Class Notes

James G. Lindberg ’62

P1030950Jim retired in 2015 from teaching chemistry for 48 years at Drake University (Professor emeritus, 1967-2002) and Grinnell College (Visiting Professor, 2002-2015). “I am especially grateful to my favorite professor Lawrence Barrett,” Jim wrote, “and to my chemistry mentor Kurt Kaufman.”

Ray Comeau ’63

Ray has published his second book of haiku. The book’s full title is 100 Haiku Book Two: Inspired by the Mind Training of a Course in Miracles. The book is available on Amazon.

David Anderson ’63

Last year Class Notes reported that David was named Physician of the Year in Sonoma County (California) for getting his small town of Healdsburg to raise the purchase age of tobacco products to 21 years. He said at that time that he hoped to make the change statewide within a year. Well, a year later he’s happy to report that this has happened. On June 9, 2016, California became the second state (after Hawaii) to set the tobacco purchase age to 21. Dave says it will make a huge difference in the health of the state! “And,” he adds, “It will spread nationwide soon. See what a K graduate can accomplish!”

David Chapman ’69

David is the Distinguished International Professor and Birkmaier Professor of Education Leadership at the University of Minnesota.  He teaches in the graduate program in international and comparative education and co-directs a multi-year, multi-country project assessing the impact of entrepreneurship training on the livelihoods of economically disadvantaged youth in East Africa.  He is a frequent consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID and other organizations engaged in international development of education systems.  He credits his foreign study experience (Sierra Leone) at K as an important factor in choosing a career in international development.

Sue Levi Elwell ’70, Ph.D.

ueLeviElwellWEBRabbi Elwell has written “O Pioneers: Reflections from Five Women Rabbis of the First Generation,” a chapter in the book The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate. In this anthology, rabbis and scholars from across the Jewish world reflect on the historic significance of women in the rabbinate and explore issues related to both the professional and personal lives of women rabbis. This collection examines the ways in which the reality of women in the rabbinate has affected all aspects of Jewish life, including congregational culture, liturgical development, life cycle ritual, the Jewish healing movement, spirituality, theology and more.

Rabbi Elwell served the Union for Reform Judaism for nearly two decades, strengthening congregations by building strong partnerships between professional and lay leaders. She was founding director of the Los Angeles Jewish Feminist Center, the first rabbinic director of Ma’yan, and she has served congregations in California, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. She also co-edited Chapters of the Heart: Jewish Women Sharing the Torah of Our Lives, a finalist for the 2014 National Jewish Book Award; edited The Open Door, the CCAR Haggadah; served as the poetry editor and member of the editorial board of the award-winning The Torah: A Women’s Commentary; and co-edited Lesbian Rabbis: The First Generation. At K Rabbi Elwell majored in English and studied abroad in Israel. She was ordained by Hebrew Union College–Jewish Institute of Religion in 1986. She is the joyful mother of two adult daughters, is an ecstatic savta (grandmother), and lives in Philadelphia with her wife, Nurit Levi Shein.

Susan Coon ’74

Susan and her husband, Conrad Weiser, announce the birth of their first grandchild, William Jesser Davis. William was born on September 10, 2015. Wrote Susan, “I will be reducing my schedule as Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Duke beginning in July, 2016, so that I can assist with caring for William who has finally figured out how to crawl forwards instead of just scooting backwards!”

Sandra Greene ’74

Sandra has been selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Membership in the Academy is offered to leaders in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sectors. Members have included Martin Luther King Jr., Margaret Meade, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. The current membership includes more than 250 Nobel Prize winners. Sandra holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois). At K she majored in philosophy and studied abroad in Ghana. She is a professor of history at Cornell University and the author of West African Narratives of Slavery Texts from Late 19th and early 20th Century Ghana (Indiana University Press, 2011).

Bill Stoeri ’78

Bill has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. Founded in 1950, the ACTL is composed of the best of the trial bar from the U.S. and Canada. Fellowship is extended by invitation only based on mastery of the art of advocacy and a professional career characterized by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Bill is a partner at the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney. He heads the firm’s health litigation practice group and serves on the firm’s governing board. Bill’s practice covers general commercial litigation and has included cases involving a wide variety of contract and tort claims, including licensing agreements, trade secrets, product liability, consumer fraud, class actions and medical malpractice. He has tried more than 30 jury trials to verdict in federal and state courts and has extensive experience before national and international arbitration panels.

