Five words/phrases that describe me: Dependable, trustworthy, self motivated, optimistic and kind

Hometown: Ravenna, Michigan

Other places I’ve lived: East Lansing

I graduated from: Michigan State University

I’ve been doing what I do for: 32 years

Most interesting assignment: for 24 hours I was a Lansing Firefighter on an all female crew!

I have a knack for: getting people to open up and talk to me

I’m passionate about: helping children who are abused and neglected

Favorite place in mid-Michigan: Beaumont Tower, MSU gardens

What I love most about mid-Michigan: the hometown feel of it’s people and places

Fun fact: I love to play golf

Anything else you want viewers to know: I also love dark chocolate and am obsessed with good coffee.

AWARDS for my WORK & VOLUNTEERISM (PAST 30 YRS)

 ​2020 LEADERSHIP IN INDIVIDUAL & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD – OLIVET COLLEGE  

2019 RESILIENCE HERO AWARD – CHILD AND FAMILY CHARITIES CAPITAL REGION 

2019 COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARD – LANSING POLICE DEPARTMENT  ( 1st recipient) 

2018 HALL OF FAME – MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS  – 3RD FEMALE ANCHOR  

2017 and 2018  BEST TV NEWS PERSONALITY – TOP OF THE TOWN AWARD  

2017  BEST ENTERPRISE REPORTING 2ND PLACE – MI ASSOCIATED PRESS 

2017  WOMAN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ZONTA CLUB OF LANSING 

2016  EMMY NOMINATIONS (2) – WRITER NEWS &  POLITICAL SPECIAL HOST    

2016  BEST ENTERPRISE REPORTING -1st PLACE – MI ASSOCIATED PRESS 

2016  EDWARD R. MURROW REGIONAL AWARD – BEST NEWS SERIES 

2016   MICHIGAN CAPITOL AREA ZONTA ROSE AWARD   

2015  MEDIA GENERAL –  D. TENNANT BRYAN OUTSTANDING JOURNALISM AWARD 

2014   SILVER CIRCLE AWARD – NATIONAL ACADEMY TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES  

2014-15 CAPITAL AREA UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIR 

2014-15 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD – GLEANER LIFE INSURANCE SOCIETY 

2014 LIFETIME OF COMPASSION AWARD – CHILD AND FAMILY CHARITIES  

2013 EXTRAORDINARY WOMAN AWARD  –  MICHIGAN WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME  

(Citation from MI Governor Rick Snyder)  

2013 OUTSTANDING SUPPORTER OF CHILD & FAMILY CHARITIES & ANGEL HOUSE 

2012 DELTA TOWNSHIP CITIZEN OF THE YEAR  

2012  DANCING WITH THE LOCAL STARS – 1ST PLACE – CARE FREE MEDICAL CLINIC 

2012  ADVOCACY & COMMITMENT AWARD  for CHILDREN, YOUTH and FAMILIES  –  

EXCHANGE CLUB OF GREATER LANSING  

2011-12 WOMAN OF THE YEAR – NATIONAL ASSOC. OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN  

2012 MICHIGAN ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS  – SPECIAL INTEREST AWARDS –   6 IN THE CITY  

2011 CURE CRUSADER AWARD – JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION 

2010  DISTINGUISHED CITIZEN HONOREE – BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA     (Proclamation from US Congressman Mike Rogers) 

2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1995  – MICHIGAN ASSOC. OF BROADCASTERS AWARDS – BEST IN CATEGORY  

2009  MEDIA AWARD TOMORROW’S CHILD – MICHIGAN SIDS FOUNDATION 

2007-2011  MEDIA AWARD JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION  

2007  OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER – SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE FOUNDATION  

2006  ATHENA AWARD WINNER – LANSING REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 

2006  FRIEND TO YOUTH AWARD   –   LANSING BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB  

2005  JACK BRESLIN WALK OF LIFE AWARD – INGHAM REGIONAL MEDICAL  

2004  SOUTH LANSING COMMUNITY SERVICE PERSON OF THE YEAR (Proclamations from Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Lansing Mayor Tony Benevides and Lansing City Council)  

 2007, 2003, 2000, 1993, 1992  – MICHIGAN ASSOCIATED PRESS AWARD REPORTING 

2003 EDGAR A. GUEST – MASONIC AWARD FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE 

2002 STATE OF MICHIGAN – CRIME VICTIM’S RIGHTS OUTSTANDING ADVOCATE 

2001 MEDIA AWARD – AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION  

1999   LANSING POLICE DEPARTMENT MEDIA AWARD 

1997  CERTIFICATE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT  “CRIME FIGHTING MOM” for OUTSTANDING WORK  in CRIME PREVENTION making her COMMUNITY SAFER   (From US Senator Carl Levin – May 10, 1997) 

1992-95 CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN TOP MEDIA AWARD – 4 CONSECUTIVE YRS.    

1992 – MICHIGAN DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS DISTINGUISHED CORRECTIONAL PUBLICATION AWARD 

1992  – CENTRAL MICHIGAN CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION AWARD  

25 YEAR VOLUNTEER – MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY ASSOCIATION