Passionate for bringing women together for community and and connections, Jill Nichols-Hicks is the visionary behind Illuminating Women. She brings a strength and determination to the group which is inspiring and important.
We are pleased to have Sharon North who is our Admin and Events Coordinator at Illuminating Women. She brings a strong background in office administration, project management and team support. She has worked for both large and small companies and supported several up and coming individuals and startups. Her strengths are bringing organization, continuity and smooth transitions to any company, group or individual she supports.
She grew up on Mercer Island and is now a resident of Redmond with her husband, son and extended family. She enjoys swimming, reading, travel and hanging out with her husband, son, friends and her dog Annie. Sharon also enjoys cooking, baking and eating different cuisines.
As our membership coordinator, Brenda Reiss brings a compassionate and caring perspective to what our group needs and how to help new members get introduced to the group. She’s also known as the forgiveness coach and has a powerful story of overcoming guilt and healing.
Forgiveness has given me the ability to assist others to step into their own power. I am deeply, genuinely honored and privileged to work with each individual who reaches out to me. By giving me an opportunity to assist you in letting go of your baggage and moving beyond your most ardent challenges, I achieve my life’s purpose. Let me help you begin finding and achieving yours.
Dedicated to the development of healthy bodies and hopeful hearts, Kristin Hirano brings a commitment to connecting talented speakers with our community. Her organization and networking skills are so valuable to us.
Kristin is a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, RD/RDN (1995) and she is Board Certified in Adult Weight Management. She earned her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at Washington State University (1998). Kristin also earned her Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at WSU (1995). She completed her dietetic internship at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Kristin specializes in weight related issues. She has a unique talent for working with people who consider themselves weight-loss resistant.
Dedicated from the very beginning, Kaarin Hedberg brings a detailed and skillful approach to our community.
Kaarin is a creative free spirit by nature, enjoying travel, new adventures & meeting new people. Her flexibility & adaptability has helped her to find creative solutions to various challenges. Kaarin is very curious, enjoying getting to know new people & helping them to find their motivation to go after their dreams, often with strategies that are partially grounded, but also a bit “outside of the box”.
She has been in corporate sales for most of her professional career and has also taken a few years to build her Custom Sewing business. She has taught kids to ski for over 15 years & also enjoys teaching kids art classes. Kaarin has helped to grow ILLUMINATING WOMEN from the early days & has enjoyed communicating our adventures via the e-newsletter since early 2016.
Kaarin looks forward to being the Eastside Liaison and continuing to guide & encourage others as we take this amazing group to the next level.
Quality, Regulatory, and Process Solutions for Medical Industry
As an innovative strategist with deep professional roots, Christine Zomorodian will help connect and grow our community and provide program support and advice. She’ll network our community into other women-oriented organizations.
I am a regulatory strategy and compliance evangelist consulting on quality, process and technical solutions for the medical and healthcare industries. I lecture at the UW and across the country. I support businesses in bringing innovative, high-quality, safe and effective products into the marketplace and to thrive and maintain compliance once they get there. My background extends from a degree in international studies followed by clinical science, my experience in biologic drugs, supplements, software development and complex medical devices informs my practice in operational, research, development and compliance; creating a well-informed perspective, that brings increased value for my clients.
As a compassionate and caring host, Cherri Schoeppel strengthens our community at each event with her huge heart and connected spirit. She’s been pivotal in developing the group and we’re honored to have her on the board.
Cherri is the Owner of Blooms & Beyond where she creates seasonal custom flower pots for a variety of clients and businesses. With 40 years of experience as a landscaper she has been concentrating mainly on what she enjoys most, using her knowledge of plant materials to design year round foliage and seasonal color flower pots for entrances, decks, patios and businesses.
Dedicated to fun and fitness, Tammy Wilson Smith brings decades of experience from the Physical Therapy world to the community. Her empathetic personality welcomes and encourages women to live their best life.
Tammy helped Illuminating Women transform into Illuminating Women, LLC, from March 2017-August of 2018 contributing to the programming and implementation of events and additional substantial growth to the north end of east King County.
My career path for over 30 years as a Physical Therapist provided me with ways to fulfill my gifts of compassion and healing. And though I am still licensed and use that knowledge and expertise in my health coaching practice, my focus now embraces much more than the physical body. I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2014 and expanded my knowledge of nutrition, causes of food related inflammation and other deterrents to healing. During it all, I’ve been interested in the part our mind plays and the ways we sabotage our efforts, in everything from our fitness goals to our relationships with others. It’s all part of the big picture, and when we get to the root of our limiting beliefs or negative self talk, the rest becomes easier.
Our signature photographer since 2014 and has been capturing the essence of Illuminating Women and their families for 30 years through Jill Labberton Lifestyle Portraits.
For the past 25 years, Jill has been photographing people. What sets her apart from other photographers is her ability to allow people to relax in front of the camera and have FUN!!! First in weddings and events and then she moved into documenting families, children & babies displayed as artwork for the home. In addition, when you want to look like the best version of yourself she also does great Headshots on location.
Our Fairy Godmother of bookkeeping and financial advisor for our community. She’s a networker extraordinaire and she is rich in knowledge and resources.
We work with consultants, network marketers, and health care professionals who have an annual revenue below $250k and who need a single monthly appointment for their bookkeeping. We don’t tend to require much from our clients in way of paperwork or time commitment. Our objective is to help the small and busy client not have to worry about their bookkeeping; we’re the company you need to help you stay organized while you’re growing. When you get to the point that you need more hands-on help or multiple touches throughout the month, that’s a solid indicator that you’ve outgrown us and we’ll utilize our connections to find you an ideal fit. We are looking for the client that is “too little” for other firms
She’s the Heart of this Community and is the reason we have blossomed. Without her 100% guidance and support for the last 3 years there would be no Illuminating Women.
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She’s hosted our Girls Night Out for 2 years at her showroom, Interior Expressions in Issaquah and is a pivotal part of our community. She’s provided many tasty treats, supports, and illumination.