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A Supplement to the Whidbey News-Times, South Whidbey Record & The Whidbey Examiner


• Whidbey Island Women in Business •October • 2016

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


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 Nelion 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.

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

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.

Alisha Legaspi Have you ever been completely overwhelmed when it comes to your housing needs? I focus on making the buying and selling process as effortless as possible for my clients so they can experience a stress free transition as they embark on a new and exciting chapter. I met my husband in middle school, and we loved growing up in the Great PNW, but when he joined the Navy we had to move quite a few times before finally ending up back at home. While experiencing new places is exhilarating, moving can be overwhelming to say the least. I dedicate my time and energy to keeping up with our current market, furthering my education by completing my BS at Columbia College, and guaranteeing that each and every client is satisfied at the end of our transaction. Empathizing with the military community as a Navy Wife I have earned my designation as a Military Relocation Specialist. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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.

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Tina WieldraayerProvoncha Broker-Realtor







360-675-5953 • 360-672-0058 tinamarie@windermere.com http://tinamarie.withwre.com

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.



Trust the Professional Women of








Stephania Schleipman | Cheryl Lueder | Jennifer McGlothlin | Sarah Erbe

Windermere Knows Whidbey

From Deception Pass to the Clinton Ferry, if you’re looking to rent on the Island, Windermere Property Management knows Whidbey like nobody else.

Best in the Business

When it comes to property management, Windermere is second to none. With four offices throughout the island we offer unmatched services for both tenants and owners with prompt, personal attention that’s focused on matching the best local properties with the best tenants.

rentwhidbey.com • 360-675-3329, North Whidbey 360-419-5560, Central Whidbey • 360-331-6636, South Whidbey


Windermere Real Estate Sharon Boyle Broker, Realtor®

Unparalleled Client Service Creative Comprehensive Professional Committed to Client Satisfaction Let me welcome you to Whidbey Island and facilitate your arrival as a newcomer by introducing you to our wealth of local resources. If you are moving on to a new destination and new dreams, let me collaborate, negotiate and assist with that process.

Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey

We are proud of the heritage Land Title and Escrow Company has in the communities we serve. Service You Deserve. People You Trust.

“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.”




1080 NE 7th Ave #1, Oak Harbor (360) 675-2246 • www.ltco.com


360-224-5266 sharonboyle@windermere.com 5531 Freeland Ave, Freeland

Front Row: Melissa Goldman, Melanie Gloede Moore, Amanda Nesheim Middle Row: Delilah Steele, Tabitha Kirschenmann, Patty Fakkema, Susie Thompson, Clair Sorenson, Kari Pittenridge Back Row: Holly Mathers, Bobbi Allen, Jennie Rance, Michele Kott, Cathy West, Cindy Frydenlund Not Pictured: Christina Linares & Jacki Wyatt



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Sandy Gilbert

Broker | realtor®



SandyGilbert.withWRE.com Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey

Sandy Gilbert was lucky enough to spend time in her youth on Whidbey Island. She LOVED the beaches, bonfires, ferries, parades and festivals. Her mother, a broker from Seattle, set an example of how wonderful helping people buy and sell homes could be, whether in Seattle or on Whidbey Island. With all the fun and spirit Whidbey had to offer Sandy, with her husband Bill, raised their two children on South Whidbey. Sandy was a school teacher of math and science at the wonderful Langley Middle School for many years. It was only natural for her to become a Broker on an island that she loves. Sandy now lives in Coupeville, which makes it easy to go north or south on the island to easily meet your needs. Please give her a call, text or email and visit her website for additional information.

WOMEN OF REAL ESTATE John L. Scott Real Estate

Whidbey Island South

216 1st Street, Langley

C: 206.930.7316 O: 360.221.1828 cheryl@whidbey.com

Kim Kramer



Thank you to all of our clients, friends, family and the support of this amazing Island for yet another successful year to remember. We are in year 4 since our John L Scott office opened here on the waterfront in Langley. Our parent company just celebrated 85 years in business and we are grateful for our larger family, and the support they provide every day of the week, to help us achieve your goals. Our “Team Langley,” Anne, Annemarie, Dan, Elly, Karen, Kelley, Kim, Lisa, Shannon, Stacie, Steve, and Terri, are committed to our community and are here to provide the best customer service, world class upstream marketing, and excellent results. 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!

John L. Scott Real Estate

Annemarie Catlett


Whidbey Island South

360-221-7588 annemarie@whidbey.com www.AnnemarieCatlett.com

Exceptional Service that ExceedsExpectations

Buying or selling a home is the largest investment most people will ever make whether a first-time buyer, upgrade, down size, vacation home or investment. Guiding buyers and sellers through this process step by step, creating a smooth transaction and positive end result is Annemarie’s mission with the unique goals of each of her clients in mind. Annemarie began her Real Estate career 15 years ago in California after spending many successful years as Director of Marketing and Events Manager in the corporate world. Real Estate quickly became her passion. She relocated to the Northwest area 5 years ago to be closer to family and fell in love with life on Whidbey Island and all that it has to offer. “To give real service, you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money and that is sincerity, honesty and integrity.”

Broker, Realtor

Whidbey Island South

216 1st Street, Langley c: 360-914-0105 o: 360-221-1828 kimkramer.johnlscott.com

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. Kim was honored to by awarded Realtor of The Year in 2014. 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!

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Today’s businesswomen There was a time when a career in business was reserved exclusively for men. But over the past few decades, women executives and entrepreneurs have fought to broaden this sphere for future female generations. To recognize the achievements of past and present-day pioneers, we devote one week each and every year to honoring businesswomen across the globe. This year, National Business Women’s Week (October 16 to 22) will once again be held to celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of strong women everywhere.

obtaining bachelor’s degrees in business administration. Additionally, there’s an abundance of inspirational stories relating the modern-day trials and tribulations of women in the world of business. These accounts offer invaluable lessons to future generations who will undoubtedly leave their own mark on the industry. Let’s encourage these young women to develop their business sense and to carve out their own place. Someday, equality will be the norm and women will be fairly represented in boardrooms and businesses across the globe.



Being a woman in today’s business world is still far from the norm. Despite the great strides made by women, the global business landscape still paints a rather one-sided picture. According to the International Labour Organization, women head only 10 to 20 percent of corporations, which proves that the future we so eagerly hoped for has yet to become a reality. Regrettably, men continue to be reluctant when it comes to being led by women.


More and more young women are WOMEN OF REAL ESTATE

Dalton Realty Sandy (Dalton) Izett Realtor

9546 SR 525 Clinton WA 360-341-1692 sandy@daltonrealtyinc.com

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 34 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.

CANDACE JORDAN Cell: 206-391-0189 cjordan@whidbey.com www.Candace-Jordan1.KW.com


“I am committed to helping you accomplish your real estate goals on Whidbey Island! Whether you are buying, selling or dreaming, I trust you will find me knowledgeable, enthusiastic and professional. Consistently among the top one percent of Whidbey Island Brokers, I look forward to listening and sharing my expertise.”


My specialty is... listening to YOU! Everyone buys or sells a home, or investment property for that matter, with one objective in mind. 3 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!

Marchele Hatchner REALTOR®

360-320-3076 or 331-5976 marchele@cbwhidbey.com www.HatchWhidbey.com

14596 State Route 525, Langley, WA 98260 WOMEN OF REAL ESTATE


Charlene Arnold, Broker Jennifer Pearson, Broker


Coldwell Banker Tara Properties Inc.

Cell: 425-446-238 suzannel@whidbey.com www.suzanne-leisher1.kw.com

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 is Past President of Whidbey Island Association of Realtors and Realtor of the Year 2015.



“I am the 2017 President Elect for Whidbey Island Association of Realtors and one of the responsible parties for bringing Keller Williams South Whidbey Realty to the Island. I have been one of the top 10 Realtors on South Whidbey in the last couple of years and I am just finishing up my fourth year in the Business. Currently I am in the process of obtaining my CRS (Certified Residential Specialist) certification to better serve my Community, Clients, Family, Friends and myself.” 14596 State Route 525, Langley, WA 98260


18205 SR 525 #6, Freeland 360-331-0194 carnold@whidbey.com jennifer@cbwhidbey.com

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.

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WOMEN OF FINANCE With more than 25 years of experience in an everchanging industry, DeRhonda is a master of navigating the home loan process. She’s well known for instilling confidence in both her clients and their real estate agents by ensuring loans close in a timely manner. Finding the right home loan for her clients, at the lowest possible rate, is an absolute priority for DeRhonda.

There’s a reason that Lyn has been selected as Best of Whidbey year after year. With over 20 years of experience as a mortgage planning specialist, she takes pride in going the extra mile for her clients. By providing a variety of home loan products, low fees, and a common sense approach to lending, Lyn will find the perfect home loan for your needs.

Dawn has been a longtime Whidbey Island resident and can’t imagine living anywhere else! Her familiarity with the area, as well as in-depth knowledge of special loan programs, gives Dawn a proven track record of meeting the needs and expectations of homebuyers. She knows how important it is to provide timely and accurate communication to her clients during the home loan process.

“Nobody likes surprises during the home loan process. My experience helps me identify and eliminate any stumbles on the way to their new home.” - DeRhonda

“Every day I strive to go above and beyond when it comes to ensuring my clients are receiving the service and experience they deserve.” - Lyn

Lyn Bankowski

“Nothing beats getting a phone call from a happy client on the day they get the keys to their new home.” - Dawn

Dawn Tennant

DeRhonda Porter

NMLS #304060 Assistant Vice President Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator

NMLS #305224 Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator

NMLS #94118 Sr. Mortgage Loan Originator

(360) 679-5632

(360) 679-5652

(360) 969-5550





650 NE Midway Blvd., Ste. 101, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

650 NE Midway Blvd., Ste. 101, Oak Harbor, WA 98277









650 NE Midway Blvd., Ste. 101, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

Washington Consumer Loan Company License #CL-157293

Washington Consumer Loan Company License #CL-157293


Harbor Station Snohomish 32650 SR 20 Suite C210 8526 164th St. SE Oak Harbor Snohomish



When you need a trusted advisor that believes in doing what’s right, team up with Lauren Pool, (lpool@SaviBank.com) Vice President and Loan Production Office Manager at SaviBank. Together, we’ll make our communities even stronger.

We salute Women in Business Please welcome branch manager Mari Greshowak and Elliott Cove investment advisor representative, Susan Medalia to the Freeland Coastal family!

The Wise Choice

coastalbank.com •

Freeland Loan Production 360.331.3717 5575 Harbor Avenue, Suite 204 Freeland, WA 98249

Edward Jones Investments, Clinton Kristi Kammenga Price, Senior Branch Office Administrator

Jenny Staats,

Branch Office Administrator

Our synergetic South Whidbey branch team is comprised of financial advisor Kevin Lungren, Kristi Price and Jenny Staats. Kristi joined Edward Jones in 2008 and became a Limited Partner in 2014. This is Jenny Staats 3rd year with the firm . Edward Jones brings a unique brand of service to communities across the country. We take pride in collaborating with individual investors in our community, and help our clients achieve their financial goals. We love our firm and our jobs. Family is the most important thing to us. Kristi enjoys crabbing with her mom and dad and cheering on the Seahawks with her husband and daughter. Jenny, along with her husband and three great kids, enjoy camping, fishing and skiing. This career allows a work/life balance that enables us to stay connected and participate in community building. Kristi serves on the Friends of Friends Medical Support Board. Jenny is on the Trinity Lutheran Council and come January, Jenny usually smells like Girl Scout Cookies and is likely to have a case in her minivan.


Coastal Community Bank offers investment services through Elliott Cove Capital Management. Investment and insurance products are: • Not insured by the FDIC • Not a bank deposit, bank obligation, or guaranteed by the bank • Not guaranteed by any government agency • Subject to investment risk, including potential principal loss


WOMEN OF FINANCE savi-whidbey-women-3.17x4-2016.indd 1

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

Washington Consumer Loan Company License #CL-157293


After being a top originator in the country, Kris Crane created Crane Financial Group in Snohomish, WA to assist clients in home ownership. “Too often big business forgets what it’s like to be on the other side of the table.” She attributes her success to never forgetting how that feels. She has placed thousands of clients into home ownership over the past 30 years, always taking the time to understand everyone’s distinct financial needs. Whether you are a first time borrower or a savvy investor Kris has the expertise, product and personality to assist you in the completion of your mortgage. Kris grew up in Oak Harbor, is an OHHS graduate, and the daughter of the previous Assistant Superintendent of Oak Harbor School District for 30 years, Ted Knutsen. In Nov. 2015, Kris took the leap to open a 2nd Crane Financial Kris Crane; Branch Manager Group location in her hometown that she loves (360)668-3600 so dearly. Kris really enjoys living, working and Kris@CraneLoan.com serving in the community she calls “home.” Crane Financial Group was recently awarded the “5 Star Award for Mortgage Lenders” by Seattle Magazine for the past 5 years. Kris is eager to offer the same exceptional service she gives, to the Oak Harbor area. “Over 30 years of helping customers finance homes has made me realize just how lucky I am to have chosen this profession! I pride myself in being able to customize loan programs to meet the needs of each individual client”. From the first day we meet through the day of closing your transaction and for many years to come….I want to earn the title ‘Your Mortgage Banker for Life’. “

Now, 2 locations to better serve you!



