Vaux W. Adams
Vaux W. Adams is from the small town of Armada, MI, where he has lived his entire life. After graduating from Armada High School in 2012, Vaux attended St. Clair Community College and received his Associates Degree in Broadcasting Communications. Passion for music, movies and television has always driven and kept Vaux in the field.
Tina Beauvais is from Akron, Michigan, where she lives with her husband Andrew of 20 years, and her teenage daughter and son. Tina is an entrepreneur, who started the company EmBraced In Comfort (www.EmBracedInComfort.com) in 2009 to help her children, who both have Scoliosis. The company, which is now based in Fairgrove, Michigan, has grown and now serves customers all over the world. Tina, who has a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan, has a passion for lean, domestic manufacturing, as well as for helping people navigate their journey through Scoliosis with her blog www.ScoliosisFamilyAdventures.wordpress.com. Tina also loves to speak, write, participate in community theater (as both an actor and a director), and spend time making music. She is highly active in her church and community.
Karrie Beck lives in Port Huron with her husband and teenage son. She earned her Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University and went to work as an educator for Port Huron Schools in 2002. She enjoyed a teaching journey which included assignments in grades K-8 as well as her time spent as an adjunct instructor for St. Clair County Community College. Currently a Kimball Kub, she teaches Health and P.E. part-time to the wonderful families of Kimball Elementary School. Blessed is how she refers to the opportunity to work for GBS Media as an administrator for their online magazine, Blue Water Healthy Living. Organizing volunteer writers allows her the opportunity to meet the many inspiring people who are positively impacting the local area she loves.
Mary has lived her entire in life in Michigan. She’s obsessed with the beauty of our state and spends a lot of time by the water. She’s a graduate of Marygrove College in Detroit and attended Saginaw Valley College for her post-graduate work. She enjoyed teaching middle school and high school for 27 years in East Detroit.
After she retired, she started a new career. With more time to read, she got hooked on romance novels and began writing her own. She currently has five novels in both e-book and print on Amazon and continues to find inspiration in her travels and in her imagination.
She lives with her husband of forty-five years, raised two great sons that have given her two great daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
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.
Tina joins Blue Water Healthy Living with 11 years experience as a 911 dispatcher and almost two years as the Deputy Director. She was an Medical First Responder with a local Fire Department for 10 years and with the Marine Division and local Dive Team for 10 years. She brings with her years of knowledge and expertise in the area of public safety. Welcome, Tina Bricker!
Paul Churchill is a veteran of four years in the U.S. Navy as Hospital Corpsman (medic). He served from December of 1964 until December of 1968 departing April 1, 1966 for Vietnam for a 13-month tour with the 3rd Marine Division. He is a member of the V.F.W., the Marine Corps League and the 3rd Marine Division Association but states that his greatest satisfaction comes from his faith in the Lord and his church family. He currently lives in the Port Huron Area with his wife, Peggy. Married for 48 years, Paul says they’ve gotten a pretty good start.
Santa Claus lives in the North Pole with Mrs. Claus. When he isn’t out delivering presents to good little boys and girls, he can be found working in his toy workshop, taking care of his reindeer, or sneaking some of Mrs. Claus’s famous Christmas cookies. He enjoys spreading cheer year-round to people of all ages. Santa is the spirit of Christmas. He stands for Love, Joy, and Peace.
Need to get in touch with Santa? Contact Santa’s Agent Rodger Catt at N8SVR1@Gmail.com to see how Santa can help make your Christmas even more Merry!
Marcia Conard is a life-long resident of the Blue Water Area. Marcia has an Associate of Science Degree from St. Clair County Community College. Marcia was licensed by the Federal Government as a Customhouse Broker and worked in Management and as a Director for over 30 years in the Customs Brokerage business. Marcia has two grown sons also living and raising families in the Blue Water Area. Marcia joined the Grant Smith Insurance team in May, 2017.
Pat Conard has lived in Port Huron, MI all his life. He attended Northwestern College in Lima, OH to study auto mechanics. Pat is married to Casie and has two pre-school children, a son, Dalton, and daughter, Devyn. He enjoys family time, the Detroit Tigers, the Detroit Red Wings, and classic cars!
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.
Bob J. Daniels
Bob Daniels is an instructor pilot working overseas teaching new military pilots how to fly the F-15C in the Boeing linked visual simulator system. He hopes to retire to Port Huron by the end of 2020 having grown up in Port Huron where he was lead trumpet for the Big Red Marching Machine during their trip to the Munich Olympics in 1972. Bob graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in Government & Politics while he was working at the National Security Agency as a Czech linguist for the U.S. Air Force before he was selected for pilot training. He’s traveled to 25 countries and 5 continents and flown over much of the U.S. having lived and flown in Alaska for 6 years. During that time, he’s interacted with countless foreigners and experienced a variety of social extremes, from Denmark to Saudi Arabia. Bob’s greatest writing interests are those subjects which everyone says you shouldn’t talk about in polite society . . . religion (spirituality) and politics (government). As a USAF fighter pilot, Bob’s greatest asset was thinking outside the box. As a writer, Bob lives OUTSIDE that same box.
