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Women in Business

Thank you to the many women in business who make our community special!

Published by The Islands’ Sounder

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Alexis Beckley, owner Michele Wiley and Judi Madan.

I am thrilled to be celebrating our more than 30 years of experience and the anniversary of our office at 365 North Beach #106 (behind Random Howse). With another new addition to my team, Judi Madan and I welcomed Alexis Beckley to the island and to our cozy Living room office. Our reciprocal partnership for health and life with Harald Schot and Kimberly McCann, has rounded out the services we provide and has kept us very busy. Now, in our effort to further the Madrona Point Insurance brand, we are rebuilding our website and domain to offer better presence in the islands. It will also include the companies we represent and the much coverage offered, including Home, Auto, Business, RV and Marine to name a few. Come by to see our comfortable, inviting space and stay to hear how we can protect you and your assets. We are very proud to be a “locally owned” business and offer you insurance service here on Orcas Island! We are “Women In Business” who love to serve and are supported by our community! A huge THANKS, again to you all!

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Thank you to our women in business for making Orcas Island such a vibrant community. Your contributions to this island are simply incredible. – The Islands’ Sounder

Thriving Communities for People & Nature Contact Stephanie or Katie to volunteer your services or become a member. 360.378.2319,,

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Writer and graphic designer Mary Ann Sircely is a seasoned marketing professional who brings more than 25 years of experience to businesses and nonprofits on Orcas Island.


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Selling real estate with a smile by Colleen Smith Armstrong Editor/Publisher


hen Marlis Sandwith came to work for Teri Williams, they decided to buy a large farm table instead of individual desks. That unconventional workspace is now an icon of collaboration and laughter as the crew has continued to grow. “We all bring something different to the table,” said Williams. “We respect everyone’s view and hear different perspectives. Our discussions help me solve many types of challenges.” In 2006, Williams and her good friend Sandi Friel started T Williams Realty in Eastsound. They ran the business primarily as a team of two until a few years ago, when Sandwith sent a fateful email. “She asked if she was crazy to go into real estate on Orcas Island, and I said yes,” remembers Williams. “And then, knowing I was mostly a solo office, she asked which office I’d recommend. I told her she needed to come work for me!” Mandy Randolph and Beth Holmes later came on as real estate agents, and Mary Ann Sircely, who

owns her own design company, runs the marketing department. Most of Williams’ staff first got to know her after a buying a house through her office. For Friel, who has traditionally worked alone, it’s been a positive change. “I found that I really like having sisters,” she said. It’s also been surprising for Williams, who says she is “not a girl’s girl.” “My children are all boys and I don’t have many girlfriends,” she said. “This group has come together so organically.” Randolph, Sandwith and Holmes all have kids of varying ages in school, so family is a huge part of the office, whether children are stopping by for a hug or making art for the walls. The women of T Williams are involved in a variety of nonprofits including Children’s House, the Booster Club, Orcas Senior Center, Lahari, Coffelt Farm Stewards, Funhouse Commons, San Juan County Land Bank and the Deer Harbor Community Club. “A lot goes on in here – not just real estate,” Williams said. “Everyone is involved in the community and everyone has family.” Added Sandwith: “I’ve learned far more working


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The women of T Williams: Beth Holmes, Teri Williams, Sandi Friel, Mandy Randolph, Marlis Sandwith and Mary Ann Sircely with driftwood signs they painted at their Eastsound office. here than just real estate.” They also spend time together outside of their jobs. Williams took them all on a sailing trip to Yellow Island, and she hosts a holiday party in December at her home. This past summer, Sircely’s son Erik built a tiny house and the women created a July 4th parade float to showcase it. They won first place. What makes their group so successful is that they all genuinely like and respect one another and are not competitive. “We are always so excited for each other when our collaborative efforts are successful,” said Randolph. The women say Williams, who is called the “Queen Bee,” holds everyone to a high standard and is honest,

kind, appreciative, tough, incredibly smart and available to answer questions at any time of day. “You know exactly where you stand with her,” said Randolph. “We don’t have any conflicts because it doesn’t get to that point.” Williams has also run Permit Resources for the past 20 years, and her son Cory Harrington and his wife Miramonee recently took over as permit consultants. Their two-year-old daughter Eleanor “sets the standard for fashion in the office,” says Williams. Her crew also flexes its writing skills in the T Williams blog,, which explores everything from parenting to nature to island life. “It’s about us and our life here in this community,”

