Andre Feriante’s life is the guitar, his passion is music and his mission is the pursuit of beauty and knowledge through art. 3 Continents. 14 Albums. 40 Years of performing. Thousands of performances. His musical story began at age 13, when a Flamenco concert sparked his love of guitar. By age 18, Feriante was playing concerts in Rome, Berlin and North and South America. He studied with classical guitar legends Andrés Segovia and Jose Tomas in Madrid, Henry Rivas in Bogota, Columbia, and Leon Atkinson in New York. He now directs the Whidbey Island Guitar Festival and Seattle Guitar Night with additional festivals in the works.
Conscious Business Coach
Anna Choi knows that running a business takes energy. Anna is there to empower conscious entrepreneurs and business leaders to focus their energy, magnify their presence, and find peace in chaos. Anna lived the challenges she helps others address. With a six-figure income but burned out at age 25, Anna turned to energy mastery, martial arts, yoga and brain education. Now, she brings those lessons to help high achieving business leaders grow in flow, align their energy, and embody yin-based leadership for themselves and their teams.
For 35 years, Charlene Ray, has helped others as a therapist, mentor, grief counselor and workshop facilitator. Charlene earned a Master's degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She has studied alchemical healing, guided imagery, voice dialogue, mindful self-compassion, nature-based soul work, shamanic counseling and vision-quest work. Charlene leads programs for school districts on various mental-health topics and is a coach and trainer at the University of Washington's Forefront Suicide Prevention center.
Housing Advocate/Public Servant
Chris Collier's academic and career focus is on public service. While Collier was working for NASA’s Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and then Human Spaceflight and Operations, the Puget Sound-region native earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from The Evergreen State College. In a position with Gov. Jay Inslee's office, Collier saw challenges of housing stability. Now with Alliance for Housing Affordability, he advances the mission and vision of no household being without an affordable place to call home.
Communications Research/Internet Scientist
Chris Coward studies information at the University of Washington Information School. As director of the UW's Technology & Social Change Group and co-founder of the Center for an Informed Public, Chris focuses on issues of access, digital inclusion, digital literacy, civic engagement, and most recently, misinformation. Fake news, disinformation, misinformation, hype, rumor and distortion can create mine field and labyrinths. He shares clues on how to strengthen constructive interactions and free yourself from the escape room of popular misinformation.
Student Roboticist/Community Servant
Elisabeth Ince is a member of the Whidbey Island Wildcats, a robotics team based at Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, Wash. Besides building technical skills, the team focuses on the betterment of the community and the world. The teammates have worked on projects to help the homeless, people in underprivileged countries, and the young children of the Whidbey Island community. Elisabeth has her sights set on a Bachelor's degree in sociocultural anthropology after graduating from high school. She joins Molly Zimmermann and Holly Lewis on a talk about working together to address community problems.
Animal Whisperer/4 Legged Spokesperson
Elizabeth Johnson has been working with the health and wellness of small, large and exotic animals as well as wildlife for more 35 years. Her work includes doing equine and canine bodywork and rehabilitation on competitive and companion animals. In return, Johnson says the animals have trained her in patience, understanding, divine presence and humility as well as human nature. As a practitioner, she sees that the needs of each animal and human are different.
Master Esthetician/Resilience Coach
Erica Steele is a business-owner, Master Esthetician and Cosmetologist who has worked as a Freelance Makeup Artist at New York Fashion Week. She believes that feeling beautiful comes from appreciating and honoring who you are, not from following trends or having the perfect body. An Army veteran, Erica has created a mastectomy resilience program for breast-cancer pre-vivors and survivors.
Student Roboticist/Community Servant
Oak Harbor High School student graduate Holly Lewis joins fellow high school students, Elisabeth Ince and Molly Zimmermann, to launch the first virtual TEDxSnoIsleLibraries 2020 speaker event with their talk, “Embrace the Chance to Solve Problems in Your Community.” Lewis, Zimmermann and Ince connected through the Whidbey Island Wildcats, a local robotics team. Lewis had been on the team for two years when Ince and Zimmermann joined it two years ago. The three have worked on projects to help the homeless, people in underprivileged countries, and Whidbey Island children.
Lewis will attend the University of Washington in the fall to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.
Whole Systems Designer
Janet Novinger's passion for the need for respect in personal and professional interactions is foundational to her work with individuals living with brain injury. Through coaching, consulting and training, she supports organizations in creating environments where people can give their best. Janet continues to adapt to brain injuries she has incurred and is one of the founders of Imaginal Network, which is dedicated to those living with TBI” (traumatic brain injury). Network members come alongside all those on a a journey of survival, learning how to function, and ultimately learning how to adapt to a changed brain and body.
Jodi Crimmins is sharing a TEDx talk entitled, “How School Gardens Empower Young People.” Crimmins, a Whidbey Island native, managed to have her career and passion intersect. The Oak Harbor School District teacher and garden–lover has spent the past two years as a Garden and Sustainability Teacher on Special Assignment.
John is an author who has done research on why humans love to travel. He is a recognized travel authority tapped by Pacific Northwest TV and radio shows to provide his insights as a guest. He is also the founder of the Vacation Angel Network which provides free vacations to families dealing with serious illnesses.
Nursing Educator/Civility Strategist
Kate Bracy is on the board of Civility First, are a group of citizens representing a wide range of political views. The group has come together to repudiate the divisive language and hate speech permeating our society.
Bracy retired as a nurse educator, and spent much of her career also actively teaching individuals and teams communication strategies for working more effectively with each other.
Civility First promotes listening and learning from people with differing perspectives. The group asks civic and community leaders, civic groups, religious groups, and concerned citizens to commit to respectful listening, civil behavior, and to being role models for our children.
As an author, Marty Folsom has written a trio of books exploring the nature of personal relationships. As an academic, Marty earned a Ph.D. and taught in New Zealand and the Seattle area for 20 years. As a counselor, the Woodinville, Wash., native refers to himself as a Relational Theologian, affirming that God exists in relationships and all that God does is for the purpose of relationships.
Student Roboticist/Community Servant
Molly Zimmermann is a member of the Whidbey Island Wildcats, a robotics team based at Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor, Wash. Besides building technical skills, the team focuses on the betterment of the community and the world. The teammates have worked on projects to help the homeless, people in underprivileged countries, and the young children of the Whidbey Island community. Molly is aiming for a university degree in architectural engineering or interior design and joins fellow roboticists and classmates, Elisabeth Ince and Holly Lewis in a talk on working together to solve community problems.
Brain Injury Champion
Rob Pezely is a passionate bicycle mechanic and a past customer success manager. He became a member of the Imaginal Network following a crosswalk automobile/pedestrian collision in 2017. This network is creating new possibilities for fellow TBI” (traumatic brain injury) adapters. This group is dedicated to those on a journey of survival, learning how to function, and ultimately learning how to adapt to a changed brain and body.
Teresa Wippel’s career includes a long list of communications roles: weekly and daily newspaper journalism, government public information, employee communications, corporate and agency public relations, marketing communications, technical communications, internet publishing and professional sports. With a journalism degree from Seattle University, Wippel is proud to say she has come full circle in founding the My Neighborhood News Network.
Dr. Liou has worked to reduce suffering through 25 years of clinical practice. Her intention is to empower people to be their own pain experts and develop the confidence to recognize when seeking help is appropriate. She enjoys forest bathing with the company of her canine co-worker, Luna. She also supports organizations such as Food Lifeline, Old Dog Haven and the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation.