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.



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 and Thrivent Charitable Impact and Investing.


Marcie moved to Tacoma in 1998 to serve as the Founding Director of the Social Work Program at the University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma). After retiring in 2016, she worked an additional year as Co-Chair of the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee on which she continues as a volunteer. During her time at UW Tacoma, she held a variety of administrative, leadership, and teaching roles and continues as a member of the Social Work/Criminal Justice Program Advisory Council. Marcie has a total of 40-plus years’ experience as a social worker both in direct practice and in higher education. She held leadership positions within the Council on Social Work Education (national accrediting body for social work programs), and her areas of scholarship include diversity, women’s issues, shared leadership, mentoring, and social justice. Marcie’s father spent the last two years of his 102-year-life at Franke Tobey Jones, so she brings a personal as well as a professional perspective to the Board.


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, and 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 United Church in University Place, and supporter of local arts organizations.


B.Z. is the owner of Zenczak & Partners, a full service architectural firm serving throughout Washington State since 1984.  He is a registered architect in both Oregon and Washington and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Degree from the 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 plenty, and he brings to FTJ over 42 years’ experience of leadership, CCRC and strategic planning.

JEFF WATTS – Director, Immediate Past Chair JEFF WATTS

Jeff has 35 years of management experience, including over 25 years of private equity experience in both direct and limited partnership investing and marketing.    Jeff more recently served as Chief Business Development Officer at Top Tier Capital Partners where he led Top Tier’s investor client business activities in the areas of sales, marketing and customer service while also contributing his perspective to Top Tier’s investment team. In January 2015, Jeff retired from Top Tier.  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.  He received his B.S. in Cellular Biology and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.


Claire McCaffery Griffin, Principal of CGC, LLC, is an independent consultant with nearly 40 years of experience in education. She holds a BA (cum laude) from the University of San Francisco and an MA from the University of Hawaii.  Claire was a secondary school teacher for 28 years; served for 8 years as the vice president of an educational non-profit in Alexandria, VA; and currently consults with federal agencies and non-profits to promote civic education.  Claire has worked with teachers from all 50 states as well as educators from Russia, China, Japan, and South Africa.  She has extensive experience in non-profit management, outreach, development, and publications, and recently joined the Board of the National Council for History Education.  Claire and her husband, Dick, moved to FTJ in June 2017, joining her parents, Joe and Dolores McCaffery, FTJ residents since 2009.


Janet worked in the private equity industry for over 25 years, most recently as Assistant Senior Investment Officer in the 8-member private equity team at the Washington State Investment Board (WSIB).  While at WSIB, she served on 12 Limited Partner Advisory Committees; and developed and implemented the Economically Targeted Investment (ETI) program, per the WSIB’s Board policy, for investment related parties in the Pacific Northwest.  She previously worked in accounting and finance, insurance and ranching.  She has a BA Mathematics, MBA, Emporia State University.


Meg is the Senior Director of Corporate Finance and Head of Investor Relations for TrueBlue, Inc. (NYSE:TBI), a publicly traded provider of specialized workforce solutions, which generated $2.5B revenue in 2017 in Tacoma. Prior to joining TrueBlue, she spent nearly twelve years at Credit Suisse (NYSE: CS), the global investment bank, advising corporate clients on strategic transactions and ultimately working on internal management advisory. 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 15 years of experience in finance, investment banking, and strategic planning as well as a passion for giving back to the local community.


Dr. Barbara Thompson is a Pediatric Endocrinologist with Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine.  Board, community and professional affiliations include MultiCare Medical Associates Executive Committee, Junior League of Tacoma and Geiger Montessori PTA.  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.


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.