Photo by Marsha Mood Photography
"I believe everyone has a unique, interesting and worthy story to share." ~ Teresa (Tess) Nguyen
Over the years, Tess has had the pleasure and honor of interviewing a wide range of Janesville area folks, from CEOs and philanthropists to General Motors workers, family farm owners and nonprofit volunteers. Each person's story is special and inspiring! Read what some of our great, community-minded people had to say.
I met Tess when she interviewed me for a Rock County Historical Society project. While her approach was friendly and put me at ease, it was also evident that she was professional in her style of storytelling. Her skills resulted in a creative piece and her community passion came through front and center. It was a pleasure working with her and I believe her website will be of interest throughout the entire Rock County area.
Tess is a passionate and dedicated community leader. When creative story telling is part of any project I am working on, she is the first person to come to mind. Her hard work was integral to the successful planning and beautiful execution of HealthNet's 25th Anniversary celebration last year. It is always a joy to collaborate with Tess.
~ Heidi Van Kirk
Van Kirk Consulting, Inc.
~ Stan Milam
WCLO Host of
Your Talk Show with Stan Milam
Tess is a conscientious, passionate, caring, and professional person. I had the privilege of being interviewed by her for a piece on diversity for the Rock County Historical Society. I was impressed with the accuracy of her story. Her commitment and dedication to the topic was evident. Tess is a community leader and passionate about our diversity initiatives. She can be seen at many events which showcase and promote our growing, diverse community.
~ Santo Carfora
Educator, Diversity Consultant
Partner, S & J Consulting, LLC
Tess does an excellent job telling stories! She is a wonderful listener and asks great questions. Her stories are fascinating to read! Each bio is a treat, whether it's a person or a business. Thank you, Tess, for bringing history to life and documenting these stories for the present and the future!
~ Marsha Mood
Retired Special Education Teacher
Award Winning Photographer
Photographer for Rotary Botanical Gardens
In every community we have people, businesses, organizations that LOVE to make their community the best that it is. Teresa is that person that has a special passion for sharing her love for her community through the extraordinary talent of writing. Make no mistake her music ability is another light to shine. I’ve been following her many stories of incredible people and remain intrigued about the detailed stuff she highlights in her stories that make you not want to stop reading it. You almost get lost in it. Thank you Teresa for sharing your passion in writing and for the many years you and your family have supported us. I still can remember when hubby would come in to pick up your food like it was yesterday. Thanks for telling the stories of JANESVILLE ... No one does it better.
~ Edmund Halabi
Owner of Italian House
Tess is a very professional interviewer and her friendly style makes you feel comfortable and at ease. I was flattered with my story, as well as the creative and thorough coverage Tess gave to the Janesville Noon Rotary Club. She is passionate about this community and I can’t wait to read more of her stories on the Janesville Area Stories website!
~ Milly Babcock
Former Director of Catering and
Banquet Sales for The Hoffman House
Past President of Janesville Noon Rotary Club
Teresa is community-minded, caring and a great listener. She asks the right questions and her easy manner makes you feel comfortable and willing to share your story.
~ Rich Fletcher
Owner of Roam Around Tours
Local Historic Tour Guide
Tess is perfect for this. She has the skills to do it. Tess has a sincere interest in people, is easy going, personable and has a love for history. Janesville Area Stories is the perfect vehicle to preserve our community's history through stories.
~ Jackie Wood
Co-owner and Manager of Olde Towne Mall
Emeritus Board Member of RCHS
Downtown Janesville, Inc. Board Member
Janesville HIstoric Commission
Teresa wrote our story and did a beautiful job. It was above and beyond all our expectations! She asked for pictures from us and had to ask again and again. She was always sweet and kind and patient with us. She is a true professional with an incredible gift. Thanks for sharing your gift with us Teresa!
~ Patty O'Brien
Founder of O’Brien Computer Consulting
Former Teacher and St. John Vianney Cross Country Co-Coach with husband Mike
Marriage Preparation & Enrichment facilitator with husband Mike