Harriet Berg

9/12/16 10:53 AM

Enrolled Agent • Comprehensive Interview 1040s & all states Corporations/Partnerships  Trusts/Estates/Nonprofits  

• Military Tax Specialists

2171 W. Beach Rd. • Small Business Consulting Oak Harbor • Accounting/Payroll Services 360.929.0495 • IRS Problem Resolution

www.harrietberg.com • Retirement Planning

Celebrating 30 Years

Helping people solve financial problems, saving clients from the IRS when they come calling, and offering more than just tax preparation, filing taxes, and estate planning. Jones Accounting is celebrating our family of caring and friendly staff - we have the knowledge and experience to meet all of your tax and accounting needs: non-profit, small business, corporations, trusts, estates, IRS resolution, and individual needs. Give us a call or stop in and meet us - we invite you to join our family! Thank you for voting us Best Accountant/CPA for the fifth time in the Best of Whidbey Contest!

1199 SE Dock St, Oak Harbor 360-675-3030 • www.kjonesinc.com

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Working out the work-life balance to produce as much as their childless colleagues. Swamped by their workloads, others feel that they are always neglecting their family responsibilities. With guilt hovering in the background, wo­­men tend to waver between the two worlds, always in search of the right balance. Although a woman might often have the im­pression of being overwhelmed, all she has to do is look around to realize that this is the reality for thousands of other families. Of course, the grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence, but few


mothers would truly want to change their lives. Above all, the key to successfully reconci­ ling work-family responsibilities lies in or­ganization, good time management skills, and the setting of priorities. Give yourself some leeway in case of unforeseen events. After a hectic week, cut back on housework and organize a family outing instead. Ask your partner to give you a hand. Suggest to your employer that you could work from home when your children are sick or on vacation. In other words, find your own

solutions to reduce the hectic pace of your life. After all, everyone has a right to be happy and successful!


When it seems as though there aren’t en­ough hours in the day, it can be difficult for working mothers to find time to catch their breath and enjoy life. The family is one area where the majority of women rarely compromise. While some find it difficult to be separated from their little ones, others need to be part of the workforce in order to flou­rish. This is where a work-family conflict can arise. Even though they work as hard as everyone else, some working mothers often have the impression that they’re not able


Caught between work and family responsibilities? Focus on your priorities.

Background - Tina Mclaughlin, Michelle Van Gorder, Heather Anderson Foreground - Sue Patton, Sandy Engen

770 NE Midway Boulevard, Oak Harbor WA 98277 P: 360-675-0733 www.ChicagoTitleNW.com


Kathy: 360-341-7200 x223

Kathy Craven • Craven Insurance

Craven Insurance, family run personal and commercial insurance since 1955.

For a Home, Auto, Business or Boat Insurance Personal Interview: 360-341-7200

craven where RELATIONSHIPS matter

Kathleen Craven

Leavitt Group Northwest

31650 State Route 20, #1 Oak Harbor 360-675-5916 800-726-8771 www.leavitt.com

We would like to congratulate all of the Whidbey Island Women in Business on your accomplishments, and wish you continued success!

Bonnie Wallin, CISR Insurance Agent

Insurance Agent

Blessings to all our dearest pets including Max: 09/11/2001 to 09/25/2016

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!


Sue Blouin CIC, ACSR

Sue has been a licensed insurance agent for 42 years serving Whidbey Island. She has been with Leavitt Group Northwest (formerly Koetje Insurance) for 28 years. She is experienced in writing all lines of insurance including business, contractors, bonds, auto, home, motorcycle, boat and recreational vehicles. Sue welcomes and looks forward to handling the insurance needs of the Island County community where she has been a resident since 1969. Please give Sue a call.


Leavitt Group Northwest

31650 State Route 20, #1 Oak Harbor 360-675-5916 800-726-8771 www.leavitt.com

Bonnie has been in the insurance industry for 17 years and is a Whidbey Island native. She started her career at Koetje Agency in 1999 which is now Leavitt Group Northwest. Bonnie specializes in personal lines insurance such as home, auto, umbrella and recreational vehicles. When not working, she enjoys traveling and participating in community events.

Bob Craven

INSURANCE.com kcraven@craveninsurance.com bcraven@craveninsurance.com


J. Johnson Insurance, llc


Naomi DeMartini




Insurance Agent


404 S Main St • Coupeville (360) 682-2162 www.cascadeinsuranceagency.com 404 S Main St • Coupeville Home Auto • Business (360)•682-2162

www.cascadeinsuranceagency.com Shopping for insurance is not Home • Auto • Business like comparing apples to apples. Apples are different and so are insurance policies. The right insurance begins with your agent. Choose the agent Shopping for insurance isanot comparing apples that knows insurance and is partlike of your community. to Shelli apples. Apples different soand arehas insurance Trumbull is a are Whidbey Islandand Native been a licensed insurance agent for over begins 25 years.with Shelliyour is proud policies. The right insurance to have started a business that knows has earned Best of Whidbey agent. Chose the agent that insurance and is a recogniti on every year. Cascade Insurance is proud part of your community. Shelli Trumbull is ato have received the 2015Native Coupeville Business of the Year Whidbey Island andChamber has been a licensed Award and the 2015 Soroptimist International of Coupeville insurance agent for over 25 years. Shelli is proud to Community Business Recognition. Shelli can offer multiple have started a business has earned Best of quotes, that are tailored to that you, through multiple insurance Whidbey recognition every year. Cascade Insurance companies. Call or stop by the office when you need a local, is proud to have received the 2015 Coupeville experienced, professional insurance agent.

Chamber Business of the Year Award and the 2015 Soroptimist International of Coupeville Community

J. Johnson Insurance, llc Independent Agent

1635 Main Street, Suite A7, Freeland 360-341-1848 www.jjinshealthchoices.com

Naomi is an Island native who enjoys providing clients with guidance on navigating a complex insurance marketplace. Naomi specializes in Health Insurance, including Medicare Plans from supplements, and advantage plans to prescription drug plans, Individual and Family Plans on and off the Washington health exchange, Employer Sponsored Plans as well as Life, Dental, and Travel Insurance. She is licensed and certified and holds a bachelor’s degree in Human services. If you have questions on your current policy or you are interested in the options available to you, please contact Naomi for a personalized consultation at (360) 341-1848 or jjinsure@whidbey.com.

