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Freeland Spirits Recognizes “Free Spirits” with New Community Impact Program

Monday, March 4, 2019

Portland, Ore. (March 4, 2019) — Freeland Spirits, an independent, women-led craft spirits company based in Portland, OR, introduced a community impact program on March 1 aimed at celebrating fellow “Free Spirits.” Free Spirits are women or individuals who identify as women who share some of the characteristics and traits that led Freeland founder and CEO Jill Kuehler to start her company in 2017.

“We all know free spirits,” says Kuehler. “They’re people who think and act in uninhibited, unconventional ways, people who don’t feel bound by social norms. The Free Spirits program will celebrate individuals who march to their own beat, who exercise free thinking to accomplish goals and impact the world around them in positive ways.”

The Freeland Free Spirits program began accepting nominations on March 1 Nominees must be residents of Oregon, be at least 21 years old and have demonstrated a positive impact on their community. Each month, one nominee will be chosen by a selection committee of notable Free Spirits from all walks of life as a “Freeland Free Spirit.”

The inaugural Free Spirit Nomination Committee includes:

  • Flora Bowley, an artist, and author whose approach to the creative process has sparked a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world
  • Molly Cameron, an openly transgender leader and entrepreneur, champion athlete, critic, and advocate for women and the LGBTQ community in sport and business
  • Pamela Neferkara, a former VP at Nike with experience creating innovative consumer e-commerce and retail strategies and now an in-demand strategic consultant and mentor
  • Nadya Okamoto, a Harvard University student and founder and executive director of, the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, which Nadya founded when she was 16 years old


“We wanted to assemble a diverse group of women who represent what the Free Spirit program is all about,” added Kuehler. “We are excited to celebrate outstanding individuals whose free spirits has enabled them to break through barriers and contribute in meaningful ways to their communities.”

Each recipient of the Free Spirit Award will be featured in a profile article on the Freeland Spirits website and will be recognized on Freeland Spirits social media channels and in the Freeland Spirits tasting room with an exclusive cocktail designed by Freeland mixologist KaCee Solis. Every month, proceeds from sales of Free Spirit cocktails will be donated to a philanthropic organization of the recipient’s choice.  At the end of the year, all of the Free Spirits will be celebrated at the Freeland Spirits tasting room in Portland, where a check will be presented to one of the featured philanthropic organizations. To nominate someone please visit Nominations close March 18th.