Meet Our Staff

MIMI VANDERHAVEN
Founder and Publisher
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After seven trips to the altar, the unforgettable Mimi Vanderhaven discovered that her true passion is the genuine uniqueness of high quality, locally owned businesses. In 2003, with help from lots of friends, she founded the publication Mimi Vanderhaven right here in Northeast Ohio. She wanted to—in her words—"preserve business diversity" by helping her favorite businesses compete with homogenous national chains. In spite of running a highly public media company, Mimi tends to be a very private person, preferring to express her passionate views in print and online rather than in person. You can read her views every month in print or every day online.


MITCH ALLEN

President & Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Mitch spent his first 30 years in and around his hometown of Columbus, Georgia, adjacent to Fort Benning.He holds a bachelor's degree in English and an MBA from Columbus College (now Columbus State University), which he and his classmates affectionately referred to as UCLA—the "University of Columbus 'Longside the Airport." The son of an Alabama land surveyor, Mitch moved to Northeast Ohio in 1991 with his wife, Suzanne, and their two young daughters, now grown. Mitch visits the dentist three times a year instead of every six months because he finally realized that he is not a flosser—and never will be.


MICHAEL MAST

GM & Executive Assistant to Mimi
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Raised in a family-owned publishing company, where he began his career as a custodian at age 12, Michael comes by his entrepreneurial spirit honestly. He started his own retail electronics business while still in high school. After one year in the engineering program at Kent State, he left college, realizing that his true calling was to take over the family business. Michael lives in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country in Berlin, along with his wife, Bridgid and their two kids, Sydney and Connor. In addition to his desire to help Mimi bring success to local entrepreneurs, Michael is into music, passionate about The Church, highly competitive, and thrives on change.


KATHY PETERSON

Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Kathy attended Ohio University, Cleveland State, and Baldwin-Wallace College. A background in advertising copy writing, sales promotion and display sales gave Kathy what Mimi needed in a personal assistant. She is as comfortable designing and writing advertising as she is planning a marketing program for her clients. Kathy has traveled extensively and lived in Europe and Asia for several years. She has a son and a large extended family. She is the first one at any party. Kathy is most proud of her membership in Strongsville Rotary and you'll regularly see her at chamber of commerce events throughout Northeast Ohio. "I love meeting small business owners and bringing them into the Mimi fold," Kathy smiles.


AMY BULGER

Personal Assistant to Mimi
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"For as long as I remember, print media has been a part of my life," explains Amy, whose father was a life-long The Plain Dealer ad salesman. She learned production from a master printer, assisted in the newspaper's sales department, newsroom and editorial board. "Then I married the smartest, most handsome ad man at the newspaper," Amy insists. "With whom I'm raising two incredible children." For a short while, Amy sold advertising for a local monthly home magazine. In early 2004, Mimi put out a cry for help and Amy responded. Her passions are order, creativity and learning new stuff. She cherishes her small dog, and those tall, waving windsock people never fail to make her smile.

KARLI KEENE
Administrator of Loose Ends
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After graduating from Baldwin-Wallace College with a Sports Management and Business degree, Karli met Mimi and discovered her true passion—marketing and helping local businesses. This Berea native with a flair for multi-tasking, spends her free time working out, cooking healthy meals, dining at her favorite local restaurants, collecting shoes, perfecting her coffee brewing skills and spending time with family, friends and husband, Aaron.


DAVE MIETHKE

Personal Assistant to Mimi
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David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in advertising and marketing to his clients, including direct mail, newspaper, magazine, and television. "None of these other media have matched the power of Mimi's in response, results and effectiveness for my clients," Dave insists. Dave resides in the beautiful hills of Hinckley with his wife and two kids. He enjoys music and golf in his very limited spare time.