Oak Harbor Office Front Row: Justine Whan, Amy Shockley, Kayla Skinner Back Row: Sarah Downs, Yamell Rodriguez, Liz Carstensen, Kailei Roberts

Freeland Office Kathy Enters and Nikki Enters

Premier Title


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

of Island County

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

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Kristi O’Donnell

Trio Nouveau • The Hot Club of Troy

You might find Kristi O’Donnell and her bass, Emi, playing swing music or the repertoire of Django Reinhardt with one of the bands she manages: Trio Nouveau or The Hot Club of Troy, based out of Whidbey Island, WA. Her artworks spring up like newborn flowers in local establishments, on the Internet or in the hands of friends. Known as a fairy and mermaid sculptor, she brings forth the magic in life as a conduit for creativity. Her life-long career in horticulture is now focused on education, consultation and planting diminutive landscapes suitable for butterflies, bumblebees and little ones. Kristi volunteers for Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN) in support of providing nourishing food for those in need in our community. Visit her here: www.kristio.com


Talia Toni Marcus


Lisa Bernhardt

It seems the Pacific NorthWest Art School “found” me. I have always gravitated towards anything art related, visual or performing. However, also being very practical, the first part of my life was spent learning skills that were practical but not necessarily soul satisfying. Eleven years ago I found myself “volunteering” for the Coupeville Arts Center. Fast forward to today which finds me as the Executive Director of this diverse arts organization for the past five years. Administrating all the behind the scenes action is great, but the best gift of all is watching artists connect with instructors, go through transformations, and take their work to the next level. Helping artists grow and connect is the best part of my job. I am passionate about the art school, my community and this incredibly rich and beautiful Island we call “home”. I love to share it with everyone. Come visit and see for yourself what we are all about! We are a not for profit art school as well as a gallery, in house art supply store, library, community resource and supporter of all things “art” in our community.

Pacific NorthWest Art School 15 N W Birch Street Coupeville WA 98239 360 678 3396 www.pacificnorthwestartschool.org


Artisan Crafted Home

Violinist Extraordinaire, Viola, Stroh Violin, Coach, Storyteller & Songstress!

Suzanne Guttman Healy, owner

Creative treasures, right on your doorstep Why waste time searching high and low when you want to treat yourself or find the perfect gift? To discover real treasures of indisputable quality, there’s nothing better than visiting local artisans and producers. You’re sure to find both originality and quality right on your doorstep. Visit neighborhood stalls and boutiques to find unique jewelry, great kitchen ware, and handmade greeting cards. Visit outdoor markets and sidewalk kiosks to find some real little gems! Artisanal soap factories are also marvelous places for finding soaps, oils, and lotions packed with natural products so gentle for the skin. Furniture and cabinet maker workshops are also overflowing with treasures. You can find, or order, magnificent custom furniture made

of solid wood with the finish of your choice. Some carpenters even make cute wood toys, such as miniature trucks, trains, rocking horses, and puppets. Art galleries let you discover beautiful paintings, sculptures, and other art objects that can turn your home into a haven brimming with creativity. And local designers create beautiful clothes and accessories that are impeccably made, comfortable, and longlasting. Dresses for every occasion, elegant pants, fur accessories, and other stylish outfits will delight fashionistas. Local artisans create all kinds of useful objects. As you visit shops and work studios, you are sure to find household linens, utensils, blown glass accessories, and ceramics. They will be so well-made, and beautiful and practical as well.

Meditative & Dynamic Interpretations & Compositions. Joy Sharing Dancing Fiddler!!! Come Join her Buddies for Buddies Cafes for great Conversations and Explore her “Tune-In & ToneUp” Uke & Songbook Classes at Bayview Senior Center! A Hollywood Runaway, TONI performed with Jack Benny as his child protege. Talia Toni Marcus has Toured, Recorded & Performed with many: Van Morrison, Pavorati, Taj Mahal, LA Phil, in Israel, Europe, Nepal & streets of the world. She is the featured soloist in the film “An Officer & A Gentleman” & composed for many Films/TV/Dramatic Features & Art in Public Places. Offering: Creative Theraputic Music, Movements & Group & Private Sessions. Specialist in Music for Churches, Private/Public Celebrations & Parades. The Value of the Moment is my Sliding Scale.

Suzanne Guttman Healy, along with her husband Jack Healy, own ArtisanCrafted.com a company dedicated to bringing artisan made products to customers seeking hand-crafted and unique furnishings through the ArtisanCrafted.com family of websites; Glass Artist Gallery, Copper Sinks Online, Sinks Gallery, Artisan Crafted Lighting, along with Artisan Crafted Home, located online and the store at 211 First Street, in Langley. Suzanne is also the owner of Guttman Glass. Since 1999 Suzanne has been blowing glass professionally, designing and creating blown glass functional art lighting, sculptures and sinks as well as aesthetic art vessels for a few exclusive nationally recognized art galleries. Her custom art and sculptural work are in residences, galleries, yachts, motor coaches, airplanes, corporate environments and hotels throughout the world. Born in Sacramento, California, Suzanne moved to Seattle in 1981 to open her Graphic Design and Branding Firm after graduating college, later discovering the magic of blown glass, continuing her family’s tradition of artists, her mother an award wining accomplished fine artist, her grandfather a photographer and her aunt, uncle, and nieces all in the performing arts industry. Suzanne and Jack moved to Langley in 2004 and live with their dog Scruffy on 7 beautiful acres off Bayview Road.

ArtisanCrafted.com • 360-321-2131

Local artisans create quality products and original works of art just for us!




P.O. Box 550 Langley, WA 360-331-3580 www.peerspirit.com 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, www.peerspirit.com is stewarded by office manager, Debbie Dix.

The Sign Lady

Big Rock Designs

Nora comes from a family of artists and has been painting commercial signs for over 40 years, the last ten of which have been on South Whidbey Island. She creates sturdy, long lasting wood signs that are easy to read and will enhance any business. She also makes custom, personalized signs for homes, gifts, and weddings.

WOW, 29 years doing graphic design work on Whidbey Island! That translates to many, many business cards, posters, brochures, magazines, ads, signs, and logos over the years for the greatest clients one could ever hope for. I do enjoy creating a look that meets client’s business needs and always use quality vendors to output a superior product whether it be a banner, magazine, rack cards, etc. Maybe the best part of my work is the interaction with my community on a daily basis! Serving on the boards for the Coupeville Festival Association, the Pacific Northwest Arts School, the PacRim Institute for Environmental Stewardship and the Town of Coupeville Planning Commission are what I consider to be job benefits. Have questions about your business graphics needs? Give me a call!

