Our TableTalks Team
Deb Salls is passionate about justice for our communities, youth empowerment, leadership development, civic engagement, our environment and social innovation. Deb has a 25+ year career in the youth development field and non-profit management. Her role in leading Bike Works is focused on promoting the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Deb is excited to help facilitate TableTalks™ peer learning groups and to meet all the fantastic non-profit leaders working to make an impact in our communities.
Deirdre McCormack Martin
Deidre is a non-profit leader with 17 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, leadership, program development, and board management. As an executive director for 7 years at Summer Search Seattle, she partnered with board and staff to grow the organization to serve more students, raise significantly more money each year and deliver quality programming. She has supported organizations with board development and fundraising, and has advised individuals with their philanthropy strategy. She also has successfully facilitated various TableTalks™ groups since 2012 and served on the board of Youth Development Executives of King County (YDEKC) from 2011-2017. She has long been a partner for positive change in education, youth development, college access and success, civic engagement and non-profit management.
Teresa Myers is the co-facilitator of the Special Events Professionals cohort. She is the Events Director at Climate Solutions, where she oversees their signature fundraising events and has played a significant role in developing the fundraising program and growing their revenue stream for the past 18 years. Prior to joining Climate Solutions, she worked in the financial industry as an independent financial advisor. Teresa is passionate about mentoring others and building community.
Erin Tierney is the co-facilitator of the Special Events Professionals cohort. She is the Development Director at the Ballard Food Bank and has worked in a variety of nonprofit settings planning events of all sizes – from salon-style dinners to conferences, fundraising auctions to outreach events and more. She loves to blend data-driven decisions + a dash of delight to make events memorable!
Tara’s teaching and facilitation expertise stem from time in the trenches as an Executive Director, Development Director and Board Member. Having raised money and led teams at both small and large organizations, Tara’s 18-year career has been dedicated to inspiring generosity, developing leaders and connecting people with their communities.
Tara is the facilitator of the Learning Lab: Fundraising Fundamentals and Program Professionals. She is the Managing Partner of Crux Consulting Consortium.
Laura Johnson is an experienced fundraiser, and currently works as Director of Philanthropy for the YMCA of Greater Seattle focusing on comprehensive capital campaign major gifts work in South King County. Prior to joining the Y, she held positions at Food Lifeline and Jewish Family Service.
She loves to discuss making meaningful connections with donors in order to provide more resources to those served in the nonprofit sector. She began as a participant in TableTalks™ in 2013, and is passionate about creating peer learning environments where people can share resources, ideas, tools while learning from and supporting each other – all while having fun!, Laura believes major gifts are one of the best ways to accelerate an organization’s work.
In her free time, Laura enjoys playing French Horn, spending time with her family, and thinking about social justice.
Marion Mohrlok, M.S.W.
A for-impact professional for 27 years, Marion is passionate about social justice, community building and lifelong learning. Marion is a Social Worker and IAF trained Community Organizer. In 2002 she earned her fundraising management certificate from the University of Washington, and since then has worked in the development field, first at the YWCA of Seattle, King and Snohomish County and for the past 10 years as the Development Director at the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS). During her tenure at PEPS, she successfully led two ‘Growing Impact Campaigns’; more than doubled the revenue, grew the Development Team and introduced and helped establish and stabilize a Culture of Philanthropy within the organization.
In 2010, Marion registered for her first TableTalks™ session with Janet Boguch. Over the years, connections to and invaluable lessons from her colleagues in the Development and Major Gifts TableTalks™ learning groups have become an important part of her professional (and personal) development journey. Outside of work, Marion fills her gas tank traveling with her family, re-treating in silence, gathering with friends, organizing anything and everything, hiking and being in nature.