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
  • Kalamazoo Central students rally for gun reform at state Capitol

    LANSING, Mich. — Talia Edmonds, a Kalamazoo Central High School senior, voiced her concerns on gun violence which continues to claim innocent lives across the country. She and her classmates band together on the steps of the state Capitol at an event organized by candidates seeking state and national office. “We are sick of the government idly sitting by and watching innocent children be slaughtered time and time again,” Edmonds told the crowd. Robert Van Kirk, an organizer and 77th […]

  • Subcontractor accuses contractor of failing to pay workers

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Jimmy Rivera said he learned about James Fouse the hard way. “He seemed trustworthy. I didn’t know the background or what not,” he said. Rivera said Fouse hired him to do subcontracting work at two separate properties in November and December. However, he said Fouse only paid him once and is still out $1,385. Rivera said his crew is still waiting for payment as well. “They have a family. I have a family. [We] went through Christmas […]

  • UPDATE: Apartment pays $4,000 to janitorial service after months of runaround

    ALLENDALE, Mich. — Nancy Compagner has finally received some compensation for cleaning services she provided an apartment complex in August. “I did get a check for $4,000,” Compagner said. She recalled, “Tuesday, I got the check. The next day. They overnighted it to me.” It’s the moment Compagner said she’s waited for for months. She said 48 West Apartments in Allendale gave her the runaround after she cleaned several units for them back in August. It never paid her. Not […]

  • Problem Solvers: Tracking down a questionable contractor

    VAN BUREN COUNTY, Mich. — The FOX 17 Problem Solvers confronted questionable contractor Aaron Weaver at the Van Buren County courthouse. He’s been featured numerous times after allegedly ripping people off in Michigan and Indiana. Weaver had a court date on a domestic violence charge in January. “My attorney’s in there. Talk to him,” he walked away. Weaver added, “You ain’t asking me nothing. Talk to my attorney.” FOX 17 showed Diana Holub our interaction with Weaver and how he […]

  • Cleaning service waits months for thousands of dollars from apartment complex

    ALLENDALE, Mich. — Nancy Compagner said she got an urgent call for help in August when 48 West Apartments needed her janitorial services last minute as students prepared to head back to Grand Valley. “The other cleaning lady quit. The kids were moving in that weekend,” Compagner recalled. So for $250 dollars an apartment, she and her daughter, who was six months pregnant at the time, went to work. “Right now, I am owed $4,850,” Compagner said. [She said another […]

  • Man awaiting unclaimed funds frustrated by stalled request

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — You may or may not be aware of the “Unclaimed Property” lookup within the Michigan Department of Treasury’s website. Gregg Stavros is more than familiar with it after a relative found his name listed alongside an unclaimed $1,333.32. That’s a big chunk of money to find out you may be entitled to out of the blue. However, Stavros has had to jump through some hoops to try and recoup it. “A simple request shouldn’t take a […]

  • ‘The National Freedom Project’ allegedly pocketed cash, provided no attorney

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michael James finds himself in a dilemma that we discovered other people across the country have also faced with The National Freedom Project. Last summer, James said he needed an attorney after crossing paths with Grand Rapids police. He said he paid $1,500 to The National Freedom Project, an apparent referral service, to make that happen. “They told me when I get ready to go to court let ’em know. They’ll meet me there. I went […]

  • Contractors cash elderly woman’s $18,000 check, never did the work

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Becky Baines said her mother dreamt of a complete kitchen makeover and paid an $18,000 deposit to make it a reality. “She lived here for over 50 years and she wanted, she’s always wanted her kitchen remodeled,” Baines explained. So 79-year-old Suzanne Cichon hired “Building Impressions Unlimited” on June 1, 2017. Cichon put her faith and money in the hands of Shane Rawlings and company owner Robert Dunn. “It was just shy of $36,000. She paid them […]

  • Nassar sentenced to 40 to 125 years in Eaton County

    EATON COUNTY, Mich. — Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar received his third and final sentence on Monday. He admitted to sexually assaulting scores of girls and women under the guise of medical treatment. Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced the 54-year-old to 40 to 125 years in prison for his crimes in Eaton County. Nassar read aloud, “It’s impossible to convey the depth and breadth of how sorry I am to each and everyone involved.” Rachel Denhollander, the survivor credited with bringing […]