Our Team

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Marty Hartman — executive director

Marty Hartman is a strong, passionate, and tireless advocate for homeless families. For the past 19 years, Marty has worked with homeless families in King County, developing programs to meet the needs of vulnerable women, families 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.

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Kristi Tollner — Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Mary’s Place in December 2011, Kristi spent 16 years in the cellular phone industry as part of a fast-paced growing industry where she had lots of opportunity to develop new process to facilitate growth. She has been able to take that experience with her to the non-profit side and has been an integral part of the growth of the agency. 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. In her spare time, we can find Kristi outdoors either hiking, biking, or sailing!

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Linda Mitchell — Chief Communications Officer

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.   Linda@marysplaceseattle.org

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Lea Tiernan — Chief Development Officer

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 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.

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James Flynn — Chief Program Officer

James joined Mary’s Place in 2015 and served as Youth Services Director for three years before becoming CPO in 2018. He has over 20 years of experience working in education, youth, and family services and has found great joy in helping create community and explore empowerment with Mary’s Place guests and staff. At home, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and incredible twins.

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Kristin Brown-Patrick - Director of Equity & Training

Kristin joined the Mary’s Place team in 2017 after relocating from Brooklyn, NY, bringing 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.


Liz McDaniel - Director of Operations

Liz came to Mary’s Place 10 years ago as a Mission Intern with the United Methodist Church. After serving in several roles, including New Shelter Developer, she is now our Director of Operations. Her background in social justice and grassroots community service was a natural fit for the Mary’s Place team. She brings to her role a love of organization and system management. Liz believes relationship is the key to hope and healing in our world, and strives to build authentic relationship with our guests, donors, volunteers and staff. In her free time she loves reading, traveling and long walks with her favorite dog


Dr. Joe Sherman - Health Services Director

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 under served 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.

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miriam Clithero - Housing Director

Miriam began her work at Mary’s Place as a volunteer in 2015 delivering meals. In 2016, she came on board to help start the Mary's Place diversion program to meet unsheltered families experiencing homelessness and help move them into stable housing. Today, the Mary’s Place Diversion program includes a team of ten specialists and a wide range of partnerships with outreach and community providers. Miriam became Housing Director in 2018 and is responsible for Mary's Place housing programs, including diversion, stability, housing locators, and landlord outreach.

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Chef Tom French - Director of Food & Nutrition Services

Tom is a seasoned chef, consultant, and trainer with over 40 years of professional food service experience. After 20 years as a chef in New Orleans he moved to the Pacific Northwest and joined FareStart, where he served as Executive Chef and Operations Manager. Chef Tom has a long and impressive resume, including having served on the City of Seattle’s Health Services Advisory Committee for three years and has been the recipient of the US Mayor’s anti-hunger award. At Mary’s Place, he partners with our community to ensure that nearly 300,000 meals are prepared and delivered to shelters and guests!

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Alyson Moon - Community Impact Director

Alyson was a Companis worker at Mary's Place before becoming Director of Family Services & Shelter in 2013, and then Community Impact Director in 2018. She has a Masters in Social Work from Washington University and experience in social services research and services to under served populations. She is responsible for Mary’s Place community impact agenda that identifies gaps in policies and services, and affects change at the systems level in collaboration with government, family shelter providers, school districts, and community partners.

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Marta Asfaw - Youth Services Director

Marta joined Mary’s Place in 2016 as a Youth Services Lead. She became the Associate Director later that year, and Youth Services Director in 2018. Growing up participating in Boys & Girls Club, she developed a passion for advocating for youth and families who reflect her lived experiences as a woman of color. Her goal is to provide opportunities and resources for youth with limited access. In her work over the last 10 years, Marta has focused on working with youth of all ages and overseeing youth-related programming. She works daily to ensure Mary’s Place is able to provide a safe space for young people to feel free to be who they want to be, and to have fun!

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Arlene Hampton - site Director, Burien

Arlene joined Mary’s Place in 2017, bringing almost 30 years of social service experience, including as a child advocate, housing counselor, domestic violence specialist, and individual and family counselor. Her passion and dedication to her work has led her to her purpose of supporting and empowering others to become self-sufficient.

Outside of Mary’s Place, Arlene is the founder of Simply Phenomenal, a group of women who support positive community engagement, increase awareness on issues impacting women, and developing a sisterhood among a diverse group of women. She enjoys hosting Sunday dinners, watching the Seahawks, and traveling.

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Matthew Wilson - site Director, Northshore

Matthew moved to Seattle five years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah where he supervised a large shelter for families, single men, and single women for eight years. After moving to Seattle with his family, he worked with older homeless men at Catholic Community Services before coming to Mary’s Place where he finds the working with families incredibly rewarding.

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Hedwight amoda - Site Director,
women’s Day Center

Hedwight is a strategic, forward thinking nonprofit leader with over six years of nonprofit management, training, and development experience. She has worked with women and youth experiencing homelessness and mental illness in the San Francisco bay area and brings over six years experience providing supportive services to low-income women and working with people from diverse backgrounds in the Skid Row community of Los Angeles.