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North & Central Whidbey Women IN BUSINESS


Melissa Chinn, DO

Harriet Berg

Melissa Chinn, DO practices Obstetrics and Gynecology at Island Women’s Healthcare in Coupeville. Dr. Chinn attended Medical School at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Internship and Residency at University of Nevada School of Medicine. Dr. Chinn is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology and is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Dr. Chinn provides complete obstetric and gynecological care as well as traditional and minimally invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

• Tax Return Preparation • Military - Daycare Taxes • Payroll - Accounting • Small Business Consulting • Retirement Planning • IRS Audit Assistance

Enrolled Agent

OB/GYN Surgeon

Island Women’s Healthcare 360-678-0831 201 Birch St., Coupeville

Cherita Koetje, CIC Insurance Agent

Cherita grew up in Oak Harbor and has been working in the insurance industry since 1965. She holds a Property and Casualty license and has been a member of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) since 1980.

Lorriane Stecher, CIC, CISR Insurance Agent

31975 SR 20, Suite 5 Oak Harbor


Lorriane has been residing in Oak Harbor since 2000 and has been working in the insurance industry since 2002. She holds a Property and Casualty license and has been a member of the CIC Society since 2012.

Kasia Pierzga

Geri Morgan,

Kasia has a passion for newspapers. She feels they are critical to the success of the American system of democracy, and a key driver for the local economy. “Your community newspaper is the most effective way for you to reach your local audience,” she says. Kasia was the owner and publisher of The Whidbey Examiner before she sold the paper to Sound Publishing and became publisher of all three Whidbey papers. She has a background in marketing, public relations and journalism, and when she’s not on the job she loves to spend time exploring Whidbey’s many beautiful trails with her dogs, Theo and Zephyr.

Your Real Estate Professional



107 S Main St, Ste E101 Coupeville, WA 98239

360.678.8060 360.675.6611

Geri Morgan has been in the real estate sales profession for over 28 years, and a resident of Whidbey Island since 1969. Helping another person relocate to or on our beautiful island is always such a pleasure. What better job could there be than helping someone find paradise?

415 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor 360-675-5915 ext. 227

32195 SR 20 Oak Harbor 360.675.6114

Voted in top 3 BeSt oF WHidBeY 2012 Accounting & tax preparation Different location - Same expertise.

Owner & Office Manager

Family Dermatology Co.


205 S Main St., Building B Coupeville, WA 98239

Becky, along with her husband, Reese Bliek, MPAS, PA-C opened Family Dermatology just over a year ago. Together they have built a business that can deal with all dermatology issues such as treatment of acne, psoriasis, hair/nail disorders, skin cancer or even MOHS surgery. They are honored to offer the communities of Whidbey Island a full service facility.

Natasha Rodriguez

Cheryl Kuss

Natasha Rodriguez helps her husband Jose Rodriguez operate El Cazador Mexican Grill and Cantina. Natasha brings her creativity to the El Cazador team through graphic design, marketing and menu planning. El Cazador continues to provide a relaxing family oriented atmosphere where customers can enjoy great Mexican cuisine- a tradition rooted deeply within their culture. They boast a collection of over 50 artisan tequilas, and hold formal tastings several times a year. Visit on Tuesdays to learn all about tequila and taste at half price!

Cheryl came to Whidbey with her husband in 2005 and joined Burley’s in 2006. Cheryl began her career in funeral service in 1979 at Floral Hills in Lynnwood. She has always enjoyed working with families. In her words, “if we can make it a little easier for families at one of the worst times in their life, then we have fulfilled our mission.” Cheryl and her husband, Dick, live in Greenbank. They enjoy playing with their grandkids, and fishing/crabbing in the waters of Puget Sound in their boat. Cheryl is a breast cancer survivor of 7 years. Cheryl’s motto is “one day at a time and never look back.”

Second Generation Owner

Back Row: Cathy West, Joanne Skaar, Patty Fakkema, Mandy Murdock, Clair Sorenson Front Row: Debbie Tesch, Marissa Skaar, Delilah Steele, Holly Lucas, Susie Thompson

1080 N.E. 7th Ave. 360-679-5055 1-800-829-5263

The special benefit is becoming not only their “Realtor” but their “friend” as well. When asked if she liked what she did her reply was “There is no profession I would rather be in or any other place I’d rather live.”

