Local Women: Linda Parkinson

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

Jump into Jazzercise Linda Parkinson Owner of DeWitt Jazzercise Linda Parkinson encourages everyone to take the time to make their health a priority, saying that it is a matter of balance. She is the mother of three grown kids, has a full-time job and owns DeWitt Jazzercise still, she thinks she’s found a good balance in her life. Parkinson has been involved in the fitness industry around the greater Lansing area for many years. She became passionate about health and fitness because of the Read more [...]

Local Women: Roxanne Landes

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Local Women

Proud of her Pub Co-Owner of REO Town Pub The REO Town Pub is a small, fun pub on South Washington, with a nice patio out front. Roxanne Landes bought the REO Town Pub along with her husband, Craig, and their best friend Jack Oliver, because they all thought that it would be fun and a good opportunity to run a business together. The pub has many great craft beers and does great monthly food and beer pairings. “We pride ourselves in making the REO Town Pub a safe bar for women to come to,” Read more [...]

Local Women: Meg Campbell-Crawley

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women

Meg Campbell-Crawley is the owner and creative director of Twisted Fiber Art, a yarn making company with a colorful twist. Campbell-Crawley’s yarn changes color as you knit with it, meaning that the yarn is dyed many different colors. Nine years ago, working as a stay-at-home mom, Campbell-Crawley decided she wanted to make some extra money for her family, so she went to a yarn making class with her mother and fell in love with dying the yarn. Soon after, she started selling her creations online Read more [...]

Local Women: Melissa Ford Lucken

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women

Melissa Ford Lucken became a Professor of Writing at Lansing Community College about 13 years ago after spending several years in Tutoring Services, but she’s not just all about her job. Ford Lucken also loves distance cycling, gardening, collecting rare books and spending time with her family. Besides her family — husband Walter and sons Walter and Collin — Ford Lucken’s biggest love is stories. “(I like) anything that sends the character into a new world and pushes them to be more Read more [...]

Local Women: Nikole G. Pecora, DDS, MS

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

Since she was eight years old, Dr. Nikole Pecora knew that she wanted to work everyday to bring more beautiful smiles into the world. Dr. Pecora said, “I always knew that I wanted a career where I would be working with people and forming relationships along the way. Dentistry just always seemed like a natural fit.” After attending Michigan State University for her undergraduate studies and continuing on to The University of Michigan for dental school and her orthodontic residency, Dr. Pecora, Read more [...]

Local Women: Jennifer “Soul Spoken” Carr

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

Jennifer “SoulSpoken” Carr, author of Inside Her Soul, has found healing and self-empowerment through writing and poetry, which she began as a young girl. Carr has made it her life mission to share her story and empower women across the globe to embrace their internal and external beauty. Carr said, “Inside Her Soul captivates a poetic story of a woman who struggles with her identity and how she finds her place of beauty, freedom and wholeness. I share a lot of my story in this poetic work Read more [...]

Local Women: Olivia Martin

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Local Women

Day after day Olivia Martin helps families make financially smart decisions, but after hours you can always find her giving back. The University of Michigan graduate and foster mother said, “My dad has been in the financial industry for decades, so I grew up investing my savings in stocks and listening to him discuss the market.” Martin loves to hate the uncertainty that comes along with her job. Just after starting her career in 2007 (right before the great recession hit), Martin remained proactive Read more [...]

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 [...]


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