Stacey Conner and Elise Raimi are the co-producers of Listen To Your Mother Spokane.  They met ten years ago when they were both overly-educated, East-Coast transplant, new stay at home moms to families built through birth and adoption.  They are also both daughters of Jewish men who insist on wearing black socks with sandals, so obviously it was love at first sight.  They are beyond thrilled to get to help people tell their stories through Listen To Your Mother.

Stacey Conner and Elise Raimi are the co-producers of Listen To Your Mother Spokane.  They met ten years ago when they were both overly-educated, East-Coast transplant, new stay at home moms to families built through birth and adoption.  They are also both daughters of Jewish men who insist on wearing black socks with sandals, so obviously it was love at first sight.  They are beyond thrilled to get to help people tell their stories through Listen To Your Mother.

Catherine Henze  is a retired English professor from Green Bay, Wisconsin who moved to Spokane three years ago. She quickly became involved in numerous activities, including the Gonzaga Symphony (cellist), the Latah String Quartet, the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (volunteer writer), St. Mark's Lutheran Church choir, and Friendship Force, a travel group that focuses on staying in individual homes around the world and hosting international visitors. Her new passion is a creative writing. The indulgent owner of a yellow lab and Bernese Mountain Dog, Catherine is delighted that her family includes a grown daughter and a spunky six-year- old grandson.

Catherine Henze is a retired English professor from Green Bay, Wisconsin who moved to Spokane three years ago. She quickly became involved in numerous activities, including the Gonzaga Symphony (cellist), the Latah String Quartet, the Inland Northwest Land Conservancy (volunteer writer), St. Mark's Lutheran Church choir, and Friendship Force, a travel group that focuses on staying in individual homes around the world and hosting international visitors. Her new passion is a creative writing. The indulgent owner of a yellow lab and Bernese Mountain Dog, Catherine is delighted that her family includes a grown daughter and a spunky six-year- old grandson.

Cindy Hval   is a columnist and correspondent for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington. Her “Front Porch” column offers humorous, often poignant commentary about life, love and raising sons– not necessarily in that order. Her first book, "War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation" was published by Casemate in February 2015. "War Bonds" tells the stories of 36 couples who met/married during or shortly after WWll. She's currently working on her second book,  Tiaras & Testosterone: TNT.  In addition, her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including 10 volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Cindy is the wife of one husband, mother of four sons ages 27 to 17 and is owned by two cats, also boys.

Cindy Hval is a columnist and correspondent for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington. Her “Front Porch” column offers humorous, often poignant commentary about life, love and raising sons– not necessarily in that order. Her first book, "War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation" was published by Casemate in February 2015. "War Bonds" tells the stories of 36 couples who met/married during or shortly after WWll. She's currently working on her second book, Tiaras & Testosterone: TNT.
In addition, her work has been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including 10 volumes of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Cindy is the wife of one husband, mother of four sons ages 27 to 17 and is owned by two cats,
also boys.

Jennafer White was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She joined the Operating Engineers Union here as an apprentice operator and grade checker. In 2005 she packed everything she had into two suitcases and moved to Spokane after falling in love with her future husband- a Spokane local. Five years later Jennafer traded her hard hat to stay home with the first of two amazing children. Now a small business owner, Jennafer makes and sells her handmade pottery all over the country. Exploring the PNW alongside her favorite three people with a yoga mat and fly rod in hand keep her (mostly) sane.

Jennafer White was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. She joined the Operating Engineers Union here as an apprentice operator and grade checker. In 2005 she packed everything she had into two suitcases and moved to Spokane after falling in love with her future husband- a Spokane local. Five years later Jennafer traded her hard hat to stay home with the first of two amazing children. Now a small business owner, Jennafer makes and sells her handmade pottery all over the country. Exploring the PNW alongside her favorite three people with a yoga mat and fly rod in hand keep her (mostly) sane.

Joni Elizabeth received a Romana Quimby diary in first grade and continued journaling through college, where she majored in Journalism at Whitworth University. She is currently an owner and producer at Kindnss (not a typo), a film production company. Growing up, Joni promised her parents that she and her 99 dogs would live next door. Turns out two dogs and a babe are enough, and next door meant town (Cheney). Loves include her husband Dusty, phodography (also not a typo), taking enough photos of her daughter to create a motion flip book, dancing (mostly in the living room these days) and acting.

Joni Elizabeth received a Romana Quimby diary in first grade and continued journaling through college, where she majored in Journalism at Whitworth University. She is currently an owner and producer at Kindnss (not a typo), a film production company. Growing up, Joni promised her parents that she and her 99 dogs would live next door. Turns out two dogs and a babe are enough, and next door meant town (Cheney). Loves include her husband Dusty, phodography (also not a typo), taking enough photos of her daughter to create a motion flip book, dancing (mostly in the living room these days) and acting.

Krysann Sedberry   grew up in the central coast of California before marrying her first real boyfriend at 18 and moving all the way across the country. The couple ended up in Spokane 5 years later where her husband went to Gonzaga while she entered the loop of pregnancy/birth/breastfeed/repeat (with him, it should be noted). She is now mommy to four loud, extraordinary children with whom she pretends to homeschool. Krysann writes on her personal blog about motherhood and spiritual-ish stuff and occasionally contributes to other online publications. While enduring serious life challenges, her faith in Love has been unshakeable despite her best efforts and she somewhat reluctantly admits that yeah, sure, we’re held or whatever.

