NEST Staff

Jeanne MarieJeanne Marie Thomas, MSW
Executive Director
Jeanne Marie has a lifelong connection with the mission and spirit of NEST. A Seattle native, she comes from a large, loving family that embraces many people not connected through kinship. Earning a Master of Social Work, she has experience serving communities, with a special love of supporting people to age with grace. She spent years in Seattle as a long-term care ombudsman, a regional planner for the Area Agency on Aging, and recently served for three years on the board of Sound Generations. She also has experience as a private consultant, and has designed and managed statewide programs for older people and people with disabilities.

Jeanne Marie (you can call her JM) is excited to be here, and is confident she will bring together all the NEST resources to keep NEST strong and to give our neighbors choices for staying independent, active and connected.

Among her personal interests are supporting affordable housing for all people, playing with art, studying yoga, hiking, kayaking, and playing with her husband, friends and family, including her exceptionally beautiful and fun granddaughter Maya.

chris-picture-websiteChris Alin
Program Manager

Born and raised in the Emerald City, Chris is a true Seattleite – a rarity these days.  A graduate of the University of Washington, Chris has a wealth of experience in coordinating, planning, and managing people and programs throughout diverse fields, most recently her passion working with elders in the senior living industry. In her spare time, you will find Chris being a busy mom to two active boys and a crazy sweet dog.  She enjoys health and fitness, cooking and spending quality time with her family in Wallingford.

Rachel PendragonRachel Pendragon
Advancement Coordinator

Originally hailing from the East Coast, Rachel moved to Seattle in 2014. As NEST’s Advancement Coordinator, she puts her talents to work keeping members up-to-date through the newsletters and website, maintaining the database, and fundraising to support NEST’s programs. Rachel plays rugby for the Emerald City Mudhens and is a pizza connoisseur.