MARISA PELTZ

Assistant Administrator of Loose Ends
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A native from Broadview Heights, Marisa graduated with a Bachelor's in Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design from Cleveland State University. Her desire for creativity and uniqueness has led her down the path of being an artist in her spare time. Whether it is working on the stand up act she hopes to perform one day, updating her never ending scrapbook or snapping some photography, Marisa is content with constantly staying busy. If you're lucky, you might even catch her at a karaoke night, belting out one of her favorite tunes from Journey.

 

BILL YURGEN
Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Bill Yurgen joined the Mimi family in March of 2006. He is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word. Having successfully founded and operated a number of small Northeast Ohio businesses over the years, Bill has an intimate understanding of the area's economy and the peculiar challenges faced by the small business person in today's local business climate as well as how to position themselves to compete with the larger national chains. Bill's creativity, market savvy expertise and dedication to helping small and mid-size companies succeed—coupled with Mimi's very own unique voice in the community—has helped many clients meet or exceed their "next level" goals. The diverse list of small businesses Bill has been involved with includes industrial and consumer hardware, retail automotive, financial products, retail consumer convenience and automotive aftermarket electronics. With years of experience placing media buys, prior to joining Mimi Bill worked for the Akron Beacon Journal where he was a client consultant for newspaper and targeted media products. There he received their prestigious award for Excellence In Marketing for helping his clients create winning strategies.


JUDY PALMER

Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Bio to come.


LYNN MARGALIT

Creative Director
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When she started mixing crayons to create even more colors, Lynn discovered her love of art. Those hours became days and now years spent having fun with colors, shapes, photos and type. Involved since Mimi's very first cover story on June 11, 2003, Lynn, with talented photographer/husband, Benjamin, strives to keep Mimi looking her best. And, that leaves just enough time for tennis, hiking the parks and reading.


BENJAMIN MARGALIT

Photographer
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Ben was born and raised on the Mediterranean where he swam and fished. Inspired by a Life magazine cover, Ben began photographing the many characters in his sea town. The winds changed direction and took Ben to Johannesburg, South Africa where he opened his first commercial photography studio and worked on ad campaigns for companies like Sotheby's, Bayer, Midas and Phillips. Another gust came and brought Ben to America for a photographic award and he serendipitously landed in Cleveland. Today, he calls Peninsula home with his wife, Lynn, whom he calls "darling", their two children and Jackie, the Jack Russell. Ben's favorite part of photographing people for Mimi's is building that trusting relationship so he can draw out a great expression that helps tell a story.


SUE SCHULTZ

Calendar Editor
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Organizational skills and versatility were two qualities Mimi was looking for when selecting a Calendar Editor. Tracking the activities of four very busy children, Sue Schultz was adept at both. Sue and her husband, Paul, have a daughter in high school, a son in middle school and two daughters in elementary school. The Schultz family is involved in band, baseball, basketball, dance teams, music lessons and volunteering. The calendar is always full at the Schultz house!


BETH NEWCOMB

Midwest Bureau Chief
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Beth began her relationship with Mimi as a client before accepting the challenge of writer and eventually editor. Her successful retail boutique was featured in Mimi on a number of occasions and she recognized the “power behind all of that pink” right away. She was certain owning and running a boutique was meant to be her calling, until she started writing for Mimi. “I love meeting all of the different business owners featured and hearing about their stories,” Beth says. “But I love the opportunity to help their business grow through my own experiences as an entrepreneur even more.”

 

ARLENE BRYANT
Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Born one of seven children in Vanceburg, Kentucky (a thriving metropolis of 1,731 people along the Ohio River), Arlene (Polley) Bryant left her old Kentucky home to become a sales and marketing manager for two national companies. After growing tired of traveling the country, she threw away her suitcase and frequent flyer card, settled in the Cleveland area and has served as a media consultant in print advertising for the past 15 years. Arlene says she seized the opportunity to make the switch to Mimi early in 2009, and hasn’t looked back – and hasn’t stopped running. Her greatest joy is when her clients say to her after their ad/article has run, “We’ve been swamped!” Arlene loves books, antiques, theater, classical music, and a nice, dry martini on Friday nights.

