Category Archives for Members

American Family Insurance

Nancy Leavitt, Agent/Owner

Member Since 2010
2013,2014,2015 Charity Chair
2012 Past Secretary

Nancy Leavitt
3031 Orleans St Ste 202
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business #: 360-733-3626
Cell #: (360) 224-6375
Fax #: 360-733-3234

Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Evenings and weekends by appointment. Since its start in 1927 offering auto insurance to farmers in rural communities, American Family Mutual Insurance Company has grown to be one of the nation's largest providers of property/casualty insurance. It's easy for large companies to forget their roots. We haven't. We've stayed focused on providing personal service, just like our founders did when they were out talking to farmers about their insurance needs.

Avenue Bread & Deli

Jamie Smeall, HR/Administrator

Member Since 2013

2019 Banquet Chair                                                                             2018 Past President                                                                            2016 -2017 President
2014 & 2015 VP Membership

Jamie Smeall
2020 Humboldt Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

Avenue Bread is the neighborhood cafe and bakery that creates community around authentic eats for the people of Bellingham and its visitors who want an elevated experience for the mind, body and soul in an era of increasingly conscious consumption.

Bank of the Pacific

Renee Aase, Operations Manager & Retail Operations Lead

Member Since 2004                                                                  
2019 - 2020 Secretary
2012 - 2017 Treasurer

Renee Aase
1800 Front St
Lynden, WA 98248
Business: 360-318-8780
Fax: 360-318-8391
Cell: 360-303-5654

Heidi Ypma – BTC

Heidi Ypma, Bellingham Technical College

Member Since 2020

Heidi Ypma
Dean of General Education and Academic Support
 Business #: (360) 752-8433        

Bellingham Technical College offers high-quality, student-centered education in a supportive environment.  BTC has been providing skills-focused education to thousands of local and regional students since 1957 offering more than thirty associate degrees and fifty certificate programs.  

Heidi Ypma is currently a Dean at BTC where she oversees programs in business, information technology, fisheries, culinary arts, engineering, and the general education courses which are a part of all certificates and degrees.  Heidi has been an educator for over 30 years, and she has spent most of her career teaching mathematics at the secondary and post-secondary levels.  She recently completed her doctorate in Higher Education Administration through Northeastern University.  Her dissertation examined gender inequity in computer science.

Blue Skies for Children

Julie Guay, Executive Director

Member Since 2002                                                                          2018 Charity Chair                                                                                2017 Member at Large
2010-2012,2016 Charity Chair
2014 Secretary
2012, 2013 VP Membership
2007-2011 Executive Board Member
2004 Treasurer

2505 Cedarwood Ave., Ste. 5
Bellingham, WA 98225
Business #: (360) 756-6710
Cell #: (360) 920-6179

Blue Skies for Children is a local 501(C)3 non-profit organization. Our mission is to raise hope and self-esteem by sponsoring enrichment activities and other essentials for homeless, low-income and foster children, ages 6 to 18, in Whatcom County. 

Christine Coder Interior Design – Christine Coder

Member Since 2014

Christine Coder
310 Palm Street #1
Bellingham, WA 98225
Business #: 360-927-4662

Interior Design & Decorating. Project Management

HOMES FOR MY CLIENTS are spaces created within a conversation. When I first meet with potential clients something magical starts to happen. I get a glimpse into their world, into what they think is beautiful. Together we build a vision, an image. We RE-IMAGINE their home.

Tally Rabatin

Member Since 2008
2018 Banquet Chair                                                                        2016 - 2017 Past President & Banquet Chair
2014-2015 President
2015 Banquet Chair

Tally Rabatin
Lydia Place - Community Engagement Director
Address: PO Box 28487
Bellingham, WA 98228
Business #: 360-671-7663

CMB Consulting – Connie Bentley

Connie Bentley - Business Advisor

Member Since 2017
2020 PWOTY  Chair

Connie Bentley 
Blaine, WA
Business #: (360)-335-9116
Cell #: (415)-265-3999 

Connie Bentley is currently the founding principal of CMB Consulting, LLC. She works with CEOS and Owners as their trusted business advisor and thinking partner. Together they address mission-critical business issues that often lead to them experiencing true business and professional breakthroughs. In addition to her consulting clients, Connie works with executives who are making a transition as their Executive Career Strategist through her affiliation with Executive.

Connie is an executive with rich and deep experience in the leadership development space both as a practitioner and leader. Most recently, Connie served as General Manager, for the USA for Scotland based Insights Learning and Development. When Connie arrived at Insights, there were two jointly owned distributors and one wholly owned office in place in the US. The strategic decision to buy out the managers and blend the three offices into one integrated Insights business in the US became Connie's mission.