Since 1979 • By Appointment

Becky Bliek


Trust your title and escrow needs with these ladies!

Let our friendly and experienced staff assist you with your escrow and title needs.

2171 W. Beach Rd. Oak Harbor 360-929-0495

Funeral Director

Burley Funeral Chapel, Inc. 30 SE Ely Street Oak Harbor 360-675-3192

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Sue Blouin CIC, ACSR

Insurance Agent

Koetje Insurance

Division of Whitfield’s United Insurance Agencies, Inc.

Sue has been a licensed insurance agent for 38 years serving Whidbey Island. She has been with Koetje Insurance for 24 years. She is experienced in writing all lines of insurance including business, contractors, bonds, auto, home, motorcycle, boat and recreational vehicles. Sue welcomes and looks forward to handling the insurance needs of the Island County community where she has been a resident for 43 years. Please give Sue a call.

775 NE Midway Blvd 675-5916 • 800-873-8606

Forever Pretty Oak Harbor & Coupeville 360-672-4459

Dawn Hesselgrave

Branch Business Services provides busy business owners with the image amenities, support and organization of an office without the attendant costs, staff and hassles.

107 S. Main St. STE C102 Coupeville 360-678-7543

Patty Henderson Barbara Bourg Co-owners

We have been in business for over 20 years in Oak Harbor, first on Pioneer Way as Oak Harbor Antique Mall and now on Bayshore Drive as Shady Ladies Antiques. The owners may have changed but the great variety of finds remains the Shady Ladies’ same. We accommodate 15 different antique dealers in our huge store and feature a 656 SE Bayshore Drive, Ste 5 large assortment of antiques, Oak Harbor vintage collectibles and (Next to Drivers License Office) interesting gift items.

(360) 679-1902

Robyn Kolantis

Consultations are Free. Doctor Referred & Recommended!

Raised in Spokane, I moved here with my husband who graduated from OHHS. I fell in love with the scenery, community spirit and family friendly environment. We started O & R Construction, and now, have three children. I can’t imagine living or working anywhere else. This year we opened Whidbey Party Store, Inc., We are happy to provide our community with affordable products to celebrate the important times in their lives. We provide special things that make every party extraordinary. Despite the difficult economy we all face today, you can still have festive celebrations. We stock over 3500 items. Thank you to our great customers

State Licensed Instructor and Technician with 20 years’ experience in the art of Permanent Cosmetics. She is referred by 4 Plastic Surgeons in the State. Degree in Psychology & a minor in Health. Specializing in Para-Medical Procedures Micro Needling treatment for all types of scars & 3-D Areola Restoration for breast cancer survivors. Correction of unwanted ink using removal & camouflage. Coupeville Certified PCC Training Center is where she trains & certifies students from all over the United States. She also has location at 1105 NE 3rd Avenue in Oak Harbor. Forever Pretty has been serving Whidbey Island for 10 years & plans many more. We love the community & the island is home.

Co-Owner Whidbey Party Store, Inc. O & R Construction, LLC.

270 SE Cabot, Ste 2 Oak Harbor 360-544-3068

June Blouin

Dr. Kristine L. Jarrell

June has been in the restaurant business for 10 years. She has owned and operated the Coupeville Bistro for one year and spent the previous nine in Seattle. She holds a BA in business, has trained with professional chefs and taken various training classes. Coupeville Coffee and Bistro offers a variety of coffee and beverages along with breakfast, lunch and bakery items. She is well known for her Mussel Chowder which won the Coupeville Mussel Festival award this year. June loves living on Whidbey with her husband Shawn Blouin and raising their two children.

Kristine L. Jarrell, Au. D. has been providing audiology services for children, adults, and seniors here on Whidbey Island for 17 years. In July of 2011 she assumed ownership of Hearing Health Services, established in 1999, which is conveniently located in Coupeville. By owning her own business, Dr. Jarrell is now able to offer her patients the type of care that is focused on individual needs and finding affordable solutions for their hearing problems. She is sensitive to how hearing loss affects her patient’s lifestyle and takes pleasure in providing them with gentle, heartfelt care in a comfortable environment. Call her for an evaluation or stop by the office, she will be happy to help you hear again.


