Greenwood Senior Center : Staff

Director, Cecily Kaplan started working at the GSC in 2006. She was the Program Director at Temple Beth Am for 15 years and the Senior Adult Department Director of the Stroum Jewish Community Center from 1984-1991. Her background is in religious studies and gerontology. Her passion is community and the importance organizations like the GSC can be in the lives of individuals and society. Cecily’s door is always open and she welcomes and encourages ideas and suggestions. Email Cecily by clicking here.

Carin Mack
Social Worker and Director of our Memory Loss Programs, Carin Mack, started working at GSC in 1995. She works as a geriatric social worker and support group facilitator with over 30 years of experience. Carin provides individual counseling at GSC as well as Tallmadge Hamilton House Senior Center in the University District. She also teaches health classes and facilitates over ten different support groups in the Seattle area. To make an appointment with Carin, email her by clicking here or leave her a message on her voicemail at 206.230.0166.

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 Lisa Bakke joined the GSC team in June 2021 as our Therapeutic Consultant.  She is a Geriatric Mental Health Specialist who supports individuals and families navigate care decisions and the profound emotions of change. Lisa leads support groups, provides individual counseling and consultation, leads self-care workshops as well as evidence-based educational programs. Lisa lived and studied in Namibia and South Africa in 1995. She is passionate about the sharing of story as a way to connect people and to celebrate hope. Lisa is from Seattle and loves to swim in the saltwater of the beautiful Northwest.

Program Manager Ariel Burnett has been at the GSC since early 2011. She is always excited to meet new people and hear their interesting programming ideas. She likes reading, trying new foods, watching Korean dramas and anime with her daughter, playing video games with her husband and going for long, non-linear walks. Email her with your thoughts on our classes and events here.

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Social Connection Project Coordinator Teresa Tam began volunteering with the PNA Village in 2016 and is excited to continue working with the PNA doing community outreach and program development to increase social connection among older adults in our community. She has over a decade of experience in healthcare program evaluation and is passionate about supporting the mental, physical, and emotional health of others as they age. Outside of work, Teresa enjoys spending time with family, friends, and felines; traveling; and hunting for rocks (mostly agates).  Get connected by contacting Teresa here.

Riana Nolet
PNA Village Director Riana Nolet is a Seattle native (and Greenwood resident) and is thrilled to be working with the PNA Village. Outside of work she enjoys live music, dancing, yoga, eating delicious things, finding the best happy hours, and really anything involving friends, community, and fun. Email Riana with any questions about PNA Village by clicking here.


Village Program Coordinator Rebecca Fogarty is originally from middle-of-nowhere Virginia but has lived in Phinneywood for the past 9 years.  She loves everything about this neighborhood and is excited to have a greater impact in it.  She has fun going on vacations, eating out, and beating her family at board games.  Email Rebecca here with questions about volunteer opportunities with the Village. 

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Alethea Alexander , PNA Village Program Coordinator, is a Seattle-based dance educator and artist and a passionate advocate for community engagement, social vitality, empowered self-awareness and advocacy, critical thinking, and joy. She holds an MFA in dance from the University of Washington, and has taught on university faculties and regional organizations.  She also guides all-ages, all-abilities, all-access dance classes through Dance Church®, and performs, researches and collaborates within the greater Seattle dance community and with her long-time creative partner. Reach out to Alethea here.

LeAnne Chow

Volunteer Program Manager, LeAnne Chow moved to Seattle to experience the “big city.” She enjoys learning new things and meeting new people, and has a very dry sense of humor. She enjoys many hobbies including reading, hiking, napping, writing to her Gramma, and traveling. Please swing by or give her a call if you would like to find out more about the PNA’s exciting volunteer opportunities. Email LeAnne by clicking here.

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Alisa Tirado Strayer is the GSC’s Memory Loss Program Coordinator. Alisa’s background is in social work and public health with a focus on supporting people living with memory loss. Alisa loves laughing, doing creative projects, and learning about the people around her. Outside of work, Alisa is learning how to grow tomatoes and how to illustrate children’s books. Email Alisa with questions about the Memory Loss Program.

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Men’s Coordinator Jeff Jordan returned after 60 years out of the NW and was hired on the day our pandemic shut down the Center. Since that auspicious moment, the Men’s Group has expanded into a myriad of outdoor activities that alternate with meetings. Email him here. Besides passions like economic justice and reducing waste, Jeff excavates humanity’s hidden histories and facilitates the GSC’s World Affairs Roundtable; for info, email here

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Jane Sexton, Community Dining Chef at the Greenwood Senior Center, had an early start to cooking.  Her family has owned and operated a restaurant in Port Angeles, Washington for 56 years:  Gordy’s Pizza and Pasta.  She grew up at the restaurant and learned to cook and manage a kitchen at an early age.  She learned how to cook from her family:  parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles.  Jane has been a part of the Greenwood Senior Center team for 4 years.


GSC Office Manager: 206-297-0875 or [email protected]