A dynamic and resourceful professional, Desirae is an emotionally intelligent leader adept at inspiring action to support vision. She is the Owner of Three Track Mind, a design and marketing agency and has been freelancing and consulting since 2009. Desirae teaches graphic design courses at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and is pursuing a graduate degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin—Green Bay. I am also the Co-Founder of Wrestling Fairytales, a yoga tradition rooted in a culture of living myth, poetry and practice.
An early career spanning 8 years, in mostly supervisory and management positions for fortune 500 retail companies, culminated when she earned a BA in Marketing from the College of Business & Economics at Western Washington University. Desirae’s diverse marketing roles include experience supporting small business, startups, manufacturers and nonprofits.
A strong advocate, Desirae spent 18 months during her time at Lydia Place, as a case manager for Whatcom County’s pilot housing-first project after attending Turning Passion into Impact, a women’s leadership conference modeled after Wharton’s MBA program. During that time she also launched and managed a year long project, Exposure Expressive Arts — an art gallery featuring local artists — in support of the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk.
Moonlighting, she studied web development through WWU’s certificate program. Desirae was awarded the Earl Settlemeyer Scholarship for her achievement when she furthered her study of visual communication in Whatcom Community College’s technical program for graphic and web design.
As Brand Manager for a natural product startup under the umbrella of a successful supplement company, Desirae played a key role in marketing and sales activities. Invited by a colleague to bring an idea to fruition, she then spearheaded marketing efforts for a successful ice cream venture at Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
Interested in looking at social problems in new ways, Desirae attended the Austin Center for Design Bootcamp: Design for Impact, to gain a sense of the toolset required to create remarkable and relatable design to support user experience and drive change. At the Non-GMO Project she managed the livingnongmo.org initiative and set up systems to help manage digital media and content for the rapidly growing nonprofit.
Desirae served for 3 years as an active member on the Board of Directors for DVSAS of Whatcom County. She has studied yoga extensively—at the Red Mountain Institute of Yoga Psychology with Deborah Redmond and the Hatha Yoga Center in Seattle, Washington with Bob Smith and Ki McGraw. She annually attends the Great Mother and New Father Conference—a mythopoetic retreat founded by Robert Bly—where she also serves as a Co-Director of Digital Media. She also serves as Chair for the Oneida Nation Arts Board and has served on the Policy Council for Oneida Nation Head Start and Early Head Start.
Desirae transitioned into teaching after relocating to Oneida, Wisconsin with her partner, husband and soul mate—Richard “Lotni” Elm-Hill. She has two children: Asher Minoka Kaluhyatati Elm-Hill and Vine Wolfe * Elm-Hill. They spend their time laughing, singing, traveling, learning and playing together.