Harvey Ballard ’80

arveyBallardHarvey and his partner of 30 years, Andrew Stewart, were married on June 4, 2016, in the First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Ohio. Harvey is an associate professor and internships coordinator in the department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University. Morgan Vis ’89, one of several K alumni who attended the wedding, is the chair of the department. Pictured are (l-r): Scott Loveridge ’80, Morgan, Harvey and Andrew, Suzanne (Fechner) Bates ’83 and Karl Leif Bates ’83.

Dianne Willer-Sly ’80

Dianne Willer-SlyIn September of 2015 Dianne transitioned from working full-time (for more than 16 years with HealthPartners Geriatrics as a nurse practitioner) to a new position as clinical assistant professor with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. There she teaches courses within the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and maintains a Faculty Clinical Practice with HealthPartners two days a week. In November 2015 Dianne became president of Minnesota Nurse Practitioners, where she is leading the organization to expand networking and professional support for nurse practitioners statewide.

Dianne also returned to Spain for the first time since her study abroad experience in 1978. She and her husband, Wes, participated in a three-week bike tour of more than 400 kilometers through the region of Catalonia. Dianne continues to live in Lake Elmo, Minnesota, with Wes. Their son, Taylor, is a recent computer and electrical engineering graduate from Michigan Technological University, now working in Helsinki, Finland, and their daughter, Katy ’12, is a master’s degree candidate at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Lynn (Arsht) Gandhi ’83

ynnGandhiLynn was named one of 30 “Women in the Law” for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An editorial panel selected the honorees based on their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, accomplishments as leaders in the profession, service as mentors to other women, and involvement in the community. Lynn was honored at a luncheon on September 15. She works in Detroit for the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. At K she majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Italy.

Jeff Hsi ’83

, Tuesday, September 6, 2016, in Dexter, Mich. (Junfu Han | The Ann Arbor News)

Jeff delivered the keynote address at last month’s Convocation ceremony. His story is a K-Plan tale of two distinguished careers. His significant achievements as a medicinal chemist and as a patent attorney–indeed the adroitness with which he made that career change–he attributed in part to his Kalamazoo College experience. At K he majored in chemistry. After graduate school (M.S., Indiana University; Ph.D., University of Michigan) and a postdoctoral fellowship (University of South Carolina), Jeff went to work as a senior scientist in cardiovascular diseases at a multinational pharmaceutical company. While he was a working scientist and inventor (he holds several patents) he became intrigued by patent law and intellectual property law and decided to make a career change. He earned his J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law (1997) and since then has worked for several prestigious law firms and served as in-house counsel for a biopharmaceutical start-up company. Jeff is an internationally invited speaker on various intellectual property issues, and he has lectured at the Harvard Extension School and at MIT Sloan School of Management. Jeff also is a dedicated volunteer for various nonprofit organizations. He was a member of the board of trustees at Kalamazoo College and is currently serving as a board member for Asian Americans Advancing Justice–AAJC (Asian American Justice Center) in Washington, D.C.– where he chairs the Policy and Programs Committee. Today Jeff is a shareholder at the intellectual property law firm of Wolf Greenfield. His legal experience is wide-ranging, from preparing and prosecuting patent applications in numerous scientific areas to establishing licensing and research and development collaboration agreements.

Debora Zeldam-Craig ’84

DebbieCraigDebbie has published a new retirement planning book, Piece by Piece, A Commonsense Approach to a Secure Retirement. The book focuses on the three segments of her trademarked retirement income model. Debbie has been helping individuals and business owners for more than 16 years with investment and wealth management counsel. Before becoming an independent financial advisor she worked for Smith Barney and General Motors. At K she majored in economics. After graduation she earned a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.

Dawn Schluter ’86

Dawn was named one of 30 “Women in the Law” for 2016 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. An editorial panel selected the honorees based on their commitment to excellence in the practice of law, accomplishments as leaders in the profession, service as mentors to other women, and involvement in the community. Dawn was honored at a luncheon on September 15. She works in Troy for the law firm Miller Canfield. At K she majored in political science and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.