Nora Harrell

Some of Nora’s more familiar work around the area include signs for Dancing Fish Winery, Bob Bowling Rustics, Nails With a View, Red Rooster Antique Mall, Petosa Corner, Soundview Realty, Mutiny Bay Antiques, Clinton Automotive, and, most recently, Pickles Deli. Contact Nora for quick service and a quality product. 360.331.2119 • signladywhidbey@gmail.com

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7 South Main Street, Suite B • Coupeville 360-678-0636 • bigrockdesigns@whidbey.net

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Shattering the glass ceiling

The “glass ceiling” expression appeared towards the end of the 1970s and refers to the obstacles that women must surmount in order to reach the higher levels of professional hierarchies. Even though women in the West are more highly educated and qualified than ever before, we are still quite far from the principal of equal work for equal pay. That is especially the case in other parts of the world. But we must not despair. We just have to look back at the progress made in the last decades and redouble efforts to overcome the discrimination and stereotyping in the workplace that still cast a shadow over many women. We have to stop believing that only men can embody competitiveness, ambition, charisma, combativeness, WOMEN OF ARTS

power and authority. We must see that women bring these qualities — and more — to the workplace in a different, equally effective way. We should look at how the glass ceiling hinders their progress and reinforces a negative image of women. We should also ask ourselves if the glass ceiling is maintained by choice or unconsciously, and what we can do to change those attitudes. We should ask ourselves why it is that many women end up in careers with only modest prospects and salaries, out of range of management roles and decision-making posts. Too many companies remain insensitive to the inner conflict many working women live, especially those who are

The goal is to see more women in management and decision-making jobs.

mothers and heads of singleparent families. The solution is to move toward creating conditions that would help women reconcile their workfamily responsibilities. Women should take heart that starting a family doesn’t necessarily mean that

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they have to sacrifice their other dreams. Rallying their partners and children to the quest for equality and powersharing is certainly the best way to change attitudes and ensure that one day the glass ceiling is shattered.


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onaltraining.net www.onetoonepers

One to One 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.


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

Greenbank Women’s Clinic 3455 Old County Rd, Greenbank

DR. KRISTINE JARRELL Owner & Board-Certified Audiologist Contact Dr. Jarrell for a complimentary hearing evaluation and let her assist in beginning the journey to better hearing.

Audiology and Hearing Aid Services



360-678-1423 360-678-1423



www.coupevillehearing.com www.coupevillehearing.com


107 SS Main Street, WA 98239 107 Street,A102, A102,Coupeville, Coupeville, WA 98239


Erin Miksic, ARNP/CNM joins the Greenbank Birthcenter and Cynthia Jaffe from New York City, where she practiced Midwifery and Women’s Wellness/GYN in the Bronx in a large teaching hospital. Erin grew up in Vermont and received her BA from Bard College in history of philosophy while completing pre-med. After deciding that Midwifery was her true passion she completed a Bachelors in Nursing and a Masters in Nursing from Johns Hopkins University followed by a graduate certificate in Midwifery from Shenandoah University. During her training she worked in New Mexico with the Indian Health Service, in Austin Texas in a collaborative midwifery model practice, and a home birth practice with the Amish Community in Pennsylvania. Erin has done public health outreach at a rural health clinic in Ghana and worked as a doula with the under-served in Baltimore. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, cooking, dancing the Texas twostep, gardening and the great outdoors. The homebirth of her brother when she was 21 was what originally inspired Erin to become a midwife. 15 years later, she is very excited to serve the community at the Greenbank Birth Center & Women’s Clinic!

Services Provided

• Pregnancy, Homebirth and Birthcenter Birth • General check-up and preventive health screening for women of ALL ages • Pap smears including HPV testing Menopausal care • STD TESTING, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding • Preconception counseling & Infertility Evaluation • Family Planning / Contraception - birth control , IUDs , Nexplanon • WORK/school/camp physicals

360.678.3594 • greenbankbirthcenter.com


Let’s “Reverse the Day!”

In addition to her passion for helping people get well, Wendy is a mom, a dancer and a person very involved in her community. She was born and raised in New York City and now lives with her family by the beach, on Whidbey Island. She is a member of the Navy League and owner of Anacortes Studio 1010. New York University Physical Therapy Specializes in: Orthopedic injuries Women’s health – pelvic pain, osteoporosis, incontinence, swelling following mastectomy, chronic pain neurological disorders, vestibular disorders – dizziness, vertigo, gait disorders and balance problems. Wendolyn is certified in manual lymphatic drainage. We can do manual drainage and custom compression wrapping. We look forward to spending time with you in our downtown Oak Harbor office.

785 SE Bayshore Drive, Suite #102 Oak Harbor, WA 98277 360.279.8323 ask for Wendy rueandprimavera.com


Dianna’s Vinyasa Yoga

Teaching has been my lifetime passion. When I found yoga, it became the best combination of all. Yoga can be transformational! My yoga classes are for every body. I teach seated yoga (on a chair) for seniors and those who have had an injury or surgery. My gentle/ beginner classes are for those who want to feel more vital: stronger and more flexible. My intermediate + students love the joining of mind, body and spirit. My students are very important to me. I enjoy watching their progress and their smiles. We have built a yoga community of workshops, monthly lunches, and a biking group. I took my training at White Lotus Foundation in 2005. I started instructing my teacher friends. I have been teaching ever since. People come to my classes because I offer consistency, creativity, and authenticity in the practice of yoga.

Dianna’s Vinyasa Yoga The Coupeville Inn 360-678-5131 www.awakenflowyoga.com

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.


FAMILY DERMATOLOGY CO “Voted Best Dermatology Clinic 2016”



Massage Practitioner



KRISTINE JARRELL, AU.D. 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.

Rachel Pennington, lmp

Wendolyn Rue

Rue and Primavera



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: OnetoOne@whidbey.com the key and Marti believes that “Life is an opportunity to exercise”. Her www.onetoonepersonaltraining.net enthusiasm can be contagious!





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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.

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) massagebyrachelpennington@gmail.com

Mary K. Graves RN, FNP

1804 Scott Road, Suite 106, Freeland


275 SE Cabot Drive, Suite A3 Oak Harbor 205 S Main Street, Bldg B Coupeville www.familydermco.com

No challenge is too great for women

While business women have come a long way, it wasn’t all that long ago that women were more than likely to be found working in offices, retail stores and restaurants. However, today it’s commonplace to see women rivaling men in top-ranking jobs in corporations of every kind, in banking, in elected government positions, in every single known profession and in jobs where we never even imagined we would ever see women! And let’s not forget all those self-employed women. In the United States, today,

approximately 5.6% of women are self-employed and although they are more likely to work parttime, they are often seen at the helm of small and medium sized companies as well as major corporations. In fact, the US government reports that 28.7% of small and medium businesses are owned by women. You may be surprised to learn that American women now comprise 55% of full-time students in most university departments. And did you know that the US Congress is currently 19.4% women, 20% (20 women) in the US Senate

and 19.3% (84 women) in the House of Representatives. All those years of tenacity and determination have certainly paid off in paving the way for this generation of women and

even more so for our daughters. From teachers, engineers, doctors and researchers, to astrophysicists and astronauts, the sky is the limit; no challenge will ever be too great for the women of tomorrow.

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MARY KAY COSMETICS Independent Beauty Consultant Tina has been in business 15+ 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. For a complimentary skin care analysis, color application tips or a full makeover contact her at:

360-672-0326 CLyness@marykay.com www.marykay.com/CLyness

SOCIAL GRACES Social media is a great platform to connect and engage with potential customers. The key to making it work for your business is to listen first. Look for social media groups related to your industry, the services or products you provide, or the interests of your target consumers, and observe conversations to find out what's important to the people you need to reach. Avoid promoting your business in these settings, but look for opportunities to add value and expertise to the discussion. In time, this will help to build a community of followers. Keep in mind that each social media channel has its own rules and user base, and not all may be a fit for your business. Find the channel(s) that makes the most sense for you and your business, and be sure to incorporate social links in all of your marketing efforts to further grow your network.