Dancing for Joy

Maluhia Vander Griend / Owner

Member Since 2017                                                                           2016 Professional Woman of the Year

Maluhia Vander Griend
4073 Hannegan Rd. Suite F
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business #: 360-223-0503

Dancing for Joy is a one-of-a-kind dance studio that goes "against the grain" of the mainstream dance world by promoting modesty, self-esteem, and family values in a non-competitive yet professional atmosphere.

The mission of Love to Learn Pre-School is to provide quality instruction for every student encouraging the creative process and not just the product. Our goal is to create a positive learning environment for students of all ages and both genders, to develop a deeper appreciation for the visual arts.

Edward Jones

Anne Bowen, Financial Advisor

Member Since 2019

Anne Bowen
Financial Advisor
1943 Main St. Suite 201
Ferndale, WA 98248
Business #: 360-671-6400 
Cell #: 360-815-4202
Fax #: 888-525-1087

Giant Killer Shark Media

Member Since 2019

2020 Publicity Co-Chair

Babette Vickers 
Bellingham, WA  
Business #: (360) 453-7831

Digital Marketing
- Video
- Premium Display
- Audio
- Social
- Email
Traditional Media Buying
Video Production
Graphic Design

Giant Killer Shark media helps businesses like yours make a “Big Splash”. Funny. Heartwarming. Mind-blowing. However, they’re described, the best advertising campaigns make real connections. Consumers today are exposed to more information daily than at any time in human history. GKS is here to help you break through the noise and make meaningful connections.

Babette is an innovative media planner, with over 20 years’ experience in media sales and marketing. She possesses comprehensive knowledge of the latest media trends and consumer habits enabling clients to maximize the impact of their advertising campaigns through optimization and creative design.

Make the most of your media spend. Put your message in front of the right people on digital and traditional platforms.

Gym Star Sports Center – Carolyn Saletto

Member Since 2015

2014 Professional Woman of the Year                                         2017-2019 PWOTY Chair

Carolyn Saletto
5519 Hovander Rd Ste 109
Ferndale, WA 98248
Business #: (360) 384-3861

Carolyn Saletto has been in business for herself since1993, beginning with the iconic Gym Bus which served both Whatcom and Skagit counties for eleven years. Gym Star Sports Center was created in 2005. In addition, Saletto opened Shooting Stars Preschool in 2006 and is adding Gym Star Dance to her list of businesses in the fall of 2015.  Saletto opened her new 12000 sq. ft. facility located at 5519 Hovander Rd. in April 2014

Henifin Construction – Lynne Henifin

Member Since 2009
2008 Professional Woman of the Year
2013 President

Lynne Henifin
3857-A Hannegan Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business #: (360) 733-5411 x 1
Cell #: (360) 815-2473
Fax #: (360) 733-2690

We have built a strong inter-related network of companies, creating diversity that both enhances and supports our clients and community. We provide an array of services through a professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Our families have owned and operated businesses within Whatcom County for over 50 years, giving us strong relationships, connections and stability within our industry and the community we serve.

NW SAFETY SIGNS, INC. is a full service traffic control and sign company. We offer services ranging from flagging and traffic control devices for large highway projects to providing banners, site signs and vehicle graphics and lettering. 
HENIFIN CONSTRUCTION is a heavy construction contractor providing services to residential, industrial and commercial clients, and public agencies. Services include site preparation, excavation, and utilities installation and repair.
COMPLETE TRADE SERVICES is a general contractor specializing in commercial, residential and industrial remodeling, painting and tenant improvements. We provide services to clients ranging from large corporations to private home owners.

Heritage Bank – Brenda Bringhurst

Member Since 2014    
2018-2020 Treasurer
2017 Member Liaison
2015-2016 Sponsorship Chair

Brenda Bringhurst
Real Estate Loan Officer
2504 E Bakerview Rd
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business #: 360-527-9919

Residental Loan Office.
NMLS #112615

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Home Attendant Care Inc – Home Attendant Nursing

Debbie Gann

Member Since 2010
2009 Professional Woman of the Year Winner

Debbie Gann
1316 King St Ste 1
Bellingham, WA
Business #: (360) 734-3849
Cell #: (360) 303-5028
Fax #: (360) 734-5908

Making a Difference…Home Attendant Care makes a difference in the lives of those we serve every day. Our experienced and trusted team helps elders maintain independence and stay in their own homes where they continue enjoying their current lifestyle. From occasional check-in visits to 24-hour live-in care, Home Attendant Care provides personalized care based on individual needs. Location also in Skagit County.

