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Events & Features Team

Beth Brown Beth Brown

Writing and photography ... two things I have always loved to do and now get to call my life's work. A lifetime career in marketing/communications and some natural tendency to tell a story (ask anyone who knows me!), combined to give me the desire gather interesting information and share it with others in a creative and thought-provoking way.

Photography was always a hobby ... something I did for fun and really enjoyed. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be able to turn that passion into a business. Now that I live in the Inland Northwest I am focusing on landscape photography. You can view my work at

Adam Gregory Adam Gregory

Adam Gregory is a writer and photographer from Spokane, Washington. He is working to help people understand one another, and show the power individuals have to build their community while also showing how community builds individuals.

He enjoys exploring the wilds of the inland northwest, art, politics, music, film, pop culture, philosophy, and cooking for his friends, family, wife and four boys.

Aubrei McGinn Aubrei McGinn

Aubrei is a Bay Area transplant who has been in Western Washington for nearly 6 years. She enjoys getting to know the Evergreen State and all that it has to offer especially the museums, restaurants, and boutique fitness studios. Aubrei's background is in developmental psychology and child development, but she has always had a love for writing and photography.

Kathy Minnerly Kathy Minnerly

Kathy Minnerly is a Spokane native that has deep roots within the community. She is married to her high school sweetheart and the lights of her life are her three boys and one daughter-in-law, ranging in age from 22 to 26. Kathy enjoys the outdoors, her three dogs and is an avid sports fan (EWU, WSU, and UW - all colleges her boys attended). Kathy's passion for life is reflected in her writing style. She is not afraid to “call 'em like she sees 'em”. She has a keen ability to translate her life experiences into her unique and refreshing writing style that's sure to make you laugh, angry or cry and hopefully wanting more!

Laurie Ross Laurie Ross

Laurie L Ross is a consistently published freelance writer who writes about the important things in life; fine wine, creative cuisine, spectacular spas, regional art, unique boutiques and community causes. Ms. Ross is the creator and curator of the popular wine blog Additionally she is a Realtor for Windermere City Group in Kendall Yards.

Bethany Sells Bethany Sells

Bethany has been volunteering at various nonprofit organizations since she was a teenager. Her passion for changing the world has only grown since then. She works with an IT company offering solutions to nonprofits and small businesses. Additionally, she is an artist, and a mother of three little Idahoans. One of her passions is telling stories, in both words and pictures. She is very excited about helping the organizations in the Boise area share their stories with the community.

Kara Siemens Kara Siemens

Kara Siemens is a long-time resident that loves calling Spokane her home. She spent many years working in the hospitality industry with some of Spokane’s best locally owned restaurants. Kara currently splits her time between helping people buy and sell homes as a local Realtor with Windermere City Group and homeschooling her youngest son. When she finds extra time, she loves cooking, wine tasting, and hiking with her family. Working with Blacktie Northwest combines several of her favorite things: writing, attending interesting events, and meeting new people.

Blythe Thimsen Blythe Thimsen

Blythe Thimsen is a writer and editor from Spokane, Washington. She graduated from Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California, with a B.A. in Communication Studies, before returning to the Northwest to pursue her writing career. For 12 years, she was the Editor-in-Chief of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living, the premier glossy regional lifestyle magazine for Spokane, Washington and the surrounding areas. She is also the author of Spokane's Stories: 28 Stories of the People, Places and Events That Have Shaped Spokane (released November 2014). You can learn more about Blythe and her writing at