Kevin Darden is currently a territory manager in Michigan, a longtime advocate for Functional Medicine and believes the body can heal itself when given the proper nutrition. From his early 20s he has been taking vitamins and health supplements for longevity and a better quality of life. The best way to stay healthy and avoid ongoing dependence on doctors and drugs is to take control over what is yours to control: become a better educated consumer and make changes in your lifestyle to help you get and stay healthy.
In 2013, Kevin started Recover True Health.com to help provide community awareness of alternative healthcare. He believes that it’s all about changing someone’s paradigm, when given enough information for an individual to study, they can make their own mind up for what’s good for them. His website provides videos from healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses and nutritionists and the credible testimony of people just like you trying to solve their own health challenges.
Today, he is taking up the challenge to help everybody drink contaminant-free mineral-loaded water. Kevin believes in educating you about what’s in your water, how it will affect your health, and available alternatives. It is time to start with the basics of super clean water.
Nancy Deising has been a public servant for county government for over the past 23 years. She currently works for the County of St. Clair as the Outreach Coordinator for St. Clair County Department of Veterans Affairs. She received her bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University in Health Education and is a Certified Health Education Specialist.
For 43 years Don worked in the retailing sector with two different large corporations; Kmart Corporation for 35 years, starting as an hourly associate while at the same time completing his associate degree at Delta College. He then entered the Kmart store management program. Over the next 35 years he transitioned up through the management structure, finally attaining the store manager role. During that time he ran several stores, each store being both higher in sales volume and profit. The last 8 years, he was selected to move to Kmart’s International Headquarters in Troy Michigan, working in the sales department. He followed this up by join the Lowe’s Home Improvement team for 8 years, after a short time in training he became the store manager running the Detroit Metro store for 7 years.
Health journalist Elizabeth (Beth) Ely is a fourth-generation native who returned to Port Huron from New York City to spark discussion about health alternatives in her own hometown. Having earned a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and worked as a financial editor on Wall Street, she has made a name for herself internationally via the Internet as a journalist and Podcaster, most notably as co-host of the groundbreaking “How Positive Are You” Podcast. Her new show, “Health Revolution Radio,” will make use of her 25 years of research and continue her Podcasting tradition of presenting news-you-can-use on AIDS, cancer and vaccines as well as general health, from a Web site offering expanded resources. Closer to home, she is working with local natural health practitioners and educators to form a professional support and community outreach group in the Blue Water area, the Blue Water Holistic Health Network. Welcome home, Beth!
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.
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.
Jim Gilbert has been employed since 2014 with The Grant Smith Insurance Agency in Port Huron, Michigan. Jim is an avid motorcycle rider, and is a 30-year veteran of the motorcycle industry. He has been a Motorcycle Safety Foundation Ridercoach for 10 years.
My name is Marisa, phonetically that’s Marie-sa and I am the writer of TheRefashStash. I started TheRefashStash 2 years ago when I seriously got into sewing as a hobby. You could say I have been refashioning before I even knew what refashioning was! I started by paining my own custom t-shirts, taking in clothes and then making my own prom dress! What is refashioning, you may ask? To me refashioning is taking an article of clothing and making it something new! This could be as simple as changing buttons on a shirt or making a suit jacket into a fabulous new purse! Refashioning is all about being creative! TheRefashStash is also a contributor on the community refashion blog: Refashion Co-Op. I have also participated in the friendly online sewing competitions: Refashion Runway Season 3, and came in 3rd place in Refashion Runway Season 4: Allstars.
Dennis is a 40+ year resident of the Blue Water area. He is a retired Executive Officer for two regional healthcare organizations and was the CEO for his own successful Management Consulting firm. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History from Western Michigan University; a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from WMU; and a Specialist Degree in Psychology/Behavior Modification from U of M. Dennis is a Christ-follower, husband, father, grandfather, and loves golf, board games, and discussing politics and religion. He is a leader in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF); disciples several men; and has been an Elder, children’s bible teacher, Sunday school teacher, Life Group leader, and Men’s ministry leader in his church.
Vic has been a resident of St Clair County nearly all his life. He joined the team in late October 2016 as a part time administrative assistant. Vic was then asked to become a permanent part time member of the team after open enrollment ended, in early December. Vic spent four years in the US Navy serving on two different ships, the USS San Diego AFS-6 and the USS Amphion AR-13, in addition to spending fourteen months on shore duty in Albany, Georgia. After he was discharged, he returned to American Tape where he worked prior to enlisting. He retired from Intertape Polymer Group (The old American Tape) in Marysville after 45 years in 2011, where he worked a multitude of positions. Vic’s attention to detail has made him an important member of the team. He currently resides in Ruby, Mich with his wife Carol and has a son and daughter who are both married and living in the area.
