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, Scholarship Manager (temporarily on leave)
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.
Greer G. Buchanan, Grants Manager
Buchanan is a fifth generation Walla Wallan with a deeply ingrained family history of community service and philanthropy. She is thrilled to put her nonprofit sector experience to use to benefit our community. As grants manager, Buchanan is excited to witness the innovative and extraordinary things taking place in our region. When not helping to fund visionary projects, Buchanan can be found cooking/baking, checking out too many library books and wrangling human, fur and feather babies.
Julienne Taylor, Administrative Assistant
Taylor came from a family with a long history of service to others and carried that passion into her adult life with 16+ years of devotion to serving in a variety of capacities including becoming a licensed foster parent. Originally from Vancouver, WA, she moved to Walla Walla in 2011 with her husband to be closer to family. In her free time she enjoys all types of craft projects from cross stitch, crochet, knitting, quilling, and sewing. The Taylors enjoy any opportunity to go camping, fishing or hiking, and spoiling their 2 Labrador retrievers. She is very excited to be here at Blue Mountain Community Foundation to assist in continued support and service to our area.