People & Partners
The GTCF Team
Our team of professionals is committed to building a thriving and vibrant Pierce County by providing resources that support donors, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and members of the community in working together to meet the community’s needs and achieve its opportunities, now and into the future.
To reach any of our staff members please call 253.383.5622 or email them directly.
To view a staff member’s email and full bio, click on their name.
Kathi Littmann, Ed.D.
Kathi Littmann, a public, private and nonprofit leader with more than two decades of executive-level experience, joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in July 2015 as President & CEO. Kathi’s career spans prominent positions across diverse industries, ranging from public education leadership to commercial construction management.
Throughout her career, Kathi has worked to help build deep community involvement in order to help create opportunities for people to live healthy, happy and productive lives. Whether she was building innovative teacher-centered professional learning systems for The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launching learning initiatives with leadership and teachers on U.S. Military Base campuses across the world, or managing multi-billion dollar construction programs, Kathi worked to empower teams of diverse stakeholders to work together toward a shared impact.
Kathi was recognized early in her career by the International Women’s Foundation for minority and small business opportunity engagement. She also received the construction industry’s most prestigious honor, the Engineering News Record Award of Excellence, in 2003 for her team’s work to launch 175 new schools and additions across greater Los Angeles.
Kathi began her career as a middle school English teacher and holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from Loyola and a Masters of Education from Marymount University. She is also a 2005 Broad Urban Superintendents Academy fellow.
Kathi loves exploring the Pacific Northwest outdoors with her two overenthusiastic Labradors.
As the Executive Assistant here at GTCF, I provide administrative support to President and CEO, Kathi Littmann, our Executive Team and the Board of Directors.
I’ve been with GTCF since November of 2016. Prior to working here, I was an Executive Assistant at Nordstrom corporate headquarters in Seattle. I have over 20 years’ experience providing administrative support to executives at CenturyLink, PATH and Starbucks. During my career I’ve had the opportunity to gain extensive experience in Facilities Management, Event Planning, Project Coordination and managing employee morale and recognition initiatives.
I was born and raised in Seattle. I currently live in NE Tacoma with my husband and two sons. I love calling Tacoma my home. Working at GTCF, I really feel a part of the community. Through GTCF’s work we’re able to partner and with individuals, non-profits and organizations who strive to make Pierce County a great place to work and live. It’s exciting to see the passion that results in positive change within our community.
Please feel free to contact me, if you are looking to connect with members of our Executive Team.
If you need help with scheduling, staff calendars or anything to do with our physical location, I’m your girl.
I joined the team at GTCF in August of 2017 and I can tell you that things move pretty quickly around here. Fortunately, I have over twenty years of diverse experience in Office Management, so I can keep up or do some prodding when needed.
I am still learning the landscape of Pierce County, both socially and geographically, since I am a California transplant and live in Kitsap County (shh, don’t tell anyone). I admire the Tacoma area greatly for its beauty and diversity.
I am active in Theatre so I am especially excited by the scope and breadth of Arts activities. Last October, I went on the annual Tacoma ArtWalk and learned all kinds of fascinating things. Ask me about scantography and I will show you a picture at my desk.
I am awed every day by the multitude of service organizations that GTCF helps support in Pierce County and I am proud to play my role in that work.
As Chief Financial Officer, Mo assists in developing the organization’s strategic direction and oversees the finance, accounting and administrative functions. Mo brings with him more than 20 years of experience in financial management at fast growth startups and large corporations. Mo has a wealth of project management, problem solving, team-building and communications skills.
For the past nine years Mo was the controller for a Seattle venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management across eight private investment funds. Prior to his work in the venture capital sector, Mo worked as a Corporate Controller for a Seattle-based Biotechnology Company where he was a key member of the executive team and advised the CEO on all financial and accounting matters and reported results to the Board of Directors. He began his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. as a senior auditor.
Mo is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has his MBA in Accountancy from Kansas State University. A former professional soccer player, Mo now coaches local area youth teams and is founder of a youth leadership/mentoring program.
As Senior Management Advisor here at GTCF, I help with the finance and accounting function, providing internal and external reporting and support for the organization as a whole.
I joined the GTCF team in March of 2005. For over twenty years prior to that, I held various accounting and auditing positions in the Seattle/Tacoma area. I am a Washington State Certified Public Accountant and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with an Accounting concentration from the University of Washington, Tacoma.
I moved from Ohio to the Puget Sound area thirty-six years ago. I currently reside in Buckley and am continually inspired and astounded by the beauty of our surroundings! I’m also inspired by the good work being done every day by our non-profit partners who provide a wide variety of quality services to members of the greater Tacoma community.
