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As a FOX 17 Problem Solver, I try to help people who feel they have nowhere else to turn. We have a great team that prides itself in getting results and seeing a situation through to the end.

I couldn’t have imagined having this opportunity when I began at FOX 17 in August 2011. Since then, I’ve reported on a wide range of issues and events happening around West Michigan.

Before helping launch Problem Solvers, I served as the Grand Rapids city commission beat reporter for two years. I covered the region’s largest municipal government.

My professional journalism career began in Lansing. I cut my teeth in the news business at WLNS.
From 2006 to 2011, I wore many hats and reported the news for my last 3 years in the Capital City.

Before that, I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Go blue!

When I’m not reporting the news, I enjoy spending time with my family, volunteering at my church, and running long distance.

Recent Articles
  • ID theft victim learns of arrest warrant listing her name as an alias

    WEST MICHIGAN — Identity theft is a living nightmare for Heather Kanig. She said it started in the summer of 2014 when someone broke into her car and stole her wallet. “So I had my Social Security card and my driver’s license in my wallet like people shouldn’t do,” Kanig said. She said red flags surfaced in fall 2015 when she got a letter from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services asking Kanig to verify her employment at […]

  • Homeowners upset over drain project costing them thousands

    MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. — A million dollar drain project in Muskegon County is frustrating homeowners who say they’re being forced to foot the bill for something they don’t need. Some property owners are being told to pay about $13,000 by the drain commissioner. Jody Nummerdor said, “If it was something I needed and something that was gonna help benefit us… yea, absolutely.” But the Fruitport Township homeowner and his neighbors said the $1.08 million project to divert groundwater from their homes […]

  • Woman in financial fight with shuttered Whitehall funeral home

    WHITEHALL, Mich. — Beverly Rogers says she was just trying to be responsible, prepaying for her funeral so her family wouldn’t be left with the burden. However, the 80-year-old says dealing with a West Michigan funeral home backfired. Thomas Clock, owner of the now closed Clock Funeral Home in Whitehall, started accepting payments in 2010. “I told him what I wanted, he put it down,” Rogers told FOX 17. But she stopped making those payments in 2016 when her family […]

  • Soldier reschedules wedding after cancelling to prepare for hurricane relief

    KENTWOOD, Mich. — A West Michigan soldier was forced to cancel her wedding to report for deployment for hurricane relief, only to learn she’d be staying put in Michigan after all. FOX 17 first introduced you to the bride-to-be Elainnie Ingram last week.   She canceled her wedding just 10 days before the big day because she was called to deploy for hurricane relief in Florida the same weekend. However,  the National Guard issued a “stand down” order once Florida modified its […]

  • Tiki Tanning closes without warning, prepaid customers want answers

    COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. — A local tanning salon shut down and customers who prepaid for services are upset. “Well, you would think that if they were going to close the next day, they’d give their customers a forewarning saying, ‘Hey we’re closing down,'” Cody Terpstra said. Terpstra said his wife was surprised to find the business had closed last Wednesday. He said she purchased tanning minutes the day before. “Door was locked. Yea, there was nothing inside,” he said. A […]

  • Soldier cancels wedding, prepares to deploy for hurricane relief

    WEST MICHIGAN — As people continue to deal with the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, soldiers from the Michigan National Guard prepare to travel south to provide relief. The natural disasters are impacting lives outside of the southern region. That includes wedding plans. “Everyone wants to have their dream wedding and plan it all out and everything go smoothly. No one expects 10 days before you get married to have to cancel,” Elainnie Ingram said. But Ingram is taking […]

  • Zeeland business owner closes shop, heading to Canada amid immigration uncertainty

    ZEELAND, Mich. — A Zeeland business owner suddenly closed shop this week and left a note posted on the front door that said it’s in his family’s best interest to leave the country. The note led to an outpouring of reaction on social media. Basel Al Yasin just opened his electronics repair shop, Restoring Electronics, in May. FOX 17 learned he settled down in Zeeland after fleeing war torn Syria. ​ Rebekah Rhys read part of the Facebook post she […]

  • Dispute over Bobcat skid-steer continues; charges against former officer dismissed

    BARRY COUNTY, Mich. — Glen and Karen Hayward are awaiting their day in court to explain to a judge why they should regain possession of a Bobcat they spent thousands of dollars to fix. FOX 17 first reported on their dilemma in the spring. A deal with an off-duty police officer went south when the property they received from him was reported as stolen. A third party, Matt Mcallister, claimed ownership of the Bobcat and said then-officer Martin Heppler Jr. […]

  • Problem Solved: Aflac refunds cancer survivor, pays her more than triple

    MARSHALL, Mich. — Mina Garza’s worries over coverage for chemotherapy treatment are over. She’s received a refund of more than triple the amount she said she was owed. The cancer survivor fought off colon cancer twice now. But during her second fight, she battled Aflac Insurance Company simultaneously over coverage. Garza said the payments started out consistent and then became sporadic. It left her with an $1,800 debt. She said she tried getting this straightened out for a year and […]