Board of Trustees

2017 Board of Trustees

Mary Ellen Hudgins
Resident, First Hill Plaza

Mary Ellen Hudgins is the President of FHIA. She holds a law degree from Seattle University School of Law and a B.A. in Economics from Central Washington University. After practicing labor law for ten years, Mary Ellen served ten years on the Washington State Court of Appeals as a Court Commissioner. She then served as Director of Advancement at Seattle Academy of the Arts and Sciences, where her two children attended school, for 14 years, working closely with the Administration and the Board of Trustees on governance issues and raising funds for operating and capital projects. Retired since 2010, Mary Ellen has lived on First Hill for 18 years and loves the neighborhood and its amazing potential. Hobbies include hanging out with grandchildren, reading, fly fishing, yoga, cross-country skiing, and volunteering on community boards. She currently serves on the Boards of FHIA, Seattle Academy, and Seattle JazzED.

Vice President
Ted Klainer
Harborview Medical Center, Capital Projects Manager

Kendall Baker
Resident, Skyline at First Hill

Kendall Clark Baker has been a resident of First Hill since October 2009. He and his wife, Sonia, moved into Skyline at First Hill, a new retirement community, when it first opened. Kendall was a pastor all his working years serving congregations of the United Church of Christ in Arizona, the Midwest, and southern California. As a pastor he became actively involved in community organizing as an effective way for religious communities of many faiths to work collaboratively in improving the quality of life for ordinary families. This interest in organizing has carried over to being a charter member of a Skyline residents’ group called Citizens for a Greener First Hill and to becoming actively involved in FHIA.

Daria Cardin
Vice President, Ash Consulting

Daria Cardin, MBA, has 12 years of hands-on experience in a variety of finance, accounting, project management, financial systems and business development roles.  She is currently employed by Ash Consulting, LLC, which focuses on mid-sized for-profit and non-profit organizations in the Puget Sound area.  Daria has worked with financial issues in medical, senior living, and real estate management contexts and will bring those skills to the FHIA Board of Trustees.

Betsy Braun
Virginia Mason Medical Center, Administrative Director, Facilities

Elizabeth “Betsy” Braun, Architect is the Administrative Director for Facilities at Virginia Mason Medical Center. Her background is in healthcare architecture.  She has been the Owners Representative for construction projects for Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, Harborview Medical Center, the Seattle/King County Department of Public Health and Virginia Mason Medical Center. She also has consulted on Healthcare design to diverse clients like Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Sharp Memorial Hospital and Cleveland Clinic, Abu Dhabi. She is dedicated to improving the built environment, creating healthier communities, and is an avid bicyclist, runner, hiker, sailor and adventurer.

Frank Conlon
Resident, Skyline at First Hill

Frank F. Conlon has resided on First Hill since 2009 and is a member of Citizens for a Greener First Hill. He was a professor of History, South Asian Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington. He specialized in the social and cultural history of western India, particularly the city of Bombay/Mumbai. Frank has a life-long interest in issues of urban transit and mobility and regards all initiatives in ‘improvement’ of transit on First Hill with friendly curiosity. Beyond enjoying the cosmopolitan life of First Hill, he and his wife Joan particularly appreciate the rich offerings of classical music performances at St. James Cathedral, Trinity Episcopal Church and Town Hall.

James Erickson
Resident, M Street Apartments

Jim Erickson grew up using public transportation to commute to public schools in Brooklyn, NY where he majored in Engineering and Industrial Management. Jim worked for Northrop Grumman for 35 years, managing teams that built vehicles that allowed pilots to break the sound barrier, explore ocean currents and land on the moon. In a term appointment as a senior government employee Jim received the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from Air Force Systems Command for bringing a tactical aircraft to full scale production. Late in his career Jim became a facilitator of small process improvement teams. Jim brings this belief in the power of small teams, and his passion for continual improvement to his work as a community leader. Currently, Jim is working to engage the First Hill community in improving pedestrian amenities, revitalizing retail services serving First Hill and establishing green spaces within our community. This year he graduated from the DON’s PACE program (People’s Academy for Community Engagement) that trains emerging community leaders in civic engagement processes.

