Slightly Off-Center

Slightly Off-Center: What do you do for fun?

 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Golf, exercise, read, relax at home – Angela Palacios

Play tennis, hike, sing in choral groups, volunteer –Dan Boyce

I like rollercoasters, so I try to get to visit theme parks when I get the chance –Jaclyn Jackson

Garden, read, any sporting event out there –Jennifer Hackmann

Get outside and walk/ride bike with friends (spring, summer and fall) –Laurie Renchik

I travel to beautiful places and hike to mountain tops, forested areas and valleys that are difficult to get to by transportation. –Matt Chope

I still play soccer year-round –Melissa Joy

Simple things are fun to me – working out, spending time with my wife and our dog, playing hockey, golf, having a beer with friends –Nick Defenthaler

Watch sports and stay active doing anything (walk, run, bike, etc.) –Sandy Adams

Play with my dogs – they are so silly! –Melissa Parkins

Slightly Off-Center: What is your best achievement?

 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Earning a Master’s Degree in Humanities –Amanda Toia

A sustainable, growing business enterprise –Dan Boyce

Being a mom –Gerri Harmer

Carrying 2 babies in my belly for 8 months –Jennifer Hackmann

Becoming a mom –Jennie Bauder

Winning 4 MVP awards from peers in sand volleyball tournament play over the last 10 years around the world. –Matt Chope

Raising two wonderful daughters –Nancy Sechrist

Earning my CFP® designation – it was the hardest I’ve ever worked for something and certainly my most rewarding accomplishment! –Nick Defenthaler

Slightly Off-Center: What is your favorite food?

 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Many items but Hummus must win as I am sad if I miss eating this daily! – Angela Palacios

Homemade Chicken Soup –Amanda Toia

Peanuts (And peanut butter and lettuce sandwiches) –Dan Boyce

Chocolate chip cookies –Jaclyn Jackson

Nachos from Comerica Park –Jennifer Hackmann

Lasagna! –Jennie Bauder

Mrs. T’s Pierogies –Kali Hassinger

A Ginger Gold apple picked right from the tree –Laurie Renchik

Lasagna! –Matt Trujillo

Salads with everything, multiple types of lettuce, tomatoes, celery, carrots, onions, cheese, apples, nuts, dressings –Matt Chope

Risotto is warm and comfy and always good –Melissa Joy

Mexican – love El Charros’ soft puffy tacos and enchiladas –Nancy Sechrist

Mexican, hands down!  Nothing beats a huge burrito with nachos –Nick Defenthaler

Chicago style pizza from a restaurant called Roma’s in Owosso, MISandy Adams

I love most all foods and really enjoy trying new things. But my favorite will always have to be my mom’s homemade chicken enchiladas. –Melissa Parkins

Slightly Off-Center: Where did you go to school?

 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Birmingham (elementary and secondary); University of Michigan for Bachelors and Masters degrees –Dan Boyce

Stockbridge High & Eastern Michigan University – Go Hurons! –Gerri Harmer

University of Michigan –Jaclyn Jackson

Indiana University –Jennifer Hackmann

Davison High School and Baker College for BBA –Jennie Bauder

Grand Valley State and Eastern Michigan University –Matt Trujillo

EMU - I very much enjoyed college life. It was so freeing and an amazing adventure of finding myself - waking up to all the world could offer. –Matt Chope

Clarkston High School, Oakland University undergrad and Walsh College MBA -Laurie Renchik

High school in Kansas at Shawnee Mission Northwest. University of Michigan –Melissa Joy

Mt. Clemens High, Macomb Community College, and Central Michigan University –Nancy Sechrist

I went to high school in Livonia where I was born and raised and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Eastern Michigan University.  I also completed the necessary coursework for the Certified Financial Planner or CFP® exam through the College for Financial Planning that is based out of Denver, CO –Nick Defenthaler

Eastern MI University for undergraduate and graduate (Go Huron’s, I mean Eagles!)Sandy Adams

Dearborn Edsel Ford High School,  Albion College and Detroit College of Law before it became Michigan State University Law School. –Tim Wyman

Grand Valley State University – go Lakers –Melissa Parkins

Slightly Off-Center: What is your secret weapon?

