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 the University of Virginia in 2001, Dawn returned to school to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Duke University in 2004. Following graduation, she practiced physical therapy specializing in women’s health and outpatient orthopedics in the Seattle area with Proliance Surgeons and Physiotherapy Associates. Dawn is currently a board member of the Mercer Island Schools Foundation, a local non-profit organization that serves as the catalyst to connect the resources of the community to the identified academic needs of Mercer Island public schools. She is also Vice President of Fundraising for the PTA of the local elementary school and participates in several volunteer opportunities with the Seahawks Women’s Association. In her free time, Dawn enjoys running and playing in a weekly coed soccer league. She is a 2016 NYC Marathon Finisher in support of Camp Korey, a non-profit that operates free camps for children with serious illnesses.
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 Woodinville. Heidi enjoys her legal practice as a member of Real Property Law Group, focusing on commercial real estate transactions. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of Portland and a J.D. from Willamette University College of Law where she met her husband. Currently, Heidi’s passions include raising money for Make-A-Wish, teaching Sunday School at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican Church, hiking, playing ice hockey, and volunteering for her children’s many sports and school related activities.
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 earning her M.S in Education from Long Island University. After three years in the classroom, Lauren earned degree in Social Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University and spent several years consulting with IBM Global Business Services specializing in learning and organizational change management. Currently she works at Google focusing on leadership development. Lauren enjoys taking adventures near and far with her husband and 10 month old daughter, cooking and playing volleyball.
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 few years later to stay home with her first son (she now has four active boys!) She enjoys volunteering in her community and has served as MIPA Co-President, Lakeridge PTA Co-President and now looks forward to joining Island Park and Islander Middle School PTA boards. She also serves on the board for Mercer Island FC. Sarah is passionate about supporting schools in her community and also providing educational opportunities to those less fortunate. She took her two older sons to India this year to visit schools and projects supported by a local organization, Kiran Anjali Project, which provides educational opportunities to girls living in poverty in India. Sarah enjoys travel, running, tennis and being active outdoors.
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. as a Director in the Global Construction Practice. She has more than 25 years of experience assisting legal counsel, businesses, government entities, and individuals with a wide variety of economic, financial, and consulting assignments. She was previously a Vice President at Tucker Alan Inc., a national litigation and business consulting firm acquired by Navigant Consulting. She has BA in Business Administration from the University of Washington and holds a Certified Management Accountant certificate. After years on the Wedgwood Elementary PTA board and King County Bar Association Board, she now serves as a board member of the Wedgwood Swim Club and a board member of CCYJ, the Center for Child and Youth Justice. She enjoys running, barre class, entertaining and spending time with her family and new puppy.
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 several advertising/branding agencies in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Carolyn has her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA. She currently lives on Mercer Island with her husband and three children and an active volunteer at their schools. In her free time, she enjoys watching baseball, buildling legos with her family and a good cup of coffee!
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 attending the University of Medical School. She completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Washington in 2010. Between medical school and residency, Catherine returned to health care policy working on the health care redesign in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. During her tenure in New Orleans, she eared a Masters in Public Health in Health Systems Management from Tulane University. Catherine is also is a cancer survivor and proudly is 25 years cancer free as of 2017. Her career and philanthropic passions are access to quality health care, cancer survivorship, and early childhood education. She enjoys sailing, travelling, any sport that involves a board or a ski and most of all her family and friends.
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 Political Science from the University of San Diego, visiting degrees from the University of Oxford, the Instituto y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, and the Washington Center. Her passion for political science has translated to serving on various parent boards in her community, including the Mercer Island Preschool Association, Emmanuel Day School, Lakeridge Elementary among others.. Prior to her volunteer roles, Stephanie worked in recruiting for Microsoft and hedge fund company, The Quellos Group. Currently, together with her husband, she is managing a small real estate investment group, SJS, LLC. She enjoys family time, reading, tennis, entertaining, and interior design.
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 subsidiary), Vice President of Physical Media & Canada, where she championed the Amazon Mexico and Amazon Campus business plans. Prior to that, Maria led Amazon’s Consumables group and launched popular customer categories such as Beauty, Health & Personal Care and Grocery and features, such as Subscribe and Save. In 2011, Maria launched MYHABIT.com, an online private sale fashion site from Amazon, and served as President of MYHABIT and Vice President of Shoes, Jewelry & Watches on Amazon. Prior to joining Amazon, Maria worked in brand management at Kraft Foods, Inc. Before joining Kraft, she worked for Hallmark Cards, Inc. and Nelson & Associates. Maria holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. in Interior Design from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She is a frequent speaker on leadership topics and is currently a member of the Vanderbilt University Business School Alumni Board. A native of New Jersey, she now lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.
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 graduating college from UCLA with a degree in Art History/History and a minor in Asian American Studies, Robyn moved to San Francisco and started a career in Advertising and Marketing that led to jobs with the San Francisco Business Times, Sports Channel, and CBS. Robyn moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2003 by way of Durham, North Carolina where Robyn worked for the Triple A Baseball team, Durham Bulls, in Sponsorship Sales. Today, Robyn lives on Mercer Island with her husband and two children and is a Residential Real Estate Broker with Windermere. Real Estate has allowed Robyn to combine her background in sales with her love of architecture, interior design and helping people. Robyn is passionate about giving back to the community and she currently serves on the board of local non-profit Summer Search. Robyn has also served as a board member of the Robert Chinn Foundation and the National Japanese American Citizens League.
