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  • 08/06/2018 3:26 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)
    What is your background?
    Being raised in Dundee, it was hard for Megan not to love everything the Willamette Valley has to offer. She has always enjoyed taking advantage of the great outdoors, farm-to-fork restaurants and wonderful local activities right in her backyard. As an adult, she was finally able to enjoy the bounty of the vineyards - now loving the local Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay grown within miles of her childhood home.
    After graduating from Newberg High School, Megan genuinely fell in love with hospitality and studied Hospitality Management at Johnson & Wales University. Over a course of a decade, she developed her guest service skills at some of the most luxurious hotels and resorts in the West. It was not until the Willamette Valley truly embraced the idea of wine country tourism that she knew she could return home to pursue her career dreams. Moving back has proven to be one of her favorite choices in life so far. Her small hometown has grown along with the wine vines into something very special - every year more wineries open and new eateries set up shop. By helping to handcraft this destination area, Megan is excited to provide wonderful retreats for couples, friends and families looking to explore Oregon's Wine Country.

    Anything you would like to share about your family?

    My family currently consists of my partner, Ethan, who has been a best friend since High School and our two furrbabies, Peyton (2 yrs) and Cato (7 mo).  The joy that the 3 of them brings to my life makes every day worth living!

    Why did you select the business you are in?

    Megan formed the company in the winter of 2013-2014, when she realized the need for more lodging for travelers looking to visit Oregon's wine county. Her love of hospitality and community came together to form what she believes is the most authentic way to visit Oregon, by living like a local. Megan's special eye for detail and intuitive anticipation for guest needs makes her the area's local expert on vacation rental design and coordination.

    What do you like most about what you do?

     Over the years as my business has grown, I have grown as well. I now find it most rewarding to be an employer and give back to my community. Four years ago, I would have said that I love helping curate memorable experiences for our guests, which I still do have a passion for. Yet, developing my skills as a local employer has brought me much joy.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member?

    I am blown away by how many strong and smart women we have in our community, and I love getting to learn from each of them. Joining WOW, I hope to continue to build my local connections with women in business and grow my skills as a female entrepreneur.

    If this applies:  Who could be an ideal potential client for you?

    We have two types of clients: 1. Our homeowners, and 2. Our guests. We focus on doing the best for each! Whether you have out of town guests visiting the area and need to help find them somewhere to stay, or you know of someone who has a second home in the area who would like to earn revenue while still being able to utilize their property for themselves - we are here to help with both!

    Check out my interview on The Brandon Porter Show to learn more!

    What do you like to do for fun?

    When I get a chance to take a break for myself I tend to fill my time with family, friends and my puppies! I also get so much enjoyment out of exploring the Willamette Valley and Volunteering.

    What are five things you cannot live without?

    As long as I have my health, I feel like I could live without most everything if needed.

     Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    I love staycationing locally, there is so much goodness in our backyard! When I do get a chance to travel, I love visiting Bend, the Flathead Valley Montana, and Big Sur California are on the top of my list.

    Location: All over the Yamhill County!

    Megan Carda, Founder & President
    Lifestyle Properties, LLC
    100 N Springbrook Road
    Newberg, OR 97132
    Main: 971.832.3399
    Office:  503.564.0015
    Cell: 503.537.7925

    Let's stay connected on Facebook & LinkedIn!

  • 12/04/2017 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Jennifer Armenta has owned her own business for over 20 years. She started off as a Professional Organizer for artists and entrepreneurs and then moved into Life Coaching. After that she primarily did Business Consulting helping entrepreneurs and small businesses with hiring employees, marketing, business coaching and project management. Her career took another turn, which led her to what she loved- writing and editing. 

    After taking some time off, she has come back to coaching, but now she is bringing a more spiritual approach to her practice. She focuses on helping people bring who they truly are into the world, living genuine and authentic lives. Jennifer lives on 5 acres in McMinnville with her husband Jason, daughter, Iris (16) and daughter, Alex (13). They have two dogs, 11 chickens, 3 goats and 2 sheep.

    Why did you select the business you are in? Coaching allows me to be my most authentic self. I love talking one-on-one with someone, going deep and helping them through a transition or with a difficult situation. I get to work with a variety of people and I never get tired of it!

    What do you like most about what you do? I love helping people be who they truly are. Most people actually do know what they want to do, but something holds them back. I love going deep with someone, getting to know who they truly are inside and helping them show that to the world. When someone is shining for the world to see, it is amazing!

