Michelle Powell - My Mom is the strongest and bravest person I know. She has chosen her own path even though it’s been hard, faced loss with grace, stood back when I need to stand on my own and been beside me when I needed it. She is an amazing parent and human. I hope I am a person she can always be proud of even on my worst days.
Kim Wheeler - Kim taught me that it’s never too late to decide what you really want in this life no matter what other people may expect from you or what road you find yourself on. She showed me that choosing an adventure is risky but ultimately worth it. Kim died a year ago from ovarian cancer but she will always be present to me.
Mary Elmore and Chris Kole - Who have been like a second set of parents to me. Their wisdom has contributed so much to people around them. Their love of the land they steward has been a great example of preservation and love of nature. Sitting down to talk with them over tea continues to be a comfort for the soul.
Kallen Perez - This young lady has been through so much in her life but she has come through it all an amazing mother, a comedian, a gifted writer, an activist and all around superhero. I am so proud of her.
Rev. Karen Haig - Karen showed me that it’s possible to have faith and still be true to myself. She humored me when I was a yellow belt practicing my forms during breaks at the women’s retreat. She gave me an appreciation of meditation through her amazing installations. Even though I still struggle with it her guidance was critical in finding quiet places in my own mind to let the spiritual side have a chance.
The Ohrbeck Family - (Desiree, Andreas, Lina, Ingmar & Coco) For being a safe place to land, a listening ear and a warm hug. They are all my heroes. Even the dog.