Meet Our Writers

Karrie Beck

Karrie has lived the largest part of her life in the Blue Water Area. She earned both of her degrees from Central Michigan University and has worked as an educator for Port Huron Schools since 2002. Karrie is a member of High Noon Toastmasters International, and a volunteer for Blue Water Pregnancy Care Center. Working for GBS Media allows her the chance to research and write local stories for Blue Water Healthy Living; providing this area native the chance to boast about its abundant beauty and spectacular people.

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Guest Authors:

Melissa Wrubel

Melissa M. Wrubel is a life-long resident of the Blue Water Area. Melissa has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, and a Master’s Degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Her father is local, long-time realtor Thomas L. Coleman, and mother is retired PHASD teacher Marsha V. Coleman. Melissa is a former elementary and middle school educator and administrator. She is happy to live with her family locally in the Blue Water Area, and wants to do as much as she can to support the people in our community.

Marion Webber

Marion Webber, former owner and operator of Haskill’s Greenhouses began the family owned business in 1986 in St. Clair, MI. Along with the retail site, she worked very closely with the community, supplying plants for fundraisers, churches, hospitals and schools. Bus tours were common in the spring, with hands on learning for children, garden clubs and seniors alike. Community service was the goal of Haskill’s. As the children went off on their own, the business was sold in 2006

 

Tim Keller

Tim Keller has lived in the Blue Water Area since 1983. After completing his Bachelors Degree in American History and obtaining his Secondary Teaching Certification at Calvin College, he returned to teach high school Social Studies classes in Port Huron Schools’ alternative and adult education programs for the past 20 years. During that time he completed his Masters Degree in Social Studies Education through Nova Southeastern University’s distance learning program. Tim has a passion for teaching and learning about American history and government. That passion has led him to take on a leadership role as chairman of Blue Water Tea Party organizing events and speakers in the local area since 2009. He and his wife, Lisa, have three boys, and attend Lakeport Wesleyan Church.

Michael Lee Mills

Michael L. Mills is a current resident of the City of Port Huron. The Mills moved to Fort Gratiot to complete the development and initial management of the Blue Water Lodge, an independent living, high immenities Senior Housing facility, the first of its kind in St. Clair County. After bringing that facility to capacity and having it sold, Mike went on to serve seniors as Director of the Harrington Inn where he oversaw the renovation of the exterior of this historic building as an Assisted Living Facility with 76 units and 78 residents. While in this capacity Mills’ produced and Directed the award winning “Visions for the Future” on TV 6 Cable for the St. Clair Council on Aging.

Prior to moving to the Blue Water area Mills spent 10 years as Executive Vice President the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce Foundation overseeing State Wide Leadership training and Economic Education. There he created the Michigan Privatization Council where he served as President for five years.

The previous 26 years of his career were spent in marketing & public relations in Intercollegiate Athletics at Hillsdale College (his alma mater), started Saginaw Valley State University’s athletic program with his mentor Muddy Waters, Assistant Athletic Director at Colorado State University where he served as Media Chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship. It is in these capacities that he also doubled as producer, director and broadcaster for football and basketball.

He and his wife, Marsha, spend their spare time restoring and decorating old homes.

 

Sonya Francis

Sonya is a lifelong Bluewater area resident. She graduated from Yale High School, SC4, Wayne and Trinity Natural Health School. She has worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Surgical Scrub Tech prior to receiving her Naturopathy degree. As an organic gardener and nature lover, Sonya looks forward to teaching and helping others through her guest writing with Blue Water Healthy Living, a division of GBS Media.

Katie Kuhn

Katie Kuhn is an acupuncturist and owner of Huron Point Acupuncture in Port Huron, Michigan. She is board certified (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine and has Masters Degrees’ from New York Chiropractic College. She is a member of the Blue Water Chamber, the Young Professionals, the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAAOM) and American Association of University Women.

 

Joy Houser

Joy Houser is a proud born and raised Michigander who moved to Port Huron in 2011 to begin a newly married once upon a lifetime. She has two daughters along with two granddaughters who have thoughtfully made their homes via road trip “can’t wait to get there” places in Traverse City and Virginia Beach!