Lindsay Radliff
Resident, First Hill

Lindsay has lived in Seattle for over ten years moving here from Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BS in Architectural Studies. As a professional in the field of Architecture for nine years she has worked on a range of multi-family, commercial and mixed-use projects in many of Seattle’s neighborhoods. She is currently a Project Manager working to become professionally licensed at S+H Works, a small but ambitious architecture firm in Capitol Hill. Four years ago she was introduced to First Hill through the Quarter Lounge softball team and she is looking forward to another summer as their starting pitcher. With a little over a year of residency in First Hill she’s proud to represent renters, dog owners, car owners, walking commuters and young professionals. Lindsay is interested in connecting with residents, given the chance, to learn a little about what they’re proud to represent in this neighborhood.

Todd Seneker
Managing Director of Real Estate Investment Strategies, Columbia Pacific Advisors

Todd Seneker is the Managing Director of all real estate investment strategies at Columbia Pacific Advisors. Todd has overall accountability for land acquisition, contract negotiations, and management of multiple relationships with a selected team of brokers, architects, contractors, consultants, operators, development partners and financial partners. Since joining Columbia Pacific Advisors, Todd has led the acquisition, development and/or re-positioning efforts for over 2,500 senior housing units, approximately 1,200 multi-family units, and over 800,000sf of commercial space throughout the US. Prior to joining Columbia Pacific Advisors, Todd was an Investment Director with Schnitzer West, where he oversaw the acquisition, development and ongoing operations of approximately 1,200 residential units located throughout the Puget Sound Region. In addition, he also was responsible for risk management activities across the Schnitzer West development and asset management groups (office, multifamily, industrial and mixed-use). Todd graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College and has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA.

Robert L. Terrell
Resident, Skyline at First Hill

Bob Terrell and his wife, Mary, moved to Skyline at First Hill in January, 2012. Bob was a practicing architect in Seattle for over 40 years, the majority of that time as project manager with Kirk Wallace and McKinley, NBBJ and TRA. His focus was on major university buildings on campuses throughout Washington and on commercial buildings in Washington and 24 other states. A few of the buildings for which he was project manager include the Seattle Center Playhouse (now Intiman Theater), the five Seattle bus tunnel stations, two Seattle high-rise office buildings, the John Fluke Manufacturing plant in Everett, the University of Washington Undergraduate Library, the Broadway Performance Hall, and thirty-six retail stores for AT&T. Since moving to First Hill, Bob has been an active participant in FHIA activities,particularly in land use and open space issues.

Gordon Werner
Resident, The Decatur

Gordon Werner has been a resident of Seattle since 1994 and First Hill since 2004. Born in New York City and raised in Massachusetts and Europe. He attended Haverford College and majored in Ancient Near Eastern Architecture with a minor in City Planning. His world travelling has given him an international perspective on life in Seattle. After a long stint in the Commercial Airline Industry and at he now is employed as the programmer at a local technology consulting company. Besides First Hill, he is involved with helping friends in NE Seattle’s Meadowbrook Community and was involved with securing funding for sidewalks on NE 110th from Sandpoint Way to 35th Ave NE. He has been actively involved with local transit issues such as the Streetcar, saving the Route 2 bus and Madison BRT. He is a life-long member of the LRTA (Light Rail Transit Association) and, a group whose mission is to improve city living in Seattle.

Sherry Williams
Swedish Medical Center, Community Affairs Director

Sherry E. Williams, Director Community Engagement for Swedish Medical Center. Her job centers on community outreach and engagement for the communities in and around the five Swedish Medical Center in King County. Community and public benefit is an important part of providing access to care, community partnerships, health education, wellness and prevention programs for the many communities Swedish serves. Sherry received her Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University and her main office is located on the Swedish First Hill campus. Sherry is a runner and sits on the board of Community Lunch on Capitol Hill and the Northwest African American Museum.