It’s the Sweet Things Bakery & America’s Cup

Jennifer Worthley, Baker/Owner

Member Since 2019

​2020 Banquet Chair

Jennifer Worthley
2715 King St. 
Bellingham, WA 98225
Business #: 360-255-9998                     

It's The Sweet Things Bakery is a cottage kitchen pastry catering business where I specialize in assorted pastries for small to medium gatherings, custom cakes for birthdays, anniversaries and weddings, and everything in between.

America's Cup Coffee Shop is a small outdoor cafe, offering an assortment of beverages, handcrafted pastries, and light lunch options. All of these are made with locally sourced and quality ingredients.

Jamia S. Burns, Attorney at Law

Jamia S. Burns

Member since 2016
2018-2020 Scholarship Chair

Jamia S. Burns
Attorney at Law                      

​1200 Dupont St., Suite 1D
Bellingham, WA 98228

​Jamia S. Burns practices primarily Estate Planning and Probate. Mrs. Burns takes pride in working closely with clients to prepare personalized documents that accurately reflect their concerns and preferences. Common Estate Planning tools include: Wills, Trusts, Health Care Directives (Living Wills), Powers of Attorney, and Community Property Agreements.

Which documents are appropriate will depend on each client's specific circumstances. Services are provided on a Fixed Fee basis, so there are no surprises. Evening and weekend appointments are available. Call 360.739.6379 for a FREE initial phone consultation.

Lightning Tree Designs

Suzannah Gusukuma - Artist/Owner

Member Since 2018
2019 - 2020 Charity Chair

Suzannah Gusukuma 
1113 W. Racine St.
Bellingham, WA 98229  
Cell #: (360) 214-1475                     

Electrified Wood! Wearable art and home goods.

Little Red Hen & Co.

Lydia McKay, Owner

Member Since 2020

Lydia McKay
Call or Text
(360) 223-1017

Little Red Hen & Co.
Family hair salon specializing in services for people with sensory challenges. Private, in-home salon does hair color, cuts & facial waxing. Traveling services available for people with restricted mobility.

Lydia Place

Emily O'Connor, Executive Director

Member Since 2016                                   

2019 Past President                                                                         2018 President                                                                                   2017 Secretary

Emily O'Connor 
Executive Director
Address: PO Box 28487
Bellingham, WA 98228
Business #: 360-671-7663 x2002

Lydia Place is a nonprofit serving homeless households for over 25 years in Bellingham.

Mary Kay – Lisa Chovil

Member Since 2013                                                                    
2019 - 2020 Membership
2015-2016 PWOTY Chair 

Lisa Chovil
Senior Sales Director


Women everywhere want products that deliver results. At Mary Kay Inc., our expert team of scientists uses the most advanced skin care technology available to ensure that consumers get what they want: innovative products they can believe in at a price they can afford.

Our services include education about your skincare needs and a TRY before you buy service. Our top of the line products include a 100% satisfaction guarantee and a personal consultant.

I have been with our family run company for 17 years! You are welcome to a private consultation or join us at The Bellingham Beauty Bar in Fairhaven.

Pozie by Natalie

Natalie Ransom, Owner/Designer

Member Since 2015                                                                  
2018-2020 Programs
2016 - 2017  VP Publicity

Natalie Ransom
Phone: 360.927.1286

Charming one-of-a-kind flowers for any occasion!

Voted Best Florist of the Northwest for 2016

-Same Day Floral Deliveries
-Corporate Events
-New Baby

Contact me today to talk about your special event!

Thank you!

Progressions, Inc.

Lynn Giuliani, President

2019 Professional Woman of the Year

Lynn Giuliani 
Bellingham, WA  
Business #: 360-319-6776

My name is Lynn Giuliani, President and founder of Progressions Inc. a consulting company specializing in sales, service and leadership training for financial institutions. I have over 40 years of experience in the Financial Industry in both the United States and Canada.

I'd like to share the wisdom and inside secrets I've discovered in over 40 years of sales and service training to help you get profound results. And here's your first inside secret... it's really much easier than you might think.

My thorough knowledge of the industry helps me to create a personal rapport with my participants, as they know "she's been there!" I work with banks, credit unions, and other organizations to create a more proactive sales culture. My focus is on teaching new behaviors and skill sets through ongoing coaching and mentoring, and essentially "walking them through change."

Sterling Real Estate Group – Andi Dyer

Andi Dyer - Real Estate Broker

Member Since 2016                                                                      
2018 - 2020 Publicity Chair

Andi Dyer
Designated Broker 
2011 Young St. Suite #101 
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business #: (360) 734-6479                     

Andi’s interest in real estate was fueled by her knowledge and understanding in the actual construction of homes and the business side of traditional and Built Green Construction through Sterling Builders. Andi doesn’t just help others purchase and sell homes – she believes in real estate herself. She’s a real-estate investor/landlord who has done the hands-on work of building, remodeling and rehabbing her own homes. Andi enjoys helping clients in their search for properties that will gain in value with a little TLC because she can always see the potential in any property.

