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JULY 30 - AUGUST 4 Stiggy’s dogs are coming to the Ingham County Fair on Friday, August 3rd for Veterans recognition day. Join us from 8:45 am -11 am for a thank you brunch. Stiggy’s dogs specializes in helping write happy endings for rescue dogs and veterans. The dogs come from rescue organizations, shelters, animal control agencies and humane societies. Service dogs can perform a variety of tasks for their handler in order for them to live a more fulfilling life with fewer symptoms. Join us on August 3rd at the Ingham County Fair to learn more on the organization and how you can help. Visit for more information.




16 Reflections


From the Publisher

17 Biz Coach

18 Vanessa Shafer


Good News

22 Fashion

22 Summer Fashion Ideas


Business Profile

23 Recipe

24 DIY: Yard Dice


Financial Facts

24 DIY


Dive into Summer in Lansing

10 Careers for Consideration

25 Tri-County Events

12 Local Woman

26 My Community

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Stay Inspired Sometimes the headlines keep a flurry of bad news swirling in front of us all day long. It can be overwhelming, and there are points in my day when I intentionally shut the news off because I do not want to be overloaded by the negativity. It can weigh you down, right? I’m sure there are many people who are doing the same thing.

Women Locally award that looks for the person behind the scenes who is a true unsung hero when taking care of issues pertaining to women. The one thing I’ve learned throughout the years is that people are just doing what they think is right. And, typically they are shocked to even get recognized.

It would be easy to get discouraged if this was all we had. As you know, we like to focus on the good news. We don’t have to look far to find amazing women and men doing great things. CAWLM actively highlights the great work that people are doing that most never would hear about otherwise. It means something to me. And, I believe that it helps us keep a positive view of our fellow man and womankind.

We are in the midst of seeking nominations for this award program. I would like to personally ask you to think about those around you quietly (or not so quietly) making a difference while inspiring yourself and others. Go to our website at inspiration-influence. com and review the categories. Make your list of those who you believe fit these criteria, nominate and submit them for recognition. It doesn’t take long to brag about your network.

That’s why we are so excited about CAWLM’s newest event Inspiration & Influence Awards. This event will bring back the long-running Caring About

I want to share a little information about our keynote speaker, Laura Grannemann. She is a woman who knew her purpose at a very young age. She is the vice

president of strategic initiatives for Quicken Loans. Everyone knows that Dan Gilbert has focused on Detroit and its comeback, but Laura’s work focuses on the tactics needed to really make that happen for the people. She is making a huge difference for those who need it most and I don’t see signs of her stopping now. I hope you’ll consider nominating your inspirational and influential friend or colleague, coming to the event to hear Laura’s passionate story and continuing to spread good news in our region. ■

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RIBBON CUTTING FOR RAILTIME ADVENTURES The Mason Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors provided a ribbon cutting for the 10th anniversary of Mason RailTime Adventures on May 5, in front of the Ingham County Courthouse during Mason’s Spring Fling Festival. Assisting Mike Prelesnik were Mike Waltz, Kerry Adams, Melanie Squires, Madeline Prelesnik and Karla Spoor.


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Claudia Doolen and Sharman Moore, both of East Lansing, have joined the board of directors of The Foundation at Burcham Hills, the fundraising arm of the Burcham Hills community in East Lansing.

Moore is retired from the state of Michigan and worked in the Department of Information Technology. Moore once served as an administrator and social worker at an extended care facility in Escanaba.

Doolen is a former East Lansing Public Schools teacher and secretary. The Michigan State University graduate is a volunteer at Burcham Hills, a member of the East Lansing Woman’s Club, American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Junior League of Lansing.

“Doolen and Moore each bring experience and a wealth of knowledge about Burcham Hills,” said Lesa Smith, director of The Foundation. “In addition to their accomplishments, they have both served as volunteers which enriches our community.” ■



Eaton Rapids Craft Co. doesn’t offer drivethru service, but some people won’t take no for an answer. Over a roughly six-month period, vehicles damaged the downtown restaurant in two separate incidents. Last fall, the driver of a truck jumped the curb and crashed into the dining room; on Mother’s Day, another truck clipped the corner of the building at 204 N. Main St. in Eaton Rapids. Thankfully, no one was hurt in either incident. Fortunately, the owners have maintained a good sense of humor, as well as a healthy appreciation for life’s little oddities.

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“Maybe at some point we’ll have a drivethru, but not right now,” Kristin Schleman said with a laugh.




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Kristin’s husband, Arby, and friend, Don McNabb, opened Eaton Rapids Craft Co. about two years ago. It was something of a homecoming for Kristin, who spent her childhood in Eaton Rapids before she graduated high school and moved off to college at Western Michigan University. Running into old friends and familiar faces once back in her hometown, things picked up as if she had never left. “I love that this place gives people a meeting spot or a connection,” Kristin said.

Sitting on the banks of the Grand River, Eaton Rapids Craft Co. provides patrons with a calming view on its outdoor patio. As a former Miller’s Ice Cream Parlor and family restaurant, the building itself is soaked in local history. “I can remember coming here when I was little to eat,” Kristin said. Now, she’s something of a jack-of-all-trades, catch-all manager for Eaton Rapids Craft Co. “I pick up the pieces and do all the other aspects of whatever needs to be done.” The mother of 5-year-old twins also works full time as a business development manager at the Business & Community Institute of Lansing Community College (LCC), offering workforce training across a six-county region. Eaton Rapids Craft Co. links to her work at LCC when she is assisting businesses. While it would be ideal to say that the first two years for Eaton Rapids Craft Co. have been smooth sailing, that scenario is the exception to the rule in the ever-fluctuating restaurant industry. “It’s had its ups and downs,” Kristin said. “Any opening of a new business is going to face its fair share of challenges.”

