• 02/05/2017 5:43 PM | Anonymous

    Leslie Atiyeh was raised on both sides of the Cascades- Forest Grove & Hermiston. Picking berries & cukes as a child, her mother was a field boss. She learned about the value of earning her own money and saving up to achieve her goals. She attended Lewis & Clark College and participated in their first-ever exchange program to the People’s Republic of China. Graduating with a degree in Political Science, she found a job right out of college, then requested a leave of absence to volunteer for the ’84 LA Summer Games where she helped host the PRC delegation to the Olympics– definitely a lifetime highlight! While volunteering for the World Affairs Council/NW China Council as an interpreter for the Sister State Province delegation from Fujian, China, She met her husband-to-be, Tom Atiyeh. They started an import and product development consulting firm, Atiyeh International Ltd. and moved their home and business to Yamhill County over 20 years ago. Currently, their family is spread out from Idaho to Texas with a daughter in Oregon and a black modified male polydactyl cat named SanBai.

    Why did you select the business you are in?

    Growing up in a rural area, I participated in 4-H, sewing and embroidery, competing in the county and state fair in modeling my own clothes. Textiles and color fashion were ingrained at an early age, so when I was exposed to the Atiyeh family business of handknotted Oriental carpets, it felt natural to learn about the weaving traditions around the world. I have been an international speaker at conferences in Iran and throughout the U.S.

    What do you like most about what you do?

    After 30 years managing an award-winning family business, I launched an encore career in 2015 as Executive Director of the Northwest China Council- a 37 year old statewide educational nonprofit. I enjoy putting all the pieces together for programming which brings people from all backgrounds together. The council’s mission is to promote a greater understanding of Chinese culture through programming business, language learning and contemporary affairs throughout the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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

    I was invited to join a few years ago by some very dynamic women– Nancy Hughes and Kathleen Buck.  I am a joiner by nature and thrilled to belong to a group of women entrepreneurs. My favorite thing is to get to know the women and their stories on how they got to be where they are professionally. Fun, affordable programs introduce me to fun venues and vendors for future corporate and nonprofit event planning too!

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?

    For carpets– someone who always wanted a handknotted carpet, enjoys a good bargain (we have a bargain bin in our wholesale warehouse!) and is in love with texture and color.

    What do you like to do for fun?

    I enjoy baking, hiking, reading, playing soccer with my local women’s team.

    What are five things you cannot live without?

    • Human contact
    • Authentic home grown & cooked food
    • Chocolate
    • Family get-togethers
    • Dancing

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    The Big Island of Hawaii and the Oregon coast.

    CONTACT INFO: Leslie Atiyeh 莱絲莉

    • President, Atiyeh International Ltd.
    • Executive Director, NW China Council

    Atiyeh International Ltd.

    Northwest China Council

  • 11/02/2016 11:02 PM | Anonymous

    Celia Austin has lived on Chehalem Mountain most of her life. She was born in Portland and moved to the Sherwood side of Chehalem Mountain when she was 12. Celia has a degree in Home Economics and Communications from Oregon State University and took additional classes in Advertising at Portland State. She and her husband, Ken, have three grown sons, two daughters-in-law and two darling grandchildren.

    Why did you select the business you are in? Rain Dance Marketplace is a sophisticated farm store featuring wine, local artists, gifts, llama fiber products, and other wonderful items. Ken and I got llamas 25 years ago after he went on a packing trip with friends. We got interested in wine after taking a class at Sokol Blosser almost 40 years ago.  My interest was rekindled when we opened the Allison and we started attending the Thursday night wine tastings.  

    What do you like most about what you do? I learn something new everyday and I get to meet interesting people from all over the world.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? Meri invited me to join when she was starting the group and I thought it would be a good way to meet local business women.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? Anyone who loves really good wine.  

    What do you like to do for fun? I love to work in our yard, take photographs and redecorate our house.  The best thing is spending time with my family.

    What are five things you cannot live without? My family, my dogs, tea, wine and homegrown tomatoes.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? Central Oregon

    CONTACT INFO: Celia Austin, Owner, Rain Dance Marketplace

    Phone: (503) 538-0197

    Email: celia@raindanceranch.com

    Website: www.raindancemarketplace.com

  • 10/07/2016 10:58 AM | Anonymous

    Carol Beaulieu, owner of Technical Products, is celebrating 18 years in business!! She is the middle child of five with two older sisters and a younger sister and brother. Her family moved from the Bay area of California to Vale, OR when she was 11 years old, so she considers herself an Oregonian. 

