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

• Whidbey Island Women in Business • October • 2015

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Customer trust important to business longevity By JESSIE STENSLAND

There’s not one key to succeeding in business, according to Gloria Carothers, owner of the Jewelry Gallery. She said it’s been a combination of factors that has allowed her to successfully run a store for 28 years — most of those years in downtown Oak Harbor, where so many other businesses have failed. It helped, she said, that she is an Oak Harbor native and has been very involved in the community over the years. She said she was lucky to have the support of people in the field early on. She followed sound business practices and changed with the times. Most important, she said, was earning the trust and loyalty of her customers. “This is a business where people have to trust you,” she said. “It’s

important that customers know you’re there for them.” Carothers said it’s unusual for a woman to start her own jewelry business. People she meets at jewelry shows often assume that she either inherited the business from her parents or runs it with her husband. Nevertheless, she was able to succeed. She said some jewelry manufacturers in the male-dominated industry were very kind to her and put their trust in her early on. And she earned that trust. “In all my years of business, I’ve never been late in paying someone whom I owe money,” she said. As a result, she said she has a “No. 1 rating” in the Red Book, the jewelry industry’s main credit rating document. Tucked inside the Old Town


Photo by Jessie Stensland/Whidbey News-Times

Gloria Carothers helps customer Margaret Livermore try on a ring at Carothers' jewelry store, the Jewelry Gallery.

Mall, the little jewelry store is a place where generations of family members return to purchase everlasting keepsakes. Carothers is firmly rooted in the community, down to her Dutch pedigree. Her father, Peter Hulswit, was involved in the Dutch resistance to the Nazi occupation during World War II. He helped

save Dutch Jews and downed American and British pilots. He was eventually caught and sent to a concentration camp. Hulswit had a friend in Oak Harbor, so he brought his wife, Helen, and 7-year-old Gloria to the community in 1957. SEE CAROTHERS, PAGE 3


Careage of Whidbey Amanda Johnson, RN

Amanda Johnson has been a Registered Nurse since 2002. She and her husband moved to Whidbey Island with their 4 children in May of 2015. She was born and has lived most of her life in Topeka, Kansas. Amanda has experience in a broad range of medical services: Medical Surgical Care, OB/Gyn, ICU, Geriatric Care and Emergency Services. She has also been a nurse at a prison facility. Johnson spent the last 2 years as an RN in a Rehabilitation facility and earned Certified Rehabilitation RN credentials. She also has TNCC Certification, BLS Certification and ACLS Certification.

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

“A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.” ~ Pope Francis

“People Caring About People”

204 1st Street, Langley 360 221-7131

Ott & Murphy Wines Deb Stilwell

“Despite the time and money I’ve spent on wine education, for me wine isn’t meant to impress, but is meant to be enjoyed at a table, with food and laughter, and shared with people you love”—Deb Stilwell.

Wednesdays this fall, Deb Stilwell will host wine appreciation/education classes (Wine Know Wednesdays) at Ott & Murphy’s (OM’s) tasting room in Langley. Deb has been teaching the Northwest Region about the wines of the world for years, in Colorado, in Portland, and at The Wine Academy at South Seattle College. Deb’s wine credentials are as impressive as her joyous passion for the wines she enjoys so much. As CSW, FWS, and WSET Certified, Advanced, she has more letters behind her name than in her name! First certified Advanced by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, Deb later cemented her

educational credentials with a Specialist of Wine degree from The Society of Wine Educators. Then reaching for the ultimate in wine scholarship, Deb passed her French Wine Scholar Certification test with honors. Deb spent twelve years working in the Woodinville wine scene, for Columbia Winery, Brian Carter Cellars, and as wine educator at DeLille Cellars for many years. Deb and her husband moved to Whidbey in July of 2014. Evaluating local wineries, she determined that Ott & Murphy made the elegant, well-crafted European style wines she loves. “Getting the best grapes from wonderful Washington vineyards they craft them to allow the glorious personality of each shine through.” So it was an easy decision to work at OM’s beautiful tasting room in Langley. Join Deb at Ott & Murphy’s and explore the world of wines with an accomplished and passionate guide.


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Hulswit was also well-known in town. He and his wife were the original owners of the Dairy Valley milk barn in the city. He volunteered as a sports trainer at the high school for 20 years. Carothers said her love of jewelry came from her grandmother, who visited from Holland and gave her gifts of beautiful pieces. Carothers was a school teacher for 25 years in Oak Harbor. In 1987, she had the chance to purchase a jewelry store in East Seattle from a retiring couple and jumped in. In 1991, she opened the Jewelry Gallery but continued teaching part-time until 1997. Carothers said she’s always thought it was important to be active and engaged in the community. Each year, for example, she sponsors the Diamonds in a Glass raffle for the Boys and Girls Club and donates a piece of jewelry

worth $3,000 to $10,000. She’s a past president of the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce and has been involved in the Soroptimists and Operation Decoration. “You don’t do these kinds of things in anticipation of getting anything in return,” she said. “You do it because you want to.” In recent years, she’s expanded her business. She buys gold, silver, diamonds, coins and sterling flatwear. She also buys estate jewelry and offers consignments on some pieces. In addition, she offers a a full gamut of repair and custom jewelry services. “There will always be a place for brick-and-mortar jewelry stores because we provide services you can’t get anywhere else,” she said. “You get to see it. You get to try it on.”



Using sustainable growing practices we are committed to provide our customers with a selection of high quality wines. We provide a diverse selection of red and white wines with something to satisfy every palate, from our flagship award winning estate grown Pinot Noir, to our Pomo di Moro apple pear wine made from fruit grown on our farm. Spoiled Dog Winery produces a limited number of cases per year that are only available at our winery and select restaurants in the local area.

Spoiled Dog Winery is a boutique, family-owned business. We believe great wines begin in the vineyard and our grapes are our passion.

We offer our guests an inviting tasting atmosphere where they can enjoy our wines, surrounded by the natural beauty of our vineyards and farm.

Karen Krug

5881 Maxwelton Road Langley WA 98260 360-661-6226

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Whidbey Water Services, LLC

Whidbey Water Services is a business located at 5585 Lotto Avenue in Freeland. It is owned by Andy and Terri Campbell who manage Water and Sewer Districts, Water Associations and Homeowners Associations throughout Whidbey Island from Clinton through Oak Harbor.

From left to right is Terri Campbell, Keasha Campbell Jennings, Susan Radisch, Eloise Taylor and Bev Chan.

The staff of woman at Whidbey Water Services have many different responsibilities in all aspects of the support and function in Utility Management.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve you with your utility needs.

5585 Lotto Ave., Freeland 360-579-1956 •


Elizabeth Osenbach & Leah Waaramaki Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery Elizabeth Osenbach is co-owner of Whidbey Island Vineyard & Winery, wearing the many hats needed to run this business of 25 years. She and her husband Gregory planted the vineyard in 1986-87, two kids and toys in tow. Elizabeth has worked in the vineyard, tasting room , accounting and been a ‘cellar rat’ and mom since the beginning. She continues to co-manage the winery with Gregory while attempting to enjoy more free time! Her hobby is sport driving which began with racing a Mini Cooper. These days she participates in track events throughout the PNW driving at 7/10ths with a big smile. Leah Waaramaki joined the winery team in 2002 with a degree in Zoology, and a love of wine. She rapidy became chief ‘cellar rat’, vineyard worker and the cheerful face in the tasting room. She is now all of those things, as well as assistant winemaker.