BUSINESS PROFILE Some of those challenges – seasonal swings, high turnover – are simply the nature of the beast. Other challenges include the tweaks and adjustments needed to perfect the vision of the owners, such as menu changes. From braised pork belly with apple butter, pancetta, Brussels and bread pudding to the marinated hanger steak with blackberry romesco, balsamic and whipped potatoes, Eaton Rapids Craft Co. offers the upscale dining experience without the upscale pricing. Kristin’s personal favorite is the Mad Hatter sandwich with portabella, gouda, grilled zucchini and raisin pesto.

“I think you have to listen to what people want,” Kristin said. “We’re always changing. You have to change. If you don’t, you get left behind.” Eaton Rapids Craft Co. is open from 3 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Sunday. For more information, call (517) 441-9296 or visit ■

Christopher Nagy is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and has more than 20 years if experience in journalism. He rarely misses a Motor City Comic Con or Michigan Renaissance Festival

But what would Eaton Rapids Craft Co. be without craft beer? The 12 taps at the establishment offer a rotating range of craft brews and hard cider with an emphasis on Michigan brands.

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“We have great tap specials for anyone who loves craft beer,” Kristin said. “We’re very Michigan-oriented, very community-based. You have to support those around you for everybody to flourish.” With the regional focus on drinks and an eclectic menu in place, Eaton Rapids Craft Co. may have found its stride – erratic drivers aside. However, nothing ever remains static for too long in the restaurant business. Change is the rule of the game.

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METRO LANSING OFFERS A PLETHORA OF FESTIVALS AND EVENTS When summer hits in Michigan, most of us are ready to get outside and enjoy the sunshine and all of our BY NAME state’s beautiful natural resources. While there is a draw to head out of the city and go camping or hit the beach, make sure you don’t miss out on all of the awesome things happening right here in Lansing! Arts, cultural activities and events have really taken center stage in our region. With an emerging focus on creative placemaking, there are all sorts of pop-ups, festivals, concerts and other offerings to entertain and enrich the summer experience. Arts Night Out Held bimonthly in Old Town Lansing and presented by the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, this free, walkable event runs from 5-8 p.m. on July 13 and serves up all sorts of experiences: find live artmaking, music, art displays, exhibits and more. Many businesses will have small snacks to taste and adult beverages to sample, as Old Town offers many different dinner and cocktail options to choose from. The Old Town ScrapFest is kicking off the same night as Arts Night Out, where everyone in attendance can find all sorts of amazing scrap art on display.

Concerts in the Courtyard at the Old Town General Store The Old Town General Store isn’t just an excellent place to shop for local and Michigan-made products; there’s a courtyard setting perfect for concerts. Shows are on Thursday evenings and tickets are $15. The lineup includes Wild Ponies and Victor & Penny in July, Monte Pride and Friends in August and Rachel Davis in September. Visit the store’s website for a complete lineup and ticket info. ARTpath on the River Trail Presented by the Lansing Art Gallery, ARTpath is a temporary, site-specific art installation that features the works of 10 different artists. The installations are in various locations along the historic River Trail. Get a complete map at the Lansing Art Gallery’s website. ARTpath offers a perfect opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Lansing’s River Trail and enjoy a free art experience — bike, walk, have a picnic or explore. Moonlight Film Festival, East Lansing Don’t miss a free movie on the big screen in in Valley Court Park (just off Grand River Ave. behind the East Lansing Biggby) on Thursday nights, starting at 9:30 p.m. The July lineup includes 1971’s “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “The Lion King,” “Coco” and “Mary Poppins.” Bring a blanket

or chair, a basket of snacks and sit back to enjoy the show! This festival runs through August. Summer Stage Under the Stars This festival runs through the entire month of July and presents family-friendly plays, concerts and dance performances. Presented by Lansing Community College (LCC), the performances take place at the beautiful amphitheater in the heart of the LCC campus. Enjoy an evening on the lawn surrounded by beautiful green space and public art while experiencing memorable performances under the stars. July includes “Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen,” Wednesday, July 18 through Sunday, July 22, and DANCE Lansing on Tuesday, July 24 and Friday, July 27. So Much More The following calendars are a couple helpful resources to help not miss any Lansing based event: The Arts Council of Greater Lansing, 517Living, the Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and Capital Area Women’s Lifestyle Magazine. ■

Dawn Gorman lives in Lansing’s Old Town and is the communications and events manager at the Arts Council. She loves festivals and arts events and loves to connect over creative ideas.

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Let’s Get Down to Business TIPS FOR BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS Small businesses are critical to the vitality of thriving communities. They inject new talent and growth into the community, activate an economic base that could otherwise become stagnant and foster an entrepreneurial spirit in community members. MSU Federal Credit Union wants to help members achieve their dreams. If your dream is to own your own business, we support you. We also know that starting your own business is no small feat. It takes ingenuity, resilience, patience, and flexibility — and that’s all just the tip of the iceberg. From an operational standpoint, it takes investment, awareness, organization and planning. If all of this appears daunting, it’s because there are many aspects that go into planning, starting and running your own business; it’s certainly not impossible! One of the most important things you can do when starting your own business is plan ahead and prepare for all the possible outcomes. Below are a few tips that will help you organize your business idea into reality.