John Yurgens

John has a unique, and interesting story that cannot be condensed into such a small space. To read his full biography article about his family, his unfortunate stroke and how he found comfort and therapy in writing. To read John’s full bio click here

Emilee Kinney

Emilee grew up in Emmett, Michigan and is a graduate from Yale High School now attending Albion College to pursue a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. She is on the Albion College Women’s track team, is the Vice President of Late Night Events for Albion’s Union Board, and the Poetry Editor for the Albion Review. Emilee mentors elementary students at the Harrington Elementary School in Albion, Michigan and enjoys walks in the college’s Whitehouse Nature Center. When home from school, you can find her on the water, in the woods, or in the barn with her horses. Emilee loves her friends, her family, and her poetry.

Dr. Christopher J. Zimmer, D.C.

Dr. Chris Zimmer, is a chiropractor and owner of Zimmer Chiropractic located in Port Huron and Marine City, Michigan. Chris is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic, and has been offering his services in chiropractic and nutrition for over 30 years. While working on the Great Lakes freighters, he attended SC4 and then received his doctorate at National University of Health in Illinois. In addition to Chiropractic, Chris has also continued his education thru extensive post-doctorate studies in healthcare nutrition and currently helps those with auto-immune disorders including Type II Diabetes. He is a member of the Business Network International group in Port Huron. Chris has been married to Sherrill for over 29 years and has two children, Alexandra and Price. He enjoys Tennis, Badminton, Hunting, Fishing, Square Foot Gardening, and Cooking.

 

Mike Bradley

Mayor Mike Bradley, a South Australian native, has served as a Member of Parliament for Sarnia Lambton (1980-1985). He was first elected to Sarnia Council in November 1985 and elected Mayor in 1988. He was the youngest Mayor in Sarnia’s history. On January 1st, 1991, he became the first Mayor of amalgamate City of Sarnia-Clearwater and the first Mayor of Sarnia to serve on Lambton County Council in over seven decades. In October 2014, Mayor Bradley was re-elected for a 9th term with 70% of the vote.
Mayor Bradley, a writer for Sarnia Lambton This Week, shares his thoughts on politics, life, and the like in a series on Blue Water Healthy Living, entitled: Snippets from Sarnia. Often humorous and straight-forward, his accounts on life in general are both witty and fun-hearted.

 

David King

Dave King is a Port Huron native and 35 year veteran of law enforcement serving in various policing capacities including uniform patrol, investigations, supervision, training, and administration. His experience includes serving as a chief of police and a director of public safety in localities across the nation with service populations from 5,000 to over 2,000,000. Dave also served at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to lead the Center’s rapid response team, forensic division, and cold case division.

Dave has been a training consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and Penn State University. He holds a Master’s Degree from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. For the past several years he has served as an instructor in Criminal Justice Programs at St. Clair County Community College, in Port Huron.

 

Mike Connell

Mike Connell is a native of West Virginia and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from West Virginia University. He worked for 46 years at newspapers in West Virginia, Florida, Georgia, and Michigan. He joined the Times Herald in Port Huron in 1988 and held a variety of positions, including eight years as executive editor, before retiring from full-time work in 2008 and as a columnist in 2015.

Brian Frey

Brian Frey is a licensed Realtor at Keller Williams Port Huron Business Center and a local Real Estate investor. He is a member of Eastern Thumb Association Realtors, Blue Water Chamber, Young Professionals, Port Huron Area Landlord Association, and Blue Water Start Ups. He and his wife Katie Kuhn enjoy the Blue Water life that Port Huron has to offer.

Kathryn Passeretti

Kathryn Passeretti earned her Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. She came to the Blue Water area from the Chicagoland area nearly two decades ago and loves it here! Kathryn works with children throughout the Port Huron school district as a substitute teacher and enjoys volunteer work. She values the people here- of all ages, who continue to touch her life. And prizes the lakes and rivers available to all of us at our fingertips.

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Blue Water Healthy Living is online magazine located in Port Huron, Michigan. Our purpose is to promote healthy living by showcasing the Blue Water Area, its surroundings and people. This online magazine is devoted to providing healthy living related stories, local happenings, and entertaining commentary. Its inspiring and uplifting words come from our heart and soul to help promote the enjoyment of a more fulfilling Blue Water Area lifestyle. The material on this web site is provided for informational and amusement purposes only and is not to be confused with any medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The views and opinions expressed do not necessary reflect the opinions and values of Blue Water Healthy Living.
Blue Water Healthy Living is a division of GBS Media.

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