Cheers to all you wine lovers! 5237 Langley Rd. Langley 360-221-2040

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Burley Funeral Chapel Cathy George Office Manager

Bryant Plumbing, Inc Gina Bryant, Owner

Cathy is the friendly face families see when they come through the doors. She recently celebrated her 10th anniversary as the Office Manager of Burley Funeral Chapel. She is a compassionate lady who embraces the caring attitude Burley’s is well known for.

Licensed • Bonded • Insured

800-431-2883 • 360-331-1131 BRYANPI915P3

Gina Bryant and her family moved to Whidbey Island nine years ago from Southern California. Gina has been owner of Bryant Plumbing Inc., located in Clinton for the last eight years. Her husband Tom, who runs the business, has been a Journeyman Plumber for twenty-five years. Professionally trained by the California Pipe Trades Industry, Tom’s experience lends him the ability to work on Commercial as well as Residential plumbing. Gina handles all scheduling, supply ordering, and accounting. In addition to owning a local business on Whidbey Island, Gina has been a Software Testing Engineer for a few software development companies over the past nine years. Her long time experience has made her successful in this career that she very much enjoys. Gina has worked on many software projects for, but not limited to, Microsoft, Providence Health Plans, and The Casey Family Foundation. Bryant Plumbing Inc prides itself on quality workmanship and work ethic. Give us a call as our estimates are always free.


30 SE Ely Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-675-3192

Oak Harbor has been home to the George Family for the past 25 years. Cathy is very involved in the community through Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor, the Oak Harbor Educational Foundation and as Volunteer Coordinator for the annual Oak Harbor Pig Fest. Burley Funeral Chapel, a Dignity Memorial provider, has a rich heritage of serving the North Whidbey community with caring concern for area families at their difficult time of need.



Dawn Hesselgrave Owner

Matt’s Import Haven is breaking the mold of the male dominated auto repair business. Two of the main people running the show are Vicky Hassrick and Veronica von Allwörden, two women not to be trifled with when it comes to the nuts and bolts of auto repair. Vicky, co-owner of the business with her husband Matt, oversees all aspects of the shop, from parts to finances. She is also committed to ensuring that Matt’s Import Haven supports the South Whidbey community by donating to various local charities and organizations (especially those involved with children). Veronica is the service writer for the shop; she schedules most appointments and provides the interface between the customers and the technicians. Vicky and Veronica keep Matt’s Import Haven running as smoothly as a fine tuned automobile. 6446 HARDING CLINTON (near the ferry) MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:30-5:00 360-341-3504

7 S. Main Street, Ste. B Coupeville 360-678-7543

Mindy Wilcox Office Assistant

Dawn brings more than 23 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 13 years. Our many clients have truly discovered peace of mind with all their business and office needs handled by Branch Business Services competent and friendly staff. Branch offers a number of services to you, including: Accounting, Bookkeeping, Telephone Answering Services and Secretarial Services, along with many other basic office services.

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Simmons Garage & Towing

Sonya Simmons

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I grew up on Whidbey Island and we raised our family here. I have been fortunate to live in this beautiful place. We have nine employees and six of them graduated from South Whidbey.


Garage • Towing • Parts

6423 Humphrey Road Clinton 360-341-5274

We are a full service auto repair facility with our own ASE Master Certified Technicians to repair your vehicle. We work on all makes and models, imports and domestics, cars and trucks. We also stock thousands of auto parts, Interstate Batteries and can get almost any part overnight. My husband, Gary Peterson owns Simmons Towing which is the oldest AAA provider in WA State. Our friendly and knowledgeable employees strive to deliver exceptional service at a great value.

Please come in and see us for a free estimate on your car repairs or for your next auto part purchase. You can visit our web site at:

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at my shop!



3063 Oak Harbor Rd , Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-679-3666 I have been working in the septic industry for over 10 years. Being a woman in this field can be a challenge but, I enjoy meeting all the great people on this island. I have acquired some great clients over the years and look forward to seeing each and every one of them each year when it’s time to have their system inspected. If you need an inspection or any other type of work on your septic system call me, Suzette Keller. I pride myself on being honest and hard working with the utmost professionalism and integrity.

Suzette Keller Assistant Manager Level 3, Certified Septic System Inspector Licensed, Bonded and Insured

Sarah Betts Barber

Midway Barbershop est. 1958 MILITARY WELCOMED

41 NE Midway Blvd # 104 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 (360) 675-4344

Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm Closed on Sundays

Following in my dad’s footsteps was not always the plan. But after working through many other jobs, carrying on the family legacy seemed like the ideal way to go. Not a moment has gone by that I’m not incredibly thankful to have had this opportunity, I have had lots of experiences with other careers and it is safe to say that no other compares with being a barber. Being a part of the Oak Harbor Community brings me so much joy. I love the fact that I get to meet new people and create a place where thy feel welcome. There are so many times were outside I’ll be shopping with my family and happy customer will come up to me and tell me how much they loved their haircut. That type of feeling never gets old. Behind the chair cutting hair is were I plan on staying for years to come.


3063 Oak Harbor Road, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-679-3666

Hi, I am Suzette Keller, partners in Whidbey Farmers Feed and Tack Supply. We are dedicated to our fellow farmers. Whether you ride horses, raise chickens, goats, pigs, sheep or cows, we have a feed for you. Bring your dogs and cats too. We have great food for them also. Looking for Hay? We carry high quality hays brought here from eastern Washington by our partner company Metcalfe Hay and Feed. Stop by and see what we have to offer.

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Massage Practitioner


The Beauty

Rachel Pennington, lmp

We are a family of many talents, from We are pleased to announce - The Beauty Lounge has acquired the Langley Salon and baby’s first hair cut to momma’s last roller set. The Beauty Lounge offers spa and skin Spa which has blossomed into a talented treatments to help you glow. Pampering nail group of individuals. treatments are available featuring acrylics Mackenzie Crain and Lisa Johnson, are and shellacs. Additional services include joining Dylan Barnett in the move to the men’s haircuts, manicures/pedicures and Langley Spa and Salon family of Dina facials. Thompson, Alicia Curfman, Michelle Our goal is to provide beauty services Depew and Heather Steffen. Mackenzie and treatments to the community for the and Lisa have fulfilled their personal ultimate client experience. Let us take care and professional dreams, by opening a of you and make you feel special. Call for full service salon – The Beauty Lounge. an appointment! Lisa, from Las Vegas has brought her full enthusiasm of nail services and inspiring Thank you, nail art to Whidbey Island. Mackenzie, The Beauty Lounge Family grew up running around in Langley and is excited to be back offering her passion for the beauty industry.