BOOKKEEPING ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES NOTARY PUBLIC CERTIFIED SIGNING AGENT Contact: 360-472-1359 Bookkeeping includes Accounts Receivables and Payables, Account Reconciliations and Employee Payroll. Using Quickbooks Pro, Quickbooks online or software of your choice, for small businesses or personal accounts. Working in my home or traveling to your home or office. I am bonded and insured as a signing agent and notary. I have lived on Orcas Island since 1988, raising two daughters. I would be happy to talk to you about your bookkeeping needs. First meeting is free of charge.

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Thank you to all the businesses throughout the islands that have supported Harmony Chai for all these years. I just got a new website from Darin Leong this year, Please check it out at We have listed all the places that sell our chai and where you can enjoy a cup or a bottle of our delicious chai.

said Williams. “It’s important for people to know about island life if they want to move here.” The women say they run a “full service” agency. In addition to helping clients buy and sell properties, they help with moving in, moving out, staging, finding interim places to live and

more. “We aren’t here for just the paycheck,” said Williams. “I have shared with everyone, you need to be confident in who you are and what you want out of life. Our aim is to support one another, support our clients and invest in the well-being of our community.”

Mara Williams, ANP

(Adult Nurse Practitioner)

UNDERSTANDING COMPLEX CHRONIC ILLNESS Mara Williams is one of America’s leading experts on Chronic Lyme Disease and other chronic infections including Biotoxin Illness, Chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Hormonal Imbalances. A health care provider for over 35 years, Mara is a Nationally Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and energetic healer, a sought after speaker, and the author of Nature’s Dirty Needle, What You Need to Know About Chronic Lyme Disease and How to Get the Help to Feel Better. Mara holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from University of California, San Francisco. Mara founded and is currently raising funds for Inanna House, a holistic in-patient healing center specializing in the treatment and rehabilitation from chronic diseases. Her vision is to create this center somewhere in the San Juan Islands. Recognized for her expertise in chronic illness using both Eastern and Western medicine, Mara is well versed in the most widely recognized healing modalities, including functional and nutritional medicine; pharmaceuticals medicines, including antibiotics, and many other less known yet highly effective, healing methods from around the world.

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A balance between sweet and spicy by Colleen Smith Armstrong



or Holly Dennis, her business is a labor of love. “This has been a dream. I believe in it and I put everything I have into it,” she said. “Sometimes I think I’m a little crazy.” Holly started Harmony Chai 20 years ago while living Alaska. Now a longtime Orcas resident, she sells her chai to coffee shops and retailers across the Pacific Northwest. “I liked being creative with food,” she said. Holly grew up in Winter Park, Colorado and was working as a ski instructor when she moved to Homer,

Alaska. She was working at a health food cafe when she decided to strike out on her own. Holly began cooking for festivals and then branched out making her own blend of chai, which is a type of Indian tea. “The response was huge. We went from two of us in the kitchen to five,” she said. Holly says the key of her recipe is “blending powerful spices together and having a balance.” “Hence the name Harmony Chai,” she said. “It’s a harmonious balance between sweet and spicy. It’s less sweet than others on the market and it highlights the medicinal qualities. It

