Board Members

  • JJ McKay – Immediate Past Chair, Publisher
  • Dan McGrady – Chair, PEMCO Insurance
  • Suzanne Fletcher-Juneau, First Vice Chair, Inform-Logistics
  • Megan Murphy, Secretary, Vulcan Inc
  • Lynne Cobb – Treasurer, CPA, Rasmussen
  • Carie Fowler Antonelli, HD Fowler Company
  • John Atzbach, John Atzbach Antiques
  • Martha Belmont, Urban Dwell Properties
  • Shannon Boldizsar, Starbucks
  • Lisa Caputo, Community Volunteer
  • Dr. Wendy Carlyle, U.S. Anesthesia Partners
  • Dr. Brian Cartin, Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Jessica Clawson, McCullough Hill Leary
  • Chris Clayton, BNBuilders
  • Kris Richey Curtis, Kinzer Partners
  • Deanna Dawson, Sound Cities Association
  • Jasmine Donovan, Dick’s Drive-in Restaurants
  • Jan Drago, Former City and County Councilmember
  • Jennifer Harnish, Harnish Group, Inc.
  • Mark Hatcher, US Bankruptcy Court
  • Cindy S. Keyser, U.S. Trust
  • Marka Waechter, SH Worldwide
  • Jeni Oppenheimer, UK Power Reserve
  • Vicky Oxley, Comcast
  • Michele Smith, Woodland Park Zoo
  • Doug Prince, Buchalter
  • Katrina Strand, Community Volunteer

Our Team

  • Marty Hartman — Executive Director

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    Marty Hartman is the Executive Director of Mary’s Place. She is a strong, passionate, and tireless advocate for homeless families. Marty holds a B.S. in Recreation Administration (Therapeutic) from California State Polytechnic University of Pomona. She has worked in inpatient psychiatric services for 10 years and for the past 18 years Marty has worked with homeless families in the Puget Sound area, developing programs to meet the needs of vulnerable women and children. Marty has been married for 30 years, raised four children and has a wealth of volunteer experience with PTA, Girl Scouts, children and youth ministry and women’s shelters.

  • Kristi Tollner — Chief Financial Officer

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    Kristi joined Mary’s Place in December 2011. She graduated from the University of California at Davis with a B.S. in Economics and spent 16 years in the cellular phone industry as part of a fast-paced growing industry. She has been an integral part of the growth of  at Mary’s Place for the past six years. Her passion is homeless services and she enjoys seeing the families at Mary’s Place celebrate as they work hard on their journey out of homelessness. She feels blessed to get to know these families and the women at the Women’s Day Center. In her spare time, we can find Kristi outdoors either hiking, biking, or sailing!

  • Adam J. Vergne — Chief Operations Officer

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    Prior to joining Mary’s Place, Adam worked as an employment law attorney. In his legal practice, Adam counseled for-profit and non-profit employers of all sizes on employee relations’ issues and workplace investigations, as well as routinely drafting employee handbooks, policies and procedures. Adam also has more than six years of experience working in the Human Resources departments of multiple Fortune 500 companies, which allows him to combine his for-profit experience with knowledge of evolving legal issues to create innovative HR solutions to meet the growing needs of employees at Mary’s Place. Outside of work, Adam loves to escape the city and head to the mountains with his wife, Jess, and their Italian Greyhound, Andre, whenever possible.


  • Linda Mitchell — Chief Communications Officer

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    Linda has led community outreach and communication strategy for several companies and projects. After spending 13 years in marketing at Microsoft, Linda entered the world of politics and began a decade of consulting with campaigns of all sizes leading strategy, fundraising, training, events, communication and social media efforts. She is a past Mary’s Place board member and served as the first volunteer chair of the Mary’s Place Communications Committee before joining the team as CCO. She is passionate about women’s empowerment and is a past-president of the National Women’s Political Caucus of Washington state, past chair of the Seattle Women’s Commission, past chair of the Women’s Funding Alliance, and is a founding member of the board of the Center for Women & Democracy.

  • Lea Tiernan — Chief Development Officer

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    Lea joined the Mary’s Place team in April 2017.  She brings over 16 years of experience in sponsorship sales and marketing, with having spent the last 12 years in sports marketing, building and maintaining significant corporate partnerships at New York Road Runners and IMG in New York City.  She has extensive experience managing events and leading cross-functional teams to develop and execute strategic partner opportunities across multiple platforms. She is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Seattle with her family, and looks forward to engaging the local community to stand beside the families and guests who Mary’s Place serves.

  • James Flynn — Chief Program Officer

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    James joined Mary’s Place in November 2015 when he returned to his hometown of Seattle after almost 10 years living in Hawaii. He connected with Mary’s Place through a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club and has found great joy in helping create space in the shelter for young people to claim as their own and served as the Mary’s Place Youth Services Director for three years. With a background in youth development. and over 15 years experience working with young people of all ages, he aims to bring fun and excitement to every day. James is honored to be a member of the Mary’s Place community and to be surrounded by so many people working through adversity and cultivating success. At home, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and incredible twins.

  • Kristin Brown-Patrick — Director of Equity & Training

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    Kristin joined the Mary’s Place team in September of 2017 after relocating from Brooklyn, NY. Kristin brings over 10 years of non-profit and social change experience. As a proud Caribbean-American, Kristin maintains a strong sense of social justice, and feels it is important to employ best practices when training staff in topics of diversity, and societal impact. Kristin holds a M.S. Ed in School Counseling and an advanced degree in Play Therapy from CUNY Brooklyn College. On her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Owen, and their hedgehog, Saint.

  • Joe Sherman, MD — Health Services Director

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    Dr. Joe Sherman is a general pediatrician practicing at HopeCentral Pediatrics and Behavioral Health in Seattle. He believes helping professionals can thrive by matching “soul to role” as they deliver compassionate care to their clients. Joe has been in medical practice for over 30 years concentrating on healthcare delivery to underserved and medically complex children in the District of Columbia, Tacoma, Seattle, Uganda, Bolivia, and other countries. Joe has held several academic appointments and is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.