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Mi Stanley

Meet Mi

I’m a Traverse City native. After my undergraduate, I moved to the East Coast and earned an MFA. I taught creative writing and coordinated a humanities collaborative at Syracuse University. But I never stopped missing my hometown.

When I decided to move back, I knew I had to look beyond academia in my job search. I focused on skillsets, not fields. It paid off. Now I bring my creativity to communications for a community health center. I also feed my artistic streak by volunteering at the City Opera House.

When I “boomeranged” home, my employer encouraged me to participate in Leadership Grand Traverse, and I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend. That experience brought me together with a group of dynamic, smart, and engaged professionals. I count many of them among my friends, including the connection who got me involved in volunteering.

To someone relocating to Traverse City, it can seem as though everyone already knows everyone. It’s a small town, so to some extent that’s true! For newcomers, I recommend getting involved with Traverse Connect, the Rotary Club, or even a “meet up” group. You’ll find plenty on social media around different activities.

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Traverse Health CLinic
Traverse City Native
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Networks & community
Hidden Gem
Hickory Hills Recreation


  • Real estate and housing
  • Health & wellness services
  • Arts & culture
  • Community
  • Outdoor activities
  • Food and drink recommendations
  • Charitable organizations and volunteer opportunities


There aren’t many places in the world that offer the natural beauty, quality of life, and the ability to be part of a real community the way that Traverse City does. You can make a big impact in a small town. As a Northern Navigator, I can help people who want to make an impact here feel part of our community.


There is something to love about – and do – outside in all four seasons. Even if you’re not the “outdoorsy” type.