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Theater owner gives back to her community

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A supplement to the Whidbey News-Times, The Whidbey Examiner and South Whidbey Record

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Helping others isn’t about charity, it’s about community Kate Daniel

South Whidbey Record

Lynn Willeford, activist, feminist, mother, spouse, friend, writer and co-owner of The Clyde, relocated to Whidbey Island from New England in the 1970s as a self-described “back to the lander” with a dream of building her own house in Langley. After completing the construction of the home she and her husband Blake still occupy today, she began setting the foundation for what would eventually become a strong community network of fellow philanthropists and activists working for a supportive South Whidbey community. Throughout the decades, Willeford and her husband have never stopped building upon and dreaming with the community they are so proud to call their own. Willeford founded and co-founded numerous respected organizations including Whidbey Island Local Lenders, Hearts and Hammers, Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund, the Back to School Project, Citizens for Sensible Development and Fair University.

In addition, she and Blake ensure visibility for budding local businesses with pre-movie raffles and introductions at The Clyde and volunteer with organizations such as Good Cheer, where Lynn works as “the spice girl” sorting and packaging spices for the food bank. This month, she and husband Blake are also building a home for their son and his family. “My husband calls me the idiot savant of activism,” she said with a laugh. “I see something that is missing and I try to do something to fill the gap.” The gap, Lynn said, is usually something simple. “[South Whidbey] was missing people who would help repair your home; it was missing people who would help with medical expenses; it was missing people who would help with back to school; and it was missing people who would help invest in your business,” said Willeford. “I am very simple. It is usually a simple need, a simple organization, and usually all volunteer.”

According to Willeford, the reciprocity of service is crucial. Rather than charity, she considers the work she does to be a sort of hand-up to the community. “I know how much it makes people feel good to help each other. That is the big thing to me is that it be a completely reciprocal relationship,” she said. “One year you might be a homeowner being helped by a team from Hearts and Hammers and the next year, you might be on the board of Hearts and Hammers. One year you might be donating to Friends of Friends and another year you might be helped by them...It happens all the time; I see people exchanging roles.” “The idea is that we’re not doing charity, we’re helping each other.” The reciprocity of her community giving continues at The Clyde theater, where Willeford, who began work at The Clyde approximately 40 years ago, continues to take tickets, tend to the snack bar, handle social media and payroll, greeting a bevy of friends old and new, occasionally introducing new local businesses

Photo by Kate Daniel/ South Whidbey Record

Lynn Willeford and her husband, Blake Willeford, own and operate Langley’s iconic Clyde Theater. with raffles before Saturday evening shows. Although their son took over many of the theater duties in September, Willeford said she and her husband have no plans to retire. “Blake and I will not be leaving; we are not retiring. We will be standing at the door at age 90, greeting

people with EasiReaders,” she said with a chuckle. Her personal philosophy, Willeford said, is best summed in a poem by Marge Piercy, “To Be of Use.” Its final two lines read: “The pitcher cries for water to carry, and a person for work that is real.”

Sylvan Learning Center Sharon Morehead Director

380 SE Pioneer Way, Ste 101 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-675-8010

It’s been another rough night on the homework front. Twenty minutes of homework has taken two hours and includes tears, battles with parents and everyone in the family is frustrated. Worst of all though, your child does not feel good about himself and his school abilities. “Homework challenges are really a symptom that something else is going on,” says Sharon Morehead, Director of the local Oak Harbor Sylvan Learning. “If children have mastered the three R’s—reading writing and arithmetic, they can and should be able to do their homework on their own.” Morehead should know. She was a Reading and Math Intervention Specialist in California with a degree in psychology. She working for the Oak Harbor School District for 4 years and began working at Sylvan Learning 7 years ago. “I am constantly hearing the problem with students in Oak Harbor not doing well is due to the fact that these students are children in families that relocate frequently, Morehead notes. Her response, “There are other reasons why children do not do well in school, not just because they moved around. We have students who attend Sylvan Learning who come with low confidence and demonstrated low capabilities and leave brimming with confidence and seriously improved skills.” Morehead maintains children thrive at Sylvan because of the way Sylvan Learning designs and executes its programs. “We believe education is everything and believe that learning should be personal. So, our programs are highly individualized and adaptive. Plus great teachers don’t just instruct and manage they inspire and motivate. Sylvan teachers are trained to do just that. Technology doesn’t teach, but technology accelerates learning because it is efficient and accurate. Sylvan incorporates technology to be able to deliver research-based curriculum that is protocol driven because results matter.” Morehead has a list of telltale clues that a child needs extra help with schooling. If any of these clues resonate in your household, call Sharon Morehead. “Teaching matters,” ends Morehead, “But we we do not capture children except by the heart.”

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m.c. brill

broker | realtor®


Let me help you make one of your most important decisions a positive experience.

Dawn brings ore than 20 years of accounting and administrative experience in both public and private sectors to her clients. Her business has been located on Whidbey Island for over 5 years.

• Committed to great service • Conscientious with extensive research, preparation and follow through

Dawn’s many clients have truly discovered peace of mind with all their business and office needs handled by Branch Business Services competent and friendly staff.

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Branch offers a number of services to you, including: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Telephone Answering Services and Secretarial Services, along with many other basic office services.

• Creative problem solving

360.969.9155 - mobile 360.331.6300 - office

You can always count on me when I work for you. Let’s get started!

18205 SR 525 - PO Box 760 Freeland, WA


Trust your title and escrow needs with these ladies!

