Laurie Kokmeyer has been developing websites since the early nineties. Laurie was one of the first teachers in her school district to design a classroom and team website so that parents and students could easily check on deadlines, homework, upcoming events, and school news.
In 1999, Laurie was recruited to become the computer teacher and librarian for Waverly East Intermediate School. She was selected due to her technology literacy and passion for cutting edge instruction.
After moving to Washtenaw County, Laurie became the technology teacher and media specialist for Whitmore Lake Middle School. There, she brought many new ideas and ways to integrate technology into the middle school curriculum. Laurie also assisted the district in aligning its curriculum with the state technology standards and benchmarks.
In 2007, Laurie decided to take on the challenge of forming her own company in honor of her father, Edward Kokmeyer, who was also a local business owner. Laurie has risen to the challenge and is the president of Realize Websites.
Laurie earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Michigan State University in K-8 Education and her Masters of Education from Grand Valley State University in Educational Administration. Laurie also has earned an endorsement in Information Technology and Library Science.
Roderica Casey, often referred to as Rica, joined Realize Websites in September of 2011. She has been designing websites for five years and loves everything about web development and and the challenges it presents.
In December of 2009, Rica completed her studies at the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology for aircraft maintenance. Always interested in design and decorating, she was left feeling completely unsatisfied doing mechanical maintenance on aircraft. It was then that Rica decided to turn her attention to designing websites.
Attending school at Washtenaw Community College has prepared Rica to enter the internet field by force. Majoring in Internet Profession and Technology Management, Rica has taken classes in web design, coding, user experience, business management, UNIX, and computer science, just to name a few.
With a mind for business, Rica knows how to interact with clients with a personal touch to satisfy business goals. She is personable and enjoys working with others to learn more, as well as to teach others what she knows. Her positive attitude inspires others, as well as herself, to do well.