Orcas Family Health Center is proud of our women providers in business. Their commitment to providing quality care in a comfortable environment makes each patient visit part of an important ongoing relationship towards a healthy mind, body, and lifestyle. Orcas Family Health Center strives to keep appointments on time and have walk-in spots available Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. Karen Caley Orr, Physician Assistant, has been an integral part of the OFHC team since 2013. After she graduated from the University of St Francis in Indiana with a Physician Assistant degree in 1991, Karen worked in Urgent Care medicine for 15 years where she obtained a wealth of medical experience. Karen is proficient at caring for both male and female patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric. Karen's prior experience includes an Undergraduate degree from Seattle Pacific University in Exercise Physiology. She has worked in the fields of Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy. Jennifer Utter, Physician Assistant, has recently joined the OFHC team. Jennifer was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Medex Northwest at the University of Washington in 1994 with a BS in Clinical Health Services. She doesn't recall her first stay on Orcas because she was only 2 weeks old but she has many fond memories of time spent here on the island after that at her family's Eagle Lake property on Point Lawrence. She helped us with provider coverage this summer and fell in love with our patients and staff. Jennifer is in the process of moving to Orcas Island from Snohomish this month and she will be seeing patients on Thursdays and Fridays as well as weekend call. Carrie Feuer, PhD, provides counseling services at OFHC. Carrie was born and raised in New York City and Puerto Rico. She moved to Orcas Island one and a half years ago after living and practicing in Hawaii for the last 20 years. She read about Orcas Family Health Center and was taken by the philosophy of treatment for all, regardless of ability to pay. She volunteered at the clinic for almost a year, and when an opportunity to use an office became available she quickly jumped at the chance to begin her private practice. She has been practicing now since March, (Tues, Wed, and Thurs 11am-5pm). Orcas Family Health Center is a non-profit Rural Health Clinic located west of the Orcas Airport. We are all committed to providing access to quality care to residents and visitors on Orcas Island regardless of insurance or ability to pay. OFHC has used the Care for All motto for over a decade! Shila and Nancy are both Registered Nurses caring for residents and visitors on Orcas Island at Orcas Family Health Center. In the spirit of the “Patient Centered” care approach that OFHC uses, Shila and Nancy will be implementing a Chronic Care Management (CCM) program that became an approved service by Medicare for Rural Health Centers just this year. CCM helps patients who have two or more chronic medical conditions closely monitor their needs, goals, successes, and any changes that need to be made. Shila R Wachtel, RN graduated from Boise State University in 1996. She has worked in many settings, including the emergency department, critical care, and family practice. She has many years educating patients on chronic health conditions. Shila was a part of OFHC five years ago and has recently come back. Nancy Kunstman, RN graduated from Contra Costa College with ASN in 1991, and from Holy Names University with BSN PHN in 2005. She has worked extensively in adult Oncology/ Hematology.

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has antioxidants and is an immune builder.” Holly knew about Orcas Island from Alaskan friends who visited and called it a “magical place.” So 16 years ago, when her boyfriend got a job at Doe Bay, she decided to move with him. She began selling chai, falafel sandwiches, veggie egg rolls and salads at the farmers’ market. She can still be seen every year manning the booth. With the popularity of her chai, she branched out to selling it wholesale. She uses recycled bottles, organic sweeteners and spices grown in regions outside of India. Holly is hands-on in every aspect of her business. When she wanted to learn about the science behind bottling, she visited the Oregon Department of Agriculture lab to understand the process. She is

currently developing a new chai concentrate syrup, and as Harmony Chai continues to grow, she hopes to find a partner with a business background. Nine months ago, Holly moved her production facility to Mt. Vernon. She has four employees and travels off-island twice a week to assist with brewing and delivering to coffee shops and retailers from Bellingham down to Olympia. A local investor just purchased a 380-gallon brew kettle that Holly will be using soon, and she is coordinating with a distributor to move her product to more places in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to running a full-time business, Holly also owns Harmony Landscaping and is a single mom. Her son Aidan, who is a

Colleen Simith Armstrong/staff photo

Above: Holly Dennis with a bottle of her chai. senior at Orcas Island High School, used to serve the chai at festivals when he was younger. “I keep seeing Harmony Chai’s potential and I believe in it,” she said.

“I’ve grown the business from the bottom up. I will work other jobs to fund it because I want to bring it to a certain level of success … I’m pretty driven and I set goals for myself.”

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Women of the Islands’ Sounder

Colleen Smith Armstrong, editor and publisher.

Mandi Johnson, Sounder reporter and Weekly editor

Bridget Wright, circulation manager.