Front Row: Delilah Steele, Kari Pittenridge

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

Second Row: Clair Sorenson, Patty Fakkema, Susie Thompson, Cindy Frydenlund, Holly Mathers, Jennie Rance

Third Row: Amanda Nesheim, Michele Kott, Melissa Goldman, Michelle VanGorder, Cathy West Let our friendly and experienced staff assist you with your escrow and title needs.


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Benefit from local, experienced, personalized, common-sense mortgage lending. Lyn Bankowski

NMLS Unique Identifier #304060 Assistant Vice President Senior Mortgage Loan Originator Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist

(360) 969-5550 mobile (360) 679-5633 office

Washington Consumer Loan Company License #CL-157293


Roxanne Reyes State Farm Agency:

Enrolled Agent

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

Mandy has 16 years of experience in tax preparation and resolution, including over six years working for the IRS in Bellingham, WA and Pensacola, FL. She feels blessed to have found Kathy Jones at Jones Accounting Associates. In 2014, Mandy saved Jones’ clients over one million dollars in taxes! These were taxes IRS was trying to collect, but the client didn’t owe. She enjoys helping clients work through the stress of tax preparation and resolving tax debts. Mandy focuses on alleviating that stress and creating confidence in accounting services. Mandy is married to CPO David San Angelo and lives in Oak Harbor with her two wonderful children and two fantastic dogs.

Roxanne Reyes, LTCP, FSS

My clients will always come first, they are the heart and soul of our business.

661 SE Fidalgo Avenue Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360.682.2121

We will out work and out service our competition, as well as being actively involved within our community providing high visibility. ALOHA!

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Windermere Real Estate Sharon Boyle

WINDERMERE: Judith Zapanta-Borras

Unparalleled Client Service Timely Comprehensive Professional

SERVING REAL ESTATE SINCE 1978 A Reputation for Excellence!

Managing Broker

Broker, Realtor®

For 36 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 and satisfaction.

Real Estate Business is about serving my Clients, both Buyers and Sellers and their dreams. Let me facilitate your arrival as a newcomer and introduce you to our wealth of local resources. If you are moving on to a new destination and new dreams, let me negotiate and assist with that process.

360-224-5266 5531 Freeland Ave, Freeland Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey

“Information and knowledge of the market, process and local sources for home related services......all this with a friendly helpful attitude.... Sharon was always on top of things and willing to go the extra mile.” “Sharon was wonderful from start to finish with negotiations, organization and communication. She is on top of all aspects.”


Cell 360-914-7759 Other 360-675-1707 32785 SR 20, Ste 4 • Oak Harbor


Realtor® My specialty is… listening to YOU!

June has been in the restaurant business for 12 years. She has owned and operated the Coupeville Bistro for three and a half years and spent the previous 10 years in Seattle. She holds a BA in business, has trained with professional chefs and taken various training classes.

Everyone buys or sells a home, or investment property for that matter, with one objective in mind.

Coupeville Coffee and Bistro offers a variety of coffee and beverages along with breakfast, lunch and bakery items. June is well known for her Mussel Chowder which won the Coupeville Mussel Festival award in 2012 and 2014. She enjoys living on Whidbey Island with her husband Shawn and raising their two children.


Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Marchele Hatchner


200 S Main Street Coupeville 360-682-5832

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.


Three decades of managing and selling real estate has taught me this is a process; my job is to help you sort through your options and determine the best steps to make a plan, YOUR plan, to upgrade your life!

Experience offers Perspective!



Careage of Whidbey: Trisha Vaughn

With 25 years of bookkeeping experience, Cindi provides a full range of financial management services from small businesses to busy individuals to older adults. Through a stream lined process, our company can save clients time and money while providing the same attention to detail and responsiveness as an in-house accounting department. We work with older adults who need assistance staying on top of paperwork and other daily tasks. We also assist busy professionals with balancing the demands of their limited time. We believe in personal, professional service, and keep in constant communication with you, our client, our most valuable asset.

I have known since elementary school that I wanted to be a nurse. I was inspired by observing a Hospice nurse provide loving care to my grandmother at the end of her life. Her compassion inspired me and I instantly knew I wanted my life to involve helping others.

Director of Nursing


NW Bookkeeping Services, LLC

dba Personal Financial Managers

Whidbey Island 360-807-5669

Bayshore Chiropractic: Dr. Dawn Keith-Madeiros

“Dr. Dawn”

(360) 675-1066 840 SE Bayshore Dr. #101 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 On the Oak Harbor Waterfront

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Dr. Dawn, as her patients call her, has been serving Oak Harbor since 1998. She has been honored with the Best of Whidbey 13 of those years. She practices manual hands-on and low-force adjusting techniques. Infants to elderly can benefit from her care with a simple and active self-care emphasis. A few of the numerous health conditions that can be helped with her unique combination of Chiropractic care, soft-tissue work and home instructions include: pregnancy symptoms, injuries sustained from sports, work or car accidents, bed wetting, carpal tunnel, shoulder tendonitis, headaches, TMJ, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, disc herniation, and knee pain. Dr. Dawn has active memberships in her State WSCA and National ACA associations, as well as within the local community. She is happily married to David Madeiros, owner of DK Flooring. She is a member of The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber, Living Word Oak Harbor Foursquare and spends her spare time traveling to Hawaii and spoiling her Bull Terrier Keli’i.

I have been working in Long Term Care for the past 19 years. My philosophy is that I want to work for a building that I would have my mother stay in.

311 NE 3rd Street, Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-2273

My accomplishments in life include being a proud Navy wife, mother of an amazing daughter and Director of an amazing Skilled Nursing Team. I have enjoyed serving my community as a prior Navy Ombudsman and currently as the Director of Nursing at Careage of Whidbey.