Barb Koremenos ’86

Barb is a University of Michigan political science professor who recently published a book with Cambridge University Press titled, The Continent of International Law: Explaining Agreement Design. In news related to her family, Barb’s delighted that her nine-year-old daughter, Selene, loves acting! Barb, her husband, George, and Selene normally live in Ann Arbor, but they are residing in South Bend for the year while Barb serves as a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute and Notre Dame’s law school.

Jim Brown ’87

Jim has been promoted from associate professor to full professor of physics at Wabash College. He earned his B.A. in physics at K and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Michigan. Jim has taught at Wabash since 2003. And he won Wabash’s highest teaching honor in 2012. He has served in important leadership roles in the physics department, across the college, and in the scientific community, including as a science policy fellow at the National Science Foundation and as the director of MoNA (the Modular Neutron Array) project. He is the author or co-author of 80 peer-reviewed publications. Jim is currently on sabbatical at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. He is doing research on the nuclear structure of the most neutron-rich nuclei achievable in order to understand the limits of stability of nuclei with vastly more neutrons than protons.

Keith Crandall ’87

Keith is the founding director of the Computational Biology Institute at George Washington University. He studies computational biology, population genetics and bioinformatics, and he helps develop and test big data methods of DNA sequence analysis. He applies this work to the study of the evolution of both infectious diseases (especially HIV) and crustaceans (especially crayfish). Keith has published more than 250 peer reviewed publications, as well as three books. He has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar to Oxford University (England) and an Allen Wilson Centre Sabbatical Fellow at the University of Auckland (Australia). He has received a number of awards for research and teaching, including the American Naturalist Society Young Investigator Award, an NSF CAREER Award, a PhRMA Foundation Faculty Development Award in Bioinformatics, Honors Professor of the Year award at Brigham Young University, ISI Highly Cited Researcher, and the Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award. He recently was elected a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). At K, Keith majored in biology and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. After graduating, Keith served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Puyo, Ecuador. He earned his master’s degree (statistics) and his Ph.D. (biology and biomedical sciences) from Washington University.

Teju Cole ’96

Teju has published a new collection of essays titled Known and Strange Things. The topics are digressive and eclectic, just one element of their individual and intense interest. Teju is the author of two previous works, the novels Every Day is for the Thief and Open City. At K, Teju went by the name of Obayemi Onafuwa. He majored in art and art history. Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times wrote a review of the essay collection that includes a delightful interview with the author, including his final, wonderful and liberal arts-ish quote that ends the piece: “It’s OK not to be the smartest boy in class, because knowing how much you don’t know can then be the starting point for engaging with the world.”

Kristin Meekhof ’97

Kristin is a licensed master’s level social worker in southeast Michigan. She is a speaker, writer, author of A Widow’s Guide to Healing, and a contributing editor to Psychology Today magazine. In the past year she served as a panelist at a University of Michigan Hospital conference on compassionate care and as a panelist at the Parliament of World Religions. She also attended the United Nations Conference on the Status of Women. Kristin completed the M.S.W. program at the University of Michigan. She earned her B.A. at K with a major in psychology.

Alexandra Foley Altman ’97

lexandraAltmanAlexandra joined classmates, friends and their families for a summer picnic in Battle Creek, Michigan. Adults (l-r) included: Michael Ejercito, Karen Reed ’97, Miguel Aguirre, April Riker ’97, Alexandra, Chris Altman ’97, Angela Pratt Geffre ’97, Dan Geffre, and Paula Feddor Frantz ’97. The kids (l-r) included: Felicity, Dante and Sierra Ejercito; Santiago and Felix Aguirre; Maeve Altman; Connor Geffre; and Ryan and Max Frantz.

