Born and raised in Portland, OR, Kari graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and University of Oregon School of Law. Her career has taken her to Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tucson and now Walla Walla. She has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector both as a fund-raiser and a grantmaker. She was President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation of Detroit, and Interim President/CEO of the Northwest Area Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. Both foundations have annual grant budgets of $25 million. She was Vice President of UnitedHealth Group of Minnetonka, Minnesota where she was responsible for community relations for the Ovations Division. Most recently, Kari was Director of Development at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. Her interests include hiking and kayaking, music and the arts, reading and meeting new people.
Assistant Director of Donor Services
Mari joined the Foundation in October 2011. Since moving to Walla Walla in 2003, Mari has been involved in a number of community projects including the Menlo Park Playground development. She served as the Study Committee Chair for the Community Council Study on Value Added Agriculture. Other leadership roles have included the boards of the WWCC Parent Cooperative Preschool, Green Park PTA, Blue Mountain Heart to Heart, and Carnegie Picture Lab. At this time, Mari is a board member for the Community Council. Mari has two boys, River who attends Garrison Middle School and Eden who attends Sharpstein elementary.
Director of Finance and Admininstration
Kate joined the Foundation in 2005 as part-time Bookkeeper, and has gradually increased her work hours and responsibilities, becoming the full-time Director of Finance and Administration in April 2012. A resident of Walla Walla since 2004, Kate’s activities in the community have included volunteering in Spanish language classrooms at Green Park and Sharpstein Elementary, serving on the Board of the Housing Authority of Walla Walla County which runs the Farm Labor Homes, participating in the 2008-09 Community Council study on Enhancing the Educational Achievement of our Region’s Children, and being active with the local synagogue. She enjoys travel, dancing, and spending time outdoors.