Ashley Perreault, Tina McLaughlin, Sue Patton, and Sandy Engen

With over 70 years in Real Estate experience The Women of Business

770 NE Midway Blvd at Chicago Title have the Oak Harbor, WA 98277 knowledge and expertise to handle (360) 675-0733 any type of Real Estate transaction. Especially yours!

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Prearrangement & Insurance Specialist

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.

Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation llc

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

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, represents 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”

Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation llc

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

Harriet Berg

Left : My name is Catherine Martin and this is my third year as a Tax Associate with H&R Block. Every client is unique and that motivates me to give them the best outcome. I like to tour our lovely Whidbey Island with a run.

Enrolled Agent

• Comprehensive Interview

• Fed and all States Tax Prep • Military Tax Specialists

Center: My name is Marion Davis and I am a General partner and Franchisee at your Local H&R Block for the past 10 years. I started working in my father’s tax office when I was 13 years old, and have been preparing tax returns for 18 years. I specialize in Tax Research and Small Business Tax returns. My hobbies include Jewelry crafting and Cooking.

Oak Harbor Office 1331 SW Barlow Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277


Open all year, call for hours

Right: My name is Stacey Chastain, I am a Military Tax Specialist. I have been with H&R Block and preparing tax returns for 8 years. I love helping people achieve financial goals through tax planning and accurate tax preparation. My hobbies include Gardening and Teaching Coupon classes.

Whether you are prearranging your funeral or merely protecting money to pay for your final expenses, Elaine Terry from Wallin Funeral Home is available to lend a helping hand and make each person feel comfortable through this process. Elaine, who holds a WA State Health and Life Insurance License, has been providing guidance for life ending expenses since 1993. She uses her knowledge to assist people in finding affordable solutions and create an individual funeral plan that is fitting with each family’s traditions. Wallin Funeral Home offers Forethought Pre-need insurance with Elaine serving as our representing agent. She also holds credentials for grief counseling and assists the funeral home with their grief support program. We know that when a loss occurs many areas are impacted. Elaine Terry considers it an honor to offer advice about personalizing your funeral service and supporting families through the first year of a loss.

• Small Business Consulting • Accounting & Payroll

• IRS Problem Resolution • Retirement Planning

2171 W. Beach Rd. Oak Harbor 360.929.0495

Since 1979 • By Appointment

VOTED IN TOP 3 BEST OF WHIDBEY 2012 Accounting & Tax Preparation Different location - Same expertise.


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Windermere Real Estate Carol Hanson

Windermere Real Estate Alicia Dietrich

With over three decades of real estate experience, I pride myself on effectively managing the ins and outs of today’s complicated transactions. You can count on my expertise, personalized service, grasp of real estate markets, seasoned judgement, and attention to detail.

I fell in love with Whidbey Island several years ago. One of the best decisions that I ever made was making Whidbey my home. Whidbey really is the best of all worlds and it provides me the opportunity to fulfill my desires of working in real estate and providing superior customer service. To me, it is all about building long lasting relationships, serving my client and helping them make their home dreams come true. Whether your life’s needs have changed or you are just curious about the market, I can be your resource. You may contact me directly at adietrich@ or 310-994-0073.

Broker, Realtor

Realtor, ABR, SRES, CNE

One of my Sellers recently described my work this way:


“Gracious, extremely astute, collaborative, continuously informative absolutely excellent!”

My goal is to provide all of my Buyers and all of my Sellers with a level of Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey service that warrants such an enthusiastic endorsement! 5531 Freeland Ave, Freeland

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Ana Maria d Nuñez Island County Treasurer

I was elected in November 2010. I am a CPA, with a Masters of Accounting & Financial Management, B.A. in Business Administration in Accounting, and 16+ years experience in Governmental Accounting, 9+ in the Treasurer’s office. I have decreased banking fees by >70%, receive property tax statements via email, payment of property taxes electronically, initiated a partial payment plan program for those at risk for Foreclosure or Distraint and Sale (a program being implemented by other Treasurer’s offices in Washington State), partnered with the Opportunity Council to provide funds to assist individuals whose property is at risk for Foreclosure (if criteria is met), and working on electronic Real Estate Excise Tax transactions (e-REET). My family made our home on Whidbey Island in 2003. I have an amazing husband, AMC Carlos D. Nuñez, Retired. We have two sons, graduates from Oak Harbor High School, who proudly continue the Military tradition. Carlos and I decided to make Whidbey Island our home after his Military retirement.

310-994-0073 5531 Freeland Ave, Freeland Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey

Gail Thomas, Manager Langley Good Cheer Open 7 Days A Week

Good Cheer Thrift Stores Robin Bell,Manager Good Cheer Two

Shopping to Feed Families

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Whidbey Inspiration:

Whidbey Water Services llc

Lynn Copeland & Karen Daughtry

Oak Harbor 360-639-8409

Whidbey Inspiration is three companies in one, offering Custom Embroidery, Alterations & Tailoring, and Custom Design Jewelry. Custom Embroidery: We specialize in company logos, gift orders, and with over 300,000 designs we can find you that perfect embroidery item. Brittany, our embroidery manager, makes samples in store. We can digitize your logo and create a sample for your approval. We also offer a take-home embroidery clothing catalog for you to review and choose at your leisure. Alterations & Tailoring: Lynn Copeland has 47 years experience, her motto is “If it has a Seam in it, I can Fix it.” She is experienced in knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, sewing, and multiple other crafts. We specialize in wedding and formal attire, military uniforms, and much more. Because of her love of horses, Lynn repairs horse blankets. We embroider horse pads, jackets, hats and logos for clubs. Custom Design Jewelry: One of a kind created by Karen Daughtry and Lynn Copeland. Using the finest gemstones, precious metals, and the world’s finest Swarovski Crystal. We specialize in jewelry for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, special occasions, gifts and more. We also offer minor jewelry repair. Come see us at 810 SE Pioneer Way, #102 in Oak Harbor. Review all the designs we offer, and let Whidbey Inspiration make your world a little more beautiful.