Sarah Estes ’98

Sarah published her first book of poetry, Field Work, and it won the Cider House Review Editor’s Prize. The book has garnered critical acclaim in several publications, and Sarah has done several appearances for the iconic Los Angeles Beyond Baroque reading series. Her work has also appeared in Agni, The Atlantic, Christian Science Monitor, Cimarron, Crab Orchard Review, Field, The Missouri Review, New Orleans Review, Psychology Today, Scientific American, Southern Review and elsewhere. Sarah has taught poetry and composition at the University of Virginia, James Madison University, Young Writers’ Workshop and Tsurumaru High School in Kagoshima, Japan. She was a creative nonfiction fellow with Think, Write, Publish. She has worked with other writers as well, including New York Times columnist David Brooks (as an early reader for The Social Animal), social scientist Jonathan Haidt and the novelist Jonathan Franzen. “I was born in an unincorporated rural area outside of Peoria, Illinois,” Sarah writes, “and have lived in countries as far afield as Belgium and Japan. This has given me an unusual perspective on the rural/urban experience and the differences between liberals and conservatives–an uncommon vantage point that I bring to bear on my work in both poetry and nonfiction. I’ve enjoyed being able to work on a broad range of projects, and I try to bridge the seemingly disparate worlds of science, parenting and the arts.”

Tim Palazzolo ’99

Tim has been named demolition operations manager for the Detroit Building Authority. He spent a dozen years with the city’s planning and development department as an environmental officer and city planner.

Jennifer Perry ’02

Jennifer is the new assistant principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield, Massachusetts. From 2008 to 2012, Jennifer held two different teaching positions within the New York City Public School District at P.S./I.S. 50 Vito Marcantonio School and at The Facing History School. In 2012 she took a teaching position at Dupont Middle School in Chicopee, Massachusetts. She has experience teaching English, social studies and various subjects in the humanities. Jennifer received two master’s degrees: one in East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia University in 2007, and another in school leadership from American International College in 2015. At K she majored in English and studied abroad in Kenya.

Kimberly Hartman ’03

KimHartmanWeddingKim  and her husband, Jason Douglas, welcomed their daughter, Mabel Anne Douglas (see photo below), on July 17, 2016. They are very excited to begin their child-rearing adventure. Kim and Jason were married on May 24, 2015, and they celebrated that event with many fellow K alumni, including (photo above, l-r) front row–Karen Nave ’04, Bernadette (Lum) Terranova ’03, Kim and Jason, Adrienne (Beller) Knack ’04, Alexis (Bowman) Sirrakos ’04; (middle row) Brian Heintz ’03, Joanna Tzenis ’05, Steven Blum, Brooke Larson ’05, Molly Danner ’04, Jessie Geiger ’04, Katie Tripi ’04, Eliza Goth-Owens ’03, Jill Weatherhead ’05, Elizabeth (Hauslein) Buell ’07, Kelly (Roshon) Estes ’05; (back row) Tony Pagorek ’03, Nick Carlin-Voigt ’04, Jackson Buell ’04, Jonathan Hughes ’03, Andrew Alexander ’04, Theresia Radtke ’03. The couple lives in Kansas City, where Kim works as a pediatric rehabilitation physician at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Mabel Marie Douglas

Mabel Anne Douglas

Eli Savit ’’05

Eli and Amanda Kelly Rice were married on June 25 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Eli is a senior adviser and counsel to Detroit’s mayor, Mike Duggan. Amanda is an associate in the Detroit office of the law firm Jones Day. The couple met in Washington and both served in clerkships at the Supreme Court there–she with Justice Elena Kagan and he with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Both of those Supreme Court justices attended the wedding. At K Eli majored in political science. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Kim Yourchock ’05

Kim was appointed president of the Barristers Section of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association. The Barristers Section, comprised of attorneys who have been practicing for less than 10 years, provides new lawyers with the opportunity to expand their leadership skills, become involved in community service projects, attend educational seminars and participate in networking activities. Kim is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department’s Wage and Hour Practice Group at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. At K she majored in political science and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.

Young-Jin Chang ’06

Young-Jin has been appointed global head of metals products at CME Group. She will be responsible for the strategic development, management and profitability of the global product suite, including both precious and industrial metals. Based in Chicago, Young-Jin previously served as executive director, industrial metals products and various other roles within the company’s metals business line. Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, she was a ferrous alloy trader at the David J. Joseph Company, where she focused on expanding international trading business. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in economics from K, she holds an international M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her K experience included two externships–one with Jack Lundeen ’69 and a second with Rich Marion ’90. According to Pam Sotherland, Center for Career and Professional Development, Young-Jin secured her first job at David J. Joseph Company “after an an interview with K alumnus Brad Ford ’01, who was on campus during Homecoming to conduct interviews. This was a pattern that Luke Weatherhead ’02 and Jeff Green ’06 continued for a number of years. These experiences highlight the power of alumni connections with students.”