Create a business plan

Take time to think about all of the aspects of your business, such as where it will be located, its purpose, and its target market/customer base. Gather data regarding the industry and competition to better understand your market opportunity. Be descriptive




















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and include long- and short-term projections on what you expect will happen once the implementation phase begins.

Consider the finances

A realistic budget should be included in your business plan, and it will be crucial to the success of your business. Be mindful of startup costs, operational expenses and the expense related to employees. The more detailed your budget is, the fewer financial surprises you will encounter along the way. Working with a financial advisor or a business loan officer is often useful in determining what products and services your financial institution can offer to help get your business off the ground. They will also be helpful in creating a contingency plan in case things do not go as planned.

Establish a safety net

Cut expenses in your budget and create a savings account dedicated to your business. Invest the extra funds to ensure that you have money set aside in case you need it along the way. Consider a high-yield savings account or a certificate of deposit to save more over time.

Choose your business partners wisely Make sure that if you choose a business partner, you pick someone you trust with similar goals and

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a similar work ethic. Without a good relationship, business decisions and potential problems will be difficult to manage. In the event that something goes awry in the partnership, it can also be expensive to buy out their ownership of the company.

Be flexible

Rapid change is a necessity, so you must figure out what works for your business and drop the things that don’t. Failure to do so puts the business at risk of losing money and/or becoming irrelevant in the market.

Ask for help

You may have many skills and abilities, but be wary of taking on everything. Make sure you can properly handle all facets of the business; if you cannot, hire those who can assist with the parts that you’re unable to do on your own. For example, if you aren’t a marketing expert, recruit the help of someone who can help you attract and retain customers through research and advertising. If you do not have a background in accounting, find someone who can handle your recordkeeping, balancing the books, payroll, taxes and other financial necessities. ■ Deidre Davis is the Chief Marketing Officer at MSU Federal Credit Union. MSUFCU’s headquarters are at 3777 West Road East Lansing, MI 48823. Contact Deidre at or (517) 664-7877.

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CAREERS FOR CONSIDERATION It’s safe to say that for CrossFit coaches and gym owners Anne Witherill and Sara Troutman, fitness is a way of life. Bringing a new standard to gym management, these women know the importance of healthy living. With a philosophy to improve overall health, the two partners believe in working hard while having fun with their fellow CrossFit community. Witherill and Troutman are level-one trainers, USA weightlifting coaches and CrossFit mobility coaches. MidMitten CrossFit’s doors opened in November 2013, and since then they have taken delight in the community, family-style atmosphere. “CrossFit is really a community, so we like to build a positive, hard-working environment. Our philosophy behind it is we want you to do this because we want you to improve your health and feel better about yourself,” said Troutman, CrossFit coach and co-owner. The owners explained that they currently have three women expecting; two recently had babies and one is a year old with another on the way. One of them can usually be found coaching a workout with one of the trainee’s babies strapped around her, and that she loves it. The co-owners love that they have created more than a community: Mid-Mitten CrossFit is a family. “We go to baseball games together, watch

each other’s animals, babysit each other’s kids,” Witherill explained. “Anne pushes people to do the best they can. She pushes people and sees things in them that they don’t see themselves. She has this great belief that anyone can do anything as long as they put their mind to it,” Troutman said. Both Sara and Anne have a passion for health and fitness. “Sara is so strong and gets stronger all the time. Sometimes I wish I had her drive to do more,” Witherill said. With the belief to have fun and work hard, both trainers know that everyone can do CrossFit, but CrossFit is not for everyone. CrossFit is a highintensity fitness program incorporating elements from several sports and exercises. Based on functional movements, these movements reflect aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, running, rowing and more. No workout is ever the same with CrossFit.

being active is an outlet for these health enthusiasts. “It isn’t about how you look. It’s about how you feel,” Witherill explained. Mid-Mitten CrossFit has four coaches that train with around 13 people on any given day. The gym is located in a warehouse at 701 E. South St., Suite 02, with 12 p.m. workouts Monday through Friday. The gym is also open Monday through Friday from 6-7 a.m. and 5-8 p.m., with weekend hours for Saturday ranging from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Some services offered include but are not limited to: CrossFit classes, personal training sessions and more. Try your first workout for free on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. To schedule a class reservation, visit ■ Alicia Flinch is a journalism graduate of The University of Akron and is now residing in Mason, MI. When not playing with her yorkie poo, she enjoys her coral reef tank and all things fitness related.

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Pam Miklavcic is more than a nonprofit business owner; she’s an inspiration. Born in North Attleboro, Massachusetts, Pam always thought she wanted to go to medical school. Majoring in psychobiology at Mount Holyoke College, she ultimately headed to the Peace Corps and was assigned to fish farming in the plateau region of Togo, West Africa. A return home from her international, multi-year work to complete her master’s degree and Ph.D. in ag economics from Michigan State University (MSU) led her to meet her husband, Milan, a member of the math faculty at MSU. Their initial plan was that Pam would still do some international work while balancing family, but her son, Peter, was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 3 years old. “That turned everything around,” Pam said. “Priorities reshifted, and I’m now doing what I’m meant to be doing.” Peter is now starting a doctoral program in mechanical engineering at the University of Rochester in the fall. Pam’s three other children include Marija, who heads to the University of Rochester in the fall; Will, studying at Cornell; and Claudia, who will step into the ninth grade this fall.