CONTENT AND CHARACTER In the age of information, every small business needs to be a content publisher. Good content serves many purposes, from attracting higher search engine rankings to helping prospects choose your products or services, and reinforcing your brand. A good start is to look for opportunities to educate and share your expertise. How-to videos, FAQs or links to informative resources about your industry are great ways to add value and encourage people to come back to your website. Other content, such as seasonal greeting videos or stories about work you're doing in the community, may serve to humanize your brand and build authentic connections with your customers. Does a local business really need a website? When your business is primarily focused on local clients and you don't sell products online, you may wonder whether your business even needs a website. The answer is unequivocally yes. Websites are how local businesses get


Barbie: 360-632-0713 Kim: 360-632-9480 Dawn: 360-720-8732 From Flat tops to Fades and everything in between, Kim, Barbie, and Dawn have become well-known for their style and personalities. With a combined 69 years of experience, this trio is located at 963 Ault Field. Where all the cool people go.

360.632.9480 Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm



found via directories and search engines. It's the "home base" for pertinent information about your business, including hours, location, products, services and more. Remember that keeping your website information current and correct is extremely important. Inaccurate information can get picked up by other sites and directories, which, in turn, makes it harder for your potential customers to find and engage with your business. Summit fuels growth For business owners looking to grow their businesses, the Local Breakthrough Summit organized by YP may deliver the knowledge and tools they need. The series of nationwide events brings together leaders in digital marketing, including Bing, Google, Verve and Yahoo, while also giving small business owners the opportunity to share best practices and gain insights about their communities. For more information on YP's Local Breakthrough Summit, visit adsolutions.yp.com/ breakthroughsummit.

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SIMPLE SEARCH Search marketing is a powerful tool to drive quality leads. At minimum, you need to optimize your web presence to make sure people who are looking for the types of products and services you sell can find you through the major search engines. After that, you can supplement your organic search engine traffic with paid search ads during peak seasons, special promotions or when you have budget to invest. In any case, the first step is to form a clear vision of your target consumers and the keywords that drive searches in your industry. For additional ideas, consult others, such as customers, relatives, competitor websites and industry news. The time and money you invest in search marketing can be undermined if you neglect the basics such as making sure your company contact information is accurate, consistent and easy to find on your website, in online directories and anywhere else your business appears

on the web. Think about what makes your life easier when you're searching for a product or service that you need and then strive to provide that same experience on your own website.



We are happy to announce that The Beauty Lounge just celebrated our one year anniversary as a family. This past year we have grown to be a very close crew. Loving and enjoying being at work is truly a blessing. Passing along creativity and beautifying our clients has never been more rewarding. The energy here sends a glowing buzz through the salon,


MOBILE MINDSET Mobile is quickly becoming the device of choice for consumers to search the web. According to research by International Data Corporation on behalf of YP, nearly one in three consumers uses two or more devices when looking for information about products and services; and in 2015, Google announced that it receives more searches from smartphones and tablets than from computers. Yet many businesses are slow to adapt. If your website is difficult to navigate from a mobile device, you can lose business to your competitors - especially since mobile searches are often about more than finding information. Consumers are using their mobile phones to take action after visiting a site, including calling a business, checking store hours and mapping directions. Make sure your site is mobile-friendly and easy to use from a

variety of devices so you don't miss out on potential customers.

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The Beauty

Here are four basics you can focus on right now to promote your business and grow your customer base online:


Consumers today increasingly rely on connected devices to research products and services before making purchases - so it's no secret that small businesses need to focus more of their marketing resources than ever before on online strategies. As the journey from consumer query to purchase becomes more complex - incorporating multiple devices, websites, apps and offline activities - so too do the options for tracking consumer behavior and leveraging online media for targeted advertising. There are companies today specializing in almost every aspect of online marketing, leaving business owners with a dizzying array of options. For many the question is not the value of online marketing, but rather where to start and how much they need to do to accomplish their marketing objectives. Fortunately, there are some foundational activities that are effective, manageable and comprise an important starting point for leveraging digital media to grow your business.

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you can feel it, all the way through to your heart. With Langley being recognized by Coastal Living, as one of the “Top 10 Happiest Cities” in the country, we feel so lucky to be here and we love and appreciate our clients. Thank you, Lisa Johnson, Makenzie Crain & The Beauty Lounge Family

120 Second Street, Langley


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Good Cheer

moonraker books

Food Bank & Thrift Stores

Our managers led the way in serving our community 7 days a week in our Thrift Stores.

Josh Hauser, Owner Nancy Welles, Manager

Karen Korbelik

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

What did they do with your donations? Last year’s sales of over $912,000 was enough to feed our neighbors! For more info: www.goodcheer.org

Robin Bell Langley Good Cheer

Kelly Schmidt and her Mom


Josh & Nancy

Rita Tulloch

Good Cheer Two, Clinton

Donation Center

Books to delight the mind



ie, Ow k l i W e i Critters & Co Debb

"South Whidbey's source for live animals and pet supplies"

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!


JENSEN’S FLOOR COVERINGS JENSEN’S FLOOR JENSEN’S FLOOR Doing business Since 1970 COVERINGS Awesome is how COVERINGS Carolyn Jensen describes her experience of working


with people in her community. Helping bring a client’s project together from start to finish is just plain fun. When considering a remodel or a new construction project it can be overwhelming. Using her 24 years of design expertise with colors and textures, as well as her long standing relationship with her installers, she brings your vision to life. Carolyn feels she has the best staff with Brenda Daley, Job Estimator and Nikki Snyder, Office Coordinator. Brenda Daley grew up on the Island and lives in Clinton with her family. Her 21 years of experience in this industry and relationship with builders and people in the community brings a high level of expertise. She has the ability to walk a job site and knows what surface will work, how to solve installation problems and give product suggestions. Her energy and laugh warms anyone who meets her. Nikki Snyder also grew up on the island and brings 16 years of experience in the industry to Jensens Floors. Her friendly voice will answer your phone call and her smile will greet you as you enter our showroom. Her product knowledge and design eye makes her a great asset. Come see our ever changing product lines and shop locally.