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Design with Deb by Mandi Johnson Sounder reporter


Jack, or in this case Jill, of all trades, Deb Jones masters many of the trades she tackles. With colored Venetian plaster and gold leaf, she creates surreal abstracts and stunning landscapes and she can also help you design or decorate your home. Jones has been in the construction business for the majority of her adult life. She works for Bluebird Builders alongside her husband Prescott, and has owned and operated the design company DH Jones Design for eight years. She is also an artist. Jones does home and interior design for Bluebird Builders but is looking to help homeowners looking to remodel their spaces. “I knew what I wanted to do, but I wasn’t sure how to get there,” said Jones, who has a bachelor’s degree in history from University of Oregon. She initially studied advertising for the first three years but changed to history in her final year of college. During her time at UO, Jones did a semester abroad in Siena, Italy, studying Pre-Renaissance and

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At right: Deb Jones in front of one of her paintings. Renaissance Art History. “I’ve always loved art history,” she said. Jones was born and raised in Los Altos, California, attended college in Eugene, Oregon and when she graduated moved to Portland, then to San Juan Island. While living on San Juan she worked for Downriggers. On a whim, Jones followed friends to Telluride, Colorado, a small town in the southwest corner of the state. It was there she met her husband, a home builder. “It was just an adventure,” said Jones who worked . In Telluride, Jones worked a variety of jobs, including house painting and waiting tables in the evenings. “I decided to focus all my energy on the painting and start my business,” said Jones, who decided to make faux-finishing her full-time career and opened Mosaic. From 1998 until 2007 she owned and operated Mosaic, until the family moved to Orcas. Mosaic was a faux-finish and interior design consulting

company that specialized in high-end custom home decor and wall finishes. Jones specialized in Venetian plaster wall finishes while in Telluride.

She downsized her wall pieces to canvas to create unique pieces of art, many inspired by the Aspen trees of Colorado. In 2007, Jones and her

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family moved to Orcas Island. “It was perfect timing,” she said.


T Williams Realty

The women of Orcas Fire and Rescue From left: Beth Holmes, Marlis Sandwith, Mandy Randolph, Sandi Friel, Teri Williams and Mary Ann Sircely

When it comes to integrity, energy, experience, and professionalism with a smile, you’ll appreciate working with T Williams Realty. Success comes to us through referrals, intentional communication and partnerships that invest in the wellbeing of our island community. Then, we go a step further to nurture these partnerships into lasting friendships.

Cali Bagby, Journal editor and general manager

Back Row Left to Right Karey Keel-Stidham, Shawn Simpson, Mary Tanner, Melanie Krueger-Davis Virginia Carrick Front Row Left to Right

Heather Spaulding, Journal office manager and reporter

Anna (Jane) Morris-Gray, Courtney Ray, Micki Nichols, Cindie McKenna, Maria Nutt, Patricia Ayers, Rita Harvey, Molly Roberts

If this sounds like your idea of how your Orcas real estate experience should unfold, please give us a call.


Williams Realty

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A glimpse into women’s history | Timeline Timeline of notable events in the history of women, courtesy of Encyclopedia Brittanica online edition.





Oberlin Collegiate Institute (later Oberlin College) is founded in Ohio as the first American college to admit men and women on an equal basis.

In New York, shirtwaist factory workers go on strike. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the Women’s Trade Union League work together in support of the strike.

The U.S. logs the highest birth rate worldwide, 7.04 children per woman.

The United States Navy hires 12,000 women as clerks in the same job classifications and for the same pay as men. This is so that i can send men overseas.




More than six million American women who entered the workforce during World War II are pushed out of their traditionally male jobs at the war’s end.

Largely through the efforts of suffragist Kate Sheppard, New Zealand becomes the first country to grant women the right to vote.


For more than 32 years, Jenny Pederson, owner of Darvill’s Bookstore, has been employing amazing island women in the Bookstore and the Coffee Bar. We’re proud to be part of this vibrant community!


British tennis player Charlotte Cooper wins the first women’s gold medal at the Olympics.

Juliette Gordon Low founds the Girl Guides (later Girl Scouts) in the United States. By 1927 there will be a troop in every state.



In French law, women are no longer permanent minors.


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Marie Curie is awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry for the isolation of pure radium.

A group of women storm the British Parliament demanding suffrage. Twenty-four of them are arrested.


Norwegian women win the right to vote. In 1915, Danish women win the right to vote.