    Carol started her career with American Investment Company in Ontario as a Cashier/Customer Service Rep. She was transferred to Corvallis as a manager trainee, and later to Albany and Salem. She stayed with the company for almost 6 years and earned the distinction of becoming its youngest Branch Manager. Carol has worked as an Assistant Credit Manager for a commercial equipment leasing corporation, a Credit Manager and Account Manager for telecommunications companies, a Salesperson for the world's largest electronic components distributor, and now she is the proud owner of her own company. Having lived in Eugene, West Linn, Wilsonville, Tualatin and now Newberg, she truly is a "Woman of Willamette".

    Carol and her husband were married aboard their boat on the Pacific Ocean out of Winchester Bay in 1984. They recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary. Although they have no children, they have a very large 7 y.o. golden retriever- aptly named, Chief- as in the Chief of their household!

    Why did you select the business you are in?   It kind of selected me. I had been working in sales for many years and was unhappy with the company where I had been working for almost 3 years. When I mentioned to a couple of our vendors that I was seeking employment elsewhere, they asked me why wouldn't I start my own business? I hadn't even thought about it because the idea was just too scary to contemplate. But after careful consideration and with the encouraging support of my husband and family, I did. That was 18 years ago!!

    What do you like most about what you do?  The variety… every day is a new challenge. I meet some wonderful people and learn about amazing businesses and their cutting-edge technologies, which fascinate me.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member?  Meri Kerekanich insisted! Have you ever try to tell Meri, "No"? Seriously, when we worked with Meri to acquire our Newberg property in 2013, she enlightened me about WOW and the opportunity to connect with some incredible women.  I have always been a believer in networking and it sounded like a good fit.... and.... Meri really did insist. The opportunity to meet in relaxed settings with this amazing group of women who share like values and interests is very gratifying- not to mention often times educational and entertaining!

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?  Manufacturing companies who are adding on or updating their facilities. In addition to height adjustable workstations and ergonomic office chairs and production task  & lab stools, we also sell the following:

    • Stainless steel tables
    • Stationary & mobile shelving
    • Utility carts and racks
    • Sinks
    • High-strength, glass-reinforced composite containers
    • Trays, boxes, flats and totes for material handling
    • Anti-fatigue matting
    • Security cages
    • Storage containment for flammable materials
    • Special low-lint generating and cleanroom wipes
    • Specialty floor signs & aisle striping along with glow in the dark signage ideal for communicating evacuation routes or exits during a power outage 

    In additon, we also import cleanroom, ESD and safety shoes. Our customers include folks involved in semiconductor, electronics, circuit board manufacturers, aerospace, medical device manufacturers, biomedical, pharmaceutical, hospitals, universities and food processing companies and wineries! 

    What do you like to do for fun?  Gardening (veggies & flowers), hiking, downhill skiing, salmon/halibut/tuna fishing, and sewing. 

    What are five things you cannot live without?  Family, friends, the GREAT outdoors, music, and apples.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?  Vacation?! In previous years, our favorite place has been British Columbia.  We have cruised the Gulf Islands, Desolation Sound, fished at Rivers Inlet and have skied at Whistler & Backcomb.

    CONTACT INFO: Carol Beaulieu, Owner, Technical Products

    Phone: (503) 537-1177

    Fax:  (503) 537-1179

    Email: carol@technical-products.com

    Website: www.technical-products.com

  • 09/04/2016 5:03 PM | Anonymous

    Before founding Suite 4, a full-service marketing, training and education agency, Rachel Karl grew up in New York, moved to Portland at the age of nine, went on to graduate from Delphian School, earned a business degree in Los Angeles, and spent ten years in Seattle where she and her husband started their family. The happy couple just celebrated 21 years of marriage! They have three awesome kids: a 20 y.o. son who works in Hollywood making commercials and films; a 15 y.o. daughter who is going into her junior year at Delphian School; and an 8 y.o. daughter going into 4th grade at Delphian School. 

    Why did you select the business you are in? 

    I’m super passionate about helping businesses grow. I was raised by entrepreneur parents, so it’s kind of in my blood. 

    What do you like most about what you do?

    I LOVE teaching and training on marketing, leadership, entrepreneurship and any topics related to business. 