Virtual Office Services Business Owner

Dawn brings more than 20 years of accounting and administrative experience in both public and private sectors to her clients. This experience allows her to offer a number of services to you, including: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Phone Services and Secretarial Services, along with many other basic office services.

Tammy Kelly, PCC

200 S. Main Street Coupeville 360-682-5832

Owner & Audiologist

107 S Main St, Ste A102, Coupeville (360) 678-1423

Holly Reynolds

Gloria Carothers

THANK YOU to my friends, former and current clients (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!) for your friendship, repeat business and referrals.

Gloria Carothers came to Oak Harbor 57 years ago and has owned her jewelry store for the past 21 years. The Jewelry Gallery specializes in distinctive diamond, gemstone and estate jewelry. We carry Northern Washington’s largest selection of Pandora Jewelry. In addition, we offer custom designs, expert repairs, appraisals, and carry fine vintage and estate jewelry. Now Accepting Quality Consignments. We Buy Gold, Silver, Coins, Diamonds and Estate Jewelry.


Real Estate Advisor

Because of YOU, I am blessed to be able to do what I love helping people buy and sell real estate in this beautiful place.

415 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor I am honored to be your 360-675-5915 ext. 226 trusted real estate advisor.

830 SE Pioneer Way Oak Harbor 360-679-3700

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Alicia Capsey Rogers, ND Co-Owner & Operator

Whidbey Naturopathic Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

840 SE Bayshore Dr., # 201 Oak Harbor 360-679-8946 WHIDBEY ISLAND NATUROPATHIC

Dr. Capsey has been practicing on Whidbey for almost 10 years. Her specialties are healthy aging, stress management, energy enhancement, hormone balance, weight management, digestive health, blood sugar management, and immune balance. She does well woman and well child exams, conventional and alternative labwork, and takes many insurances. She is a doc who will take time and listen.


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Whidbey General Hospital 360-678-6799 205 S. Main Street, Bldg A Coupeville

Mary L. Oman, MD is a General Surgeon practicing at WGH Surgical Services. Dr Oman graduated Medical School from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She completed her Internship and Residency at the University of South Carolina Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. She is Board Certified in General Surgery and has a Fellowship in Breast Diseases from the South Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Center. She holds advanced training and specialization in benign and malignant diseases of the breast and minimally invasive General Surgery procedures. Dr. Oman also specializes in surgical management of melanomas and complex burns, wounds, infections, as well as upper and lower GI Endoscopies.

Starla Smit

Bonnie Wallin, CISR

Starla is the Coupeville Clinic’s newest provider! A board-certified physician assistant, Starla is working with Dan Fisher, MD to provide competent, compassionate and comprehensive healthcare. The Coupeville Clinic, a primary care internal medicine practice, welcomes new patients daily. Starla is a graduate of Saint Francis University’s Master of Physician Assistant program, certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, and a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Originally from Whatcom County, Starla is delighted to now call Whidbey Island home, and is enjoying the natural beauty, outdoor experiences, art venues, historic sites, and great people!

Bonnie is a long time resident of Whidbey Island and a licensed insurance agent for thirteen years. She writes all lines of insurance coverage and specializes in personal lines including home, auto, motorcycle, recreational vehicle and umbrella policies. Bonnie enjoys providing peace of mind to clients for the unpredictable events that happen. She represents many companies ensuring you receive the best rate and coverage. If you would like to review your coverage and premiums, give Bonnie a call.

Insurance Agent

Physician Assistant

202 North Main Street Coupeville


Koetje Insurance

Division of Whitfield’s United Insurance Agencies, Inc.

775 NE Midway Blvd 675-5916 • 800-873-8606

Lynette “Lyn” Bankowski NMLS UNiqUe ideNtifier #304060

Assistant Vice President Senior Mortgage Loan Originator Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

(360) 969-5550 (866) 752-7500

WaShiNgtoN CoNSUMer LoaN CoMpaNy LiCeNSe #CL-157293

Gail Rognan

Seasha Hassett

Cathy George

Gail Rognan moved to Whidbey Island over a year ago. She loves helping her advertising clients become more successful and also teaches college online as a Visiting professor. She writes poetry, does restorative yoga and loves walking on the beach with her dog, Spark.

