Who We Are. What We Do.

Hilltop is a nonprofit corporation that was established with two goals in mind: to provide affordable housing for individuals aged 62 and older; and to nurture independence through innovative programs that help maintain, enhance and improve the lives of all who live here. 

While we continue to focus on both of these goals and are proud of the community we have established, we continue to look for new and innovative ways to improve our small neighborhood with the help of both our staff and our residents.

An Equal Opportunity Community

Residency at Hilltop is open to all qualified, eligible persons 62 years of age or older, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, handicap status, religion, familial status, political persuasion, sex or sexual preference.  Our 124-unit, equal-opportunity facility provides affordable apartments, many with subsidies provided by HUD or the Seattle Housing Authority.
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Our Building

From May 2015 to July 2016, Hilltop underwent a complete renovation of our (at the time) almost 50-year-old building. Among a long list of building-wide improvements we updated all 124 units through the installation of new kitchen cabinets, flooring, bathroom vanities, walk-in showers, closet doors, and electronic door locks.

The renovation was completed with the assistance of Beacon Development, SMR Architects and Walsh Construction, with oversight by HUD and funding by CBRE. As we enter a new decade, Hilltop plans on moving forward with renovations to our common areas so that we may continue to provide affordable, comfortable, and safe housing with excellence.

Hilltop Management

Thornton Bowman

Executive Director

Thornton was born and grew up in the South. He got over most of that in time, but still loves a good bowl of grits. He fancies himself a musician and a writer and is pleased some people indulge him. Prior to working at Hilltop he worked supporting Community Health Centers in Region X. Before that he worked in disability rights. Before that he was young and foolish.

Laurie Schuster

Director of Finance and Operations

After several years away from Hilltop, Laurie returned to resume her previous job as Director of Finance and Operations. She said at the time of her return that it almost seemed she'd never left: the chair was the same, same desk, same computer, same coffee stains on the floor. Laurie has plans to change all that. And that, of course, is why we waited for her return to begin making all those changes. We thank her for coming home.

Karen Carlos

Resident Life / Service Coordinator

Karen has been working at Hilltop for a very, very long time. She’s rather like Hilltop’s own Rip Van Winkle, and her name even uses some of the same letters. Coincidence? Well…not if you believe there is no such thing as coincidence! She spends her days mulling over the varied needs of the residents who seek her, and scattering resource information like little crumbs of bread for everyone else. Before working at Hilltop, she went to Seattle University where she so dazzled the professors, they awarded her a diploma.

Hilltop Front Office

Ana Pecina

Finance and Operation Specialist

My Name is Ana and I am Hilltop’s Finance and Operation's Specialist.. I have always been a busy body on the go with 3 boys. I enjoy the outdoors and canoeing the PNW lakes on a hot summer day and we know those days are limited. I enjoy camping and bon fires as well as a cold night with some hot chocolate. My hobbies are crafting and catching my boys during golden hour in pictures.

Stephanie Fung

Leasing and Operation Specialist

I was born in Hong Kong and I moved to Seattle with my family back in 2003. I can speak multiple languages, e.g.: Cantonese, Mandarin and of course, English. I have worked in the property management industry for a few years and I am very familiar with leasing.   Outside of work, I am a huge Disney fan. I love to go to Disneyland and Disney World with my friends during my vacation time. I am also a Disney pins collector.