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? I joined WOW to meet other women in business. I love meeting such a wonderful variety of women doing all sorts of amazing projects and businesses. I am hoping to expand my business and also create a network of women that I can refer others to. And I hope to make some new friends. :)

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? I love working with people who are in a transition, bored with life, looking for a career change, or who don't know what they want to do with their lives. I’m looking for anyone who is ready to talk about where they are at and why they are not happy, or someone who has a dream and just needs a little motivation to get it going.

    What do you like to do for fun? Spend evenings with my husband, time with my children, coffee or wine out with friends, a night out in Portland for dinner and dancing, gardening, listening to music, and doing oracle cards.

    What are five things you cannot live without? Of course, I can’t live without my family, friends, and animals. But for the simpler things.... chocolate, hot showers, wine, music, and deep conversations.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? Actually, it is Oregon. Before we moved here, we took 4 vacations here. Finally, I said to my husband, "Why don't we move to where we vacation." So we did and have not looked back. We love it!


    Jennifer Armenta, Intuitive Life Coaching

    Email: jen_armenta@yahoo.com

    Phone: 971-241-9754

  • 11/06/2017 7:22 AM | Anonymous

    Magdalena was born and raised in Venezuela and came to the US when her family moved to New York. She studied art and interior design and worked in graphic design, advertising and marketing. She is married and has four dogs.

    Why did you select the business you are in? I enjoy the creative process and the opportunity to build a unique product that people can enjoy.

    What do you like most about what you do? The opportunity to create something unique that brings joy and happiness to my customers.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? I wanted to meet other women business owners in the area. The most rewarding aspect for me has been seeing the diversity of businesses out there and meeting new members and hearing their personal stories, which are always inspirational. 

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? 
    Someone who enjoys expressing their individual and unique style.

    What do you like to do for fun? Go for long hikes with my dogs.

    What are five things you cannot live without? My four dogs and a morning cup of tea.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? I like big skies and wide open spaces in Montana, Idaho or Eastern Oregon.


    Magdalena Pauna Design, LLC- Owner, Designer

    Location: 5985 SW Cougar Mountain Road

    McMinnville, Oregon 97128

    Website: www.magdalenapauna.com

    Email: Magdalena@magdalenapauna.com

    Phone: 971-409-8410

  • 09/10/2017 11:59 PM | Anonymous

    Briana Rasmussen Rogers studied at Portland State University and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in German and History. While studying for her degrees, she decided to take it a step further and lived in Tubingen, Germany for a year. After returning to Oregon and graduating, she began winemaking in 2006 with her first (and favorite) varietal, Marechal Foch. 

    As a kid, Briana grew up in Portland and Stayton, OR. Her mother, who is a scientist, inspired her to really dive in and learn the science behind things. Winemaking was more of what Briana calls “wine-science” and it is largely part of why she loves what she does. Her father, who is a teacher, influenced her desire to specialize in wine education. 

    Briana’s husband, Dave Rogers, is definitely her support system in running the winery. As the Co-Owner and the other Winemaker, saying that he is her other half is an understatement! They met over 10 years ago through making wine for Purple Cow Vineyards and got married in July of this year.

    Why did you select the business you are in? It started as a hobby in 2006, and within 5 years the winery transformed into a serious operation that we were happy to do full time. The winemaking industry is predominately male and I am happy to be one of the few women in the Willamette Valley to be a Winemaker and winery Co-Owner. Wine is definitely a labor of love; I love the work that goes into growing grapes, the science that goes into winemaking and, of course, enjoying the fruits of our labor.

    What do you like most about what you do? Over the years I have found that wine has a way of bringing people together- and in our case, spouses!  Wine is generally found on the dinner table for birthdays, celebrations, and holidays and I have a sense of pride knowing that I get to create something that is enjoyed by many.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? WOW is a great organization to promote strong women in our local area. Making connections with those women is fantastic opportunity to network with other business-minded ladies from multiple industries.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? Ideal customers for Purple Cow Vineyards are people who enjoy good company and great wine. We welcome wine connoisseurs and people who have never tasted wine before!

    What do you like to do for fun? I enjoy wine tasting, gardening and reading.

    What are five things you cannot live without?

    1. Food
    2. Coffee
    3. Food
    4. Wine
    5. Sleep

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? The Oregon Coast in winter is my favorite place to go on vacation… coffee, a good book, and a fire? Yes please!


    Briana Rasmussen Rogers, Co-Owner, Co-Winemaker, Purple Cow Vineyards and VinTyr Wine

    Tasting Room Location: 300 E 1st St, Newberg, OR 97132

    Phone: (971) 259-8269

    Email: Briana@purplecowvineyards.com

    Website: www.Purplecowvineyards.com\

  • 08/02/2017 10:24 AM | Anonymous
    Jenny Compton grew up outside Banks and attended small schools, ultimately Linfield for college. She has worked in tax accounting her professional career and youth sports coach by hobby. Jenny’s husband has always been an amazing supporter of her endeavors, which allows her to give of herself to others in a very impactful way. It has been very rewarding and she hopes to model these behaviors of serving others to her two children.

