After speaking with Catherine Jacobs, the only question at hand is what hasn’t this woman done? From being the first female attorney at Loomis Law Firm, to recently getting her 35-year pin of recognition from the National Ski Patrol, Jacobs has truly taken a dive into all opportunities she has been presented. An active member at the YMCA of Lansing since 1980, Jacobs also became hooked on yoga. She is currently an instructor at the YMCA Metro Lansing location. “My mind hasn’t caught up with my body yet,” Jacobs said. “I love being active and alive, it’s so important to just keep moving.” Jacobs also teaches free classes to her coworkers of the firm on Wednesday nights, because she loves getting people interested in being active through yoga. Although keeping healthy is a passion for Jacobs, her true love is in helping children. In turn — beliving that happiness and success for children starts at home — she is on the board for Habitat for Humanity. “I am outspoken and not afraid to express my opinions,” she said. “When I listen to some children’s stories, I wonder how they got up in the morning. The children are the future and our society is the victim, we need to keep a safe place for them to be raised.” Also a female advocate, Jacobs is a member of Zonta of East Lansing. “I just keep going, I want to help the community,” Jacobs said. “It’s important to not worry about the end or wasted time, but find the time to volunteer for other women and other kids.” Jacobs also likes to spend her time sailing on White Lake and enjoying her two children, two grandchildren and great grandchild.
Katelyn Sweet is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Integrative Public Relations and Journalism.