ANN IMIG is the founder of the live-reading series and video sharing company LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER and editor of the acclaimed anthology LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now (Putnam Books, 2015). A Stay-At-Home Humorist, Ann’s writing has been featured on sites like CollegeHumor, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. National TV appearances include ABCnews.com, NBC Nightly News and the webseries Battleground and The Louise Log. Ann’s blog (annsrants.com) has been named a Babble Top 100 Mom Blog, A BlogHer Voice of the Year, and a SheKnows Top 5 Funniest Mom Blog. Ann lives with her husband and children in Madison, Wisconsin.
ELISE RAIMI Producer/Director — left a life of international travel and professional fulfillment to become a (mostly) stay-at-home mom in 2005. Although the gap in her C.V. continues to widen and her student loans linger she is shocked to find herself content, perhaps even thrilled, with her new life in a small, cold town. In addition to being lucky enough to co-produce and direct Listen To Your Mother Spokane, she serves on the board of Planned Parenthood, works as a consultant for various aid organizations around issues refugee camp safety, parents, wifes, and blogs at harvardtohomemaker.blogspot.com.
STACEY CONNER Producer/Director — Stacey loves chai tea lattes, bedtime and being at home with her children. She hates the cold, finger paints and play dough. She is a BlogHer Voice Of The Year for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, and she writes for the on-line parenting magazine Mamalode. Her essays are included in two anthologies, Listen To Your Mother What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, and BlogHer ’12 Voices Of The Year. She documents life with five children, adoption, trans-racial parenting, foster parenting, and other issues big and small at Is There Anymommy Out There?
Amberlynn Leschke – Amberlynn is the mother to two feisty and beautiful little girls: Lilyauna, age 5, Zophia, age 1 ½, and step-mother to one smart and sweet little guy, Christian, age 11. She is also wife to her very dorky, loving husband, Chase. She enjoys cupcakes, honesty, and family dance parties at home. She has a fulfilling and inspiring part-time career that she loves as a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. She is fortunate enough to be able to spend the majority of her time at home with family, and finds this to be the most gratifying job of her life.
Elisha Miranda – Elisha is a cultural activist, author, and a creator, screenwriter, producer and director of TV and Film. Storytelling has been at the heart of her work for over twenty years. Her work deals with migration, global politics, gender equity, intersectionality and anti-racism. Elisha is committed to creating conscious content that inspires globally at elishamiranda.com. She loves making sofrito just like her Puerto Rican grandmother taught her. When not indulging in the culinary arts, Elisha teaches young minds to analyze, write and direct movies as an Assistant Professor of Film at Eastern Washington University. She loves spending time with her husband, three daughters, senior mom, two dogs and bird. Every woman needs a room of her own, but without my amazingly supportive partner Alex it would not be complete.
Heather Grover – I am a proud Spokane area resident and mother of one brilliant and busy 4-year-old boy! A long-time health enthusiast and fitness professional, in 2016 I founded the GET UP community, and I wake up every day excited to help people take on physical goals that scare them. I specialize in obstacle race training, nutrition coaching, yoga, boxing, and mindset coaching. My driving force is a burning desire to discover what’s possible as a coach, as a woman, as a mother, and as a human being as I thrive in and serve my community. My current mantra is, “Your victory is waiting. GET UP.”
Heather Huntoon – Heather grew up in a suburb of Seattle, and later attended the University of Washington (go Dawgs!). After graduating from college, she spent eight years working in public relations for Microsoft and Amazon, as well as doing freelance work for small start-ups. Once Heather met her husband, Dave, she decided to hang up the long workweeks and stressful product launches for starting a family. It was her husband’s career that brought them to Spokane. The slower pace and amazing cost of living has ruined them from ever moving back to the Westside! When Heather’s not driving her two girls to and from activities, she enjoys hiking, skiing, reading a good book and spending time with friends.
Heidi Lasher – Heidi is a grateful mother of two pre-adolescent children. She begins her days by picking up her kids’ socks and leaving them in piles on the stairs where they will be ignored for the remainder of the week. She works part-time as a freelance communications consultant with niche expertise in global immunization policy. She changes this description every time she’s asked what she does for a living because sometimes she doesn’t even know what she does for a living. Every Mother’s Day, she and her husband host a big potluck brunch at their house, so if she seems slightly buzzed and/or exhausted, that’s why.
Jennifer Vesbit -Jennifer Vesbit is a school counselor by day, and a mommy to 5-year-old twins by morning, noon, and night. She resides in Portland, where she loves to laugh, dance, explore nature, force herself to read, and spend time with girlfriends in basements. Jennifer hopes her biggest talent is to truly see and hear people beyond the noise of daily living. She has spent much of her life listening to others. She is honored by this opportunity to now share her story. Learn more at EmbryoDonationSupport.com
Joseph Martin King was born in Joliet, Illinois, and relocated to Spokane over 17 years ago. He is a musical artist, consultant, and community activist within the Spokane area. A family man, Joseph has five children with his beautiful wife of 16 year Florence. He holds Master’s degrees in both Communications and Public Administration at Eastern Washington University, and is currently completing his Doctorate in Human Services at Walden University. As a Hip Hop artist, Joseph is also known by his stage name ToneKang who will be releasing his sophomore album entitled Love, Sex, & Politics this year. A former high school dropout and gang member, Joseph uses his former experiences to encourage young people to excel.
Katrina Vogel-Swift – Katrina (“Kit”) is a Spokane native that spent 20+ years exploring the west coast before moving back to Spokane in 2016 with her husband Paul and three fabulous children (Iraina, Ian & Isaac). Kit and her family LOVE cycling and their garage holds between 12-15 bikes of various designs. Kit’s bucket list includes bike riding across the US, hiking around Mt. Rainier and seeing the Giro and Tour de Italia in tiny little towns along the course. She works as an orthopedic physical therapist at Tailwind PT and specializes in the biomechanics of running, walking and cycling.
Laura Woods – Laura is a Spokane native and along with her husband has the privilege of raising three of the coolest people she’s ever met, her 6 year old son and 4 and 1.5 year old daughters. She has a Master’s degree from Eastern Washington University and works as an IBEST instructor at Spokane Community College. Aside from her family, her great loves are going on adventures, coffee and sleep. She is so glad to live in a place where the great outdoors is so accessible and she can raise her kids in the fresh air and sunshine!
Polly McMahon – Polly learned about spells and potions in the Florida and Georgia swamps. She also learned about boiling shrimp and catching snapper. For the last 21 years she has lived in Spokane where she learns about snow tires, four wheel drive, snow berms and potholes. Her most important lessons these days come from her students at Spokane Falls Community College and her diverse assortment of friends and colleagues. They teach her about dedication, patience, perseverance and how to cherish every single moment.
Rebekah Giangreco – Rebekah Giangreco wears many hats. Her black fedora with a quail feather in it embarrass her teenage daughter and girlfriend the most. When she is not busy felting through mothering her four children, she is either guiding needles into people to help heal them with acupuncture at New Moon Family Acupuncture, plunging her knitting needles into a ball of yarn after she has finished yet another hat during a nursing school lecture at SCC, sticking her thumbs on her phone as she plunks out one more poem, or puzzling through how to weave together her vast dreams with her finite reality.by