Meet the 2019 Professional Woman of Year Finalists
Learn more about each finalists for the 2019 Professional Woman of the Year by clicking on her name below.
I relocated to Bellingham in 1995 from Hawaii as part of my Coast Guard career. I was stationed at the original very small Search and Rescue Station (located where Anthony’s Restaurant is now) in Squalicum Harbor. Although I am a native of Washington State it was my first time to Bellingham and I knew instantly that this is where I wanted to raise my daughters and call home. I retired from the Coast Guard in 2000 after 20 plus years of Service and was hired by the Bellingham School District as a Para-educator, a job I loved for 12 years. While working for the School District I took evening classes at Whatcom Community College to become a Massage Therapist, and started a Massage Office in Fairhaven in 2004. After my husband passed away of Cancer in 2010 I took over managing our two large commercial buildings in Fairhaven Village. In April of 2018 I purchased the FireHouse Performing Arts Center renaming it The FireHouse Arts and Events Center. I enjoy being active in this community and appreciate the local “attitude” of supporting smaller locally owned businesses. After living here for over 24 years I still can’t think of anyplace better to call home then Bellingham.
Alyssa Springs is the owner of Flow Motion, a yoga sanctuary, salt cave, and healing spa in Ferndale, Wa. Originally from Eastern Pennsylvania, she is a graduate of Northampton Community College with an associate degree in business and a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s in international politics. Prior to settling in Bellingham eight years ago, she opened the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s first commercial bellydance studio with a dance community that is still active to this day.
Alyssa holds many dance and fitness certifications and is active in many local and national networking groups. Having grown Flow Motion from a dance and fitness facility into a holistic wellness center for locals and a destination for out-of-towners, her mission has always been one of making self-care accessible for all.
Social connectedness and community engagement hold equal weight to the tradition of eating right and exercising when it comes to living well. Alyssa is most proud of making accessibility an option for everyone. There are free book and hiking clubs for anyone to join in, memberships are attainable regardless of finances through an Energy Exchange program, and a space-share program for Women entrepreneurs gives them access to free space rental to hold business events.
Alyssa most recently opened up access to the salt cave and yoga classes on an ongoing basis to a local group helping survivors of sex trafficking. With a former career working in Federal law enforcement on the Arizona border, Alyssa had first-hand experience with human trafficking. Alyssa is dedicated to easing suffering and communicating care by sharing Flow Motion with others, especially women, to find healing.
Alyssa knows every human walking through the doors of Flow Motion has life happening to them, from victims of crimes to people going through divorce, the passing of a family member, or “simply” daily life stress. Alyssa’s passion for hospitality reaches to her volunteer efforts with the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce as an Ambassador helping other business owners connect and feel welcome.
She’s won several awards in the last five years including Member of the Month twice, Ambassador of the Year twice, and the Spirit of Ferndale Award. Flow Motion has also won Bronze for Best Yoga Studio in Bellingham Alive’s Best of the Northwest and Alyssa was recently nominated to be in the running for the 2019 Dream Big Award with the U.S. Chamber. She holds several annual community events around the holidays centered on creating memorable experiences for the local community and was a 2018 Neighborhood Champion for the Small Business Saturday movement by American Express where Flow Motion was open for local small businesses without storefronts to come do business the day after Black Friday.
In her personal time, she enjoys life with her cats, hiking, pulling weeds, and finds peace in the quiet time waiting for a cup of hot tea to cool just enough.
Pam Brady is an Associate Director of Government and Public Affairs for BP, responsible for government relations, external communications and community outreach at BP Cherry Point Refinery. She has spent the 18 years in the industry, previously as a Land and Right of Way Agent. She is a graduate of Western Washington University. Pam is the President of the Bellingham Technical College Foundation Board of Directors and serves on the Executive Board of the Whatcom Business Alliance. She also serves on boards for Friends of Birch Bay State Park and WWU College of Science and Engineering Advancement. Pam, her husband Dan, and their two children live Bellingham, where they enjoy spending as free time as possible in the outdoors.
Lynn Giuliani is the President and Founder of Progressions Inc, a training and consulting company specializing in helping companies create a customer driven sales culture with confident, professional team members. Her approach is to form a partnership with her clients, so she walks them through all the steps of change using her coaching model and vast experience. Lynn has authored 5 books and created over 300 training modules. She takes great pride in customizing all her training to her client's needs. The skills that Lynn imparts are universal skills that help in all parts of ones’ life.
Lynn holds the prestigious designation of Certified Speaking Professional earned by less than 300 women worldwide. She is often asked to spend time with classmates or their family to help them with career direction or the simple challenges of life. Lynn is always willing to do so, as with nearly 50 years of experience it is a joy to help others. From speaking on Cruise Ships, to Classrooms throughout the US, to one on one Executive Coaching- Lynn’s experience and people skills are vast.
In the past 5 years she has dedicated a good portion of her time to sharing her speaking and training talents with Non- Profits. Lydia Place, Engedi Refuge, NW Youth Services and Jansen Art Center are just a few of the organizations she donates her time to in training and fundraising. Lynn serves on the Board for Jansen Art Center. You will also see her at most of local auctions with undoubtedly one of her hand made pottery pieces as a donation.
Lynn and her husband Mike have 4 children between them and 5 grandchildren. They are grateful for the full and rewarding life they share.
Teresa Taylor was born in Chicago, IL, but moved to Whatcom County at the age of 3 where she has lived most of her life. Both her mother and father are U.S. Army veterans, both honorably discharged from the military. It was very important to them to establish permanent roots to raise their family, the reason they moved to Washington. Those same values were instilled in Teresa, raising her own family in Ferndale. Both her daughter Justina and son Steven attended Ferndale schools from kindergarten through high school graduation. Like any mother, she wanted to ensure that her city remains a great place to raise children.
Teresa ran for an elected Ferndale City Council position in 2015 and won. She is serving her fourth year as an elected Ferndale Council Member. Her liaison responsibilities include the Ferndale Downtown Association, Ferndale Heritage Society, Ferndale School District, Ferndale Community Resource Cooperative, Bellingham International Airport Advisory Committee, and Whatcom Transit Authority.
Teresa is an enrolled member of the Lummi Nation. Teresa currently works as the Project Manager for the Lummi Indian Business Council’s Office of Economic Policy Division. The Project Manager implements projects approved by the Economic Development Commission, LIBC Treasurer and LIBC. This is a key position in building sustainable economic growth for the Lummi Nation. This role is highly collaborative and requires managing work across internal and external teams to drive projects to completion.
Teresa was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Whatcom Community College, by Governor Jay Inslee. The board’s duties include setting the college’s strategic direction, establishing policy, awarding tenure, approving the operating budget and hiring the college President.
In her consulting practice, Strategic Development Northwest LLC, Teresa has also worked on code research and revisions, public relations work, and non-profit management. She is also the proud owner of a small business, Washington Fireworks.
Teresa is a former board member for the YWCA Bellingham, serving for 8 years. She served as Treasurer of the board in 2014 and Chair of the Selection Committee for the Northwest Women’s Hall of Fame Board Member, a subsidiary committee.
Teresa served on the Executive Board for the Washington State Democrats, served as the State Committee Woman for the 42nd Legislative District, and was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Native American Caucus for the Washington State Democrats. In 2012 she went to the Democratic National Committee as a National Delegate for Barack Obama.
Teresa is a former board member of the Lummi Nation’s Law & Justice Commission, serving for 10 years, which specifically focused on issues of violence against women, peace with justice, code revisions, legislative issues and oversight of the Chief of Police and Chief Judge.