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A quickly growing sewing business by Mandi Johnson Staff reporter

Sew N Sew Custom Embroidery is growing quickly and with that prosperity comes big changes, such as a name change. In November, Donna Zahn’s company will launch a new website and start doing business as Orcas Island Custom Embroidery. “I’m being featured in an international magazine called ‘Wearables’,” said Zahn. “It’s like winning the Academy Award for embroidery.” In the last two years, business for Zahn has quadrupled. She’s expanded her operation to include custom printing on practically anything you can imagine printing on. Since 2009, Zahn has owned her embroidery business on Orcas Island, but she began her journey well before then. “I’ve been doing embroidery since 1997 and I have been sewing since I was 6,” said Zahn. “I learned how to sew on my grandma’s lap, on her treadle machine. I used to beg my mom to go over there every day to sit on my grandma’s lap to paddle her machine. To learn how to sew. ‘Just teach me how to sew!’” Prior to moving to Orcas, Zahn owned a business in Florida, DNA Embroidery. After her business partners embezzled the company and she divorced her husband, she moved to Orcas to care for her dad. She worked at Rosario for several years for the previous owners. Zahn, who had been helping local business owner Linda Hamm, was offered the assets to Hamm’s business when she closed shop in 2009. Then the recession hit. Zahn closed her storefront and moved off island to help her mother. She returned to Orcas in November 2012 and attempted to resume her embroidery business. “I was actually going to close my business in 2013. I [was thinking I] just need to close. That didn’t happen. My clients didn’t let me,” said Zahn. “It’s because of their love for me to do

what I do for them is why I do what I do.” Zahn kept working, supplying her clients with custom embroidery out of her home until 2015, when she found a small location on Seaview Road to continue her business. “It’s definitely my passion. I always come back to doing this,” said Zahn. In 2015, Zahn was hospitalized for 43 days when her gallbladder nearly ruptured. During this time and after she returned home, her clients helped produce their own orders, brought her food and checked on her regularly. “I don’t have family here. It’s just me. Basically my clients are my family,” said Zahn. “I’m very, very passionate about what I do. I love to do this. I love being local. I love that I help the people here.” Mandi Johnson/staff photo

Above right: Donna Zahn.

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Mara Williams is one of the country’s leading experts on Chronic Lyme Disease and other chronic infections including Biotoxin Illness (mold), Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune disorders, and Hormone Issues. A health care provider for over 36 years, Mara is a Nationally Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and energetic healer, a sought after speaker, and author of Nature’s Dirty Needle. Mara Holds a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of California at San Francisco. Recognized for her expertise in both Eastern and Western Medicine, Mara is well versed in the most widely recognized healing modalities, including functional and nutritional medicine, pharmaceutical intervention, and many other less known yet highly effective healing methods from around the world. Mara now practices at the Healing Arts Center in Eastsound. If you or someone you know suffers from any chronic condition that has impacted their life adversely; such as, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Lupus; consider an appointment with Mara. You can reach Mara at: Healing Arts Center 360-376-4002 cell: 707-721-2328

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Woman behind the silks by Colleen Smith Armstrong Editor/Publisher

For Maria Bullock, the body-mind connection is an integral part of her life. As the founder of Island Aerial Acrobatics, she has taught hundreds of kids, teens and adults how to soar through the air with grace and purpose on fabric suspended from the ceiling. “We’ve built a little community around these aerial silks,” said Maria, which is pronounced ‘mar-e-ah.’ Nine years ago, the Dream Science Circus came to Orcas for a performance and summer theatre camp for children. Maria’s son Kajetan, who was nine at the time, fell in love with the silk acrobatics, where performers climb fabric without the use of safety lines, and they use the silk to wrap, fall, swing and spiral their bodies. The art also includes work with a trapeze and hoop. “As a home-schooling parent, you follow your kids’ interests,” said Maria. So she bought him a silk for his birthday, and soon after, her five-year-old daughter Naya was also hooked. That winter, the circus artists returned to Orcas

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Above: Maria Bullock. At right, Maria (on top) performing with Virginia Sides. Far right: Aliza Diepenbrock. and offered an adult class, which Maria took. For Kajetan’s following birthday, the Bullocks rented Orcas Center’s Black Box to hold an aerial acrobaticthemed birthday party for him and his friends. “It was a madhouse; it was crazy. But all they needed was a little direction,” said Maria, who has a background in martial arts, dancing, swimming and teaching movement. “I’m a mover, and as a visual learner, I watched videos on Youtube to learn routines.”

