Meet The Staff

  Marianne Gariti

President and owner of Moving Forward. I started Moving Forward in 2014 after completing training through the National Association of Senior Move Managers. What I like most about being a Senior Move Manager is having the ability to relieve families of the stress they often face during this transitional period. I have been married to Jim for 22 years and we have two sons Alex, 21, and Zachary, 18. We have two dogs–Willie and Emma. In my free time I love to watch movies, play games with my sons, and take walks.

Debbie Greene

Senior Move Manager. After 40 years working for the State of Wisconsin, I retired and am now enjoying the things I love most. I have a passion for physical activity, family, and helping others. I spend a lot of time biking, hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, playing racquetball, softball, and traveling. I have three wonderful daughters, a son-in-law, and seven grandchildren. Now I get to relax and watch them participate in soccer, football, swimming, basketball, dance, and volleyball. I truly enjoy working for Moving Forward as I feel passionate not only for the clients, but for their families as well. The work is rewarding and we have a great team to work with.

David Grugger,

Hauler and Mover. David served for 30 years in the United States Air Force and retired in 2012. David really enjoys helping get seniors settled into their new homes. David also loves traveling with his wife, fishing, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers!

Sue Hemling

Senior Move Manager Assistant. After working in the nonprofit community for over 15 years, connecting with Moving Forward is a fabulous way to be a part of an organization providing a valuable service. Working with our clients and their families allow me to continue to do meaningful work which I thoroughly enjoy.

Mara S. Jensen

Senior Move Manager who is also NASMM trained. I have been working with seniors for over 15 years. I have been with Marianne in the forging of Moving Forward almost since the very beginning, and in Marianne’s own words….”is her right-hand girl.” Having owned and operated my own Senior Move Manager business, I am well-versed in the daily operations of what it takes to be a successful Senior Move Manager. Working for Moving Forward allows me to concentrate on the aspects of the business that are dearer to me –working directly one-on-one with seniors rather than spending her time on administrative duties. “I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of the work that I do with Marianne and the crew at Moving Forward. I Love my job! What I do though, is more than just a job – it is what gives my life purpose. “When I take time away from Moving Forward to pursue other activities, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors – most particularly anything to do with being in, on, or around water. Having a degree in Graphic Design, schooling in Communication, Education and Child Development, I utilize these experiences in my everyday life and also in other topics of interest that I enjoy – including (but not limited to!); reading, painting, photography, entomology, and rabbits. For years, my husband, Andrew, and I have lived with a menagerie of pet rabbits. Now we enjoy the quiet calm of a pet free house!

Bill Johnson

Hauler and Mover. Bill retired a NYPD detective and was one of the many first to respond to the World Trade Center Disaster on September 11th. Bill enjoys working with clients and appreciates the ability to assist them when possible.

Kim Miller

Senior Move Manager Assistant. I am a retired school psychologist having worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Moving Forward allows me to continue to support individuals in midst of change. I have four great adult children and a loving husband.

Kathy Mullen

Administrative Assistant. My love of housing started in Milwaukee as a renovator. I enjoyed fixing up homes in a city with such beautiful architecture and creating a better space for people where they live. After enjoying several years as a stay-at- home parent to our three great kids, I decided to re-enter the work force in a different area of the housing field. My position at Moving Forward allows me to meet wonderful seniors as they begin their downsizing journey and provide behind-the-scenes support for them and my coworkers.

Karen Nartowicz

Senior Move Manager and Mover. I am one of the first employees hired at fast growing Moving Forward! After working over 15 years in administration I found Marianne! I love the ambitious and kind management style of this company as well as the rewards that come with helping the senior population. I am so fortunate to be part of such a wonderful team of people. When I am not helping seniors move forward, you can find me traveling, biking, skiing, walking my dog or in yoga classes. I love the active lifestyle!


Pat SmithSenior Move Manager. This is my reentry into the working world after about a 14 year hiatus, during which time I was the “at home parent” with my son and daughter. One of the reasons my “at home” situation stretched out so long is that I am one of the so called “sandwich generation”–my husband David and I had our children when we were older and at the same time ended up caring for our aging parents. I didn’t know it then, but during that intense time I was gaining knowledge, skills and compassion for my job at Moving Forward. My prior work experience is in both wholesale distribution and retailing of natural foods. My education is in Art and English Literature. My family and I are outdoor enthusiasts–we are into hiking, skiing, bicycling and swimming. I love to experience new people and places so I travel as time and money permit. I am an avid reader and I like word games. As an artist, I make mosaics and handmade ceramic tile (among other things). My favorite thing about my job? Our fabulous clients and my dedicated and capable coworkers!

Julie Stein

Senior Move Manager Assistant. I am a retired elementary physical elementary teacher. I have three adult children and am married to a semi-retired music teacher. I am originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin. My favorite hobbies are swimming, gardening and practicing yoga. I volunteer for the Overture Center and for Agrace Hospice East Thrift Shop. I enjoy working part-time, especially for Moving Forward because I find the work interesting, challenging and rewarding.

Wendy Stoker

Senior Move Manager. I am married with two sons. I worked in the insurance agency for 40 years before retiring. Then I heard about this wonderful company and knew I wanted to work here and help people move forward later in their life.

Kate Thompson-Feirn

Senior Move Manager Assistant. I have been working for Moving Forward since 2016. I am a retired counselor/realtor/teacher and current yogi/reiki master! I love my Moving Forward family and friends. Looking forward to “moving forward” with this great company.