People & Partners
Our team of professionals has years of experience and expertise to support your philanthropic needs and interests. 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, simply click the link on the staff member’s 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 as its 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.
Monique joined the Foundation in November of 2016 and serves as Executive Assistant. In addition to providing administrative support to the President & CEO, Monique provides support to GTCF’s Board of Directors.
Monique comes to GTCF with over 15 years’ executive assistant experience. During her career, she has provided support to executives at CenturyLink, PATH and Starbucks. Monique also spent time at the Tacoma Pierce County Chamber, where she developed a fondness for the Tacoma community and the great efforts of many passionate leaders to make Tacoma a fantastic place to work and live. Her work history includes event planning, project management and facilities management. Prior to joining GTCF, Monique was at Nordstrom corporate headquarters.
Monique is a true Washingtonian, born and raised in Seattle. Currently she resides in NE Tacoma with her husband and two sons. During her free time, Monique enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending local events and concerts, trying new restaurants and traveling.
Mohammad Mousa, CPA
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.
Shirley Tompkins, CPA
Through her work at the Community Foundation, Shirley gains an insight into the vast array of services provided to the community, which she greatly values.
Shirley has worked in the accounting and auditing field in the Puget Sound area for more than 20 years. She developed a passion for the nonprofit industry while working as an auditor for Jacobson Jarvis & Co., a certified public accounting firm that specializes in not-for-profit clients. It was that passion that directed her to the Community Foundation in 2005.
Shirley is originally from Ohio and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1982. She is a Washington State Certified Public Accountant and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business with an Accounting concentration from the University of Washington, Tacoma.
Shirley resides in Enumclaw, where she delights in spending time with good friends, her godson Emerson and four neighboring goats. She enjoys making jewelry, traveling and a variety of outdoor activities. Shirley has a son, Jason Bonk, who lives in Ohio with his wife Arin and their two sons, Kyle and Caleb. Shirley’s step-son Eric shares her love of country life and also lives in Enumclaw.
Judi Brown joined the Community Foundation in November 2014 as the Office Manager.
Judi’s work history includes experience at three other community foundations, the Arkansas Community Foundation, Peninsula Community Foundation (now known as Silicon Valley Community Foundation) and the Greater Everett Community Foundation. Most recently, she worked for the College Success Foundation- Tacoma.
Together with her husband, Judi also owns a local business, and she spends most of her time away from the Community Foundation at their store in Lakewood. Judi holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Montana.
Messini joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation as a Staff Accountant in September 2016. She is responsible for supporting the Finance and Administration team, managing benefits and assisting with the annual audit.
Prior to joining GTCF, Messini worked as a consultant for Robert Half International after spending three years at a Seattle venture capital firm with over $2 billion under management across eight private investment funds. During that time, she managed the full accounting cycle of multiple entities including funds and incubated companies in preparation of financial statements.
Messini earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Accounting from Lakeland College in Wisconsin. When she’s not at work, Messini enjoys playing Sudoku, gardening or biking.
Barb Granger joined the Community Foundation as Vice President, Philanthropic Services in April 2016. Barb has spent the past two years as a fundraising consultant helping clients like The Overlake School, Seattle YWCA and Habitat for Humanity assess, prepare and implement a number of development strategies.
Prior to working as a consultant, Barb was Executive Director for the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation in Puyallup for seven years. Before her time at Good Sam, Barb spent 26 years working for the YMCA starting as a Program Director in San Diego and growing to become the Vice President of Financial Development with the YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties. At the YMCA, Barb led several capital campaign and annual campaign efforts that consistently surpassed their goals. Barb’s commitment and focus on building genuine and heart-felt relationships with donors, board members and volunteers have allowed her to help bring people’s passions to life.
A member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and South Sound Planned Giving Council (SSPGC), Barb has a Bachelor of Science in Health & Fitness from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University. Barb has a son who recently graduated college and a daughter who’s an active 11th grader. For fun you can find Barb running, cycling and enjoying wine tasting. She’s always up for a cup of coffee or a nice walk on the waterfront to get to know you.
Sherrana oversees the Community Foundation’s donor engagement work, including strategic grantmaking and relationship building. Previously, Sherrana served as Director of Community Programs and led the Foundation’s grantmaking, community outreach, and community impact work.
