• Born and raised in Western France, exchange student in Australia when he was 17, David studied architecture in Britanny and Birmingham, England, before settling in London with his wife for 6 years. He has now been a Seattleite for 3 years and father to a little girl of 2. David enjoys good design, good food, the outdoors and can’t believe Le Toux is leaving the Sounders! You’ll usually find him behind his laptop, in his veggie patch or in hardware stores. David loves sharing ideas and has travelled throughout Europe, Russia and Central Asia. Oh and yes a member of the Project Advisory Team on the RBCC project.
• Eleanor Boba is a public historian and fund development professional. She blogs about historic places off the beaten path at remnantsofourpast.blogspot.com and supports the preservation of threatened places with The Remnants Fund. A stint at the Rainier Valley Historical Society gave her a deep appreciation of Southeast Seattle.
• Cooking and gardening are what I do for fun and relaxation. My love of food and cooking started early. As a child I was exposed to the wonder of food from other cultures and that sense of adventure stuck. The diversity of our south end community gives me ample opportunity to explore shops for “good eats”. A Seattle native, I moved to Rainier Beach in 2002.
• Glenda Walton and her husband Jim and have lived in the Upper RB neighborhood since December 1981 and have truly enjoyed the fruits of this community; neighbors, activities and resources. She grew up in Seattle and graduated from Chief Sealth in West Seattle and has two children, a daughter, Kelli, 22 and a son, Brandon, 26.
Living in the neighborhood has provided Glenda with many life-long friends and activities including enjoying the Lakeridge Swim Club, the Rainier Beach Community Pool, coaching Skyway-Tukwila Soccer Club and walking to meals at the Lake Route Café and Maya’s. Glenda’s interests vary and her friends jokingly call her “Martha Stewart”. She enjoys gardening, home decorating, quilting, stamping and scrapbooking. She is also in the midst of researching and charting her family’s genealogy.
Jackie the Plant Explorer
• Jackie the plant explorer tends to her shrubs, perennials, and herbs in Rainier Beach and sometimes studies horticulture at South Seattle Community College.
• Jeff Cohn is an administrative consultant, freelance writer, and stay-at-home dad based in Rainier Beach.
• Jennifer Kantzer, has been a licensed massage practitioner for 10 years in Virginia, Colorado and the last four in South Seattle. She lives with her husband and son in Rainier Beach, where she practices the art of healing through massage therapy.
“Remember one thing: meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is meditation. Action is not the question, but the quality that you bring to your action.” ~Osho
• Jodilyn Owen is a Licensed Midwife and owner of Essential Birth & Family Center—a community-oriented gathering place for expecting and new mothers, babies, families, and the professionals that serve them. Through support, education, and practice we strive to promote the good health and joy of pregnancy, newborn life, and parenthood. Located in the heart of Seward Park. Visit us online anytime at EssentialBirthandFamily.com ..
• Joyce Greenberg is an acupuncturist, urban farmer, former hospice chaplain and caregiver, living in Seattle, WA. Her SouthendSeattle.com posts originally appeared on her blog Daily Self Cure. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Laurie Rose, worked as the Public Art Manager for SEEDArts for many years, a part of SouthEast Effective Development, a not-for-profit community development corporation to “improve the quality of life in Southeast Seattle.” Before working with SEEDArts, Laurie worked with the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation where she was the Cultural Arts Program Manager for five years. Part of her responsibilities was management of that city’s Public Art Program. Laurie has a 25-year career as an arts program administrator, working on projects ranging from producing performing arts programs, visual art exhibitions to public art projects. She graduated from Western WA University with a degree in Theater Arts and is a native of Seattle.
• Liz grew up in a suburb of Chicago helping her mom tend a large vegetable garden and turn the backyard into an arboretum. Her love of food is rooted in a desire to grow delicious, nutritious food for her family and to build community by inviting neighbors to work, eat, and play together. With her husband, Mark, and son, Elijah, she is transforming her Rainier Beach yard into an urban farm. When she isn’t digging in the dirt, Liz can be found at the library studying for a masters in public administration or downtown working in the field of environmental policy.
• Maia is a menagerie mom of two cats and two dogs, and a candidate for a masters degree in integrated marketing communications. She has a background in journalism, hospitality and lots of other seemingly random stuff. She has wandered around a few continents and volunteers for AFS, an international student exchange program. Maia has lived in nearly every neighborhood in Seattle and is delighted to be settled in the Southend.
• 57 year young women calendar artist, print maker, wood worker, sometime carpenter and plumber, avid bike rider. Primary passions include art, gardening, making new friends, doing good works locally. Happily celebrating 15 months as a new resident in Rainier Beach; our beautiful neighborhood. Originally from Parkton Maryland- 16 years in KY – Member of Kubota Garden Foundation, Garden tour guide, volunteer, Artist in Residence. Rainier Beach Emergency Communication Hub member. Feet First Walking Ambassador. Undriving.org volunteer. Rainier Beach Community Club member.
• Nakisha is an artist who has been making animal art since her earliest memory. www.nakisha.com
Born in California and growing up on a tree farm in rural New York State, her childhood was filled with art and animals. Her creative parents encouraged her first two passions, art and nature, which she continues to focus on today. She sells her artwork to clients around the world, and tends her multi level garden in South Seattle, which has been thoroughly trampled by her assortment of adopted animals.
Piera M. Willner, MS, CCC-SLP
• Piera M. Willner, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist. She lives in Seward Park and is passionate about partnering and empowering parents to help their children develop strong communication skills. In addition to providing speech and language therapy to individual clients, and leading social-language groups for children, she teaches Baby Signing classes at Essential Birth & Family Center – www.essentialbirthandfamily.com – in Seward Park, and throughout the Greater Seattle Metro area. Piera is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator and is available to teach a variety of topics related to raising children who are self-disciplined, responsible, and solve problems. – www.speechtherapyinseattle.com
Rainier Valley Historical Society
• Rainier Valley Historical Society works to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the heritage of all communities within the Valley. Visit our website: RainierValleyHistory.org. Executive Director, Eleanor Boba.
• Sam Osborne serves as Executive Director of the Rainier Valley Food Bank. A former Microsoft “perma-temp,” he has spent the past decade tirelessly working in the local human services arena, being present with and advocating for a wide spectrum of humanity in various degrees of need. What draws him to work on the front lines in the ongoing fight against local hunger? “The question of bread for myself is a material question,” says Sam, quoting Russian philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev, “but the question of bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” When not assisting the diverse throngs of Rainier Valley residents in need of food, he is likely to be found ruminating over some ancient mystical text, cooking up something wondrously scrumptious in his kitchen, or else celebrating the myriad joys of life with family and friends. Sam lives on a horse farm in Rainier Beach with his wife, son, dog, and two very strange cats.
• Thach Nguyen is the Founder and CEO of Thach Real Estate Group, a company that serves diverse communities in buying, selling and investing in real estate. His career started as the youngest agent listed in the Northwest Multiple Listing Service in 1991. Through his legendary determination and persistent door knocking, he became one of Washington State’s top real estate producers.
Nguyen was a Vietnamese refugee who once lived in a homeless shelter. His father received a position as a social worker helping other refugee families receive welfare in the Rainier Valley Area. The family then moved to a small humble home off Martin Luther King and Orcas Street in 1978. He attended Dearborn Park elementary, Asa Mercer Middle School and graduated from Franklin High School. He understands the community, grew up in the neighborhood and knows the location like the back of his hand. He is still a resident of the area till this day.