Barbara K. Hanneke
Barb Hanneke has been the Director of Harbor Impact Ministries for eight years since its inception. She is on the Board of Directors of the Department of Health and Human Services; she leads the community service portion of the Operation Transformation Food Task Force; she is on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program committee; she is a church organist and choir director; and is a member of other community organizations. From the east coast, Ohio, and finally Michigan, Barb taught first grade, elementary school music, and was trained as a paralegal before beginning the most meaningful project of her life.
State Representative Hernandez grew up in Croswell and now lives in Port Huron with his wife Renee and two children, Kelsey and Kara. Hernandez credits his family upbringing for his conservative principles. His father, Salvador Hernandez Jr., worked his way up from general laborer to boiler operator at the Croswell pickle factory. Hernandez witnessed firsthand that hard work and determination can lead to success. Rep. Hernandez can be reached at (517) 373-0835, or for more information, you can follow him on Facebook here.
A native Buckeye from Wooster, John Houser is a graduate of the College of Wooster where he was a 4-year letter winner and All-Ohio Conference baseball player. Beginning his sophomore year in high school, he began working for the Wooster Daily Record in the Sports Department. The paper then offered a deal of a lifetime, be the assistant sports editor and have a full scholarship to the college. Covering the Wooster athletic programs, local high schools and professional sports became routine. What was not routine was covering the first Monday Night NFL game held in Cleveland when the Browns beat the New York Jets and Joe Namath. Following graduation, it was a career with Allstate Insurance and various management positions spanning 30 years involving 6 moves throughout the Midwest. He landed in Port Huron from Chicago in 1996 due to his mother’s illness. He has been here since, retiring in 2001. In 2006, he was an Executive with the Blue Water Council of the Boy Scouts before retiring again in 2010. Volunteer activity and the Rotary club have kept him active. He heard Grant Smith’s call in 2016 and began work with the Grant Smith Insurance Agency and GBS Media. He is married to Joy, also a Grant Smith employee. They enjoy travel, friends and their home. He has 2 children, 3 grandchildren and two Yorkie rescue pups. Life is good.
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!
My name is Chris Jackson, co-creator of Harmony Probiotic Blend. I discovered the subject of nutrition when I was 17, and the fascination with that subject, how the body works and natural healing has never left me. I’ve been passionate about health and fitness all of my adult life.
I started taking probiotics over 20 years ago and have never looked back. The more I learned about how vital they were to health, the more amazed I became. My husband and I decided to develop a probiotic of our own, and from that, Harmony Probiotic Blend was born. It was a labor of love. A lot of research went into its development, along with the intention to create an ethical high-quality product that would actually help others. We’ve received countless testimonials from people who’ve experienced benefits they didn’t get with other probiotics.
I believe in helping others whenever possible, and in this way, we are. When a person feels better physically and mentally, they can then operate better in their own lives – whether at work, as a parent, a spouse, a friend, etc. I love interacting with others, and my greatest pleasure is being in touch with our customers and making new friends.
Kelly Jackson, DDS
I’ve been a dentist in private practice in St. Clair, Michigan, for over 25 years. I’m trained and experienced in all facets of dentistry, so that our patients never need to go elsewhere for any of their treatment. I’m constantly taking courses to stay current on the quickly changing dental profession, so that I can deliver the best care possible.
I’ve lived all over the U.S, and overseas, as a result of my father being a pilot in the U.S. Air Force, but I decided to settle back in this area.
I really enjoy getting to know my patients and have developed countless long term relationships over the years.
F. Forbes Johnson
F. Forbes Johnson has been a Blue Water Area supporter for as long as he can remember. “I have have seen the good times, bad times and great times and have been lucky enough to have been part of a good many of them. I performed around the world, around the states, and around Port Huron. The blue in the water is in my blood and always will be. From Port Huron High School to Saint Clair County Community College, Central Michigan University to Michigan State. From speaking to singing to masters of ceremony to teaching to singing on hit albums, dancing with Marcel Marceau and National Touring Companies; THIS will always be home. I have been blessed to meet the finest people on earth, work with them, learn from them and find a good percentage of them in this area. To my fellow teachers, former students, performers, and many friends (who just happen to be the best ever) I am the most blessed man in this world. These are the people who have made me who I am. If I can impart any of whatever I have to one person, I will have been a success. Question me, talk to me, write to me and I guarantee an honest answer. It’s not easy but anything can be done with faith, hope and the will to do your very best in life. Anything is possible.”
