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Sharon Lavier O'Keefe

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Sharon has been a freelance photographer for nearly 40 years and is the founder of the Northwest Center for Photography. She has taught photography classes independently and through Portland Community College for nearly 15 years. She is a gifted teacher and talented photographer. Sharon inspires her students to find new ways to see the world in a positive and encouraging environment. Her goal is to help others find the joy, passion and personal enrichment photography has brought to her life. While Sharon takes photography very seriously, and is truly passionate about teaching and educating, she firmly believes having "fun" is essential to the creative process.

Sara O'Leary

SARA O’LEARY is Whole Foods Market Mill Plain’s very own Healthy Eating Specialist. She has a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University is also a registered dietitian.  She is here to help support Whole Foods Markets seventh core value: to promote the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education. Sara is happy to offer a variety of services including grocery store tours, weekly classes on food and nutrition, monthly supper clubs, and one-on-one consultations to help anyone meet their nutritional goals.

Katherine Olson

Katherine holds an MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Creative Writing and Cultural Studies. She began teaching creative writing in 2003 and has lead a number of community writing groups, seminars, and writing workshops in the last ten years.

Michael Orwick

Michael Orwick's paintingMichael Orwick attended the University of Oregon, and then went on to major in Illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art. There, he discovered oil painting and began his method of working from dark to light. When not illustrating books with his trademark whimsical images, he specializes in landscape painting.  He says, “I love creating art that invites you on a journey, in which you're invited to form a story and explore your world within.”

 

Alison Ozgur, RD

 Alison Ozgur, R.D., is a registered dietitian specializing in health and fitness nutrition. She has over ten years of experience helping clients reach their nutrition goals. As an avid athlete, Alison practices what she teaches and believes that optimal nutrition sets the foundation for a lifetime of wellness and disease prevention. She is a motivational speaker and educator and is currently working on her first book.

Zita Parker

Zita is a retired teacher and artist with over 22 years’ experience in public schools. She has taught, and continues to teach, art and science for the community and adult education. Zita has several activities to help students understand art, science and math. Paper airplanes are just one activity that is both educational and great fun.

Shanti Potts

Shanti Potts BS MS has worked with the elderly for over 25 years. She is a member of the Southwest Washington Agency on Aging Advisory Council and continually seeks opportunities to advocate on behalf of seniors. Shanti has a daughter and she sees parenting as her most rewarding and fulfilling endeavor. That said she has a passion for teaching and has been an instructor at Clark College since 2002.

 

Paul Quackenbush

Paul’s committment to the medium of photography dates back to 1972, when he was asked to take pictures for his high school yearbook.  He graduated from New York's renowned Fashion Institute of Technology with an A. A. degree in Commercial Photography, and then earned a B.S. degree in Studio Art from St. Rose College, also in New York.  He completed his post graduate studies at The State University of New York, Albany, and the San Francisco Art Institute.  He established his studio in Vancouver in 1993.

Do you have an interest in portrait photography?

 

Sophie Rahman

For as long as she can remember, the food of the Indian subcontinent has been Sophie’s passion. Her mother and father came from the south of India, and her mother was a fantastic cook. In 2009, she decided to begin sharing my lifelong passion for the cuisine of India in a regular, year-round series of cooking classes called Masala.  In 2010 she experimented with a food stall at the Hollywood Farmer’s market, making and selling South Indian vegan breakfast fare – masala dosa, sambhar and chutney.

Denise Rainear

Denise is Whole Foods Market’s ‘Healthy Eating Specialist’. She is passionate about food and food choices; believing that what you eat affects your body, as well as our environment. Denise’s mission is to empower people to create a healthy healing lifestyle by showing them how easy, fun and flavorful it can be to eat a plant based diet. Join Denise, as she will be exploring some of the delicious and healthy options of Plant Strong™ meals, helping you to make greens and other veggies the main event at every meal while maintaining delicious flavor, and satisfying results ... because adding more veggies to what you eat is always a good idea!