Franke Tobey Jones is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of active community leaders. Their key responsibilities include:

  • Determining the organization’s mission and purpose
  • Selecting and supporting the President & CEO and reviewing performance
  • Ensuring effective organizational planning
  • Ensuring adequate resources and managing them effectively
  • Determining and monitoring the organization’s programs and services

The Board of Directors is a vital link to the community, the public and the media. Members bring their unique talents, experience, perspective and knowledge of the community to meet the needs of seniors at Franke Tobey Jones, and throughout Pierce County.



Marcie moved to Tacoma in 1998 to serve as the Founding Director of the Social Work Program (now School of Social Work and Criminal Justice) at the University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma). After retiring in 2016, she served an additional three years in a leadership position for UW Tacoma strategic planning and as Acting Dean for the School. Marcie has a total of 40-plus years’ experience as a social worker both in direct practice and in higher education, including teaching, research and administration. She held several national leadership positions within the Council on Social Work Education, and her areas of scholarship include human diversities, shared leadership, mentoring, and social justice. Marcie’s father spent the last two years of his 102-year life as a resident at Franke Tobey Jones, so she brings both personal and professional perspectives to the Board. 


Greg Unruh has served as CEO of Trouvés Health Care since October 2019. Trouvés Health Care is a provider of residential and treatment services for vulnerable populations in our region. A graduate of the University of Puget Sound, Unruh had a 30+ year career in corporate banking, having held leadership positions with Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Timberland Bank. He also served as President of the Franciscan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of CHI Franciscan Health. As President of the Foundation, Unruh led a team that was responsible for fundraising for the Pacific Northwest Region, and he served as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. Unruh currently serves as Board Vice-Chair of the Economic Development Board of Tacoma/Pierce County. He also serves on the board of Greater Lakes Mental Health, and South Sound Care Foundation. He is past board chair of Bellarmine Preparatory School, where he currently serves on the Development Committee.


B.Z. is the owner of Zenczak & Partners, a full-service architectural firm serving throughout Washington State since 1983.  He is a registered architect in both Oregon and Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Degree from University of Oregon.  Board, community and professional associations include American Institute of Architects, Fircrest Golf Club, and Tacoma Lawn & Tennis Club.  B.Z.’s contributions to the local community are plentiful, and he brings to FTJ over 42 years’ experience of leadership, CCRC and strategic planning.


Pat is a Resident Representative to the Board.  She is a retired U.S. Public Health Service officer (06) and her assignments included time with Indian Health Service, the National Health Service Corps, HIV/AIDS programs, the Surgeon General’s office, and the National Institutes of Health.  She earned her M.P.H. at Yale and her PhD at the University of Maryland.  She also holds degrees from the University of Arizona and Smith College.  She has published several research papers on Native American alcohol use. She served as Executive Board Chair and President for the American Public Health Association and has been president of several other professional boards. She is currently involved with the programs and services at United Church in University Place and is a supporter of local arts organizations.

JAMES HUSHAGEN – Immediate Past Chair

James (Jim) Hushagen is a self-employed lawyer representing nonprofits in general business, financial and real estate transactions and on employment law. He is also a founder of The Philanthropy Collective, a consulting firm helping nonprofits change the world through advice and assistance on development, strategic planning and governance. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound School of Law in 1980, an M.A., in Sociology from Pacific Lutheran University in 1977 and a B.A., magna cum laude, in History from PLU in 1970. Jim has served the local and national community in many facets and brings over 40 years of leadership and non-profit experience to FTJ. Board and community affiliations include Good Samaritan Community Healthcare, Thrivent Financial, Lutheran Brotherhood, Pacific Lutheran University, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Summer Music, Thrivent Charitable Impact and Investing and Mountain View-Edgewood Water Company.


Kaitlin Butner is one of the owners of One to One Physical Therapy located in Tacoma, WA were she specializes in orthopedic rehabilitation as well as women’s pelvic health PT. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, earning her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2017. Prior to this she attended Washington State University earning a degree in Kinesiology with honors. Kaitlin joins the board of FTJ in 2024 after hearing great experiences from patients who are current and past residents.