Katherine Minckler, CPA
I am very happy to have joined the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in October 2018 as the Controller. I bring over 30 years of accounting experience. During that time I have helped hundreds of clients structure giving plans that allowed them to support the organizations and communities that were important to them, while at the same time providing for their family and business needs in the most efficient and optimum way while reducing their tax burden.
I have also worked closely with many charitable and civic nonprofits over the years to help them streamline systems resulting in reduced administrative costs. I most recently come from a multi-program charitable nonprofit focused on helping families in need where I served as the Controller.
I am so grateful to live in vibrant and beautiful Tacoma. It’s been amazing to watch the transformation over the last few decades, and I am excited to be a part of supporting the needs of this community so that it continues to thrive.
I joined GTCF in November 2014. In my current role as Senior Administrative Manager, I process all gifts (contributions) GTCF receives and I also coordinate our scholarship program.
Having worked at three other community foundations over the last 20 years, I joined GTCF already very familiar with the field. At the Arkansas Community Foundation, I managed a large, state-wide competitive grant program, assisted in developing a youth advisory council and I also coordinated Board, Committee and Staff activities. At Silicon Valley Community Foundation I processed all gifts the Foundation received, managed a Holiday-Giving Campaign in conjunction with community-based newspapers in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, worked closely with a large corporation to coordinate gifts and grants from its employee-driven fund and later joined the Finance Team, where I supported the CFO. At the Community Foundation of Snohomish County I helped to compile the Foundation’s first successful submission to the National Standards for US Community Foundations review board, I supported the Executive Director and the Board of Directors and I processed all grants paid out from the Foundation.
When I’m not at GTCF, I’m most likely at my Lakewood-based business, which I own with my husband, who is retired from the US Navy. We’ve lived in Pierce County since 2007.
Simply put, GTCF facilitates philanthropy. We make wise use of public and private generosity in support of efforts to improve and enhance the lives of people in our region. Witnessing that generosity, seeing the difference that even small grants make to the lives of people in our county, inspires me on a daily basis.
Sherrana oversees Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s donor engagement work, including strategic grantmaking and relationship building. Previously, Sherrana served as Director of Community Programs and led GTCF’s grantmaking, community outreach, and community impact work.
Sherrana joined GTCF in 2005, and has spent the last nine years working closely with a variety of stakeholders to develop and implement philanthropic strategies that strengthen the Pierce County community.
A native of University Place, Sherrana graduated from Bellarmine Preparatory High School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree focused on English and Communications from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
Sherrana currently resides in North Tacoma with her husband, Kevin, and children, Noah and Olive. In her free time, she enjoys playing board games with her friends and family, wine tasting, taking walks, and enjoying the Mount Rainier view.
Evelyn Ryberg, CAP
I’ve been with GTCF since July 2014. As Director of Philanthropic Services, I help clients articulate and advance their highest aspirations for self, family and society through philanthropy. I serve as the principal liaison with professional advisors providing strategies for charitable giving in financial and estate plans for their clients.
I hold the CAP® (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy®) designation from the American College of Financial Services which provides tools and knowledge to bring philanthropic vision to reality. Prior to joining GTCF my career was in the financial services industry, including over seven years as a Vice President and Private Banker with the Wealth Management divisions of Fifth Third Bank, and JP Morgan Private Wealth Management.
I love to speak to community groups and professional organizations about the power of philanthropy, and often do seminars on charitable giving strategies. I am a member of Rotary 8 Club in Tacoma, Tacoma Estate Planning Council, South Sound Planned Giving Council, and serve on the board for Leave 10, a philanthropic organization promoting the concept of leaving 10% of one’s estate as a charitable legacy to positively impact our communities for generations.
My goal is to enhance the quality of life in our community through philanthropy. If that is your goal too, please contact me.
In the role of Donor Services Associate at GTCF, I provide project support, research and reporting, and help organize events that educate and celebrate our community. As part of the Development team, I work to build relationships with donors, nonprofits, and citizens in Pierce County by connecting them to causes they care about. Working in such a vibrant environment means no two days at GTCF are ever the same.
Before joining GTCF in February 2017, I worked in higher education development at Pacific Lutheran University. I began working at PLU in the Office of Advancement upon earning my degree, and because I had been a scholarship recipient myself, I was determined to dedicate my career to organizations that provide resources to those in need. When I received the opportunity to come on board at GTCF, I knew I was joining a team and pursuing a mission that stayed true to this dedication.
I was raised in Tacoma and have lived here my whole life, so Pierce County will always be my true home. Not only do I live in the most beautiful landscape of water, mountains, and flora this country has to offer (I suppose I might be a bit biased), but I also get to work alongside citizens who persevere with tenacity and genuinely care about their community. To support these people through GTCF and help them achieve their vision for Pierce County is a privilege.
