Shannon Lazovski, Founder & President
Shannon is a Rochester resident, a dedicated mother to her two beautiful teenagers, and the wife of her husband Zoran, of 21 years. She is a professional fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blogger of 19 years. She is the CEO of The Lazov Agency (a boutique social media management agency) and CEO of Glameselle Beauty (lipstick brand), as well as the Owner & Editor of DetroitMommies.com & Fashion & Beauty Editor of DetroitFashionNews.com. She loves to support the community and has a strong focus on child advocacy & women’s rights including their safety, good health, and well-being. Shannon has experience with over 25 committees, 6 boards and has spent close to two decades, planning charitable events, fashion shows, and luncheons for communities and local non-profit organizations with a mission to make a meaningful change. Shannon was crowned Mrs. Metro Detroit in 2013 and was named one of the Elite 40 under 40 class members of 2015. Shannon has also won the Detroit Faces award and has appeared on Fox 2 Detroit, Fox 2 Detroit The Nine, WDIV Channel 4, TMZ, WXYZ TV20 and Channel 7 Detroit, 96.3 WDVD, Dedicated Mag, Styleline Magazine, and Metro Parent Magazine.
Rachna Chandra, Vice President
Rachna is a mother of two and a Fashion designer for her clothing and shoe line, Taj Cottage INC. Rachna was born and raised in Agra (India) city of Taj Mahal and is now a resident of Novi. Graduated with a bachelor of science and computers. Rachna has migrated in 1997 to the United States with her husband and did her further education in Computer Information systems. Her husband works as a senior java architect at General Motors. Rachna has worked as a Faculty at Henry Ford College and spearheaded the industrial sewing program and taught the class for 3 years. She has also worked in designing soft trims for automotive industries. Her boutique Taj Cottage, is an Indian Bridal Boutique in Farmington Hills Michigan catering to all ethnicities since 2005. Rachna is very well known and connected in the Indian community. She truly believes in empowering and helping others and gives back to the community whenever she can. Her passion also involves producing fashion shows and pageants. She believes these platforms enhance confidence and boosts self-esteem. She is the co-founder and former board member of a non-profit organization, DIWA – Detroit Indian Women Association, where “Empowered Women Empower Women”. She also serves as the board of advisors in The Indian Scene, a digital Indian magazine. She has also done events to empower youth with their talent of dancing and singing, which has raised funds for Schoolcraft College food pantry. Rachna is also a co-founder of the upcoming pageantry “Michigan Ambassador Pageant” for all ages. During the pandemic lockdown, she selflessly started a Mask Mission, over the period of 4 months, with the help of 45 plus volunteers, and produced more than 11,000 masks and gowns that were donated back out to the community. Together, their efforts raised close to $16,000 which helped the mission to run successfully.
Lynette Douglas, Secretary
Lynette is a mother of two beautiful kids and has been married to her husband Kurt, who she has known since she was 8 years old, for the past 27 years. She has worked in the legal field for over 30 years and recently she went back to school and obtained her paralegal degree to further her involvement at her place of employment. She has worked at the same national firm for 19 years and is active in the F&M Detroit Charity Committee. She led a classroom adoption program for a local elementary school through her law firm for two years while on this committee and hopes to continue in this capacity in the future. She is the small business owner of LPD’s Bling & Things which sells jewelry at an affordable price. She has been doing this for the past year and a half and reached gold status with her sales in the first year and is determined to hit platinum with her sales this year. She sells jewelry to women from all walks of life to make them empowered and feel beautiful without “breaking the bank”. She recently and donated various pieces of this jewelry to a fundraiser out of state supporting breast cancer. In her spare time, she loves to go shopping with her daughter, enjoys traveling, cares for her family and her animals, and enjoys helping others in any way she can.
Valerie Jens, Treasurer
Valerie is a mother of four beautiful children and the wife of her handsome husband, Chris who reside together in Clinton Twp. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in educational leadership. She is currently the Supervisor of the Early Learning Center and Grant Coordinator for the school district she works in. Coaching cheerleading has been a big part of Valerie’s life for the past 20 years. Most of her evenings and weekends are spent in the gym doing what she loves– coaching cheerleading. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, camping, and volunteering her time to the community.
Karen Hoxey Roedding is a wife, mom, business owner, and the mommy of 3 rescue doggies & 3 rescue kitties. Karen, a resident of Plymouth, has been involved in the Beauty industry in various aspects for over 35 years. She was a professional model for 17 years and did live fashion in Detroit, NYC, and Los Angeles. Karen was in numerous commercials including a Super Bowl commercial as well as print for lip & nail products, car ads, and was also in Vogue magazine twice in the ’80s, etc. Karen was the Director & top talent agent for a very successful modeling, talent & production agency for years. She booked talent for live fashion, print, voiceovers, and commercials. Karen was also the manager for a very busy salon in Plymouth for 15 years. Under her management, she developed the salon into one of the Top 200 fastest growing salons in the U.S. Karen has been a leader with the #1 Skincare brand in North America for 12 years and is passionate about helping people get healthy skin and the importance of self-care. She helps people with anti-aging, sun damage, acne, sensitive skin, hydration, and more to achieve clear, calm, healthy, and radiant skin.
