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Jeffrey Everett ’78

Jeffrey has joined Advance Disposal as vice president and assistant general counsel. Advanced Disposal is the largest privately owned environmental services company in the United States and is headquartered in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Jeffrey will focus on general corporate, securities and finance matters, litigation management and merger and acquisition transactions. He has more than 14 years of waste industry experience with prior positions at Waste Management Inc. and Veolia Environmental Services North America. He also served as a partner at a large multinational law firm. His career has focused on corporate governance, securities and transactional matters for both private law firms and public companies. He earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law.

Douglas Behrend ’81

Douglas has been appointed chair of the Department of Psychological Science at Fulbright College, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He has been a professor at the university since 1989. His research interests include children’s word-learning, learning and sharing of privileged information, and accent preferences. He is head of the WordPlay Lab, the department’s child language and cognition laboratory, and he is the author or co-author of many scholarly articles. He has collaborated with and mentored many students and has been involved in interdisciplinary projects with colleagues in a variety of fields. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology and French from Kalamazoo College and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Paul Lukez ’80

Paul is president of Paul Lukez Architecture, a 15-person architecture and urban design firm in Sommerville, Mass. Prior to establishing PLA in 1992, Paul worked with nationally and internationally recognized architectural firms such as S.O.M. / Chicago, William Rawn Associates, and Arrowstreet Inc. He has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Washington University in St. Louis, and MIT. Paul is the recipient of numerous academic and professional honors, and his work has been recognized by editors of local, regional national and international publications. In recognition of his achievements in design excellence, he was elected as a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects. He is also the author of “Suburban Transformations” (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007). After leaving K, Paul earned a B.A. degree in Environmental Design from Miami University (Ohio), and a master of architecture degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “K’s internship program was instrumental in getting me an amazing job at SOM in Chicago, where I was able to work with world famous designers,” said Paul in an email message to his former Hornet soccer coach Hardy Fuchs. “None of that would have been possible without the K-Plan.”

Patricia Jean (Christensen) McCarthy ’49

Patricia died on July 31, 2015. She matriculated to Kalamazoo College from LaPorte, Ind. Before and after her marriage, she had a diverse career as a clothing buyer and fashion consultant for a Midwestern retailer. She also worked as an office manager for a large medical practice in Falls Church (Va.) and as a manager of Reston’s (Va.) Visitor Center. After her marriage to John W. McCarthy, Jr., they traveled extensively throughout the world in support of his career as an employee of the U.S. Department of State.


Michelle Hauk ’07

Michelle received the American Institute of Architects Medal for Excellence in All Efforts during the spring 2015 Architecture Awards at the Sam Fox School, Washington University in St. Louis. The award honors her outstanding achievements in the WUSTL College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design. Michelle earned her B.A. degree in art from K.

Mike Holmes ’75

Mike has been inducted into the Muskegon (Mich.) Area Sports Hall of Fame. He guided the Muskegon Catholic Central football team to six state titles in his 25 seasons as head coach before his retirement in 2012. Mike also coached baseball and junior high girls basketball and volleyball, and was a teacher, athletic director and principal during his years at MCC. At K, Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in political science.

Brandon Faber ’07

Brandon is the new director of community engagement at the Grosse Pointe (Mich.) War Memorial Association. Prior to taking this new position, Brandon was executive director of the Birmingham Bloomfield Symphony Orchestra. He earned a bachelor of arts in music and psychology from Kalamazoo College and a master of music in instrumental conducting from the Cole Conservatory of the California State University Long Beach.

Scott Mahoney ’80

Scott has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016. Scott is a partner with the Las Vegas law firm Fisher & Phillips LLP that specializes in labor and employment law, labor and employment litigation, employee benefits law, and immigration law. The firm has more than 300 attorneys in 31 cities. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 79,000 leading attorneys are eligible to vote.

David Torresen ’87

David moved to Portland, Maine, in January 2015 after 25 years in Washington, D.C., where he worked for 11 years at the Center for Advancing Health, a nonprofit organization focused on patient engagement, and 12 years at the Washington Blade, a weekly LGBT newspaper. In Portland he works as senior operations associate for the Maine office of AARP. He continues to serve as editor for the official website of singer Peggy Lee, and earlier this year he served as co-producer and contributed liner notes for the two-CD Peggy Lee set “At Last: The Lost Radio Recordings.” He welcomes the chance to meet other K alums in Maine and can be reached at