Board Members

  • JJ McKay – Chair, Publisher
  • Dan McGrady – Vice Chair, PEMCO Insurance
  • Suzanne Fletcher-Juneau, 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
  • Dr. Wendy Carlyle
  • 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
  • Kara Murphy, Judge Pro Tem, City of Renton
  • Marka Waechter, SH Worldwide
  • Jeni Oppenheimer, UK Power Reserve
  • Vicky Oxley, Comcast
  • Doug Prince, Foster Pepper
  • 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 17 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 — Director of Finance & Operations

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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. She is excited to be part of the fabulous staff at Mary’s Place. They work so hard to help so many women and children find the resources they need to better their situation and she is learning a great deal from them! She commutes from Sammamish and enjoys the diversity of downtown Seattle. In her free time she enjoys hiking, sailing, and other outdoor activities.

  • Adam J. Vergne — Human Services Director

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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 — Director of Communications

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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 chair of the Mary’s Place Communications Committee. 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 — Development Director

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    Lea joined the Mary’s Place team in April 2017. After 10 years with New York Road Runners building corporate sponsorships to support the organization, the New York City Marathon, and over 50 events annually, she has moved with her family to her hometown of Seattle and is thrilled to help Mary’s Place empower local women, children, and families to reclaim their lives! She looks forward to utilizing her prior experience in developing and maintaining significant corporate partnerships to enable local companies, organizations, and individuals to make a valuable and immediate difference in their city through partnering with Mary’s Place.

  • Abbey Laninga — Major Gifts Officer

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    Abbey came to Mary’s Place in August of 2013, having just moved from her home of Chicago. She was struck by the number of homeless individuals in Seattle and wanted to make a difference with her experience in nonprofit administration and development. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with Mary’s Place and their work to strengthen and improve the lives of her new community members. Nor did it take long for Abbey to fall in love with Seattle and the Pacific Northwest! She enjoys spending her extra time exploring the outdoors, reading and gardening.

  • Lisa Stirgus — Corporate Engagement Officer

    After spending 20 years in the financial services industry, Lisa decided it was time for a change and wanted to leverage her corporate experience to help make a greater impact in the local community. She is driven by her passion to always be a bright light and advocate for others; to help close the opportunity divide. Mary’s Place mission of empowering women, children, and families to reclaim their lives is a perfect match. Lisa also serves on the Board of Directors for Treehouse and the Pike Place Market Foundation, and believes that we are all better and stronger together. At home, she loves spending time with her awesome husband, amazing daughter, and their adorable little yorkie.

  • Liz McDaniel — Family Shelter Developer

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    Liz hails from the Southeast and made her way to Seattle via the Mission Intern program through the United Methodist Church. What started as an 18-month volunteer position turned into a full-time position working with homeless families. After graduating from seminary with a Masters in World Missions, Liz spent 18 months working in a shelter for migrant workers in Hong Kong before moving to Seattle. She is fueled by the passion of the women she works alongside of, who stand for justice and equality as they work to step out of homelessness. Her work with the incredible children who bring so much love and laughter, even in the midst of tough situations, brings her joy.

  • 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.


  • James Flynn — Youth Services Director

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    James joined Mary’s Place in November 2015 after returning 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. 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.