Meeting My Neighbors: Maralise Fegan

Name: Maralise Fegan

Family Member Names: Brendon Orth-Sheridan, Adrian, Kieran

Tell your neighbors a bit of your story. What makes you “you?” My father once told me I have a strong sense of justice. He was a high school physics teacher and my mother was a social worker in Baltimore, Maryland. I grew up in a multi-cultural family that instilled in me the principles of honesty, equality, and persistence. I moved to Bellingham to attend WWU, where I earned my self-designed BA focused on communication and advocacy from Fairhaven College, a writing intensive, interdisciplinary program. Brendon is also from Maryland and moved to Bellingham when we figured out it was cheaper than continuing to pay our long-distance phone bills. After Brendon and I were married, we decided to stay in Whatcom County to start our family. Adrian and Kieran are fun, smart, and compassionate kids, and are always finding new ways to make us laugh. After several years working as a retail section lead in Bellingham, I decided to go back to school to get my post-baccalaureate certificate in paralegal studies from WCC. I now work as a paralegal and office manager at an immigration law firm. I guess my father was right.

What brought you to Ferndale? Brendon was working for Hardware Sales’ internet division just off Slater road, so when we had the opportunity to move into a home that could better accommodate our two growing boys in Ferndale, we jumped on it.

How long have you been a Ferndale neighbor? We moved to Ferndale in 2011.

Best Ferndale landmark? Tennant Lake Fragrance Garden (and the boardwalk)

What is your favorite memory from your time in Ferndale? Shortly after we moved here, I took Adrian and Kieran to get their first library cards. They each looked through the different card design options to pick just the right one. After making their book selections and checking them out with such enthusiasm and pride, they brought them home and enthusiastically shared them with Brendon. Having an accessible and welcoming library was one of the first (of many) indications that we had made the right choice about making Ferndale our home.

Who should we meet next? Melinda Cool, Amy Nylen, Victor Boulos Jr.

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