120 Second Street, Langley



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 in the Langley area. She is available most week days and has late afternoon to evening appointments. She is also an active member of AMTA, NCBTMB and Whidbey Island Massage Guild. Most major medical insurances accepted.

772 Camano Ave Ste. #201B-A, Langley • 360-221-HEAL (4325)


Karen S. Leitz, PT DPT www.onetooneperso

Owner, Physical Therapist

One to One

Dr. Karen Schwager Leitz is a physical therapist and coowner of Whidbey Performance Physical Therapy in Freeland, WA.

Marti Murphy Personal Trainer


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 rehabilitation 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, Direct: 360-221-5538 goal setting, accountability, and tracking of results. Consistency is Cell: 360-239-5775 Email: the key and Marti believes that “Life is an opportunity to exercise”. Her enthusiasm can be contagious!

She was born and raised on Whidbey Island, graduated from South Whidbey High School in 2002, received a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington in 2006, and a Doctor of Physical Therapy from Eastern Washington University in 2009.

5575 Harbor Ave, Suite 103, Freeland, WA • 360-331-0141

Karen specializes in running rehabilitation, women’s health, and orthopedic manual therapy. Karen is thrilled to be able to provide this community with comprehensive care for the complex issues inherent with pelvic pain, incontinence, and the orthopedic challenges of the peri-partum and post-partum time periods. She is passionate about running related injury prevention and rehabilitation after running Division I Cross Country and Track at the University of Washington. Karen’s goal is to provide you with the tools needed to help maximize your physical health and wellbeing, prevent injuries, and to enjoy a wonderful Whidbey Island lifestyle.

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Coupeville Physical Therapy Lindsay Jobe, DPT




PHYSICAL THERAPY An Independent Physical Therapy Clinic

35 NW 1st Street Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-1200

Lindsay graduated from Ohio University in 2007 with a Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science and a minor in Psychology. She decided to continue her education at Ohio University School of Physical Therapy, receiving her doctorate in 2010. After graduation she completed an elective residency program through Evidence in Motion and has spent the last five years working in an out-patient physical therapy clinic. Aside from schooling, she has completed continuing education courses about Astym techniques, functional dry needling, McConnell taping techniques, peripheral neuropathic syndromes, cranio-mandibular and cervical pathophysiologies, Functional Movement System, and Selective Functional Movement Assessment. She has always been interested in the mind, body, and nutrition connection which made her decide to become a physical therapist and is excited to continue further education in this area. She enjoys the ability to assist in improving people’s ability to participate in their sport of daily life. On her own time she enjoys going to the gym, hiking, and walking her dogs.

Coupeville Physical Therapy Cari King, PTA




PHYSICAL THERAPY An Independent Physical Therapy Clinic

35 NW 1st Street Coupeville, WA 98239 360-678-1200

With a background in physical fitness and personal training, Cari joined APT in January 2008 as an exercise technician while completing the Physical Therapist Assistant program through Whatcom Community College. Cari has always enjoyed health and fitness and was very excited to be able to pursue a career that would allow her to help people through their rehabilitation process and reach their full potential. Cari is pursuing continuing education in the areas of Musculoskeletal Unltrasound (MSKUS) Imaging, various manual therapy techniques, and Applied Functional Sciences (the application of functional movement in everyday life). She has a special interest in working with athletes of all ages, as well as those who enjoy remaining active in their every day lives. Over the next few years, she also would like to pursue continuing education in MSKUS imaging, manual therapy techniques and applied functional sciences as related to athletic performance. Cari enjoys many activities including hiking, kayaking, horse back riding, and making and flying kites.



Sojourn Studios “The Wellness Center”

ojourn Studios has been in business over three years with a vision for health and wellness. The studio has evolved into a place to experience the best services for your well being.

Susan Bremsner LME Belle Fleur

Being mindful and aware of your specific needs is our goal. Every individual is different and we strive to improve quality of life in a joyful, beautiful and friendly setting.

(360)320-0339 Offering holistic skin care therapies and facial waxing in a warm and relaxing environment.

We are honored to serve you!

Jodi Strevel

Jodi enjoys owning and training at Sojourn. As a certified personal trainer and medical exercise specialist, Jodi pays special attention to each person’s individual needs. Group classes are offered that include pilates, fitness, and suspension yoga.

We welcome our new Yoga instructors as well as appreciate all of our other wonderful instructors offering a variety of group classes.

We are excited to announce our Hypnotherapy Service coming soon!

Sojourn Studios also offers, Infrared Sauna Therapy and a Vegan Airbrush Spray Tan Service, Massage and Skin Care!

Sarah Hogarth LMP Whidbey Island Holistic Massage Therapy

(360)331-6030 Tranquil Massage experience with modalities including: Swedish, deep tissue, Aromatherapy, Hot Stone and pre- and post-natal.

Please visit our website for more information on our services and the class schedule at

Sojourn Studios, 5603 Bayview Rd. Langley


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WOMEN OF HEALTH & WELLNESS opportunity to spend some time offering healing bodywork through a non profit organization at an orphanage and burn unit in Cambodia, which further expanded my understanding, capacity, and love of the healing aspects of touch.

Whidbey Island Yoga Amanda Murphy, Owner Island Pilates Center Nicole Falso, Owner Whidbey Island Yoga and Island Pilates Center are a collaborative group of certified and experienced fitness instructors.

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

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: &


I am originally from Bend, Oregon, and spent my first career in the law field until my very conscious transition into massage in 2008. As if my life were a romantic love story, I then met my future husband in an airport in Chicago and eventually moved to be with him in Colorado. While taking up residence in the Rocky Mountains, I established a wellness cooperative with several other practitioners, and in 2014 was voted “Best of the Best” Massage Company in the south metro Denver area! Prior to that time, I had been accepted to continue my massage education (and personal growth) at a renowned institute in the Big Sur, California area. As a result of my work there, I had the blessed

The care you need and quality you deserve


Primary Care Provider Irene brings over 35 years of nursing

experience to her position at Whidbey Island Internal Medicine where she

specializes in Internal Medicine and

Gerontology. She provides primary DR. KRISTINE JARRELL Owner & Board-Certified Audiologist

If you or someone in your life could benefit from hearing more clearly, contact Dr. Jarrell for a complimentary hearing evaluation and let her assist in beginning the journey to better hearing.

360-678-1423 107 S Main Street, A102, Coupeville, WA 98239





MICHELE DUNCAN KING lmp, ryt (541) 480-0105 WA Lic #60449262

Irene Puhr

has provided exceptional audiology care for children, adults and seniors on Whidbey Island for over 20 years. She specializes in helping individuals and families cope with hearing loss by creating affordable, customized hearing solutions.

Hearing Health Services

Retail items dedicated to the mind, body, and spirit are also available online! And as a Registered Yoga Teacher, please consider asking me about private or group yoga instruction and current workshop offerings!



Dr. Jarrell provides a full range of audiological services including prevention, diagnosis, state-of-the art hearing technology options and personalized aftercare.

