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Remember that old saying – that behind every strong man or woman is an even stronger one? Well, this time we’re looking over their shoulders. Everyone has someone in their corner, and even the biggest names can’t do it alone. This month we’re looking at some of your favorite local personalities’ significant others – many of whom are stars in their own right.

David Andrews

Husband of Monica Harris, morning co-host at 99.1 WFMK radio

Origin: Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin

Education: Bachelor of Science from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in parks and recreation/environmental law enforcement

Marriage: Married for 31 years, three daughters – ages 28, 24 and 19

Current Job: Anchor/Reporter for WILX

Hobbies: Loves to be active. Enjoys woodworking, golfing, hiking, paddle boarding and running


What this most challenging thing about living with, living up to and supporting your hyper-motivated/successful significant other?

My wife, Monica, is on the go all the time and is very social, so she helps motivate me to be more social and come out of my self-imposed shell that I sometimes put myself in.

What fun tips and advice do you have for being a great partner; making a lasting and supportive relationship?

Listening and being supportive of plans and ideas that may go against your personal likes and ambitions.


How does your partner make you better as a person in your personal and professional life?

Without the support of my wife, I may not be alive today. She has helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life, helping me to find purpose and perspective about who I am and the value I add to our loving family and to life on this earth.

 

Marcus Harrell
Husband of Whitney Anderson Harrell, Michigan State University Federal Credit Union chief community development officer

Origin: Originally from
Los Angeles, California

Education: Undergraduate from Miles College (Fairfield, Alabama), master’s in educational leadership from Cambridge College (Boston, Massachusetts)

Marriage: Married for eight years, one 3-year-old daughter

Current Job: Secondary English teacher at Lansing Sexton High School

Hobbies: Traveling to warmer places to visit family and friends, sports and spending time with his daughter

 

What this most challenging thing about living with, living up to and supporting your hyper-motivated/successful significant other?

The only thing that’s difficult is keeping up with her extremely hectic schedule that has her traveling out of town for a few days. Also, remembering which events I have to attend with her.


What fun tips and advice do you have for being a great partner; making a lasting and supportive relationship?

The way a couple communicates with one another is indicative of their entire relationship. Additionally, not only should you be OK with your significant other having a life outside of you, you should be supportive of their endeavors. I believe it is very healthy for the relationship to have balance and time to yourself.


How does your partner make you better as a person in your personal and professional life?

Whitney has helped me get out of my comfort zone and has me open to trying so many new things. We’ve been able to evolve together. Seeing that maturation process in us has been a wonderful journey.

 

Michael Nauss

Husband of Bob Hoffman, Wharton Center for Performing Arts public relations manager and Fox 47 personality

Origin: Originally from Howell, Michigan
Education: Undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Western Michigan University

Marriage: Married for two years

Current Job: Support educators through leadership of Thought Partner Services and serves as Michigan director of AdvancED

Hobbies: Finding fun, locally owned restaurants and exploring craft cocktails. Loves Michigan summers and traveling to a warm beach in the winter months


What this most challenging thing about living with, living up to and supporting your hyper-motivated/successful significant other?

One of the most challenging things about living with a hypermotivated, successful significant other is finding a balance between what we want to do and what we have to do. While we both find great value in these activities and enjoy being active participants in the development of initiatives that contribute to the greater good, we are learning to not spread ourselves too thinly.


What fun tips and advice do you have for being a great partner; making a lasting and supportive relationship?

I think that is was Reba McEntire who said, “To thrive in life you need three bones – a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” In our relationship we have found success by focusing on the future, standing up for what we believe in and finding humor along the way.


How does your partner make you better as a person in your personal and professional life?

Bob is one of those people who makes you dream bigger, both personally and professionally. He motivates me to consistently go beyond what I think that I am capable of doing, helps me to navigate a successful journey and supports me at every turn. He has the innate ability to always see the good in others and live a life focused on positivity and possibility.

 

Rocco Rucinski

Husband of Sheri Jones, WLNS news anchor

Origin: Originally from   Redford Township, Michigan – a west Detroit suburb

Education: Business marketing degree from Michigan State University

Marriage: Married for 30 years, three children – ages 24, 22 and 18

Current Job: Senior vice president, market leader of PNC Wealth Management

Hobbies: Spending time outdoors with friends and attending MSU sporting events. Loves embracing Italian and Polish heritage by cooking authentic meals. Enjoys golfing and cycling

 

What is the most challenging thing about living with, living up to and supporting your hypermotivated/successful significant other?

I think the most challenging aspect has been keeping up with her high level of energy. We’ve always worked opposite schedules. Despite our differing work schedules, we have always found quality time to spend with one another and our family ― primarily during dinner and on the weekends. Family time has always and will continue to be a priority for us in our relationship.

 

What fun tips and advice do you have for being a great partner; making a lasting and supportive relationship?

I believe the secret to our healthy relationship is in the sauce – my homemade spaghetti sauce: There are so many important ingredients that go into making it right. Just as in our marriage, we have had to make certain our relationship ingredients are all there and in the right combination. Those ingredients include communication (tomato sauce), support (tomato paste) and fun (spices).

 

How does your partner make you better as a person in your personal and professional life?  

From the first day we met to the present day as a wife, mother, community advocate and a Hall of Fame broadcast journalist, Sheri has stayed true to who she truly is. That commitment to living life authentically is the most impactful life lesson she has taught me. Thank you, Sheri!


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Adam Lansdell

Adam Lansdell

Adam Lansdell is an Alumni of Grand Valley State University, and currently a Communication Specialist with M3 Group of Lansing. With a passionate for all things creative it comes as no surprise that he’s also a musician, movie buff and graphic designer. Adam spends his down time biking, and spending too much of his personal income on concert tickets or vinyl records

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