Reinette Senum is one of the founders of APPLE (Alliance for a Post-Petroleum Local Economy) dedicated to educating the community on the effects of oil depletion/global warming and the benefits of strong, local economy. She is also a current Councilwoman and former Mayor of Nevada City, CA. Reinette’s work with the city has included energy audits on all city-owned buildings, as well as solar installments on city hall, Pioneer Park public pool and the city yard. She was also the first woman to cross Alaska on skis.
Ginny Woods comes from a family of healers. She is a mother, grandmother, registered nurse, Traditional Chinese Acupressure Therapist, certified Chinese massage therapist and instructor, Reiki master teacher, certified Feng Shui consultant, and an ordained Tibetan Buddhist nun. She has been a midwife, paramedic nurse, hospice practitioner, and created her own preschool.
Poet and essayist Molly Fisk writes and teaches in Nevada City, CA. She's the author of the poetry collections: The More Difficult Beauty and Listening to Winter; her latest CD of radio commentary is Blow-Drying a Chicken. Molly teaches Writing to Heal to cancer and cardiac patients and runs the well-known on-line workshop Poetry Boot Camp. She speaks nationally on poetry, innovation, feminism, and child abuse, and was recently featured at TEDxSanFrancisco.
Chameli Ardagh is a leading pioneer on contemporary feminine spirituality and the founder of Awakening Women Institute. She is the initiator of a global network of women’s groups, an online Women’s Ashram, and author of 3 books and a DVD series on feminine empowerment and spirituality. She also is the co-creator of the Deeper Love retreat together with her husband, Arjuna.
Elisa Parker is the co-founder, producer and host of the award-winning program, See Jane Do. As a social change organization, See Jane Do redefines media for women and the power of story to create positive change. Serving as an activist for women, social justice, and the environment, Elisa’s work takes her around the world to discover and share the extraordinary stories and solutions in each of us.
Suzie Daggett, has published the Insight Directory since 2002, a twice-yearly publication for the Sierra Nevada Foothills with listings of healing arts practitioners, products and services promoting healthy, sustainable living with a circulation of 12,000. In 2005, Suzie created Insight Lectures, offering three to five high quality lectures to the public featuring national wellness speakers.
Jesse Locks is the co-founder and co-producer of the award-winning program, See Jane Do. She has worked in independent music and publishing for over ten-years, most notably for the trailblazing and critically acclaimed Arthur Magazine. She is the Festival Director for the Nevada City Film Festival and the PR Director for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Jesse is also deeply involved in the community as a Master Gardener, a Board of Director for the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce, a Friendship Club Angel and a board member for the Sierra College Coordinating Council.
Rainy Laura Blue Cloud
Rainy Laura Blue Cloud grew up in Nevada County and began her life-long political activism through involvement in local organizations and issues. She is a Native American (Mohawk) who has worked for several years towards the advancement of the rights of Indigenous Peoples in international law, including her work as Indigenous Youth Ambassador to the United Nations for the American Indian Law Alliance. Rainy studied Indigenous issues in Vancouver, Canada, has a degree in history from Columbia University and studied UNESCO World Heritage in Germany and France. She has served as the Executive Director of the North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center in Nevada City and currently works in the fire service as a Captain.