Now established in my private practice studio on Whidbey Island, I offer massage and yoga intuitively, not rushing in, and with intention and compassion. Sessions are dynamic yet a relaxing, nourishing, and nurturing experience! I specialize in deep tissue therapeutic bodywork at Whidbey Ripple Effect located at Half Moon Yoga in Langley Village. Every circumstance is so personal so I draw upon and integrate my many experiences in various modalities into sessions.



medical care to adults of all ages and

Whidbey Island Internal Medicine Irene Puhr

77 N Main St Coupeville,WA 98277 360.678.4440

works closely with medical specialist on and off the island to coordinate all aspects of a patient’s medical care.

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Designer Consigner Katie Ginn Owner

I love Whidbey Island! I came fifteen years ago to volunteer at a youth camp and moved my family here two weeks later. The past five years have been spent knee deep in books in my bookstore, BOOK LOVERS, and now the space has been taken over by Designer Consigner, a women’s consignment store. I especially love the one-on-one interaction with my customers, and sorting through the treasures they bring in. My goal for Designer Consigner is to provide a large selection of fashion items that share these three key elements: quality, affordability and that WOW factor. Set your fashionista free on Fridays from 5-7 P.M. Enjoy refreshments and a 10% discount on your entire purchase. Looking forward to seeing you in the store!

360-331-4434 1694 Main Street, Freeland


moonraker books


MAKE Whidbey & Turnco Wood Goods here. Turnco is a small batch manufacturing company that makes beautiful and useful wood goods for your kitchen and home.

Josh Hauser, Owner Nancy Welles, Manager 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 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!

Janae Cameron I love being an entrepreneur! I have been a woodworker for 8 years, co-owning Turnco Wood Goods with my husband, Kelly. We moved to Whidbey Island 4 years ago and love raising our family and having a business

We are well known for our wood stopper carafes and our walnut lidded mason jars. MAKE whidbey, is a retail space for Turnco’s entire product line and it’s a place to share creativity and inspiration with the community young, old and everyone in between. We have a terrific selection of gifts and goods from local makers, local coffee from Mukilteo roasters, and of course the most unique part of our space is our kids art studio. I really look forward to connecting with people and families that are new to the area (as that was me not too long ago!) I look forward to serving the South Whidbey community and meeting you!

8898 hwy 525, Clinton • 360-630-0520 •

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Tina Joiner

Independent Beauty Consultant


Coffee Bar Manager

“It’s Magical,” says Mikayla Schumacher in reference to her position as manager of the Coffee Bar at Callahan’s Glass Blowing Studio and Gallery in Langley. Mikayla has led the coffee bar since it opened in July 2014. As the friendly first contact at Callahan’s, she gets to meet and greet people from all over the world. A recent graduate of South Whidbey High School, Mikayla aspires to join the U.S. Navy. Until then she loves to make coffee beverages and run the operation at Callahan’s. A high-profile destination in Langley, Callahan’s provides a multi-faceted shopping experience complete with fun and entertainment. Shop owner Callahan McVay strongly believes in hiring young adults, and is constantly inspired by their potential. Callahan believes in Mikayla and trusts her to run the coffee stand, so much so that he recently promoted her to executive marketing manager. Mikayla is often at the Bayview Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings with a variety of hand-blown glass items and yard art. This winter Mikayla plans to expand to off-site markets including the Winter Market at Bayview. “I love everything about working with handblown glass, from start to finish,” she said. “Once you are in glass you can’t stop,” she added.

Blow Your Own Glass


Tina has been in business 14+ years servicing women’s skin care and cosmetic needs. She has built her reputation and client base by providing excellent customer service and products that come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Tina is a lifelong Whidbey resident who is here to stay but is happy to provide her services nationwide. For a complimentary skin care analysis, color application tips or a full makeover contact her at: 360-672-0326

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Whidbey Inspiration: Lynn Copeland & Karen Daughtry

at Bayview Center

Whidbey Inspiration is three companies in one, offering Custom Embroidery, Alterations & Tailoring, and Custom Design Jewelry.

Laurie Davenport Owner

Custom Embroidery: We specialize in company logos, gift orders, and with over 400,000 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.

For over twenty years Casey’s Crafts has been a source for craft supplies on South Whidbey. It was always a favorite shopping destination for me and my family. My daughter Lucy learned to knit there and bought beads for her handmade bracelets.

When the store was about to close ten years ago I took the plunge to buy it and try my hand at retail. With the help of manager Patty Currier and the rest of the amazing staff it has been my privilege to transition from my career as an LPN to business owner. We stock everything from art supplies to zippers. Lots of support from the local community keeps a smile on my face!

14485 SR 525, Langley • 360-321-0577


BAYVIEW EMBROIDERY Charmaine Eggett Owner

Charmaine Eggett Owner

With the help and encouragement of her husband and daughter, Charmaine Eggett, of Bayview Embroidery, is realizing her dream of becoming a business owner. Although she started without a background in the custom apparel business, Charmaine said her focus on customer satisfaction is serving her well. She credits her 20 years in the United States Marine Corps with providing her the extensive customer service and managerial experience that keeps her business thriving.

Alterations & Tailoring: Lynn Copeland has 49 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 Swarovkski and Austrian Crystals. 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.

Oak Harbor 360-639-8409


John L. Scott Real Estate Cheryl Keefe Broker/Owner

Where does the time go? We are moving into our third year here at John L. Scott on the waterfront in Langley. We have grown and now have 12 amazing Brokers, an exceptional Designated Broker, an Office Manager who is our glue, along with 2 super Administrative Assistants to help you with all of your Real Estate needs. (Anne, Candace, Dan, Karen, Kelley, Kim, Lisa, Misty, Molly, Sharley, Steve, Suzanne, Tim and Teri.) We are committed to our community and are so thankful to live in this amazing place we call home! Thank you to all of our clients, friends & family for all of your trust and support in making this yet another successful year.

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 good is always going on!

Another reason for the success of Bayview Embroidery is also their motto: “High Quality, Not High Prices!”

Bayview Embroidery ‘N Print, Inc. 890 SE Pioneer Way Ste. 101 Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Visit Bayview Embroidery to see all of the products and ideas Charmaine and her staff have to offer.

Whidbey Island South

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

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Windermere Real RealEstate Estate Windermere Kristen Stavros Stavros Kristen


Linda Casale

Whidbey Island’s Premier Windermere Realtor

Broker, Realtor Broker, Realtor

When You Are Ready to Sell Call Linda Casale "Well behaved women seldom make "Well behaved women seldom make history.” -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich history.” -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

• Proven Track Record • Professional Presentations

“A dream dreamisisjust justaadream. dream.AAgoal goalisis “A a dream with a plan and a deada dream with a plan and a deadline.”-Harvey -HarveyMackay Mackay line.”

