Jonathan Dec 2015 B&W hew smallJonathan Pleger, President/CEO

I grew up in Buffalo, New York and moved to Washington State in 1997, trading the snow for the rain.  I’ve worked in the non-profit sector since then with an emphasis on development/fundraising.  I was previously the Vice President for Development at Morningside for five years.  It was during that time when I realized my passion for Morningside’s mission and the importance of focusing on people’s strengths and abilities.  I am excited for my new role and for the future of Morningside.

When I am not at work, you can find me:   backpacking and camping (or planning my next trip), reading, watching sports (especially hockey), and dreaming of someday living off the grid.

Fun fact about me: I once hiked 51 miles in 19 hours with a 35 pound backpack as part of the “Ranger Marathon” while on staff at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM.


Mike Horn, VP Employment Services/COO

I am originally from Eastern Kentucky and fortunate to have seen and experienced most of the world while serving in the military. My family and I quickly fell in love with Washington for its amazing landscapes, diverse people, and mild but evident seasons.

My purpose is to provide people with the strategies necessary to bring the best of themselves to every aspect of their lives. I believe that everyone has skills, talents, and abilities that came factory installed, and I am proud to be a member of the Morningside family, helping people discover and live their dreams.

When I am not at work, you can find me: Hanging out with my wife, kids, and friends, or running.

Fun fact about me:  I can talk like Donald Duck.


Jaime Britton, VP Administrative Services/CFO

I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University.  My family and I lived in Colorado, New Jersey, and Eastern Washington.  In 2012, we decided Western Washington was where we’d love to become part of the community and put down roots.  This is where I found my drive to be a part of something synergistic.  My passion thrives working for non-profits as I believe in their mission and enjoy playing a small part of their successes.  This is what captivated me about Morningside.  Their mission and core values elicit compassion and support for others.  I am excited to grow, champion, and be a part of the successes with Morningside.

When I am not at work, you can find me: Spending time with my husband and three daughters, enjoying IPA’s at PNW breweries, decorating my home, and traveling to enjoy the natural beauty of Western Washington.

Fun fact about me:  During my short 16-month tenure in New Jersey, I endured 2 blizzards back-to-back that left 6 feet of snow each on the ground, an earthquake, and Hurricane Irene.


Cindy Nakano VP Human Resources

Raised in Post Falls, Idaho, I moved to western Washington in 1989 to get away from the snow! I’ve enjoyed raising my kids in a more diverse environment.  The last 23 years were spent in Human Resources with various state agencies.   I was introduced to Morningside when we hired a client in our HR office.  Such a great organization of caring people and a mission of inclusion that I’m proud to now be a part of!  I look forward to contributing to the success of the organization and being part of a group that values and respects one another.

When I am not at work, you can find me: Playing Texas Hold’em Poker, hunting, fishing, and spending time with grandkids.

Fun fact about me: I caught a Mahi-Mahi (dolphin fish) almost as big as me in Cozumel, Mexico!


 Don Hayden VP Technology/CIODon Hayden, VP Technology

Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. I graduated from St Martins College. I took a job with Morningside in 1992 to earn a little extra money for grad school. 23 years later I’m still at Morningside. I’m a Microsoft Certified System Engineer now and love working with our wonderful staff.

When I’m not at work, you can find me: I enjoy the outdoors (preferably when it’s sunny) and discovering new craft breweries.

Fun fact about me: I have attempted to climb Mount Rainier five times and I have jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.