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Theme: Connecting the Dots

This event occurred on
March 27, 2014
12:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Wenatchee, WA
United States

Wenatchee Valley's Connecting the Dots TedxWenatchee event is intended to energize leaders to think more creatively about the possibilities for our future. We see enthusiasm to make this valley extraordinary. We want to add traction to this momentum by leveraging our strengths and connecting ideas. We have a unique opportunity to work together in building a more resilient valley for the benefit of future generations.

The Grove at Wenatchee Valley College
1300 fifth street
Wenatchee, WA, 98801
United States
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Dave Sabey

President, Sabey Corporation From the beginning of a career spanning more than 40 years, Dave Sabey has sought out people with a fresh perspective, an inspired vision and a relentless sense of purpose. Among his earliest developments were building Boeing Electronics clean rooms, constructing ADP’s first data center, building and owning one of McCaw Cellular’s first switches, developing facilities for Exodus Communications, provider of the world’s first internet colocation services — even Starbucks‘ first external roasting plant— all were breaking new ground in industries of world-wide importance. Today, that trend continues both through real estate development and investment with a particular focus on high performance data centers, healthcare & life science research and communications. From IT efficiencies and technology platforms dedicated to solving some of the hardest problems facing health care and life science, Mr. Sabey is passionate about promoting ideas that positively change the world. One of those ventures is CODONiS, a company recently co-founded with Jim Harding, a veteran Vice President of Technology for Amazon, to develop technology platform services for Life Sciences & Health Care and to optimize hyper-computational applications and cloud services designed specifically for major hospitals. Mr. Sabey is also founder of the Seattle Science Foundation which was established to foster the collaboration of medical scientists, practitioners, and engineers through high bandwidth transmissions while sharing some of the world’s most sophisticated skill sets. Through the Foundation and his work with some of medical technology’s most creative and productive thought leaders, Dave is helping to advance a global healthcare network with Seattle as a central node. Mr. Sabey and his wife, Sandy, have three children, two of whom work in the family business.

Dr. Gene Sharratt

Dr. Sharratt is currently the Executive Director for the Washington Student Achievement Council. Created by the Legislature in 2012, the Council is the lead state agency bringing together all sectors of the state’s education system to improve access, achievement and outcomes for all Washington citizens, from early learning through higher education. One of the Council’s primary duties is building a comprehensive 10-year Roadmap that will help guide education reform and innovation. Before joining the Governor’s Cabinet, Dr. Sharratt spent ten years as a college professor and twenty-plus years as a K-12 classroom teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, school superintendent, and ESD superintendent in international and public schools. This experience was in Washington, Alaska and Norway. Dr. Sharratt enjoys writing and has published numerous articles in professional journals and magazines. He is the past president of the Washington Educational Research Association and serves on the editorial board for Washington Kappan. Education: Ph.D. 1983 Washington State University MA 1974 Pacific Lutheran University BA 1972 Washington State University AA 1970 Highline Community College Some of Gene’s awards include: 2013 Educational Leadership Lifetime Legacy Award, Washington Association of School Administrators Distinguished Alumni Award, College of Education, Pacific Lutheran University, September 2009 Washington State Bilingual Leadership Award, March 1992. Washington Association of Bilingual Educators (Washington Association of Bilingual Educators) Washington State School Superintendent of the Year May 1991. Washington State Capitol Building, Olympia, WA. National Educational Administrator of the Year Award May 1988. NAEOP, San Francisco, CA. Outstanding Teacher Award, June 1982. Pi Lamda Theta Educational Honorary Society, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.

Donte Quinine

Donte Quinine is an enthusiastic advisor, teacher, and mentor determined to inspire and encourage his students to reach their full potential. He holds a BA in Education from the University of Oregon and a MA in Leadership from Gonzaga. A former collegiate and professional basketball player, Donte continues to pursue health and wellness as an avid yoga practitioner and instructor. Donte is the Director of Student Programs and Leadership Instructor at Wenatchee Valley College. He also facilitates workshops and retreats on effective leadership, communications, team building, and personal wellness.