Whidbey Water Services is a business located in Freeland owned by Andy and Terri Campbell who manages Water and Sewer Districts, Water Associations and Homeowners Associations throughout Whidbey Island from Clinton through Oak Harbor. The staff of woman at Whidbey Water Services have many different responsibilities in all aspects in the support and function of Utility Management. From left to right in the back is Sophia Jennings (Jubilant Support), Keasha Jennings (Operations Support), Terri Campbell (Owner) holding Keakea (Greeter), Eloise Taylor (Administrative Support). From left to right in the front is Bev Chan (District Support) and Susan Radisch (Associations Support).

5421 Woodard Ave., Freeland 360-579-1956 •

Linda Casale

Whidbey Island’s Premier Windermere Realtor

When You Are Ready to Sell Call Linda Casale • Proven Track Record • Professional Presentations • Distinctive Marketing • Targeted Advertising • Personalized Service

Call or email for more information 360-331-5372 or 360-770-5550

Windermere Real Estate / South Whidbey


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Tina Wieldraayer-Provoncha Broker-Realtor




360-675-5953 • (360) 672-0058

Born and raised on Whidbey Island, with Dutch roots dating back decades, Tina Provoncha has an extensive knowledge of the community, its different areas and neighborhoods. That, combined with her real-estate know-how, she helps make the home-buying and selling processes stress-free and positive. “Listening to my clients, getting them in to their dream home, or out of their home quickly so they can move on to the next, is the thrill of my job,” said Tina. “I find the whole process fun and I always like a good challenge. 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.” Call or email Tina today. She’s always happy to answer questions and help with all of your real estate needs.


Nora Teri

WHIDBEY NEWS GROUP Whidbey News-Times • The Whidbey Examiner South Whidbey Record • Whidbey Crosswind


Windermere Property Management Cheryl Lueder

32785 SR 20, Suite #4 Oak Harbor 360-675-3329

Teri Mendiola, Nora Durand,

& Debbie Leavitt

Multimedia Sales Consultants

With more than 41 years combined multimedia sales experience, Teri, Nora and Debbie can assist with any type of marketing.

They enjoy giving back in the communities in which they live and are active volunteers in each of the Whidbey Island Chambers of Commerce, Oak Harbor Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Soroptimist. Give us a call today to get started on marketing your business.

Windermere Real Estate Kristen Stavros Broker, Realtor

Broker, Property Manager

Having lived in Oak Harbor for 32 years, I am familiar with all aspects of the city’s neighborhoods as well as other parts of the Island. My passion is real estate – I enjoy helping clients find the perfect rental to meet their needs, and also take great pride in helping home owners find the perfect renter. Owners and tenants alike can have peace of mind knowing I will go above and beyond to help ensure their rental home is taken care of as if it were my own. If you’re looking for a rental, or have decided to rent your home, please contact me; THE BEST OF you will not find a more WHIDBEY READERS CHOICE AWARDS dedicated, hardworking property manager.


Strong women… May we know them, May we raise them, May we be them.

360-720-4271 32785 SR 20, Suite 4 Oak Harbor

Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island is chock full of strong women both young and old. It is one of the reasons I love living here and raising a family here. Having worked all over Puget Sound and in every corner of this Island I know what living and working in this island community means and what each area can offer you. Let me help you with your next big life change. Whether this means finding you just the right home or understanding your property’s marketability, you will reach your goals. Love living here…

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We’re proud of the Women of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties

and we’d like to say ʻ�hank


for their hard work and commitment to their profession

Bayview Office

Tara Dodd Broker

Rita Nollette Broker

Diane Lantz Broker

Gail Pierce Broker

Alicia Alverson Broker

Jeanie Kieswetter Bookkeeper

Michelle Waltner Transaction Coordinator

Freeland Office

Charlene Arnold Broker

Marchele Hatchner Broker

Jean Henson Broker

Deborah Jones Broker

M.C. Brill Broker

Pam Mock Broker

Amber Nichols Broker

Christina Parker Broker

Jennifer Pearson Broker

Cathy Wilson Broker

Judy Nichols Office Coordinator

Diane Reed Advertising/IT

Oak Harbor Office

Victoria Buerger Broker

Ann Campbell Broker

Sheila Davies Broker/Manager

Maria Hulett Broker

Jan McKinney Broker

Elaine Taylor Office Coordinator


Freeland Ace Hardware

Rebecca Wagner, (Ind)

Candidate for Island County Auditor

Freeland Ace Hardware is owned by a woman, managed by women, and staffed by several women (and men in touch with their feminine side). We are locally owned and committed to being an active partner in our community.

Our philosophy is based on providing platinum customer service to every customer, every time. We strive to make every purchase a positive experience and welcome feedback when it isn’t.

We are here to help with all your do-it-yourself projects from paint to plumbing to planting a garden. Our staff is committed to providing an interesting product mix attractively displayed to make shopping on our island fun and easy. We thank you for your ongoing support and business.

