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About Jim Van Sweden

Director, College Communications

David Best ’94, D.O.

David is a board member of the Michigan Osteopathic Association and an instrumental member of its Task Force on Safe Opioid Use, which submits recommendations to Governor Rick Snyder’s Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force. Opioid abuse has become a crisis in Michigan and nationally. David wrote a viewpoint in the Lansing State Journal titled “Medication-assistance treatment (MAT) for opioids.” In it he states the importance of MAT as the standard of care for opioid use disorder, clarifies (and decries) the reasons for its underuse, and applauds the allocation of new funding that, in part, will make MAT more widely available.

Ute (Bell) Papke ’64

Ute has been elected as president of the Munich (Germany) and Cincinnati (Ohio) Sister City Association, an organization she founded in 1989. Ute attended K and majored in French when she was there. Ute retired after running her own company, CMI Consulting, for more than 30 years in Cincinnati. She now dedicates her life and resources to humanitarian and educational endeavors. She is a trained certified interpreter in German, Spanish and French, and she has delivered economic development seminars in Frankfurt and Munich, as well as Cincinnati. Ute has been a Rotary Club president and Rotary District Governor. She was born and raised in Germany and graduated from high school in South Bend, Indiana, before coming to K.

Marilyn (Knight) Underhill ’52

Marilyn died on February 13, 2016. She matriculated to K from Fort Wayne, Indiana. At K she majored in Spanish and was a member of Eurodelphian Gamma and the Kalamazoo College Choir. Marilyn had a love for volunteering and serving others through her work as a Girl Scout camp counselor and leader, Camp Fire leader and board member, and American Red Cross volunteer worker for victims of tornadoes. She also enjoyed volunteering with Special Skaters Society for mentally and physically challenged children and tutoring mathematics students in GED programs. For 13 years she was a counselor at Woman’s Resource Center in Sarasota, Florida, where she also served on the board of directors. Marilyn enjoyed working on genealogy, particularly her research on a great-great grandfather from the Isle of Man. She also enjoyed traveling as well as doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles.

Debora Zeldam-Craig ’84

ebbie CraigDebbie is the owner and branch manager of Craig Wealth Advisors, a financial planning and advising firm with offices in Traverse City and Alden, Michigan. Debbie has been helping individuals and business owners for more than 15 years with creative solutions regarding investment and wealth management. She earned her B.A. at K in economics and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She earned a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Katherine Rapin ’15

15Katherine landed a four-month food writing fellowship with Edible Philly, a four-times-a-year magazine that celebrates the local and seasonal food of Philadelphia and the Delaware and Lehigh Valley region. Katherine spent a semester interning in Philadelphia during her undergrad days at Kalamazoo College (she majored in English) and liked the city–especially its local food culture–so she decided to move back. She’s been a writer for the Philadelphia Center and launched an online project called “Philly for Lunch,” where she chronicles what Philadelphians eat for their midday meal. Her family owns an organic farm in Michigan, so she knows a great deal about sustainable agriculture and food issues. Her position is supported by The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts.

Sakhi Vyas ’08

Sakhi has joined The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo as its communications manager. Sakhi earned her B.A. at K in international and area studies, with an emphasis on East Asia. She studied abroad in Beijing, China. She earned a master’s degree in marketing management from the Instituto de Empresa in Spain. Sakhi was previously employed at Western Michigan University’s Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The Learning Network strives to improve the lives of children in Kalamazoo County from cradle to career by connecting excellent educators to a caring and engaged community.

Nancy (Nolan) Moody ’78

Nancy is now vice president of public affairs for DTE Energy Co. She had been director of federal government relations in DTE’s Washington, D.C., office after spending 24 years in Lansing. She has worked for DTE since 1988 and also serves on the board of directors of Michigan Colleges Alliance and Community in Schools. At K Nancy earned her B.A. in French. She studied abroad in Caen, France.

Adam Wade ’03

Adam was promoted to assistant vice president at 1st Source Bank. He has 15 years of experience in banking and finance. Adam earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business at K and studied abroad in Perth, Australia. He is involved with several community organizations and serves in leadership positions with Discover Kalamazoo and Centerpoint Church.

William Borough ’50

Bill died on January 27, 2016, at age 90. Bill enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He matriculated to K after the war and majored in chemistry. He worked for Bendix as a senior chemist. Bill married Virginia O’Boyle in 1951, and they were married for 65 years. Bill retired to Deerfield Beach, Fla., in 1978 where he worked as an artist and became involved in many civic organizations. Bill was preceded in death by his daughter Helen. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Kristine Sholty ’11

Kristine is a social media and communications officer at Wayne State University. She oversees the crowdfunding platform for Wayne State University. Her duties include implementing program goals, providing strategic and technical assistance, and promoting Giving Day initiatives through social media, presentations and meetings. Previously she was an annual fund associate at Vista Maria, where her duties were to maintain and organize all donor constituency information, action plans and gift collection data. At K Kristine majored in international and area studies and studied abroad in Caceres, Spain.