1659 E Main St, Freeland • 360.221.1124 M-W: 9am-5pm | Th: 9am-8pm | F/Sat: 9am-5pm | Sun: Closed


Natasha Rodriguez Second Generation Owner

Katie Ginn Owner

Pet Foods: All Natural Dog and Cat Foods, as well as Small Animal, Bird, Fish and Reptile Foods Live Animals: Fish, Kittens, Small Animals (Hamsters, etc), Birds and Reptiles Pet Supplies and Toys Pet Services: -Pet Sitting -Wing & Nail Trimming -Grooming 11042 SR 525, Clinton WA We also offer expert advice! www.whidbeycritters.com

In Ken’s Corner 360-341-1456


I moved to Whidbey Island 18 years ago. My boys were one and three at the time. Over the years, as I raised my children on the South End, I enjoyed working as a Wedding Planner, Caterer, and Home Stager. In 2009, I opened BOOK LOVERS BOOK EXCHANGE and in 2015 transitioned the retail space into a women’s consignment boutique, DESIGNER CONSIGNER. What a wonderful experience this has been. The store now has over 300 consigners and nearly 2,000 items in inventory. I am here Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm. Please stop by and take a browse through. And if you are thinking about becoming a consigner, or just want to know more, please visit


Looking forward to seeing you in the store! 360-682-8084 1694 Main Street, Freeland katie@whidbey.com


(360) 675-6114 32195 State Route 20 Oak Harbor www.el-cazador.com

El Cazador has remained a community staple for over three decades in Oak Harbor and Natasha Rodriguez considers her role at the restaurant to be one of her greatest privileges. “Since day one, my main focus has always been to ensure that our strong sense of family, food, and tradition are reflected in every aspect of the El Cazador experience” she says. These high standards will always continue to be a center focus along with their great sense of pride for the Whidbey Island community. Natasha also mentions that El Cazador remains family owned and operated, and that they take great care with their made from scratch foods and signature handcrafted cocktails. “El Cazador is a very warm and friendly place to work, dine, and spend time with loved ones! It is like home to me and I know to so many others in our community as well. We are so grateful for our customers!”


The Kitchen Door Shirlee Read Owner

Jennifer Krouse

Owner of Sassy Siren and the new fun retro ice cream shop in Langley called Sprinklz, Jennifer has been in business for herself since the age of 24. She has run 5 coffee shops, a construction company and now a women’s retail shop and ice cream store. Jennifer believes that customer service is absolutely the single most essential part of running a small business and makes sure that each and every person that comes into any of her shops leaves with having a fun, great experience. Sassy Siren has fun gifts for all ages, a large selection of Seahawks gear and Jennifer’s own design of “Whidbey Island” merchandise. Sprinklz is a old fashioned ice cream shop with lots of fun old time candy and retro toys. If Ice cream is not what you are after then come on in for an amazing latte, hot apple cider, Italian soda or fruit smoothie… oh and don’t forget to grab a malt or milkshake! Both shops are located on First Street in the beautiful town of Langley on Whidbey Island.

Sprinklz Ice Cream 360.221.6364 109 1st Street, Langley WA Sprinklzicecream.com

Sassy Siren 360.221.7080 107B 1st Street, Langley WA Sassysiren.com

To the much appreciated staff of Off the Hook, Heather Hinderson, Madison Fakkama, Diana Medearif, Penny Fay and Carol Johnson

880 SE Pioneer Way • Oak Harbor 360-679-5100

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 fifteen years during the market season (The first of May through December 20th) she has been selling a wide variety of sweet and savory pies made from scratch at her thriving “Pie for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.” 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 19th 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 • slread@whidbey.com

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Celebrating Kimberlly Winjum Associate Publisher Sales Manager

Megan Hansen Editor/Reporter

Jessie Stensland Editor/Reporter

Kate Daniel Reporter

Nora Durand Sales Consultant

Pam Grant Sales Consultant

Jessie Morris Sales Consultant

Mary Garman Sales Consultant

Michelle Wolfensparger Production Manager

Jennifer Miller Lead Creative Artist

Erin Goodfellow Creative Artist

Heather Schmidt Administrative Manager

Jill Lighty Administrative & Ad Services

Diane Smothers Circulation Manager

Lynette Sampognaro Circulation Assistant

the Women in Our Business! News-Times WHIDBEY




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

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107 S. Main Street, Suite C102, Coupeville

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Dawn brings more than 28 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 14 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.



Four hacks to increase productivity With appointments and meetings to remember, tasks to complete and jobs to finish, life can get crazy in the business world. That's why busy professionals need to stay on top of their game with simple tricks to help take care of work and life, day in and day out. Luckily, solutions exist so that your schedule won't drag you down. To help limit the stress and anxiety of everyday business life, here are a few "hacks" for you and your busy colleagues.


Without getting good sleep and recharging your brain, it's impossible to stay on top of

everything going on around you. It may be challenging to carve out time dedicated to resting, but it can pay off in the long run by planning to cut yourself some slack and get out of the office. Make sure to get away from your cell phone, computer and other devices well before crawling into bed, that way your brain isn't still charging ahead when you're trying to shut down.


One of the simplest ways to organize your life is to write down your schedule - even the simplest, most mundane appointments. Being able to take a quick peek at your calendar to








With so much technology available at your fingertips today, make sure you're taking advantage of the technological tools at your disposal, such as an

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see what you have to do in the coming hours, days and weeks can help take pressure off trying to memorize everything. Whether you're using a physical calendar or typing appointments and reminders into an app on your phone or computer, it's an easy way to stay on track.

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Legislative District 10, Position 2 Educator, Counselor and special education teacher for 25 years PhD in Human Science, Applications of neuroscience to education Small business owner Family caregiver and originator of non-profit Caregiver Renewal Days In the Legislature I will work to: ~ Create an equitable funding stream to educate our children ~ Promote renewable energy and protect the environment ~ Provide quality treatment and housing for people living with mental illness ~ Support historic preservation and Main Street programs Endorsed by: American Federation of Teachers, Retired Public Employees Council of Washington, Washington State Labor Council, National Women’s Political Caucus, NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, Equal Rights Washington, Washington Conservation Voters, Sierra Club. 10th and 38th Legislative District Democrats. Snohomish, Skagit, and Island County Democrats. Camano, Fidalgo, and Stanwood Democrats. 40th Legislative District State Representatives Kris Lytton and Jeff Morris, State Senator Kevin Ranker and Former State Senator Mary Margaret Haugen. Please visit my website for a list of individual endorsements and information en Espanol.

www.dorisbrevoort.com | www.facebook.com/VoteDoris | votedorisrep@gmail.com

Paid for by Vote Doris Brevoort State Rep LD-10 | 114 S 5th St Mount Vernon, WA 98274 | 360-336-3453


VA S E S W I L D Tobey Nelson

Yu Williams, Jill Campbell, Virginia Walton, Polly Schweer Island Recycling The Women at Island Recycling are always happy to guide you on the path to less garbage! We can point out the proper bins in our sleep! We also encourage you to “walk the dump” and see the sights and ravages of modern culture. We will help you sort your stuff, weigh your cans, show you where the batteries go, and sweep up the glass when you drop a tequila bottle. Come and see us!!

Carol works for the Island County Fair Association as the Whidbey Island Fair Manager.

