Lily Verlaine is the Seattle-based producer, choreographer and burlesque star of Verlaine and McCann Present, which has been producing shows with live music, dancing, comedy and tongue-in-cheek striptease since 2006. From Dec. 8 to Dec. 29, Verlaine and McCann Present puts on Land of The Sweets: The Burlesque Nutcracker at The Triple Door in Seattle.
Courtney LeMarco is a Bellevue-based entrepreneur and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated TV show, “Hoarders.” LeMarco is also the CEO and founder of MOTSI, a beauty and lifestyle brand that offers clean skincare, cosmetics, sustainable swimwear and more.
Seattle native Arianne True is a poet and folk artist, who is currently the Seattle Rep 2021-22 Native Artist-in-Residence. “I make poems, right now mostly experimental ones, and I also teach and mentor youth poets through a handful of different programs.”
Elodie Li is the executive chef at The Kitchen at Abeja, a new Walla Walla-based restaurant that celebrates European cooking techniques with produce only found in Washington. Even though Chef Li decided to pursue the culinary arts only four years ago, she has already cooked throughout France and is now showcasing her talents at The Kitchen at Abeja.
Rana San is the artistic director of the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, an independent film and arts hub offering year-round programs and artist services. San and the team at the Northwest Film Forum are the producers of the Local Sightings Film Festival, which takes place Sept. 16 to Sept. 26, both virtually and in person.
Gregory T. Walker Jr., MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who recently finished an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Washington/Harborview and is also doing a fellowship at UC Davis and the Reno Orthopedic Center. Dr. Walker is a former student-athlete, well known for his time as a football player at University of Washington.
Amy Alvarez-Wampfler is the winemaker and general manager of Walla Walla-based Abeja, a century-old farmstead set in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. Abeja is home to a winery and tasting room, which is open by appointment.
Daniel Wampfler is the winemaker and general manager at the award-winning Abeja winery and tasting room in Walla Walla. Abeja also offers upscale lodging, fine dining and space for private events.
Leah Okamoto Mann is the co-director of Seattle-based Lelavision, a performance and production company that combines kinetic sculpture, dance and music with a mission to present accessible art that delights people. She is also the curator of Created Commons, an arts festival taking place at Westcrest Park, August 27 to Sept. 5.
George-Anne Robertson is the sparkling winemaker at Yellowhawk Resort, a 84-acre retreat in Walla Walla. The resort features a sparkling winery and tasting room with farm-to-table dining, event space and lodging on an elevated hilltop setting.