Mari Mitchell-Putnam, President
Church Administrator at University Lutheran—Seattle, WA
Mari joined LSA in 2009 as the Church Administrator of University Lutheran Church (ULC) in Seattle, WA. She is an active member of Plymouth Congregational Church in Seattle, where she sings in the choir and is involved in parent groups. She loves her work at ULC and see it as her “second faith family.” “I really feel called to this work and believe it is my vocation, not just a job.” “LSA has been a great connection for me. I’ve learned from others on ways to improve my job, lessen my tasks and manage my time. I’ve also made some valuable friendships that have held me in challenging time.” This is Mari’s second year on the board as the Vice-President and she is looking forward to the Conference of Associate Lay Ministers in March. (“We are ALL Lay Ministers!”) Mari lives in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle with her husband, Dean, and son, Alex.
Shannon Jackson, Treasurer
Office Secretary at Lord of Life Lutheran—Kennewick, WA
Jameson Varpness, Member at Large Director of Music Ministries at Grace Lutheran — Wenatchee, WA
Jameson is a musician with a background in piano performance, teaching, and church music. Jameson is director of music ministries at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee. He is a member of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and has played for various theater productions in the Wenatchee Valley. Jameson spends his free time exploring, hiking, and skiing. Jameson holds a BA in music from Dickinson State University and an MM in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.