I am a small business owner of a unique kind of business in which I am grateful for, I get to experience different projects everyday I come to work. Custom Engraving now also carries Custom Embroidery in which we just brought in a few years ago. I have owned my shop for 7 years and worked here before that for 4 years but this place has been around since 1979. I have lived in Oak Harbor for 31 years and graduated from OHHS in 1997.

Cathy is the friendly face families see when they come through the doors. She has an extensive background in office work and most importantly, customer service. She is a compassionate lady who embraces the caring attitude Burley’s is known for. Cathy is very involved in the community through the Oak Harbor Education Foundation and Soroptimist Club to name a few. She heads up Burley’s project “A Little Piece of Home,” sending packages to sailors, marines and soldiers in war zones. She also is very adept at producing high quality printed products in the Key Memories Collection of folders, bookmarks and more.

Marketing Representative

107 S Main St, Ste E101 Coupeville, WA 98239 360.675.6611

Rates are great for home mortgages and refinances. Call today!


360-675-8913 919 Ault Field Rd Oak Harbor

Office Manager

Burley Funeral Chapel, Inc. 30 SE Ely Street Oak Harbor 360-675-3192

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Shelli Trumbull

Agency Owner/Agent

Shelli has over 27 years experience in the insurance industry. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor and an Accredited Customer Service Representative. The knowledge she has gained and maintains with these designations allows her to provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your insurance needs. She is proud to have included in the Best of Whidbey every year since starting her business. Giving back to the community, you will see her participating at community events. As an Independent Insurance Agent, Shelli can offer you a 404 S Main St, Coupeville variety of quotes through multiple companies. Call her or stop by 360-682-2162 the office when you need a local, experienced, professional agent to safegaurd your assets.


107 S. Main St. • Coupeville

(360) 675-1444

975 W. Ault Field Road Oak Harbor

After moving back to Whidbey Island two years ago, I began working for the Whidbey News Group as an Advertising Representative and have served as the Advertising Sales Manager for the past year. I bring 19 years of experience in marketing, sales, and management and am thankful to be in a position that allows me to serve the local businesses and community members of Whidbey. A copy of the Whidbey News-Times was always in my house growing up, I am honored to be a part of it today.

Leah and her husband, Steve purchased the business from his father in 1996. Martin’s Auto Electric has been a mainstay in Oak Harbor for over 50 years specializing in full service, quality maintenance & repairs, and keeping the island moving. In 2004, Martin’s Auto Electric moved to their current location on Midway, Oak Harbor’s “other Main St.”

Joan Huffman

Hazel Welliver

Joan Huffman began working for Jones Accounting Associates as a bookkeeper and tax preparer in April 2011. Joan has associate degrees in accounting and business administration. After completing 21 years in the United States Navy, Joan and her husband decided to remain on Whidbey Island. Joan volunteered as a financial counselor with Navy Marine Corps Relief Society and was a VITA tax preparer. Her favorite part of the job is the interaction with the clients and being a member of the team that was voted “Best Accountant” for the Best of Whidbey contest. She enjoys being a part of a company that strives for excellence. When you work with Joan, you are assured of confidentiality, integrity, and excellence in customer.

Hazel Welliver is the new Executive Director at Harbor Tower Village. Having worked at the facility in several roles for more than five years, Hazel replaces Ann Votava-Stiles, who recently transferred to a sister property, Country Meadows, in Sedro Woolley. Hazel was selected for the position based on her strong leadership skills, compassion and commitment to quality. Many people know Hazel from her longtime position as Inventory Control at Oak Harbor Safeway, from which she retired in 2006. “I am honored and excited to be in this new role at HTV,” said Hazel. “The residents have enriched my life and I look forward to continuing to make theirs more interesting and comfortable.” Hazel and her husband Steve are long time Oak Harborites. They have three children, five grand-children and three great-grandchildren. In her spare time, Hazel enjoys crafting, hiking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Executive Director

Harbor Tower Village



100 East Whidbey Ave. Oak Harbor

Debbie Brundage

Sarah Sharp

Always present to greet customers and assist with their financial needs, Debbie is the owner and operator of ALot Of Rings-N-Things Pawnshop and Retail store. She’s been serving the community of Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island for 20 plus years. We provide services such as watch batteries, cd and dvd disc repairs.We have one of the largest inventories of fine jewelry for sale. We now are a FFL and can meet your needs for firearms She has lived in Oak Harbor since 1986 when her husband was stationed with the Navy and retired from the navy in 1988. In her spare time she enjoy camping and riding trike with the local V.F.W. Riders & the Patroit Guard Riders, and spending time with her 3 grandsons.