If you would like to find out how GTCF can connect you with causes you care about and help you accomplish your philanthropic goals, please reach out.
As Vice President, Grants & Initiatives here at GTCF, my work is really about listening and making connections to help leverage community resources and bring people together to strengthen Pierce County.
I started working for GTCF in a part-time role supporting the Fund for Women and Girls back in 2008. Over the years my role has evolved along with the changing needs of our community. Although my background was in Environmental Law, I got into Philanthropy as a volunteer grant writer with the Melanoma International Foundation after a friend of mine passed away from metastatic melanoma. Prior to that I also worked for the City of Seattle helping develop systems for information sharing between various city departments. I earned degree in Political Science and French from Washington University (the one in St. Louis, not Seattle) and a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Environmental Law from the University of Washington (the one in Seattle, not St. Louis).
When I think about Pierce County, I think about my family who has lived in the area for generations. As a child, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents, who lived in Buckley. I loved visiting them and staying at their house which my grandpa had built at just the right angle so he got the best view of the mountain. With memories like these, I’m grateful to be able to do work that keeps this place and the people who live here at the center of our mission
If you need to connect to resources in the community let’s talk.
As Program Officer at GTCF, I support community projects and partnerships to cultivate meaningful and sustainable collaborations in Pierce County. I specifically work with the Youth Philanthropy Board, Spark Grants, Women’s Economic Opportunity, and the 2020 Census.
I joined the GTCF team in August 2018. Prior to that I worked for a college access non-profit in Tacoma and have held various positions in higher education and social work through the years. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon I moved to Tacoma to attend the University of Puget Sound. I studied Sociology and Spanish, while playing on the women’s DIII soccer team. After I graduated, I joined the Peace Corps working in community health service in rural Guatemala. I obtained my Masters in Educational Leadership in 2015.
I have always been drawn to helping others find their own voice am excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the people and organizations that make up Pierce County. When I am not at work, I love exploring the area with my dog, Nala, and learning more about this beautiful place. Tacoma has been home for the last 13 years and I could not be more proud to live in such an incredible city that continues to grow and evolve.
I am often out in the community visiting organizations or at events and would love to hear how people are making an impact in the City of Destiny. Please do not hesitate to reach out, I look forward to meeting you.
For the community, I oversee grant payments and reporting while ensuring that our online grant applications are easy to use and make sense. For GTCF staff, I’m the database and numbers guru who enjoys making sure our data is accurate and meaningful in supporting GTCF’s mission.
I joined the GTCF team in February of 2018. Over the years I’ve supported nonprofit organizations in a variety of capacities including scholarship, grant, and database management. In addition to my time in the nonprofit world, I also spent a number of years teaching English overseas. While teaching I enjoyed the many the opportunities I had for cultural exchange and sharing of ideas – in addition to some really amazing food!
In 2015 I took an opportunity to move back to Pierce County – eventually purchasing a home in the Lincoln District. Having lived in Pierce County on and off since 1999, I’ve been energized by the revitalization efforts and increase in awareness of social issues in our region. I’m passionate about serving the community in whatever shape that takes while helping to improve the world around me. I see grants as one of the tools we have to empower individuals and organizations to do things that benefit the region one step at a time.
As Director of Initiatives, I lead the implementation of a social emotional learning partnership between Tacoma Public Schools and local nonprofits. I am also supporting the development and launch of an out-of-school time intermediary that will serve organizations, providing expanding learning opportunities for children and youth across Pierce County.
I joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in July 2017. Prior to that, I worked for the City of Seattle, where I was responsible for collaborating with internal and external partners to design and implement innovative academic and social-emotional support programs and developing systems for collecting, analyzing, and using data to assess program effectiveness. I was the founding Director of Continuous Improvement for Seeding Success, a diverse, cross-sector partnership in Memphis, TN, committed to using data and information to develop and refine practices, with the goal of improving academic outcomes for children. I have also conducted research and worked with multiple school districts and nonprofits in the areas of financial modeling, data systems, and staffing strategies.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University, and a Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on education and social policy from the University of Washington.
In my free time, I enjoy exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest on foot, knitting moderately fashionable accessories for family and friends, and reading books that stretch my thinking.
As the Programs Manager for Expanded Learning Opportunities, I am leading the coordination of Expanded Learning Opportunities for 12 elementary sites that are a part of the Tacoma Social & Emotional Learning Initiative.
I joined GTCF in September of 2017. Before that I served as Senior Program Director for YMCA Pierce-Kitsap Counties where I helped launch Eagle Center, a Community Learning Center that has now expanded into 5 middle schools and 1 elementary school, while overseeing mentor and arts outreach programs as well. Over the past 18 years much of my work has focused on coordination of youth and community development programs.