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As founder and executive director for The Davies Project, Pam helps to provide non-medical support for families who have children with serious medical issues. The Davies Project has volunteer drivers who take the children to and from medical appointments, expectant moms often lacking in transportation to pre-natal appointments and parents to hospitals for newborns in the neonatal intensive care units within the Greater Lansing area. Pam’s passion for the project shines. Without rides from The Davies Project, many children would miss much needed appointments. “Seventy percent of the children who use the clinics for specialty care are currently on Medicaid. They have been traditionally missing 60 percent of appointments, so you can imagine the health impacts,” Pam said.

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Pam has found her purpose in life and feels she is right where she needs to be. Others may not fully understand how all of her work feeds her spirit, but it does for her. “We frequently work with refugees at The Davies Project, folks who are trying to acclimate to life in the United States while caring for a sick child,” said Pam. “My overseas work prepared me for this … the self-reliance and idealism required of Peace Corps volunteers, the tenacity required of graduate students and the determination and hopefulness required to see a young child through an early battle with cancer have prepared me for the long, marathon pace of establishing a successful, rapidly-growing nonprofit.” Outside of The Davies Project, Pam enjoys knitting, reading, taking long walks, attending the Lansing Symphony with her husband and spending time with her family. “Motherhood has been my best adventure of all,” she said. “The Davies Project has been my second-best adventure. And my years in Africa gave me all I needed to fully appreciate both.”

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BY DR. SUSAN MAPLES Most of us have heard of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It’s family (of 200+ strains) is responsible for all the warts on our fingers and feet, and cervical cancer in women. But….do you know about the new HPV-caused epidemic—the massively unfolding death march of oral pharyngeal cancer (OPC), that has already outgrown cervical cancer? This infection/ cancer affects men far more than women. The American Society of Clinical Oncologists warns that by 2020 the US will have more middle age, nonsmoking men with HPV-OPC than all women with HPV cervical cancer. HPV oral infection is increasing 30% a year, but as a Total Health Dental Practice this was one particular oral disease my team was not good at discussing. We responsibly completed our 9-point “oral cancer screening examination”, knowing it was completely ineffective in screening for early detection of HPV-

OPC. Why? This cancer is out of sight, hiding behind the curtains of the tonsil folds, in the throat or base of the tongue.

Our message resounded simple meters of repeatable advice:

• Spread the word…oral sex is not safe sex!

It was uncomfortable talking about a viral infection that is, let’s face it, our #1 most rampant STD— transmitted primarily through oral sex. While we fumbled with what words to say and the warnings to issue, we watched the HPV-OPC epidemic proliferate before our eyes.

• If you haven’t been vaccinated, don’t wait!

De-escalating this trend will take time we don’t have, if we don’t want to lose a multitude of middle aged men and women. We need a successful vaccination strategy, whereby an entire generation of youngsters receive HPV vaccination. Herein lies the problem. In 2017, HPV vaccination rates rose to 46% in girls, but only 26% of boys. One of the major reasons for this is the lack of primary provider recommendation. Our role as dental professionals includes advocating for children, especially since 50% of all new HPV infection occurs between 15-24 years old and the average age of first exposure to oral sex is 10-13 years old. Out of the 51 identified HPV strains that can live in the mouth, 25 types have been associated with OPC. Historically, the Gardasil vaccine covered only four of the most threatening HPV types, but the latest (2017), Gardasil 9 helps protect from nine of the most dangerous strains.

• Consider a saliva test for HPV. It’s easy, safe and affordable! Oral HPV is detectable in a single drop of saliva, and about 25% of those we tested were positive for at least one HPV strain. HPV infection doesn’t mean cancer. It’s the persistent infection that poses a risk, so positive HPV tests should be repeated in 12-18 months. Unlike some viruses (like Herpes and HIV), human beings are able to “clear” an HPV infection, provided they work toward optimal “host immune response” or peak overall health—including reducing high-risk sexual exposure. I can envision a time when the media HPV campaigns will highlight oral and pharyngeal cancer. I can also picture salivary testing becoming the standard of care in all dental offices—and perhaps even the administration of HPV vaccination series. Meanwhile the clock is ticking! I urge you to talk to your loved ones about the cause. Push for vaccination. And, encourage them to get a test. It’s as easy as spitting in a cup. This is just one more way saliva saves lives! ■

Our team took on a worthy challenge in 2017—an HPV Awareness Campaign. Our goal was to bring awareness to 100% of our adult patients, with hopes they would pass it on to their children and grandchildren.

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Growing up, we never took our dog on vacation with us. Long-suffering Reggie was the king of “staycations.” He was a

regal-looking, tiny cocker spaniel a neighbor left to us when she moved. For the life of me, I can’t remember what

we did with Reggie when we went on vacation. It doesn’t seem that doggie resorts and boarding facilities were much of a thing back when I was a child. My guess is that my dog-loving aunt took care of him. Thinking about him now, I doubt Reggie would have enjoyed vacations all that much; he always looked just a little worried. If Reggie had been a human on vacation, he’d need the first three days to loosen his tie and ditch his laptop. My mother and I made the mistake of taking him to a local lake one summer afternoon. We tethered him to the dock and swam out several yards. Reggie was immediately anxious, pacing the dock and crying. When it was obvious that he wouldn’t calm down, upon swimming to shore, we unhooked his leash and coaxed him into the water. We hoped he’d swim with us or explore the water’s edge, but he tried to retrieve us instead. Doggie-paddling away, his breath puffed out the sides of his black-lipped muzzle. Even when we held and comforted him, the little front legs kept pawing and the back legs kept paddling.

