About

The Mustard Seed Project was founded by Edie Morgan in 2006. As an experienced long-term care social worker, she found her true mission – help the elders of Key Peninsula age in place.

In 2007, The Mustard Seed Project of Key Peninsula (TMSP) was incorporated to meet the needs of seniors in the community.

Fiscal sponsorship was provided by the Franciscan Foundation, and a generous start-up grant from Catholic Health Initiatives.
In 2011, TMSP became an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization.
A partnership with Catholic Community Services was established next to bring their volunteer driver program to the Key Peninsula.

Over the years TMSP has grown exponentially, thanks to strong community support and engagement in our work.

Today, our seven staff members, interns, 100+ volunteers, and our partners, provide a wide array of services.

Every year TMSP serves about 800 individuals through an average of 4,000 instances of services.

Now, to complete the continuum of a truly elder-friendly community, TMSP is building the only assisted living home for our seniors on the Key Peninsula. The assisted living home, Mustard Seed Village, will be opening at the end of 2022!

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Staff

Learn More About The Mustard Seed Staff

Eric Blegen

Eric Blegen

Executive Director

Eric Blegen started as Executive Director in 2018, bringing 20 plus years of nonprofit leadership experience to the role; including experience managing capital campaigns and projects. Building on his interest in connecting people with the resources they need to grow and thrive even in challenging situations, the Mustard Seed Project’s mission of supporting seniors inspires him.

From an early age, he’s been drawn to learning from older folks and has a soft spot for seniors (and soon will be one!), as well as a commitment to ensuring that seniors are treated with respect and honored for their life experiences.

He is a Wisconsin native and has lived in western Washington since 1989, living with his spouse, 10-year-old son, two Chocolate Labs, and 14 chickens in Union, WA.

exdirector@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-1205

Marion Sharp

Marion Sharp

Fund Development Director

Marion joined the Mustard Seed Project in December 2016 as Development Manager with more than 15 years’ experience fundraising for a wide range of nonprofits. In 2018, Marion was promoted to Fund Development Director and continues her work to raise funds for Mustard Seed Project’s operations and its capital campaign to build assisted living homes on the Key Peninsula.

Marion received her Bachelor of Arts from St. John’s College; she enjoys gardening and exploring the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest.

development@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-3449

Maureen Reilly

Maureen Reilly

Operations Director

Maureen joined TMSP in 2015 as the Transportation Coordinator, moved on to become the Office and Facilities Coordinator in 2017 and was promoted to Operations Director in 2018. Maureen has 20+ years of Office and Property Management experience and has a master of Science in Microbiology. She has lived in 4 countries on 3 continents and has many years of experience interacting with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Maureen is the Immediate Past President of the Friends of Key Center Library and the current Board President of Key Pen Parks and Recreation Foundation. She is also a member of the Puget Sound Grant Writers Association. In her spare time, Maureen enjoys working with the alpacas, goats and dogs who inhabit the property she shares with her husband, Jim.

operations@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-1355

Julie Crane

Julie Crane

Programs Manager

Julie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in human services from Western Washington University. After college, she completed two years of service with the AmeriCorps program, one year with Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity and one year with the National Civilian Community Corps based in Denver, CO. Prior to joining the Mustard Seed Project in June 2021, Julie was a social worker at a Skilled Nursing Facility in the Transitional Care Unit.

Julie and her family moved from Seattle to Port Orchard in 2019. In her free time, Julie enjoys doing yoga, kayaking, and spending time outside with her spouse, two daughters, and their dog.

programs@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-1499

Ann Woodard

Ann Woodard

Administrative Assistant

After 30 years of office management primarily in customer service and sales-oriented positions, Ann decided it was time to make a change. To pursue her goal of helping underserved populations, and hoping to make a difference, Ann decided to attend Capella University where she has completed coursework for a Master of Social Work. Ann received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington School of Business.

During the previous four years, in addition to her full-time job, Ann worked part-time in both youth and adult residential treatment facilities for co-occurring disorders as a patient advocate and support staff. Ann is excited to be part of The Mustard Seed Project working with the elder population of Key Peninsula affording them the opportunity to age in place with dignity and success. Ann and her significant other moved to Key Peninsula in June of 2021. For pleasure, Ann enjoys riding her Harley trike, cooking, reading, and spending time with her adult children and three granddaughters.

admin@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-9814

Nelda Cervantes-Ritts

Nelda Cervantes-Ritts

Operations Assistant

Imelda (Nelda) Cervantes-Ritts was born and raised Texan, and is still trying to acclimate to PNW temperatures. She retired in February 2021 from the University of Houston, M.D. Anderson Library after 29 years of service in charge of student employee pool.

Nelda married a Gig Harbor resident in March 2021 and relocated to Key Peninsula in April 2021. She enjoys helping people and showing respect and compassion to all, especially the elderly. In her spare time Nelda enjoys connecting with family and friends in Texas, exploring her new home state, hiking, antique furniture shopping and gardening.

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Services & Programs

The Mustard Seed Project

Our services and programs promote independent living and quality of life for seniors residing on the Key Peninsula

Community
Volunteers

Key Peninsula Senior Ride Program

Key Senior Information Center

Our Senior Housing Project

Support Groups, Forums, and Classes