One nominator of Natasha Thayer for “40 Under Forty” wrote, “She makes a community. She is a star!”

Co-founder of Tacoma’s Studio 6 Ballroom, where she's a Ballroom Dancesport Master Coach, Thayer feels she is also a life coach, by enhancing students’ lives through human interactions, creating a healthy physical outlet and creating a home-away-from-home with friends for military members stationed in the South Sound. “I coach them while they dance,” she explains.

An accomplished dancer herself with performance credits at Benaroya Hall, TV’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and many others, she is also a small business operator and promoter as executive board member for her neighborhood business district. Community service began at the early age of 10 years, when she volunteered at a local veterinary clinic and sold crafts for a local Native American tribe. Later, she even traveled to Mother Teresa’s home for infants and children in the Philippines. She admits she’s still working to find “balance” — a common thought of many in the “40 Under Forty” program.

Jennifer Andrews has been an attorney for nearly a dozen years, with the first practice in civil legal aid, then five years with the Child Support Division of Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney office. A little over two years ago, she had moved to Tacoma and entered private practice by forming a small law office with partners. Today, she is a principal of Andrews & Arbenz PLLC, where she represents clients through several areas of domestic relations law.

Passionate about the responsibility of all to come to the aid of fellow citizens, Andrews believes it is incumbent upon her and others to encourage those in positions of power to help others. Despite the stereotype of a hard-charging attorney, she says success is being able to leave work on a nice day to take her son to the park or attend his school picnic. Being respected by her professional and personal peers is also important to this self-described “very mellow and relaxed person” who is Jennifer Andrews, one of this year’s recognized young leaders in the South Sound.

There are 38 other members of the 2014 Class of “40 Under Forty”who will be spotlighted on Daily Biz Briefs over the coming weeks leading to the Aug. 19 event to be held this year on the campus at Pacific Lutheran University. To assure your own attendance, click this link to the ticket sales portal, and check tomorrow’s Daily to meet the next new honorees. You can see all 40 of the honorees at this link.