Candidates for the 2017 MVCC Board Elections

We'll be having our annual board elections at the MVCC meeting on June 20th. Please take a moment to review the candidates who've declared their interest. If you'd like to throw your hat into the ring, just shoot us an email at with your name, the position in which you're interested, and a short bio to share here.

We may add a few more candidates in the coming days. Check back!

Penelope Karovsky - President

Penelope is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. She arrived in the US in 1964 with a new baby, a B.A. in English and Music, and much optimism. She settled in Seattle in 1977 and got a Ph.D. in Education. Now she's the proud grandmother of seven boys and a girl. She's been a Madison Valley resident since 2008. 

Penelope is our current president and is returning to run for a second term. 

Dana Hanna - Vice President

After spending years wandering the world as a video game producer, Dana arrived in the Pacific Northwest in 2002 and found her true home. She's been a resident of Madison Valley since 2008. She was elected as MVCC's vice president in 2016. In that time, she's helped drive the adoption of new bylaws and developed MVCC's new website.

Cherie Sato - Treasurer

Originally from Japan, Cherie has been a resident of Madison Valley for 13 years.  She is a financial and research analyst, and she has expertise in financial planning and economic forecasting for both the public and private sectors, including state and city governments.  She enjoys walking the neighborhood with her dog and kids and meeting the neighbors, so please don't hesitate to say hello.

Cherie serves as our current treasurer and is also returning to run for a second term.

Diane Zahn - Secretary

Diane Zahn has lived in the Madison Valley neighborhood for the past 12 years. She lives on East Republican Street with her husband, Mark McDermott, who has lived here since 1991.

Diane retired three years ago after a long career as an elected officer of a large private sector labor union. She served as the Union’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1995 to 2014. She currently serves as a private citizen on the Washington State Health Exchange Board which manages the ACA for the State of Washington.

Diane has been glad to meet more concerned neighbors through our effort to Save Madison Valley. She supports 'right sized' development, protecting our tree canopy, and a buffer between our neighborhood and the commercial development around us. You might see her tending the former parking strip which is now a garden in front of 3016 East Republican. Her mom, Stella, and grandson, Walter, help sometimes.

Sarah Tretheway - Board Member

Sarah moved to Madison Valley in 1995.  She got involved with MVCC in 2000 for a few years and during that time helped to get the P-patch built at 30th and Mercer. She also held the office of treasurer for a year.  She cares about the neighbors and the neighborhood and would like to see the council become an important asset in our community.

Sarah was elected to our newly expanded board at our May meeting.

Jennifer Goodwin - Board Member

Raised in the Central District, Jennifer attended Nova Alternative School, Seattle Central College, and Seattle University.  In 1987, she bought her first home in Madison Valley where she created a block watch and worked closely with the East Precinct Crime Prevention staff on behalf of neighbors on a block experiencing an upsurge in shootings and other violent crime. With a growing family, she moved just down the road, behind Promenade, and again worked as a block watch advocate while raising two fantastic sons.  Fifteen years later, she again made Madison Valley her home where she remains, passionate about preserving peace and keeping our fast growing city green and livable. 

Ron Flynn - Board Member

Ron is a 45-year resident of the Central area and a 40-year resident of Madison Valley. He is retired after 30 years as a commercial realtor. Ron is also the current president of The FAME Housing Board and Facilities Manager for the Martin Luther King Community Center.

Dana Hanna