Sara Mcvey, president
ceo, horizon house
Sara has spent most of her career in marketing, sales, and senior living operations and continues today as CEO of Horizon House in Seattle, Washington.
Prior to Horizon House, Sara lived in Illinois and served in a number of Executive roles at Mather LifeWays, Classic Residence by Hyatt, and Vanguard Health Systems.
She serves on the board of the First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA), Virginia Mason Board of Governors, is an active member of Women of the WAC (WOW), and the Community Development Roundtable (CDRT).
Sara is a licensed administrator, a former Rubik’s Cube addict, holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and is a step-person to two college-age girls who serve as inspiration for her yet to be written book – ‘No. They Don’t Call me Mom.’
Ted Klainer, Vice President
Harborview Medical Center, Capital Projects Manager
Ted Klainer has worked as a Capital Project Manager at Harborview Medical Center for 15 years. Ted has worked on wide range of construction projects at the hospital during those years. Those projects include everything from small renovation work to new construction like the Ninth and Jefferson Building. He is the in-house representative for Harborview’s MIMP Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) and has held that role for nearly 10 years.
Ted is also a member of Swedish Medical Center’s First Hill SAC and Virginia Mason Medical Center’s SAC. He was also a member of Seattle Housing Authority’s Yesler Terrace Citizens Review Committee for nearly 10 years. Ted continues to insure that Harborview Medical Center is an engaged and contributing neighbor on First Hill by advocating for well-designed new construction that enhances the pedestrian experience on First Hill.
Bob Terrell and his wife, Mary, moved to Skyline at First Hill in January, 2012. Bob was a practicing architect in Seattle for over 40 years, the majority of that time as project manager with Kirk Wallace and McKinley, NBBJ and TRA. His focus was on major university buildings on campuses throughout Washington and on commercial buildings in Washington and 24 other states. A few of the buildings for which he was project manager include the Seattle Center Playhouse (now Intiman Theater), the five Seattle bus tunnel stations, two Seattle high-rise office buildings, the John Fluke Manufacturing plant in Everett, the University of Washington Undergraduate Library, the Broadway Performance Hall, and thirty-six retail stores for AT&T. Since moving to First Hill, Bob has been an active participant in FHIA activities,particularly in land use and open space issues.
Robert L. Terrell, secretary
First Hill resident
Carley is a recent resident of both Seattle and First Hill, and she loves the peaceful ambiance and local amenities of the neighborhood and also what a great access point it is to so many areas of Seattle.
She earned a double major B.A. in Business and English from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles and went on to work in small business management for a few years before discovering her true interest in financial planning. While working at a privative investment firm she pursued her Certified Financial Planning education and passed her CFP exam in 2017. She worked in banking for the first year in Seattle before re-focusing on financial planning where she has recently taken a position with a private wealth management company.
She has served on two working boards in California as a Treasurer and a Marketing Chair for nonprofit organizations with a focus on preventing childhood bullying and LGBT equality. In her free time Carley loves nothing more than to spend time with her lovely wife Jessica (and cat Gertrude) and they (not the cat) can usually be found hiking and exploring the local areal.
Carley clark, Treasurer
first hill resident
Mary Ellen Hudgins was the President of FHIA. She holds a law degree from Seattle University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Central Washington University. After practicing labor law for ten years, Mary Ellen served ten years on the Washington State Court of Appeals as a Court Commissioner. She then served as Director of Advancement at Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences, where her two children attended school, for 14 years, working closely with the Administration and the Board of Trustees on governance issues and raising funds for operating and capital projects. Retired since 2010, Mary Ellen has lived on First Hill for 18 years and loves the neighborhood and its amazing potential. Hobbies include hanging out with grandchildren, reading, fly fishing, yoga, cross-country skiing, and volunteering on community boards. She currently serves on the Boards of FHIA, Seattle Academy, and Seattle JazzED.
MARY ELLEN HUDGINS, past PRESIDENT
First Hill resident
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Admin.
Elizabeth “Betsy” Braun, Architect is the Administrative Director for Facilities at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Her background is in healthcare architecture. She has been the Owners Representative for construction projects for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle/King County Department of Public Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center. She also has consulted on Healthcare design to diverse clients like Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi. She is dedicated to improving the built environment, creating healthier communities, and is an avid bicyclist, runner, hiker, sailor and adventurer.
Frank F. Conlon has resided on First Hill since 2009 and is a member of Citizens for a Greener First Hill. He was a professor of History, South Asian Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. He specialized in the social and cultural history of western India, particularly the city of Bombay/Mumbai. Frank has a life-long interest in issues of urban transit and mobility and regards all initiatives in ‘improvement’ of transit on First Hill with friendly curiosity. Beyond enjoying the cosmopolitan life of First Hill, he and his wife Joan particularly appreciate the rich offerings of classical music performances at St. James Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Church and Town Hall.
