Ron Wolswijk is the executive director for Solstice Senior Living at Renton. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Ron started his work career there after graduating with a business and administration degree. He initially worked in the family-run auto-tire shop, but quickly changed his focus toward jobs in the financial and service industry. For several years, his experience and leadership skills were shaped by jobs in sales, customer service, business development and management.
After meeting his wife in Costa Rica, he relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2001. He worked as a direct insurance agent at a local insurer and operated an independent insurance agency for 13 years. After many years in the financial industry, he discovered a passion for working with seniors. He was previously the executive director for Solstice Senior Living at Normandy Park.
In his spare time, Ron enjoys watching, playing and coaching soccer games, eating out, and going on vacation with his wife and two teenage sons. He is an avid fan of all Seattle sports teams, but most especially the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks.
Director of Sales and Marketing
Marlene Williams, Director of Sales and Marketing, has helped our community seniors and their families for over 20 years. Before joining the Solstice at Renton team, she worked for Queen Anne Manor in Seattle. Marlene feels she was called to do this work and loves collaborating with her team.
When she isn’t working, Marlene loves thrift shopping, spending time with family and friends, singing karaoke, and spoiling her 3-year-old grandchild. Marlene’s favorite Solstice Culture Keeper is “Take something ordinary and make it fun!”
Vibrant Life® Director
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Kami McGrath has always had a passion for helping others. Before joining Solstice at Renton as Vibrant Life® Director, Kami worked for Weyerhaeuser with 147 production facilities nationwide to provide support and guidance in production and process improvement, quality and safety. She has also worked with Sensational Seniors since 1987, providing musical entertainment for organizations such as The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., Eagles and senior housing communities.
Kami genuinely loves making a difference in the lives of our residents, one activity at a time. In her spare time, she also operates a music business and catering company. In work and her personal life, Kami lives by the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote “Do not go where the trail may lead. Instead, make your path and leave a trail.”
Culinary Services Director
Norma Howard served as a cook at Solstice Senior Living at Renton for three and a half years before her promotion to Culinary Services director. She discovered her passion for cooking when learning from her mother as a teenager.
Out of the kitchen, Norma enjoys spending time with her two sons, shopping, dancing and singing karaoke.
Vibrant Life Director
Catie Hanratty is the Vibrant Life® director at Solstice at Renton. She has worked in the senior living industry for nearly seven years and has cherished every minute. She loves the opportunity to empower others to live authentically. She’s excited to get to know each and every resident and their stories.
She grew up primarily in Bend, Oregon, where she lived for 20 years. A year ago, she moved to Austin, Texas, with her son, her partner, and their two very spoiled cats. They were delighted to have the opportunity to move back to the Northwest. In her free time, she plays board games, goes to the theater, visits family, enjoys concerts and plays a competitive round of Mario Kart.
Buisiness Office Director
Ellen Felt, Business Office Director, was a vice president in the financial industry for 28 years before she joined the Solstice at Renton team in 2021. She loves working with our residents and is involved in many of our Vibrant Life® activities.
When not at work, Ellen enjoys working in her yard, riding her Harley-Davidson and spending time with her family, including nine grandchildren. Ellen’s favorite Solstice Culture Keeper is “Take your work seriously, but yourself not so seriously.”