Purse-o-nalities

Purse-o-nality #12

posted Dec 17, 2015, 7:59 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Feb 22, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

ELIZABETH LARGE   |   KINDERCARE EDUCATION
> matched with: minnie + george

Liz Large serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of KinderCare Education
®, the nation's largest private provider of early childhood education, in 2005. She has served as General Counsel since 2009 and oversees the operations of the Legal and Employee Relations Departments. 

Liz has a strong interest in serving our local community, with a special focus on literacy. She is currently a volunteer reader and Chairperson of the Board of Directors for SMART ("Start Making A Reader Today"). She also serves on the Board of the Oregon Business Association. 

She is the mother of two 14-year-old twins, who attend Portland Public Schools and keep her laughing and on her toes every day.

Purse-o-nality #11

posted Dec 8, 2015, 2:57 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Dec 9, 2015, 12:11 PM ]

JENNY HANSSON   |   KOIN 6 ANCHOR
> matched with: minou-minou

Anchor Jenny Hansson started working at KOIN 6 in the fall of 2006, and she currently anchors the morning and noon newscasts with Ken Boddie. 

During her time at KOIN, Jenny has covered a wide variety of stories, including Amanda Knox's return to Seattle after she was found not guilty of murder in Italy. Jenny also flew with the Patriots Jet Team, jumped out of a place, and scaled the U.S. Bancorp Tower. Jenny's mom did not learn she covered these until Jenny later posted pictures on Facebook. Jenny's mom was not pleased.

Before Portland, Jenny worked in TV markets all over the country, starting Yakima, WA, then Tallahassee, Austin, and finally San Antonio, where she spent 6 years.

Jenny and her husband, Joe, have two young daughters, Siena and Josie, and a pug named Rocky.

Purse-o-nality #10

posted Dec 8, 2015, 2:54 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Dec 20, 2015, 8:33 PM ]

JENNIFER BRYAN   |   THINK JOULE
> matched with: diamond 57

Jennifer Bryan is the Founding Partner and Creative Director at Think Joule, a creative agency in NW Portland specializing in branding and strategic marketing. Jennifer brings over 20 years of design strategy and brand development leadership to the team at Think Joule. Her degree is in Visual Communication from the Art Institute of Seattle, and she loves translating that into relevant and memorable experiences for clients. Her favorite design challenges include finding the humanity in the brand and elevating that to a persona that tells an authentic story to the target market. 

In addition, Jennifer also serves on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is a member of the Marketing committee.

Jennifer grew up in the Pacific Northwest, but has family ties across the globe that has fueled a passion for travel and adventure. When not attached to her mouse, Jennifer loves hiking, skiing and snowshoeing in the mountains, jogging, biking, traveling just about anywhere, and being a confidant to her husband and their five children. You can also find her circling the block with the family pups, Porter and Jazz.

Purse-o-nality #9

posted Dec 7, 2015, 11:07 AM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 11:11 AM ]

LUISA & MARIA PONZI   |   PONZI VINEYARDS
> matched with: mo&co.

Located in Sherwood, OR - just 20 miles southwest of Portland - Ponzi Vineyards is a sister-run winery, owned and operated by the second-generation for more than two decades. Winemaker, Luisa Ponzi, and President, Maria Ponzi, maintain an unwavering commitment to producing some of the world's finest cool climate wines.

Founded in 1970, the winery continues to set the standard for New World Pinot Noir production. One of America's first women to be formally educated in Burgundy, Winemaker Luisa Ponzi carefully blends formal training with her lifelong experience working alongside father, Dick Ponzi, to craft wines of distinction and character. All 130 acres of Ponzi vineyards and the state-of-the-art winemaking facility are certified sustainable, recognizing the winery's commitment to environmental responsibility. 

Purse-o-nality #8

posted Nov 12, 2015, 3:35 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Jan 6, 2016, 10:03 AM ]

DARIA ELIUK   |   105.1 THE BUZZ
> matched with: carol risley designs

"A Woody Allen brain in a bombshell frame. That's Portland's first female afternoon drive host, Daria. 

Armed with more words than Charles Dickens on a deadline, Daria has been painting pictures in the minds of Portlanders for  more than eight years. Her unique sense of humor is captured daily on 'Daria's Local Entertainment Guide.'

An avid theater buff, she participates locally in plays, and has hosted for WB32 and PDX 49. Just listen and you'll hear why she was voted favorite Portland radio personality / favorite media personality for four consecutive years in independent readers' polls in both Willamette Week and The Portland Mercury."

Purse-o-nality #7

posted Nov 10, 2015, 4:43 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Dec 20, 2015, 8:44 PM ]

MELISSA LOWERY   |   DIRECTOR, BLACK GIRL IN SUBURBIA
> matched with: s fairchild designs

Melissa Lowery was born in Portland, OR, and raised in West Linn, OR, from the time she was three years old. She graduated from West Linn high school in 1993 and briefly attended PCC. She moved to Los Angeles, CA, in 1996 and worked at Paramount Studios on the television show, Entertainment Tonight. She moved back to Oregon with her husband and two children in 2005 and began working for the City of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation programs. A few years after being back in Oregon, Melissa decided to enroll into Pacific University in Forest Grove to complete her degree. She graduated from Pacific in 2010 with her Bachelors in Media Arts. In November of 2015, Melissa was hired as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Jesuit High School Portland.

Melissa also directed Black Girl In Suburbia, a documentary that looks into the experiences of black girls growing up in predominantly white communities. The film explores through professional and personal interviews the conflict and issues black girls have relating to both white and black communities; Melissa also shares her own experiences of her childhood in West Linn. The documentary intends to spark an open dialog about race, identity, and perspective among all people, in hopes that these discussions will allow us to look at perceptions of ourselves, others, and the community we live in as a whole. 

