By now, most of you have probably met PNA Village Director Riana Nolet and Volunteer Coordinator Alexandra (Alex) Gramps at the Senior Center or at one of our Village activities. If not, please join us at the next PNA Village event or stop by the Greenwood Senior Center and introduce yourself!
Alex Gramps, PNA Village Volunteer Coordinator
Hi, I am Alex (short for Alexandra) Gramps. I started volunteering for the Greenwood Senior Center in 2011 and fell in love with the center immediately. I have done a wide variety of volunteer and paid jobs at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, from data entry to serving hot dogs, and I’m delighted to be here now at the Village! I will be in the office 8 am-12 pm Monday-Friday. You can also find me working at the reception desk at the Phinney Center 1 pm-5 pm Monday-Friday. Please stop in and say hello!
I have a Bachelor’s in Comparative Literature from Smith College and a Master’s in Public Administration with a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington. I was born in Seattle and currently live just a few blocks from the Phinney Center. Outside of work, I love to travel and dance. I have lived in 3 countries, traveled in 4 continents, and speak Italian. My favorite dance style is contra, and you can usually find me at the Friday night contra dances at the Phinney Center.
Riana Nolet, PNA Village Director
Hello Village Community! I’m thrilled to join the PNA Village and would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I’m joining PNA Village with a background in nonprofit program management and a passion for community building. As a Seattle native and Greenwood resident, I’ve long been familiar with the work of the PNA and have always seen it as a pillar of strength for the surrounding community. After becoming more familiar with the inner workings of the PNA and the Village Program (mission, philosophy, and staff), it became clear that this was the ideal place for me to continue my career. Lucky for me, the feeling was mutual and I was hired in July as the PNA Village Director!
In addition to my work with the PNA Village, I work with the Hands for a Bridge Program based at Roosevelt High School (a social justice focused youth leadership program) which allows me to work with youth and educators in the community and to travel annually to South Africa. Although deeply committed to my work, I’m as equally committed to my playtime and enjoy going to see live music, dancing, yoga, eating delicious things, finding the best happy hours, and really anything involving friends, community, and fun. I’m eager to meet Village members and volunteers so if you are in the area, please stop in to say hello!
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N. 85th St, Seattle WA 98103 | 206.789.1217