Our Team


Tami parks

Founder and owner of Great Lakes WGS, Tami is responsible for most of the gown cleaning and care.  She grew up in the dry cleaning industry and owned a bridal boutique for seven years.  Tami is continuing her education in local history at Grand Valley State University, with a focus on museum studies; allowing her to handle customers’ special garments with utmost knowledge and care.

Tami and her husband Jeff live in West Michigan. They have two adult sons.  Tami enjoys creative endeavors like knitting, embroidery, and playing the piano.

Tami says, “I think business ownership brings a responsibility to be a blessing to one’s community and to always operate in an honest and ethical manner.  We strive to be environmentally responsible, socially conscious, and generous.”


sherry hettinga

This is Sherry, the full-time bridal seamstress for Great Lakes Wedding Gown Specialists.  Sherry has over 40 years of experience in bridal alterations.  She’s worked for several bridal boutiques, including high-end shops in Wisconsin and Michigan.  Her experience and knowledge cannot be matched.  She frequently attends bridal shows and markets to meet designers and stay current with bridal trends, fabrics, and construction techniques. Sherry is a perfectionist and will take her time to be sure each fitting follows a set routine to ensure the best result possible for your gown!

Sherry and her husband Vern live in West Michigan and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren.  Sherry also enjoys knitting and sewing non-bridal crafts for her family and friends.


kristi lemmen

Kristi is the co-owner of Lemon Fresh Cleaners; she has trained countless clothing care professionals in the science of dry cleaning and the arts of pressing and customer service. She has been noted as one of the most knowledgeable experts on stain removal in the Midwest.

Kristi helps with gown preservation and training videos for our wholesale partner boutiques.



Megan manages our Instagram @greatlakeswgs and represents Great Lakes WGS at bridal shows. She is also available as a bridal stylist.  You can contact Meg at megan@greatlakeswgs.com.


donna walker

Donna is our part-time seamstress during the busy season, and works with all our bridesmaid clients as well as brides, moms, and prom girls.

Donna has been in the tailoring and alterations business for over 30 years. Although originally from the South, she now lives in West Michigan and loves to garden and boat in the summer.  Her relaxed manner puts her clients at ease!


Karen Miller

Karen joined our team in May of 2019 with over 30 years of seamstress experience, including bridal. She works with brides, bridesmaids, and mothers. She’s proven to be expert at quick turn-arounds!

Karen is relaxed to work with and puts her clients at ease quickly.

She and her husband live in West Michigan and have grown children.