Paddling the Community Forward.
A lover of lakes and the great outdoors, Petey Stephanak is right at home in Southwest Michigan. Petey’s passion for the watery world has continued since her time as a member of the Purdue University Diving Team and the Great American High Dive Team. Whenever she gets a spare moment, Petey is drawn to Michigan’s breathtaking lakeshore, often on a kayak.
Petey’s ability to walk into a room full of people she has yet to meet and make a lasting impression serves her well as she works with companies committed to economic growth in Southwest Michigan. Petey pours her energy into our Design Initiative, focusing on attracting design-focused business and talent to the region. She spends her days creating a tide of enthusiasm engaging our creative community by leading MIX Southwest Michigan, a collaboration with regional companies and education to bring together the area’s creatives and innovators at design-focused events. With a background in interior design, Petey thrives where creativity and collaboration meet.
Petey revels in adventurous travel and spending college football game days with her husband Jim and adult children, Alex and Molly. An advocate of volunteer activities, Petey serves the Southwest Michigan community through her involvement as a board and executive committee member on the Michigan Humanities Council as a governor’s appointee.
“I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!”
– The Little Engine That Could