Inspired Island ~ Captain Marsha Morse

September 22nd, 2021 - Posted in

    In this episode, Grace sits down with Captain Marsha Morse, one of the most experienced ferry captains in Washington State. Captain Morse was one of the very first women to be hired by Washington State Ferries, working her way up from an entry-level position in the 70s. Join us to hear how it […]

Inspired Island ~ Kate Dowling

August 24th, 2021 - Posted in

This week, we’re sitting down with none other than Kate Dowling. As Executive Director of Voice of Vashon, Kate manages the day-to-day operations of the entire organization. And while many islanders know Kate, we get to know her on a deeper level in this episode. Kate’s story takes us across the world, from her childhood […]

Inspired Island ~ Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

November 14th, 2019 - Posted in

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma In this episode, we meet Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma! Tom is married to last week’s guest, David Mielke, and together they are preparing to premiere their show, “Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” on November 22 at Vashon Center for the Arts. Tom is an author, poet, translator, teacher, magician, and musician. […]

Inspired Island ~ David Mielke

November 7th, 2019 - Posted in

In this episode, we meet David Mielke! David and his husband Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma are performing their original show “Gaybaret” at Vashon Center for the Arts from November 22nd to 24th, 2019. David is a professional actor, having appeared in both film and television and creating and performing one-person shows. Join us to hear how […]

Inspired Island ~ Sue and Israel Shotridge

November 3rd, 2019 - Posted in

In this episode, we meet Israel and Sue Shotridge! You may know Sue and Israel as owners of the Raven’s Nest gallery here on Vashon Island. Israel is a celebrated Tlingit artist and master carver, and Sue manages their businesses. Join us to hear how Sue and Israel fell in love, and how Israel’s mother’s passion […]

Inspired Island ~ Bruce Haulman

October 28th, 2019 - Posted in

In this episode, we meet Bruce Haulman! As a historian and educator, Bruce has spent years digging into Vashon’s history – from prehistoric time to today. Bruce has authored many publications, including the popular book A Brief History of Vashon Island. But Bruce doesn’t only study Vashon’s past; he’s very involved in our community here […]

Inspired Island ~ Joseph Bogaard

October 16th, 2019 - Posted in

  In this episode, we meet Joseph Bogaard! As the Executive Director of the Save Our Wild Salmon coalition, Joseph advocates to bring back a healthy wild salmon population in the Pacific Northwest. Doing so is not only important for economic and cultural reasons, but we also need more salmon to feed the critically endangered […]

Inspired Island ~ Maridee Bonadea

September 30th, 2019 - Posted in

In this episode, we meet Maridee Bonadea! Maridee is a mover and shaker behind the scenes at the Vashon Heritage Museum’s exhibit “IN AND OUT: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” and the “Queer Film Festival” she’s been putting together. Maridee grew up in a military family, but found herself drawn to the world of social […]

Inspired Island ~ Gib Dammann

September 13th, 2019 - Posted in

In this episode, we meet Gib Dammann of Zero Waste Vashon! Gib is a professional architect with a passion for reducing waste on Vashon. Gib is a co-founder and current president of Zero Waste Vashon, a group working to make the island a model green community. Gib shares stories from his childhood growing up behind […]

Inspired Island ~ Robin Pollard

September 13th, 2019 - Posted in

In this episode, we get to know Robin Pollard! Robin is the woman behind Vashon’s newest cafè, Pollard Coffee. Robin spent many years promoting Washington’s tourism and wine industries, serving as the state’s tourism director and then executive director of the Washington State Wine Commission. But having grown up on a farm in Iowa, Robin […]