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 Greater Tacoma Community 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.
Anastacia joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in August 2017. She has over 20 years of experience as an Office Manager in such diverse fields as retail jewelry and continuing education for tax professionals.
Anastacia spent 9 years volunteering for Girl Scouts of America when her daughter was young and currently volunteers for Port Gamble Theater in many capacities. She most recently performed as Marmee in Little Women in July 2017.
When not at work, Anastacia enjoys acting, reading, writing and spending time with her husband and two-year-old American Water Spaniel, Dorothy. Anastacia holds a BA of Creative Arts from San Jose State University.
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 Greater Tacoma 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 GTCF 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 Greater Tacoma 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.
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
Evelyn joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation as the Director of Philanthropic Services in July 2014. She is responsible for helping grow GTCF’s assets and available grant dollars by providing personalized service to donors and sharing the message of the GTCF’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 GTCF, 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 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 Greater Tacoma 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 GTCF, 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.
Kacey Guin joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in July 2017. As Senior Program Officer, Kacey is leading the implementation of a social emotional learning initiative between Tacoma Public Schools and local nonprofits. She is 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.
Working for the City of Seattle, Kacey 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. She 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. Kacey has also conducted research and worked with multiple school districts and nonprofits in the areas of financial modeling, data systems, and staffing strategies.
Kacey 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 her free time, Kacey enjoys exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest on foot, knitting moderately fashionable accessories for family and friends, and reading books that stretch her thinking.
Fahren Johnson joined Greater Tacoma Community Foundation in September of 2017 as the Programs Manager for Expanded Learning Opportunities. Fahren will be leading the Out of School time Coordination for 12 elementary sites that are a part of the Tacoma Social & Emotional Learning Initiative.
As the former Senior Program Director for YMCA Pierce-Kitsap Counties, Fahren was instrumental in the successful launch of the 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.
Fahren comes to GTCF with over 15 years of Youth & Community Development, as well as over 18 years of coordination experience. She is passionate about the impact community in partnership with schools can have on the next generation of up and coming leaders, and believes that every youth should have equal access to education, a caring adult and quality programs to help them along the journey of becoming.
Fahren was born and raised in Tacoma as a foster-adopted child, and understands first-hand what it means to come from disadvantage to walking fully in purpose and passion.
Currently she resides in Federal Way with her husband of 24 years. Together, they have four adult children, two grandchildren, and a third grandchild the way. During her free time, Fahren enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends, writing, singing, trying new restaurants and traveling.
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.
Joe Hunich joined GTCF in November 2017. In his role as Communications Specialist, Joe helps create and coordinate production of content, activities and projects that support the work of GTCF and our community partners.
Joe comes to GTCF with over 12 years of experience in the education field starting out as a Teach For America corps member, and spending several years in the classroom before eventually working with Puget Sound Educational Service District as a coordinator for a program aimed at providing cultural connection and academic support for Native American students in Pierce County schools. Joe holds a Master’s of Communication in Communities and Networks from the University of Washington.
A South Puget Sound area native, Joe and his family have called Tacoma home since 2011. Inspired by the city’s sense of community, Joe is passionate about partnering with the many individuals and organizations who continue to work to make it such a great place to live.
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
Pierce County Auditor
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.