    Why did you select the business you are in?

    I have always loved helping others. Premier has similar core principles, which makes giving back to my community easy.

    What do you like most about what you do?

    I enjoy sharing with women accessories to develop their style and in turn confidence.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? 

    My goal is to learn from other businesswomen and hope to be able to offer from my personal experience to better others.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?

    Women of all ages looking to add accessories to further enhance their style. 

    What do you like to do for fun?

    My favorite hobby has been coaching, primarily softball, however I love most sports.  I enjoy teaching and utilizing my experience to provide a fun outlet for young females. Each person can have milestones that deserve recognition, no matter their comparative skill set. My goal is to give each girl the confidence in herself that she can succeed.

    What are five things you cannot live without?

    Coaching, hamburgers, coffee, contacts (I am very nearsighted) and hugs from family and friends

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? Disneyland

    Jenny Compton, Independent Jewelry Distributor, Premier Designs

    Location: E. Main St Carlton, OR 97111

    Phone: 503-704-6522

    Email: jennycompton1@gmail.com

    Website: http://jennycompton.mypremierdesigns.com/

  • 07/07/2017 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    Christine Andrus grew up just outside of Chicago in northwest Indiana where the steel industry was the major source of jobs for several generations. This was her family's livelihood during her high school years, and they all endured the unfortunate collapse of that industry. After graduating early from high school and leaving home at 17 to attend university, she never turned back. She self-funded her years at Indiana University by waiting tables in a popular sports bar and paying cash for her tuition and living expenses- which astounds her to this day! After graduation, she felt an overwhelming desire to travel and set out on a meandering path that took her all over the U.S Hawaii, and ultimately Europe. There she spent 3 years living in Vienna, Austria- basically putting the gypsy in Gypsy Dancer!

    Back to the US… In order to fund her escapades in the Food and Beverage Industry, she gravitated toward wine and sought out opportunities to learn more and work more closely with it, while living her snowboarder's lifestyle in southwest Colorado. It was a chance meeting in Vail, Colorado at a wine industry tasting while she worked for a wine distributor, that she met her husband, R. Gary Andrus, who owned the renowned wineries- Pine Ridge in Napa, CA and Archery Summit in Dayton, OR. They got married and simultaneously started two small production operations in Cornelius, OR and Central Otago, New Zealand where just the two of them and two others handcrafted the wines. They had two daughters, Gypsy and Romanée and happily spent 6 months each year in both hemispheres making Gypsy Dancer Wines.

    Sadly, Gary passed away in 2009 and she sold all of their wineries and vineyards. She left the industry and Oregon to focus on her young girls who were 4 and 6 years old- moving to the edge of Badlands National Park in South Dakota. She acquired a herd of 46 head of bison and started a small yoga studio in their little town- population, 880. In 2012, she decided to try making a little wine again. Enlisting the help of some friends in the industry, she flew to Oregon, procured grapes from some former custom crush clients, who now had a beautiful vineyard in Amity, and made 150 cases at Scott Paul Winery in Carlton under the Gypsy Dancer label.

    It was highly invigorating and she hasn't stopped since, increasing her production to almost 1000 cases in 2016! After years of maintaining multiple vineyards and wineries, she is having the time of her life purchasing fruit from friends and sharing space in another's winery. She and her girls moved back permanently to Oregon in the Fall of 2015 and Gypsy Dancer opened it's tasting room on Main Street in Carlton in mid-November of 2016. 

    Why did you select the business you are in? 

    In the beginning I chose the wine industry because I was endlessly interested in the interaction of food and wine. Later, as I became more rooted in the industry, my focus was more on the marketing and branding aspect of what we were doing.

    What do you like most about what you do?

    At this point, I love the process from grape to bottle to sales. It brings me endless joy to do crush, as well as meeting people, and either introducing them or re-introducing them to Gypsy Dancer Wine. 

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? 

    I joined WOW at the encouragement of another member and I'm excited to be around other women in business. It is a special kind of woman who enjoys being in business and I look forward to being around others who share that passion and independence.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? 

    An ideal client for me is someone who loves great Oregon Pinot Noir- obviously, but also someone who can appreciate the uniqueness of my brand, Gypsy Dancer; those who truly enjoy supporting and sharing in this very small, exclusive and passionate winemaking project.