Janet has 45+ years business experience, including insurance, forensic accounting, finance, and over 25 years in private equity; most recently she served as Assistant Senior Investment Officer in Private Equity at the Washington State Investment Board.  For more than 20 years, her employment overlapped with the co-ownership and management of a Kansas farm and cattle ranch. She earned a BA in Mathematics and MBA from Emporia State University. Following retirement in January 2017, she was elected to serve her community through board and community non-profit affiliations, including Franke Tobey Jones, Museum of Glass, Geneva Foundation, and RAIN Incubator.


Claire McCaffery Griffin is a retired educator.  She taught secondary school social studies; served as the vice president of an educational non-profit in Alexandria, VA; and was an independent consultant with federal agencies and non-profits to promote civic education. Claire has extensive experience in non-profit management, outreach, development, and publications, and served on the Board of the National Council for History Education.  She holds a BA (cum laude) from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Hawaii. In 2019, Claire received a Presidential appointment to serve on the National Humanities Council, a small group of citizens which advises the Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  This role takes her to Washington, DC several time each year.  Claire’s parents, Joe and Dolores McCaffery, lived at FTJ from 2009-2021 and she and her husband, Dick, moved to FTJ in June 2017.


Meg is the Head of Investor Relations for Redfin (Nasdaq: RDFN), a tech enabled real estate brokerage headquartered in Seattle. Meg was previously the Senior Director of Corporate Finance and Head of Investor Relations at TrueBlue (NYSE:TBI), where she was recognized by Staffing Industry Analysts as one of the industry’s “Top 40 under 40” for 2020. Before that, she was a Vice President at Credit Suisse, a global investment bank. She received her MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, graduating with honors, and her B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, graduating cum laude. Meg brings more than 20 years of experience in finance, investment banking, and strategic planning as well as a passion for giving back to the local community.


James Plourde is a fundraising development consultant and founded JP Fundraising Solutions, LLC, in 2020 to serve the nonprofit community in the Puget Sound region. He has partnered with several local nonprofits on their fundraising campaigns, including the campaign in support of the Franke Tobey Jones memory care unit. Before starting his own company, James worked as an executive at regional and national fundraising consulting firms and was part of the development teams locally at Franciscan Foundation, Charles Wright Academy and Pacific Lutheran University. James has served on the boards of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and the Association of Fundraising Professionals-South Sound, which he chaired for one year. He is also a member of the South Sound Planned Giving Council. He is the author of a soon-to-be-released book for people entering the fundraising profession titled “Finding Funding: How to Ask People for Money and Get It” A native New Englander, James has lived in Tacoma since 1986. He has a daughter Claire who is a proud alumna of Pacific Lutheran University and Dutchess, a retired racing greyhound who mostly hangs out on the couch.


Barbara is the Chief Medical Officer of the Mary Bridge Children’s Health Network. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine and her MBA from Western Governor’s University. Barbara brings several years’ experience of Non-profit, Fund Development and Health Care.

KATHLEEN (KATHY) TROTTER – Director Kathy Trotters

Kathy is a retired CPA with experience in a Big Four accounting firm, several small local firms and as owner/CEO/CFO of a small business.  Prior to receiving her certificate in accounting from Washington State University she received a BS from Humboldt State University, studied Laboratory Medicine at California State University Long Beach and earned a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of La Verne, California.  After a lifetime of leadership training as a Girl Scout, Kathy used her training to serve her community first as a member and chair of the City of DuPont Planning Commission for four years and then as an elected City Councilmember for eight years.  Kathy continues to serve her community as a volunteer in the City of DuPont’s finance department.  Kathy’s association with Franke Tobey Jones began in 2006 when her mother became a resident. 


Jeff has 40 years of management experience, including over 33 years of private equity experience in both direct and limited partnership investing and marketing. In January 2015, Jeff retired.  He is active in non-profits as an Advisor, Mentor and Board Member and previously served on the Board of Directors at Franke Tobey Jones from 2007 to 2013.  Jeff currently serves on 5 non-profit Boards including FTJ.  He received his B.S. in Cellular Biology and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.  Jeff holds the CFA and CPA (Inactive) designations.