First Hill resident
Heather recently returned to the Seattle area to join the First Hill Plaza team after a stint as the Assistant General Manager of the Desert Princess HOA and Country Club in Palm Springs. She also lives in the First Hill neighborhood and looks forward to finding opportunities to support the healthy growth and enhancement of this vital and evolving portion of the city.
She previously managed a highly diverse, mixed-income, Hope VI redevelopment community named High Point in West Seattle. The neighborhood, which has won numerous national and international urban planning and development awards, incorporates one of the largest urban natural drainage systems in the country, and has a strong focus on environmental stewardship. Heather oversaw the maintenance of seven community parks worked closely with Seattle Housing Authority staff who oversaw the low-income units within the community.
Heather particularly enjoys the opportunity to help residents who volunteer their time and energy to make their communities flourish. At High Point, she partnered with other neighborhood organizations and residents on projects to build a playground in a day, to install an outdoor fitness zone and to build an educational beehive enclosure and pollination garden, among others.
First Hill Resident
Jim Erickson grew up using public transportation to commute to public schools in Brooklyn, NY where he majored in Engineering and Industrial Management. Jim worked for Northrop Grumman for 35 years, managing teams that built vehicles that allowed pilots to break the sound barrier, explore ocean currents and land on the moon. In a term appointment as a senior government employee Jim received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from Air Force Systems Command for bringing a tactical aircraft to full scale production. Late in his career Jim became a facilitator of small process improvement teams. Jim brings this belief in the power of small teams, and his passion for continual improvement to his work as a community leader. Currently, Jim is working to engage the First Hill community in improving pedestrian amenities, revitalizing retail services serving First Hill and establishing green spaces within our community. This year he graduated from the DON’s PACE program (People’s Academy for Community Engagement) that trains emerging community leaders in civic engagement processes.
First Hill resident
Lindsay has lived in Seattle for over ten years moving here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BS in Architectural Studies. As a professional in the field of Architecture for nine years she has worked on a range of multi-family, commercial and mixed-use projects in many of Seattle’s neighborhoods. She is currently a Project Manager working to become professionally licensed at S+H Works, a small but ambitious architecture firm in Capitol Hill. Four years ago she was introduced to First Hill through the Quarter Lounge softball team and she is looking forward to another summer as their starting pitcher. With a little over a year of residency in First Hill she’s proud to represent renters, dog owners, car owners, walking commuters and young professionals. Lindsay is interested in connecting with residents, given the chance, to learn a little about what they’re proud to represent in this neighborhood.
First Hill resident
Sam Russell has been a resident of First Hill since 2015. Moving to Seattle from Phoenix shortly after graduating from Arizona State University with a degree in Construction Management. Sam is a Development Project Manager for Pine Street Group L.L.C. overseeing the construction of the new Washington State Convention Center Addition. Sam is also a graduate student at Seattle University expecting to graduate from the MBA program in December 2018. Sam also serves on the Harborview Standing Advisory Committee as well as the Seattle Center Advisory Commission. Hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, running, tennis, and live music.
First hill resident
Gordon Werner has been a resident of Seattle since 1994 and First Hill since 2004. Born in New York City and raised in Massachusetts and Europe. He attended Haverford College and majored in Ancient Near Eastern Architecture with a minor in City Planning. His world travelling has given him an international perspective on life in Seattle. After a long stint in the Commercial Airline Industry and at Amazon.com he now is employed as the programmer at a local technology consulting company. Besides First Hill, he is involved with helping friends in NE Seattle’s Meadowbrook Community and was involved with securing funding for sidewalks on NE 110th from Sandpoint Way to 35th Ave NE. He has been actively involved with local transit issues such as the Streetcar, saving the Route 2 bus and Madison BRT. He is a life-long member of the LRTA (Light Rail Transit Association) and theurbanist.org, a group whose mission is to improve city living in Seattle.
First Hill resident
Swedish Medical Center, Community Affairs Director
Sherry E. Williams, Director Community Engagement for Swedish Medical Center. Her job centers on community outreach and engagement for the communities in and around the five Swedish Medical Center in King County. Community and public benefit is an important part of providing access to care, community partnerships, health education, wellness and prevention programs for the many communities Swedish serves. Sherry received her Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University and her main office is located on the Swedish First Hill campus. Sherry is a runner and sits on the board of Community Lunch on Capitol Hill and the Northwest African American Museum.
First hill Resident
Tom Bennett is an urban designer with a background in both architecture and landscape architecture. He is originally from Philadelphia, but was drawn by the lifestyle and natural beauty of the Pacific NW, and moved here over 18 years ago. His urban design, transportation and public realm projects have taken him throughout the world; most recently in the Middle East where he spent the last 6 years.
Tom and his wife decided to move to Seattle for its great local food, jazz scene and access to the outdoor environment along with the opportunity to influence this rapidly growing city. They specifically chose to live in First Hill for its strong residential neighborhood feel and close proximity to downtown. Tom was drawn to the First Hill Improvement Association to become more involved in the community, and to bring his professional skills to help improve access to open space, through green and lively streets and parks.