Vickie Johnston, International Speaker, from Phoenix, AZ, is a dynamic teacher with over 25 years’ experience in the healthcare industry. Her writing addresses how the human body works, and how everyday toxins and our water are affecting our lives and lives of those we love. Providing our community with education and information in order to make informed decisions about your health is what Vickie is all about.
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.
Dianne Kemp was born in Detroit and moved to Lexington at age 9. She received her Associate Degree in Nursing Science in 1972 from SCCCC. And a Bachelors in Healthcare Psychology from Graceland College (Iowa) on 1996.
Dianne’s career developed from her love of babies. She was a Maternal Child nurse for 45 years – developing and teaching childbirth and parenting education classes, working as an RN in Mother Baby Care and was the first lactation consultant in the county. She is now volunteering as a chaplain at River District Hospital since losing her vision in her left eye due to a retinal detachment in 2010.
Dianne is the proud mother of three children (one who was disabled and passed away in 2007) and two grandchildren.
Lisa Kenny is a Marketing Specialist at Sanilac Broadcasting and owner of On Target Marketing in Sandusky, Michigan. A lifetime Sanilac County resident, she is passionate about helping small business succeed so future generations can enjoy the benefits of small town, rural living. She grew up working in her family’s clothing stores in Croswell, Sandusky and Bad Axe, and started her first business at age 15 to pay her way through business school at Northwood Institute. Lisa is President of Woman’s Life Chapter 867 of Sanilac County, and loves raising awareness and funds for worthy causes in the area like the Sanilac County Humane Society. She is happily married to Scott and they reside just outside Sandusky with their pack of rescue dogs, cats and a bunny.
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.
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.
Pastor Bonnie Klos
I am a third career pastor (I don’t count the year of driving school bus my final year of seminary 😉 ) I was a dental hygienist for 20 years. I left that for the business world and worked for a third party administrator administering employee benefits (health, dental, vision insurance and flexible spending, health savings accounts). It was during that time I went back to school to finish my undergraduate degree. I have a BS in Business Administration concentrating in Organizational Management. Then God stopped gently poking at me and hit me with a 2X4 across the back of my head calling me to be a pastor! I applied and was accepted at Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, MN.
I have served at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Port Huron since June 2015. People in the Blue Water area have been very welcoming and kind to my husband, Dale, and me. We enjoy exploring the area’s antique shops, restaurants and theatres.
Dale and I have been married for almost 32 years. We have three children – Emily who lives in North Carolina with her dog and two cats, Molly who lives outside Chicago with her boyfriend and two cats and Adam is a student in LaCrosse, WI.
Kathleen Knowles is a life-long resident of Port Huron and a 1973 graduate of Port Huron High School. After attending St. Clair County Community College, she has worked for credit unions all of her life as well as a professional dog show handler, known for handling Pekingese. Kathleen has been writing fiction for years as a hobby, having posted many stories online.
Coach Knuth spent 40 years in education as a teacher, athletic director, and coach of various sports. An undefeated regular season resulted in him being awarded Associated Press Class “B” Girls State Basketball Coach of the year. His freshman football teams won 95% of their games and he coached on the football staff that won two Class B State Championships. He is an inductee into the Michigan HS Football Coaches Hall of Fame. As a volleyball coach, his teams won eight consecutive state championships and a total of nine. Three of the seasons were undefeated seasons and resulted in a state record 192 consecutive victories. His career volleyball coaching record is 1,135 wins and 78 losses for a 93.5 %-win percentage. He is an inductee into the Michigan HS Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame. Coach Knuth has been awarded 56 Coach of the Year honors which include being named National Coach of the Year twice. He is an inductee into the HS Coaches Hall of Fame. A heart attack while coaching helped John see more clearly the path God has intended for him which resulted in writing the book coaching 100 Days with Jesus and the children’s book Johnny Lightning- Saves the Town.
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.
Sharyl was born in the Port Huron-Marysville area and has lived there her entire life. She graduated from Port Huron High School and Port Huron Junior College. Working in a family owned business for 27 years she gained experience in accounting and sales. She has attended Colonial Woods Missionary Church since 1988. She is currently involved in the choir, a quilting group, plus a home Bible study. At one time she was, for many years, on the Women’s Ministry committee. She is blessed to be a mom to two sons and Mema to three grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Patrick J. Loftus
Patrick J. Loftus, a native from Mount Clemens and a 1976 graduate of L‘Anse Creuse High School, has lived in Port Huron since his marriage to Nancy in 1988. He graduated from Western Michigan University and earned teaching certification in 1984 in German and History. His profession took him to Carlyle, Illinois and East Detroit. Besides instruction, he coached soccer, tennis, Quiz Bowl, German Quiz Bowl, and Debate. Patrick had an enthusiastic German Club and took students to Germany in 1985, one of 5 trips he made mostly to German speaking lands. Mr. Loftus closely follows state and national politics. In his spare time, he follows and watches sports. He follows FC Köln and looks forward to his 30th Wedding Anniversary in April of 2018 to Cologne, Munich and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Patrick places international exchange students at CETUSA (non-profit) in St. Clair, Macomb, Sanilac and Lapeer Counties as a Local Coordinator.
