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Staff Directory

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Executive Director

Maureen has served the nonprofit sector since 2000. Most recently as the Vice President of a large fiscal sponsorship organization the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center, she helped lead an organization with over 90 charitable ventures and 250 employees. She led Boulder County CareConnect as Executive Director for eight years providing services to low-income seniors and adults with disabilities. Maureen holds her Master's in Nonprofit Management and Bachelors' degrees in English and Psychology. Her favorite part of the University Heights Center is the people who work, volunteer, and play at UHeights every day.


Facilities Manager

Addison has been at UHeights since November 2018 and thoroughly enjoys working with a diverse and friendly group of people. Before UHeights Addison had a career in stand-up and special FX make-up on local movies, commercials, and live events.


Operations Manager

Olena has been with UHeights since July 2006. She graduated from University of Moscow and University of Kharkov with a major in Economics / Operations Management, and a minor in Planning Engineer. She enjoys working with all types of people, building new relationships and continuously striving to learn new things and be challenged with new ideas. She is thankful for the opportunity to work in such a dynamic environment and with some of the most interesting people at University Heights.

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Programs Manager

Connect-Create-Celebrate has been the thread running through Shirin's work-life experiences. She loves connecting people to each other as well as to themselves. She likes to think of herself as a Creativity Catalyst! UHeights has been Shirin's second home for the last 10 years with both of her kids attending school in the building. She is very grateful to be a part of this wonderful team and for the opportunity to serve as Program Manager and fill her days surrounded by creativity and community!

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Hunter graduated from Seattle University in 2020 with a degree in Arts Leadership. Her passion for intentional inclusion, love for conversation, and consciousness of her community’s wants and needs drove her involvement in the nonprofit sector. She is a lover of the arts and is excited to get further connected with UHeights' arts and culture programs!


Assistant Facilities Manager


Facilities Technician


Facilities Technician & Events Coordinator

Jack, from Missouri, graduated from the University of Washington in 2022 with a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies, along with a degree in Political Science, and a minor from the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. Reinhardt first got involved at University Heights Center through an extraneous food program hosted in situ. Reinhardt enjoys film, reading, and amateur ornithology.

Board Officers

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In search of meaningful volunteer work and an opportunity to be an activated member of her community, Sue found UHeights to be that place after an invite from a fellow Peets Coffee regular. She first joined the UHeights Programming Committee, providing community insight and guidance to our Programs Manager. Ignited by the vision for UHeights, Sue joined the UHeights board in 2015. Sue currently serves as our Board chair and is looking forward to helping with the Elevator Project and continuing to be a support for our Executive Director.



Beth was first introduced to the U District when she attended UW to study architecture. In 2012, she joined the UHeights board uniting her interest in historic preservation and her passion for "giving back to community." She is most proud of initiating and completing capital projects to ensure UHeights holistically serves ALL community members. When Beth isn't advocating on the board, she's keeping busy as a small business owner partner of Bulldog News and Cafe.



Joan has been an active member of our community ever since she moved to the U District in 1984. She was a regular at the Farmers Market and at the annual U District clean up with UDP. In 2014, Joan joined the UHeights board with the goal of "getting more of the community into the building." She has since piloted our Thursdays at 10 group, where she connects weekly with other seniors, and harvested prize winning zucchinis in her UHeights P-Patch.

Board Members

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Josie grew up with close ties to UHeights, as she visited the U District Farmers Market on the weekends and later took Driver’s Ed classes with Defensive Driving. Seeing how UHeights supported programs like the Safe Lot with action, Josie found it “refreshing for an organization to be providing this resource to people in their cars and connecting them to other programs like the Street Sink,” which ultimately persuaded her to join the board in 2021. She is excited for how our upcoming elevator project will propel UHeights forward to hopefully increase the accessibility of other programming in the building.



Jim Hansen's deep roots in the U District as a UW alumni and a vendor at the very first U District Street Fair, inform his deep care for this community. Since joining the board in 2021, Jim has lent his experience as a project manager to the elevator installation ensuring the building maintains historical integrity and creates greater accessibility for all. His unwavering support, positivity, and expert insight has helped our team navigate this big project with greater ease. Jim is looking forward to working with our resident organizations to make sure our building has all the additions necessary to meet childcare codes and state certifications. Fun Fact: Jim loves to read crime and mystery novels. One of his favorite authors is James Lee Burke.





Jennifer is an accomplished HR leader with extensive experience building/leading human resource functions in a variety of settings including biotechnology, life sciencies, software/technology, academia, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations.




Rick's advocacy for the community and small businesses like his own, Big Time Brewery, brought him to the UHeights board in 2016. His work to voice the needs of nonprofits, residents, and small businesses was a natural fit with UHeights' commitment to philanthropy, service, and community. Since joining the board, Rick has helped reshape the mission of UHeights to center more on community and has empowered staff in their establishment of the U District Safe Lot program. He is "proud to be on a board that fights for people who have been displaced" and is looking forward to continuing to uplift his neighbors. Fun Fact: Rick loves fishing and has an Angora rabbit named Samson.



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Pat was recruited to join the UHeights Board in 2011 because of her dedication to people, her years as a property manager, and her joy for helping others. Since her time on the Board, Pat has shared her property management experience to help rework and formalize UHeights' leases. She has also contributed to establishing open communication on the board to ensure they are "taking care of the building to garner for people to thrive."

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