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Detroit City Limits | Meet Our Team

Introducing Detroit City Limits

The glass is always half full regardless of how empty it may seem. A Detroit comeback isn’t just a dream but a reality. Positive things are happening already, and though it may not be quick enough for some, it is heading in the right direction.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not blind. It breaks my heart when I drive through Detroit and see abandoned buildings or vacant areas and neighborhoods remembering that, back in its heyday, Detroit was rockin’. We can keep asking, where and when did it go wrong? But it doesn’t matter. What matters now is the bright future Detroit has to look forward to.

Everyone who cares about the city’s future should participate in some form or other, either by volunteering, shopping, visiting, moving or starting businesses in Detroit. We appreciate those elite groups of large companies for stepping in and helping Detroit grow, but they can’t and shouldn’t have to do it all themselves. They need help from everyone, residents and non-Detroit residents alike.

Local heroes and volunteers should unite together with pride, regardless, helping rebuild not only the city, but also homes and lives, achieving the common goal of what most people believe to be impossible – the comeback of Detroit.

Detroit City Limits was started in the hopes of helping entrepreneurs who took a chance by opening their businesses in Detroit. The intention is to reintroduce non-Detroiters to the beauty of Detroit and what it has to offer now and in the near future by writing only positive stories. I’d love to see residents of the suburbs and beyond to view the city in a positive way so they return on a regular basis, not just on special events, but all the time, or stay, putting down roots of their own.

​Let’s not be known as the hopeless city, but “THE City”. Let’s prove the world wrong by doing our part no matter how big or small so Detroit will come back better than ever. Help Detroit City Limits help Detroit come back stronger than ever by supporting the advertisers, events and everything else it has to offer, now and in the future. Let’s share our positive stories, if we don’t believe in Detroit, no one else will.  

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Our Team

Sarah Rigg

​Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer, editor and media consultant based in southeast Michigan. She has been involved in journalism since working on and later editing her high school newspaper. She has won multiple awards from the Michigan Press Association. She reports on small businesses and entrepreneurs as well as Detroit landmarks for Detroit City Limits.

Erica N. Rakowicz

Erica N. Rakowicz is a journalist, story teller, poet, education advocate, philanthropist and lover of Michigan. She works as a communication specialist, spends a bulk of her time inside libraries and loves to spend the rest of her time with family and friends. She cofounded a Detroit nonprofit organization, The Get Ahead Stay Ahead Project, and works as their communication and community engagement director. Rakowicz is also a proud member of the Young Professionals Board of Mariners Inn. She's working on her Master of Arts in Organized Communication and Public Relations at Wayne State University.

Michelle Fallena

Michelle Fallena  resides in downtown Detroit. Cooking and writing are her hobbies. When possible she loves to travel. She has a cookbook in two Detroit libraries, a senior advocate and she writes for Detroit City Limits paper.

Willie E. Brake

Willie E. Brake is the founder of All About Technology and the author of a published Personal Technology column. He is committed to building a bridge to the digital divide by providing computer sales and service for the community. Described as patient, honest, and understanding by his customers, Willie is dedicated to serving as a trusted resource who can resolve technical issues for his clients. 

Prior to All About Technology, Willie spent more than 12 years holding increasingly responsible positions at Fortune 100 companies in the automobile, consulting, education and manufacturing industries in locations around the world, where he developed a passion and skill for solving problems. Willie is simultaneously the Executive Director and a board member for a local nonprofit and an adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University and The University of Phoenix.

Willie has been recognized by Corp! and dBusiness Magazine for his achievements. He also serves as an employment partner and provides insight from a marketplace perspective to help youth, through internships and job shadows gain meaningful work experience. Willie is a duly initiated member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and earned a bachelor degree from Wayne State University and a MBA degree from The University of Phoenix and completed executive education programs at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth University, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Willie is the proud father of one daughter, Olivia Madison.

Angela

I am Angela, the Travel Diva, born and raised in Detroit and a graduate of Cass Tech and EMU. I have lived in other parts of the world including West Africa. My passion is travel which is why I started Star 1 Travel. I love helping people really experience different cultures and making travel dreams come true.

traveldiva@star1vacations.com

Russell Bisinger

I was born and live in Livonia with my family close to relatives. I graduated from Wayne State University. I have enjoyed exploring Detroit since I was a child. I also enjoy charity work and getting outdoors. 

Victoria Heitzman

Last school year during a history lecture, my favorite teacher went off on a little tangent to tell the class how no one reads enough anymore, and that she could easily give each of us a list of books we need to read for us to become just a little bit more scholarly. Well, being the academia addict that I am, I stayed after class that day which resulted in me getting some highlighted titles on the college reading list and a pile of books all for me to read. This was the initiation of what has now become my classic literature obsession. I am now going beyond the blue highlighter with the goal of finishing off the college reading list along with any additional classic novels I can find. So for every potential book lover who doesn’t know where to start in the vast world of literature, for everyone that would love to read an actual book but never has the time, for everyone that just wants an outline of the defining classics, and for everyone in between, starting the in the next issue I will be publishing book reviews strictly on classic literature in hopes that I may both assist in the finding of amazing titles for everyone to read and share these incredible stories to get them off my chest (as finding fellow high school students who love classics as much as I has proven to be a constant struggle). I hope my reviews entice, enlighten and inspire!   

John Catoni

Tricia Stehle

Tricia Stehle, LMSW, is a licensed psychotherapist in the Metro Detroit area. She has worked within the field now for 23 years. She specializes in the areas of Eating Disorders, Grief and Loss, ADD/ADHD issues, and Bullying, but this is by no means, all that she has treated over the years. She has worked with individuals of all ages, and has worked in a wide array of capacities. She is presently working on the completion of her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a focus on the treatment of eating disorders in males.

She is known for being both a Solution Focused, and Clinical Behavioral therapist. She offers a combination of both a warm approach, along with the goal of working towards solutions to the challenges that the individual is facing, and in helping him/her change the way that they may be thinking about something, that is preventing them from becoming happier and healthier.

Tricia is in private practice, in Saint Clair Shores, and accepts most commercial health insurances. 

Her website, with all pertinent information, can be viewed at www.shoresofhopemacomb.com

Jay Jackson