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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 – 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 hanging out with her family (including her Yellow Lab), gardening, and travel.

Fund Development Director duties:

  • Operational fundraising (including annual event)
  • Capital Campaign fundraising
  • Messaging and marketing
  • Support Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Capital Campaign Committee

development@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-3449


Maureen Reilly – Operations Director

Maureen joined TMSP in 2015 as the Transportation Coordinator, moved onto 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 Masters 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 Director duties:

  • Financial record management
  • Oversight of Crandall Center operations
  • Support Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Finance Committee

operations@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-1355


Jen Davis – Transportation Manager

Jen joined the Mustard Seed Project in January of 2021 as Transportation Coordinator.  She originally set out to be a commercial photographer and received a commercial photography degree from The Art Institute of Seattle in 2002.  After 3 years in the photography industry, she decided to pursue a career in healthcare, and received her Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Green River Community College in 2008. Over the past 12 years she has provided patient care in multiple settings, including skilled nursing facilities, schools, and home health.  Jen is also a certified health coach and nutrition coach and is active in her own online coaching business. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, Olympic lifting, and reading.  Jen and her husband moved to the Key Peninsula in 2015 and she is excited to continue working with seniors within her own community.

Transportation Manager duties:

  • Transportation services coordination
  • Support transportation volunteers and Executive Director

transportation@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-2216


Julie Crane – Operations Assistant

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.

Operations Assistant duties:

  • Guide clients, volunteers, and general public to Mustard Seed Project programs and services
  • Marketing and social media outreach
  • Assist with programs, events, and operations
  • Support Executive Director

information@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-9814

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.

Administrative Assistant duties:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Guide clients, volunteers, and general public to Mustard Seed Project programs and services
  • Assist with programs, events, and operations
  • Support Executive Director and Operations Director

admin@themustardseedproject.org
253-884-9814