Business Directory

The Alumni Business Directory is a directory of companies and businesses owned by or employing Marygrove College alumni. It is intended to provide information to other Marygrove alums who are seeking certain products or services and wish to consider doing business with a fellow Marygrove alumna/us. The Marygrove College Alumni Association encourages this networking and the support of alumni businesses. All alumni are welcome to add their company to the directory. The information contained in the individual directory listings was provided by the alum-owner or employee. The listing of products and services is not an endorsement by the Marygrove College Alumni Association or Marygrove College. Alumni who seek these products and services should apply common consumer rules and business practices when inquiring.

The Marygrove College Alumni Association reserves the right to reject or delete listings of products or services that are inconsistent with the missions of Marygrove College and the Alumni Association.

To add your company, send your name and graduation year, general business information including business name, type, address, phone, E-mail and Web addresses, and a brief description of your business or service to

> Ahee Communications, Inc.

13239 Teak, Suite 1
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Phone: (586) 979-3801
Fax: (586) 693-0545

M. Renée Ahee, ‘72
Type of business: Public Relations, Marketing, Communications

Established in 1999, Ahee Communications has offered strategic communications solutions to corporations, non-profits and individuals that bring bottom-line results. We provide executive speech writing, special events planning and execution, press relations, press conferences, financial public relations, marketing campaigns, web content writing, marketing brochures and shareholder and analyst communications. We are proud that our client list includes Marygrove College, Charter One Bank, Ford Motor Credit Corporation, General Motors, American Arab Nurses Association, the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services, Bank One, and many more.

> American International Academy

Racheal Thompson-Alexander (Class of 2006)
Dean of Students
American International Academy
300 S. Henry Ruff
Westland, MI 48186

American International Academy is a public charter school academy serving approximately 300 students in grades K-6. Offering a rigorous curriculum powered by Sabis, foreign language and a host of extracurricular activities, AIA is an emerging leader in producing academically successful students.

> Bermar Associates, Inc. Manufacturing

433 Minnesota
Troy, MI 48083
Phone: (800) 394-2460
Fax: (248) 589-2461

Jan Roncelli, ‘70
Type of business: Manufacturing

Since 1969, Bermar Associates, Inc. has offered short-run injection molding for custom thermoplastic parts. We provide a one-stop shop for research, design, mold building, and mold production. Our patented mold system provides cost-effective tooling alternatives for the machine tool, medical, recreational, and industrial markets. We are proud to be the home of Master Wipe Way Wipers, an industry standard in machine tool accessories. See our web site and e-commerce products at

> Blessings of Etiquette, LLC

Charm School (Etiquette and Confidence Enhancement)
P.O. Box 760070
Lathrup Village, MI. 48076
Phone: (248) 242-0157

Ramona Lawrence, '76 & '88.

Blessings of Etiquette is an affiliate of Etiquette-Network out of Illinois, more than a Charm School, it is a confidence building and self-improvement enhancement program. It’s learning to “Be The Best You Can Be” by getting back to the basics in social decorum for boys and girls ages 8-17. Services:

  • Five-week classroom program for boys and girls ages 8-17, meeting for 1 ½ - 2 hours
  • Group Workshops (churches, girl scouts, after-school programs)
  • Private one-on-one or team sessions:
  • Business etiquette
  • Social etiquette
  • Interview Savvy

> Brilliant Beginnings Child Development Center

2306 Mc Kee Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 452-7230
Fax: (616) 452-7150

Kristen Bentley, '03

High quality child care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children in a peanut-free and food allergy friendly environment. Curriculum is developed on-site and includes literacy, math, science, global studies, large and small muscle movement, discovery and social play at all ages. Small group, large group, individual and teacher-led activities and play are provided daily. Qualified and well-trained teachers. Convenient location off of 28th Street near US-131.

> Deborah Chase School of Dance

29820 Joy Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: (734) 513-2004

Deborah Chase-Cargill, ‘78
Type of business: Education

Choreography and Coaching. Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Girls and Boys Pre-Ballet and Creative Movement, Special Summer/Dance Art Camp.

> Creative Art By Elaine

Phone: (313) 382-9388

Elaine Freeman, ‘49
Type of business: Art Watercolor paintings, florals, notecards.

> Nancy E. Dunn Wordsmithing, LLC

124 Meridan Drive
Dearborn, Michigan USA 48124-1320
Phone: (313) 561-2548

Nancy Eileen Dunn, ‘68
Type of business: Writing - Editing - Content

I have my own company handling all types of writing and editing for a wide variety of clients. I have 30 years of experience in professional writing and editing, including more than 25 years in the news media, and more than five years of working on my own for clients in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. I have written or edited books, media materials, presentations, correspondence, resumes, briefing materials, executive summaries, research projects and more. I can help you say exactly what you mean!

