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, 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, 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.

Heather LeRoss  – Author/Writing Coach  Heather is the author of the award-winning book,  Just Tell Me I’m Pretty: Musings on a Messy Life  and the voice behind Tipsy Tiaras. She’s an imperfect human trying to raise two perfect humans. She’s also a writing coach helping others birth their word babies. After more than 15 years in corporate America, she entered into a full-time world of writing, sharing her journey as a mom to two boys (one with ADHD), a blended family, and the vast array of ways she’s found to embarrass herself. She loves to cook, eats too much chocolate and baked goods, and reads voraciously.

Heather LeRoss – Author/Writing Coach

Heather is the author of the award-winning book, Just Tell Me I’m Pretty: Musings on a Messy Life and the voice behind Tipsy Tiaras. She’s an imperfect human trying to raise two perfect humans. She’s also a writing coach helping others birth their word babies. After more than 15 years in corporate America, she entered into a full-time world of writing, sharing her journey as a mom to two boys (one with ADHD), a blended family, and the vast array of ways she’s found to embarrass herself. She loves to cook, eats too much chocolate and baked goods, and reads voraciously.

Janet C. Mann  - In addition to enjoying their three (grown) children, their spouses, and four grandchildren, Janet and her husband, Paul, have cared for over 120 foster children. In 1994 Janet and Paul founded The Children’s Ark, an innovative and intensive early intervention program for foster children and their families which consumed the next fifteen years of their lives. Out of those experiences Janet, along with her co-author Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks, published a number of articles and their book:  Creating Compassionate Fostercare: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis . Janet devotes what time is left over to her zen practice, skiing, and bicycle riding.

Janet C. Mann - In addition to enjoying their three (grown) children, their spouses, and four grandchildren, Janet and her husband, Paul, have cared for over 120 foster children. In 1994 Janet and Paul founded The Children’s Ark, an innovative and intensive early intervention program for foster children and their families which consumed the next fifteen years of their lives. Out of those experiences Janet, along with her co-author Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks, published a number of articles and their book: Creating Compassionate Fostercare: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis. Janet devotes what time is left over to her zen practice, skiing, and bicycle riding.

Debbie Mitchell  - She is called “Wishan-ahta,” which means “swan moves around.” Her name is also Debbie. She is both Korean and an enrolled member of the Warm Springs tribe in Oregon. Debbie has lived in Seattle and Spokane but her passion is travel. Her life used be full of salsa dancing, teaching high school math, and traveling to to 33 countries. Now, her life revolves her three kids and their activities, studying Korean, and planning her next trip with her travel buddy Karen.

Debbie Mitchell - She is called “Wishan-ahta,” which means “swan moves around.” Her name is also Debbie. She is both Korean and an enrolled member of the Warm Springs tribe in Oregon. Debbie has lived in Seattle and Spokane but her passion is travel. Her life used be full of salsa dancing, teaching high school math, and traveling to to 33 countries. Now, her life revolves her three kids and their activities, studying Korean, and planning her next trip with her travel buddy Karen.

Brandy Valdez  - When she isn’t trying to keep her son from roaring like a dinosaur at the top of his lungs in a busy store, or cleaning remnants of her daughter’s latest art project from all over the house, Brandy enjoys anything that doesn’t involve laundry or dishes. She especially likes long walks through thrift stores, snuggling with her goldendoodle and labradoodle, and, if she is lucky, a date or two a year with her husband. She is obsessed with genealogy and enjoys piecing together her ancestors' past. She has recently taken up painting and drawing as well as writing. She finds therapy in sharing stories that make other women say “hey, me too” and see that they aren’t alone.

Brandy Valdez - When she isn’t trying to keep her son from roaring like a dinosaur at the top of his lungs in a busy store, or cleaning remnants of her daughter’s latest art project from all over the house, Brandy enjoys anything that doesn’t involve laundry or dishes. She especially likes long walks through thrift stores, snuggling with her goldendoodle and labradoodle, and, if she is lucky, a date or two a year with her husband. She is obsessed with genealogy and enjoys piecing together her ancestors' past. She has recently taken up painting and drawing as well as writing. She finds therapy in sharing stories that make other women say “hey, me too” and see that they aren’t alone.

