Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Isaacson graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and University of Oregon School of Law. Her career has taken her to Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tucson and now Walla Walla. She has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector both as a fundraiser and a grantmaker. She was president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation of Detroit, and interim president/CEO of the Northwest Area Foundation of St. Paul, Minnesota. Both foundations have annual grant budgets of $25 million. She was vice president of UnitedHealth Group of Minnetonka, Minnesota, where she was responsible for community relations for the Ovations Division. Most recently, Isaacson was director of development at the University of Arizona Department of Surgery. Her interests include hiking and kayaking; music and the arts; reading and meeting new people.
Joan has worked for 20 years as a financial manager for several nonprofit organizations, primarily on the Olympic Peninsula. She worked for Olympic Community Action Programs in Port Townsend, and other organizations in the arts and conservation in Port Angeles and Sequim. She joined BMCF from the accounting department of Walla Walla County’s Department of Human Services. Her degrees from Washington State University and Central Washington University are in Communications and Accounting. While in college she developed a love of eastern Washington, which was a major reason for her move to Walla Walla.
Casey Richards grew up in the small town of Touchet, here in the Walla Walla Valley. After graduating from Touchet High School, she attended Walla Walla Community College where she played on the women’s basketball team and received her Associate’s degree in 2004. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Children’s Studies in 2007 from Eastern Washington University. Casey joined BMCF in 2014 from Camp Fire Walla Walla where she was Associate Director for 3 years. Casey served on the Board of Directors for The Moms’ Network for 2 years while also serving as an Ambassador for the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce. Recently Casey was recognized by the Chamber with the “Spirit of Excellence” award for her outstanding work during the past four years. She is excited to be a part of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation team and work with so many wonderful non-profit organizations to benefit our community.