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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 [...]

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: 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 [...]


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