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

    I joined WOW back in 2011. What drew me to WOW was the fun and supportive culture that Meri and her crew have created. The most valuable aspect has been the meaningful relationships I’ve created through WOW. Even though I have a hard time getting to more than a few events a year, these women are friends for life! 

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? 

    Any growing business who “gets” that marketing is vital to growth and views marketing as an investment— not and expense is an ideal client. We are looking for companies that want to outsource their marketing (or just get added support with it), someone who trusts in our expertise, views us as a partner in their business growth and isn’t a micro-manager. We usually work directly with the Marketing Director or the owner of a company. 

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    Hang with my family, read YA novels and fall asleep on the beach! 

    What are five things you cannot live without? 

    My family, the ocean, Flag & Wire coffee, my Bare Minerals lip gloss and a good moisturizer (thank God for Arbonne!!) 

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    We just took the whole family to Zihuatanejo, Mexico to celebrate our 21st anniversary. It was paradise! That’s my new favorite place. :) 

    CONTACT INFO: Rachel Karl, Principal and Founder, Suite 4

    Business Address: 410 NE 3rd Street, Suite #4, McMinnville, OR

    Phone: 971-264-2911

    Email: hello@suite4social.com

    Website: www.Suite4Social.com

  • 08/06/2016 5:56 PM | Anonymous

    Nicole Sensabaugh really enjoys business and the entire financial aspect of business. Her education is in accounting, and she started her first business when she was just 21. At the age of 25, she sold that company and became the CFO of a large manufacturing firm in Portland, OR. She ran that company for 10 years before deciding it was time to get out of the corporate scene and do something more enjoyable and fulfilling.

    Nicole struggled at first with what she should do once she left the corporate world. She no longer wanted to be in the corporate world, but still wanted to be a part of the business world. One of the main things that she learned in big business was that many small business owners aren’t necessarily business men and women. Many are artisans or technicians. While they know their job well, they don’t really understand the financial side of the business. Nicole decided that her skills would be best utilized by helping small business owners understand how to run their businesses and use their financials to grow.

    Before long, Sensabaugh bookkeeping was born! Nicole started her bookkeeping business to help small businesses understand their financials and teach small business owners how to run and grow their businesses even in difficult economic times.

    What do you like most about what you do?

    My favorite thing about this job is seeing business owners that I have worked with actually start to grow their businesses and really succeed. It is so fun when I see a client who started out with one or two employees and worked out of their garage. And now, after a couple of years, they own their own building, equipment, and have over 50 employees. When I see that, I know that what I do makes a difference in their lives. For most of my clients I am as much a business consultant as I am their bookkeeper.

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

    I joined WOW because I was new to the area and really wanted to meet other women who were business owners. I have made some wonderful friends through WOW and many are now my clients. The most valuable aspect of WOW for me is the way that women support each other. It is hard to be a female business owner and it is amazing when you have the support of other women who understand what you are going through. Everything about WOW is meant to lift women up, not put them down- and that is rare these days.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? 

    The ideal client for me would be one who wants to streamline their accounting system and learn more about how they can grow their business to its full potential. I work with clients of all sizes, from 1 or 2 employees to over 500.

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    I’m an artist at heart. I own GhostWolf Designs, a glass fusing studio at my home in Newberg. When I am not there I love to hike, camp, ski and travel. We travel out of the country at least once or twice a year. I love to visit new cultures and explore new places.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    My favorite place to vacation is Europe. All of the countries are so close together that you can see many different cultures in one trip.

    Nicole Sensabaugh

    Sensabaugh Bookkeeping Solutions, LLC and
    Ghost Wolf Designs

    Business Address:
    16505 NE Wilkerson Way Newberg, OR 97132

    Phone: 503.312.3677


  • 07/02/2016 7:42 PM | Anonymous

    Betty Vergets spent 25+ years as a Vacation Rental Travel Agent.  She was a South Pacific (Australia & New Zealand) and Europe Specialist.  Travel is still her passion! She and her husband, Mark, have a blended family with 6 kids and 17 grand kids!  Christmas and birthdays are a challenge to say the least! Betty married into the hardware business! Mark promised her they would still travel if she came to work with him and he has upheld his promise! She absolutely loves what she does!

    What do you like most about what you do? 

    Most definitely the people!  I enjoy working with our customers and our staff is amazing!   Unfortunately, I have to spend a lot of time in the office, but I love being on the sales floor, especially first thing in the morning.  It's a little quieter and we can visit with our regular customers who come in and get their coffee & popcorn and talk about their day ahead.  