360-720-4271 360-720-4271 32785 SR 20, Suite 4 Oak Harbor Windermere Island Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island

• Distinctive Marketing • Targeted Advertising • Personalized Service

A quote quotefor forfun funand andaaquote quotefor for A seriousness…IIbelieve believeinincombining combining seriousness… both fun funand andprofessionalism professionalismtotogive give both you the best real estate experience you the best real estate experience you’ve ever everhad. had.Whether Whetherthis this you’ve means finding findingyou youjust justthe theright right means home or orunderstanding understandingyour your home property’smarketability, marketability,you youwill will property’s reach your goals with me. Don’t reach your goals with me. Don’t wait to to call callififyou youhave haveaadream dreamyou you wait are thinking thinkingabout aboutturning turninginto intoaa are goal, I’m I’mhere heretotohelp. help. goal, Loveliving livinghere… here… Love


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

Windermere Real Estate / South Whidbey


Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Marchele Hatchner Realtor®

My specialty is… listening to YOU! Everyone buys or sells a home, or investment property for that matter, with one objective in mind. 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!

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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 Office Coordinator

Rita Nollette Broker

Alicia Alverson Broker

Jeanie Kieswetter Bookkeeper

Diane Lantz Broker

Michelle Waltner Transaction Coordinator

Gail Pierce Broker

Tiffany Burek Broker

Diana Campbell Broker

Freeland Office

Charlene Arnold Broker

Marchele Hatchner Broker

Pam Mock Broker

Jean Henson Broker

Amber Nichols Broker

Deborah Jones Broker

Christina Parker Broker

Judy Nichols Office Coordinator

M.C. Brill Broker

Jennifer Pearson Broker

Jen Knox Broker

Cathy Wilson Broker

Diane Reed Advertising/IT

Oak Harbor Office

Victoria Buerger Broker

Ann Campbell Broker

Kimberly Chochon Broker

Sheila Davies Broker/Manager

Louvenia Ringuette Broker

Maria Hulett Broker

Kristy Schneider Broker

Jan McKinney Broker

Lola Smith Broker

Elaine Taylor Office Coordinator

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Geri Morgan

Charlene Arnold, Broker Jennifer Pearson, Broker

ABR, CRS, GRI, SRES Your Real Estate Professional

Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Inc. Charlene

For most people, buying a home is the largest investment they’ll ever make. “Whether it’s a move up, sizing down, retirement, investment, or a first time purchase; being a part of that is something I consider an honor,” said Realtor Geri Morgan. “I love the challenge in finding the right connection, in purchase or sale.”

Top Brokers Charlene Arnold and Jennifer Pearson bring excellence and service to clients buying and selling properties here on Whidbey Island. The knowledgeable team brings delight and experience to each transaction. Jennifer

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

Whidbey Island is very versatile, so it stands to reason that the buyers and properties are as well, & every transaction has different elements. That’s just another reason to keep your fingers on the pulse of this unique market & the continuing education on law, finance, & real estate in general is a must.

Both are strong community supporters. Charlene has served on numerous local non-profit boards. Jennifer is currently Whidbey Island Association of Realtor Board President. Charlene raised her family on Whidbey Island and Jennifer has three sons attending South Whidbey schools. The delightful mother-daughter team looks forward to serving your real estate needs.


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

Windermere Real Estate Sharon Boyle

Managing Broker

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

“In addition to being a fabulous realtor, my husband and I consider ourselves fortunate to regard Geri Morgan as a friend,” said past clients Hazel Thomas and Gary Lockhart, who moved to Whidbey from the Chicago area. “Through Geri, we were able to easily transition into the fabric of the community.”


WINDERMERE: Judith Zapanta-Borras


Geri’s career of 31 plus years & island residency of 47 plus years is considered a benefit to her clients, but they also turn to her because of her integrity, & customer service .They know that she cares about her clients as well as her community. Geri says “People don’t care what you know, unless they know that you care”.

Broker, Realtor®

SERVING REAL ESTATE SINCE 1978 A Reputation for Excellence!

Unparalleled Client Service Timely Comprehensive Professional

For 37 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.

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.


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.”

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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.


Ryan’s House For Youth Lori Cavender

Founder / Executive Director

For almost 25 years, Lori Cavender has worked with at-risk and homeless youth and their struggles. Bringing a young girl into her home 16 years ago, who is still apart of her family, started this lifelong passion to help youth find their greatest potential. Lori believes that youth who have lived with trauma need to have adults in their lives who can help them overcome their past to a brighter future. Lori founded Ryan’s House for Youth (RHFY) in 2009 and has been serving the homeless youth of Whidbey Island since then through the support/outreach van, case management, Drop-in Center, meals, tutoring, counseling, mentoring, mediation services, host family program, and most recently the addition of leading and working with other host family programs across the state to change legislation to better assist more homeless youth. Since the start of RHFY, they have served over 150 youth, about 20 of which have been placed in Host Homes, and 2 have even been adopted into new forever families. Last year, 7 of our students graduated high school and one was even a Valedictorian! RHFY is proud of the work we do, but we can always do more with the continued support of our wonderful community! If you are looking for ways to help the community, there are endless ways you can make a world of difference for our youth. Please contact us or come in to the office to find your perfect fit with our great team!

(360) 331-4575


SYLVAN LEARNING Shari Glover Center Director

Shari Glover Center Director

380 Se Pioneer Way, Ste 101 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Phone: (360)675-8010

Having been in Education for 15 years Shari is familiar with helping families meet their educational goals. With a Degree in Elementary and a minor Special Education as well as 11 years of classroom experience she is able to understand that everyone has unique learning needs. Shari strives to help meet the needs of individual learners in order to help students become confident and successful. In Addition to the traditional tutoring, homework support and test prep Sylvan is now offering classes in Robotics and Coding. Call Shari or stop by the office to see how Sylvan can help your family reach its educational goals.

Camille Green, Anh Bui, Lissa Firor

Last year the Good Cheer Food Bank distributed over 31,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown produce through our Fresh Food on the Table Program. Our Produce Manager, Lissa Firor, our Garden Manager, Camille Green, and our Garden Apprentice, Anh Bui, work hard with our many loyal volunteers to grow, harvest, and distribute food from our two gardens, distribute food from our partner gardens, local farmers, and home gardeners, as well as process or preserve excess produce, and educate community members and food bank clients on growing their own food through educational flyers, gardening forums, and the Good Cheer Garden blog. Thank you for helping us to feed and nourish our community!

For more information on our garden programs:

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Jana Szabo

Master Vocal Coach

Jana Szabo originally from New York City, currently residing and teaching on beautiful Whidbey Island, has been studying and active in the Performing arts since the age of four. Her life is in sharing “The Gift that Singing Brings� and has been teaching music since 1985. Jana Szabo is a Master of Song, Performance, Performance Art Improv, Song Writing, Vocal Coaching and Master Techniques.


Jana Szabo’s understanding of the Voice comes with a strong background in extensive Vocal Training, Orff and Steiner Methods, Dance, the Performing Arts and in the Healing Art traditions, such as Qiqong, Reiki, and Sound Healing. Jana Szabo’s studies include a BFA in Music from Cornish Institute in 1985, Seattle, WA, with continuing studies in Ethnomusic and East Indian Arts at Dartington College of the Arts in Devonshire, Great Britain. Jana Szabo has been teaching Voice for 30+ years privately and in schools in Seattle, on Whidbey Island and abroad. Currently Ms. Szabo has a thriving Private Vocal Teaching practice here on Whidbey Island, and globally on Skype.