Corinne Madden is currently attending St. Clair County Community College pursuing a degree in Secondary Education, specializing in English Literature and Theory. She loves to read, write, and research. Her focus currently is with short story fiction and occasionally non-fiction- specifically the real-world challenges people face daily: the impacts of losing a loved one, depression, and the wiliness and drive that occurs when someone feels it necessary to protect their loved ones.
Her mentor authors are endless: Ernest Hemingway, Edgar Allen Poe, George Orwell, J.K Rowling, Stephan King, Jane Austen, J.R.R Tolkien, to name a few. In her spare time, she also likes to do landscape photography, often going out on shoots once or twice a week. Corinne is also a member of Holy Family church in Memphis, Michigan.
Eric Malooley is a Port Huron resident and lived most of his life in the area. A couple of attempts to leave (looking for gold in California and the sun in Florida) proved unsuccessful.
An Aquarian, Mr. Malooley has an affinity for water, swimming, and fishing, subsequently, he has chosen to live out his remaining years in the Blue Water Area.
Mr. Malooley began his involvement with literature in the Blue Water Area as Editor-in-Chief of “Open Doors” in 1973. This was a creative publication of Port Huron High School with advisor Mary Jane Misenar. Later in the ’70’s, he helped establish “Patterns” (an annual literary magazine) with creative writing instructor Eleanor Matthews. He began writing poetry and prose in high school as an outlet for adolescent angst. This form of expression has continued to be an integral part in helping him maintain his mental/emotional health (sanity).
Ken is a graduate of Michigan Technological University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has enjoyed living in the Blue Water area his entire life, growing up in Clyde township and currently living in Croswell. Ken is married to Robbin Maxwell and is blessed with two amazing daughters. Formerly the founder and owner of Swell Software, Inc., he now works as Director of Engineering for Express Logic, a San Diego, CA based software engineering firm.
With over 20 years’ experience in software development, Ken has been published several times in technical journals and software engineering whitepapers. This is his first foray into community discussion forums and his hope is to contribute in a positive way.
Julie McCoy is the mother of an adult son with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Now retired, she has worked in many different fields, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a minor in Human Resource Administration through Concordia University. She also worked as a substitute teacher, requesting Special Education classes. She is involved at the state level in an Advisory Implementation Group comprising 50 other individuals from within the state working on a mandate from the federal government called Home and Community Based Service Waiver or HCBS waiver. This waiver comprises of moving persons on Medicaid and are I/DD from specific segregated facilities to the greater community. Her goal is to establish a location that will not only serve the community, but will strengthen the abilities of, and bring recognition to, one of the most vulnerable populations in our country.
Jennifer McDonald, BS, LAS
Jennifer has 18 years of management and leadership experience including a past position at the Delta & Menominee County Health Department, and the administrator of 2 assisted living facilities including the Harrington Inn. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management and Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin.
Jennifer trusted Jesus Christ as her Savior in 2002 and as a member of the Wesleyan Church since 2003, Jen served in the teen ministry for 5 years. She volunteers with the Blue Water Area Humane Society. She enjoys gardening, boating, reading, and rollerblading with her dogs.
Jennifer started out as a volunteer for Blue Water Pregnancy Care Center in 2004 and in May 2005 Jennifer became the Executive Director. Immersing herself into pregnancy care ministry, she earned her LAS, Life Affirming Specialist certification. She has personally counseled over 300 clients. She serves on the boards of the Pregnancy Centers of Southeast Michigan, Marriage and Family Builders of St. Clair County, and the National Association of Career Women.
Annette Mercatante MD, MPH
Dr. Mercatante grew up on the east side of Detroit and learned at an early age what poverty and community can mean for health. After high school she received a BS degree in Medical Technology from Michigan State University, her MD from Wayne State School of Medicine/Detroit, and completed a Family Medicine Residency from St John Hospital/Detroit. She has remained Board Certified in Family Practice and has spent over 20 years in primary care in St Clair County. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) from University of Massachusetts/Amherst in 2011. First as Medical Director, and now as the Medical Health Officer for the St Clair County Health Department, she sees Local Public Health as a critical component of healthcare reform and improving population health.
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 amenities 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.
Rev. Julie Montague
Rev. Julie Montague is a licensed and ordained Unity Minister, graduating from Unity School for Religious Studies in 1995. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Julie knew from an early age she was destined to be a Unity Minister since growing up in a family of Unity Students of Truth, going back four generations. Unity to Julie is a way of life not just a Sunday experience.
