Keeping Good Company

After a career that spanned decades, Magna People editorial director Lori McDowell retired at the end of 2020. I think of her often and imagine she's enjoying her new home in the woods, comfortably surrounded by the sounds of nature. Fortunately, Lori spent much time sharing her experience with me as I transitioned into the role of editorial director, and I'm excited to share this new issue with you.

A positive attitude matters. That’s why the Magna culture is so inspirational. This issue of Magna People is dedicated to the stories of employees who are making a difference and demonstrating compassion in the workplace and the community.

They are people like Renate Hoesele, a Magna employee in Graz, Austria, who cuddles premature babies at a local hospital in her spare time, and Eva Isabela Garza, an incredible athlete in Mexico who strives for continuous improvement on and off the job.

Others, like Dale Tarrant, a Magna purchasing clerk in South Carolina, turned a devastating cancer diagnosis into a way to provide support for the cancer community. And Parsinee Pratoomhual, a Magna assistant human- resources manager in Thailand, transformed physical limitations into an asset.

These stories are a testament to our collective resilience in challenging times. Enjoy them and please let us know about other Magna people who are a positive force!

Lisa Schafer, Magna People editorial director


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A little about lisa

I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. I had originally wanted to be a therapist because I enjoy talking to people trying to understand what makes them tick.


I started working at Magna in the compliance department seven years ago, and not long after transitioned to the communications team, where I’m now a senior communications specialist.

In my spare time, I like to paint and work on craft projects, bringing people to life with my art.


In my time on the comms team, I have helped grow our MagnaNOW TV platform globally, launched our MyLife employee app and now I am the new editorial director of our Magna People magazine. I take a lot of pride in being a part of the communications team sharing great stories about our employees, our company and industry.

Like many, I worked to help pay my way through college. I was actually a general manager of a Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant. Working in the restaurant business taught me many things including, how to see the good in people, multi-tasking and how good shoes are worth every penny.


I love mining for stories and I especially like being able to share them. Which is why I feel right at home in Magna’s communications team.  If you have a story to tell, I want to hear it.


I love my three pets. My constant companion is Gus, my 7 year old border- collie mix who is never more than 10 feet from my side. Kat and Valentino are two cats I rescued, although in some ways I think they are the ones who saved me.