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  • February 03, 2020 12:30 PM | Antonio Adan (Administrator)

    Denise Gallippo-Sebaly
    Trauma Counselor | Medical Case Manager
    Aetna | Coventry
    PhD Student Walden University 

    I am originally from East Los Angeles and have a strong desire to further build a socially and economically stronger community for the next generation.  I joined Connect Marquette two years ago because as a post graduate student I learned the high value of community engagement and partnership.

    I have found that the relationships and activities I have been able to participate in through Connect Marquette have continued to benefit me personally as a single mother, a student, and now socially. I learn new skills in relation to investing in the relationships of citizens and people in leadership positions. The organization help integrate unique ideas and a positive energy that everyone brings to the community. 

    With Connect Marquette I hope to be able to learn more about what is important for the community to be addressed, what services are needed and what I can do to help give back to my community. 

  • January 01, 2020 8:16 AM | Antonio Adan (Administrator)

    Chris Durley
    Bar Manager
    The Courtyards

    I joined Connect Marquette almost a year ago after living away for four years. When I moved back to the area a lot of the people I knew had relocated for careers, and I really wanted to meet new people that know how special this community is. Through Connect Marquette, I have had the opportunity to meet a slew of different professionals all doing things to better our community, and to me, that was reason enough to stay involved. On top of that, Connect Marquette has also provided me with opportunities to get more involved in the community so I can help keep it amazing. 

    The biggest thing my membership does for me is that it allows me to meet new people. In my line of business, I meet a lot of people but rarely have the time to get to know their stories. I am fascinated by what people do for work and the great impact it has, and this group provides the environment to learn that.

  • December 02, 2019 8:46 AM | Antonio Adan (Administrator)

    Member of the Month
    Steffanie Pepin
    Project Engineer
    GEI Consultants

    I joined Connect Marquette seven years ago when I moved back to the Marquette area.  Most of my friends were scattered across the country and I was looking to meet new people.  I continued to renew my membership because I have gotten to know most of the active members and enjoy spending time socializing with them.  I would like to network with more of the general membership through events hosted by Connect Marquette!

    My membership also gives me the opportunity to experience a side of Marquette County that I wouldn't have access to otherwise.  For example, a few of my favorite events have been sailing with the Marquette Yacht Club, touring the historic sites in Park Cemetery with the Marquette History Museum, taking golf lessons at Greywalls, and volunteering to clean up Mattson Lower Harbor Park.   If there is an event you are interested in seeing, be sure to attend an events committee meeting so we can make it happen!

  • November 20, 2019 8:54 AM | Ashley McGrath

    Shawn Verbrigghe
    Parts Assistant
    Midway Rentals

    I joined Connect Marquette because my wife, Jasmine was getting a membership. She wanted to join and asked me to as well, so I agreed. As I started getting into it I realized that meeting people from other industries is a positive benefit for me. Not just on a professional level, but a personal level as well. It’s cool that I am able to interact with people whom I may normally never meet, had I not joined Connect Marquette. 
    My membership in Connect Marquette has opened the door to potential new clients, and even a new hobby I didn’t know I wanted. The membership also opens up new opportunities both professionally and personally. My membership allows me as an introvert to attend a social/networking event with no outside pressure to meet people, while simultaneously giving me the opportunity to meet others. 

  • November 20, 2019 8:53 AM | Ashley McGrath

    Tristan Luoma
    Arts & Senior Services Coordinator
    City of Marquette
    Director - Art on the Rocks

    When I moved to Marquette a little over two years ago, I was eager to meet new people and build social and professional connections. I got really excited when I heard about Connect Marquette through a colleague of mine - it was exactly what I was looking for! I'm impressed by the number of volunteer and career development opportunities the organization provides, and the membership reflects a wide range of fields and local employers.
    Being a member of Connect Marquette offers me countless opportunities to grow as a human and professional in the city I've been lucky to call home. The professional aspect speaks for itself, but the organization also shines as a way for it members to network, collaborate, and plant the seeds for the future. Our city, being as tight-knit as it is - is full of vibrancy and energy, and I see that growing year after year. That being said, it takes a concerted effort to channel that energy and turn it into something tangible that can leave a lasting mark as we continue to evolve and grow as a community.  Connect Marquette is doing that, and that makes me smile. 

  • November 20, 2019 8:48 AM | Ashley McGrath

    April Cote

    Program Manager

    Little Brothers - Friends of the Elderly

    Upper Michigan Office

    I joined Connect Marquette because I wanted the opportunity to be able meet professionals in the area with similar interests and passions, such as community focused peers. I am an introvert and it can be difficult for me to meet people both in social and professional settings. When I learned about the organization, I thought it was the perfect way to help me in this area!
    My membership gives me a bigger sense of community that I absolutely lacked prior to joining. I work in an elderly based non-profit with only one other employee at our local office, so meeting outside professionals isn’t easy. Having joined Connect Marquette I feel like I am part of a much larger group of professionals and much more connected to the community that I love so much. I have found my place here in the community. This is possible because I joined Connect Marquette. 

  • August 15, 2019 9:43 AM | Ashley McGrath

    Member of the Month
    Michael Bradford
    Events Marketing Manager at Travel Marquette

    I joined Connect Marquette because I was constantly looking for more opportunities to become involved and find others who were working towards the same goals. I want to create a lasting impact in a community that has felt more like home than any other place I have ever lived. Also, I am able to collaborate and learn from others within the organization to improve on the ways that I have been working within our community.

    The membership is valuable to me because it keeps me in the loop on potential events and activities that both benefit my professional and personal goals. It can be difficult getting yourself out there in a professional setting and being proactive and doing. Connect Marquette has created a way to make it easier for me to network with local professionals who are either experiencing similar situations that I am, or people who have already worked through them and can provide guidance and direction.

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