1609 E. Main, Freeland 360-331-6799

Whidbey Island Fine Art Studio Cary Jurriaans, owner

813 Edgecliff Drive Langley, WA 98260 (206)571-0442 360-637-4690

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(WIFAS) is dedicated to providing education in high quality representational art for artists at every level. They offer classes and workshops led by nationally and internationally recognized instructors/artists. Whidbey Island FAS offers drawing and painting from still life, figure and landscape - studio and plein air. Our classes and workshops are small allowing for more individual attention and a personalized approach. WIFAS is close to spectacular landscapes, coastlines, farms and other viewpoints that provide inspiration. It is rich with art and culture and a beautiful rural landscape for creative inspiration. Many people who come to Whidbey say there is an energy about the place that is compelling. It is a place that draws you in and makes you never want to leave.

PO Box 1312 Coupeville 360-678-4013

Rebecca is a Magna cum Laude graduate with BS in both Accounting and Finance. She is a Licenced CPA with 3 years in public accounting; tax and audit. Rebecca has 25 years in Finance and Accounting management positions and 2 years as Chief Accountant for Skagit County Auditor’s office. She is currently Finance Director for Senior Services of Island County. Rebecca was born and raised in North Seattle, is currently single, but enjoys spending time with her son and daughter who are both married and live in Snohomish County. Between her two children, Rebecca has been blessed with five grandchildren aged 5 to 5 months. Paid for by The Campaign for Rebecca Wagner, PO Box 1312. Coupeville, WA 98239.

Rachel Pennington, lmp Massage Practitioner

Let’s “Reverse the Day!” Whether it be the commute, long hours at a desk, the self-employed, the unexpected injury, recovering from an injury or a medical procedure, sport activities, gardening or yard work, a hard physically demanding job, stress, or whatever life throws at you-Massage can be a benefit to you. It has been found that people can live healthier, happier lives when they take the time to focus on their bodies and the time it needs for relaxation and treatment. Rachel’s goal is to find a way to reverse the daily stress that is put upon your body. See what massage can do for you! Rachel has been practicing since 2004 772 Camano Ave Ste. #201B-A in the Langley area. She is available most week days and has late afternoon to evening Langley, WA appointments. She is also an active member 360-221-HEAL (4325) of AMTA, NCBTMB and Whidbey Island Massage Guild. Most major medical insurances accepted.

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Prima Bistro

Pictured are some of the women currently working at Prima (picture taken on a cleaning party day). We’ve had many women at Prima over the years, both in the kitchen and the front of the house. Here’s a little snippet of these amazing women...a huge range of experiences and backgrounds...only room to write about a few of them:

Dr. Kristine Jarrell Owner & Board-Certified Audiologist

Justine Coomes, born and raised on Whidbey, has worked at Prima for 7 years. She is currently attending nursing school. Terri Williams, has cleaned Prima 6 days a week for 8 years! She has lived on Whidbey since 1975, raised 3 children and has 2 grandchildren growing up here.

201-½ First Street Langley, WA 360-221-4060

Clare Merrick – bartender at Prima for 4 years, and has bartended in Seattle and Texas for over 20 years, following a career in the film industry. Latda Khongsavanh – lead server at Prima for 7 years, grew up on the island and has worked in the restaurant industry for over 20 years, her first job at the original Christopher’s.

Lauren Cambell, server at Prima off and on for 6 years, recently received her degree in public health and is seeking her masters degree in Global Health.

When you come to us as a patient, you leave as a part of our hearing care family.

107 S. Main Street A102 Coupeville, WA 98239

Tyla Nattress, server at Prima for 2 years, in the restaurant industry for 15 years, co-owner of cultivar catering. Connie Montalvo – this is Connie’s first summer on the island, working as a hostess. She has a degree in Int’l security and conflict resolution and a minor in Japanese. She is studying for the foreign service officer exam.

Audiology & Hearing Aid Services

Pictured: Karen Krug, Jenny Hooper, Brianna Ercolani, Melony Murphy and Blue (Sami was out playing).




CASCADE INSURANCE: Michelle Nannenga


5881 Maxwelton Road Langley WA 98260 360-661-6226

(360) 678-1423

© 2014 Starkey. All Rights Reserved.

Karen Krug

Spoiled Dog Winery welcomes people to come and enjoy our fine wines and have a vine to bottle experience at our vineyard and winery. We are celebrating our 11th year and this year our estate Pinot Noir grapes are amazing! Wonder through the vineyard sipping a nice glass of wine and enjoy the farm - or take a tour. Special events include winemaker dinners throughout the summer that are magical (under the heritage apple trees overlooking the lower vineyard). Wonderful local chefs prepare incredible food paired with our fine wines - and the proceeds are donated to local non-profits. We thank the community for their support!

Kristine L. Jarrell, Au.D. has been providing audiology services for children, adults and seniors on Whidbey Island for 19 years. She is sensitive to how hearing loss affects her patient’s quality of life and takes the time to listen. Dr. Jarrell truly loves what she does and enjoys spending time with her patients and helping them along the journey to better hearing. Stop by the office or call for an evaluation. Dr. Jarrell will be happy to help you hear again.

Licensed Agent

404 S Main St Coupeville, WA 98239 360-682-2162

Michelle has over 20 years of insurance experience. She has worked as a licensed insurance agent, as well as in customer service and underwriting. She is a Certified Insurance Service Representative and will be able to answer many of your insurance questions, help you with billing issues, and provide quotes for your home, auto, boat, manufactured home, renters or motorcycle. She can also show you the benefits of having more than one policy with the same company. Michelle volunteers her time on the Coupeville Elementary School PTA board, volunteers in her son’s classroom and enjoys participating in community events. Give Michelle a call if you have any questions or need help with any of your insurance policies.



