Melissa Fox is a freelance writer and researcher who has published articles in Michigan History Magazine and West Michigan Modern on topics related to Grand Rapids history, including furniture history, architecture and design, and on a few notable Grand Rapidians. Fox has a BA in English and a Masters Degree in Library Science, both from Indiana University. She worked in libraries for 10 years, most recently as a Librarian in the History and Special Collections Department at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Fox is the current president of the board of directors for the Greater Grand Rapids Women’s History Council.
Peter Daining spent five years as a newspaper reporter in Michigan and Indiana, then six years as an elementary teacher. At age 34, he’s now embarking on his third career, this time as a stay-at-home dad.
He was born and raised in southeast Grand Rapids, but has also lived in Eastown, East Hills and just west of downtown GR near Grand Valley’s campus. A graduate of Calvin College, Peter was the sports editor for the campus newspaper and wrote freelance articles for the Grand Rapids Press. He went on to write fulltime as a reporter for the Michigan City News-Dispatch in Indiana, the Grand Haven Tribune, and the Holland Sentinel.
Daining has covered everything from a presidential visit to a double murder case to high school cross-country meets. He’s written every type of news: community, government, politics, crime, business, sports, and everything in between. He led the Grand Haven Tribune newsroom in reporting a series on homelessness, which won the Inland Press Association’s 2009 Community Leadership Award. He was also a finalist for the Michigan Press Association’s Rookie Writer Award in 2008.
Marissa Bergen is a fashion forward rocker mom, wife and writer. Though she currently lives in Los Angeles, her adventures have taken her through Michigan many times. She is passionate about the area and the residents who live there.
Celia Christine Kauth is an avid traveler, voracious reader, and wellness enthusiast. She has lived and worked abroad several time, and she enjoys any opportunity to explore new places! Celia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from DePauw University, as well as a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University. Celia is passionate about volunteering, and she has served as a Big Sister for the Big Brothers Big Sisters Organization, and currently serves as a mentor to underprivileged teenagers in her community.