The Board of Directors of Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus are dedicated to ending lupus. Their passion to help move our organization forward to support the mission and vision and make a difference for those with lupus is immeasurable. This commitment, knowledge, and expertise will continue to ensure the sustainability and vitality of the organization.


Susan Payseno

Susan Payseno brings to Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus more than 30 years of human resources and labor relations experience in both the private and public sectors. She was Vice-President of GPI, a management consulting firm in Eugene, OR, where she worked with a variety of wood products industry clients. Susan served in human resources and labor relations positions at several State of Oregon agencies. She is recognized for her knowledge of employee relations and her ability to develop strategies and solutions to client management issues. Susan holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Portland State University and a Bachelor’s in Social Science from Western Oregon University. Susan is serving as a member of the Executive Committee for 2015 – 2017 term. She has led several employee relations compliance and best practices initiatives for Molly’s Fund. She continues to provide such guidance and direction in this area. Susan has a family member with lupus.


Molly's Fund Board Kate ThomasseneKate Tomassene

Kate Tomassene is a Vice President and  Private Banker at the at US Bank’s Private Client Reserve in Portland. She provides personalized service for the day-to-day management her clients’ financial activities. Kate began her career in the banking and financial services industry in 1980. She was touched by Molly’s story and wanted to get involved to somehow help those fighting Lupus. She joined the board in 2013 and is very excited to be involved with such a wonderful and focused organization. Kate enjoys salmon fishing, spending time with family and friends and reading.  She also serves on the Gresham-Barlow Education Foundation Board,  who partners with businesses and the community to fund increased academic opportunities to help students be successful.

carol-warnekeCarol Warneke

Carol is the Vice President – Relationship Banking Officer at Pacific Continental Bank and brings over 30 years’ experience working exclusively with financial institutions, with a solid track record in business development, sales, marketing and management. She thrives on finding the right solutions for each client and serving them with respect while delivering exceptional customer service. Carol works with a number of local businesses and has a passion for non-profit organizations and volunteering time. In addition to serving on the Board for Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus, Carol also is involved with the following community organizations; Girls Inc. of Northwest Oregon – Marketing Committee; Cascade AIDS Project – Development Committee; Start Making a Reader Today – Gala Committee; and former Board Member of the Children’s Relief Nursery. Carol is a native of Portland, attended Portland State University and is a member of the University Club.

Wendy Hill

Wendy is a licensed commercial real estate broker at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, focusing on investment sales, owner/user sales, land sales and buyer representation in the office and industrial markets.  She partners with her husband, David Hill, who has more than 30 years’ experience in commercial real estate.   Wendy graduated cum laude from Willamette University with a BA in Economics, and is a native Oregonian.  Outside of work, she enjoys running, playing tennis, volunteering in the community, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and golden doodle, Freddy.


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Greg Dardis

Greg has held many positions and taught at Marylhurst since 2003, primarily in the areas of environmental health sciences.  He is also an adjunct professor at Portland State University teaching classes in leadership, sustainability education, political ecology, agrarianism and local food systems. Greg is currently a board member and chair of the Conservation Committee of the Columbia Land Trust, a non-profit organization devoted to innovatively conserving wildlife habitat, working farm and forestlands in the lower Columbia Basin.  Greg is very interested in the medical field’s research in autoimmune diseases and how to best translate this information to the general public.