, which is located at 2nd and Stewart in the Josephinum Hotel. This Parish’s ministry focuses on the homeless population in the downtown area. Michele also enjoys hiking and hot yoga.

Sharon Shaw , Long-time Market business owner

Sharon Shaw’s love for Pike Place Market stretches back 32 years. It was then, while in her early 20s, that she took every opportunity available to escape the offices of her corporate property-management job and wander through the Market. It was there that she found a vibrancy and sense of community that was a world away from her day job.

It didn’t take long for Shaw to strike up friendships with the vendors, and she even turned down a job offer from Mike Ruegamer, the owner of Cinnamon Works Bakery. Then an unexpected thing happened: “It was one of those days when you’re so fed up with your job that you just can’t stand it,” she recalls now. Ruegamer again offered her a job. But this time she accepted.

Soon after beginning work at the bakery, Shaw met her husband-to-be, Michael, who was also working at Pike Place, and in 1990 the couple started their own craft line for the Market: handmaking stained-glass kaleidoscopes. The two quit their full-time jobs to focus exclusively on the new business. They joined the Pike Place art community—and also started a family of their own. “As babies, [our two boys] were [at the Market] every time I was there. They would take naps under the table,” Sharon recalls.

From the beginning, Sharon understood the challenges of building a life at Pike Place Market. It requires hard work and a strong commitment, she says, but it also has tremendous rewards. “It’s such a tight-knit community. We’re like a family. We take care of each other and we look out for each other. There’s a closeness, I think, that isn’t in any other work environment.”

See the full story: https://pikeplacemarketfoundation.org/story/sharon-shaw/

Warren Stickney , Stickney Research

We first met Warren at a house party in the Vine.  After our presentation, he expressed interest in helping our fundraising.  Warren owns Stickney Research, a Bellevue firm that assists clients with advanced estate planning, including tax, retirement, investment, estate planning, trust and asset protection needs.  The company’s premise is that a thorough understanding of various tools and concepts is paramount to the creation of the proper estate plan.   Warren and his wife, Colette Stallbaumer, and young children live in W. Seattle.

Susan Talton , Laird Norton Wealth Management

Susan Talton joined Laird Norton Wealth Management in 2008 and serves as a client advisor. With more than 25 years of wealth management experience, Susan truly enjoys nurturing close relationships with her clients to help them through significant life transitions.

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional, Susan firmly believes that thorough and integrated financial planning is the key to achieving personal goals. Although Susan addresses a range of financial issues, she often helps her clients successfully transition their lives through a separation, divorce or the death of a spouse. Another special interest for Susan is retirement planning. She was instrumental in forming Laird Norton Wealth Management’s Retirement Life Planning Group.  A board member of the Washington Planned Giving Council, she also guides clients as they develop and steward their personal philanthropic plans.

“Pike Place Market was celebrating its 100th year when Jon and I moved to Seattle in 2007, and I quickly learned the Market is the soul of the city.  I was thrilled the first time the fishmonger shouted out “local” –hey, I’m part of this wonderful community! –so that’s what we put on our market charm.  You’ll find me here every week, buying from vendors who have become friends.  It’s an honor to give my personal time and resources to the work of the Foundation.”

Scott Wasner , Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty

Scott Wasner is a Co-Founder and Global Real Estate Advisor with Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty where combines his exceptional talent with one of the world’s leading residential brokerage firms; he has earned the trust and respect of discriminating buyers, sellers and colleagues alike, and is highly regarded for his business acumen, work ethic, and affable personality.

Scott is an active supporter of various social and business memberships and committees within the Washington Athletic Club, Rainier Club, World Trade Center Seattle, Museum of Flight, Seattle Humane Society, Seattle Art Museum, The Film School, and Evergreen Golden Retriever Rescue. He resides in Seattle with his wife and their three beloved rescue dogs.

Why PPMF:  The market has been an integral part of my life since my first days in Seattle. 98 Union was the first place I called home, directly adjacent to the market. Over the years I have been fortunate to be a beneficiary and benefactor of the market. From walking my dogs down Pike Place and seeing the famous Pig, Rachel, to purchasing my very own pig (Bank Vault Pig) at a Market Foundation auction. My passion for the market and the foundation rests in its history of supporting the community both directly and indirectly. Many others rely on the market and the foundation not just for what it is but what it does for them; that is where I’d like to make a further impact.

Angelia Wesch , Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP

Angelia Wesch helps construction clients, real estate developers and property owners solve big, complex problems related to heavy civil infrastructure projects, differing site conditions, and delay and impact claims where knowledge of insurance coverage and insurance recovery strategies is essential. Her clients are responsible for some of the largest civil infrastructure and transportation projects happening today. They turn to Angelia for insurance recovery strategy to minimize disruption to their business. With deep understanding of the unique insurance issues facing the construction and real estate industry, Angelia offers clients an opportunity for an alternative dispute resolution mechanism that gets them back to running their business quickly. For almost three decades, Angelia has helped clients resolve first and third party insurance coverage disputes, and litigate complex multi-million-dollar construction claims involving builder’s risk, commercial general liability, and errors and omissions (“E&O”) policies. Angelia also advises construction clients on contractual issues involving tenders of defense and indemnity, additional insured issues, and extra-contractual damages.

Committed to advancing the role of women in the legal, real estate and construction industries, Angelia has been a member of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) since 1995, previously serving as the Seattle and Sound Chapter President and a national CREW Network Board Member. As a co-founder of the CREW Seattle & Sound Leadership Development Program, Angelia has provided extensive training and professional development skills to more than 60 women from the construction and commercial real estate industries since the program’s inception in 2013. Additionally, Angelia is an original member of Women Leaders in Construction, a networking group for women in the construction industry that serves more than 900 women.

Ted Youngs , Big Power

I’ve been engaged with the market for close to 35 years.  For the past two, I’ve worked on building the technology that allows for donations to the new MarketFront campaign.  My core focus is in entrepreneurialism – I run a cannabis farm in Eastern Washington – and I have a deep enthusiasm for the market’s unique commercial environment and creative community.