Team

Terry Terry

Terry Terry

President

Terry is an artist, entrepreneur, instructional designer, media producer and creator of experiences that transform. Terry is recipient of the 2018 Creative Community Award for his efforts and role in the revitalization of Old Town, Lansing; the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award from James Madison College/MSU; Lansing Regional Chamber Small Business of the Year award, the Governor’s ArtServe award and many others.

Terry also serves as voluntary president the non-profit Institute for Quality and Innovation – whose mission is to develop the next generation of transformational leaders and who conduct quality management academies. He is also the co-founder and president of the non-profit Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art – the catalyst of Old Town Lansing’s revitalization and founder/producer of Michigan BluesFest and Lansing JazzFest. Terry serves on the board of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council.

Terry served as communications futurist and systems integrator with the Michigan Senate for the formation of Michigan Government Television, was a producer, cameraperson, and video editor on five continents for networks including Nightline, WNET-13, NBC Sportsworld, CNN, and PBS.

Through MessageMakers, he expanded the brand activation efforts of Harley Owners Group, launching their initiatives in Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions, helping grow membership from 450,000 to nearly 1 million world-wide over a 16 year period. Under his leadership, MessageMakers has guided and produced award-winning marketing communications and learning programs for GM, Herman Miller, Two Men and a Truck, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Greenstone Farm Credit, Dart, US Department of Education, US Department of Commerce, US Navy, US Paralympic Team, Business Leaders for Michigan, Michigan State University, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan National Guard, Michigan Society of Association Executives, Demmer Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan, Lansing Regional Chamber, National Association for Family Child Care, Mackinaw State Historic Parks, Indian Trails, American Red Cross, Spartan Motors and many, many more.

In 2003, Terry received a special tribute from the governor of the State of Michigan, recognizing him as someone who “...possesses social awareness and civic pride...has worked diligently to help guide Old Town along the road to revitalization.... and is precisely the type of citizen that this city and country needs.”


Tina Miller

Tina Miller

Chief Operations Officer

Tina leads and organizes the creative team on projects for a variety of commercial, non-profit, and governmental clients. She serves as primary contact and oversees project schedules, budgets and client reviews. Prior to her former role as MessageMakers’ Director of Marketing, Tina founded several businesses and was a Senior Business Analyst for the largest privately-held business development firm in North America, where she had a portfolio of over 400 small to medium-sized businesses.


Tom Lietz

Tom Lietz

Chief Creative Officer

Tom is a hands-on producer, director, and storyteller. Over the past 14 years he has led production efforts for feature films, training programs, marketing campaigns, and non-profit development efforts. For clients ranging from the American Red Cross to the Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Tom has helped to structure narratives that engage, inform and inspire audiences in alignment with specific objectives. These stories frequently come from the real world, told with a documentary sensibility and cinematic production values. As an experienced editor and director of photography, Tom is able to efficiently plan and execute unique creative concepts within schedule and budget constraints, while also maintaining a quality regularly recognized by various industry creative awards. Tom has also developed and led several instructional programs on video production.


Sophia (Chiung) Cheng

Sophia (Chiung) Cheng

Chief Financial Officer and Research Director

Sophia serves as research director and controller, ensures projects stay within scope and budget. She manages all aspects of budgets, procurements and billing and has extensive experience with financial analysis, forecasting and research, as well as survey data collection, management, analysis and interpretation. She is the Principal Research Investigator (PRI) for projects related to results measurement, success assessments, and surveys. After graduating with a Ph.D. in Economics from the Eli Broad College of Business, Michigan State University, Sophia served as PRI for Harley-Davidson Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Officer Training, for both the U.S. and international training sessions.


Rob Sumbler

Rob Sumbler

Video Producer / Director of Photography

Rob Sumbler is an experienced producer with over 20 years of experience spanning both video and live events. As a director of photography, Rob has lead production teams on a wide range of commercial and feature projects. He served as a news videographer for over 18 years, including eight years as chief videographer supervising a staff of 17 as well as more work in long-form investigative pieces. He has won five Emmy Awards, seven AP Awards, and two Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards for the quality of his video production. Rob also leads MessageMakers event production


Kolien Owens

Kolien Owens

Video Editor / Videographer

Kolien has worked as a PA, camera operator, and editor on a wide range of commercials, feature films, documentaries, and training videos, receiving many production industry creative awards. She has always been interested in stories and how they can be used as a tool to inform, persuade, entertain, or inspire audiences, and finds it exciting to take a blank screen and transform it into a compelling presentation.


James Young

Communication and Learning Strategist

James specializes in entrepreneurship, learning, and organizational change. He served as Chief Learning Officer at the Society of College and University Planning where he was responsible for transforming learning and positioning the organization for growth. He previously served as Chief of Staff at Lehigh University and as founding Associate Vice President for Information Services and CIO at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (a startup university) where he built and led all technology, library, and learning services. Previously, he was employed for ten years at George Mason University, where he led initiatives in libraries, information technology, learning communities, and assessment. He earned a Ph.D. at George Mason University, a master’s at the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s at Michigan State University.


Kate Prior

Curriculum Designer

Kate Prior started her career as a technical writer, documenting CAD/CAM imaging software features for client-facing user documentation and online content. Since then, she has designed objectives-based training documentation and built award-winning instructor-led training materials for Meijer and the State of Michigan and has developed assessment-centric interactive e-learning for companies such as Herman Miller, Amway, and Dart Container. Kate’s specialties include: educational/training/e-learning writing, reference and user guide creation, online help, technical/functional specs, SEO writing, documentation and web content strategy, video scripting, newsletter development, copywriting, reporting/article writing, project management, change management practices, business analysis, social media, quality assurance/user testing. Kate is well-versed in Camtasia, Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline.