Local Women: Constance Timmer

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

After 19 years in the travel business and the opportunity to travel the world, Constance Timmer went back to pursuing her life-long passion for art. Since she was young, Timmer has spent her summers in upper Michigan and has always found inspiration from the nature around her. She said, “I started to paint when I was very young with water colors and coloring books, and I guess that’s where it all started.” Timmer first began her career in art after studying at the Art Institute of Chicago and Read more [...]

Local Women: Monica M. Del Castillo

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

When she was only 5 years old, Monica M. Del Castillo emigrated from Havana, Cuba to the United States with her parents and three siblings. Her parents, Guillermo and Modesta Del Castillo, chose to move to America to give their children the chance to grow up in the land of freedom and opportunity. Del Castillo said, “Their courage to leave their families, their home and their culture, is something that I can appreciate so much more now that I’ve experienced what they left behind.” This past Read more [...]

Neil Cronkite: A love For Learning

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

With a degree in elementary education from Western Michigan University, Neal Cronkite realized early on that he had a passion for teaching. Cronkite said, “Early in high school I realized that I wanted to become a teacher; I even spent some time my senior year volunteering in a kindergarten classroom.” Growing up in Kalamazoo, Cronkite met his wife at summer camp in the third grade. They married in 2005 and later relocated to Lansing where their son, Ian, was later born. The fifth grade teacher Read more [...]

Tony Conley: Keeping Lansing Informed

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

An early morning wake up is no big deal for Tony Conley, host of the WILS, news–talk radio show titled “The Tony Conley Morning Show.” “My show focuses on the news that affects Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties as well as world, national and statewide stories that affect the people in the Lansing Area,” said Conley. For over four years, Conley has taken great pride in presenting all sides of every story and allowing his audience to express their thoughts on the radio. Working as a Read more [...]

Lisa Whaley: Words with a Passion

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

By day Lisa Whaley is a Scope Verification Engineer, but by night her form of expression comes through writing. “I find out more about my ‘true’ self when I put a pen to paper,” she said. With financial stability and a secure job as strong motivators, Whaley graduated from Michigan State University (MSU) with an engineering degree and currently works at the Michigan Department of Transportation. However, she loves the liberating feeling that writing gives her and the “mental detoxing” Read more [...]

Joy DeJongh: Providing Students a Safe Ride

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

For each of her16 years of working for Eaton Rapids Public Schools as the Transportation Director, Joy DeJongh has made it her mission to create a safe transportation experience for all students. “Working with the staff that I have makes me very proud,” said DeJongh. “Everyone that I work with is top notch. Our goal is to transport our kids safely, and we do that everyday.” With no two work days the same, DeJongh is constantly kept on her toes. “I’m up early, I’m in the office early Read more [...]

Ellen Weaver: Ready for Retirement

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

After 12 1/2 years of serving as the Executive Director for the Capital Area Center for Independent Living, Ellen Weaver will officially retire from her position on April 4. Weaver has spent the past 34 years working for the organization, which serves as an advocate for people with disabilities. The Lansing location is one of more than 400 centers for independent living across the country. “We were founded by people with disabilities, we are run by people with disabilities and we work with Read more [...]

Renee Morgan Freeman: Lansing’s M.O.M.

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

Efficiency, effectiveness and cohesion are a few adjectives that Renee Morgan Freeman used to describe her responsibilities as the Mayor’s Office Manager. After nine years of working in her position, Freeman believes that a key ingredient in her job is bringing a smile to the office each day. “I enjoy being involved in and contributing to the progress and welfare of Lansing,” said Freeman. Everyday she strives to provide impeccable customer service and takes pleasure in working with those Read more [...]

Kate Snyder: Entrepreneur and Enthusiast

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

After spending her childhood in the “Sweetcorn Capital of the World,” Kate Snyder attended Michigan State University (MSU) and has found a home in Lansing with her husband Andrew and dog, Herbie. As the Principal Strategist for her boutique agency, Piper & Gold Public Relations, Snyder says, “One of the most fantastic aspects of my job is being able to create the type of environment where I can see people — my team, our clients — be happy and successful.” Snyder has found that Read more [...]

Tami Rouse: Going Green to Clean

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

A s the director of a local nonprofit company, full time accountant, PTO secretary at her daughter’s elementary school and die-hard MSU football fan, Tami Rouse still finds the time to represent beauty and household products that are all natural, organic, safe and chemical free… Can you say supermom? Rouse, a mother of three from Mason hasn’t found a Celadon Road product that she doesn’t love. What started out as an Internet search for all natural products has turned into her way of making Read more [...]

Local Women: Dr. Simone Ranes

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women

Dr. Simone Ranes Chiropractic Physician After receiving a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University, Dr. Simone Ranes discovered a passion for a different type of healing and so she began taking chiropractic classes at Lansing Community College and eventually became a Chiropractic Physician. Although not a medical doctor, Ranes is a specialist in the healthcare industry. She’s both a chiropractor and a massage therapist, which sets her apart from some others in her field. Read more [...]

Local Women: Stephanie Milosavlevski

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women, Monthly Issues

Stephanie Milosavlevski Certified Financial Planner Stephanie Milosavlevski is a Certified Financial Planner who specializes in addressing the challenges that women in the workplace face. As a working professional, Milosavlevski understands that it’s difficult to keep up with the daily demands of an active schedule and still have enough time for managing finances. But working together with her clients, she can help people gain control and feel more confident about their financial future. Milosavlevski Read more [...]


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