Years later, I was a mother with two children and a dog. Hope was a rescue mutt – part pit bull and part whippet, with many other parts of who-knows-what. Soon after we got her, we took her with us on a day trip to Saugatuck, Michigan. It was obvious as soon as Hope saw the lake that she had no concept of “a day at the beach.” With us on one end of the leash and the dog on the other, we attempted to ease Hope toward the water. But Hope, who was thin but also all muscle, planted her feet in the sand and wouldn’t budge. Her long front legs extended like sinewy stilts before her. We never did get her in the water. And, because there was no dock or anything else to tether her to, we had to take turns sitting with her, all day long. Hope died last spring and recently, we got a new dog: a collie puppy named Kirsch. So far, Kirsch’s water adventures have been limited to baths in the backyard. I think we’ll keep it that way for now. ■

Clearly, relaxation was not enjoyable to Reggie. We never forced it on him again.

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In the wonderfully long and lazy days of summer, if you are looking to add heft to your time, here are three books to keep in your reading rotation: 1.

“The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead”

This new book on coaching skills by Michael Bungay Stanier is my go-to recommendation for managers and leaders looking to improve. This is an easy-to-read book that offers seven key coaching questions to ask in conversations during check-ins with direct reports. Stanier was one of our keynote speakers in the early days of the Michigan Coaches conferences. In addition to his lovely Australian accent, he was witty, smart and creative as a speaker and is the same as an author. This book is fun, practical and is sure to become the principle coaching resource in the years to come. 2.

“Becoming ATHENA: Eight Principles of Enlightened Leadership”

Written by Martha Mayhood Mertz, the founder of ATHENA International, this book by one of Lansing’s own is an interesting read on personal leadership, as well as the origins of the ATHENA Award and leadership model. This year, I am facilitating the WIN Executive Connections groups, and we are using this book to discuss eight

leadership principles – live authentically, learn constantly, advocate fiercely, act courageously, foster collaboration, build relationships, give back and celebrate. 3.

“Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”

This book by Simon Sinek, a popular TED Talk speaker and author of “Start With Why,” was recommended to me by several participants in my various leadership trainings. Sinek offers five lessons, discusses the influence of the generations and offers a section on leading millennials. That section is broken down into what companies can do, what millennials can do and what parents can do. One of my favorites for a company is to ban cell phones in the conference room. Sinek says this will force people to chit-chat before a meeting, which provides opportunities to build trust and relationships. Happy reading and have a great summer, everyone! ■ Susan Combs, MBA and Professional Certified Coach, works with clients to enhance their leadership and communication skills. Combs manages four corporate mentor programs, the Athena Win Executive Connections groups and the Leadership Lansing program. For more info visit info.

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Shafer grew up in East Lansing, and after leaving to pursue a career in the restaurant industry, she returned with her son only to discover that the community she once knew was seemingly brand new. Today, she is thrilled to be part of the continuing transformation. Shafer’s been with the Old Town Commercial Association for two years and credits the revival of Old Town to the businesses, residents and volunteers that are committed to the community and to one other. “I grew up in East Lansing and I never thought I’d come back, but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. We are on the precipice of something really great, and I am so thankful to be a part of that,” Shafer said. “The Old Town community was so welcoming and supportive when I started and was learning. I met the business owners that make Old Town tick, and they are an amazing group of people. Once you get to know them, it is easy to see why Old Town is doing so well; they are committed to the community, but more importantly, they are committed to each other.” When Shafer reminisces about how far the Lansing area has come since her childhood, including the notable physical advancements and additions, she points out what she believes has changed most: The spirit of the area. “I don’t think the changes are all physical; I think a lot of it is emotional. I think people feel a connection to this city more than they ever did before. We are scrappy, and we can appreciate the work that goes into creating areas like this. People believe in their community and believe in their neighborhood, and they want to be part of it. I don’t think that sense of pride existed before like it does now,” Shafer said. Shafer herself is the perfect representation of that spirit. It’s easy to see when talking with her just how passionate she is about the Old Town community and how invested she is in its success and the success of Lansing as a whole. “I like to see myself as an unofficial tour guide of Old Town. I love sharing with people what makes this area so great. I believe that it takes all the

communities in Lansing working together for us to see long-term success. If REO Town doesn’t grow, or downtown doesn’t grow, we all won’t continue to grow. We are in this together, and if we work together we’ll have a wonderful opportunity to create something bigger than ourselves,” Shafer said. Shafer’s relentless positivity about Old Town and her “people first” mentality is what makes her the perfect fit for the role of executive director at the Old Town Commercial Association. Her education in stage direction and background in the restaurant industry have given her chameleon-like traits that serve her well in her role and the ability to adapt and respond at the drop of a hat. “Before I came here, I felt very burned out in my career, but here every day is different. It’s a whole new role, but in some ways, it is remarkably the same. When I worked in the restaurant industry people would ask me why I wasn’t working in stage direction, and I would say, ‘I kind of am, every day is a new show with new characters,’ and it was my job to figure out how to make it work. The same is true of Old Town, but in a new way,” Shafer said. “It’s nice to have the background I have and the ability to make quick decisions because things are always happening around here. I work with the public and the property owners. I love working with our volunteers and our visitors and getting to talk about Old Town. I could talk about this place for hours.”

