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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: Sue Rosenberger

Written by Whitney Bunn. Posted in Local Women

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue― a phrase that Sue Rosenberger has been working with for nearly three decades. As the owner of Fantastic Finds Bridal Salon in Lansing, Rosenberger works closely with brides to select the perfect gown for one of the most important days of their lives. “You really do get a chance to be a part of people’s dreams they’ve had all their life … It’s the warm fuzzy feeling,” said Rosenberger. Rosenberger and her husband “eat, Read more [...]

Local Woman: Sarina Gleason

Written by Whitney Bunn. Posted in Local Women

She spends her days as a media communications specialist and her nights at the ice rink. Her alter ego? Hockey Mom. Sarina Gleason, a Grand Ledge native, spends much of her time cheering on her 11-year-old son as he stands in the net as goalie for a traveling Lansing hockey team. “I like being a hockey mom … it’s fun. It’s like a family,” she said of her fellow hockey parents. When she isn’t at the rink, Gleason spends her time at Michigan State University as the Media and Communications Read more [...]

Local Women: Tracie Leix

Written by Whitney Bunn. Posted in Local Women

The best part of Tracie Leix’s job? “The fact that (I’m) trying to save lives.” Leix is the supervising engineer for safety programs within MDOT for the State of Michigan. Hailing from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Leix graduated from Michigan Technological University in 2002 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Her days consist of analyzing car accidents and innovating ways to reduce severe crashes on Michigan roadways in every part of the state. Immensely compassionate, Leix Read more [...]

Local Women: Connie Benedict

Written by Whitney Bunn. Posted in Local Women

Life is a marathon not a sprint. For Connie Benedict this phrase applies all too literally. Talented since her teenage years, Benedict ran for Central Michigan University in cross-country and track. During her time there, she held multiple school records while earning a degree in food and nutrition. Now as the Office Manager of the Spartan Nutrition and Performance Program (SNAPP) and the Project Coordinator for (S) Partners for Heart Health Research Project, Benedict advocates a healthy Read more [...]

Local Women: Joan Tichvon

Written by Whitney Bunn. Posted in Local Women

Earlier this year, Joan Tichvon was able to check an important item off of her bucket list — owning a business. As the owner of Cheeky Monkeys Coffee House and Bakery in Portland, Tichvon brings a fresh twist to the downtown scene. “(Owning a venue) is something that I dreamt of doing since I was a little girl,” Tichvon said, and after making her ownership of Cheeky Monkeys official in June of this year, her dream became a reality. “I’ve always loved coffee … (and) there’s always Read more [...]

Local Women: Joan Spagnuolo

Written by Whitney Bunn. Posted in Local Women

Life can change in the blink of an eye. Joan Spagnuolo, a local Keller Williams realtor and DeWitt native, knows the impact of giving and receiving when life suddenly changes. After complications from a standard LASIK eye surgery left her with glaucoma and a blinding cataract in her right eye, Spagnuolo became apprehensive about any doctor’s care, and the problem remained untouched for nine years. As the years passed, vision in her right eye faded. When Spagnuolo found herself in the midst Read more [...]

Local Women: Emily Furney

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Local Women

Although Emily Furney may be considered “young” at only 21 years old, her self-proclaimed old soul has surely proven her wisdom is beyond her years. Furney got her DBA and started her photography business, Emily Jane Photography, at just 18 years old. Her interest in photography started when she was a child and would play with her parents’ camera. “It was just a basic point and shoot camera,” she said. “I would do little photo shoots with my friend and I loved it.” After Furney’s Read more [...]

Local Women: Deborah Wolf

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Local Women

Williamston resident Deborah Wolf retired from the Howell School District in 2007, but her journey of improving education was far from over. An opportunity arose when Wolf received an email about a new position from the National Association of Elementary School Principals about an international full reform of a school in Dubai. Through her involvement the past five years, Wolf has completed many achievements in the Middle East. For three years she was the principal at a new kindergarten school Read more [...]


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