Purse-o-nality #6

posted Nov 10, 2015, 4:40 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 10:22 AM ]

DAWNE HANKS   |   MARKETING STRATEGIST, EVENT PLANNER, SPEAKER
> matched with: lauren harkness

Dawne has spent 20 years in the sports, medical, and lifestyle industries, building a reputation as an accomplished speaker, brand strategist, and event producer. She has worked with brands such as Oakley, Nike, Tefron, lululemon, Patagonia, etc. Hanks brings with her extensive industry experience with a background in storytelling, experience production, customer demographics, and psychographics.

Hanks travels the country as a professional speaker, consultant, experience producer. Most recently, she was at The University of San Francisco Sports Management Master's Program speaking on "The Economy of Gender in Sport." She was also a featured speaker for Fashion Group International DC, speaking on "The Business Behind the Boutique." Additional speaking topics for a variety of clients include: "How and Why Women Shop," "Social Media for Small Retailers," "Millenials' & Other Consumer Segments," and more. A Nationwide Speaking tour to over 50,000 retailers and an industry changing event platform for Oakley culminated in her being chosen as one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Optical as an Industry Innovator in late 2014.

Hanks currently splits her time leading marketing efforts for Milestone Systems, as the owner of d-talx, a company focused on storytelling and experience production as well as speaking at school and philanthropic organizations on finding passion and purpose. She is involved with Women in Sports & Events (WISE) as a committee member for WISE Within (networking platform), a Live in the Grey Ambassador, TedX Youth Bommer Canyon mentor, and with her website www.dawnehanks.com, part of the Portland Bloggers group. 

Purse-o-nality #5

posted Nov 10, 2015, 4:34 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Nov 24, 2015, 8:51 PM ]

GREG GOODWIN   |   CEO, KUNI AUTOMOTIVE
> matched with: house of castellon

Greg Goodwin is CEO of Kuni Automotive, a highly profitable, privately held auto retailer operating fifteen dealerships in four Western states with approximately 1,500 employees.

Greg joined the company in 1990 at the invitation of Wayne Kuni, and immediately began an extensive acquisition search, which resulted in the purchase of Lexus of Denver. From 1991 to 1999, Greg was the President and General Manager of Kuni Lexus of Littleton. Under his leadership, Kuni Lexus received six Elite of Lexus awards and was named Colorado "Company of the Year" in 1996.

Greg received his education from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He began his automotive career in 1978 as a Sales Consultant for Town & Country Cadillac Oldsmobile Honda in Salinas, CA. Prior to joining Kuni Automotive, Greg spent four years as Vice President and General Manager of Honda Windward of Kaneohe, Hawaii, from 1986 to 1990. 

While residing in Hawaii, Greg was Vice President of the Kalihi-Palama Immigrant Service Center and served on the board of the Hawaii Automobile Dealership Association. During his time in Colorado, Greg served on the national board of the Samaritan Institute, the Colorado Department of Revenue State Dealer Board, and the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, as well as the Lexus Dealer Interactive committee and chairman of the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce.

Today, Greg is active in the Vancouver/Portland areas, serving on the board of the Classic Wines Auction, Randall Children's Hospital Foundation, the Wayne D. Kuni and Joan E. Kuni Foundation, Friends of the Children National Network Board, the cabinet of the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, and Greater Portland, Inc. He and his wife, Michele, served as co-chairs of the Great Adventure Auction of 2012 for Medical Teams International, as well as co-chairs for the capital campaign for Randall Children's Hospital. Greg is also serving as co-chair of the Classic Wines Auction in Portland for 2015.

Purse-o-nality #4

posted Nov 10, 2015, 4:26 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 12:59 PM ]

LAKECIA GUNTER   |   DIRECTOR OF PARTNER MARKETING AND ENGAGEMENT, INTEL

Lakecia Gunter is the Director of Partner Marketing and Engagement for the Desktop Client Platforms group at Intel. In this role she is responsible for four key elements of the business: Customer Engagement, Marketing, Intelligence, Outbound Marketing, and Business Operations. 

Prior to her new role, she was the Chief of Staff of Intel Labs and Technical Assistant to the corporate Vice President and Managing Director of Intel Labs for the last two and a half years. Intel Labs is the company's world-class, industry leading research organization, responsible for driving Intel's technology pipeline and creating new opportunities. In this role, she assisted the director and his staff in setting the agenda and establishing technology priorities for both Intel Labs and the company.

Ms. Gunter holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. In addition to her leadership and management responsibilities, she serves in volunteer leadership roles with the Urban League of Portland, United Way, Gateway to College National Network, National Society of Black Engineers, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Purse-o-nality #2

posted Nov 2, 2015, 10:20 PM by zzz_Emily Mrusko   [ updated Nov 23, 2015, 2:04 PM ]

SADIE LINCOLN   |   FOUNDER, BARRE3
> matched with: queen bee creations

Sadie Lincoln a renowned wellness expert, media personality and the Founder of barre3, a whole-health concept that incorporates more than 100 exercise studios around the globe, online classes, nutritional guidance, original, healthy recipes, a barre3 mobile app, and inspired content to promote balanced living. She is also the author of the Rodale published book Love Your Lower Body

Barre3 combines Sadie's favorite disciplines of ballet barre work, yoga, functional fitness, and Pilates into dynamic workouts that infuse energy while producing serious, lasting results. With its first flagship studio in Portland, OR, opening in 2008, barre3 has developed a warm and welcoming community of devoted clients that includes everyone from A-list celebrities to everyday moms like Sadie.

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