Women Warriors

Artwork by Marybel Martin

Behind every successful woman is a team of successful women. Each of these women is not only immensely talented and the best at what they do, but they are kind spirits and genuine people. I am honored to work with each of them and to call them all friends.

Here are the Women Warriors I work with:

Waz Wu, Graphic Designer (www.wazwu.com)
Hi, I’m Waz! I’m a graphic designer and cat lady based in Portland, Oregon. I write about all things veggie, from restaurant reviews, to vegetarian recipes, to local events and lifestyle. I also lead the Portland chapter of Veganizer.

Formerly known as Let’s Nom Nom, my blog has followed my food adventures since I moved to New York City in 2011. Over the years, I’ve gone from flexitarian to vegetarian to vegan, and my blog has come along with me on that journey. A plant-based diet is healthier and kinder to my body, to animals, and to our environment. The best way to win omnivores over is by raising awareness of the positive effects of the plant-based movement and by celebrating great food that just so happens to be vegan.

This is not a strictly vegan blog with a capital “V”. If you dig back far enough, you’ll find old posts back when I would eat meat about once a month. While you won’t find meat on my plate nowadays, you may see the occasional omnivore dish here as I do dine out with non-vegan friends, and I’m a fan of restaurants that can accommodate everyone. If the future really is vegan, we won’t get there by isolating ourselves from omnivores. Instead, we need to work together and have some real conversations about our food.

You can reach me at hello@wazwu.com.

Marybel Martin, Artist (www.marybelmartin.com)
Growing up in the shadow of Disneyland in a Southern California suburb and later in the bustling city of Buenos Aires, Marybel has a unique way of looking at life. She has been drawing, painting and creating characters ever since she was a child. She has said that she could always escape to other worlds with the stroke of her pencil. Her childhood home was filled with magic and excitement. At times, there were mysterious séances held in the family living room while actors, politicians and artists frequented the house. The supernatural and fantastical have always influenced her work.

Marybel graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art and is passionate about creating and sharing the magical characters and worlds that live in her imagination. She is inspired by her own experiences and the memories of growing up loving Hello Kitty, Strawberry Shortcake and Saturday morning cartoons.

Marybel Martin lives in rainy Oregon with her two boys Liam and Cian.

You can reach Marybel at marybelm@yahoo.com.

Jennifer Alyse, Photographer (www.jenniferalyse.com)
Jennifer Alyse is a professional photographer and a speaker working throughout the country with leading female entrepreneurs, authors, and thought leaders. Jennifer uses photography and public speaking as vehicles to promote personal, social, environmental and spiritual development. Her work has been on the pages of multiple publications and most recently has been featured on the cover of Mindful Magazine.

Alumni of W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, with over ten years of experience in the fashion industry both in front and behind the camera, Jennifer is a passionate entrepreneur and activist for positive change. She draws on personal experience of growth and adversity in life to empower her clients and uplift those around her.

Jennifer created and hosted the debut of Empowered, an annual event for over 100 women in May of 2016, benefitting Girls Inc of the Pacific NW. She continues to promote the significance of empowerment for women through her Empowered Series. She is also in the process of co-creating Ancestral Connection movement, using photography and film to reignite generational connections and to honor our elders.

In addition, Jennifer works closely with Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest, sharing a mutual mission of inspiring young girls to reach higher, dream bigger, and truly achieve a bright and independent future.  She has photographed the annual Power of the Purse fundraiser for the past three years and currently mentors one of the Girls Inc “Go-To Girls.”

Jennifer believes that to be seen for our true selves gives us permission to awaken to our greatest lives and to act for the greater good of all humankind. She will continue to facilitate, promote and lead the movement to make this belief a reality.

Katherine VanZanten, Attorney
You can reach me at kvanzanten@cablehuston.com or by visiting my website.

Emily Mercer, Make-up Artist (www.emthemua.com)
My name is Emily Mercer and I am a freelance Makeup Artist in Portland, OR. I grew up dancing ballet and jazz and I remember being infatuated with the stage makeup at a young age. I started playing with makeup frequently and I soon started applying makeup on my friends for their proms, senior pictures, and dance performances. My passion for makeup artistry has grown tremendously over the years and I am fortunate to be able to do what I love.

I am an experienced professional and it is my goal to make every client feel comfortable. I jump at every opportunity to create something exceptionally beautiful while having the opportunity to work with wonderful people every day!

You can reach me at emthemua@gmail.com.


Kim Brooks, Stylist (www.kimbrooksstyle.com)
Kim’s love of style and fashion started in early childhood. From analyzing ad inserts with her Dad over the Sunday papers, to collecting the perfect looks from every fashion magazine, the obsession began. Those early experiences led to Kim fulfilling her lifelong passion in not only working to style those images, both commercially and editorially with fashion photographers and creative directors, but also working one on one with an impressive list of private clients. Kim’s styling approach reflects her talent to blend elements of high and low, vintage and new, bold and simplistic. This method, mixed with her intentional and intuitive skills results in an outcome that reflects her client’s personal or professional expectations. Kim is also well versed in concept creation, creative direction, location scouting and model picks. Kim’s work has been featured in both national and international publications, as well as being featured on CBS local online news and Huffington Post.

You can reach Kim at kim@kimbrooksstyle.com.