Nancy Warner

Nancy Warner is the Executive Coordinator for the Initiative for Rural Innovation & Stewardship, an organization that fosters sustainable rural communities in North Central Washington by gathering and sharing success stories that enhance a sense of belonging, inspire action, and build community in North Central Washington www.irisncw.org. She completed a BA in Biology at the University of Colorado in 1979 before attending graduate school at Utah State University where she earned a MS in restoration ecology and a MS in American Studies with an emphasis on environmental history. She served as a program manager for The Nature Conservancy for 18 years, working extensively with local communities in California, Colorado and North Central Washington to balance conservation with resource use and the maintenance of strong, rural communities.

Jeff Ostenson

Jeff Ostenson is owner of North 40 Productions, a digital media production house here in Wenatchee Washington. Currently on his third career, Jeff spent several years as a mental health provider and was also the General Manager of an organic treefruit packing operation before determining that telling stores with digital media is where his true vocation lies. Over the last eight years, Jeff and his team at North 40 have amassed substantial experience working with clients to develop and deliver marketing messages and by creating their own original material. From Wenatchee to Austin Texas, from fruit growers, non-profits, state agencies and Native American Tribes to from ski areas and mountain bike trails, Jeff and his crew have consulted on a remarkably diverse group of projects and filmed in produced stories around the world creating TV commercials, animations, motion graphics, documentary shorts, narrative shorts, and feature documentary films. Growing up on a local apple and pear orchard, Jeff left to pursue his education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, moved to Bellingham to marry his future wife, Heather, and in1997, the two returned to their hometown of Wenatchee to pursue a goal of improving the community around them. Jeff is currently serving as President of the Board at the Performing Arts Center and volunteers with the Chelan Douglas Landtrust, Greater Wenatchee Technology Alliance and the Wenatchee School District. He also enjoys skiing and biking of all sorts.

Dr. Peter Rutherford

Chef E. Coyote

Chef E. Coyote is an award winning internationally known chef with over thirty years of experience in the restaurant industry. He is currently head Chef at the four star Coyote’s Den Café situated at the foot of the North Cascades Mountains on the shores of beautiful Lake Wenatchee in Washington state. The café is a favorite among foodie coinsures from through out the Pacific Northwest. He is an honors graduate of the prestigious Taillevant Culinary School in Paris, France. As a guest chef and lecturer, Chef E. Coyote has demonstrated his craft in Russia, Japan and Mexico. He has previously worked under the tutelage of famous New York Chef Gandie Brodie. Chef E. Coyote served as Chef In-Residence at the famous Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico during his early years of kitchen explorations.

Glenn Johnson

Steve King

Steve King is dedicated to serving the community and strives to facilitate improving the social and economic health of Wenatchee. Raised in the small North Central Washington town of Omak, he moved to Wenatchee in 1997 after earning a MS degree in Civil Engineering from Washington State University. Steve really values five years of working at a local private consulting firm which provided invaluable experience for his current position as the Community and Economic Development Director for the City of Wenatchee. Steve really enjoys travel in which he spends his time observing the social and physical dynamics of various communities and analyzing what makes a community great. Steve’s engineering background lends himself to another passion of his which is data analysis. Combining data with anecdotal evidence provides a unique opportunity to share stories to help empower communities to improve, solve problems, and embrace change. While Steve has had the opportunity to participate in numerous community improvement projects, two come to mind when asked what he is most proud of. The first project was the opportunity to work with all of the Wenatchee Valley Rotary clubs in the design and construction of Rotary Park. Today, it brings him great pleasure to see this busy park enjoyed by the community. The second opportunity was helping in the creation of a public private partnership for the construction of the Pybus Public Market on the Wenatchee Waterfront. Steve believes in local healthy foods, local economy, and is thrilled to see the growth of the Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market at the world class and community supported facility. Steve asserts that the Wenatchee Valley has a promising future with assets like these, not to mention, our wonderful outdoor environment, our beautiful downtown, and our history of being a community known for innovation, a hard work ethic, and resiliency.

Organizing team


Wenatchee, WA, United States
  • Sara Rolfs
    Task Master
  • Terry Valdez
    Creative Muse
  • Rufus Woods
  • Sarah Rudback
  • Elena Payne