Sherrana joined the Community Foundation 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
Evelyn joined GTCF as the Director of Philanthropic Services in July 2014. She is responsible for helping grow the Community Foundation’s assets and available grant dollars by providing personalized service to donors and sharing the message of the Foundation’s work with potential new donors. In addition, Evelyn serves as the principal liaison with professional advisors, creating opportunities for referrals of planned gifts and funds that meet donor’s financial, estate planning, and charitable goals.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Evelyn spent time in the real estate industry as a broker. The majority of her career was in the financial services industry, including over seven years as a private banker with the Wealth Management divisions of Fifth Third Bank, and JP Morgan. Evelyn has significant donor engagement experience from her associations with nonprofit organizations across the country, including The Bellingham Festival of Music, The Oregon Symphony, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
Evelyn received her Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University with her emphasis in vocal performance. She continues to enjoy opera and orchestral music as a pastime.
Having grown up in the Midwest, Evelyn moved to the Pacific Northwest after graduating from college. After spending several years in various cities throughout the country, she and her husband are back in the Pacific Northwest and enjoy living in Kingston. She enjoys great food and wine, and is an avid gardener.
Kiera Carpenter joined the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in February 2017 as Donor Services Associate. Kiera provides database management, research, and reporting to the GTCF team, and helps organize development-related events that engage donors, partners, and community members.
Prior to joining GTCF, Kiera worked in higher education development after earning her degree in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University.
When she’s not working, Kiera is likely reading her book club novel or grabbing a coffee at the nearest café.
Gina’s has spent the last 12 years in philanthropy, 9 of them here at the Community Foundation. Currently, she serves as our Vice President of Grants & Initiatives, where Gina leads the program team, directs our grantmaking vehicles, and community partnerships. Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Gina was the director of development for Melanoma International Foundation. Her responsibilities included cultivating new donors, stewarding existing donors and sponsors, and soliciting funds from existing and new corporate sponsors in Seattle, Phoenix, and Philadelphia.
Gina received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and French from Washington University (the one in St. Louis, not Seattle). In addition, she received her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Environmental Law in 1997 from the University of Washington (the one in Seattle, not St. Louis).
Outside of work, spends much of her time wrangling her family which includes husband Tim, children Jack and Elise, and emotionally needy cat Simone. Other interesting facts about Gina include her aspiration to read every Newberry Award Winning books since 1922, she is a recovering Harry Potter fanatic, and prefers gastronome over foodie.
Carol joined the Community Foundation in September 2013. As Grants Administrator, she is responsible for the supervision and content of data and reports that enable the Foundation staff and Board to make informed decisions and communicate effectively with stakeholders. Her functions include database management, grants and process administration.
Before this, Carol did database work for the University of Puget Sound and the Alice Ferguson Foundation, an environmental education center in Maryland. She has managed grants and contracts at San Diego State University and has also worked as a graphic designer, a non-profit manager, and an editor.
Carol is a Tacoma native and earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Pacific Lutheran University. She also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Washington State University.
She lives in Tacoma and enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. She is a potter and a weaver and enjoys reading.
Megan Sukys has been telling stories about the Pacific Northwest since the turn of the century. After a career in public radio, and several years as an independent producer and story consultant, she joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in February 2017.
A native of North Carolina, Megan moved to Tacoma in 1999. As a host and producer at KUOW, NPR-Seattle, she interviewed thousands of people and developed a deep respect for the culture and community of the region. Working with nonprofits and individuals in Pierce County, she learned that the passionate devotion of individuals and organizations keep this community thriving. In her role as Vice President of Communications, she endeavors to bring the same generosity and joy that she witnesses in GTCF’s donors and partners.
Megan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. She continues to perform as a storyteller and as voice talent, and writes stories on her blog.
She lives in Tacoma with her husband, son, daughter, and a stockpile of grits.
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.
Sheri Tonn, Chair
Pacific Lutheran University
Dwight Williams, J.D., Vice Chair
Federal Aviation Administration
Mary Thomas, Secretary
Gary Brooks, Treasurer
Brooks, Hughes & Jones
Pierce County Auditor
Regional Executive Director, YMCA of Pierce & Kitsap Counties
Scott Limoli, CPA/ABV
Ryan Jorgenson & Limoli, PS
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.