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

    Women understand the challenges of having balance in their lives. If you throw in running a business or working full time, it can be even more stressful. This is one of the most amazing group of women I have had the pleasure of getting to know.  I always feel uplifted after spending time with them.  The organization has grown so much and it's nice to see the younger women getting involved as well. I also love that we're able to recognize and reward smart and talented young women with the Cathy Stoller Scholarship program.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?  

    We do have a unique store, but we specialize in anyone who needs help!  Our staff is great at trying to help you repair something that's broken or helping you find what you need to create your special project. I love when a customer says, "It was such an odd item, I didn't think you'd have it, but you did!"  If a customer wants something we don't stock, we'll special order it for them, if it's available to us.  

    In our Boutique area "Gypsy Crossing", we love helping women feel special.  Whether they're looking for a new outfit, need help finding a gift, or maybe ready to do some redecorating, our 'Gypsies' enjoy helping them find something unique and fun!  We get really excited when a woman wants to try something outside of her normal comfort zone. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't, but they have fun in the process!

    What do you like to do for fun?  

    Travel!!!  We love good food & wine, so we enjoy cooking, checking out new restaurants & wine tasting year around.  In the summer, we enjoy riding our Harley, camping in our 5th wheel and taking our white water raft out with friends.

    What are five things you cannot live without? 

    My faith, family, friends, laughter and sad, but true...my makeup!

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? 

    MY favorite place in the world is Italy!  We don't get to go as often as I would like, so our "go to" vacation spot is Belize!  We call it forced relaxation and it fills our need for the sun when we need to escape the gray!  We enjoy the water, the culture & the locals remember us when we come down.  It's like a second hometown!

    CONTACT INFO: Betty Vergets, Owner

    Location: Newberg Hardware and Gypsy Crossing; 2100 Portland Rd. – Newberg, OR 97132

    Phone: (503) 538-5460

    Email: bjvergets@comcast.net


  • 06/14/2016 4:19 AM | Anonymous

    A WOW member since moving to Newberg from Cincinnati, Ohio in June 2012, Sara Pearson Specter is a freelance marketing consultant (aka “Marketing Mercenary”) who specializes in business-to-business storytelling for industrial and manufacturing companies, primarily in the supply chain and material handling field.

    But that’s not why she’s a WOW member; in her official role as “money honey,” Sara has been financing her husband’s pursuit of a winemaking career—which culminated in Bells Up Winery, established in 2013—ever since he left his job as a corporate tax attorney (specializing in mergers and acquisitions) at the beginning of 2009. The estate winery and tasting room on their 10 acres on Bell Road at the intersection of Zimri Drive opened Memorial Day weekend 2015.

    What is your background?

    I double majored in French and history at a small college in Kentucky, but was drawn to writing and graphic design. I fell into industrial advertising and started my freelancing career after serving as creative director at the last agency I worked at in Cincinnati. Dave and I got married at about that time (almost 15 years ago!). Five years into our marriage we started making wine in the basement as a “cute, couple-y hobby.” I liked drinking the wine and making the labels. Dave was fascinated by the entire process, and “our” hobby quickly became “his” hobby. Little did I know we’d wind up moving to Oregon and establishing a vineyard and winery six years later.

    Anything you would like to share about your family?

    As an only child and the parent of the only grandchild, my parents followed us out here and now live in Sherwood.

    Why did you select the business you are in?

    “Living the dream” of owning a winery was decidedly NOT my idea originally; it niggled around in the back of Dave’s head for a long time, but only as a vague notion, not a concrete plan.

    When Dave and I came for an Oregon wine vacation in 2008, we stayed at Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast and fell completely, totally in love with the area. I remember saying to Dave: “One day we’re going to move here, you’re going to be a professional winemaker, we’re going get vineyard property on Bell Road because the location and the view are perfect, and we’re going to own a winery—in 20 years.”

    Then, shortly after we returned to Cincinnati from that vacation, my professional mentor Kelly called to tell me she had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, just two weeks after her 40th birthday (and she died 10 months later). Our daughter was born right before Christmas 2008, and at the start of 2009, Dave—under tremendous pressure from his bosses to go the partner track in a legal career that he hated so much it made him physically sick—essentially had a nervous breakdown.

    I decided that I was done: Done with chasing the suburban dream, done with tiptoeing through a struggling marriage to a miserable spouse, done with “what if,” done with fear.