1914 In Russia, Princess Eugenie Shakhovskaya is the first female military pilot. She flies reconnaissance missions.

Canadian and British women are granted the right to vote, although in Great Britain a woman must be over age 30. The U.S. government reports that 1.4 million women work in war industries. After World War I these women are forced out of industrial work.

1920 The Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is signed into law, giving women the right to vote. Despite death threats from the Ku Klux Klan, Mary McLeod Bethune begins a voter registration drive for African American women. The University of Oxford admits its first full-degree female students.

1975 The U.S. Supreme Court rules that women cannot be excluded from juries because of their sex.

1986 The U.S. Supreme Court upholds affirmative action on the basis of race or gender.

2002 Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years on the throne.

2016 Hillary Rodham Clinton is the democratic nominee to run for President of the United States of America.

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JONES FROM PAGE 5 “Both businesses (Bluebird Builders and Mosaic) were doing well.” It was then that Jones launched DH Jones Design. She started the company to focus on interior design. She also did the designing of local business Whalestooth Dental Clinic, and created finishes for Amelie at the Outlook. Jones and her husband have two sons, Logan, 12, and Calder, 8, and a 2-yearold Border Collie named Sunna. When her sons were younger, she took a break from designing and began focusing on art and selling paintings. Now that the boys are both in school, it allows Jones to focus more on her design career during the day. “We’re able to make it

work,” said Jones, who does office administration for Bluebird in the morning, goes to the construction site to paint, then works with clients throughout the day. When the kids come home, they have her full attention. “I think as long as you have a good schedule, it works,” she said. Jones served on the Homeowners Association board in her neighborhood for eight years, and is currently on the Orcas Island Parks and Recreation District board. She has participated in the annual Orcas Artist Studio Tour for four years, and her art is currently on display in Diversity across from Ace Hardware in Eastsound. Jones is self-taught in everything she does. “You just have to go for it, be creative and figure out what works for you,” said Jones.

PERSIAN RUGS ACCENT ACCESSORIES, ANTIQUES GIFTS, JEWELRY, ORIENTALIA, FURNITURE LOCATED IN OUR HOUSE MALL (360) 376-4538 KAY MORGAN MILLER OWNER I have enjoyed watching the community thrive, and being an active volunteer in many organizations. My shop focus is to have just the right thing for you – antiques, collectibles, furniture, accent accessories, art, books, jewelry, Persian rugs (which are a particular interest of mine), and other treasures of the heart – to help give our lives more sparkle. I’ve been in business on Orcas since 1974, which probably makes it the oldest business on the island.

Angela Douglas I have been Co Owner of Orcas Athletics and CrossFit for over 8 years. Having a passion for health and fitness since an early age, I understand the importance of never taking the little things in life for granted. In 2002, I was the only survivor in a horrific car accident that almost cost me my life. I was told I

would never walk again and was confined to a wheelchair for months. Beating the odds, I came out stronger and healthier than before. It’s this life experience I draw upon to push limits and help others get out of their comfort zones. Owning the gym and coaching CrossFit has been amazing but seeing my athletes reach their goals is the biggest reward! We offer Crossfit, personal training, Group Ride, Booty Barre, yoga, ageless strength, water aerobics, swim lessons, and much more. Give us a call today!

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A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

– Maya Angelou

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Wendy Shinstine January and the new year of 2016 kicked off with surprises – both sorrowful and sweet. Stepping in as the new proprietor of Crow Valley Gallery on Main street was with the feeling of honor at the request - along with deep sadness with the moving of friends. Being able to support the long enjoyed artists of the gallery is a pleasure and a daily dose of such talent is delightful. Over 100 talented artists grace the walls and displays with color, texture and even music. Such a beautiful collection of local and regional art which I am proud to host at Crow Valley Gallery. Meeting visitors from around the globe and seeing our local friends as guests suits my love of stories and social well. Real Estate feels like the perfect compliment to promoting art and I find many opportunities for sharing the talents of our island’s architects, designers, craftsmen and landscapers. Many future islanders stop by the gallery during their visit. We invite you to come celebrate Fall and a successful season with us at Crow Valley Gallery on Main Street the evening of Friday, Oct. 14 from 3 to 6 p.m. with flavorful bites and discounts to enjoy. Thank you all for your continued support.