Whidbey Island Yoga Amanda Murphy, Owner

Shelli has over 29 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 variety of quotes through multiple companies. Call her or stop by the office when you need a local, experienced, professional agent to safegaurd your assets.

Whidbey Island Yoga and Island Pilates Center are a collaborative group of certified and experienced fitness instructors.

Island Pilates Center Nicole Falso, Owner

Agency Owner/Agent

404 S Main St Coupeville, WA 98239 360-682-2162

222 Anthes Ave., Porter Bldg. Langley, WA 360.661.6909 ~ Pilates 360.969.2401 ~ Yoga

Craven Insurance Inc. Kathy Craven Kathy never expected to marry her boss when, in 1993, she accepted the offer to sell yacht insurance from Craven’s Seattle office. Now Kathy specializes in home, auto and boat insurance in their Clinton Office, while Bob, the commercial lines expert, manages their two offices, including Lake Stevens. Owning an independent agency allows us to have personal relationships with our clients, providing them with the advocacy needed at the time of loss, and periodic reviews of their existing insurance. As an independent agency, we represent many different companies, tailoring policies to meet changing client needs as they age and retire. Over 35 years of experience, is our most valuable asset, while being able to speak directly with your agent anytime is most appreciated by our clientele. As owners of a business and home on Whidbey Island, Bob & Kathy Craven believe in our Buy-Local culture, which enriches the experience of community for all.

We are located in the Porter Building at 222 Anthes, in Langley. Together, WIY and IPC offer affordable class packages and one on one private instruction. Our varied schedule includes such classes as: Beginning to advanced Pilates, Reformer Equipment, Beginning to advanced and therapeutic Yoga, and TRX.

See our Fall schedule and much more information at and

Simmons Garage & Towing Sonya Simmons, Co-Owner

Simmons Garage & Towing is a 3rd generation locally owned and operated business. It was started by my grandfather Teddy Simmons, my dad, Gordon Simmons and my Uncle, Melvin Simmons back in 1946. I used to pump gas and wash cars here throughout my junior high and high school years. Today, we employ five South Whidbey High graduates. My husband Gary Peterson and I took over the business from my mom and dad in 2011.

Insurance Agent

6300 Storkson Drive Clinton 360-341-7200

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Simmons Garage is comprised of three businesses. We have an Auto Repair Shop, Auto Parts Sales, and Towing Service. We are probably best known for our towing service as we are the oldest AAA provider in WA State.


Garage • Towing • Parts

6423 Humphrey Road Clinton 360-341-5274

We are a full service Auto repair facility with our own ASE Master Certified Technician to repair your vehicle and we stock thousands of auto parts and Interstate batteries in our shop and can get almost any part overnight.

Our friendly and knowledgeable employees strive to deliver exceptional service at a great value.

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Vino Amore Wine Shop Gail Liston Owner

Mona Newbauer Sweet Mona’s fearless leader

Gail is delighted to have a business that allows her to indulge her love of good wine!

Mona Newbauer understands that a prosperous business has to take a moment or two every so often to play, have fun, and appreciate its successes. Having a sinfully sweet shop in the picturesque, seaside town in Langley makes that all the easier.

She is especially interested in wine and food pairing, and sees wine as an affordable, every day luxury to be a part of any dinner table.

Vino Amore Wine Shop

5575 Harbor Ave., Suite 102 Freeland, WA 360-331-7661

At Sweet Mona’s, you can indulge in a vast array of delectable treats from handmade truffles, rich buttery chocolate covered caramels, crisp toffees and brittles, creamy fudge, chewy pecan clusters, our very own light-as-air seafoam, and uniquely crafted chocolates we create on a whim—all using only the best ingredients available.

Gail looks forward to helping customers match the perfect wine with their recipes, and to introducing them to new and interesting selections from all over the world.

Stop by today to try one—or more—of our inspired chocolates, or to sit and chat while enjoying an espresso, latte, Italian soda, or gelato while taking in the intoxicating aromas of chocolate.

She and co-owner/husband Brian Plebanek believe wine is a simple pleasure that makes life more enjoyable.

221 2nd Street, Suite 16, Langley Village 360.221.2728


One to One Marti Murphy Personal Trainer

One to One Direct: 360-221-5538 Cell: 360-239-5775

Marti Murphy has been in the fitness industry on Whidbey Island for over 25 years. It is her goal with One to One Personal Training to promote healthy lifestyles for all age groups in the privacy of their own homes as well as now serving members of the Family Care Fitness Centers in Freeland and Clinton. She is certified to assist special populations, cancer survivors, post surgical clients and active individuals in obtaining their maximum fitness and health goals. One to One Personal Training helps you stay on top of your fitness goals by providing health education, mental and emotional support, goal setting, accountability, and tracking of results. Consistency is the key and Marti believes that “Life is an opportunity to exercise”. Her enthusiasm can be contagious!


Sue Blouin, Jen Wutzke, Bonnie Wallin, Darlene Garen Koetje-Leavitt Insurance has over 100 years of combined service to Whidbey Island.

775 NE Midway Blvd Oak Harbor 360-675-5916 800-873-8606

• Sue’s focus is sales for both commercial and personal lines insurance with 40 years experience. • Jen Wutzke services commercial lines insurance with 9 years experience.

• Bonnie Wallin services personal lines insurance and sales with 15 years experience. • Darlene Garen services personal lines insurance and sales with 36 years experience.


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John L. Scott Real Estate Cheryl Keefe

P.O. Box 550 Langley, WA 360-331-3580


Ann, Christina, and Debbie

PeerSpirit, Inc.

