We are one of the oldest and most consistently active community councils in the City of Seattle. Founded in 1924, our mission is to monitor activities that affect the quality of life in Magnolia and to take appropriate action to promote and protect the interests of the community. The Magnolia Community Council (MCC) identifies and acts on these issues of concern by participating in the public process and by providing funding, management and/or labor for community projects.
Magnolia Community Council Board of Trustees
President, Stephanie Ballard: Magnolia resident
Vice President, David Kaplan: David Kaplan, a long-time resident of Magnolia, has served as Pacific Northwest Regional Vice-Chair of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and as commissioner for the Bumbershoot Music and Art Festival. He received the B’nai B’rith Community Service Award. He has served in his industry on the Consumer Technology Association’s Small Business Council and Smart Home Division Board, has mentored startups and judged the CES Innovations Awards.
Treasurer, Mary Hoverson: Hoverson has been a Magnolia resident for over 30 years. Her background in accounting, finance and software has contributed to her ability to effectively serve as the Magnolia Community Council (MCC) Treasurer since 2014. She supports MCC’s efforts to inform and represent Magnolia on matters of interest to the community, particularly those related to emergency preparedness.
Recording Secretary, Alison Kan Grevstad: Kan Grevstad is an artist/designer/writer and 30-year Magnolia resident. She enjoys the natural beauty of Discovery Park and the friendly neighborhood. She is focused on improving communication, diversity and support for the council and community. She recently produced a new children’s book, Catastrophe by the Sea, in partnership with the Seattle Aquarium, to raise awareness and inspire empathy for the marine environment.
Webmaster, Joe Villarino: Villarino was born at Ft. Lawton Hospital and attended community schools up through Queen Anne High School. A US Army veteran with the 101st Airborne Division, he has had thirty years of experience in law enforcement and private security. Now retired, he donates his time to his beloved Magnolia community by working on websites for local, community-based organizations.
Lisa Barnes: Before moving to Magnolia, Barnes spent time in Amsterdam, Portland and a mountain community in Arizona. She has been at Queen Anne Helpline for seven years, working directly with clients who are facing possible eviction or utility shut-off due to temporary financial hardship. Barnes wants Magnolia to be an inclusive, livable community. She has served on the (former) Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council, including service as secretary.
Carol Burton: Burton, a retired community college instructor who taught biology and botany for 30 years. A long-time Magnolia resident and Magnolia Community Council trustee, she served in 2015 as the MCC’s president. She has also worked with the Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council; the Heron Habitat Helpers; the Friends of Magnolia Manor Park, the Friends of Smith Cove Park and the Green Seattle Partnership.
Bruce Carter: Carter has served as chair of the Magnolia/Queen Anne District Council; commissioner of the Seattle Ethics & Election Commission; board member of the Magnolia Community Council; chair of the Municipal League of King County; judge pro tem of the Seattle Municipal Court (2001-2010); and assistant United States Attorney. He has lived in Magnolia for more than 40 years.
Valerie Cooper: Cooper is committed to keeping Magnolia friendly for families. She advocates for the city’s youngest citizens by keeping her finger on the pulse of education issues at state and local district levels. She also cares deeply about childcare accessibility, cost of living, safety, transportation, environmental issues and depth of park and recreation offerings, all of which are significant to Seattle families.
Stephen DeForest: DeForest was born in Magnolia. He attended grade school in Magnolia and high school in Queen Anne. He served as president of the Magnolia Community Council for four years and is committed to the MCC mission of monitoring private and governmental activities in issues such as transportation, up-zoning and Fort Lawton redevelopment that affect the quality of life in Magnolia.
Pat Craft: Craft, a Windermere realtor, is President of the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce. He led a community effort to have four-way stop signs placed at two separate locations in the neighborhood. He created and produced the 2020 “Magnolia Halloween Electric Light Parade,” and is leading an ongoing effort to beautify Magnolia retail areas. He is also on the neighborhood advisory committee for the redevelopment of the Albertsons Grocery store site.
Stephen Faciszewski: In the U.S. and abroad, Faciszewski has held elected and appointed positions in professional and community organizations, and, his career has spanned diverse professional roles in technology, the law and built environment across various industries. A near 30-year Magnolia resident, he equivalently values: a healthy economy; environmental stewardship; and, a nourishing human ecology, remaining philanthropically and vocationally active in roles that support the many facets of self-perpetuating community-building.
Leslie Helm: Magnolia resident for 30 years, Helm would like to see Magnolia’s beauty protected while also encouraging the development of a vibrant, active community. He launched the Magnolia Trail Community to promote the development of a trail connecting Magnolia Village more directly to a citywide network of trails. He is a former reporter for Business Week and the Los Angeles Times, and former editor of Seattle Business magazine.
Lynn Hogan: Hogan was president of the Magnolia Community Council from 2017 to 2019, and represents MCC on the Port of Seattle’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee. Hogan first moved to Magnolia in 1961 and returned in 2014. In recent years, she has served on the boards of the UW Retirement Association and Lakeside School.
Cheryl Jacobs: Jacobs, an architect, enjoys being able to walk to Discovery Park, the Village, Mounger Pool, Fisherman's Terminal or just around the area to take in the season's flora and fauna. At home she grows fruits and vegetables. As an architect she works on public buildings such as schools. As part of MCC, she is thrilled to see Magnolia evolve, and become a place that is welcoming to all with more affordable housing, thriving parks, and well-loved schools.
Matthew Koenig: Koenig, a Realtor with Compass Real Estate, is pleased to call Magnolia home. He enjoys warm friendships with Magnolia’s merchants, residents and community leaders. He believes in educating and empowering the Magnolia community about the opportunities and challenges ahead, with a strong desire to see Magnolia remain a friendly and desirable place for people to live.
David Moehring: Moehring has been active in MCC as a member of its Land Use Committee and chair of the TreePAC Board. He is a licensed architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. He is also a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards member, a capital planner at two universities and a member of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s citizens advisory group.
Jayson Todd Morris: Morris is a seasoned advocate for people with developmental disabilities. An active commissioner, he advises Seattle's mayor, city council, and city departments about issues of importance to people with disabilities. He sits on the King County Board for Developmental Disabilities. As a Magnolia resident and political activist, he has been a catalyst for change on issues affecting those with disabilities.
Don Schlosser: Schlosser, who has lived in Magnolia for 40 years, has held finance roles at King Broadcasting. He worked in microfinance with Global Partnerships and clean energy with MicroEnergy Credits. He is Chief Financial Officer of a biotech company. He has been on the boards of Casa Latina and Business Impact Northwest and on the Plymouth Investment Committee. He is interested in transportation and land-use issues as well as parks.
Bill Stafford: Stafford worked in the City of Seattle’s budget office before becoming assistant to the mayor and government relations director under Uhlman, Royer and Rice. He was Deputy Mayor under Mayor Royer. He then became President of the Seattle Trade Alliance, an affiliate of the Seattle Chamber. He has served on the boards of Woodland Park Zoo, Burke Museum, Children’s Museum, Port Jobs, and the Governor’s Economic Development Commission.
Janis Traven: Traven has had careers ranging from international consulting and management of clinical trials of investigational drugs to chef proprietor of a carry-home cuisine and catering business. She has always been engaged and passionate about civics, Democratic politics, policy, and community organizing. She has helped organize and maintain the Magnolia Bridge Seattle Facebook page and email campaign, which has advocated for the one-for-one replacement of the bridge.