For Sarah Sharp, opening Whidbey Natural Pet was the culmination of her many passions. Animals and health being foremost amongst them. Whidbey Natural Pet is a family run business geared towards helping people keep their pets in prime health to further the positive relationship between people and their animal companions. Sarah believes a business can speak loudly through it’s purchasing decisions. We support our local economy, and that of the United States. The shop works with Oasis for Animals, to help the Islands homeless pets by fostering cats and kittens in the store while they look for their forever home.



Leah Abrahamse

Advertising Sales Manager

Accountant & Tax Preparer

1199 SE DOCK STREET OAK HARBOR WA 98277 (360) 675-3030

Lee Ann Mozes




152 NE Midway Blvd Oak Harbor Family Owned & Operated since 1959

Committed to customer service and smooth home loan transactions. Call today!

DeRhonda Porter

NMLS UNiqUe ideNtifier #94118

Senior Mortgage Loan Originator

(360) 679-5652 (866) 752-7500

WaShiNgtoN CoNSUMer LoaN CoMpaNy LiCeNSe #CL-157293

Jill Johnson

Executive Director



105 S. Main St Coupeville, WA, 98239

Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

32630 SR 20 • Oak Harbor 360.675.3755

Serving her sixth year as the Executive Director, she was raised on Whidbey Island and is a proud graduate of OHHS. The Chamber highlights the best of Oak Harbor and all of Whidbey Island, the staff takes pride in helping people discover the uniqueness of Island living. Each year the Chamber, in partnership with their member businesses, funds the 4th of July Fireworks Display, supports Military Appreciation, and organizes Holland Happening. The Chamber’s main focus is advocating for a healthy economic climate where businesses can thrive. Their goal is to connect local businesses with potential customers, raise awareness of the value of investing in the local economy, and fostering long-term relationships with local leaderships to ensure economic sustainability and jobs.

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“Raising The Standard In Dental Care”

Kirk Kallander, DDS Creating Beautiful Smiles

20 SW 8th Street Oak Harbor 360-240-0800

We have a new hygienist! Tracy, who had been our hygienist since Dr. Kallander’s office opened in 2004, has moved to Portland with her husband. She did an excellent job managing our hygiene department and our patients will miss her. Before leaving, Tracy hand-picked Lisa to take her place, knowing that she has the same goals for our patients as well as a gentle touch and a compassionate, outgoing personality. Lisa was raised in Sequim and appreciates the feel of ‘community’ here in Oak Harbor. Her priority is to make her patients feel as comfortable as possible while helping them achieve their oral hygiene goals. Katherine, our office manager, has been managing in the dental field since 1993. She is also a ‘plank owner’ in our office and has been instrumental in keeping the office running smoothly and efficiently.

Marian Wall

Sales & Administrative

Les Schwab Tire Center 31720 SR 20 Oak Harbor 360-679-1535

Barbara Counts

Mailliard’s Landing Nursery 679-8544

3068 N. Oak Harbor Rd. Oak Harbor

Barbara Counts has been with Mailliard’s Landing Nursery since 2008. With a horticulture degree from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in MA., she brings to M.L.N. 30 years of nursery knowledge. If you haven’t been to M.L.N lately, you need to stop in and see how we’ve grown to be Whidbey Island’s most complete landscape supply store. Barbara and staff are here to answer all your landscape questions. And be sure to stop in the office to check out all the new garden supplies and decor that we now carry!

360-639-4222 90 SE Pioneer Way Oak Harbor

1811 NE 16th Ave. #A Oak Harbor 360-675-3447

You’re Insured. But Are You Protected?

