Mary Gajda

Mary Gajda is the managing editor for 517 Magazine and has an extensive background in radio and television. She enjoys creative writing, photography and spending time with family — and she will never say no to an evening of karaoke.

Mary Gajda


11 in the 517: Women Leaders Who are the Regional Trailblazers

There has never been a more tumultuous time for leadership in any business community: human resources departments turned on their heads, a hybrid workplace, …

On the Record with Courtney Gordon of Coco’s Confections

Like many, DeWitt resident Courtney Gordon was happy enough in her job, having been the event director at The MTG Space, a Lansing meeting facility, for seve…

Best of New Beginnings

Jan. 1. A fresh start. That’s often the way people view a new year. We make earnest resolutions, mostly on how we’re going to do better in the coming year. T…

Quality Dairy Family of Employees is Credited for Sustained Success

Quality Dairy has been the familiar and friendly go-to of Greater Lansing neighborhoods for 85 years. Founded in 1936 with the first store on Washington A…

Made in the USA: Another 517 Unique Holiday Gift List

Here at 517 Magazine, we strongly encourage you to shop local, but we couldn’t resist conducting a courtesy search on your behalf for a few items that are ga…

Best of: Try a New Stuffing Recipe

We surveyed our readers for the inside scoop on their favorite Thanksgiving foods. Stuffing was the overwhelming response on our social media channels, follo…

Local Selfie Museum Provides Family Fun at Eastwood Towne Center

Shanise and Quandrel Ollie want you to put your best face forward. The couple set out to build an inspiring and fun family business in the community but w…

Chrysalis Enrichment Center Helps People Look Within

Laurie DeBruin is in the business of healing. As the owner of Chrysalis Enrichment Center, 2380 Science Parkway in Okemos, DeBruin brings more than education…

Households Losing Income Due to Day Care Issues

Outside of businesses taking financial hits, perhaps much of the angst in the earliest days of the coronavirus pandemic was felt by parents. From being force…

Hendrickson Balances Family, Career and Performing

Grant Hendrickson’s parents knew their son had vocal talent by the time he was 3. By age 5, Hendrickson was asking for piano lessons. Fast forward to the …

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