Bethany Maines is native Tacoman with a black belt who teaches karate, an accomplished author and publisher with a passionate feminist view, an entrepreneur – and a 2016 member of “40 Under Forty.”

Her business, LILT, is a graphic design firm specializing in large format and custom signage, plus branding service for non-profit agencies. She and fellow honoree Juel Lugo opened in 2010, when the economy was still struggling from the Great Recession, but it remains alive now six years later. “Hard work and a lot of Google searches about accounting practices have paid off,” she says.

Calling “success” a moving target and not about “making it,” but defining life on her own terms, Maines believes. “I’m passionate about the goals I’m pursuing, and I’m living with creativity, passion and love; to me, that means I’m already a success.”

The judges for 2016 “40 Under Forty” agreed.

Described by her nominator as “a master relationship maker,” Katie Wojke is also a wife, mother, Olympia Rotarian and community volunteer — and a “40 Under Forty” honoree.

Learning fund-raising while an incoming freshman at W.S.U. making those Call-A-Coug telemarketing calls, Katie learned she was good at it and enjoyed it. After graduation, she landed a gift officer job at The Evergreen State College, then earned a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University and moved to Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma. Ten years ago, she gave up the daily past-JBLM commute to join Saint Martin’s University as assistant VP for institutional advancement.

“Genuine relationships are the key to a successful development program,” Wojke says she has learned. My job “is to help facilitate the personal relationship that each alumni has with their alma mater, that each parent has with the school their child has chose, and that each community member has with the university.”

That understanding is central to this young person’s accomplishments so early in her career. Katie Wojke belongs to the 2016 Class of “40 Under Forty.”

Meet all of this year’s distinguished leaders at “Club 40” a recognition celebration on Wednesday, August 17, at 5:30 p.m. Ticket information is at this link.