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    I enjoy spending time with my 12 and 14 year old daughters during my time off. They are such an amazing light in my life and I can't get enough time with them and my partner. Family is the absolute focus of my life outside of my business.

    What are five things you cannot live without? 

    1.   Laughter and lightness

    2.   My family

    3.   Yoga

    4.   Wine and great food

    5.   Good friends

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    My favorite place to vacation is a cabin in northern Minnesota, which as been in my family since I was a young child. I love taking my kids there and sharing my childhood with them. It is completely isolated and the more time I can spend there with my extended family, the better!

    CONTACT INFO:  Christine Andrus, Owner and Proprietor -Gypsy Dancer Estates

    Location: E. Main St Carlton, OR 97111

    Phone: 503-969-7199

    Email: Christine@gypsydancerestates.com or cmetza@gmail.com

    Website: www.gypsydancerwines.com

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GypsyDancerWine

  • 06/09/2017 12:20 PM | Anonymous

    Tonna Farrar grew up in the Midwest where her parents were small business owners. She learned from an early age the sacrifices small business owners had to make to succeed.  When she turned 16, her parents permitted her drive their rig to horse shows by herself, but she first had to prove that she could change a tire on her own, and back the trailer to park it anywhere without any assistance! They instilled a great amount of independence and “can do” attitude in her, for which she is so grateful. This upbringing has given her the tenacity to practice law for 20 years, with licensing in 4 states. She now loves to share the same strong values with her 10 y.o. son, who is the absolute light of her life- and she shares this with tremendous emotion and love as any proud mother would.

    Why did you select the business you are in? 

    I was a voracious reader growing up and my father would pick a topic every night at the dinner table to debate.  I loved the challenge of analysis and persuasion. I believe that as lawyers we have a wonderful opportunity to serve the public and positively influence people’s lives and businesses in moments when they most need strength and guidance. 

    What do you like most about what you do?

    Getting to know my clients and becoming personally invested in their lives and businesses.  I love to celebrate my clients’ successes. 

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? 

    My best friend invited me to attend an event with her and the energy in the room left me feeling so invigorated!  I leave every WOW event feeling proud to be part of a group of enlightened, strong Willamette Valley women.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?  I’m very excited to be in the process of aligning with a Yamhill County full-service law firm where I can provide personal and business representation.  My ideal potential client will be someone who wants compassionate, honest and impeccable legal representation. 

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    Breathe in the wonderful smell of the barn when I visit my horse.  Explore the Willamette Valley and enjoy its bounty of food and wine.  I also enjoy reading books about strong women – I’m currently reading a biography of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.

    What are five things you cannot live without? 

    • My son
    • My love
    • My family
    • My horse
    • And popcorn with lots of butter and salt!

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? 

    Santa Fe, NM.  It has so much history, expansive scenery, unique architecture, chili-laden food, gorgeous turquoise, art and a special healing energy that touches my soul every time I visit. 

    CONTACT INFO:  Tonna K. Farrar, Esq. Attorney at Law

    Email: tfarrar@bffb.com

    Cell: 913-530-6900

  • 05/02/2017 10:17 PM | Anonymous

    John Peterson & Jeremi Carroll are quite the innovative couple with an amazing vision of growing highly nutritious and delicious food. We are so fortunate that they are right in our backyard here in Yamhill County! Their background is mostly in the restaurant industry where they have both worked as servers. This background helps them understand how restaurants are run, giving them an insight to what they are looking for from their produce suppliers. Neither of them have any farming background, which have served them both positively and negatively along their journey. In addition to growing delicious food, they are passionate about helping folks create a space that serves our immediate and extended family as a place for relaxation and enjoyment of nature. 

    Why did you select the business you are in?

    We decided to start small farming after spending several seasons tending a small mixed garden at our suburban rental. We did a lot of reading and documentary watching that lead us to the idea of starting an alternative type of food production system. Developing this type of business touches on many issues that we care about from healthy food to social justice to caring for our natural environment. 

    What do you like most about what you do?

    We love the community and enjoy growing and sharing food with others. We also love watching nature move and change over the seasons. Indeed, if you build it, nature will come. 

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member?

    We joined WOW as an opportunity to network within our local community. We did host a fun evening gathering two years ago but have not taken full advantage of the opportunity WOW provides. 

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?

    Our potential clients include chefs, caterers, wineries, B&B's, apothecaries, herbalists and interested members of the local area.

    What do you like to do for fun?

    We love to host dinner parties and summer family gatherings. We also enjoy an occasional night out in Portland and usually try and take one good vacation each winter.

    What are five things you cannot live without?

