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About ENW:


Our vision is to create a world in which people show up and Live Big!
Like the effect of a ripple in a pond, graduates with clarity about who they are, who are committed to their own success, naturally affect the world around them. We see relationships thriving, people taking ownership of their results, and acting with courage and passion.


Our goal is to create a growing community of graduates who live our vision and participate in supporting Excellence Northwest. We want to strengthen the fabric of goodwill in the world through innovative workshops that support people to create lives they love.

Core Concepts:

CHOICE: I am at 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 is above the line.

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.




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.

2020 Excellence Northwest Board of Directors/Board of Champions:

Monique Stefens,President
Rachel Rodriguez, Vice-President
Pete Johnson, Secretary
Dawn Harju, Treasurer, Marketing Chair
Lori Jo Smith, Board Member
Jacqy Shook, Board Member

Najib Boulos, Board Member

Karla Coglizer, Board Member

Tom Ferry, Board Member

Katie Nolan, Board Member
George Lindeman, Emeritus Board Member
Siobhan Murphy, Adviser to the Board of Directors

George Mehler, Friend of the Board

Jackie Ferry, Friend of the Board

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