> Edelman Public Relations

International Square
1875 Eye Street, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 371-0200

Bridget A. Gonzales, ‘82
Type of business: Public affairs, government relations, advertising, consumer marketing, management consultancy, corporate social responsibility, research, medical education, event management and Internet solutions.

Our goal is to provide public relations counsel and strategic communications services that enable our clients to build strong relationships and to influence attitudes and behaviors in a complex world. Edelman is the world’s largest independent firm with 1,700 employees in 39 offices worldwide. We recently celebrated our 50th anniversary and were named 2003 “Agency of the Year”.

> Educational Presentations by Carla Wambach

3000 Villard #189
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 442-6551

Carla Wambach, ‘52 T
Type of business: Education

General interest programs include River Quest; Take Flight With Lewis and Clark; Montana’s State Symbols; Montana Native Plants and Lewis and Clark; and family programs include ”B” for Birds; “C” for Critters; “D” for Dinosaurs.

> Hats to the Rack Hair and Nail Gallery

18400 Morang
Detroit, MI 48205
(313) 521-1444 or (313) 521-1445

Abby Murphy ‘97

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Jesu Parrish
17180 Oak Dr.
Detroit, MI 48221
Phone: (313) 862-4400

Angela M. Hibbard, ’65, ’78, ‘96
Type of business: Consultant

Adult Faith Formation for parishes and groups. Consultation, classes, workshops, retreats in RCIA, scripture, liturgical ministry, catechist formation and much more. Available in Southeast Michigan and beyond.


Phone: (313) 221-4999

Kevin W. Link, ‘80
Type of business: Consultant

> Infinity Institute International, Inc.

Hypnosis Training School
4110 Edgeland, Suite 800
Royal Oak, MI 48073-2285
Phone: (248) 549-5594

Anne H. Spencer, PhD. BA '57 and MEd '75

Twenty eight years as President and Director of Infinity Institute International, Inc – A state licensed Hypnosis Training School #19840003 as well as an online store featuring Hypnosis and Holistic Living products. The web site includes Articles of Interest, Self-Help CDs, DVDs, books, E-newsletter called Subconsciously Speaking as well as courses, workshops and seminars designed to create healing in Body, Mind and Spirit. Spencer spent 20 years as Founder and Director of the International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association® with members and affiliated training schools worldwide using the Infinity Institute curriculum. The motto reads: Your Potential is Infinite…

> The Inn at Locke House

P.O. Box 1510
19960 Elliott Rd.
Lockeford, CA 95237
Phone: (209) 727-5715

Larnice Swann Eklund, ‘59
Type of business: Lodging

In the heart of the Lodi Appellation and the Delta is The Inn at Locke House, voted one of the country’s top 15 Bed & Breakfast Inns for Most Historic Charm. The 22-room white brick farmhouse has been restored and renovated with four uniquely decorated rooms in the Main House and a three-level suite in the Water Tower. Freshly baked confections and a full-coursed gourmet breakfast are served in the carriageway, parlors, farmhands’ dining room or garden terrace. All accommodations have private baths, fireplaces, private telephone with data ports, robes, and king or queen beds.

> The Inn at the Rustic Gate

6991 Hungerford Lake Dr.
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: (800) 319-5867

Marcia Stroko, ‘71
Patricia Barrett, ‘71
Type of business: Lodging/Conference

The Inn at the Rustic Gate offers the opportunity to spend time away in a peaceful setting. We are located on 146 acres of rolling meadowland, hardwood forest, pine forest and wetlands including a small lake and pond. The old barn and silo add to the pastoral ambience of our facility. Our land is surrounded by the Manistee National Forrest, which has a 13-mile trail system for cross-country skiing, horseback riding, and hiking. Our center includes: 8 guest rooms each with a private bath; a library; a third floor meditation loft with panoramic views of the land; a dining/conference room which can accommodate up to 40 people for a day meeting; and a covered outdoor picnic pavilion with views of the wetlands and lake. We are 3 hours from Detroit, 1 hour from Grand Rapids and 4 hours from Chicago.

> Investazor

375 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Phone: (650) 473-9621

Sheryl Fredda ’11
Type of Business: Finance

Investazor is dedicated to retail financial market investors that has the main goal of improving trade quality and the level of education.

> Morgan Stanley | Financial Advisor

220 Park Street, Suite 220
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: (248) 258-6114
Fax: (248) 258-1759

Samual Blue III '93
Business description: Financial advisory and investment services for individuals, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. Specializing in retirement planning and business owner related services such as estate/succession planning, cash management, and business lending.

