Our team​


Karen Schrantz

Karen Schrantz

Executive Director

Karen Schrantz provides leadership as the Executive Director of Safe Crossings Foundation. Drawing on expertise from professional experience in both the private and public sector as a mediator, facilitator, educator, and executive director, Karen unites vision, energy and enthusiasm to her pursuit of bringing partners together to advance Safe Crossings Foundation’s mission. She received her BA in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton, her teaching degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Texas, her Master of Public Administration degree from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and a specialty certificate from the UW’s Non-Profit Executive Leadership Institute.


Anne Thai

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Anne wears many hats at Safe Crossings Foundation with years of experience in event planning and operations, volunteer management, and communications. In her previous volunteer work at the Center of Philosophy for Children, she found a passion for empowering young people to trust in their own thoughts, and to ask and wonder about the big questions of life. As part of the Safe Crossings Foundation team, Anne hopes to utilize her many skills to ensure as many grieving children as possible have access to a safe space where they may process, explore, and understand their loss. Anne holds a BA in Philosophy from the University of Washington – Seattle, and Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.


Join Our Team

Safe Crossings Foundation is looking for an innovative Development Director to join our leadership team. This role is responsible for creating, developing and implementing strategies and practices to support our broad-based strategic priorities through fundraising and building close, fruitful relationships with both current and potential donors. 

Please submit your resume and a cover letter to info@safecrossingsfoundation.org. Please note Development Director Application in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Your cover letter should express your specific interest in and qualifications for this role, as well as respond to these questions:

1. What gives you joy in the work you do? Why are you interested in this role with Safe Crossings Foundation?

2. Tell us about a time when you were particularly successful in developing a strong, ongoing relationship with a donor. What was it about you that made that outcome possible?

3. What are the most important metrics you use for measuring the success of your work? How do you measure these?



Megan Sutherland, Community Volunteer

Josephine Vestal, Retired Attorney, Williams Kastner

Nicole Storck, Tax Partner, PwC


Wesley Burns, Principal, Transformational Advisory
Vice President

Lee Carswell, Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners

Annette Clark, Professor and Dean, Seattle University School of Law

Brett Earnest, Vice President, Clark Construction
Vice President

Thomas Hall, Retired CEO, People’s Injury Network NW

Shawn Hintz, Senior Vice President, UBS

Nathan Hoerschelmann, Attorney, Hoerschelmann Dietz PLLC

Heidi Howard, Director, Equinteractions

Monika Batra Kashyap, Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, Seattle University

Michael Lightfoot, Global Payment Ops PM, Amazon

Jessica Abramson Lott, Principal, Curiosity Works

Nathan Musgrove, VP, Commercial Banker at California Bank & Trust

Avi Negrin, Cloud Product Marketing, Google

Colleen Robertson, Director Digital Marketing, HeadLight

Debra Rubin Levin, Community Volunteer

Mike Turian, Product Architect, Wizards of the Coast

UW Board Fellows (non-Voting)

Diana Pugach, UW Foster School of Business

Benjamin Baitcher, UW Foster School of Business

Directors Emeritus

Diane Aboulafia, CEO, Great Work Strategic Communications

Teresa Bigelow, Community Volunteer – Safe Crossings Foundation Founder

Donna Haggarty-Robbins, Owner, You’re My Heroine

Bill Leedom, Community Volunteer

Flip Morse, Community Volunteer


Crockett Family Foundation

Dupar Foundation

D.V. and Ida J. McEachern Charitable Trust

Gunnerson Family Charitable Fund

Hasbro Children’s Fund

Kelly Foundation of Washington

Kawabe Memorial Fund

McKinstry Company Charitable Foundation

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe

Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Puyallup Tribe’s Charity Funds

The Norcliffe Foundation

Ruth Anderson Wheeler and Henry O Wheeler Charitable Trust


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