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Meet Kristen

As a northern Michigan local and the proud owner of Harpe Star Photography, I find myself constantly in awe of the quirky charm and picturesque scenes our neck of the woods offers. It’s a delight to capture these moments, many of which you might have spotted on the Michigan’s Creative Coast website. But my love for our little slice of heaven doesn’t stop at photography. I’m deeply rooted here, wearing the hats of both marketing chair and treasurer for Up North Pride, where I’m all about spreading love and rainbow vibes. Trust me, there’s nothing quite like the buzz in the air during Pride week in Traverse City!

My dedication to community extends to my professional life as the Member Experience Specialist at Cherryland Electric Cooperative. We stand by our member-focused mission and understand that the best way to do that is to invest and support our community. It was this love and reputation that drew me to the Cherryland team.

Through every snapshot, event, and initiative, I strive to build bridges and grow our community.

Member experience specialist
Manistee, MI
Cherryland Electric Cooperative
entreprenuerial venture
Harpe Star


  • Arts & Culture
  • Community
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Food & Drinks
  • Charitable organizations & volunteering
  • Up North Pride
  • Entrepreneurship


I find immense joy in lending a hand. If any of my connections or experiences can help someone feel more at home here, then that would truly make me happy! Also, it might sound cliché, but it’s true: there really is something for everyone here. Sometimes, all you need is a little guidance to discover it.


The theatre and live performance scene! Heartwarming performances grace the stage at the Old Town Playhouse, radiating charm and storytelling prowess. Meanwhile, Tilt Think Improv brings a surge of creativity and dynamic energy, captivating audiences with every game. And then there’s the indescribable rock and roll weirdness of Mash-up Rock & Roll Musical’s original parody productions. Traverse City is teeming with actors and creatives, eager to take the stage and transform an ordinary evening into an extraordinary experience.