Eli Patten
Eli Patten / President

Eli lives in Meadowbrook and works as a mechanical engineer. He grew up in south-west Washington and has a BS from Washington State University and a PhD from UC Berkeley. He is also involved with Kilowatts for Humanity and enjoys bicycling, photography, cooking, and the outdoors.

Christina Toney / Treasurer

Aside from four years in Tacoma and a two-year stint in Salem, Chris has made NE Seattle her home since she was five years old. She earned a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of Washington and has worked in the non-profit sector ever since. She has spent 11 years working on the Lake City Holiday Project, with the last two as project chair. Chris is married with two teenage daughters and enjoys watching her kids play soccer and basketball, going to symphony and jazz concerts, singing, and playing the cello.

Bruce Ritzen / Vice President

Bruce A. Ritzen is an attorney who has focused his work on legislative drafting and editing.  Currently the Code Reviser for the King County Council, he previously worked for the State Legislature.  He has a UW BA in History and Masters of Public Affairs, and a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, which included study at London’s Queen Mary College. Bruce’s other nonprofit volunteer work included the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) at the UW, the King County Employee Giving Program Committee, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church, and the Friends of the Evergreen State College Library (Vice-President).  He volunteers with the Seattle Theatre Group (Paramount, Moore, and Neptune theatres), Seattle Opera (even on stage a few times), and the World Peace Through Law and International Law sections of the State Bar Association. He runs, travels, and plays trumpet, piano, and guitar.

Diana Koala, Secretary
Diana Koala / Secretary

A single mother of two, she has lived in Meadowbrook for 13 years. She is a UW grad and postgrad in medicine.  Having served in the Peace Corps in W. Africa she thinks of MC2 as an extension of the work she once did abroad. Gardening and reading are two of her hobbies.

Lee LeCroix
Lee LeCroix / Community Rep

A Maple Leaf resident, Lee donates time and talents to Sustainable NE Seattle’s Tool Library (http://neseattletoollibrary.org/), the Community Shelter Meal, Meadowbrook Garden and Orchard, as well as the Community Kitchen at Meadowbrook Community Center.  She was also instrumental in receiving the Cleanscapes Grant to upgrade the Meadowbrook Community Center/Seattle Parks main kitchen. An avid gardener, full time educator, bicyclist and mom, Lee is instrumental in speaking to issues of justice and hunger; MC2 is a stronger organization with her presence and we appreciate her time, input and skills.

Stephanie Olson

Stephanie Olson / Community Rep

Stephanie Olson lives in Northeast Seattle with her husband and two boys. She is currently a freelance writer but her past professional experience includes working as a Employment Counselor for Goodwill and as a Legal Recruiter. She loves to cook and bake and enjoys movies, reading, travel and anything French.

Amanda Squires / Community Rep

Amanda was raised both within and by the Meadowbrook/Lake City Community. She attended Summit K-12, Eckstein Middle School and Nathan Hale High School. Amanda spent the first 20 or so years of her life attending daycare at Meadowbrook Community Center, volunteering and then ultimately worked as a Before and After-school Counselor into her undergrad years.

Amanda currently works as an iOS Sourcing Lead at Facebook Seattle and was previously a Client Lead within Recruitment at Amazon. She is a graduate of Western Washington University with her degree in Human Services and Social Justice Dynamics. At present, she is currently attending Penn Law School’s International Institute for Human Rights which will be completed in Spring of 2017.

Amanda has worked at the YWCA Bellingham, Womencare Shelter and The Opportunity Council and is both honored and excited to join the board at MC2. She sees this as an incredible opportunity to help build, invest, empower, and give back to her community.

Mark Mendez / Community Rep

Mark has worked for the YMCA, Seattle Goodwill, South Seattle College, and now for Seattle Parks and Recreation.  At Seattle Goodwill, Mark managed their first Goodwill Youth Aerospace program, which empowered high school youth with good 21st century soft skills and empowered them with hard skills to find good careers in the aerospace industry.  Mark is currently managing leadership and career readiness programs for under served youth in the North Seattle area (http://www.mc-care.org/mccare/index.php/2017/04/19/another-splash-of-lake-city-color/).  Throughout his career, Mark has had a passion for bringing together a network of partners to ensure Seattle area youth and adults; especially low-income and communities of color, get the education, training, and resources they need to be successful and obtain high-quality careers.

MC2 is excited to welcome the energy, ideas and input that Mark brings to the Board. Addressing the urban challenges of North Seattle is an opportunity we look forward to being a part of.  Having Mr. Mendez along for the ride is exciting and together, we hope to build on his extensive and successful work.

Ryan Sheridan / Community Rep

A local businessman who is both a Director at TMR Real Estate Investment Firm and Co-owner of Cafe Javasti in Wedgwood and Maple Leaf. The UW Grad in Social Work with emphasis in victim advocacy, lives in Wedgwood with his partner Will and dog, Booker. Growing up in Northeast Seattle, he attended Blanchet High School and enjoys a good game of tennis.

MC2 looks forward to Ryan’s offering of time and talents and appreciate the opportunity to add his skill set to the Meadowbrook Community CARE Board of Directors.

Past Board Members

Past Board members and their important contribution to the development and history of MC2

Kate Sackett: advocate for outside funding of MC2

Sue Wallace: original Program Coordinator and developer of the ELL program for Lake City After School Project

Dody Foster, Treasurer

Dody Foster: a Founder and integral to financial organization of MC2

Karen Artz, MC2 President

Karen Artz: a Founder and first President of MC2

Anne Trevett: advocate for successful increased community participation in Holiday Project

Chris Collison: instrumental in legal formation of MC2