> National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)

Phone: (202) 608-6310

Deborah Hunter-Harvill, Ed.D ’77, ‘84

Type of business: The National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) is the nation’s premiere non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the nation’s children - particularly children of African descent. Now in its 36th year, NABSE boasts an outreach to more than 10,000 preeminent educators including teachers, administrators, superintendents as well as corporate and institutional members. Founded in 1970, by Dr. Charles D. Moody, Sr., NABSE is dedicated to improving both the educational experiences and accomplishments of African American youth through the development and use of instructional and motivational methods that increase levels of inspiration, attendance and overall achievement.

> NeoVitality

6654 Crescent Lane
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: (330) 678-0677

Laura Glinski Gabella, ‘71
Type of business: Health Products

My business offers products form the #! natural vitamin company in Amercia, and the first company in the world to certified climate neutral. Get Clean products were shown on television and used by both Oprah and Rachel Ray. They are used in The White House. Enfuselle skin care line provides the vitamins your skin craves. Shaklee180 provides the tools and products to achieve a better, healthier way to achieve a healthier weight.

> Primerica

30665 Northwestern Hwy. Suite 10
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: (248) 539-3737

Willie E. Herbert Jr. '02
Type of business: Financial Planning

Put your financial goals and dreams into view with a FREE Financial Needs Analysis (FNA) from Primerica. Constructed just for you, your FNA will help you develop your personal financial game plan for accomplishing life goals such as retirement, buying a house, financing school, and ensuring your family's financial well-being. Call me today for your personalized FNA!

> The Piper Group, Inc.

Phone: (630) 858-7335
167 Crest Road Glen Ellyn, Illinois, 60137

Beth Piper, '82
Type of business: Instructional Design Consulting

The Piper Group, Inc. works with Global Fortune 100 companies to design, develop, deliver and measure performance improvement systems and training. We bring over 20 years of experience implementing programs in the US, Asia Pacific, Europe and the UK.

> Progressive Mortgages

1520 Ramblewood
E. Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 800-626-7786 x 32

Mary Ann Becker, '71

With offices in East Lansing and Brighton, Progressive Mortgages serves all of Michigan. We are committed to providing you the best financing program for your specific home mortgage needs. Whether you are purchasing, refinancing or consolidating debt, we will guide you to the best home financing options available.

> Simply Art, Inc.

Phone: (313) 268-1686

Angela Chaney, '97
Private Art Broker S

imply Art, Inc. exists to provide all consumers with the highest quality canvas art reproductions from local, regional and national renowned artists at affordable prices. Additionally, we strive to provide a sound business medium for brokers, artists and customers with a focus on home beautification and lifestyle enhancement! Contact me for non-profit organization fundraisers, home shows are office/business art decor!

> St Mary’s School

800 Orchard St.
St. Clair, MI 48079

Marilynn Schreiner Pavlov, ‘71
Type of business: Education

St. Mary’s is a preschool through eighth grade school. In preschool and kindergarten, the children’s lessons are heavily integrated into the focused play structured by their teachers. In the primary grades core subjects are introduced with an emphasis on Reading. In the middle grades the children become more independent learners and in middle school grades, the children exchange classes, lockers, play sports and participate in Academic Olympics. Beginning Stations of the Cross during Lent, celebrate Reconciliation and pray before the Blessed Sacrament on the first Friday of the month. It is a nice little school that helps a child grow and develop in a secure, loving Catholic environment.

> Stonesthrow

Empire, MI
Phone: (517) 263-0363

Elizabeth A. Heath, ‘01
Type of business: Vacation Rental

2 bedroom/960 square foot vacation home. Sleeps 6. It is a short walk to downtown Empire and Lake Michigan. It is a short drive or bike to many other destinations including Sleeping Bear Dunes, Glen Lake, Glen Arbor and Traverse City.

> Tasha’s Matazzy Mall Mailordering Services

7347 Genoa
Detroit, MI 48213

Tasha L. Coleman, ‘99
Type of business: Art

I am an artist that specializes in portrait art and graphic illustrations. I especially do celebrity portraits and graphic images on t-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and mug cups. My business offers gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, graduations and holidays. To receive a free catalog, contact me at the above mailing or e-mail address.

> Tasha L. Coleman's Eclectic Images

Tasha L. Coleman's Eclectic Images
7347 Genoa
Detroit, Michigan 48213

Phone Number: (313) 579-1411

I am a Freelance Illustrator with a homebased business specializing in writing, illustrating, and selling children's books with positive African-American images for the ages 2 to 5.

> Unveil Your Dreams, Inc

Phone: (313) 899-1812
Alt Phone: (586) 822-1108

Julie Cylla, '01
Event Decorator

We specialize in event planning with detailed coordination, customer-focused consultation and unique decorating ideas to unveil your dreams beyond your imagination. Our professional team has been responsible for producing some of the most memorable and charished events ever created for many corporations, school events, homecomings, fundraisers, sports, religious ceremonies, bridal showers, weddings, grand openings, individuals and families since 1995. To receive a brochure, contact me at the above email or call.

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