    Our business would not survive without water, access to diverse seeds/plants, pollinators, sunshine- and wine!

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    With so many amazing places and things to see, we try not to go too many places twice.


    John Peterson & Jeremi Carroll, Owners of Dundee Hills Food Forest

    Farm House: 10623 NE Fox Farm Rd. Dundee, OR 97115

    Phone: 503-487-6796

    Email: dundeehillsfoodforest@gmail.com

    Website: www.dhfoodforest.com

    Instagram: @dundeehillsfoodforest

  • 04/06/2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous
    Linda Blackwood started working in high-tech right out of high school before anyone had a computer on their desk, and spent 25 years selling computer chips and material management programs. In 2002, she got an opportunity to finish college and start a career she thought would be fun on through her 80’s and beyond. She and her husband and met on Match.com in 2001, and they are still dating. Some of their dates just happen to include grandchildren. 

    Why did you select the business you are in? Design of interior spaces is the combination of technical knowledge and art- and I could make money at the same time.

    What do you like most about what you do? My favorite thing about being a designer is hearing from a client how much they love their space after the project is done.  I've done quite a bit of work converting spaces to be wheelchair accessible, and those projects and clients will always remain close to my heart.  

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? WOW gives me the chance to get away from the world of construction and construction guys.  It's been so fun to meet women from different industries, learn a lot about the local wine and food industry, and I get to drink wine!

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? An ideal client for me is someone who wants their space to function well for their lifestyle, whether it's a kitchen, bath, or a full house.

    What do you like to do for fun? Traveling, cooking and playing golf are passions of mine.  I like to dream of having more time to make art.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? I have been to 4 continents, and have a few left to visit, but vacations at the cabin we have on the Sandy River are usually pretty awesome.

    CONTACT INFO:  Linda Blackwood, Owner of Interiors by Blackwood

    Phone: (503) 320-2533

    Email: linda@interiorsbyblackwood.com

    Website: www.interiorsbyblackwood.com

  • 02/24/2017 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    Bridget Backus McBride has a BFA from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit (graphic design and art direction). She apprenticed in the printing industry during that time and later worked in advertising agencies in Detroit, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Portland upon graduating, and she has hit the ground running ever since! 

    Bridget has been involved with Arabian horses for many years and has owned and shown Dalmatians for 28 years, so there’s always a set of spots around her- inspiring even her business name! Bridget is married to an athletic shoe designer and they have two lovely daughters; their oldest is in her first year at George Fox University and their younger daughter is a Junior at Newberg High School- future WOW members for sure!

    Why did you select the business you are in? Even as a child I’ve always been oriented to art, so it really wasn’t a struggle to know what I wanted to do — I just needed to figure out how I wanted to express that passion. I’m continuously curious about the world around me and I’m in the perfect field to express that.

    What do you like most about what you do? Communicating a message through words and visuals in any form never, never gets old for me. Each project that crosses my desk brings fresh challenges and I enjoy applying my knowledge in a way that helps a client reach their objectives.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? I joined WOW in 2012 because I love its focus of women supporting women in the community. It’s given me a wonderful opportunity to meet such a great group of ladies, especially by participating in several Small Groups. I wouldn’t have the opportunity to do that on my own. My work can be a smidge isolating so it’s been incredibly valuable in getting me out-the-door in a meaningful way.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? It is such a joy to connect with clients that appreciate the expertise I have to offer. I really marinate, study, and immerse myself on what their objectives and goals are and how to put that out to the world for them. What a great feeling it is hearing the positive feed back after seeing a book I’ve designed come off the press and later loaded on a e-reader for a client, or seeing a branding campaign take off after a client’s grand opening.

    What do you like to do for fun? On a weekly basis I enjoy quiet time riding my horse and playing with my newest dalmatian, Yahtzee. I also have fun with photography, blogging/writing, stitching/sewing/weaving, and skiing (downhill and cross country) when weather permits.

    What are five things you cannot live without? The five things that I cannot live without would be my family, pets, thoughtful expression in art and words, and things that make me laugh. I also need a fabulous cup of tea every day or I’ll fall over.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? I’ve traveled a lot, but I love the Pacific Northwest and never tire of exploring this beautiful landscape. Living in the West is like being on vacation every day for me.

    CONTACT INFO:  Bridget Backus McBride- Principal, Art Director/Graphic Designer

    Business Address:  Spotted Dog Creative 32925 NE Old Parrett Mtn. Rd., Newberg

    Phone: 503-538-3553
    Email: sptdogcrt@gmail.com
    Website: www.spotteddogcreative.com
    Blog:    www.spoton.typepad.com

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