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Who are we

About ENW:


Our vision is to create a world in which people show up as their true selves, take ownership of their results, and commit to their own success.  Acting with courage and passion, individuals design, unearth, and create their own purpose, however they define it.  We are a community of individuals, encouraging each other to collectively live big.


To inspire authentic connections

Core Concepts:

CHOICE: I always have a choice in what I make important and how I respond.

ACCOUNTABILITY: I am 100% accountable for all the results I create in my life.

RESPONSIBILITY: An effective response uses the power to pause to create intentional outcomes.

WIN/WIN: I am committed to everyone winning by creating and honoring my own agreements.

TELL THE TRUTH: I am aware of my own truths and committed to sharing them honestly.

Board members

2023 Excellence Northwest Board of Champions:

Pete Johnson, Secretary
Dawn Harju, President
Lori Jo Smith, Vice President
Jacqy Shook, Board Member

Judy Oxford, Treasurer

Siobhan Murphy, Adviser to the Board of Directors

George Lindeman, Emeritus Board Member



Contact us at or 360-734-2507 for help

Join us at a Board Meeting:

Usual Meeting: 2nd Thursday of every month, 5:30-6:30pm via zoom





Janet Ott (retired)

  • Executive and organizational coach, facilitator and workshop leader

  • Her own business, Ott and Associates, in Whatcom County.

  • Nursing career, college faculty positions, a psychotherapy practice and for the last 20 years, business and executive coach.

  • A Vietnam veteran, Janet is a Lieutenant Colonel (retired) with a 22 year Army.

  • For over 30 years she has facilitated the first two programs in the Excellence Series.

Her passion is being a catalyst for individuals and organizations to create extraordinary results, and to create thriving, authentic, collaborative relationships through provocative conversation. She is equally passionate about cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing gardening, and adventure travel.


Peggie Merlin (retired)

Peggie Merlin teaches advanced ENW courses, including the upcoming Core Concepts and Advanced Leadership workshops.


Dr. Merlin has degrees in psychology and anthropology, plus a lifetime of experience designing and teaching courses in personal growth. Her depth of knowledge and her remarkable ability to communicate leaves her students feeling like they are teachers. For more than 20 years she has taught courses in personal and professional effectiveness, with a particular focus on relationships, health, and financial well-being.

If you have never taken a class from Peggie, you owe it to yourself to have this experience. Check with the Quantum Leap grads for a first-hand report.


Siobhan Murphy

ENW benefits from Siobhan’s facilitation style as well as her board guidance.

  • Owner of Thrive Business Group

  • Earned a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration.

  • She is also a CMA, CPA and a CFM. 

  • Loves to serve others with a cheerful smile and an infusion of fun. She’s been known to say, “If we’re not having fun, then we need to do something different!”


Siobhan is passionate about education. Self-employed individuals and small business owners are empowered with a deeper understanding of the financial workings of their businesses, which results in more effectively leadership of their businesses to support their lives. She empowers individuals to identify their goals and develop successful paths to attainment, connecting “live big!” to tangible steps.

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