Kristin Ashworth-Fanch, Director, Sprout Foundation

“While working as a recruiter, I had many chances to interact with Sheila prior to placing her at DTE Energy and then while she was working there as a Communications Specialist. Sheila is a strong writer and is detail-oriented, which should prove valuable for any PR or other marketing position.

“She also tends to have high standards for herself, which in my experience helps lift everyone else to a higher standard. She has experience working with executives and other leaders, as well as every kind/level of staff member.

“She takes deadlines seriously. She has had a lot of experience writing press releases and articles, which I know from my past career as a copywriter requires working with numerous people to get content and approvals, frequently under pressure.

“I think you would enjoy working with her, and I think she will ‘get’ any project you put in front of her, whether it is writing-related or managing the details.”

Dave LaBarge, DTE Energy Internal Communications, retired

“Sheila came to my work group as an experienced writing professional, and she delivered timely, thorough information to our online employee audience. With very little direction needed, she learned our corporate culture quickly, and provided a needed ‘boost’ to our work output through her direct and creative storytelling.

“From my view, there wasn’t a wasted moment in her work process. I appreciated her editing skills related to my work, and our audience was well-served by her efforts.”

Ralph Liebner, COO, VFI Marketing

“In her job, Sheila supervised PR outreach. She managed the daily workflow among staff, had frequent client contact, generated the weekly client report and trained four PR interns. Sheila also produced original work such as press releases, pitch letters and a professional video.

“Sheila was responsible and conscientious at her duties and delivered extra effort. She was cordial and personable and an asset to our staff.”

Angela Maiuri, DTE Communications Strategist

“In the time I’ve known Sheila, she’s proven to be a thorough and exacting editor, a collaborative and engaged team player and an overall asset to the organization. And, she’s fun to be around, always a plus!

“I can confidently recommend Sheila for any communication needs.”

Barbara Gillis, DTE Business Unit Internal Communications Consultant

“In our group at DTE, Sheila handled a wide range of stories from news to features to Q&As. She’s a solid writer who brings creativity to her work and engages readers. Her topics have included Day in the Life stories to highlight employees and the jobs they do, and stories on a variety of topics impacting energy companies today and down the road.”

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