Christina Baldwin • Ann Linnea • Debbie Dix PeerSpirit, Inc. is a woman-owned and operated educational company with local to global services based on the books and experience of Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea.

Services focus on their unique collaborative process, The Circle Way, Christina’s body of work on “Writing and Story,” and Ann’s body of work on “Nature, Nurture, and Stewardship”. Their books are available at local stores, the PeerSpirit office, and on-line. Their resource-rich website, is stewarded by office manager, Debbie Dix.

Whidbey Island South

216 1st Street, Langley c: 206-930-7316 o: 360-221-1828

Moonraker Books

The Kitchen Door Shirlee Read

Josh Hauser, Owner Nancy Welles, Manager


Pie-making is becoming a lost art in the modern world of prepared foods, and Shirlee has accepted the challenge of keeping that skill alive. For the past thirteen years during the market season (The first of May through December 20th) she has “Pie for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.” been selling a wide variety of sweet and savory pies made from scratch at her thriving booth, Pie for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at the Bayview Farmers Market, She keeps it as local as possible, sourcing fruit from Whidbey farmers and from Washington State, foraging for wild mushrooms to put in quiches and picking wild berries for real Whidbey Island blackberry pies. For those who are stymied by lack of success in making pies, Shirlee offers one pie-making class a year before Thanksgiving. This year’s class will be on Saturday, November 15th and is still open for enrollment. Shirlee, a long-time resident of the island, brings a love of cooking and a wealth of experience to the classroom in a relaxed and interactive style. Be brave—tackle crust!

3964 Little Dirt Road, Langley, WA 98260 360-730-2322 •

Where does the time go? It’s been well over a year now that our John L. Scott office opened here on the waterfront in Langley. Thank you to all of our clients, friends, family and this amazing Island for all of your support, making this an incredibly successful year to remember. As a team, (Anne, Candace, Elly, Katie, Kelley, Kim, Lisa, Misty, Sharley, Steve, Suzanne & Tim) we are committed to our community and are so thankful to be part of Langley with all that it has to offer. Stop by anytime, catch up on what’s happening in the local Real Estate market and enjoy, as we do, our vibrant seaside town where something amazing is always going on!

We have loved being your bookstore for more than forty years, watching our community change and grow.

Josh & Nancy Books to delight the mind

209 First Street Langley, WA 360-221-6962

Our customers have grown up with us and are now bringing their children and even grandchildren to be introduced to the joy of books. Your interests and tastes have informed our decisions and helped us become “your bookstore”. We can help you find a title, select a gift or experience the thrill of a new discovery. We’d love to know what you’re reading!

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Sassy Siren Jennifer Krouse

Julie Gersten M.A., LMP • uses her massage and FeldenkraisTM background to create a better whole system communication between muscle, bone, nervous system, psyche and function.

New Owner

• Previous owner of five coffee shops on the eastide • Single mother of a beautiful 10 year old daughter • Recently relocated on to Whidbey Island • Currently finishing my Criminal Law & Sociology degree at Central Washington University

• has 30 years of professional training and experience, weaving together a wide range of skills to meet a diversity of needs. Private sessions and classes:

• assist those who want to discover healthier ways of moving and enhancing their everyday activities.

• offer an opportunity to address a population’s growing concern for diminished balance and flexibility, and chronic and acute pain due to faulty repetitive movement patterns

My mission is to provide a fun and affordable shop for all ages.

109 First Street Langley, WA 360-221-7080

Save yourself a trip over the pond and come see all of our collections!! We have fun things for the holidays ahead!!

2864 Andreason Road Langley, WA 360-321-4434

18205 SR 525 #6, Freeland 360-331-0194

Charlene Arnold has 30 years of buying and selling expertise on Whidbey Island. She is thrilled to partner and share that knowledge with her daughter, Jennifer Pearson. Jennifer and her husband, Michael were raised on Whidbey Island and are now raising their 3 sons here on South Whidbey. Charlene has served on several local boards including, South Whidbey Schools Foundation, Whidbey Island Center for Arts, Hearts and Hammers, Whidbey Island Garden Tour and is currently serving on the newly formed, Whidbey Island Community Education Center. Jennifer graduated from Western Washington University and went on to work in Biotechnology, Medical Manufacturing in the Human Resources field. She now applies her talents to the Real Estate Profession. We look forward to the opportunity to help you with all your buying and selling needs on Whidbey Island. Give us a call!

Licence # MA00006174

Dina Thompson, Owner

Celebrating our 5th year, we are a full service salon offering a variety of services to our community and guests.

Realtors Jennifer

Premera, L & I, and PIP (motor vehicle claims) insurance accepted.

Langley Salon & Spa

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Charlene Arnold Jennifer Pearson Charlene

• Assist in creating stress reduction and a greater sense of well being.

Tasha Blasko, Heather Steffen, Natasha Abrahamoff, Alicia Curfman, and Dina Thompson

Our Services Include: Hair Innovations: From full color to customized highlights, cuts, and perms.

Nail Care: With a gentle touch and artistic flare in acrylics, mani’s, and pedi’s and the new long lasting gel polishes. Skin and Body Therapies: for antiaging and healthy maintenance of one’s self. These therapies include customized massage, a variety of facials, waxing hair removal services, eyelash, and brow tinting.

120-A Second Street Langley, WA 360-221-8090

Make-Up Artistry: from simple everyday updates, lessons in color and technique, bridal and special occasion application. Open 6 Days per week Tuesday through Sunday 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.