And, as things in Old Town and Lansing continue to evolve, Shafer hopes to remain an active part of that change, while still remembering those who made all this possible in the first place. “I think the most important part of Old Town and Lansing as a whole is that we are all doing something we love and we are doing it for the right reasons. We are working because we are passionate about this community,” Shafer said. “And we have to honor the people that came before us and those that came before me who built Old Town into what it is today by continuing to grow and work together for our community.” ■ Ami Iceman-Haueter is the Brand Manager at M3 Group. Iceman-Haueter is a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelors in creative advertising.

And she’s not lying, with so many businesses, shops, restaurants, activities, and festivals happening in Old Town at any given time, it would be easy to fill hours just chatting about all the things to explore. But with so much happening, Shafer is constantly on her toes and working with the countless volunteers that make up Old Town.

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How do you make something old feel new again? Look no further for the answer to that age-old question than Vanessa Shafer, executive director of the Old Town Commercial Association.

“I am the only staff person, but we are able to accomplish so much in Old Town thanks to our volunteers. It’s really is a volunteer-driven community. They get together on a regular basis and make things happen. It is my job to make sure the nuts and bolts are in place and to put out any fires, but what I love (is) seeing things come together, change and evolve every year because of these amazing community members,” Shafer said. Old Town is known for its diversity in music, culture and the arts





TIFFANY DOWLING M3 GROUP Tiffany Dowling is the President and CEO of M3 Group, a full-service branding and publications agency. Since founding M3 Group more than 15 years ago, Dowling has received numerous awards and works with an influential client base. In addition to running M3 Group, Dowling publishes Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine, Greater Lansing Business Monthly and ing Magazine. She is passionate about sharing positive news, empowering women and local businesses to reach their full potential and being an active member of the community. Even when she’s working with clients across the nation, Dowling is on a mission to show the world that there’s no place as great as mid-Michigan. 20 APRIL 2018


Tune in to join Tiffany Dowling and co-hosts April Clobes, Molly Chan, Anne Craft, Carrie Freemon and Laurie Nash as they give their take on all things mid-Michigan. These business leaders will talk about it all and there’s no holding back, from lifestyle and health trends to education and entertainment. You never know what they’ll talk about next.

FEATUREDCO-HOSTS APRIL M. CLOBES MSUFCU April Clobes joined Michigan State University Federal Credit Union in 1996. After moving through the organization from a marketing specialist, to management and executive positions, she became President/CEO in 2015. Clobes is an active leader on several community and university boards. Clobes has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Michigan State University, a Master of Arts degree from Michigan State University in Advertising, and a Master of Business Administration from Western Michigan University. In 2013, Clobes was named a Top Woman to Watch by the Credit Union Times; this honor is awarded to women who are reshaping the credit union industry throughout the country. In 2016, she received the Detroit Free Press Leadership Award. MSUFCU has an asset size of over $3.56 billion, over 235,000 members worldwide, and more than 750 employees.

MOLLY CHAN ALLIANCE PAYMENT SOLUTIONS Molly Chan morphed from a full-time litigator to part-time lawyer, and now acts as President and CEO of three area businesses, Alliance Payment Solutions, HEAT and JoyRide Pedal Tours. As the President and Chief Executive Officer, Chan sets the standard for all of her companies. Chan is a great visionary who sees the trends of the future often before they come to fruition. Chan’s core values of excellence, trust and integrity permeates throughout each of the organizations. Chan has grown each of her companies by embracing the leadership role with a focus on delivering outstanding services and products and showing her staff and clients endless appreciation.

ANNE CRAFT MICHIGAN VIRTUAL Anne Craft is passionate about education, leadership and telling a great story, which makes being the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for Michigan Virtual her perfect fit. Before working at Michigan Virtual, Craft earned a master’s degree at Michigan State University, taught high school for ten years, worked in media sales and owned and operated a digital marketing firm. Though her professional career is varied, Craft’s commitment to being an agent of positive change and finding joy in every day permeate her work and life.

LAURIE NASH ANOTHER LOOK HAIR INSTITUTE Another Look Hair Institute opened in the 1960’s, led by Laurie Nash’s grandpa, Pete, and followed by her dad, Rick. When Nash continued the family tradition in 1991, she noticed that the industry had transformed, and women were much more in need of hair growth and thinning options. Nash developed Image Day Spa, a relaxation healing spa that offers hair systems, hair stimulation growth treatments, massage, reflexology, reiki, facials, and skin and hair care. Due to the continuous growth of Another Look Hair Institute, a second location has very recently opened within the new Sparrow Hospital Herbert Herman Cancer Center.




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Summer Fun Whether you’re taking a trip to the beach, attending an open house or going for a night out with friends; you’ll always find fun summer fashions at Kellie’s Consignments! With options available for all shapes and sizes, these bright colors will help you stand out in the crowd! Don’t forget to accessorize with sunglasses, jewelry, bags and shoes. Some items are even new with tags. Remember, summer fun starts with Kellie’s! (1) MCouture Lilly Pulitzer maxi dress, medium, $69; (2) Sun hat, $8; (3) Sand dollar earrings, $5; (4) Purple sunglasses, $7; (5) Koi fish tote by Tara Tiger, $12; (6) Couture J. Mclaughlin purse, $129; (7) Perceptions dress NWT, petite size 12, $21; (8) Sandals, size 8, $7; (9) Charter Club skirt, size 12, $12; (10) Short sleeve top, petite large, $8; (11) Blue sunglasses, $7; (12) Coral flip flops with bows, size 7, $11; (13) Old Navy shorts, size 14, $7; (14) Polka dot top, large, $7; (15) Talbots crop pants, size 8, $12; (16) Victoria’s Secret bikini, small, $12. ■ Available at Kellie's Consignments