Island County Fair Association 819 Camano Ave, Langley

(360) 221-4677 SAVE THE DATE! August 3-7, 2017

360-331-1727 • 20014 SR 525, Freeland 360-678-7478 • 20018 SR 20, Coupeville WOMEN OF SERVICES

Mary’s Weeding Service


Since 2007

Owner/Creative Director Tobey has always been drawn to the beauty of the natural world. With a BS in Landscape Horticulture, Tobey came to floral design and event planning after over 20 years in the landscape industry. She believes in the power of beauty, and has a passion for organic gardening and sustainable agriculture. Vases Wild provides a wide range of services including flower delivery, floral & event design, event planning and coordinating, as well as garden design and consultation. Tobey cares deeply about the environment and local economic health, and is committed to supporting local farmers who grow flowers using sustainable farming practices. As a wedding specialist, Tobey believes that every couple deserves a beautiful and stress-free wedding day, and she can help you achieve that!

360-632-0686 • VASESWILD.COM

Mary Zibung

Mary Zibung, owner, started her garden restoration and maintenance business in 2007, growing from the lone employee to a crew of 7. Mary’s favorite part of her job is making her clients happy by restoring their gardens to their original beauty, and of course working with her fabulous crew!

Serving All of Whidbey Island call: 360-632-7088 email: MarysWeeding@yahoo.com

Susie Reynolds, Meerkerk Gardens’ Nursery Manager

brings her joy and enthusiasm for rhododendrons to the Meerkerk Gardens’ Nursery every day. For 20 years, Susie has provided Meerkerk Gardens with her exceptional knowledge of rhododendrons, azaleas, and companion plants. Gardeners from all over Whidbey Island and the greater Seattle region have benefitted from her skills in helping them choose the right plant(s) to enhance their Pacific Northwest backyard landscapes. Her in-depth knowledge about the multitude of varieties of rhodies is remarkable; and Susie willingly shares her passion for all Northwest Coast flora and fauna with her customers.

Got Rhodies? Got Questions?

Contact Susie at 360.678.1912 • www.meerkerkgardens.org

3531 Meerkerk Lane, Greenbank

The Gardens are open from 9:00 – 4:00 daily all year.

October • 2016

• Whidbey Island Women in Business •

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Whidbey Water Services, LLC

Whidbey Water Services (WWS) is located in Freeland on the corner of Roberta and Lotto at 5585 Lotto Avenue. Terri and Andy Campbell who own their building and business, manages over 150 Water Associations and 8 large Water Districts through-out Whidbey Island from Clinton through Oak Harbor. The Staff of women at WWS are proficient to provide full support of utility management to Commissioners, Board of Directors and the customers. The friendly staff works together as a team to serve and provide the best service to you in water quality and all aspects and functions of Utility Management. From front to back is Eloise Taylor holding our dog greeter Keakea, Bev Chan, Cindy Currier, Terri Campbell.


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Charmaine Eggett Co-owner



37737 State Route 20, Oak Harbor 360-679-3760 WOMEN OF SERVICES Simmons Garage & Towing

360.221.0229 • 201 Wharf St, Langley WOMEN OF SERVICES

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


My Name is Charity and my passion is dogs (and cats)! We have now been voted “Best of Whidbey” Groomer AND ‘kennel’ for and several years thanks to my clients! My hope is this: That the dog (or cat) have a good, semi-private grooming experience, that they are as happy and calm as they were when they got here, and that they look, feel, and smell divine!! While your K-9 kids are boarding here with me, I want them to have fun, be safe and comfortable, and know that they are loved EW EY N S GR even if mom and dad are gone! DB

Since moving here 8 years ago, I’ve meet most of the people I know through doing outdoor and athletic activities; as an open water swim instructor, a kids swim club coach, and as a volunteer for the Whidbey Triathlon. So when I chucked my corporate job and purchased Whidbey Island Kayaking two years ago, folks weren’t that surprised. Whidbey Island Kayaking is a full service kayak tour and rental business that operates January through October. My team and I are passionate about giving locals and visitors a safe and active way to fully experience Whidbey’s unique and scenic environment. We provide a wide variety of kayak tours for both beginner and experienced explorers and also have hourly and full-day kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals. Please visit www.whidbeyislandkayaking.com for more info and reservations.

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.


Sonya Simmons Owner/Operator

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!

L–R: Lori Wells, Jess Wakefield, Cathy George, Claudia Kulvinskas

Matt’s Import Haven is breaking the mold of the male-dominated auto repair business. Vicky Hassrick, Megan Helgeson, Angie Hart and Maria (the shop mascot) are three women (and a dog) who are working together to make a difference. Vicky, co-owner with her husband Matt, manages all aspects of the business from parts to finances. Megan, who just recently joined the team, is our receptionist who provides the interface between the customers and the technicians. Angie, our parts person, is tasked with managing our inventory and parts purchases. Maria provides emotional support and puppy love for our customers and employees alike. Together these three women help Matt’s Import Haven run smoothly like a fine tuned automobile. 6446 HARDING CLINTON (near the ferry) MONDAY-FRIDAY 8:30-5:00 360-341-3504 mattsimporthaven.com

Whidbey Island has the honor of witnessing first-hand the changing tides in funeral care. More and more women are finding their place in the funeral home, providing exceptional service, compassion, and love for helping celebrate the lives of our fellow community members. Jess Wakefield our Manager, Cathy George our office manager, our Pre-Planning Specialist Counselor Lori Wells, and Claudia Kulvinskas our Intern Funeral Director. Celebrating lives with dedication, excellence and innovation is what we strive for each and every time. We are each committed to taking care of your family, because taking care of each other is what community is all about.

Burley Funeral Chapel 30 SE Ely Street, Oak Harbor 360-675-3192 www.burleyfuneralchapel.com

Visser Funeral Home

432 3rd Street, Langley 360-221-6600 www.visserfuneralhome.com

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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

Alicia Alverson Broker

Rita Nollette Broker

Jeanie Kieswetter Bookkeeper

Diane Lantz Broker

Michelle Waltner Transaction Coordinator

Gail Pierce Broker

Tiffany Burek Broker

Sharley Lewis Broker/Manager

Freeland Office

Charlene Arnold Broker

Deborah Jones Broker

Marchele Hatchner Broker

Pam Mock Broker

Jean Henson Broker

Christina Parker Broker

Judy Nichols Office Coordinator

Jennifer Pearson Broker

Jen Knox Broker

Cathy Wilson Broker

Diane Reed Advertising/IT

Oak Harbor Office

Victoria Buerger Broker

Elaine Taylor Office Coordinator

Ann Campbell Broker

Kimberly Chochon Broker

Sheila Davies Broker/Manager

Maria Hulett Broker

Louvenia Ringuette Broker

Jan McKinney Broker

Daryl Cannon Broker

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