Jonathan Dec 2015 B&W hew smallJonathan Pleger, President/CEO

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.

 

Mary Stevenson, VP Employment Services/COO

I was born and raised in Warren, Ohio and moved to Washington in 2017. My family and I have lived in five states including Ohio, Florida, California, Oregon and now Washington, I am here to stay in Washington, I absolutely love the PNW. I have also been laser focused working in disability services for over seventeen years. I believe that no one is equal until everyone is equal and I work to bring equality to Washington and the nation everyday through work we do.

When I am not at work, you can find me: Painting large abstract murals, reading, or sitting outside enjoying the day.

Fun fact about me:  I was once snowed in while living in the Cascade mountains in Oregon for three weeks and enjoyed every minute! Love the snow!

 

Jaime Britton, VP Administrative Services/CFO

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University.  My family and I lived in Colorado, New Jersey, and Eastern Washington.  In 2012, we decided Western Washington was where we’d love to become part of the community and put down roots.  This is where I found my drive to be a part of something synergistic.  My passion thrives working for non-profits as I believe in their mission and enjoy playing a small part of their successes.  This is what captivated me about Morningside.  Their mission and core values elicit compassion and support for others.  I am excited to grow, champion, and be a part of the successes with Morningside.

When I am not at work, you can find me: Spending time with my husband and three daughters, enjoying IPA’s at PNW breweries, decorating my home, and traveling to enjoy the natural beauty of Western Washington.

Fun fact about me:  During my short 16-month tenure in New Jersey, I endured 2 blizzards back-to-back that left 6 feet of snow each on the ground, an earthquake, and Hurricane Irene.

 

 Don Hayden VP Technology/CIODon Hayden, VP Technology

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. 29 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.