She was inspired to share her knowledge in a more formal setting, and Island Aerial Acrobatics was born. The first two years of classes were mainly for her kids and their friends, but it steadily grew each year. For the 2016-17 season, Maria taught 14 classes with 100 students from fall to spring on the Orcas Center main stage. During the summer, she is a farmer at Bullocks’ Permaculture Homestead. This year there will be 20 classes in the Black Box. By having smaller, more

frequent classes, Maria can offer courses for kids under five (with a parent) and over five, teens and adults as well as sessions for men taught by Garth Simpson. Also new this year is a gentle class for those who want to ease into the art. She’s trained additional teachers – Hailey Averna, Virginia Sides and Stephanie McIlhenny – to share the instructing load. For a full class schedule and to register, visit Coincidentally, Maria’s

sister, who lives in their native Poland, also became interested in aerial acrobatics in 2008. She is a performer and opened a school, which Maria trains at when she visits her family back home. This year’s classes will culminate with a major theatrical production at the end of March or beginning of April on the center’s main stage. It will include a story line, music, elaborate costumes and special effects. Student participation is optional.

“People still come up and talk to me about the performances,” she said. Maria enjoys pushing her students over the threshold of fear, and helping them grow mentally as well as physically. She says watching the kids progress from wild energy to focused determination “feeds” her heart. “To see teenagers start to carry themselves with purpose – that’s really why I do it. Even though it’s aerials, they are more grounded,” said Maria.

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Accounting with a smile by Mandi Johnson Staff reporter

It may have taken some time, but Jeni Sanders has found her niche in bookkeeping. For the past four years, Sanders has worked as a bookkeeper and a certified mobile notary. “I like bookkeeping because I like numbers and like to put things away,” said Sanders. Prior to moving to Orcas Island in 1988, Sanders earned a degree in psychology. “I tried so many things. I’ve worked on so many things in my life,” said Sanders. “I really had no guidance. I think a lot of

women my age didn’t. My guidance was, ‘go get married and have babies.’” Sanders did get married and have babies, then she tried to find a job that suited her personality. “When you get hired on the island you have to do whatever it takes,” said Sanders, who began doing administrative duties for Orcas Island Physical Therapy 10 years ago. It was there she that she discovered a passion for accounting. “I was ordering all the supplies and (then it became) just more tasks that were bookkeeping, like accounts payable and

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receivable … Bookkeeping is something you have to stay on top of in a timely basis and regular. It’s not something you can put off.” Sanders decided to switch careers and took two accounting classes from Skagit Valley College. She has now been self-employed


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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.













Independent, locally owned and dedicated to serving our community Michele V. Wiley, owner and licensed independent agent Mandi Johnson, Sounder reporter and Weekly editor

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Michele Wiley and her family moved to Eastsound, Washington from California over 30 years ago. Before Michele opened Madrona Point Insurance in 2012, she worked for more than 20 years in the hi-tech/ telecommunications industry. Michele volunteers at the Visitor’s Center of the Orcas Island, Camano Island Chamber of Commerce and at the Orcas Island Historical Museum, and was an ambassador at the Arlington Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce.

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Madan. She can share her more than 30 years of insurance experience and knowledge of the island. Judi has lived here most of her life, and she and husband Rich, have four daughters. A volunteer for the Orcas Island Fire Department, Judi also has raised money and supported the Susan G Koman 3-Day Walk for the Cure for many years. Alexis Beckley, now licensed, may be new to insurance, yet she gained years of experience in a medical office where she learned the value of the insurance industry. Her education at Oregon State and many customer service jobs provided experience perfect for our island office needs and requirements. Recently, we asked Becky Vinson to join our team part-time. She has many commitments right now, so we share her with Rosario, Studio Mierau & Co. and her personal assistant clients.

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SANDERS FROM 5 for three years, has 10 clients and is the treasurer for the Funhouse Commons. The name of her bookkeeping endeavor arose as she was pursuing a career as a landscaping designer. She liked the name she had

given that prospective business so she stuck with it. “I definitely have room for more clients. I really like the bookkeeping work. I also really love the certified notary work,” said Sanders. “I like it because it requires a certain type of personality that I have – that is patient and compassionate.”

Take a cue from successful women Each year, women are filling more leadership positions in large companies. In 2017, there are 32 female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, this means that 6.4 percent of the U.S.’s biggest

companies (by revenue) are run by women. This is the highest proportion of female CEOs in the 63-year history of the Fortune 500. In 1998, just one woman led a Fortune 500 company,

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according to Pew Research Center. Certain traits could help propel successful women to the top. Here’s a look at some of the ways female professionals can overcome professional hurdles and make their mark. • Be passionate about what you do. • Recognize your strengths. Today’s professionals are less likely than their predecessors to stick with one company or line of work for their entire working lives. But just because you change jobs or career paths does not mean your past experience is useless. Successful women know what they do best. • Know when to ask for help. Even the most accomplished women have limitations. Asking for help when you need it can help you

overcome those limitations. • Make time for exercise. A sluggish body can make for a sluggish mind. • Go easy on yourself. While many successful people strive for perfection, achieving perfection is unlikely, if not impossible. Successful people often admit to being their own worst critics, but don’t beat yourself up if you endure some trial and error. Mistakes can be a great teacher, so use any you make to your advantage. • Don’t be afraid to take risks. Successful women are not afraid to take risks. Many may have decided they don’t fit a specific mold and want to affect change. However, calculated risks are different from reckless decisions, and it is important to recognize the difference.

