Our Board


Penelope Karovsky


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. In her own words:

"My parents modeled a life of giving rather than getting so being a volunteer has always made sense to me. I am retired, but teach senior aerobics at the YMCA three times a week. The best parts of living in the Valley are the diverse people, the beautiful trees and gardens, and being able to live in a quiet, family-oriented neighborhood just ten minutes from the center of Seattle."


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. 

By day she's still a wrangler of software developers, schedules, and budgets. Dana remains an avid gamer, but also enjoys making cocktails, travel, nachos, and cheesy horror films.


Cherie Sato


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 forecast 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..


Diane Zahn


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 Trethewey

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.


Jennifer Goodwin


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


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.


Kevin Murphy

Board Member

Bio coming soon.


Paddy McDonald

Board Member

Bio coming soon.