My name is Trisha Tinsley. I am the Citizen's Coach.

My mother came from a family of auto workers in Michigan and my father from farmers in Illinois. Both being African American they experienced first hand the struggles of race relations in America. They moved from the Midwest to start a family settling finally in the interior of Alaska.
My father, by profession, was a doctor but also trained as a musician, a pilot and sled dog racer. My mother had come from a long line of cooks, storytellers and oral historians. She was known in our community as someone who had an uncanny way of always making you feel at home. Due to this we never had a lack of visitors. With three other siblings I had a rich life fishing the sounds and rivers, camping in remote areas, visiting Alaskan native villages to help my dad with medical clinics and exploring every nook and cranny of the state. My parents valued our time together, but more importantly valued serving others. We spent countless hours watching my dad patiently tend to others at the hospital. We were taken to homes and hospices to visit patients. We hosted http://essayonlinewriter.com/speech-writer/ students, musicians and long term visitors in our home. My parents never sheltered us from people’s true lives and struggles or let us sit by when someone needed help.

This upbringing continued as I moved back to Flint, Michigan as a young adult. My family had become separated and I was now only living with my mother and two of my siblings. Being removed from nature and living in an urban industrial town that was in the midst of economic crisis was a huge change of culture. But here I had a history. My mother’s parents knew everyone and this created a strong community. There was always family relying on you. There was always a church to bring people together. Like in Alaska there was always time to sit back and enjoy life.

Eventually I settled in Seattle, WA moving here to live with my sister. I now live with my husband and over the years my mother and siblings all have moved to this community. Like my mother I carry on the tradition of being a great host and cook which has led me to help my two sisters open up the restaurants Osteria La Spiga and Peyrassol Cafe.
Like my father I have taken on many side passions. I perform as a belly dancer, volunteer for many organizations and teach healthy cooking to the community. My most beloved passion is studying traditional dances from around the world and travelling to far away destinations with my husband. We find ourselves in places like Nepal where we travelled to in 2008 with Helene Eriksen to do a traditional dance tour with other traditional dancers from around the world. We landed the day there was a coup to overthrow the monarchy – it was never a dull moment after that. We have traveled to Zanzibar where I performed along side of Tamalyn Dallal for Tanzanian dignitaries to raise money for sober house for heroin addicts. The next day we were in a car visiting these sober house set in the outskirts of Stone Town where most foreigners do not go. Here we got to see what was really going on in Zanzibar. We have travelled to Egypt, Mexico, India, Ireland and Scotland spending our time moving off the beaten path to connect with the culture through music, food, dance and service making friends and seeing people in their authentic lives.
My education and experiences are equally diverse.
I attended Michigan State University for four years studying African American history and literature. I returned to school and finished my degree at Seattle University, earning my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. I later found Accomplishment Coaching and went through the training program. I have spent 28 years volunteering with people from all walks of life and have spent seven years working in social services. I have worked as a chef, in accounting and have spent over five years at Alere Wellbeing training health coaches.
After 41 years of being alive I have learned the absolute necessity for service to others, being connected to community and being present, especially in the simplest of moments. This has made me strive to live a life as a leader, listen with compassion, connect authentically with people, treat all things living with care, and respect and encourage leadership and power in others.

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