Krysann Sedberry grew up in the central coast of California before marrying her first real boyfriend at 18 and moving all the way across the country. The couple ended up in Spokane 5 years later where her husband went to Gonzaga while she entered the loop of pregnancy/birth/breastfeed/repeat (with him, it should be noted). She is now mommy to four loud, extraordinary children with whom she pretends to homeschool. Krysann writes on her personal blog about motherhood and spiritual-ish stuff and occasionally contributes to other online publications. While enduring serious life challenges, her faith in Love has been unshakeable despite her best efforts and she somewhat reluctantly admits that yeah, sure, we’re held or whatever.

Julie Riddle  – Julie is the author of the memoir   The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness    (University of Nebraska Press), and she is an editor for the literary magazines   Brevity   and   Rock & Sling .  She works as senior development writer at Whitworth University and is editor of   Whitworth Today   magazine. As much as she loves writing, editing and reading, the best part of her day is her family – husband, Garrett; Dallas, the 9-year-old boy they are in the process of adopting; and their dog, Betsy. A first-time mom in late middle-age, Julie’s house is messier but her heart is full.

Julie Riddle – Julie is the author of the memoir The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness  (University of Nebraska Press), and she is an editor for the literary magazines Brevity and Rock & SlingShe works as senior development writer at Whitworth University and is editor of Whitworth Today magazine. As much as she loves writing, editing and reading, the best part of her day is her family – husband, Garrett; Dallas, the 9-year-old boy they are in the process of adopting; and their dog, Betsy. A first-time mom in late middle-age, Julie’s house is messier but her heart is full.

Meg Martens is a born and bred Spokanite.  She has been married for the last 9 years to her husband, Jon, and they have two rambunctious boys, Jack and Alex.  Her favorite things are spending cozy days by the fireplace, reading, painting, and watching trashy tv (#realhousewives).  She also enjoys philosophical talks with her sons and wonders “Why   does  Macklemore use the bad f-word so much?”  She graduated from Gonzaga with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and now works there as well (Go Zags!).  She has learned almost everything she knows about motherhood, humor, and grammar from her dear mother, Mary Ann.

Meg Martens is a born and bred Spokanite.  She has been married for the last 9 years to her husband, Jon, and they have two rambunctious boys, Jack and Alex.  Her favorite things are spending cozy days by the fireplace, reading, painting, and watching trashy tv (#realhousewives).  She also enjoys philosophical talks with her sons and wonders “Why  does Macklemore use the bad f-word so much?”  She graduated from Gonzaga with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and now works there as well (Go Zags!).  She has learned almost everything she knows about motherhood, humor, and grammar from her dear mother, Mary Ann.

Power 2 the Poetry  is a movement promoting freedom of expression, providing a platform to underrepresented demographics in our community including: people of color, LGBTQ+, women, youth, etc. We are a performing arts LLC specializing in spoken word poetry.  The core of the group currently consists of 3 transcending multicultural millennial poets, Bethany Montgomery (23), Afaria "AJ The Wordsmith" McKinney (26), and Lynn'Marie White (23). We raise awareness to social, cultural, and political issues, encouraging poets to address topics which make people uncomfortable. We initiate in-depth discussions engaging our audience in meaningful dialogue to inspire change. We express, expose, ignite.  

Power 2 the Poetry is a movement promoting freedom of expression, providing a platform to underrepresented demographics in our community including: people of color, LGBTQ+, women, youth, etc. We are a performing arts LLC specializing in spoken word poetry.  The core of the group currently consists of 3 transcending multicultural millennial poets, Bethany Montgomery (23), Afaria "AJ The Wordsmith" McKinney (26), and Lynn'Marie White (23). We raise awareness to social, cultural, and political issues, encouraging poets to address topics which make people uncomfortable. We initiate in-depth discussions engaging our audience in meaningful dialogue to inspire change. We express, expose, ignite.  

   Rachel Luttrull is a Recruiter Peer Mentor for Fostering WA. She has fostered 20 children in her home, and has a passion for working with youth in the Spokane Community. In her free time she loves to hang out with her husband and family. Her hobbies include singing, writing, and hiking. 

 

Rachel Luttrull is a Recruiter Peer Mentor for Fostering WA. She has fostered 20 children in her home, and has a passion for working with youth in the Spokane Community. In her free time she loves to hang out with her husband and family. Her hobbies include singing, writing, and hiking. 

Shelley is a daughter, granddaughter, sister, best friend, wife, and momma to 3 children Amelia, Elisabeth and Charles. Washington has been her home most of her life with a few short stints to the east coast. Although the Pacific Northwest is her birthplace, she now calls the Inland Northwest her home. Shelley has dedicated her career to women’s health. From doula, to labor and delivery nurse, to nurse-midwife and currently healthcare leadership at MultiCare Valley Hospital. Women and babies are her thing! She derives joy from quiet alone time, acquiring the perfect outfit, and sharing food and drink with her closest friends/family. Shelley began writing last summer as a way to process her life experiences raising a daughter with special needs. However, she quickly learned her own unique ways of self-expression through carefully chosen words deeply touched others in ways she hadn’t yet imagined possible. Because of this, she continued writing and sharing, leading her to this moment today.

Shelley is a daughter, granddaughter, sister, best friend, wife, and momma to 3 children Amelia, Elisabeth and Charles. Washington has been her home most of her life with a few short stints to the east coast. Although the Pacific Northwest is her birthplace, she now calls the Inland
Northwest her home. Shelley has dedicated her career to women’s health. From doula, to labor and delivery nurse, to nurse-midwife and currently healthcare leadership at MultiCare Valley Hospital. Women and babies are her thing! She derives joy from quiet alone time, acquiring the perfect
outfit, and sharing food and drink with her closest friends/family. Shelley began writing last summer as a way to process her life experiences raising a daughter with special needs. However, she quickly learned her own unique ways of self-expression through carefully chosen words deeply touched others in ways she hadn’t yet imagined possible. Because of this, she continued writing and sharing, leading her to this moment today.