 

JAMI TURK
Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Jami likes pina colada's and getting caught in the rain...A self-proclaimed "Medina Lifer," her Medina roots are as deep as being a member of the tap dance team "The Saturday Troopers," and as long as having her famous Medina mother-in-law, Cam Turk, for a second grade teacher. (Yes, she married the son of her second grade teacher.) Jami's marketing ideas are fresh, unique and "alongside the circle" rather than "outside the box." Her part time gig of seven years is coaching the Medina High School junior varsity cheerleading squad. Jami laughs in the face of spare time. She is the mother of three active kids, the Posse Book Club president, community outreach family mentor, church attender, Medina Bee's football team cheerer, Mustang fever watcher, competition cheer supporter, Mrs. Brian Turk, self appointed mayor, and herbal tea drinker. "Being Mimi's assistant is like having a day off. I love it!" she says.


PATTI WALSCHON

Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Patti Walschon, whose hair is never out of place, is a successful veteran account executive and a former top advertising advisor for a major Northeast Ohio daily newspaper. In addition to many awards and recognition for top advertising performance, she has for over a decade successfully guided local businesspeople in crafting effective, results-oriented marketing programs designed to grow their businesses. Patti’s success in advertising is rooted in her philosophy that “until I can make money lying by the pool, advertising is the next best thing.” Patti takes pride in her three sons, one of whom is in Hawaii and the remaining two in Chicago. Her passion is her beautiful granddaughter (the daughter she never had) and dotes on her at every available opportunity. When you get to know Patti you will usually learn that she is from Chicago, a reference she manages to work into every conversation within four minutes, which begs the question, “If it was so great in Chicago, why did you ever leave?”

 

MORGAN LASHER
Senior Cartographer
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After graduating from Ohio University, where she served as student body president and enthusiastic sports fan (Go Bobcats!), Morgan left her Midwest home for Boston. She worked for three years at the Monitor Group as a strategy consultant helping retail corporations and pharmaceutical companies understand customer behaviors and plan for the future. There she found a passion for marketing strategy, and in 2010, Mimi gave her an opportunity to bring this passion back to her home in Ohio. With her husband Matt, Morgan lives in the Akron area where they are restoring an old, but could-be-beautiful home. Morgan loves craft beer, vegetarian food, pop music, and books on tape. And she's a darn good wallpaper remover.

 

DALE ANTER
Mimi Vanderhaven Senior Architect
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Dale has a diverse background that lends itself well to understanding what Mimi's advertisers and readers want from their visit here. He began working with his father in his family's wholesale wine, candy and tobacco distribution business at the age of 14 where he learned the values of hard work, dedication and above all, customer service. At the age of 25, he decided to indulge his love of cooking and entrepreneurship by venturing into the restaurant business. He and his wife owned and operated a Cafe in downtown Cleveland for years, where he gained a thorough knowledge of small business ownership, its challenges and rewards. During this time, he also served his community as a part-time police officer. It wasn’t long before his kids introduced him to all the world wide web had to offer…and he discovered the power of internet marketing, social networking, and technology. He found he could blend together his love of sales, small business ownership, and technology at Mimi Vanderhaven. When Dale is not creating/developing new and exciting places for you to visit on Mimi Avenue, you may spot him coaching on a local baseball diamond, hunting, fishing, or hiking outdoors, or enjoying some of the wonderful restaurants, cultural events, music, theater and sports events we are blessed to have here in Northeastern Ohio. He is proud to call this home and believes it is a great place to live and raise their three children!

 

BARBARA LE
Uber Chic Geek
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A graduate of Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Barbara discovered her passion in supporting local businesses through internships with Downtown Cleveland Alliance and PlayhouseSquare.  It was during her internships that she discovered Mimi also shared the same passion for supporting local businesses.  Currently residing in North Olmsted, but a proud Clevelander, Barbara enjoys dining at local restaurants, shopping, working out, attending Browns games, and stopping at local breweries with friends.  While she may be a technology geek, not many people know that Barbara is a three time national champ in free-style hip-hop dancing and has performed at several Cavs' games and once onstage with rapper, Chingy.  If you happen to see Barbara breaking it down on the dance floor, don't be afraid to join in and say hi!