She constantly updates her real estate skills with courses including becoming a Certified Negotiation Expert. She also studies and implements the latest technologies to effectively connect and communicate with buyers, and to provide the information they seek. She has been recognized as one of the top Real Estate Brokers on Social Media in Bellingham. A thirst for challenge, a perpetual desire for growth, an investment in life-long learning and a commitment that goes beyond the old standard of customer satisfaction to a new standard of client care, are just some of the motivational factors that drive Andi Dyer.

Sylvia Center for the Arts

Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao, Chair of Capital Cabinet

Member Since 2017                                                                           
2019 -2020 President
2018 Secretary

Founded by iDiOM Theater, Sylvia Center for the Arts is a new performing arts center in Bellingham, Washington. We provide affordable space for Whatcom County’s artists to rehearse, teach and perform, while also creating a central hub for arts audiences to discover and enjoy locally-created music, theater, and dance. We’re continuing our mission to keep art fresh, live, and local at Sylvia.


Jessica Good - CPA Tax Manager

Member Since 2017

Jessica Good                       CPA - Tax Manager
2200 Rimland Dr. Suite 205
Bellingham, WA 98226
Business #: 360-734-8715
Cell #: (360) 420-2971
Fax #: 360-738-1176

I am a CPA and Tax Manager for VSH PLLC. VSH is a public accounting firm providing full accounting services.

Established in 1997, VSH has built a legacy as the leading Bellingham Washington firm because of its dedication to respecting clients, a traditional business approach, and its highly experienced professional staff.  Jessica has been with VSH since 2011 and is a manager in the International Services Department. She works with a wide variety of businesses that have cross-border compliance and planning needs. She enjoys working with business clients involved in real estate, manufacturing, professional services and sales. Jessica helps her clients expand globally and ensure that they are getting the most benefit from the Canada-U.S. tax treaty available; her goal is to help her clients succeed. Jessica is a member of Whatcom Women in Business and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. BA in Accounting from Western Washington University, 2009 Fun Fact: Jessica enjoys skiing, golfing and traveling as much as possible!

Ask yourself: When was the last time you looked at what’s behind your bottom line? How do you track and manage cash flow? Do you know how your business practices drive those numbers? How accurate is your profit forecast? What are your key performance indicators? Are you positioned to do business in the global marketplace? Is your business structured to reap optimum tax savings?

These are just a few of the broad range of domestic and cross-border business advisory services we provide. Business owners often don’t realize how decisions they make today can have long-term financial and tax implications. We are here to help you navigate those decisions, working proactively to help you plan ahead for personal financial health and a profitable business forecast.


Grace Peschek, Banking/Commercial Real Estate

Member Since 2019

Grace Peschek
Sr. Business Relationship Manager
Bellingham Neighborhood Financial Center
Business #: 206-702-9531
Business #: 360-255-2806 
Cell #: 360-931-9337

Grace has worked in the financial industry for over 30 years, acquiring a wide variety of experience in finance, including Retail, Escrow, Mortgage, Commercial Business and Commercial Real Estate. She has spent the most recent 20 years in Commercial Banking, with a focus on Commercial Real Estate. She recently led a commercial real estate team as the Division Manager of the Northern Washington region.

Grace has a love for mentoring and educating clients and has built strong relationships, becoming a trusted advisor to many. With extensive experience working on complex Commercial Real Estate transactions and Commercial construction projects, Grace provides invaluable attention to her clients.

Living and working in Bellingham for over 30 years, Grace is respected and trusted in the community as an expert in Commercial Real Estate and Business services, contributing to building and maintaining excellent advocacy in the Bellingham and greater Whatcom County marketplace.

Grace is a graduate of the Farr Group Executive Leadership Academy and holds a BA from Western Washington University. In her free time Grace enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest and all things outdoors.

Whole Pilates, LLC

Colleen Wenrich, Owner of Whole Pilates

Member Since 2019

Colleen Wenrich
Owner of Whole Pilates,LLC 
8289 Fawn Crescent                                                  Blaine, WA 98230                                                Business #: (973) 865-2764          

Colleen Wenrich, RN has been training people in fitness and wellness since 1981. Certified by Romana Kryzanowska in Authentic Classical Pilates, Colleen has also helped to prepare many future teachers to enter this rigorous training of over 600 hours provided by Authentic Pilates and True Pilates.

Before relocating her fully equipped studio to Birch Bay, Washington, Colleen owned and operated Whole Pilates LLC in the New Jersey/Tri-State area for over 13 years. She enjoys working with students of all ages; athletes, dancers, post-rehab and the general public.