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 as an Investment Banker for Citigroup managing mergers, acquisitions and capital raising in the Technology sector. She returned to Seattle in 2004 and joined a private equity firm where she sourced and led acquisitions, as well as the venture capital efforts for the launch of MOD Pizza. Beth was the President of Barefoot Yoga, an ecommerce yoga supplies and apparel company, before joining Amazon where she managed Vendor Management and Instock teams in the Books category. Since 2013, she has been home with her twins and has cherished the time spent with family and friends.
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 undergrad at University of San Diego and graduate school at Thunderbird, which provides a Masters in International Business. A highlight of her education was a program called Semester at Sea in which students from all over the US live and study on a ship, while traveling to 10 countries throughout the world. She lived in Japan for 2 years after undergrad, studying Japanese and working at a local advertising agency and teaching English. She has worked in a variety of roles in sales, operations, logistics, program management, and webinar production. Past companies include SeaLand, Beyond.com, eframes.com, Intuit, Macromedia, and Adobe. She is currently working full time on raising two kids, 14 year-old son and 8 year-old daughter. She has volunteered in various capacities with the schools and community. She enjoys: yoga (so much so that she’s currently signed up to do a teacher training for the 2017/18 year), exercising, traveling, hiking, tennis, reading (when there’s time), and hanging out with family and friends.
Paula Holtzclaw, a proud Midwesterner, was born and raised in Mission Hills, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City. The youngest of six children, she grew up with a love of travel, sports and family. She attended the University of San Diego, rowed crew and majored in International Relations and Business, with a minor in Spanish. After graduation, she spent 2 years in Spain working for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics before heading to Seattle to start her career in marketing and sales. She spent 10+ years in high tech marketing, launching video games, software and hardware products to a worldwide audience. Paula transitioned her marketing and sales experience to real estate and has been a residential broker for the past 12 years. She currently lives on Mercer Island with her husband Grover and two girls Perry, age 12 and Hadley, age 10. She loves spending time playing tennis, planning her next travel excursion and being with her family.
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 Dartmouth College, she moved back to San Francisco and worked for Palm, Inc. for a decade and a half. When Palm imploded, she embarked on a short stint with TomTom but then decided to take a break from work travel, conference calls in pj’s and business dinners. She now is on the St. Joe’s School Parent Board and heads Mercerwood’s Swim Committee. Molly enjoys sports and outdoor activities with her family as well as eating nachos while watching whatever game, tournament or event is taking place.
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 schools to residential remodels; from urban plans to workplace interiors. She has most recently been collaborating with Clive Wilkinson Architects in Los Angeles, the city where she was a founding member and drummer of a punk rock band and where her first child was born. Kate, her intrepid husb
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 estate group at Pacifica Law Group, with a practice focused on commercial leasing. She also serves on the board of Bellwether Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing developer. She lives in the North Beach neighborhood of Seattle with her husband and two children, although they spend many of their weekends throughout the year at Crystal Mountain.
Born and Raised in Mercer Island and a graduate of the University of Washington, Jennie King has worked for major retailers including the Bon Marche, Nordstrom and Ann Taylor. After a chance encounter with a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch, Jennie went on to become the Regional Vice President and Client Relationship Manager for the Northwest Region of the Firm and spent the next 18 years traveling across the country in a variety of roles. In 2015, Jennie was brought back to the fashion industry when she became an Independent Sales Consultant for women’s RTW collections Carlisle. Shortly after, her love of the industry took over and she added a luxe jewelry line to her mix, ASH + AMES, which empowers women and gives back both locally and internationally. Jennie has a passion for helping others and has held active roles with Check Your Boobies / Can Can (now part of the Rivkin Center), Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Lakeridge Elementary PTA within the Mercer Island School District. She also started and led Kiwanis K-Kids at Lakeridge Elementary and helped kids raise money and awareness for several worthy causes. Jennie coaches her two sons on the Mercer Island Youth JV football team. Jennie has a passion for fashion, design, and swimming and loves spending time with family and friends.
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 one puppy, two cats and, over the years, numerous fish. She has a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in Communications Management from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. Jeanne started her career in the non-profit sector in Chicago and Los Angeles, working on higher education and public policy issues before transitioning to corporate communications in 1997. She spent 15 years at the Boeing Company working in all areas of communications, including leading all internal and executive communications for the company’s 70,000+ employee defense organization. Jeanne is a past board member of the Sunnybeam School and an active volunteer at her children’s schools and with their many activities. She enjoys travel, theatre, tennis and spending time at Hood Canal.
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 practiced Physical Therapy at the DC Veterans Administration hospital and at a Pilates studio where she also taught Pilates. She and her husband and their two young children moved to Mercer Island in 2012. Pam currently serves as the President of the Mercer Island Youth and Family Services (MIYFS) Foundation Board which raises money to support MIYFS social services and programs including staffing a certified mental health counselor in each of our district’s schools. She will also serve a third year as VP of Fundraising at Island Park Elementary. Abundant volunteer opportunities in her chosen forever home and her two school age children keep Pam busy but in her spare time she enjoys the great PNW outdoors, running, entertaining, and travel.