Iverson Insurance 466 NE Midway Blvd Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Phone: (360) 675-5978 Fax: (360) 675-5986

Angela Wood

Raised in Oak Harbor and a graduate of OHHS, she now proudly works for KeyBank combining her financial industry knowledge with her past experience in title insurance and property management. She also worked for an upcoming local realtor’s office as an agent, before starting her career in banking. With her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, she is serving her Community as the trusted advisor for consumer and business clients including assistance with retirement planning and college savings. As the daughter of a retired veteran and a devoted military spouse with 4 children, she understands military life and its challenges. She is a volunteer with Junior Achievement and recently completed a Certification Program as a Financial Educator with KeyBank’s “Learn and Earn” financial literacy curriculum. She believes strongly in financial literacy and its place in today’s economy to create sustainability locally and globally.

Angela loves developing professional relationships with her clients. Her up beat and creative personality lend a hand when it comes to creating and tailoring advertising plans that fit the unique needs of each individual business. Angela is a Navy wife and has been married to her husband, Robin for over 10 years. Angela has two cute and energetic girls. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, scrapbooking, gardening, fishing, and crabbing. She is active with Relay for Life, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the PTA.

Owner and Agent

Landry State Farm Insurance 31775 St Rte 20, Ste B3 Oak Harbor (360) 675-4345

We understand that insurance can feel complicated – and we believe everyone’s needs are different. Let us help you select and the right insurance coverage for your family. From auto, home, and life to business and bonds – we are here to make sure you are protected. We have competitive rates and excellent service! Call us today for a free quote or complimentary review.

Chastity Webster

Karmin Landry


Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation llc

Kim Jaeger Staniford, Patty Sacco, Kristy Miller, and Mimi Iverson Johnson (from left to right)

Marketing Representative

Licensed Relationship Manager

Martha Wallin Martha Wallin is an Oak Harbor native. She and husband Gary are the owners of Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation in Oak Harbor, the island’s newest and only locally owned-full service funeral home and crematory. The funeral home has a large reception area, kitchen facilities and also a separate pet cremation facility. Martha is a funeral director intern as well as office manager. In order to devote more time to the family run business she recently retired from the Oak Harbor School District where she served for 22 years as the Community Resources Coordinator. Martha serves families in all capacities of funeral service and along with Gary represent over 50 years of personalized funeral service to the residents of Whidbey Island. “We consider it a great honor to serve the families in our community”

Marian started at Les Schwab Tire Center in May of 1990. Her main responsibility is customer service, sales, scheduling appointments, daily bookkeeping, ordering supplies, directing phone calls, accounts payable & receivable, overseeing the customer waiting area and computer training for the crew.

Karmin opened her State Farm agency in November, 2009. She understands insurance can be confusing (and frustrating!) so she goes the extra mile to make sure her clients understand their coverage options and always get best in class service.


107 S. Main St. • Coupeville

Friendly, caring expertise for first-time homebuyers. Call today! Dawn Tennant

NMLS UNiqUe ideNtifier #305224

Senior Mortgage Loan Originator

(360) 679-9755 (866) 752-7500

WaShiNgtoN CoNSUMer LoaN CoMpaNy LiCeNSe #CL-157293

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Sharon Giberson and Jean Matheny help Chef Dan Saul mix soup early Tuesday morning in preparation for the day’s lunch. The Soup Kitchen in Langley is expected to serve its 1,000th lunch this Thursday.

Langley’s Soup Kitchen celebrates its 1,000th community lunch served BY JUSTIN BURNETT Staff reporter


he Soup Kitchen in Langley will celebrate a remarkable milestone Thursday when volunteers dish up a free community lunch for the 1,000th time. Group officials say it’s impossible to know just how many people have been fed since the kitchen’s inception nearly 10 years ago, but a rough calculation of the number of free meals served simmers around 110,000. Each of those meals was the result of volunteer efforts and with donations, both food and monetary, from the community. “It’s a God thing,” said Sharon Giberson, a Clinton resident and an organization

founder. Giberson started the soup kitchen with Connie Angst in 2003. At first, the pair was thinking about volunteering at a mission in Everett, but instead decided to form one of their own in Langley. They approached the CMA Church’s board, now The Island Church of Whidbey, for the OK to hold the lunches in their kitchen, and gathered volunteers from the church’s beacon group. Deciding to hold two lunches a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, the pair worked with four or five volunteers and served crowds of about 30 people, Giberson recalled. That number has since swelled considerably. Today, lunch attendance often numbers up to 150