All Levels, All Styles, All Ages Welcome!

Contact me - 206 841 0001 to BOOK YOUR SESSION NOW! Discounts are available when scheduling four or more sessions. đ?„žđ?„šđ?„šđ?„šđ?„šđ?„šđ?„šđ?„š




Charmers Bistro, Linda Coffman, Owner

We source local & fresh ďŹ sh, vegetables & meats for the best dining experience in south Whidbey. Our diners rave about the freshness of our ingredients — “Crab Cakes taste like Crab!â€? Our customers know they will have a great dining experience at Charmers Bistro and satisfying customer’s hunger is what makes this business so enjoyable. Southern Italian with Northwest Fresh Food & Spirits

1675 Main Street • Freeland • 360-331-2123


Anne Smidt Encaustic

Diane Thompson Printmaking, Mixed Media

Tammi Sloan Jewelry & Mixed Media

Shai Steiner Acrylics on Canvas

Shirley Lacy Artistic Bead Necklaces

your island destination for local fine art!

Yvonne Palka Asian Brush Painting

220 2nd St., Suite 102, Langley

Nancy Anderson Oil Painter

Barbara Mearing Pastel and Acrylic Mary McLeod Calligrapher

Christi Shaffer Stoneware Pottery

Pat Brooks Still Life Artist

Carol Jensen Felt Sculpture

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Kimberlly Winjum Associate Publisher

Megan Hansen Editor/Reporter

Jessie Stensland Editor/Reporter

Debra Vaughn Reporter

Kate Daniel Reporter

Teresita Mendiola Assistant Sales Manager

Nora Durand Sales Consultant

JoAnn Baker Sales Consultant

Renee Midgett Administrative/Creative Manager

Michelle Wolfensparger Lead Creative Artist

Rebecca Collins Creative Artist

Jennifer Miller Creative Artist

Caitlin Frost Creative Artist

Cassie Novak Administrative & Ad Services

Diane Smothers Circulation Manager

Donna Coats Circulation Assistant

Whidbey News Group • 107 South Main Street, Suite E101 • PO Box 1200 • Coupeville • 360-675-6611

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Candlewood Suites

Pamela Estes & Elvira Jaramillo General Manager

Head Housekeeper

Pamela Estes / General Manager, has been with the company for 10 years. Estes started working at The Candlewood Suites 10 years ago as a housekeeper and, through the years, moved up the ladder to become General Manager. Through Pamela’s leadership and management style of “team always,” The Candlewood Suites was presented the “Torch Bearer,” an award, which is given to the top 10 out of 300plus Candlewood Suites in the world for achieving the highest levels of excellence.


Estes is very involved in the community and donates time to several community activities and organizations. Along with accepting many sponsorships requests, she has shown her involvement and her love for this community.

Elvira Jaramillo / Head Housekeeper, has been with the company for seven years. She started as a part-time housekeeper and mastered her craft to be come head housekeeper. Elvira was recently named “Housekeeper of the Year” out of 300-plus Candlewood Suites in the world. That award is a tribute to Elvira’s hard work and loyalty to the company.

LEAVITT GROUP NORTHWEST: (formerly Koetje Insurance)

Darlene Garen, Sue Blouin, Bonnie Wallin, Jessica Marshall Leavitt Group Northwest has over 95 years of combined service to Whidbey Island.

• Darlene services personal lines insurance and sales with 37 years experience.

Moving to new location November 16, 2015:

Candlewood Suites 33221 State Route 20 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360.279.2222

31650 SR 20 Suite 1 Oak Harbor WA 98277 (360) 675-5916


OAK HARBOR OFFICE: Front Row: Kayla Skinner - Escrow Assistant/Office Comptroller, Liz Carstensen- Title Assistant, Amy Shockley - LPO/Office Admin. Back Row: Justine Whan - Senior Title Officer, Yamell Rodriguez - Receptionist/Title Assistant. Not pictured: Sarah Downs - Title Assistant.

• Sue’s focus is sales for both commercial and personal lines insurance with 41 years experience.

• Bonnie services personal lines insurance and sales with 16 years experience. • Jessica services personal and commercial lines insurance with 4 years experience.


FREELAND OFFICE: Kathy Enters Escrow/Branch Manager/LPO and Nikki Enters- Escrow Assistant

Premier Title of Island County


499 NE Midway Blvd, Suite 2 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360-240-9610 5589 Harbor Ave., Suite C Freeland, WA 98249 360-331-3353

Premier Title of Island County brings a blend of experience and friendliness to make you and your clients feel at ease during the closing process. It is our goal to keep you coming back with that next transaction be it Refinancing, Sale, or Purchase. We appreciate and thank you for your business, and for those that have not had the opportunity to give us a try, we welcome your business. Please let us help you with one of the biggest decisions you will make, but truly rewarding. “The pride of home ownership.” In our Freeland Office, Kathy has been closing escrows on South Whidbey for over 23 years. Her daughter, Nikki joined her in her endeavor to continue to provide the best customer service available anywhere. With Kathy’s knowledge and experience you know that your closing will run smoothly and on time. 100% Locally Owned and Operated

Kathy Craven • Craven Insurance

Craven Insurance, family run personal and commercial insurance since 1955. For a personal interview with Kathy Craven, Home, Auto and Boat; or Bob Craven, Commercial Business and Bonds — just call 360-341-7200.

craven where RELATIONSHIPS matter

Kathleen Craven

Bob Craven

Clinton Office: (360) 341-7200 Toll Free: 1 (800) 494-7200

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We salute our Women in Business

Licensed Agent

Michelle Nannenga Licensed Agent

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

Michelle has been helping customers with their insurance policies at Cascade Insurance Agency for almost 3 years. She is a licensed insurance agent who has over 20 years of insurance experience working as a licensed agent in insurance agencies, as well as in customer service and underwriting for an insurance company. She has obtained and held the CISR (Certified Insurance Service Representative) designation for over 10 years. Michelle can 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 at Coupeville Elementary School, in her son’s classroom, enjoys being outdoors, spending time with her family and participating in community events. Give Michelle a call if you have any questions or need help with any of your insurance policies.


Nichole, Tara, Carrie, and Stefanie love being a part of the South Whidbey community. And we love them! Stop by and meet your local team and you’ll see why they make us proud every day. 1737 Main St, Freeland (360) 331-1344



Agency Owner/Agent

Shelli Trumbull

Agency Owner/Agent

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

Shelli has 30 years of 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 been included in the Best of Whidbey every year since starting her business. Cascade Insurance is proud to have received the 2015 Coupeville Chamber Business of the Year Award and the 2015 Soroptimist International of Coupeville Community Business Recognition Award. Shelli is the Coupeville Chamber Board President and an active volunteer who gives back to the community. Shelli can offer you a variety of quotes through multiple companies for all of your insurance needs. Call her or stop by the office when you need a local, experienced, professional insurance agent.

Laura Mahoney, Ashley Ellis, Tina McLaughlin, Sue Patton and Sandy Engen

CHICAGO TITLE With over 75 years of combined Real Estate experience, we have the knowledge and expertise to handle any type of Real Estate transaction. Especially yours! We would like to congratulate all of the Whidbey Island Women in Business on your accomplishments, and wish you continued success!