Amy McGarry  left her hometown of Spokane after high school and spent the next 20 years "finding herself" by traveling around the world, spending lots of time on beaches, and doing lots of writing. A late bloomer, she returned to Spokane with her Moroccan husband and began raising the light of her life, her daughter Sophia, aged 9. She currently teaches English as a Second Language to Japanese young women at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. She recently published her first book,  I am Farang: Adventures of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.  She loves the contentment of aging and is getting used to her identity as an "older" parent. She only wishes she had more time to spend on her two passions, reading and writing, preferably on beaches.

Amy McGarry left her hometown of Spokane after high school and spent the next 20 years "finding herself" by traveling around the world, spending lots of time on beaches, and doing lots of writing. A late bloomer, she returned to Spokane with her Moroccan husband and began raising the light of her life, her daughter Sophia, aged 9. She currently teaches English as a Second Language to Japanese young women at Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. She recently published her first book, I am Farang: Adventures of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand. She loves the contentment of aging and is getting used to her identity as an "older" parent. She only wishes she had more time to spend on her two passions, reading and writing, preferably on beaches.

Judy Palpant  is a Colorado girl but also has Philadelphia, Tucson, Liverpool and East Africa in her blood. She speaks Swahili, having used it daily during the six years her family served at a Quaker hospital in Kenya. Since 1985, home has been the Little Spokane River banks where they hosted six international foster children. Her three adult children and 11 grandchildren live in Spokane, Austin and Australia. Judy has published over 70 articles and currently edits two online newsletters. Every Monday she spends one pleasurable hour playing the piano in Sacred Heart’s lobby.

Judy Palpant is a Colorado girl but also has Philadelphia, Tucson, Liverpool and East Africa in her blood. She speaks Swahili, having used it daily during the six years her family served at a Quaker hospital in Kenya. Since 1985, home has been the Little Spokane River banks where they hosted six international foster children. Her three adult children and 11 grandchildren live in Spokane, Austin and Australia. Judy has published over 70 articles and currently edits two online newsletters. Every Monday she spends one pleasurable hour playing the piano in Sacred Heart’s lobby.

Kristie Stolgitis  is a Massachusetts native who spent over 10 years exploring the US as a travel nurse before obtaining her master’s degree. She absolutely adores children and feels blessed that she gets to work as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with all the kiddos here in the community. Kristie has enjoyed writing since her early teen years when she began journaling. She hopes to write a book one day about her life experiences and travel. She is also an avid poker player who enjoys abstract painting in her spare time. She lives in Spokane with her fiancé Matt.

Kristie Stolgitis is a Massachusetts native who spent over 10 years exploring the US as a travel nurse before obtaining her master’s degree. She absolutely adores children and feels blessed that she gets to work as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with all the kiddos here in the community. Kristie has enjoyed writing since her early teen years when she began journaling. She hopes to write a book one day about her life experiences and travel. She is also an avid poker player who enjoys abstract painting in her spare time. She lives in Spokane with her fiancé Matt.

Amanda Oliver  is a wrangler of tiny humans, finder of things, and keeper of schedules and papers. She shares her home with her husband and three daughters, as well as two dogs, three cats, four chickens, and two goldfish. She loves books, tea lattes, sleeping in, and living room dance parties.

Amanda Oliver is a wrangler of tiny humans, finder of things, and keeper of schedules and papers. She shares her home with her husband and three daughters, as well as two dogs, three cats, four chickens, and two goldfish. She loves books, tea lattes, sleeping in, and living room dance parties.

Liz Rognes  is a musician, writer, and teacher. Her essays and poetry have been featured in various publications, such as  Brain Child: the Magazine for Thinking Mothers  and  Railtown Almanac . As a singer/songwriter, she has released two indie folk albums and has composed and arranged music for various ensembles. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, and she lives in Spokane with her rock ’n’ roll librarian and their two children. She teaches English at Eastern Washington University.

Liz Rognes is a musician, writer, and teacher. Her essays and poetry have been featured in various publications, such as Brain Child: the Magazine for Thinking Mothers and Railtown Almanac. As a singer/songwriter, she has released two indie folk albums and has composed and arranged music for various ensembles. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, and she lives in Spokane with her rock ’n’ roll librarian and their two children. She teaches English at Eastern Washington University.