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INGREDIENTS ● 1½ cups, fresh spinach

● 2¼ cups, all-purpose flour ● 2 teaspoons, baking powder ● ½ teaspoon, baking soda ● 1 teaspoon, salt ● 2 cups, shredded cheddar cheese ● 10 crispy bacon strips ● 2 eggs ● 2½ teaspoons, olive oil ● 1¼ cups, buttermilk

DIRECTIONS Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop and cook the spinach in a small pan until wilted. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Chop the bacon and set aside a couple tablespoons for the top of the bread. Add the bacon and the cheese to the flour mixture. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, oil and buttermilk. Mix the two overall mixtures together. Grease a bread pan. Pour the final mixture into the bread pan and top with the remaining bacon and chopped green onion. Bake for 45-50 minutes. ■

● ¼ cup, green onion


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Five 4”x 4” pieces of wood Sand paper (120 grit) Paint or a wood burner Wood sealer Bucket to store dice in and to roll them from

How to do it 1.

The cheapest way to get five square shapes from wood is to head to your local lumberyard, Home Depot or Lowes. If you can’t cut it yourself or don’t have someone to help you, most stores will cut it for a small fee. The ideal size is 4”x 4” but 3.5”x 3.5” or 5”x 5” is okay.


You will want to sand the pieces down, making them smooth to the touch. This can be done by hand or with a sander.


Next, you want to add your pips (the dots on the dice). If you don’t have dice handy to model from, then just make sure your opposite faces of the dice always add up to seven. For my dice, I used a burning tool purchased from a local craft store. I heated it up how I wanted and pressed down on the wood for a few seconds to leave a burn mark. Using paint and a circle template would work just as well.


Sealing your dice will make them last longer; the kind of wood sealer you choose is really up to you. You can use a clear one or one that has a slight stain. You just want to have some sort of waterproofing to it. This part takes the longest, since you will only be able to paint certain parts at a time.


Once you have finished your dice, you will want to store them in a nice, big bucket. This bucket will also act like a giant cup when you roll them on the lawn. Some fun games you can play with these dice are Yahtzee and Farkle. ■ Jeanette Wummel is a Graphic Design Specialist at M3 Group. She loves all things whimsical and geeky. She enjoys creating art; with a passion for drawing and painting. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her rescue dog, Peaches.

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City of East Lansing Play in the Park, East Lansing Children and their families can bring a picnic and enjoy entertainment in the splendor of summer as they Play in the Park. Visit for more information.

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Common Ground Music Festival, Lansing Join us for the 19th annual Common Ground Music Festival. See some of the best rock, pop, country and hip-hop stars in the world take the stage in downtown Lansing along the Grand River in a setting unlike any other. Visit for more information.


Free Lunch Friday for Kellies Consignments, Okemos Free Lunch Friday is the first Friday of each month from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Bring your business cards, pass them out, shop our sales and enjoy lunch. RSVP is necessary as it lets us know how much food to prepare. Visit for more information.


Lansing Bike Party, Lansing The Lansing Bike Party (LBP) is a party on wheels! A casual slow roll cruise exploring the Greater Lansing region combining public free events whenever possible. Every ride includes a food ’n’ bev stop, and some ride with boomboxes and do lots of bell-ringing and waving. Summer schedule: leaves Fridays at 6 p.m. from the courtyard in front of the Peanut Barrel in E. Lansing and 6:30 p.m. at the 2nd meet-up location, the Lansing Bike Coop at 1715 E. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48912. Visit for more information.


Throwback Music on the Michigan Princess, Lansing As an American Canoe Association certified paddleboard instructor and as an experienced yoga teacher, I cannot wait to help you find your water bound practice and see how simple, safe and blissful paddleboard yoga can be! Visit for more information.


Tiny Plantz LLC at Lansing Brewing Company, Lansing It is recommended that tickets are purchased prior to the event to ensure supplies are available. Visit facebook. com/pg/LansingBrewing/events/ for more information.

JULY 10 AND 11

Zoo Days, Lansing Admission is only $1 with a voucher, and parking will be free. Vouchers can be found at the following Greater Lansing Meijer. Visit event/zoo-days-2/ for more information.


Lansing Brew Run, Lansing

Join us for the monthly Lansing Brewing Company Brew Run & Walk series! Visit for more information.


Run for Fame, Lansing Help the Hall of Fame preserve the Sports Heritage of Mid-Michigan by running or walking in the Race for Fame. Visit RunforFame for more information.


Stomp and Tromp: A Guided Walk, Lansing Participate in a lively walk in the summer woods to explore what’s happening with the plants and animals living there. Visit for more information.


Lansing 5:01K*, Lansing Hit the ground running at the Lansing 5:01K*. Wind down with yoga, speed up with salsa and enjoy healthy lifestyle demonstrations from local businesses. Visit for more information.


Zoo Brew: Acoustic Night, Lansing Enjoy Lansing Brewing beverages and a cook-out dinner with exclusive afterhours access to the zoo. Kick back on a blanket or at a picnic table while you enjoy the zoo animals and local tunes. Visit eventbrite. com/e/july-zoo-brew-acoustic-nighttickets-45687729228 for online tickets.


