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
  • School aide suspended over bullying-related tweet

    GRANDVILLE, Mich. — The parents of an 11-year-old boy say they’re fighting to keep a personal protection order in place against their son’s alleged bully. They say the alleged attacker’s aunt is fighting to have the PPO terminated. A playground attendant is also in hot water for a tweet that appears to encourage what took place between the two. Chris Noel and Alicia Haverkate said their son was attacked by another student while playing football at recess on October 17th. […]

  • Painter accused of avoiding work and repayment

    HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — Pam Diekevers said she’s tired of looking at the walls and doors in her home. They’re constant reminders of thousands of dollars spent on a job that’s still obviously incomplete, even though her family hired a local painter four months ago. “He charged us $3,000 to do all this work,” Diekevers said. In mid-July, she hired painter Brent Stevens. He owns Touch of Class Painting in Grandville and was supposed to prime and paint the walls, ceiling, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Mother of alleged rape victim shares story, ‘person of interest’ sought

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Marquis Adam Vaughn is considered a person of interest in the case in a sexual assault investigation, according to the US Marshals. However, a local mother said he’s much more than that and claims Vaughn raped her 15-year-old daughter. “He’s ruined our family,” Sara Coleman said. Coleman said she met Vaughn on Facebook a couple of years ago and started dating him this past July. “He told me he had just got out of jail for […]

  • Coopersville business raided, 18 illegal immigrants arrested

    COOPERSVILLE, Mich. — It appeared to be business as usual at DeMeester Wood Products in Coopersville today. However, the facility may be short on help. Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security said it raided the business and arrested 18 people. These individuals, 13 Guatemalan nationals and 5 Mexican nationals are suspected illegal immigrants. U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement said the raid is part of an ongoing criminal investigation. According to authorities, six of the men are repeat offenders and will […]

  • Ferrysburg bridge millage fails, charter amendment passes

    FERRYSBURG, Mich. — It was a big election day for the city of Ferrysburg. Two big decisions were on the ballot. One of them involved the hotly contested future of the historic Ferrysburg Nature Preserve. Voters had to decide whether to amend the city charter when it comes to the sale of city parks and cemeteries. It’s a debate that’s been going on for more than a year now. Voters overwhelmingly approved the amendment, with 81 percent marking ‘yes’. That […]

  • Creating a safe sanctuary, minimizing risk

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The shooting tragedy in Texas prompted First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids to open its doors on Monday to the public and allowed anyone desiring to pray for the innocent lives lost. “My first response was ‘Oh no, another tragedy,'” Pastor Tim Tutthill said. “We can’t control the actions of other people, but we really want to be committed to creating a safe sanctuary for people to come and that was really our intent today […]

  • Avoiding rip-offs: expert tips on hiring contractors

    Hiring a contractor requires doing your homework.  As the FOX 17 Problem Solvers often find, many people don’t know what to look for aside from price quote and reviews. According to experts, checking for a contractor’s license is the first step in the vetting process. That can be easily found on Michigan’s LARA website. “If homeowners actually look into whether their contractors are licensed, it has some level of comfort for them,” said Eddie Holzem, the general manager of Leafguard, […]

  • 80 property owners join pending lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide

    PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Varnum Law Firm said it hasn’t filed a class-action lawsuit against Wolverine Worldwide yet but said two separate suits just might be necessary to get the shoemaker to pay residents for loss in property value, health issues and cleanup of its old, contaminated dumping sites. Those are sites the company said it used to dump toxic byproduct decades ago. The state Department of Environmental Quality said those chemicals are showing up in groundwater. “It has always been […]