 

JEN DULAC
Senior Cinematographer
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Jen Dulac (whose last name you may recognize from the movie Shrek) began her career in video at an early age. Her admiration of Jim Henson, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg inspired Jen to follow her dreams. Her self-discovery of stop animation using Happy Mean Toys, mock-recreations of 90’s music videos and pop culture movies, like the Blair Witch Project, encouraged her to attend the University of Akron and pursue a degree in Mass Media Communications. In her spare time, Jen works on conquering her ever-expanding “movies to watch” list, reads novels, golfs, and obsessively follows the latest in celebrity gossip.

 

CHELSEY ALLTOP
Digital Office Assistant
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Chelsey graduated from The University of Akron with a double major in Public Relations and Business and Organizational Communications and a minor in Sales Management. She further realized her passion for these fields through her internships at Lief & Karson Communications, The City of Shaker Heights, and Melodik Records. Chelsey also studied Public Relations internationally during a study abroad trip to London. In her spare time, Chelsey enjoys working out, staying up to date on celebrity gossip, babysitting, and spending as much time as possible with her family, friends, and two cocker spaniels, Romeo and Riley.


KELLI COMER
Asst. Administrator of Loose Ends
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Hailing from a very small town in Ohio near the western Pennsylvania border called Toronto, Kelli opted for a change of scenery and moved to Akron to pursue her education at The University of Akron.  Her love of communicating with the public and all things fashion encouraged her to pursue a double Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations and Fashion Merchandising.  A long-time lover of print media, Kelli's dream was to work for a publication, and now she is living that dream with Mimi.  Currently residing in North Royalton, Kelli loves exploring Northeast Ohio's local hot spots, spending time with her boyfriend and spoiling her cat Paisley.  Her guilty pleasures are good books, reality TV, and juicy celebrity gossip.  A self-proclaimed "country girl," she enjoys going to concerts, sitting around a bonfire with good friends, and all Pittsburgh sports (Go Steelers!).

 

PAT ANSBERRY
Personal Assistant to Mimi
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Pat has always had a passion for sales and marketing, and at the age of 7 she opened her own "bug  zoo," charging admission to view the neighborhood grasshoppers, spiders and butterflies in their glass jars. She wasn't quite ready to retire, so a couple of decades later, she became a sales rep for the industrial division of Ameritech Publishing, where she enjoyed helping small businesses with ad design. After another decade, she transitioned into graphic design, producing eye catching, effective collateral materials for her clients. Pat has long admired Mimi, and as a salesperson with a consultative approach, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to offer small businesses a results oriented, cost effective way to tell their story. Pat enjoys caring for her flower garden, hiking (especially out west), macro and landscape photography, antique hunting, hugs from the grandkids, and a good piece of dark chocolate.

 

CONNIE GILRONAN
Marketing Imaginologist
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After graduating from Baldwin Wallace College with a double major in Marketing and Management, Connie headed downtown to work for 2 broadcast TV stations (over the course of 4 years). After realizing that life isn’t all about budgets, high pressure sales and long, stressful work days, she packed up her desk and went to work in the suburbs (gasp!) for Mimi. Working for Mimi has allowed her to use her background to help companies develop the best strategy for their marketing campaign, as well as develop long lasting client relationships. Since arriving at Mimi, Connie has accomplished her life long goal to stop biting her nails, but has yet to conquer her “biting into assorted chocolates to see what’s inside” habit. With her husband, beagle named Barney, and cats, Archie and Lucy, she lives in Hinckley, Ohio where they are completing the finishing touches on their newly built home.  Connie loves chocolate, chocolate covered fruit and Italian food (with a chocolate dessert, of course!). Her husband would also like everyone to know that the cats weren’t initially his, he inherited them in the marriage.