Our team​

Staff

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 Manager

Anne Thai 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.

Anne aumell

Development Director

Anne Aumell joyfully serves as the Development Director of Safe Crossings Foundation. During her career, Anne has engaged donors and community members in the missions of several Seattle organizations, including UW Medicine, PATH, FaithTrust Institute, and Earth Ministry. She brings expertise in fundraising and nonprofit management to Safe Crossings Foundation, and a passion to sit knee-to-knee with people as they discern the impact of their philanthropy. Anne earned her BA in English Literature from the University of Washington and holds an MA in pastoral studies from the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University.  

zoe ottemiller

Development &

Communications Coordinator

As the Communications and Development Coordinator, Zoe Ottemiller widely supports Safe Crossings Foundation’s team by bringing experience and understanding of social disparities to the work. From the beginning of her career, Zoe’s focus has been on social justice and advocacy for vulnerable communities. While working with communities facing food insecurities and youth within the Washington state foster care system, she engaged stakeholders to decrease barriers impacting underserved populations.  Zoe has a BA in Communications from Portland State University and is currently completing a graduate program through the University of Denver to receive an Masters of Social Work.

Board

Officers

Megan Sutherland, Community Volunteer
President

Josephine Vestal, Retired Attorney, Williams Kastner
Secretary

Nicole Storck, Tax Partner, PwC
Treasurer

Directors

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

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

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

David Cook, Director Strategy & Planning, Nia Tero

UW Board Fellows (non-Voting)

Diana Pugach, 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

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

Partners

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

Yesler

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