Julie has studied many of the world religions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American / Earth Religions, Metaphysical Christianity and various forms of meditation. She learned Transcendental Meditation at age 16 and has been meditating daily since. She believes in the power of prayer to heal, prosper and protect, and has been witness to its miracle-working power.
She has studied Non-Violent Communication, Heart Math, Sacred Psychology and Celtic Traditions. She has a personal mission to be part of creating a more peaceful world and a pristine environment in which human beings can thrive and evolve into higher levels of consciousness. Julie believes this happens through the study and practice of healthy, supportive community. As each individual lives into their highest potential, they understand the connection and oneness of all that is, knowing whatever we think, say or do affects the whole of the Universe.
Rev. Julie Montague was the founding minister of Unity of Blue Water in 1994 and over the last 20 years has served ministries in the United States and Canada. She was elected Chairperson of the Board of the Association of Unity Churches Canada and served as Chairperson of the Board of Unity Worldwide Ministries in 2010, and the leadership team of the Association of Global New Though. Julie introduced the Season for Nonviolence created by the Association of Global New Thought to Port Huron in the first year of this annual event.
Rev. Julie is a lifelong student of Spirit. She loves to hike, ski, kayak and ride horses. She is married to Roy Ayers, also a Unity Minister, and has three children and three grandchildren who she adores.
Global Perspective Rev. Julie has spoken all over the world and the U.S., covering at least 15 different states; and Canada, Dominican Republic, Barcelona-Spain, and Melbourne- Australia.
Cheryl L. Morgan
“This book came about after a visit to the library where I could not find local Indian History. I grew up in the St. Clair and Black River area of Michigan, fishing on all the area waters with my father and brothers. I loved books, libraries, horses and puzzles; I was not a tech person. I love to cook, garden, travel, and camp. I was determined to find and share the truth. This has been a difficult journey in every way. I give you, the reader, the truth and blessings I also reaped.” Cheryl Morgan
Cheryl Morgan lives near Port Huron, Michigan with her husband Tom and dog Fred.
Pat North, a native of Port Huron, graduated from Port Huron High School and is a proud alumna of the 1972 Big Reds Marching Machine Germany band. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music in Flute Performance from the College Conservatory of Music, Univ. of Cincinnati, with graduate studies at the Univ. of Illinois where she also received her Pilot’s license. Pat was apprenticed to professional flute builder, Jack Moore, and later started her own company, Cincinnati Fluteworks, in 1980, specializing in the technical and acoustical aspects of the construction of the flute as well as branding. She authors a quarterly technical and promotional newsletter for the company. In addition to her passion for the flute, she hosted and produced community radio and TV programs, focused on civil rights and justice issues. Her other passion is for Standard Schnauzers. Pat produced and was co-editor of The Standard Schnauzer Club of America’s Source Book 4, as well as several other educational interactive and print publications for them. She lives in Cincinnati with her very own home bred Standards, but once a Michigander, always a Michigander.
Shelly M. Papinaw, PhD.
Shelly Papinaw has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and works at BWC in Fort Gratiot as a professional outpatient mental health counselor. She also does work as an adjunct online professor for Madonna University, supervises limited license counselors working toward full licensure, and is an independent consultant for the natural and organic spa line, Lemongrass Spa.
She is also the author of the following books: “The Misadventures of Maggie and Lou: My Boston Terrier Bandits”, “Tales of a Dreamer”, “Selling Your Soul to the Dissertation Process” under the name Pandora H. Dellinger, and the children’s book, “A Baby Brother for Maggie and Lou.”
She resides in the City of Port Huron with her husband, two young sons, and two Boston Terriers. Her passions include reading, writing, running, yoga, and completion of various bucket list challenges.
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.
Mark E. Pearson was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo. In 1970 he moved to Michigan where he met and married the girl of his dreams, Mary Lou Davis, together they have two sons. He attended Briercrest Bible Institute in Saskatchewan, Canada, and later received his associates degree in business from St. Clair Community College. He was a bookkeeper and worked in retail sales for 30 years and has spent the last fifteen years as a Jeweler at Coughlin’s Jewelers in St Clair, MI. He is a voracious reader of history and as a result of being an avid reader he began to write short stories and articles for editorial columns and magazines on current events and comparing and relating past events to current happenings.
Mary Lou Pearson
Mary Lou Pearson was born and raised in Port Huron Mi. She married her husband Mark in 1975 and they have two sons. She graduated from Port Huron Northern and then studied music with the Sherwood Music School. She worked in Marketing for AT&T for many years and is currently a drama director at Colonial Woods Missionary Church and teaches private piano. She loves living in the Blue Water Area where she tries to find beauty and a little humor in everyday living.