I was born and raised in Tacoma as a foster-adopted child, so I understand first-hand what it means to come from disadvantage and learn to walk fully in purpose. I am passionate about the impact community partnership with schools can have on the next generation of up and coming leaders, and believe that every youth should have equal access to education, a caring adult and quality programs to help them along the journey of becoming.
I currently live in Federal Way with my husband of 24 years. Together, we have four adult children, and three grandchildren. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, family and friends, writing, singing, trying new restaurants and traveling.
In my role as Project Manager, I support GTCF’s work to improve and align experiences and climate to foster children’s social emotional learning during the school day and through Expanded Learning Opportunities.
I joined GTCF in June of 2018. My work experience has largely been in the philanthropy and educations fields. In addition to teaching English as a Second Language at Busan International High School in South Korea, I spent about six years at the Hewlett Foundation as a Program Associate for the Global Development and Population Program. My work involved supporting various grant portfolios including grantmaking for the Quality Education in Developing Countries Initiative. In additionLater, I was responsible for supporting the management of our program $100 million grants budget and managing the preparation of program materials for our board meetings. I hold a M.Ed in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Seattle University and a B.A. in Liberal Studies from California State University, Chico.
I am brand new to Pierce County, so I am excited to explore this beautiful area with my family. I care deeply about equity in education and providing opportunities to level the playing field in our community. With 2 young children of my own, I feel excited to be working on a project that will improve educational opportunities for their generation.
I help the community learn about the needs, opportunities, and insights that make Pierce County a great place to live. From stories about nonprofits, philanthropists, and community initiatives to strategies for bringing together diverse partners in ambitious collaborations, I am always looking for ways that connecting individuals and organizations can bring about solutions to problems and help realize our greatest potential.
I first connected with GTCF in 2015 as an independent consultant producing a peer learning storytelling series with nonprofit grantees. I started full-time with GTCF in 2017. Community has been at the heart of my career through many different jobs. As a stage manager for a North Carolina community theatre, a longtime public radio host, editor, and producer at KUOW-NPR Seattle, and as a storycrafting consultant, my goal has always been to build community connections through sharing personal experiences and wisdom. I earned a BA in Theatre Arts from The University of the South, Sewanee and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Math – consistently ranked one of the top public high schools in the country.
Having grown up in the pine forests of Eastern North Carolina, I never imagined I could wake up every morning to a volcano out my window or orca swimming in the bay. Beyond the natural beauty, I admire the culture of community cooperation. I remember telling my family when I moved here, “We all talk about wanting to make things better, but here people make it actually happen!” I’ve been amazed by the advocacy and positive change I’ve seen since moving to Tacoma in 1999. The people of Pierce County inspire me to bring my best talents in service of helping everyone enjoy living here.
I’m always on the lookout for great stories and storytellers. Feel free to get in touch and let me know about your good work in the community.
I help share stories about our work in the community and spotlight ways that people and organizations are making a difference throughout Pierce County as well.
I joined the GTCF team in November of 2017. Prior to working here, much of my experience was in the education field. I started out as a Teach for America corps member; and spent several years in the classroom teaching Social Studies. I also worked with Puget Sound Educational Service District coordinating a program that provided cultural connection and academic support for Native American Students in Pierce County Schools. In 2016, I became a student again myself, earning a Master’s of Communication in Communities and Networks from the University of Washington.
I’ve lived in the South Puget Sound area my whole life, and my family and I have called Tacoma home since 2011. I love living in such a beautiful place, and I’m still awestruck each time I see views of the Sound, or the mountain popping out from behind the clouds. I have a deep appreciation for the sense of community here and the way people come together to support each other. I’m grateful to be able to do work that centers around helping this community continue to thrive both now and into the future.
If you have information about community events GTCF can help promote, or stories you think we should be sharing, please feel free to contact me.
Our Board of Directors
Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Board of Directors manages assets, develops new funds, and approves grants to nonprofit organizations. The Board has a proud history of directing funds to effective organizations whose work aligns with the intent of our donors. Our Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of community leaders with deep roots in Tacoma/Pierce County.
Dwight Williams, J.D., Chair
Federal Aviation Administration
Mary Thomas, Vice Chair
Scott Limoli, Secretary
Ryan Jorgenson & Limoli, PS
Gary Brooks, Treasurer
Brooks, Hughes & Jones
Regional Executive Director, YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties
Brian L. Green
McGavick Graves, P.S.
Davies Pearson, P.C.
Director of Urban Studies, University of Washington Tacoma
Retired, Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
Law Offices of Robert C. Pittman
Superintendent, Tacoma Public Schools
Thank you to our generous community, corporate, and foundation partners who have supported our events, initiatives and special projects this past year! Through your support, commitment, and involvement, lives are made better, neighborhoods are strengthened, and culture is celebrated.