Rob Morrison ’06

Rob has received a Henry and Sylvia Richardson Research Grant from the Entomological Society of America (ESA). The grant provides research funds to postdoctoral ESA members who have at least one year of promising work experience, are undertaking research in selected areas, and have demonstrated a high level of scholarship. Rob earned his B.A. from K with a major in biology and a minor in German. He studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Munich (Germany), where he majored in ecology, evolution, and systematics, and studied the evolutionary biology between two closely related species of ants. He received his Ph.D. in entomology from Michigan State University. There he helped to develop an integrated pest management program for the asparagus miner. That research included investigating the development, chemical ecology, and natural enemies of that insect. Rob is currently a postdoctoral research entomologist at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. He is researching an integrated pest management program for the invasive brown marmorated stink bug. Rob has more than a decade of experience in helping to develop integrated pest management programs for pests in vegetables and tree fruit. He’s written 18 peer-reviewed publications and made more than 100 presentations.

Amy Passiak ’06

In September Amy joined the University of Michigan Museum of Art as the Mellon Academic Outreach Collections Assistant.

Brandon Scarber ’08

Brandon is a senior admissions advisor at Michigan State University. His story (“Brandon Scarber, an emerging leader,” by Patreice Massey) was featured in a recent issue of The Michigan Chronicle. At K Brandon majored in economics and business and earned a minor and concentration in English and African studies, respectively. He graduated with honors and in 2013 completed his master’s degree in public administration (University of Michigan-Dearborn) with a concentration in nonprofit leadership. He has worked at M.S.U. for five years.

Alan (Skip) Faber ’14

Skip is in his second year of dental school at the University of Michigan, where he decided to “pursue the ’research pathway’ within our curriculum,” he wrote, “where students get the opportunity to complete an independent research project in one of the dental school labs. I joined the school’s main microbiology lab and am currently writing up my proposal for a research project concerning the role that certain pathogenic oral microbes may play in the development and progression of oral squamous cell carcinoma. I performed and presented a literature review of the same subject for my master’s thesis in the department of molecular and integrative physiology at UofM, so it is nice to keep that work going.” During his K days, Skip was involved in a research collaboration with Professor Emeritus of Biology Paul Sotherland and alumnus Ed Dzialowski ’93 in the latter’s laboratory at the University of North Texas. Skip wrote to Paul, “I must say that the experience that you and Ed provided me–including travel to UNT to be a part of the awesome endothermy project–gave me the itch to pursue research further in the master’s program and in dental school. It was a pretty special feeling to be able to leave a small stamp on the science world.”

Michele Intermont, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Michele co-authored the article “Liberal Arts Colleges: An Overlooked Opportunity,” which appears in the May 2016 issue of Notices of the American Mathematical Society. The article cites several advantages for teaching at a place like K, including class sizes conducive to meaningful relationship building, breadth of teaching and freedom to design class syllabi; the opportunity to pursue research and involve undergraduates in research; deeper mentoring possibilities; and even the chance to test oneself beyond one’s discipline, for example in first-year seminars. Michelle contributed to the piece (pages 565-570) along with mathematics professors from Pomona College and the College of Holy Cross.

Natalie Hickman ’09

NatalieHickmanNatalie and classmate Michael Kellogg ’09 were married on August 13, 2016. The wedding took place at a vineyard in Traverse City, Michigan. Many of their Kalamazoo College classmates were in attendance. Pictured (l-r) are: Adam Baranowski ’09, Jessica (Adams) Baranowski’09, Jerrod Howlett ’09, Matthew Goulet ’09, Natalie Hickman ’09, Michael Kellogg ’09, Nate Victor ’09, Erin (O’Brien) Victor ’10, Austin Zepeda ’09, Abby Ahlberg ’09, and Leslie Petrovich ’09. Photo by Krysta Jaye Photography.