Tom & Alison Pemberton, Healing Hands
Alison has been a personal trainer and nutrition specialist for the last 14 years. She played volleyball, basketball and softball at Yale High School and has a Bachelor of Health Science from Grand Valley State University and a Masters of Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University.
Tom has taught for 16 years and has coached cross country for the last 18 years. He ran cross country and track for Grand Valley State University and has been a national qualifier. He has been a head cross country coach at Yale for 12 years before going back to school to receive a degree in sports medicine.
Terry Pettee is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University where his undergraduate study prepared him for a career in secondary education. Prior to attending EMU, he was Editor-In-Chief of the Erie Square Gazette while a student at the St. Clair County Community College. Between his community college and university years he was Marysville Editor of the St. Clair County Independent Press where he was a newspaper reporter and columnist. After a brief teaching stint his life’s journey led him into human resource and industrial relations management; a career spanning four decades. Now retired, Terry writes both Christian value based fiction and non-fiction for his own amusement, which is babble-speak for saying he has only a single published book to his credit.
Vicki is founder and president of the Port Huron Area History & Preservation Association, a newer nonprofit dedicated to researching and sharing the regional history of Port Huron, Port Huron Township, Fort Gratiot Township, and Marysville, and assisting with the preservation of properties and neighborhoods for the good of all area residents. She holds the degrees of Master of History and Bachelor of Anthropology, and worked in the related fields of archaeological and historical resources management while in California. She also found gratification working as a Victim Specialist, assisting persons who suffered domestic violence, for some years. Having a son, she became acquainted with video games and plays certain story- and action-driven franchises when she wants to forget about daily concerns; Vicki is known to fall into giggle fits, or wield a crossbow or gauss rifle equally deftly, in the immersive stories. She has published poetry and pieces on history, Christianity, and video games.
Barbara L. Riffenburg
Barbara was born and raised in Goodells, Michigan. She has been married to Dale Riffenburg since August of 2008, and between the two of them they have 5 children, and 2 grandchildren. She has been a Pharmacy Technician for 24 years. Barbara loves to write poetry and devotions. She has been attending Westminster Church for 16 years and loves doing devotionals for Christmas and Mother’s Day. Barbara has been to Costa Rica on 2 mission trips and loves serving the Lord.
Mitch Robinson is a lifelong Yale area resident, graduate, retired teacher and coach. Teaching within the Yale school district for 30 years where he coached basketball, golf, football, baseball and softball. As Varsity baseball coach, he led the boys to win 3 league championships in his 6 years of coaching them. The highlight of Coach Robinson’s career came from his time coaching girls softball where he won six league championships over 18 years, and set records that are still in place today. Inducted into the Yale High Hall of Fame, his plaque and picture hang within the walls of Yale High School. He received both a bachelors and masters degree from Central Michigan University. A self proclaimed, ‘jack of all trades’, Mitch enjoys Tiger baseball, hunting, gardening, oil painting and wood carving. Mitch still resides in Yale with his wife, Laura who is also a retired Yale teacher of 30 years. They have 2 adult children, Don and Shelly.
Carol graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts and Wayne State University with a master’s degree– both in elementary education– with an emphasis on birth to eight years. She is a wife, mom, grandmother, and retired teacher. She has lived in St.Clair County for decades, but hails from Portage where she left part of her heart. As a Christian, she works for God and country, trying to educate the uninformed and set the captives free. She has a keen eye for what ails the culture and, when she realized the downward spiral we were on, was called to fight for her country in 2009, using political activism from a Christian worldview. She is grateful for this platform from which to speak.
Edward Senyk is a long-time resident of Port Huron. He was bit by the film bug at a very young age and decided to turn his passion into his career. Edward graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. He now has over 35 years in award winning video production experience. Edward is the Director of Video Production at GBS Media.
My name is Heather Sheldon. I am a resident of St. Clair County. Sports have always been part of my life. I enjoy staying active and trying to eat healthy. I say trying because I enjoy a burger and beer like many people. My children are involved in swim, dance, track, and cross-country. My husband and I are Veterans of the United States Army. We both volunteer as members of the St. Clair County Allied Veterans, a group that honor fallen soldiers by preforming military honors at funerals. Crochet and knitting are a passion of mine. I hope to share articles and patterns for anyone who also enjoys making handmade items. I make hats for children and donate them to charities. I love hiking and adventure. I hope I can share my experiences with our readers and provide information on Veterans, hiking, crafts, and of course my perspective on world news.
