Get to Know the Ella Staff – Michelle

Who is Michelle? Hello everyone! I am Michelle Mikolajczyk (Micheal – Issac is how we say it) and in a few short days I will be marking my one year anniversary of working at the Ella! Jackson has always been my home, where I grew up, but I have been lucky to live in a […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Paige

Who is Paige? Hello all, I’m Paige. I am a born and raised Jackson native. I graduated from Vandercook Lake in 2014, and started my journey as an artist, dabbling in all sorts of different mediums and art styles, mostly gravitating towards acrylic or watercolor. I have been in quite a few Jackson area art […]

Meet the Ella Volunteers – Rick and Monica Collett

Meet Rick and Monica Collett Rick’s family have lived in Michigan and the Jackson area for over 180 years. We were some of the early founders of Jackson, Vandercook Lake and areas south of Jackson. My family has been in the US since the 1600’s. The first members of my family to come here came […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Jena

Who is Jena? Hello! My name is Jena McKnight but some may know me as Jena Smoyer. I grew up in the rural outskirts of Jackson County. I spent my childhood surrounded by the outdoors and nature and in my downtime, you would find me drawing and painting. This led me to Detroit, where I […]

Get to Know the Ella Staff – Austin

Who is Austin? If you wanna see me at 100% Austin, just ask me about something space related. I love learning and sharing that knowledge, especially when it’s about outer space. I have my personal hobbies like listening to podcasts, photography, and reading comics, but my greatest joy is being around family and friends.   […]

Meet the Ella Volunteers – Sandy

Meet Sandy My name is Sandy DuPuis, I was born 100 years after Ella Sharp in Jackson, Michigan. I have spent my whole life in Jackson. I attended grade school at Queen of the Miraculous Medal and graduated from Lumen Christi High School. I also graduated from Jackson Community College and Spring Arbor College.   […]