John L. Scott Real Estate

Buchanan Designs, Inc. Bertie Buchanan

Candace Jordan, CRS Realtor, Broker

Interior Designer

I am thrilled to live and work on beautiful Whidbey Island, using my local insight and global marketing to empower your real estate decisions! An experienced full time Realtor, I bring a depth of knowledge and the commitment to strengthen our community by mastering new business skills and volunteering for our incredible nonprofit organizations!

Buchanan Designs, Inc. is a fullservice interior design firm with over 30 years experience, advising clients in many states. Bertie Buchanan is a member of ASID and has Bachelors/ Masters degrees from Indiana University. Bertie has relocated her business to Whidbey Island. Buchanan Designs offers a variety of services and is pleased to assist with projects from idea development to completion.

office: 360-331-5560 cell: 765-412-1272

Please preview our full line of products and services at

Whidbey Island South

216 1st Street, Langley, WA c: 206-391-0189 o: 360-221-1828

John L. Scott Real Estate

Insurance Agent

Broker, Realtor

Kim has been a licensed Real Estate Professional since 1992 and has served as an elected officer for The Whidbey Island Association of Realtors for the last several years. Kim has had the pleasure of helping hundreds of families and individuals realize their Whidbey Dream and is thrilled to be associated with the dynamic John L. Scott team on the waterfront in Langley.

216 1st Street, Langley c: 360-914-0105 o: 360-221-1828

Kim and her husband, Ken raised their five children on South Whidbey. When she is not consulting with clients or showing property, she really enjoys spending time with her family, including nine young grandchildren. Kim looks forward to helping you and your loved ones realize your Whidbey dream!

• National Association of Realtors “Green Designee” • Certified Residential Specialist, CRS • Accredited Buyers Representative, ABR • John L. Scott Luxury Portfolio Specialist • International “President’s Circle” Member • Whidbey Island Realtors “Volunteer of the Year” • Board Member of Goosefoot, Whidbey Watershed Stewards & Whidbey Island Association of Realtors and a WIN, Whidbey Island Nourishes, Volunteer

J. Johnson Insurance, LLC Naomi DeMartini

Kim Kramer

Whidbey Island South

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Ken’s Korner Plaza #112 11042 SR525, Clinton, WA 360-341-1848

Naomi DeMartini is an independent agent with J. Johnson Insurance, which has been serving South Whidbey for over twenty years. Naomi is a Whidbey Island native who enjoys helping others and participating in our supportive community. She helps clients make intelligent choices in a complicated insurance marketplace, including the Washington State Health Exchange. Naomi is trained and certified to assist with Medicare, as well as individual, group, and life insurance.

If you have questions or need advice regarding insurance, Naomi is happy to assist you. She can be reached at (360) 341-1848 or jjinsure@whidbey. com.

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Family Dermatology Co. Mary Kay Graves, RN, FNP

Dalton Realty Sandy (Dalton) Izett

Mary Kay Graves was licensed as an RN in 1977 and has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1981. After having practiced in the areas of Emergency and Internal medicine she became a Dermatology Nurse Practitioner in 1991. Mary Kay has practiced in a variety of locations in California including, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, Antelope Valley, as well as, San Fernando Valley, all before moving to Washington State. Mary Kay enjoys practicing general dermatology and medical dermatology. She also enjoys cosmetic treatments including Botox, chemical peels, and fillers. She is also trained in Blu-u light treatment with Levlan Kerastick for Actinic Keratoses.

I am an Island woman through and through, a daughter of a military family who came back to our roots on Whidbey after extensive travel. I graduated from Langley High School and married my high school sweetheart where we have raised our three children who are now raising their families here on the Island. Our grandchildren are 6th generation Whidbey Islanders having their great-great-great-great grandfather pioneering in Oak Harbor in the 1850’s. After running a successful Hair Salon for 20 years I joined the family Real Estate office, where brother Mike Dalton, is Broker. I now have over 30 plus years in the business. Whidbey is a beautiful place to live but it is our family, friends and past and present clients (future too) that make it a fabulous place to live.


Dermatology Nurse Practitioner


205 S. Main St, Bldg B, Coupeville 1804 Scott Rd, Ste 106, Freeland


Whidbey View Homes, Inc Pamela Z. Hill Owner/Designated Broker

11 NW Coveland, Suite A Coupeville 360-678-2095

After 20 years in California, I left the sun, palm trees and traffic jams behind to start a new life on Whidbey Island. I decided that I could best serve my clients here by establishing my own full-service brokerage focusing on the ideals I value. ATTENTION: I stress the importance of communication; I listen, learn your needs, and concentrate on reaching your goals. FOCUS: I closely monitor the waterfront and view property segments of the market, so I know inventory and conditions that will impact your purchase or sale. PROFESSIONALISM: I am a full-time licensed real estate broker, with 30 years of sales experience and the real estate knowledge to provide the service you expect. I hold memberships in the National Association of Realtors, Washington Association of Realtors and Whidbey Island Association of Realtors. “Uncompromising Service for Exceptional Clients”

9546 SR 525 Clinton WA 360-341-1692

We salute Women in Business Coffee Roaster Beth Smith and Community Banker Tara Long are equally passionate about their products and both enjoy providing an unexpected experience. We salute Beth, Tara and all the many Whidbey Women in Business! For a limited time, when you open a checking account* at Coastal Community Bank, receive a 12 oz bag of Mukilteo Coffee. Come discover the difference local makes! * New checking account requirements apply, including a $100 minimum opening deposit. Gift available upon opening at our Freeland Branch while supplies last.

1737 Main St Freeland • (360) 331-1344 Member FDIC

3228 Lake Leo Way Langley • (360) 321-5262

Women in Business - Whidbey Women in Business 2014  


Women in Business - Whidbey Women in Business 2014