770 NE Midway Boulevard, Oak Harbor WA 98277 P: 360-675-0733

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Jones Accounting Associates Mandy San Angelo Enrolled Agent

Reni Copas Agent/CSR

Christina Abundis

Insurance Professional Christina Abundis is excited to be part of the Oak Harbor community. Christina has been with Farmers Insurance for 13 years, as both an Agent and a District Trainer.

520 E. Whidbey Ave., Ste 103 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 office 360-675-7568 fax 360-679-4715

With over 20 years of Insurance experience, she and her staff is dedicated in helping their clients with their insurance needs. Please stop by or call for your free quote.


1199 Southeast Dock Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Ph: (360) 675-3030 Fx: (360) 675-0618


Jones Accounting Associates

Jones Accounting Associates

Office Manager

Enrolled Agent

Kathy Jones

Veronica Purin

1199 Southeast Dock Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Ph: (360) 675-3030 Fx: (360) 675-0618

With 17 years filing taxes and handling tax resolution issues, along with working at the IRS for over six years, I have come to understand how to handle IRS personnel and situations requiring tax resolution. I understand the ins and outs of the IRS and can navigate through the bureaucracy for our clients. I thoroughly enjoy telling the IRS they are wrong, especially when I have the documentation to prove it! Since I began working at Jones Accounting Associates, I continue to save our clients’ money the IRS has told them they owe, but do not. The current total is $1.5 Million dollars since December 2013. That total continues to grow on almost a daily basis. My husband, Senior Chief David San Angelo, and I have lived in Oak Harbor for a total of 11 years and plan to retire here. Both our children were born at Navy Hospital Oak Harbor. We enjoy boating, crabbing and being with our family. Since I’ve been working at Jones Accounting I feel as if I have an extended work family as well. If you need tax resolution services, tax preparation or tax advice visit our family office at any time.

I am the calm and friendly face that greets you as you come through the front door of our “home” at Jones Accounting Associates. As a trusted member of the Jones Accounting family, you have my word that I will treat you with compassion and respect always. I promise to provide you with the peace of mind that comes naturally with utmost personal and confidential customer service, compassionate listening, and guaranteed privacy of your financial and tax-related matters. It truly is a pleasure for me to work hand-in-hand with our tax preparers and our entire staff. Since joining Jones Accounting in 2013, I have come to understand and appreciate the hard work and knowledge that goes into the many services we provide. From tax preparation, IRS resolution/ representation, estate/trust planning, and retirement planning; to payroll processing, bookkeeping, and business consultations, we truly are your all-in-one service provider. I am proud to call Oak Harbor my home for more than 40 years! I can think of no other place I would rather live and work-simply put, Whidbey Island is simply beautiful! My husband, Dennis Purin, Jr., is a local truck driver. Together, we enjoy gardening, cooking, and mentoring youth with a local non-profit organization. Jones Accounting Associates is not only the place where I work, but it is a place where I enjoy great friendships and a family atmosphere. I hope you will come see me, and allow me to introduce you to our great family of tax pre parers, bookkeepers, and staff!

Kathy Jones, of Jones Accounting Associates, is proud to provide excellent customer service. Whether it’s providing frequent communication with clients, timely filing of all tax returns, Jones and her team go the extra mile. They are experts at resolving problems with the Internal Revenue Service, and specialize in nonprofit organizations and in providing them with accounting services.

1199 Southeast Dock Street Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Ph: (360) 675-3030 Fx: (360) 675-0618

Jones Accounting, which employs as many as 12 people during the height of tax preparation season, not only provides services for nonprofits, but also small businesses that are looking to grow, tax preparations for estates and trusts, corporations, LLCs and individuals. “Helping people solve financial problems, and the years of contact that we maintain with our clients, are the most enjoyable aspects of the job,” said Kathy. “ We are able to help nonprofits with their fundraisers, thus helping them help others.

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WOMEN OF BUSINESS Trust the Professional Women of

J. Johnson Insurance, LLC Naomi DeMartini


Christa Canell & Marissa Skaar

Insurance Agent

Christa Canell: I am fortunate to have lived on Whidbey all of my life and to have found my 2nd home with Land Title & Escrow in 1992. I love meeting new people and hearing their great stories of why they may be leaving or coming to this beautiful Island. Every file brings new and exciting challenges and I’m happy to be a part of each successful closing and honored to work with so many wonderful people in our community. Teamwork is key to our success so “thank you” to all who are part of our team. & tle


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

Branch Manager & LPO

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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.

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

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Escrow Assistant

Marissa Skaar: I was born San Diego, CA and my military family brought me to beautiful Whidbey Island which then provided me with an interesting and mixed upbringing where the strict Military lifestyle met with the Real Estate madness. Along with this unique upbringing, I grew to work by one motto in escrow and that is “it takes a village to raise a file” meaning that the teamwork of everyone involved in a single transaction is the number one key in raising each transaction to completion. I am grateful for the multiple personalities I am lucky enough to work with so we all can obtain solutions to challenges, to enjoy the benefits of numerous accomplishments, and to provide superb customer service to make our clients worlds a happier place.

5595 South Harbor Avenue, Ste C Freeland, WA 98249 360-331-4838


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Middle Row: Amanda Nesheim, Michelle VanGorder, Susie Thompson, Patty Fakkema Back Row: Clair Sorenson, Melissa Goldman, Bobbi Allen, Holly Mathers, Michele Kott, Cathy West, Kari Pittenridge 1080 NE 7th Ave #1, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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DeRhonda has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry. Her understanding of the home financing process provides her clients with the confidence to move forward, and their real estate agents the assurance of a smooth transaction. Add this with a large variety of home loan products with low fees, and you have a winning combination.

Lyn is a certified mortgage planning specialist with over 20 years of experience. She takes pride in offering competitive rates, a variety of home loan products, low fees, and a friendly common sense approach to lending. The best part of her job is the opportunity to consult with borrowers to find just the right home loan product for their needs and desires.

“I do my best to set expectations in the beginning of every new loan to prevent surprises.” - DeRhonda

“I strive to add value for each of my clients with expert advice and on-time closing.” - Lyn

DeRhonda Porter

Lyn Bankowski

NMLS #304060 Assistant Vice President Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator

NMLS #94118 Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator

(360) 679-5652

(360) 969-5550

People you know. A name you trust.


Washington Consumer Loan Company License #CL-157293

Washington Consumer Loan Company License #CL-157293



Dawn’s experience in human services gives her invaluable insight into the needs and expectations of homebuyers. A long-time Whidbey Island resident, her knowledge of the area and special loan programs benefit her clients. She provides friendly, confident, and timely communications ensuring her clients understand the entire home loan process.

“I love it when a client calls me on the first day in their new home and shares their excitement.” - Dawn

Dawn Tennant

NMLS #305224 Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator

(360) 679-5632

People you know. A name you trust. Washington Consumer Loan Company License #CL-157293

People you know. A name you trust.