Sarah Sinda grew up in the Port Huron area, graduated from Port Huron High School and loves the Blue Water Area. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for over 20 years and together they have four boys ages 17, 15, 13 and 11. She has worked with students 18 and under for the past 22 years and loves to be an encouraging voice in their lives. During those years she has also found her love of building and leading volunteer teams. She enjoys learning, applying and teaching leadership principles and believes that everyone is called to lead someone. She is passionate about helping people move past obstacles and reach their full potential. She believes that authenticity and vulnerability are launching pads for personal growth and important building blocks in healthy relationships. Recently Michael and Sarah have decided to build Legacy Youth Center so they can continue successfully reaching students through camps and other events. Sarah desires to invest everything she has into living her bravest life each day and invites you to do the same.
Arthur C. Smith, 77 of Port Huron, is a 3rd generation funeral director at Smith Family Funeral Home. He graduated from Port Huron High School in 1958, Albion College in 1962, and played varsity tennis at both schools. In 1964 he received his Mortuary Science license. In the early 1980s he became a Little Caesars Pizza franchisee and was involved with stores in South Texas, Northwest Ohio, and Oakland County, MI. His community service over the years has included March of Dimes, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Grace Episcopal Church, Port Huron Hospital, Blue Water Hospice, and Kiwanis. In 1972 he was named Jaycees Young Man of the Year. He has played in all 60 Robinson Tennis Tournaments and is an avid runner having completed 18 marathons including 5 Boston Marathons. Because of his Scottish lineage Art has been instrumental in organizing the local Burns Supper held each January. He and his wife, Sue, have been married over 54 years and have three children and 6 grandchildren.
Born in Niagara Falls, New York, Diane has lived in Port Huron for 30 years. She was employed in the auto industry in Metro Detroit for 20 years as payroll accountant. She also worked as the Student Services Representative at St. Clair County Community College for 5 years before retiring. Diane is married with 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
I have been the manager of Knowlton’s Ice Museum for almost three years. I have lived in Port Huron all of my life and grew up with the Knowlton family. I have two adult children and two grandchildren. I belong to an antique tractor club in Croswell, MI where I’ve shown my 1949 8n Ford tractor in local parades. I love visiting the St. Clair river with my little dog and a good book for the afternoon. Quilting is a passion when I have them time. I truly enjoy sharing the ice harvesting history in our area; it brings back memories for so many people.
Karl J. Staffhorst
Karl J Staffhorst was born in Marine City, Michigan. A graduate of Marine City High School, he then went on to get an Associate’s Degree in General Education from SC4, before transferring to Ball State to get his Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunication Production. Karl has always had a strong passion for TV, film, and music and has been working in TV stations since he was just 16 years old. Karl now works as a Video Production Specialist for GBS Media, which is the parent company for Blue Water Healthy Living.
As a longtime school secretary for Port Huron Schools, Beth Vought is no stranger to writing. Now retired, she’s excited to start this new creative writing endeavor. She has lived in the Blue Water area her entire life and has over thirty years’ experience sewing, crafting, along with other hand work. Beth has three grown children, two current fur babies and been married 35+ years. No grandchildren yet, but she did help deliver a liter of five puppies where she says, “Once was enough!”
Kasaundra M. Watta
Kasaundra M Watta, 22 of Port Sanilac, has lived near the water her entire life. She graduated from Croswell-Lexington High School is 2014 and received her Associates Degree in General Education from Saint Clair County Community College in 2015. Even after moving to Mount Pleasant in 2015 to attend Central Michigan University, her heart remained near the lake. She returned in December with her Bachelor’s Degree and is now the Port Sanilac Marina’s Content and Marketing Manager. She has become involved in anything that has to do with the water: learning about boats and kayaks because of her everlasting love of the lake. She now gets to watch the waves roll in from her desk.
Janice Wagner moved to Port Huron, Michigan in 1968 at the age of nine. She graduated from Port Huron Northern High School in 1977. After living for two years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she returned to Port Huron and married the love of her life, David Wagner. Janice was a stay-at-home mom to two children, and then later to two grandchildren. She is very happy to have been given the opportunity to work for the Grant Smith Insurance Agency, where a temporary, part time job for Open Enrollment turned into a full-time job.
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.
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.
Jan Wyllie has been a member of the Port Huron Elks Lodge 343 for the past 22 years being initiated on August 8, 1996. She was the second woman to join the Elks after the first woman, Marion Evans who was initiated on January 25, 1996. Jan has been the editor of the P.H. Elks Lodge newsletter called the Expositor since April 1997 through the present with a little break in the middle from June 2006 to March 2010. Jan has been an Officer of the Lodge several times being Lecturing Knight, Loyal Knight, Inner Guard, Tiler, Esquire, Chaplain, Trustee and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Through the years she has sat in for absent Officers on numerous occasions. She has chaired many events at the Lodge including Children’s Christmas Party, Easter Egg Hunt, New Year’s Parties, Super Bowl Parties, Expositor Parties, Family Picnic, Spam Fest, and many more. She continues to this day to make posters for events, tickets for events, programs, and more.
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
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.