Meet Our Members

Kelly DeBruyne

Kelly is a native of Rockford, Illinois (home of Cheap Trick!) and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Shortly thereafter she moved to Portland, OR and then on to Seattle, WA. She worked as an Art Director in the graphic design...

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Karla Rimmer

Karla Rimmer is a Washington native, raised in Eastern Washington. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University, and has spent the intervening years in New York, North Carolina and Connecticut, along with two previous stints in Seattle. After a career working as a...

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Rachel Schindler

Originally from the Bay Area, Rachel moved to Seattle after graduating from Brown University. She gets bored easily and loves to multi-task so has had a few different careers. Her first jobs were in the tech world but as time went on, she knew she needed some change....

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Angelisa Paladin

Angelisa Paladin is a pediatric radiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and volunteers as the medical director at the Seattle King County Clinic. She is a mother of 2 wonderful and adventurous children who attend Mercer Island Middle School. Her current interests...

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Sharon Perez

Sharon grew up in Corvallis, Oregon and moved north to Salem, then Portland. After a four-year detour to Columbus, Ohio, Sharon, her husband and two sons moved back to the NW and have been Mercer Islanders for the last seven years. Sharon has a BA in history and an...

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Julie Lamb

Julie Lamb, MD is a fertility specialist at Pacific NW Fertility. She completed medical school at Northwestern University after serving as a Fulbright Scholar in Zimbabwe. She completed her residency in ObGYN at the UW in Seattle, and did her fellowship in...

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Amanda Helm

Amanda was born and raised in Michigan, where she attended the University of Michigan and received her Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) degree in Marketing and Organizational Behavior. After graduation, she headed to New York City and began her 15-year...

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Lara Deits

Lara Deits grew up in Hoquiam, WA and lived in Seattle for 15 years before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2017. Lara has a B.A. in Political Science from Seattle University. Lara began her career at Quellos Group, an alternatives investment management business, which...

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Lisa Lopez-Hellemons

Lisa Lopez-Hellemons was born and raised in El Centro, California, a rural agricultural community 115 miles east of San Diego. Inspired by her studies in globalization at the University of California San Diego, she set out to further her “global education,” and has...

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Melike Alpay

Melike Alpay was born in Berlin, Germany, and grew up in Istanbul, Turkey. Melike has an undergraduate degree from Istanbul University School of Law, holds an LL.M. degree from University of London, and has over 10 years of professional experience both in London and...

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Diana Brown

Born and raised in Illinois, Diana Brown has lived and worked in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, suburban Detroit, and Seattle. She moved to Seattle in 2014 to lead the Professional Services team for Amazon Business. Before joining Amazon, Diana held leadership...

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Kathryn Garrison

Kathryn grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended Stanford University. After college, she spent a year in Sun Valley before moving to Manhattan, where she worked in publishing and advertising. She then moved to Hawaii and continued working in advertising and...

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Erin Azose

Erin Azose was born and raised in the Seattle area. Erin currently lives on Mercer Island with her husband & two girls, Emily and Rachel. She attended the Art Institute of Seattle where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. While at the Art...

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Courtney Cohen

Courtney Cohen was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington and, except for one year where she returned to Las Vegas to work at the Bellagio Hotel, has lived in Seattle ever since. After receiving her BA in...

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Christy Shiers

Christy currently lives on the south end of Mercer Island with her husband Brian, and sons, Quintin and Zane. She moved to the Seattle area in 1992 after living in various locations throughout the country as the daughter of an NFL coach. After attending University of...

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Maura Velamoor

Maura grew up in Rhode Island and currently resides on Mercer Island. After graduating from Georgetown University, she served as a volunteer in Haiti. Upon her return to the U.S. she worked in a refugee resettlement in New York City. She graduated from law school at...

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Julia Hokanson

Julia likes to say she’s “almost native” to Washington state: although she was born in Missouri – she was in Washington by age 1. With a passion for public outreach and government relations, Julia graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in...

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Jody Kris

Jody moved to Mercer Island in 2011 with her husband, David, and two high school aged daughters, Hannah and Audrey. Prior to moving to Mercer Island, Jody spent time living in the midwest, Texas, and the Washington, DC area. Jody practiced as a lawyer in Washington DC...

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Jana David

Although she grew up an Army brat, Jana spent the majority of her childhood in Alexandria, Virginia where she met her future husband in middle school. She graduated from James Madison University in 2000 with a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology and moved to Seattle...

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Monica Stephenson

Monica Stephenson chronicles stories of artisan jewelry designers on the award-winning jewelry blog, idazzle.com. In 2015 she launched ANZA Gems, which fuels development in Kenya and Tanzania through fair trade gem purchasing and supporting education in gemstone...

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Allison Schuchart

Allison Schuchart is a Texas native originally from Dallas, but has called Seattle home for 17 years. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. While studying abroad in Florence, Italy, she met her husband and...

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Cara Perla

Cara Perla was raised on Mercer Island and graduated from the University of Denver. She was a leader in the field of marketing for health care systems before transitioning to her true passion--making sure her kids grow up to contribute to society and eat their...

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Mina Velamoor

Minakshi (Mina) Velamoor grew up in Chennai, India in a family where love was expressed through diverse culinary creations. She is a Computer Science engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani. Mina moved to Seattle to work for Microsoft and...