    “Life is too short,” I told Dave. “If you’re this successful in a career that you hate, how much more successful would you be doing something you love? That’s what we need to teach our daughter by example.”

    So Dave quit his job and went to work, unpaid, at an urban winery in Cincinnati. There, he learned everything he could about making wine professionally. In 2011, we got our “sign” that we were on the right track: he won two different amateur national winemaking competitions with two different wines within two months. We immediately put the house in suburbia on the market and moved here within days after closing.

    What do you like most about what you do?

    In my personal career, I enjoy making engineers sound like human beings. If I do my job right, they sound like human beings with whom you’d want to share a beer.

    As the self-appointed Chief Marketing Officer for my “non-profit” client, Bells Up, I love meeting new people and talking micro-boutique, handcrafted wine. Especially rewarding for us has been how Dave’s wines have been embraced wholeheartedly by the local wine industry. An astonishing number of “wine people” have joined Fanfare Club (Bells Up’s wine club). That means so much to both of us.

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

    I joined WOW thanks to peer pressure from several current members who said: “Have you heard about WOW? Because you need to join it!” I especially value the opportunity to make and grow my connections to so many amazing, spunky, resourceful, spirited, cheerful, warm and welcoming women who call the Willamette Valley their home, and who strive to make this gorgeous place an even better one for all who live here. Everyone I’ve met through WOW is incredibly inspiring.

    I have to particularly call out fellow WOW Tina Hammond of Privé Vineyard who—along with her husband Mark—has personally mentored us throughout this winery experience over the past four years, answering crazy questions at all hours and providing endless support and encouragement. We’re fortunate to have them as both neighbors and dear friends.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?

    Focusing on the winery, which is always open by appointment, we love getting to know folks on a personal level because that’s the kind of winery experience we most enjoy ourselves. Due to our small production (400 cases per year) and the fact that it is essentially just Dave and me doing the majority of all the work, we have our most meaningful interactions with small groups ranging from two to ten people.

    What do you like to do for fun?


    What are five things you cannot live without?

    • Our village of family and friends who have supported us every step of the way with their time and care.
    • Two ginormous freezers that support my “You Pick Addiction” (admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery).
    • Grape pies—I make them to say thank you to the village.
    • Disney Junior and PBS, to keep my kiddo occupied when I’m busy meeting client or winery obligations and don’t have any other available childcare. Don’t judge—You’ve done it too.
    • Dark chocolate.

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    What’s a vacation? We’re in the stage of life where, because we have a young child, we take “trips.” HER favorite place is Disneyland.

    CONTACT: Sara Pearson Specter- Chief Marketing Officer, Bells Up Winery

    Location: 27895 NE Bell Road (at the intersection of Zimri Drive) Newberg, OR 97132

    Phone: 503-537-1328

    Email: sara@saraspecter.com

  • 05/01/2016 5:17 AM | Anonymous

    Sherrie has been interested in designing and organizing spaces since she was a young girl. She would beg her younger brother to trade rooms with her in exchange for redesigning and cleaning his room just for the chance to do something new in her room! She has loved to create beautiful and functional spaces for as long as she can remember. She has experience in designing spaces and systems for everything from pantries, kitchens and laundry rooms to paperwork, classrooms and small businesses. Sherrie married her high school sweetheart and they have 2 grown sons who are both married and live in the area. Life is good.

    Why did you select the business you are in?

    Starting my business was a natural process for me. I began long ago in my home, have assisted friends in their homes and businesses and used my skills daily in my preschool special education classroom. Starting Tame Your Space allows me to assist others to realize their dream of a beautiful and organized home or business. Staging homes for sale is a new evolution that I am enjoying immensely.

    What do you like most about what you do?

    Organizing someone’s space is a very personal process. My favorite part of assisting a client is getting to know them, how they think and what they want for their home or business. I love supporting clients through the transformation process.

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

    I have known several women who are members of WOW for a few years now and have admired the way they encourage and connect with each other. The first time I went to a WOW event, I knew that I wanted to be part of this vibrant group. I have been a member of WOW since January and have already enjoyed new business connections, made new friends and had lots of fun!

    Who could be a potential client for you?

    Most everyone can use some help to get organized in some area of life- be it eliminating clutter, assisting them when an important transition or move, organizing their closets, drawers, storage area, child’s play space or business.

    What do you like to do for fun? 

