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.

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!


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 Smith

Senior 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.






Tom Thrun

Customer Service. Tom Thrun, recently retiring a bit early at age 63, came to Moving Forward after 11 years as a customer service/sales rep for Inkworks, Inc., a locally-owned printshop in downtown Stoughton. Tom helped to expand Inkwork’s customer base in the greater Dane County area, particularly giving great customer service to other small businesses and non-profit organizations when It came to printing and often bulk mailing office stationery, brochures and marketing materials for special fundraisers.

“Customer service and working in local communities has been rewarding over my last 40 years of employment,” said Tom, “and that’s why I am excited to be part of the Moving Forward team as it grows, as well.”

Tom and his wife, Peggy, recently relocated to Oconomowoc, where both Peggy and he will be working from home. Tom specifically will be helping Moving Forward expand its services to seniors and their families in and around his new home community.

Raised on a rural McFarland/Cottage Grove farm, Tom early developed a love for farming, gardening, fishing, hunting, cooking, reading and writing poetry, and singing. Tom and his twin sister began singing in a local Lutheran Church cherub choir and continued all the way through his senior year of college in the UW-Platteville Concert Choir, Men’s Glee Club and Madrigal. He has sung in church choir ever since, singing Messiah bass solos and the Star Spangled Banner for The Madison Mallards.

An English/Journalism grad, Tom began his career as a weekly newspaper editor in McFarland, Edgerton and then in Cheney, a small college community near Spokane, WA. With the birth of their first child, Natalie, the Thruns moved back to Wisconsin. Tom worked as a Director of Information for 10 years for a state-wide non-profit electric utility, then serving 27 municipal electric power communities throughout Wisconsin. This was followed by two-year stints in insurance/investment sales with Aid Association for Lutherans (now Thrivent Financial) and as the Dane County Director of The American Heart Association where he managed a fundraising gala and other Jump Rope for Heart and HOOPS for Heart programs in all of the county’s K-12 schools, public and private. His work also included six years as Family Counselor with Highland Memory Gardens near Cottage Grove and Sun Prairie Memory Gardens, working with families in their time of need and in preplanning.

Tom and Peggy added a son, Neil, to their family shortly after their return to Wisconsin. He is an art critic in Kansas City, while his daughter and her husband are the proud parents of two small grandsons in Wauwatosa. Besides being “Grandpa”, Tom also has added cheese and beer making to his interests.