Ewelina is a Rochester resident and a single mother of her beautiful 16-year-old daughter, Brooke. As a laboratory medical professional for 24 years, working in the medical field, she sees the reality of life every single day and understands how one doctor’s visit can change one’s life forever and how the right people in one’s life can make the biggest difference. Ewelina graduated from St. Clair College as a Medical Laboratory Technologist and has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Rochester College. She has worked for Quest Diagnostics for 22 years and is a group leader in clinical hematology at Trinity Heath Oakland. Ewelina’s family came from Poland in 1989 on Political Asylum, because of her father Herbert Rennert’s Involvement in the Solidarity Movement against Communism. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and volunteering in the community.
Elizabeth Robbins – Sabourin
Elizabeth is a wife and a new mom to her beautiful daughter, Cassandra. She is the President of LINC Detroit, an integrated marketing communications agency. Some of her career highlights include serving as the Marketing Manager at the GMRENCEN and creating and executing a series of events, leading the strategic public relations effort for the City of Royal Oak’s development project, working on the communications team to relaunch the OnStar brand in 2010, and planning and executing The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division’s $8 million Red Kettle Campaign. Elizabeth has a Master of Arts degree in public relations and taught fashion public relations and marketing at the Art Institute of Michigan for six years. Elizabeth serves on the board of the Detroit chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and manages a lifestyle blog, Detroit Duchess. She lives in Royal Oak with her husband, daughter, and dog, Sport.
Dr. Shoshana Hallowell, MD FACS, Programming – Women’s Health & Wellness
Shoshana Hallowell, MD FACS, is a breast cancer survivor and a resident of Detroit, Michigan. She has dedicated her life to helping others through her passion for medicine. Dr. Hallowell is a board-certified minimally invasive and robotic surgeon. She practices at Ascension St. John Hospital Detroit where she treats, manages, and cures conditions ranging from hernias to cancers. She graduated medical school from Florida State University College of Medicine at the top of her class. She then went on to complete a General Surgery Residency at Saint Louis University Hospital as well as a Fellowship in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive surgery in Atlanta Georgia. As a practicing surgeon, she continues her volunteer work by mentoring young aspiring medical students and residents as Clinical Faculty Member of the St. John Ascension general surgery residency program. Shoshana married her husband, Richard Hallowell, in 2020 who is a Michigan Native. She enjoys being a step-mother to their two athletic and enthusiastic five and eight-year-old boys, Richard and Giovanni. Her hobbies include photography, running, and traveling the world to learn about new cultures. Being a survivor of breast cancer, she reports her experience has made her a better surgeon because she can now empathize with her patients on a deeper level. Shoshana holds the Title of Mrs. Detroit 2022 and placed second runner up for Mrs. Michigan America 2022 Pageant system. Dr. Hallowell’s platform is to promote breast cancer awareness with a focus on early and more accurate modalities of screening for women with dense breast tissue who are at higher risk of breast cancer. She hopes to save the lives of many more women by lobbying for the additional screening supplementation needed for these high-risk women of which she was herself.
Sabelle Millimono, Sponsorship & Donor Relations
Sabelle is a wife and a mother of 3 children with a passion for God, women, and children. Sabelle moved to the US in 2014, when her husband accepted a new job in the engineering field. At that time, Sabelle completed her 14th year of experience in a corporate environment as a Marketing and Communications Manager (both in France, and as an expatriate in Morocco) in the Telecommunications, Aeronautics, and Money Transfer industries. In the US, Sabelle discovered a new fulfilling pursuit by serving women through her direct sales clothing business. Waking up every day to encourage, style, and connect with other women ignited a passion for being a positive influence in the lives of other women. In February 2019, at the age of 41, Sabelle welcomed a beautiful baby girl. This surprise blessing altered her mothering journey. She developed the desire to educate her children at home. Sabelle’s educational research led her to neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology. She developed a strong interest in attachment theory. She was drawn to the impact of how childhood experiences and our level of received nurturing through attachment and authenticity define who we become and the level of our fulfillment. Strengthening our interpersonal relationships in order to contribute to our overall health and well-being is a mission Sabelle strongly supports. In all she does, she aims to inform about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and encourage women to self-care. She is also working on two related projects: The ‘Moms Heart Alive’ and ‘Beautifully Woman’ retreats. Sabelle wants to dedicate the rest of her life serving women and promoting children’s well-being through her work, and volunteering, raising awareness on ACEs. She firmly believes that happy children (and happy moms) make a better world and a better tomorrow.
Supreet Singh, Programming Support & Engagement
Supreet Singh came to America from India when she was just 16 years old. She is a member of the Detroit Indian Women’s Association and a previous member of WISDOM: Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit. She is a wife, a mother of two, and a chemist professionally. Supreet supports women’s health and is an advocate for eating healthy and leading a healthy lifestyle. She is an entrepreneur and the owner of her own tea company, A Talk with Tea. Supreet enjoys supporting women and spending her free time volunteering in the community via GMF’s monthly campaigns and community programs.