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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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Programs that help businesswomen by Theresa Goetz Knapp Special to the Sounder

Are you a woman who owns or wants to start her own business, whether it be as an IT consultant, an organic farmer, a daycare operator or a construction contractor? There are programs which will give you an edge and help you meet the set aside requirements. What is a “set aside requirement”? A certain percentage of contracts must be issued to companies are owned by a woman. “Set aside requirements” are in government contracts as well as with numerous private sector employers, such as Microsoft and US Bank. I-200, passed in 1998, effectively did away with affirmative action programs, but to the extent the State of Washington has a contract that is federally funded, the state will also have set aside requirements for women/disadvantaged businesses. The certification of a Woman Owned Enterprise will allow a woman to apply for contracts which require such set asides. In Washington, there are two methods for certification as a Woman-Owned Business. First, at the governmental level, is the Washington State Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises (OMWBE). See http:// The second, at the private party level, is with a third-party agency, such as the Women Business Enterprises National Counsel (WBENC). See OMWBE certifies at the state level as a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) and at the federal level as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). The standards for certification as a WBE or a DBE are essentially identical. Therefore, it makes sense to apply for certification by the state and the USDOT. Following the submittal of the application, OMWBE will schedule an interview of the applicant, to determine whether the applicant is truly a woman-owned business.

WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. Pursuant to its website, certification is the cornerstone of WBENC’s value proposition. WBENC’s certification application is like the OMWBE application in terms of information required. WBENC will also send out a field representative to interview the applicant. Why should a woman-owned businesses go through this process? Because it can help her get her business up and running and be able to compete for contracts. There are incentives and set asides available for woman-owned businesses in the private and public arena. Theresa Goetz Knapp is an attorney who practices in NW Washington, including San Juan County, where her husband’s family have been residents for more than 40 years. 

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A therapist and a writer by Colleen Smith Armstrong Editor/Publisher

Rachel Newcombe has been writing professionally for decades, so making the move to creative work was a natural. “I am really drawn to the New Narrative writing that came out of the 1970s San Francisco,” she said. “I like challenging the convention-

al way of telling stories.” Newcombe is a psychoanalyst on Orcas and part-time in Seattle, where she also leads courses for other therapists. In 2015, after a threeweek writing course with the Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis group, she and nine other therapists started a writing collective in Seattle. The group just complet-

ed a manuscript of essays that focus on the therapist’s internal process. “They are hybrid essays, creative non-fiction professional writing challenging what constitutes academic scholarship,” said Newcombe. She is attracted to the freedom of New Narrative, an experimental style that uses fragmentation, meta-

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text and the author’s own physical and emotional life. Her exploration as a writer marks a new chapter for Newcombe, who has adjusted to being a therapist in a small town after practicing in New York. “You need to feel confident, safe and comfortable in therapy, but if you run into patients in the community, you have to continue to let them know that there is confidentiality,” said Newcombe. “It’s not ‘will’ I run into my patient, it’s ‘how many times.’ We all cross paths. I came from New York City where it was seldom an issue, so it forced me to grow. Boundaries happen even when – especially when – you are out of the office.” Newcombe began her career as a fourth-grade teacher, but after seeing the family dynamics of her students’ parents, she was drawn to therapy.

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At left: Rachel Newcombe.

“I always had a true love for psychoanalysis,” she said. Newcombe already had a master’s in teaching and social work, and at 30 she began a four-year program at a psychoanalytic institute. Twelve years ago she moved to Orcas. She has just finished her second online class with Kathy Fish, writing a complete story under 1000 words.

“I’ve met the most amazing writers from all over the world in her classes,” said Newcombe. She has also taken numerous courses from Orcas teacher JoEllen Moldoff, a writer who inspires her. Newcombe will take Moldoff ’s memoir class in November. Newcombe has been writing for psychoanalytic journals for 15 years, but says putting her creative writing out into the world is both “terrifying and thrilling.” Her most recent work can be read at www.heroinchic. “Our imagined fears are always bigger. People are accepting and relieved to see you as a person,” she said. “I am drawn to writing that does away with labels and is not bound by that.”

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