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people, though the average over the years is believed to hover around 110. Some past special events have seen turnouts greater than 250, however. According to Jean

Matheny, not everyone who shows up are those in need. The event has become a community affair and many just come to catch up with friends and neighbors, she said. “We’ve found that a lot

of people come just to be social,” Matheny said. Matheny took over the Thursday lunch for Angst a number of years ago. She cooks, organizes and oversees the day’s activities but, as is often the case with loose volunteer organizations, she doesn’t have a formal title. Neither does Giberson. “They’ve (the volunteers) been calling me Soup Kitchen Mom,” Giberson laughed. “I don’t know if Jean wants that title or not.” Both women rely heavily on their teams of volunteers, which fluctuate between eight and 10 people. People like Chef Dan Saul, Sally Berry, Saul Kitz and many more are what make the whole thing possible. “We couldn’t do this without the volunteers; they are just fantastic,” Matheny said.

Saul, a nine-year soup kitchen veteran, said his service comes down to a few simple things. First and foremost, he’s a man born for the kitchen. “I love to cook,” Saul said. But cooking for pleasure isn’t the only reason he volunteers. The pot has been made all the sweeter by the people he’s met along the way. It’s those relationships that keep him coming back again and again. South Whidbey residents, the business community and non-profit groups also deserve credit. People bring in produce from their gardens, Payless Food Store and the Clinton Food Mart donate food, and Good Cheer food bank pretty much gives the Soup Kitchen whatever it needs. “Everybody in the community contributes,” Giberson said. “It’s amazing.” Thursday’s lunch is from noon to 1:30 p.m. and is held at the church on Sixth Street and Cascade Avenue. On the menu will be pot roast, veggies, and of course, soup. Both chicken noodle and tomato bisque will be served.

North & Central Whidbey Women IN BUSINESS


The Business Women of Winderemere

Jennifer Wynn

Windermere Agent

Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island

5 South Main Street Coupeville (206) 713-9678

Choosing priorities when marketing a property is as important as choosing the right price. With over 22 years of Interior Design Consulting, Architecture and Building experience, I can offer you the unique opportunity to work with an agent who really understands buildings and design, inside and out. Where is the best place to invest before selling? Making choices – from what color to repaint, how to update your home, or staging and photography - the options can be confusing when trying to sell your home. I can help. If you are searching to buy, I have the design skills to help you see the true potential in a property, and the practical construction experience to help you avoid the ‘money pit’.

Judith Zapanta-Borras

Tina Wieldraayer


Honest, Ambitious and Ready to work for YOU! As a potential client, you may be wondering where to start, who to start your Real Estate process with, and how to go about making the right selection. As an agent, I believe I can make your real estate experience simple, easy, honest and fun. As a life-long resident of Whidbey Island, I have extensive knowledge of the areas, and can provide you with useful information, tips and advice throughout your entire process. This isn’t just a career for me, it’s my livelihood and I believe that makes the difference when selecting someone to represent you in any of your transactions in life – especially Real Estate.

Windermere Agent

Managing Broker

A Reputation for Excellence!


Cell 360-914-7759 Other 360-675-1707

32785 SR 20, Ste 4 • Oak Harbor This office is independently owned and operated

For 34 years, Judith has helped hundreds of clients with real estate transactions. She is a consistent Top Ranking Level Producer because of her Priority Care for her Customers Needs & Satisfaction. She provides professional service with honesty, reliability and dependability. Her knowledge and expertise assure constant consistent service. She is also dedicated and committed to the satisfaction of her clients. This has ranked her as one of the leading realtors in Oak Harbor since 1989. CALL OR SEE HER TODAY.

Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island

32785 State Route 20 Oak Harbor (360) 672-0058

Profile for Sound Publishing

Women in Business - North and Central Whidbey 2012 edition  


Women in Business - North and Central Whidbey 2012 edition