Festina Lenta I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the amazing women who patronize Siren Boutique. Your loyalty to my business and its values allowed me to live and thrive in this creative and diverse community. With your support it has been possible for me to run my own business, raise my daughter and donate my free time to such outstanding Orcas based non-profits like The Funhouse and the Orcas Film Festival. Having the opportunity everyday at home, Siren or in the privet sector to educate and enrich people’s lives has brought me much joy. A special thanks to Deborah Sparks, Abby Rueb and Diane Bareth. Sincerely, Thank you!




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Leading the way in Lyme disease research by Mandi Johnson


Pilates and GYROTONIC® to transform your body, your life, and your world. Teaching since 2005, Anne Marie Schultz is delighted to be fined in the studio by fellow teachers Renee Segault and Vicki Sare. Together we invite you to join us for inspired teaching and the compassionate support to create the strength, flexibility, and change you dream of in your body and your life. We welcome people who love a good workout, people who need to get back to working out, and people who’s bodies are healing/recovering from injury or overuse.

Sounder reporter

or more than 20 years, doctors treated Mara Williams’ daughter Amanda for the wrong disease. Amanda was bitten by a tick on Orcas Island when she was 15 years old and contracted Lyme disease. For years, she had been misdiagnosed as having multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis and chronic fatigue. “The average person sees 15 to 30 providers before they come to someone like me, who can diagnose it and treat it properly,” said Williams. “If they’ve been diagnosed with autoimmune disease, like rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia they need to explore other things that might be causing those symptoms.” Williams has spent the past six years treating, researching and writing about Lyme disease in the hope of helping other patients with the tick-born illness who have been misdiagnosed. According to the Washington State Office of Environmental Public Health

Sciences, from January 2005 until August 2015 there has only been one confirmed case of a person contracting Lyme Disease in San Juan County. Williams believes that number is inaccurate, and that there have been more than that. “I have always had a passion for finding the root cause of a problem and helping a person heal from that place,” said Williams, who believes in integrative medicine and looking beyond the scope of symptoms. “[Lyme disease] is a huge issue that has not been dealt

with at all.” She has been a health care provider for more than 35 years. In 2002, while living in Sonoma, California, Williams attended the University of California San Francisco to earn her master’s degree. She has lived in Sonoma with her husband since 2000, and is in the process of relocating back to Orcas Island this month. “I’ve been wanting to move back (to Orcas) for probably four or five years,” said Williams. “I’m just so excited to come home.” Once she has reestablished her life on Orcas, she hopes to open a physical location for her 501(c)3 nonprofit Inanna House, which will be an inpatient facility for people with chronic illness – primarily those with Lyme disease. “I’ve been treating people with these conditions for six and a half years; the stories are horrific,” said Williams. “People have been told it’s all in their heads, but they’re not crazy, they’re really sick.”

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Orcas Moon Alpaca Farm If you haven’t seen or met Jennifer Pietsch around Eastsound, then you are surely a true island hermit. She is hard to miss, but it’s a fact you have to be quick to catch up to her. Jennifer is head farmer over at Orcas Moon Alpaca Farm, a small family farm featuring alpaca, sheep, donkeys and more! Nestled right here on beautiful Orcas Island at the top of Dolphin Bay Road, a by-donation tour from Jennifer or one of her boys is sure to delight. The Orcas Moon Alpaca Farm stand store also offers island grown farm products including fine yarns, alpaca socks, grass-fed lamb and awesome logo-wear. Should you miss her at the farm, you may see her at the weekly Saturday Orcas Island Farmers’ market, where she has served as market manager for going on five years now. Or, perhaps you will see her with the Orcas Island Sheering company trio including Kathy Morris and Amy Lum. The three of them sheer hundreds of sheep throughout the San Juans each season. Fun fact, Jennifer actually got into the sheep raising business when ‘Our Lady of the Rock’ paid her in sheep for their sheering services one year. Like a true multitasking islander, Jennifer’s fourth ‘day job’ is working in the OASIS program for Orcas Island Schools. Did we mention you have to be quick to keep up with Jennifer? Her additional hobbies and community service contributions include distance running, and leadership roles for various island fundraisers and the 4H group.

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