    I enjoy spending time with my family. We love playing games, making food and spending time together. I love hanging with my husband and 2 Mini Australian Shepard puppies- Bootsie and Mojo. I also love gardening, reading and doing wine tastings at my favorite winery- Natalie’s Estate Winery.

    What are five things you cannot live without? 

    ·      Prayer
    ·      Husband and family
    ·      Friends
    ·      Wine and/or Coffee (depending on time of day!)
    ·      Cheese

    **Not (always) necessarily in that order!

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    It’s fun to get away once in a while and we enjoy the beach and have been on some fun trips. I love spending time with my husband and with our sons and their wives.


    Sherrie McClure, Owner/Operator - Tame Your Space! LLC

    Primary: 503-537-7775

    Email: crushedgrapes@frontier.com

  • 04/04/2016 2:24 AM | Anonymous

    Michelle Myhrvold Roy has spent 31 years in Mortgage Banking, working as a receptionist all the way up to Regional Director, VP of Wholesale Lending. She is currently working her dream retirement job as a local Loan Officer with no corporate or company responsibilities! Michelle has been married for almost 27 years, has 27 and 25 year old boys, and has lived in the Willamette Valley for 26 years. 

    Why did you select the business you are in? I love numbers and people.

    What do you like most about what you do? Helping people determine what they want to spend when buying a home or investment property. I enjoy walking with them through the entire process.

    Why did you join WOW and what is the most rewarding or valuable aspect of being a WOW member? I joined to meet other business women and learn from them.

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you? Anyone looking to purchase or refinance their home, either now or in the future.  I love helping someone come up with a plan!

    What do you like to do for fun? Bike, Hike, Read, Fish

    What are five things you cannot live without? I can live without things, but not people …  Water, sunshine, green – very green surroundings, beach, toothbrush

    Where is your favorite place to vacation? So far Australia, but any camping next to a lake or river is right up there.

    CONTACT INFO: Michelle Myhrvold Roy, Loan Officer 

    Location: Guild Mortgage Company- 2504 Portland Rd. Newberg, OR 97132

    Mobile: 503-970-4700

    Fax: 503-802-7785

    Email: mmyhrvold@guildmortgage.net

  • 03/04/2016 11:17 PM | Anonymous

    Annette Alyssa grew up in California and earned her Bachelor's degree in Earth Science at UC Berkeley before moving to Spain to teach English as a second language. After about 5 years, she came back to the US and started a career in Land Surveying. She moved to Sherwood in 2002 and worked as the Newberg City Surveyor until the end of 2011 when she started her 3rd career as an entrepreneur. In April of 2012, Escape to Yoga opened for business in Old Town Sherwood and the journey of becoming a yoga instructor and business owner has been the most rewarding adventure of her life so far. Annette is currently hoping to add to her family by adopting an adult rescue dog. She’s looking for a potty-trained teeny-tiny who wants to go hiking and adventuring with her whenever the sun comes out! Know anyone special?

    Why did you select the business you are in?

    Teaching Yoga is my Passion. Being my own boss is my Destiny.

    What do you like most about what you do?

    I love teaching yoga and the opportunity it gives me to change people's lives for the better. I love bringing yoga to people who have not yet discovered this gift! I also love being challenged to learn how to market and run a business. Between the worlds of yoga and small business, I never run out of new things to learn!

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

    I joined WOW to get to know other local women entrepreneurs and to stay connected in the local community. So far my favorite has been getting invited to the Wine, Art, and Fashion event at Blakeslee Vineyard!

    Who could be an ideal potential client for you?

    My ideal client is a person who wants more strength, flexibility, balance, and tranquility in their lives and is ready to add yoga to their regular weekly self-care routine.

    What do you like to do for fun?

    Besides doing yoga, I LOVE to go hiking or just be outside, travel to exotic places, taste fantastic Oregon Pinot Noir, make custom Essential Oil blends for home and personal care, and make fantastic meals for my hungry boyfriend.

    What are five things you cannot live without?

    I need 7: Good sleep, good food, yoga, hiking, travel, love, and Escape to Yoga!

    Where is your favorite place to vacation?

    I don't have a favorite because I like to go somewhere new every time!  Currently on my list are Yellowstone, Hawaii, Victoria BC, Costa Rica, and Greece.

    Escape to Yoga
    Annette Alyssa, Yoga Teacher/Studio Director
    Phone: 503-822-5282
    Location: Old Town Sherwood- 22520 SW Washington St.

    Website: www.newmembers.escapetoyoga.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/escapetoyoga

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