About Us

Lesley Haenny is the Founder and Editor of What’s Up Northwest.  Prior to creating WhatsUpNW.com, she was the Seattle city editor for Miss A. For both publications, Lesley has covered fashion shows, openings, and local charity events.  She has written numerous articles shining the light on local businesses, encouraging readers to always shop local. She has also interviewed Train lead vocalist, Pat MonahanVictoria’s Secret angel, Candice Swanepoel, TV personality, Stacy London, actor John Corbett, Grammy award winner, Michael Wansley,  Kiehl’s President, Chris Salgardo, amfAR CEO, Robert FrostBluemercury founder, Marla Beck, professional skiier, Ingrid BackstromEddie Bauer CEO, Mike Egeck, and Jack Daniels Master Distiller, Jeff Arnett.

Carla Conrad is the Adminstrator for What’s Up Northwest. Brandwrangler. Movie buff. Tech geek. Dedicated to CrossFit. Love the Northwest and the variety of experiences and adventures living here provides.  “Asking “Why?” can lead to understanding. Asking “Why not?” can lead to breakthroughs.” – Daniel Pink


Anna Anderson is an Eastern Washington Editor for What’s Up Northwest. Anna is a PNW native who still believes the northwest is truly the best even though she’s traversed the globe. From the abundance of outdoor activities and the ability to go from sandy shore to rainforest to desert in a few hours is pretty special. In addition to a love for travel, she loves meeting people and hearing (and telling!) their stories through this platform. When not sipping wine from the newest central Washington winery or attending an event, she holds down a day job as a clinical social worker. She also dabbles in interior design, is learning the fine art of French press coffee and cannot get enough of barre…her newfound exercise addiction! Anna’s proudest title is ‘mom’, however, and her greatest joy is found in her son Spencer and time with family.

Polly Dunkley is a Portland, Oregon Editor of What’s Up Northwest. After leaving the great Pacific Northwest almost 18 years ago, Polly never thought she’d be back; and quite honestly, she was perfectly content with that notion. However, after moving back to Oregon, where she was born and raised, three years ago, it’s been a whole new kind of journey for her to explore. Always up for an adventure, Polly enjoys seeking out new restaurants, hiking trails yet untouched (by her anyway), and of course, wineries! Living the Pacific Northwest life has a whole new meaning now that she’s over 21 and able to venture out and explore life on her own-with her husband and two children in tow. Though being an Elementary teacher takes up much of her time, Polly is always up for, if not diligently seeking, a new -to-her adventure in and around this beautiful state she now gladly calls home (again)!

Toni Fonseca is the Idaho Editor of What’s Up Northwest. She has recently relocated to the Treasure Valley from São Paulo, Brazil. Quite a change, right? While she is learning about her new hometown, she is sharing that information with the readers of What’s Up Northwest. She loves traveling and being outdoors, but also cherishes the pleasure of curling up with good book too. Married for 16 years and still madly in love, she insists that her three daughters are the best thing she has ever done.



Lindsay Helm is a Western Washington Editor for What’s Up Northwest. She has a knack for adventures, which is why she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation! Between chasing after her 3 year old son and loving on her hunky scientist husband, she finds time for her own pursuits. Lindsay is a contributor to The Baby Cubby; her writings have also been featured on multiple Mom Blog. Her most recent venture is acting as a PNW Outdoor Women Ambassador, giving her the opportunity to educate women in the outdoors. In her downtime, Lindsay enjoys writing her YA Sci-fi Novel, snuggling her cats and drinking strong coffee.

David Nijhawan is a Portland, Oregon Editor for What’s Up Northwest.  As a lawyer, banker, drummer, arts lover, and dog lover, he brings a bit of a vagabond spirit to the team. He calls the world his home as he’s lived in Indiana, Holland, Nashville, TN, San Francisco, CA, Wilmington, DE, Orlando FL, Innsbruck Austria, Burlington, VT, and now Portland, OR. He also won most creative video for the Ultimate Thailand Explorer which you can find here. He is very active outdoors with his dogs, and can often be found whitewater kayaking, ocean swimming, taking ballet class, Olympic lifting, racing Ironmans, cycling, having a pint of great Portland Beer, hiking, camping, drumming, and of course, writing. He’s an 80’s hair band fanatic, and also competes in the National Air Guitar Contest.

Shane O’Brien is a Western Washington Editor for What’s Up Northwest. He was born and raised in Alaska but has lived all over the northwest including Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Washington. His travels have taken him to 27 different countries (and counting!), sampling all manner of food and beverages from around the world. He and his wife now live happily in West Seattle.


Kristi Slotemaker is a Western Washington Editor for What’s Up Northwest. Kristi is an everyday person who made the decision to cross over from the corporate world in pursuit of living a creative life. So, she bought a cheese company (the only thing she knew about cheese was how to eat it!). Things she expected: to work hard, to skimp and save, to be scared and love it. Things she didn’t expect: coloring her own hair would require so much time correcting her mistakes, people are even more incredible and compassionate than she expected, to be so damn scared and love it beyond her wildest dreams. Her new job? Evoking curiosity and playing with food as a educator and cheese maker. …and taking as many people who want along for the ride!