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Jim web size smallJim Larson, President/CEO

Born in Seattle on the mean streets of Ballard and attended Western Washington University. Found my passion finding jobs for people with disabilities while volunteering when I was in college. I have been the CEO of Morningside for 26 years and couldn’t think of a better, more dynamic place to work. Morningside has a fabulous staff all of whom are very dedicated to our mission.

When I am not at work you can find me: Doing one of my many home improvement projects or hanging out with my grandkids.

Fun fact about me: To attend a wedding in Wenatchee, I hiked across the Cascades to Stehekin and caught the Lady of the Lake to meet friends camping out at Chelan State Park and caught a ride to the wedding with them.

 

Jonathan Dec 2015 B&W hew smallJonathan Pleger, Exec. VP/CSIO

I grew up in Buffalo, New York and moved to Washington State in 1997, trading the snow for the rain.  I’ve worked in the non-profit sector since then with an emphasis on development/fundraising.  I was previously the Vice President for Development at Morningside for five years.  It was during that time when I realized my passion for Morningside’s mission and the importance of focusing on people’s strengths and abilities.  I am excited for my new role and for the future of Morningside.

When I am not at work you can find me:   backpacking and camping (or planning my next trip), reading, watching sports (especially hockey), and dreaming of someday living off the grid.

Fun fact about me: I once hiked 51 miles in 19 hours with a 35 pound backpack as part of the “Ranger Marathon” while on staff at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.

 

Nikki web size smallNikki Wegner, VP Employment Services/COO

Nikki Wegner is a Seattle born and bred local, a graduate of Seattle University where she worked her way through college by waitressing. After obtaining a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Seattle University, Nikki worked at several non-profits and found a deep love for assisting individuals with disabilities in their vocational quest, going on to achieve an MPA focused on Non-profit Management. Working as the C.O.O. at Morningside, she found the job match of her dreams!

When I am not at work you can find me: prepping for a trip, knitting, baking or hiking. Not cleaning.

Fun fact about me: I love oil painting and can paint you a pet portrait in no-time.

 

 susan web smallSusan Cundy-Harris VP Human Resources/CAO

After more than 30 years in Human Resources I find people fascinating, mysterious, and wonderful! After 17 years at Morningside I still find the organization and my co-workers inventive, dedicated, and fun! It’s such a pleasure to come to work every day.

When not at work you can find me: Traveling – I am excited to be traveling as much as possible over the next few years either by plane, train, or my husband’s beloved sports car. If I could take the Useless Cat it would be perfect!

Fun Fact about me: Now a Grandma, I was once the Western Washington Mud Racing Champion for PW4WDA!.

 

Laurie web size samll Laurie Arnone VP Development/CDO

I grew up in Michigan on the Great Lakes and attended Grinnell College as an undergraduate and the University of Denver as a graduate student. My professional background is in development and communications and I’ve spent my career at some great non-profit and for profit organizations ranging from Red Cross to Boeing. I’ve been at Morningside since 2013, and love working for an organization that advocates for people with disabilities.

When I am not at work you can find me: Indulging a lifelong interest in animal conservation and welfare, visiting with my kiddos, succumbing to the occasional Netflix binge, and hanging out on the water.

Fun fact about me: I spent a month in Hawaii getting a Greenpeace ship seaworthy enough to sail to Antarctica to intercept the Japanese whaling fleet.

 

 Don Web size smallDon Hayden VP Technology/CIO

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. I graduated from St Martins College. I took a job with Morningside in 1992 to earn a little extra money for grad school. 23 years later I’m still at Morningside. I’m a Microsoft Certified System Engineer now and love working with our wonderful staff.

When I’m not at work you can find me: I enjoy the outdoors (preferably when it’s sunny) and discovering new craft breweries.

Fun fact about me: I have attempted to climb Mount Rainier five times and I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.