Kari Isaacson, Executive Director
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Isaacson graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and University of Oregon School of Law. Her career has taken her to Detroit, Michigan; Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota; Tucson, Arizona; and now Walla Walla. She has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector both as a fundraiser 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. 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, Isaacson was director of development at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. Her interests include hiking, kayaking, music and the arts, reading, and meeting new people.
Joan Consani, Director of Finance
Consani has worked for 20 years as a financial manager for several nonprofit organizations, primarily on the Olympic Peninsula. She worked for Olympic Community Action Programs in Port Townsend, and other organizations in the arts and conservation in Port Angeles and Sequim. She joined Blue Mountain Community Foundation from the accounting department of Walla Walla County's Department of Human Services.She has degrees from Washington State University and Central Washington University in communications and accounting. While in college, she developed a love of eastern Washington, which was a major reason for her move to Walla Walla.
Liz McClure, Fund Services Coordinator
McClure was born and raised on Whidbey Island before moving east to study communications and marketing at Washington State University. After graduation, she decided to stay on the east side and joined Shriners Hospitals for Children Spokane in their marketing department. After her stint at Shriners, McClure was the resource development assistant for Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County, responsible for marketing and event planning projects for the organization. Most recently, McClure spent two years at Baker Boyer Bank, first working in the Contact Center, and then as an associate in the Trust Department. McClure is excited to get back into the nonprofit marketing world and make a difference in our community.
Tracy Thompson, Development Coordinator
Thompson grew up in Cheney, WA, but moved west to earn degrees in English and Communications at the University of Washington. She has years of experience working in development and marketing positions at nonprofits including The Empty Space Theatre in Seattle, and Centrum in Port Townsend, WA. She also earned a teaching degree at The Evergreen State College, and has been a teacher at the high school and middle school level. In Walla Walla, she was the first Program Director at Carnegie Picture Lab, where she loved working with the volunteers and bringing the joy of artistic creativity to the 4,000 elementary school children the program serves. She is a board member of the YWCA of Walla Walla. In her free time she is raising two amazing young men, and likes to quilt, swim and read.