Creating Beautiful Blooms for All to Enjoy

Written by Sydney Ford. Posted in Local Women

Ashlee Willis Owner of Ashlee Willis Floral Decor LLC Mother of two, dedicated scholar, thriving small business owner, Ashlee Willis still dreams of reaching greater heights. Willis, owner of Ashlee Willis Floral Decor LLC is a powerhouse. The stay-at-home mom began her business in 2009 with the idea that she would just be pursuing her longtime love for art. That small idea grew. When she started making floral arrangements, the main way she marketed herself was through social media and word-of-mouth. Read more [...]

Faithfully Serving Her Community

Written by Sydney Ford. Posted in Local Women

Jodi Harkema Director of Christian Services You could say that Jodi Harkema is a natural born giver. The director of Christian Services in Lansing was handed the torch for the business that her stepmother started 30 years ago. When founder, Mary Anne stepped down, Harkema, as well as her co-director Liz Yungquest, took over. “It took two of us to replace Mary Anne,” Harkema said. The mother of two is strong in her faith and is dedicated to following the path that God has laid out for her. Read more [...]

Local Women: Paulette Granberry Russell

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women

Creating Conversations for Change Sr. Advisor to the President for Diversity, and Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Michigan State University As the Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity at Michigan State University, Paulette Granberry Russell's responsibilities include facilitating and monitoring effective strategies to advance a diverse and inclusive university. As Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, she leads efforts Read more [...]

Local Women: Ann Weber

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Local Women

Enjoying the Small Things Marketing and Web Advisor, O'Donnell's “on the spot” Repair Ann Weber earned a Bachelor’s degree in Science in Chemical Engineering. She spent her time in school researching the conversion of sugar into high-valued chemicals traditionally made from petroleum. She continued her study of composite materials under Dr. Richard Wool at the University of Delaware. There she spent two years earning her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. During this time, Weber Read more [...]

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 [...]


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