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Jes Walker-Wyse Branch Manager, Oak Harbor


Jes Walker-Wyse Jes is committed to the community and Branch Manager, Peoples Bank. She hasOak over Harbor 14 years of financial services and retail management Jes is committed to theincommunity and experience, specializing small business and personal banking. is a14 devoted Peoples Bank. She hasShe over years of military spouse and mother of three boys. financial services and retail management She volunteers her time with organizations experience, specializing in small business suchpersonal as the Music Festival, and banking. She isPigfest, a devoted Coupeville Arts and & Crafts Festival andboys. military spouse mother of three Boy Scouts of America. She is an executive She volunteers her time with organizations boardasmember for Festival, the Greater Oak such the Music Pigfest, Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival and Planning Commissioner for the City of Boy Scouts of America. She is an executive Oak Harbor. Jes truly provides her board member for the Greater Oak customers a higher level of service. Harbor Chamber of Commerce and Planning Commissioner for the City of Oak Harbor. Jes truly provides her customers a higher level of service.

Dianne Nortier, Cindi Zimmerman, Gin Nordstrom

(360) 679-7966

With years of experience, we provide a full range of services for small businesses to busy individuals. 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 large and small businesses alike, customizing the work that is needed. If the need is just payroll or a full charge bookkeeper-we are here to help. 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.

Whidbey Island

Jes Walker-Wyse Branch Manager Oak Harbor Financial Center

Jes(360) Walker-Wyse 679-7966 Branch Manager

Oak Harbor Financial Center




Edward Jones Investments Kristi Price

Melissa Cates Financial Advisor

Senior Branch Office Administrator

I began my career with Edward Jones in 2004 starting out in its home office in St. Louis, Missouri. I have been in the Freeland Branch for almost 10 years. As an Edward Jones financial advisor, I believe Diana Bedford Melissa Cates Christine Knapp it’s important to Branch Office Administrator Financial Advisor Branch Office Administrator invest my time to understand what you’re working toward before you invest your money. Working closely with you and your CPA, attorney and other professionals, I can help determine the most appropriate financial strategy for you and your family. I can also help with your retirement savings strategy so you have more options when you retire, regardless of what you decide to do.

My family is the most important thing in the world to me. Even though I don’t eat crab, I love crabbing with my Dad and daughter, and cheering on the Seahawks with my husband.

Kristi Price

Our team provides highly personalized service. All aspects of our business are aligned to help us better understand and meet our clients’ unique goals and needs. Call or drop by to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you meet your financial goals!

1688 Main Street, Suite 100 Freeland, WA 98249 360-331-4450 Member SIPC

6315 Storkson, Suite 102 Clinton 360-341-4556 Member SIPC

I love my job, and I became a limited partner with Edward Jones in 2014. Edward Jones brings a unique brand of service to communities across the country. Here on South Whidbey, my financial advisor, Kevin Lungren, and I take pride in collaborating with individual investors in our community, and help our clients achieve their financial goals.

I recently joined the Friends of Friends Medical Support board and I am responsible for logistics for the Hearts & Hammers Woodchucks. This career allows a work/life balance that enables me to stay connected and participate in community building.

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RE/MAX Acorn Properties 32800 State Route 20, Suite #2 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 (360) 679-4585


RE/MAX Seaside Properties 914 3rd Street, Suite A Langley, WA 98236 (360) 221-6551

Terri Neilon Broker Owner Lisa Felix Admin, Reilly Sandefu Admin, Barbara Webb Asst. Mgr, Elanor Walker Bookkeeper, Cindy Carter Maint. Specialist, Jodi Green Realtorʼs Asst, Ashley Jeannette Property Mgt. Specialist, Betti Sufuentes Bookkeeper

Terri Neilon Terri is the Broker Owner of RE/ MAX Acorn Properties and RE/MAX Seaside Properties. She is best known for her commitment to volunteering and giving back to her community. Her designations include Certified Residential Specialist, Certified Internet Professional, Graduate Realtor Institute, and Certified Distressed Property Expert. Her goal is that when you close your transaction that you will refer friends and family to our office because of the great service received.

Patty Folkstad With more than 16 yearsʼ experience with foreclosures, I am now currently the office Asset Manager for Freddie Mac REOʼs It takes enormous amounts of attention to detail and organizational skills that come naturally to me, as a matter of fact I love it!. If you need help finding your home, selling your home or questions on foreclosures be sure to contact me!

Christina Shultz Christina grew up on Whidbey Island and started working in property management when she was 16 and got her license when she was 21. She is a licensed assistant to Terri Neilon and keeps up to speed in the latest technologies and local market trends. Communication with clients is critical and she helps keep clients informed during the transaction. She graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Political Science.

Shawn McNeal As a broker, my goal is to be a professional, knowledgable source of information for all aspects of Real Estate. My commitment is to deliver extraordinary services with consistency, exceptional ethics, and highest level of integrity. It means the world to me to build long term relationships with my clients. I believe that hard work and attention to detail are vital to all lifeʼs endeavors. I appreciate the opportunity to demonstrate those values by making sure your unique needs are met for years to come. For families, for memories, for LIFE!

Paige Bates Paigeʼs business philosophy is simple: “treat every client in the exact manner she would want to be treated if she were buying or selling her own home. Along with the CRS designation Paige has also earned the Military Relocation Specialist and Seniors Real Estate Specialist Certifications. This excellence in education and experience, coupled with her continued commitment to the community she is honored to serve, makes Paige Bates the choice for all of your Residential real estate needs.

Chas Webster Chas Webster developed an early interest in real estate working as a title officer for a local title company in Oak Harbor at age 23. She currently works as the Finance Office Manager for the City of Oak Harbor. Ah, but her passion has always been real estate. She is excited to be a part of the home buying process and to assist sellers in the sale of their home. She has carried her real estate license beginning in California in 2010 and continuing in Washington.

Kathi Phillips Kathi began her Real Estate career in 1981 in Oak Harbor and works tirelessly for her buyers and sellers. She is committed to her clients and happy to help them achieve the dreams of home ownership. Giving back to the community is a big part of her commitment to Oak Harbor and Whidbey Island. Kathiʼs Specialties include: 1st Time Home Buyers, Military Personnel, Senior Communities along with Condominiums and New Constructions. Designations: Managing Broker, Certified Residential Specialist, and Graduate Realtor Institute.

Shannel Clift Born and raised right here on Whidbey Island. I am married to a wonderful airman who serves our US Navy, and we have two beautiful children together. As a family we enjoy being outside and exploring this gorgeous state. I also have a passion for coaching cheerleading to all ages. I am lucky enough to engage in this in a few of our local communities over the past several years. I believe that being homegrown I have a great advantage for this market and industry. I am so excited to embark on this journey and help families all over find their perfect Whidbey home.

Lois Guerero With more than 25 years of working in the Whidbey Island real estate market, Lois has a passion for being the very best at what she does, staying up to date in order to make certain each transaction is completed with the utmost professionalism, and concern for her clients best interest.

Women in Business - Whidbey Women in Business 2015  


Women in Business - Whidbey Women in Business 2015