Car Capital Auto Show, Lansing This free car show celebrates Lansing’s automotive history and features over 200 classic, muscle and collectible vehicles. Visit for more information. ■

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ORIGAMI UNFOLDING POTENTIAL BREAKFAST The Origami Unfolding Potential Breakfast took place on May 15 from 8-9 a.m. at the Eagle Eye Golf Club. The event included survivors speaking of their experiences and successes at Origami Rehab. Every dollar raised helps provide access to services to individuals with brain injuries that may otherwise go without the care they need. Origami provides care and support to individuals with mild-to-severe brain injuries in the mid-Michigan area, through healing, connection and recovery. ■

(Left to Right) Ian Richardson, Jack Weyers and Melissa Nay

The Children’s Trust Fund/Pam Posthumus Signature Auction Event drew nearly 650 guests to the Breslin Center on May 16. The event included a VIP reception in the Hall of History and a live auction that raised $100,000, including trips to Hawaii, trip-tickets to see Elton John in Dublin, Ireland, and a trip to Barcelona. “Sparty” made an appearance as well, kicking off the live sale by assisting in the auctioning of a signed Izzo chair from the final four games in 2015. ■ PHOTOS PROVIDED


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Andrea Fischer Newman, of Delta Air Lines the official carrier for the event was honored with this years Children’s Advocate Award

THE FUTURE OF BANKING IS HERE AND IT TALKS BACK Mercantile Bank is excited to announce the launch of the MercMoney® Chatbot. It’s a new way to engage with your money and receive fast answers to common personal finance questions, through the latest voice-andmessaging platforms. WHAT’S A CHATBOT? A chatbot is simply a piece of technology that you can interact with through voice-andmessaging platforms. It’s able to interpret what you say or type and provide an intelligent and relevant response. If you’ve ever used Amazon Alexa, Google Home, or Apple’s Siri, you’ve used a chatbot. The MercMoney® Chatbot builds on top of the existing functionality of our online and mobile app MercMoney® that is already used by thousands of customers who have taken charge of their finances. With the launch of the MercMoney® Chatbot, those same powerful financial insights can be

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accessed through Google Home, SMS (text messaging), and Facebook Messenger. WHY DID WE DO THIS? Our goal is to make sure everyone has an understanding of their financial health. The MercMoney® Chatbot will support customer financial health by expanding the possible channels for delivery of relevant and timely financial insights that can shape day-to-day financial decisions. It’s another convenient way for customers to keep track of their account balances, transactional history, spending patterns, budget trends, goals, and much more. WHAT CAN THE CHATBOT DO? You can ask MercMoney® all sorts of questions about your money, including account balances, spending, savings, budgets, recent transactions and more.

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MY COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL AND BWL ANNOUNCE CREATIVE TEAM FOR SUBSTATION MURALS The Arts Council of Greater Lansing and the Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) are excited to announce the creative team chosen for the BWL Central Substation murals. “City Rhythm,” proposed by the Lansingbased Michigan Imagery team, was chosen as the most innovative proposal. Fabrication of the galvannealed steel murals will begin immediately with an estimated early October 2018 installation date. ■

Caitlin and Dane accept a check from Dick Peffley, BWL GM

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REO TOWN’s Jeff Barker speaks at the event


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Jenny Smith leads a team within MSU Federal Credit Union’s Call Center. She is responsible for overseeing as well as supporting employees’ ability to provide superior service, offer financial education and address member requests over the phone. Smith received her bachelor’s in multidisciplinary studies with an emphasis in business management, as well as her master’s in organizational leadership, from Siena Heights University. MSUFCU has an asset size of over $4 billion, 255,000 members worldwide and 850 employees in the Greater Lansing, metro Detroit and Grand Rapids areas. The Credit Union has also been recognized for a number of awards in innovative employee solutions and programs.

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ANNE CRAFT Anne Craft is passionate about education, leadership and telling a great story, which makes being the executive director of Marketing and Communications for Michigan Virtual her perfect fit. Before working at Michigan Virtual, Craft earned a master’s degree at Michigan State University, taught high school for ten years, worked in media sales and owned and operated a digital marketing firm. Though her professional career is varied, Craft’s commitment to being an agent of positive change and finding joy in every day permeates her work and life.

Kellie Johnson is the founder and owner of the retail store Kellie’s Consignments. Inspired by community-driven interaction, Johnson oversees and is extremely involved in dayto-day operations. Through her retail storefront Johnson offers clothing, furniture and accessories, and on the road, she offers estate sale services for those moving or looking to downsize. Johnson was the 2016 recipient of the Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and recently opened her second retail store, Kellie’s Wooden Skate. (888) 532-5806 3101 Technology Blvd., Suite G Lansing, MI 48910-8546

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Another Look Hair Institute opened in the 1960’s, led by Laurie Nash’s grandpa, Pete, and followed by her dad, Rick. When Nash continued the family tradition in 1991, she noticed that the industry had transformed, and women were much more in need of hair growth and thinning options. Nash developed Image Day Spa, a relaxation healing spa that offers hair systems, hair stimulation growth treatments, massage, reflexology, reiki, facials, and skin and hair care. Due to the continuous growth of Another Look Hair Institute, a second location has very recently opened within the new Sparrow Hospital Herbert Herman Cancer Center. (800) 533-0866 1020 E. Saginaw St. Lansing, MI 48906 28 JULY 2018

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