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Emily Arnsdorf

Emily has lived in Colorado, Mexico and California before calling Seattle home since 2011. She currently serves as the Director of Scientific and Grant Strategy for a life science company, where she leads the development of several multidisciplinary medical...

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Dina Wampold

Dina moved to Seattle from Philadelphia as a young child and now resides on Mercer Island with her husband and 3 children. Before getting married and starting a family she worked in retail with The Gap Inc. which took her to San Diego in store management and then to...

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Sarah LeClercq

Sarah LeClercq grew up in Portland, OR. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Santa Clara University and worked in the bay area for a semiconductor company before relocating to the Seattle area in 2002. Sarah left her job in technical sales a...

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Marni Wright

Marni Wright Marni Wright grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. She left after high school to attend Connecticut College, then moved to Seattle where she obtained a Masters in Urban Planning and a law degree from the University of Washington. Marni is a partner in the real...

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Alyson Burks

Alyson Burks was born in Portola Valley, California and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. She has lived in the Seattle area for ten years in Belltown, Magnolia, and, most recently, on Mercer Island, where she strives for balance in the family/work/life trifecta with...

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Erin Krawiec

Erin Krawiec grew up in Southern California. She is a recent transplant to Mercer Island, and was a Seattleite for over 10 years before that. She is currently the CEO of her home and manages the lives of three active kids. Erin has a B.S. degree from UCLA and an MBA...

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Pam Hinnen

Pam Hinnen moved around a lot as a Navy pilots’ daughter but has strong roots in Portland, Maine. After a decade in restaurant management on both coasts, Pam received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the George Washington University. Following graduation, she...

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Jeanne Ballot

Born in New York, Jeanne Ballot grew up in Barrington, IL, a Chicago suburb, moved to Seattle in 2005 and to Mercer Island in 2010. Jeanne is married to Kevin Millison and is the proud stepmother of two teenagers, mom of two elementary-age children, and pseudo-mom for...

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Kate Knecht

Born and raised in Alabama, Kate Knecht has lived and worked in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle.  She holds a BA in Architecture from Princeton University as well as a Master of Architecture from UCLA, and has worked on projects ranging from medical...

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Molly Shearer

Molly grew up in the East Bay and has lived in Seattle for about 15 years. Along with her husband and their three kids, she lives in Madison Park and spends most of her time with her family and involved in community activities. After earning a B.A. in History from...

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Helen Kelly

Helen Kelly moved to Mercer Island in 2012 from the San Francisco Bay Area. She was born in Boston, MA and has lived in Germany and Switzerland (as a young child), Phoenix, San Diego, Japan, Los Angeles, and various locations in and near San Francisco. She went to...

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Beth Flume

Beth was born in St. Louis, but spent most of her formative years in Bellingham. She has a Bachelors degree from Western Washington University and an MBA from Cornell University. After business school, she and her husband lived in NYC for five years where she worked...

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Robyn Hsu

Originally from San Diego, CA, Robyn grew up going to the beach, playing softball, tennis and golf and still enjoys those hobbies today.  Even though Robyn was raised in California, she really associates home as Hawaii, where both her parents are from.  After...

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Maria Renz

Maria Renz is the Vice President Delivery Experience at Amazon. Maria was previously Technical Advisor to CEO Jeff Bezos. Before serving as Technical Advisor, Maria served in various leadership positions at Amazon, including CEO of Quidsi Inc. (a wholly owned Amazon...

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Stephanie Gribble

Stephanie Gribble grew up on the southern Oregon coast. She has been in the Seattle area for 15 years and moved to Mercer Island 10 years ago where she manages a busy household with two active children and a devoted, hardworking husband.  Stephanie has a B.A. in...

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Catherine Booms

Catherine grew up in Minneapolis, MN and has loved living in Seattle since 2007. She works part-time as a physician and full-time as a mother to two young boys. After graduating from Cornell University, Catherine worked in health care quality for seven years before...

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Megan Wells

Megan Wells is a true Seattleite, growing up in a community north of Seattle, attending the University of Washington and settling in the Wedgwood neighborhood with her husband and three middle-school aged kids.  She is currently employed by Navigant Consulting, Inc....

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Carolyn Balousek

Carolyn Balousek was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She moved to Seattle in 2007.  She is currently working at Google as a technical recruiter in the Seattle office and has been with the company since 2003.  Prior to working at Google, she worked at...

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Lauren Wong

Lauren grew up in San Francisco and then headed to the East Coast to attend Amherst College where she majored in psychology. After graduating she participated in the New York Teaching Fellows program where she taught special education in Red Hook, Brooklyn while...

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Heidi York

Heidi York is a native of the State of Washington and grew up in Hockinson, a small town east of Vancouver.  She has lived and worked in Oregon and Colorado and returned to Washington 12 years ago.  She now lives with her husband, three children and puppy in...

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Dawn Dunn

Dawn Dunn grew up in Northern Virginia and moved to Seattle in 2004. She currently lives on Mercer Island with her husband and two children and devotes her time to family and volunteering in the community. After earning a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Spanish from...

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Additional Members:

Stephanie Parmenter

Michele Janes

Liz Heron

Anne Blackburn

Sarah Morris