Company:  Owner, Creative Thinking Design, LLC

Career:  I began working in graphic design since the age of 16, eventually advancing to creative director of a media company before starting my own design firm, Creative Thinking Design. Because of the freedom and flexibility of the design business, I am also a realtor. All the marketing, branding and creative knowledge that I’ve gained over the years has paid off for both my design and real estate businesses.

Education: I completed Graphic Design Education and Interior Design studies at Henry Ford Community College and management training at Schoolcraft College and Adizes Management Training and Development.

What You Should Know: I was introduced to AWC Detroit when I met Carol Gillis, VP of AWC Detroit Marketing, and the chapter was in need of design work to update their online branding in 2019.  As part of the effort, I contracted a photographer to shoot images of four chapter members, which I translated into branded creative design that is now in use on all of AWC Detroit’s digital platforms.  

Design career highlights:

  • Awards for graphic design from Society of Professional Journalism and Michigan Press
    Association for excellence in layout and design 2007, 2008 and 2009
  • Designed and produced book: Stolen Childhood: Coming of Age While Surviving the Holocaust. Author Keri Guten Cohen, published June 2010 by Heart Printing & Graphics Inc.
  • Designed and produced book: Winning Your High Conflict Divorce: Strategies for Moms and Dads, Author Shelly Loomis, published April 2015

I also enjoy sharing my skills to help others: 

  • Mentored the marketing team for the P-CEP First Lightning Robotics Team 862 in 2017.
  • Served as a trustee on the Board of the Education Excellence Foundation, a non-profit providing financial and other support for students in Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.
  • Created and administer a Facebook group for the Lake Pointe Subdivision for residents to connect and share.
  • Volunteered creative services for Plymouth-Canton Marching Band.
  • Developed and ran an auction for local artists in the community to raise money for Gleaners Food Bank in 2008.

 AWC Focus:  I would like to connect with women who have reinvented themselves and moved into different careers.

Family and hometown:  I live in Plymouth with my husband and two children.

General Interests:  Creating custom jewelry, painting, and refinishing furniture, gardening, the outdoors, mural painting, art courses.

Causes/volunteer service:  I created wearables for South Lyon Bulldogs, a non-profit logo ‘Love Livin’ Life, Hating Nobody’ – For Positive Mental Health. I volunteer as Celebrity Judge for P-CCS Juried Art Show. I am donating Creative Services for 2021 Wine Tasting Event: Uncorked 2021 for EEF and artwork for the event’s silent auction.