Executive Director
Alex Hudson
Resident, John Alden Apartments

Alex Hudson is the Executive Director of the First Hill Improvement Association. Her background is in economic development and land use consulting and event production. She is passionate about community development, transit, cultural placemaking, and making First Hill a great place for the eclectic mix of residents, businesses, and visitors that make it such a vibrant neighborhood. She lives on First Hill with her cat and thinks there is no greater sandwich in the world than the roast beef at George’s on Madison.

Douglas Holtom
Resident, Paul Revere Apartments

Douglas Holtom has lived in Seattle for over seven years and received an education in urban design and planning from the University of Washington. He has lived in First Hill for over three years and loves the density, walkability and  residential nature of the neighborhood.



  1. Thank you Alex for putting together the fun and games on Sunday September 20. What I cannot find is information on how to get involved, maybe as a volunteer, to help with events and programs that can bring our neighborhood together… There is no address or contact information to find out more and learn how to get involved…

    Thank you

  2. I would like to know why the First Hill Neighborhood Association is not involved in the attempts to put a lid/park on top of I-5. The folks on Capital Hill are intensely involved even though it would benefit First Hill as least as much. There is a crying need for more park and open space in our neighborhood. This is a once in a lifetime opportuntiy to make a real difference for the people who live here. I look forward to your reply.
    Thank you,
    Patrick Burns

    These are exciting times for us! The lid was on King 5 last night!–5/76755312/

    We have two important dates to opine on both the design of the CCX and the opportunity of that project to advance the lidding of I – 5.

    Tuesday, December 8th, 9:30 City Council Chambers
    The Transportation Committee will be briefed by Pine Street Group on the design of the Expansion. This is part of the street vacation process. The intent is to focus on the design of the Expansion. Public testimony will begin promptly at 9:30. PPUNC will have 2 – 3 people testify — but please come have your say. Without your in-person support, our message is less effective. We will be at the Chambers at 9:10 to coordinate roles. Remember, the CCX expansion will happen even if a lid does not — so this will be an important chance to lobby for a better design. See attached WSCC DRB for previous PPUNC testimony.

    Wednesday, December 16th, 12:00 – 1:00 City Council Chambers (see attached flyer I-5 Lid L&L)
    PPUNC will be advocating for the lidding I-5 and the timeliness of the idea given the expansion of the WSCC. There is tremendous support for the idea — but we need to lead the effort. Please attend and show you support. In preparation for the presentation, we need the following assistance:

    Three of us can’t do it all. Photographs of lid examples, technical, and graphics assistance are needed to prepare our presentation.

    Send examples of recent lids from other cities, and written descriptions
    Graphic assistance with hand, Illustrator, Photoshop, and SketchUp
    Photographs of: The existing WSCC and Freeway Park, their span and open space
    Photographs of: The lids over I-90 on Mercer Island, showing their span and open space
    Photographs of: The newly built 520 lids, showing their span and open space
    Professional assistance from engineers, architects and urban designers to answer technical questions as to feasibility, ROM costs, and the real estate market
    What are technical/financial constraints of spanning a highway, and this site in particular?
    What are technical/financial constraints of building on a lid (how many stories, uses, etc)?
    What are pedestrian and cycling benefits of a lid?
    Can a lid be part of WSCC expansion or the anticipated renovations to I-5?
    Data on the construction cost for any of the above, in today’s dollar

    Most importantly: Show up. Be at the above meetings to voice your support.

    Please respond to this message if you will attend either of these meetings, and if you can help. THE CCX DESIGN WILL ONLY IMPROVE AND THE LID WILL ONLY HAPPEN IF WE LEAD.

    Late December or Early January: Fundraising

    We will need to hire a project manager to steer our efforts, and that will come at a cost. Be prepared to donate, help craft a fundraising campaign, and spread the word.

    February 2016: Lid Charette

    Exact date and location TBD, but spread the word. We must have compelling images to rally the public and electeds to our cause. A charette is our best means to achieve that.


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