 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Creativity –Jaclyn Jackson

Sense of humor –Matt Trujillo

Eating breakfast – sounds lame but I’m a completely different person if I take the 5 – 10 minutes to at least eat something in the morning –Nick Defenthaler

Slightly Off-Center: Who’s your favorite superstar?


 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Who's your favorite superstar?

Warren Buffett(!)…smart, irreverent, independent-thinking. –Dan Boyce

Oprah of course! –Gerri Harmer

Mariah Carey, of course –Kali Hassinger

Superman and Clark Kent –Matt Chope

Pavel Datsyuk – in my opinion, the best hockey player in the world right now – the things he can do with the puck is amazing –Nick Defenthaler

Slightly Off-Center: Best Way to Spend a Saturday?


 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Best Way to Spend a Saturday?

On the Golf Course!-Angela Palacios

S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G; I repeat S-H-O-P-P-I-N-G –Amanda Toia

Playing tennis in the morning, making good music with friends in the afternoon, going out to a nice place for dinner, concert or show in the evening. –Dan Boyce

Hanging out with family or watching a football game –Gerri Harmer

Outside enjoying sunny weather –Jaclyn Jackson

Laying poolside reading every trash magazine I can lay my hand on! –Jennifer Hackmann

Relaxing with a good book and then dinner out in the evening –Laurie Renchik

Playing sand volleyball with great friends –Matt Chope

Waking up early, cup of coffee in bed while catching up on some reading on my IPad, nice long walk with my wife, Robin and our black lab, Jax, an afternoon playoff hockey game on TV and wrap up with a barbeque with friends and family in the evening –Nick Defenthaler

Best way to spend a Saturday is to travel to Kansas to watch Matt play football or to Albion to watch Jack play baseball or to one of Kacy’s swim meets. –Tim Wyman

It’s finally fall, my favorite season! So the best way to spend a Saturday is with my hubby at the orchard or cider mill, carving pumpkins, or taking the dogs for a long walk and enjoying the fall scents, scenery and weather. –Melissa Parkins

Slightly Off-Center: Your best kept secret?


 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

Your best kept secret? 

I love to dress up for Halloween, this year my daughter was Princess Aurora and I’m dressed up as Maleficent! – Angela Palacios

If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore  -Amanda Toia

I can wiggle my eyeballs –Gerri Harmer

How dirty the inside of my car really is –Jennifer Hackmann

I’m extremely embarrassed to admit that I’m a sucker for bad reality TV that my wife enjoys –Nick Defenthaler

Slightly Off-Center: What book are you reading right now?

 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

What book are you currently reading?

Outlander –Angela Palacios

I usually have two or three going at a time.  Right now, I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes and Environmental Debt by Amy Larkin –Laurie Renchik

Joan Rivers’ bio –Jennifer Hackmann

I’ve always got two or three going at once. Right now, it’s Annie’s Ghosts, which is excellent, and The Heir Apparent about the life of King Edward VII –Melissa Joy

1492 –Dan Boyce

I’m actually in between reads right now…I’m not much of a fiction guy so I typically read books on investing, financial planning and motivational books...I also enjoy Men’s Health magazine and keeping up with the local sports page –Nick Defenthaler

Start with Why – How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action –Sandy Adams

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness –Kali Hassinger

I am currently reading The Speed of Trust as my “fun” read and I usually have 2-3 business related books on going at one time. I read a lot….as my daughter Kacy says…mostly boring work stuff. –Tim Wyman

Slightly Off-Center: What's playing in your car right now?

 There’s a lot you know about our team at The Center … but we’ve dug up answers to some questions you might have never thought to ask.

What's playing in your car right now?

Talk Radio –Jennifer Hackmann

Taylor Swift “Shake it off” –Jennie Bauder

NPR –Matt Chope

Van Morrison’s “These are the days” –Nancy Sechrist

A little bit of everything!  Anything from rap to pop to country to rock – depends on my mood! –Nick Defenthaler

Sports talk radio if I am alone or pop music if the kids are in the car (I love to sing along and embarrass them). –Sandy Adams

Fortunately my commute is rather short – I usually try to maintain my “man card” by getting up to speed on the sports scene. –Tim Wyman

The new Maroon 5 album (V), or Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off” … it’s so catchy! –Melissa Parkins

Nothing, my car flooded in the parking lot at work; I am looking for a new one. –Amanda Toia