Best Brightest and Most Beautiful 2006

LANSING, MI — This is our second year publishing the “Best, Brightest and Most Beautiful “ edition.  There are no repeats from last year and that is because there are so many people in this town or who have lived in this town who are worthy of being in the article.  Some who were chosen, have great personalities and others I have heard about recently.  Some I have watched to see how they treat people in public and others I have met during the time I have owned this newspaper.
We did request submissions in several editions of the paper.  The order was chosen based on when we received the information and other technical issues.
Only one person that we asked this year did not complete the request.  No one paid or asked for themselves to be in the article either.  This is a great town with great people and we collectively should support them.  Call and inquire about services and most of all tell them that you saw it in The New Citizens Press.
We hope that you enjoy this article.  If you would like to reach any of the individuals and you cannot through what is available to you, please phone, mail or write to us.  We will pass the message on.

Click on the names below to read more:

William L. Brewer II
Alane M. Laws-Barker, M.D.
Nicholas R. Ketchum
Felicia Wasson
Elizabeth Kudwa
James McCurtis Jr.
Chris Lewless
Anna Barber
Barb Byrum
Charmaine Green
Malika Reynolds Sylvain
K.P. (Kyle Powell)
Senator Gretchen Whitmer

Regina Bell, Director
External Affairs
AT&T Michigan

Regina Bell joined SBC (the new AT&T) in 2000 as director of government affairs. In that role she was responsible for monitoring legislative activity, and administering the company’s Political Action Committee. In 2005, she was assigned the role of External Affairs Director for nine counties acting as the companies liaison to local and state elected officials as well as members of Congress. She also has responsibility for cultivating relationships with community organizations and philanthropic outreach.  Prior to joining AT&T she spearheaded the implementation of a job access reverse commute program to assists work-first and welfare-to-work customers in the City of Detroit with transportation needs to high employment areas outside of Detroit. She also worked in the Michigan House of Representatives as a legislative staff member for 7 years handling utility issues. Regina is a graduate of Michigan State University (MSU), James Madison College and sits on the James Madison College Alumni Association Board. She is a former fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program (MPLP) at MSU and sits on the MPLP Steering committee. Regina is a founding member of Lansing Chapter of Inforum, (formerly Women’s Economic Club). She is a Chair of the Great Lakes Region Red Cross Blood Donor Board and was recently named to the Board of Directors for the BoarsHead Theatre. Regina also works at 96.5FM as host of the “Old School” on Sunday show.

Carlos Sims
Account Executive
Power 96.5 and Mix 1180

Carlos Sims was born and raised here in Lansing, MI. Graduated from Waverly High School in 1993 and attended Olivet College from 1993 to 1997 where he studied Communications. Carlos focused on Radio, first as an on-air personality, later as the General Manager of Olivet College’s radio station. The position earned him the prestigious Media Prize for Outstanding Mass Media Student Employee. It was while attending Olivet where Carlos was first introduced to Power 96.5 and Mix 1180 as an intern. He also worked at 103.3 WKFR in Kalamazoo, MI. Carlos is also credited for being apart of the organization known as Elite, becoming the first prominent minority Inter Greek Society (Alpha Zi Omega) at Olivet College. Earning him the Legacy Scholarship Award.
In 1998, Carlos joined the United States Navy, where he did tours at Guam, Iceland, Washington and Iraq. In Guam and Iceland, Carlos studied Human Resources through Oklahoma Universities overseas graduate program. During the course of Carlos’ Navy career he earned 3 Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, 2 Good Conduct Awards, the Meterious Armed Forces Metal, and a number of other awards and citations. In 2004, Carlos was Honorably discharged from the Navy and returned to radio where he currently holds his position as Account Executive for Power 96.5 and Mix 1180. His responsibilities include: Maintaining local and national business accounts; creating attractive promotional ideas, establishing new relationships with business’, and producing commercial ads. Carlos is responsible for both Pimp My Ride 2005 and 2006, and is credited for his lead support in design of both WQHH and WXLA’s web-site. Carlos is the proud father of an 8 year daughter, Audrianna, and he currently resides in the East Lansing area.

Note:  Contact us if you know anyone who could be in our Best, Brightest and Most Beautiful or Our Most Interesting and Influential.  The list is already starting to grow.