Cindy Rush Grady

Cindy Rush Grady serves as the current Secretary for the Board of Directors, which she joined in 2012. Cindy brings a strong marketing and events background to the organization, which is greatly appreciated. She is currently a Founding Partner at Woodinville Partners, a marketing company. Cindy also volunteers her time with committees for the Tacoma Art Museum and Catholic Community Services. She loves to help people, especially though fundraising and events. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, travel, Pilates, her two large dogs and experimenting with cooking new recipes.

Steve Freeborn

As one of the founding members of Ashley House, Stephen Freeborn has served on the Board of Directors since the organizations’ inception, and is the current Board President. Stephen was the parent of a medically fragile child and recognized that a program such as Ashley House was needed-he has deep ties to this vulnerable population. As an owner/attorney with the firm Freeborn Law Offices, PS, Stephen specializes in criminal and bankruptcy law and is a licensed mediator. His depth of legal knowledge is valuable asset to the board, and his commitment to the organization is incomparable. Stephen also volunteers his time with competitive swimming organizations and Special Olympics. He is a competitive open-water distance swimmer himself, and also enjoys biking and camping.

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth Davis joined the Ashley House board in 2015.  She graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in accounting. Her financial background has contributed immensely towards the board development of fundraising events.  She is a member of the Northwest Iron Maidens RC motorcycle club, which promotes several charity events throughout the year.  She has contributed countless hours to make the events successful.

Jennifer Mannheim

Jennifer joined the Ashley House Board in 2007, after learning of the organization through a colleague at Children’s Hospital. She currently works at Seattle Children’s Autism Center as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine team. Jennifer has a passion for nursing and children and is an invaluable board member. Originally from Texas, Jennifer is now firmly planted in the Northwest. Her school age children and their activities fill up her free time along with camping and hiking.

Weston King

Weston joined the Ashley House Board of Directors in January of 2016, after learning about the program though a friend, Steve Freeborn. Weston has always had a love for children and brings to the Ashley House a combination of therapeutic and legal experience. Weston’s background consists of working in behavioral treatment facilities, State Court Probation and Law Enforcement capacities with higher education in psychology, counseling and law. Weston is originally from Utah, yet has been re-rooted in the Northwest where he is slowly learning from his wife to be a Seahawks fan!

Barbara Hyland-Hill

Long-time board member Barbara Hyland-Hill DNP, RN, NEA-BC has always had a special passion for children and for community service. She currently volunteers with four different agencies in addition to her full time position at Providence Regional Medical Center as Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer. She has over 30 years of experience as a nurse, nursing director and nursing executive in the Puget Sound region. She recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Her clinical, administrative and strategic expertise is an integral part of the agency oversight the board provides and she truly cares about the mission of Ashley House. When she does find spare time, she enjoys skiing, traveling, family and friends. Barbara is also an accomplished knitter and often generates her best thinking with knitting needles in hand.

Brad Ackerman

Brad Ackerman has over 33 years of experience providing IT support and solutions for personal home PCs as well as complex business systems. His IT expertise is an invaluable asset for Ashley House. Brad was born and raised in the Seattle area, is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of the University of Puget Sound. Brad joined the Board in 2015.  He recently left the corporate world to start his own IT company, BTA Technical Services Inc.

Jessica Malaier

Jessica Malaier is passionate about serving her community. Her current position with BCE engineers in marketing, along with her certification in grant writing, make her a valuable board member.   Her free time is spent volunteering at her daughter’s school for various clubs and events and at the Tacoma Rescue Mission.  Jessica loves cooking, gardening and long walks with her husband and says the beach is her “happy place”.

Sharry Edwards

Sharry Edwards is a nurse, working mother of three, and homeless advocate in Federal Way. She became a board member in 2016 after learning about the holistic services that Ashley House provides to the community.   Love, compassion and action are three words that describe Sharry perfectly. Aside from her work as a nurse,   she is known as the "Laundry Lady”, helping people who are homeless wash their clothes and bedding with support from the Federal Way Caregiving Network. She was recently appointed to co-chair the Homeless Mother and Children’s Initiative for the City of Federal Way.

Kevin Blake

Kevin joined Ashley House Board in 2017, after relocating to the Puget Sound from the Midwest, learning about the opportunity through a current board member. He currently works at Mary Bridge Children's as a Supervisor of Ambulatory Operations for multiple clinics. Kevin brings a decade of experience and knowledge in the health care field, including a Masters degree in Health Administration. Outside of work, Kevin enjoys spending time with his family exploring the Pacific Northwest, camping, and hiking.

Becca Duskin

Board member Becca Duskin became aware of Ashley House while working as a pediatric nurse first at Seattle Childrens and then later at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.  She joined the board in 2017 because she desired to make a difference in the lives of medically fragile kids and their families.  Becca currently works as a S.A.N.E. nurse for RSI.  She is an active volunteer with Medical Teams International and recently completed a trip providing humanitarian medical aid in Bangladesh.  Becca also serves on the council at her church and is a middle school volleyball coach. When she has a free moment, Becca enjoys backpacking, cooking, travel and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Thomas Vertetis

A board member since 2012, Tom Vertetis is a strong advocate and champion for children. As a partner and trial attorney with the firm Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala, PLLC, he represents injured victims in complex personal injury, malpractice, civil rights and liability claims. He also sits on the board of Washington’s Law Fund and has served as President of the Pierce County Bar Foundation. He earned his J.D. from Villanova University and brings a wealth of legal knowledge and perspective to the Ashley House board. As a parent, he has a personal interest in Autism Awareness and routinely volunteers his time for that cause. His favorite jobs are husband and dad and his free time is spent chasing his kids to school events, swim and track.

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