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Ami Iceman-Haueter

Ami Iceman-Hauter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group in downtown Lansing. Iceman is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors degree in creative advertising.

A Woman’s World

Of the more than 1,500 employees at the GM Lansing Grand River Assembly plant, 360 are female, and three (along with their many team members) are making a dramatic impact on the launch team for the 2014 Cadillac CTS. These three remarkable women may …

Melissa Kaplan: Entertaining the Arts

Surrounded by art and music throughout her childhood it’s no wonder that Melissa Kaplan found a career in the same field. As Fine and Performing Arts Coordinator at Lansing Community College (LCC) Kaplan has a hand in all things creative around campus. “I …

Sara Wurfel – A State of Happiness

After a few years on the West Coast, native Michigander, Sara Wurfel returned to the place she says has always been home. As a self-proclaimed “Michigan Ambassador” Wurfel chose mid-Michigan to advance in her career and set roots with her family. A …

Jim Murray: Down to Earth Dad

He may hold a high profile position but when it comes to raising his sons, Jim Murray is just a down to earth dad. With a title like President of AT&T Michigan it’s easy to assume Murray would always be running from one event to another and …

MaryLee Davis, A Chance to Change the World

With her petite frame, radiant smile and contagiously positive attitude, most wouldn’t know that MaryLee Davis has fought for her family, for her dream career and for her life. With so much pep and positivity packed into such a small package it’s …

Desirae Kelley-Kato: Caring About Women Locally

“I think what makes Desirae stand out is her passion for this and her genuine dedication to this work. It’s difficult work, but she always goes above and beyond in everything, even in the things she does outside of CARE. I don’t know how she …

The Lady of Logistics

Name: Susan Fennell Currently Employed with: Michigan State University – University Services Logistics Current Title: Logistics Operations Supervisor   Like many little girls Susan Fennell’s childhood dream was to help people, …

Jack and Sue Davis: For the Love of Giving

Love stories come in all shapes and sizes, some even the size of an entire city. Jack and Sue Davis share their love of giving and their love of Lansing. Throughout the years, Jack and Sue have given time and support to numerous foundations and …

A Guru of All Things

Bio Name: Kristin Beltzer College and Degree: Michigan State University, Degree in Public Relations and a Masters from Western Michigan University in Public Administration Current Employer: Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Current Position: Senior …

Jeanie Croope: A Holiday Tradition

A longtime mid-Michigan resident and self-proclaimed “townie,” Jeanie Croope loves her community, but there is one thing she loves just a bit more… Christmas. Croope’s home around the holiday season becomes a Christmas wonderland with upward …

Leader of the Pack

Name: Linda Shawnee-Hurley Currently Employed with: Emergent BioSolutions Current Title: Protective Services K9 Officer Having a passion early in life, Linda Shawnee-Hurley, always knew she’d end up working with animals. But growing up with …

Alfreda Schmidt: Lansing’s Leading Lady

Alfreda Schmidt has helped build the City of Lansing into what it is today, and although she’s 86 years old — an age some might consider retirement-ready — she isn’t done yet. She’s a woman whose accomplishment list is taller than she …