Class Notes

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.

Edward Moticka ’66

dwardMotickaEd is the author of the recently released book A Historical Perspective on Evidence-Based Immunology. The book highlights the evidence supporting immunology concepts commonly taken for granted, including results of hypothesis-driven controlled scientific experiments. Ed is professor and chair of basic medical sciences at the A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine (Mesa, Ariz.). His book was released on December 18, “the same day that ’Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ opened in theaters,” he wrote. “It is only coincidence that the figure on the cover looks like the Death Star.”

Beverly Quist ’68

Beverly was honored in April with the 28th Annual YWCA Mohawk Valley Outstanding Woman Award. It was the first time the award was conferred in the social justice category. Beverly is professor emerita of criminal justice at Mohawk Valley Community College. At K she majored in French and studied abroad in Caen, France. She earned a M.A. in sociology from Cleveland State University.   She started law school but did not like it and left after her first year. Beverly is grateful for her varied work history (internships at training schools for delinquent girls, social work, bank teller, Kelly girl, development officer, staff on projects including women’s equity, national security, and the Cleveland Martin Luther King celebration) and travel (living in France and even taking a ride on the Marrakech Express).  She directed the Criminal Justice Program at Notre Dame College of Ohio and was an adjunct instructor in Cleveland-area colleges.  In 1989, she decided to take a leap into the unknown by applying for a position at Mohawk Valley Community College.  At MVCC she developed courses in restorative justice, mediation, juvenile delinquency, and ethics in criminal justice and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Beverly has served on the boards of The Peacemaker Program, YWCA Mohawk Valley, New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Justice Studies Association, Criminal Justice Educators Association of New York State, Women’s Employment and Resource Center, the MVCC Professional Association, and WomenSpace.  “Kalamazoo College has been incredibly important to my development as a person (and, eventually, as an academic),” she wrote. “I spent my career service quarter at the Michigan Girls Training School in Adrian.  This experience was transformational, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity.  I did my senior project on the treatment of delinquent girls at the Institut Saint-Jean-Eudes in Caen, France, comparing my experiences and making observations.  Kalamazoo College is about social justice, and so are its graduates!”

Elizabeth (Ryder) Napier ’72

lizabethNapierElizabeth, a professor of English and American literatures at Middlebury College, has written and published the book Defoe’s Major Fiction: Accounting for the Self (University of Delaware Press). According to the publisher, “The book focuses on the pervasive concern with narrativity and self-construction that marks Defoe’s first-person fictional narratives. Defoe’s fictions focus obsessively and elaborately on the act of storytelling—not only in his creation of idiosyncratic voices preoccupied with the telling (and often the concealing) of their own life stories but also in his narrators’ repeated adversion to other, untold stories that compete for attention with their own.” At K Elizabeth majored in English and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Alexander (Sandy) Lipsey ’72

Since 2007 Sandy has served as a Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge. On May 25 the Michigan Supreme Court appointed him to the Kalamazoo County Business Court. As a business court judge, Sandy will oversee the court’s specialized business docket, which includes any case that involves a business or commercial dispute. All circuit courts in Michigan with three or more judges are required by law to have a business court. Statewide, there are currently 16 business courts and more than 900 opinions posted in a searchable online database. A bankruptcy attorney with more than a decade of experience, Sandy served as State Representative for Michigan’s 60th District from 2000 through 2006, where his committee work focused on economic and business issues. Sandy was the Vice Mayor of Kalamazoo from 1993 to 1995 and Kalamazoo City Commissioner from 1989 to 1993. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in physics, and he currently serves on the College’s board of trustees. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan. Sandy presides over the 9th Circuit Court’s Swift and Sure Sanctions Probation Program as lead judge and is an alternate judge for the drug treatment court.

Dale Norton ’73

Dale was awarded the 2016 Michigan Pork Producer’s Distinguished Service Award. He and his brother, Ken ’71, are generation number four of the five generations that have worked and are working Kendale Farm in Bronson, Mich. The farm raises some 33,000 pigs a year and about 3,000 acres of crops and some cattle. Dale has been involved with pork industry leadership on both the state and national levels. Be sure to watch the video about Dale and the award.

Scott Tempel ’74

cottTempelScott reports that his family is growing, and he’s quite happy about that! “Our granddaughter, Olivia Sage Coetmellec, was born in Paris, France, on April 23, 2016, to our daughter Larissa and her husband Romain Coetmellec.” Shortly thereafter Scott and the rest of his family made their way to Paris for a 10-day stay to bond with the three-week-old Olivia. “She’s a beauty and reminds us so much of Larissa when she was a baby,” wrote Scott. “Shall we say ’deja vu’?” Pictured in a Paris city park are (l-r): Cheryl Tempel, Alex Tempel, Scott, Larissa Tempel Coetmellec (with Olivia) and Romain Coetmellec. Scott is a vice president and engagement leader at Senn Delaney. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Stephen Eck ’75, M.D., Ph.D.

Stephen has been elected to the board of directors of Luminex Corporation, a global biotechnology company headquartered in Austin, Texas. Since 2011, Stephen has served as vice president, oncology medical sciences, Astellas Pharma Global Development, a global pharmaceutical company with U.S headquarters in Northbrook, Ill. Prior to joining Astellas, he was vice president, translation medicine & pharmacogenomics at Eli Lilly pharmaceutical company. In addition to his B.S. degree in chemistry from Kalamazoo College, Stephen holds a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from Harvard University and an M.D. degree from the University of Mississippi.

Brian Anderson ’76

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed Brian to the Illinois State Museum Board. Brian has more than 35 years of experience in natural resources preservation and analysis. His résumé also includes oversight of the Illinois State Museum when he served in the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). Brian is the deputy executive director of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois, where he manages strategic planning and coordinates programs across the five Illinois scientific surveys. Previously, he was the director of institutional improvement at Lincoln Land Community College where he coordinated accreditation compliance, strategic planning and institutional research. Brian also worked for IDNR for nearly 20 years. At K Brian majored in biology. He holds a master’s degree from DePauw University and earned his Ph.D. in biology from the University of Louisville.

Clint David ’77

Clint has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women access to options and funding for breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomies due to breast cancer. Clint is the managing partner of the Dallas, Texas, office of the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. At K Clint majored in political science and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. He is deeply involved with the Dallas-area community. He is a member of the CEO President’s Club, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenhill School for 15 years and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.

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.

Bill Dawson ’78

Bill was inducted into the Lake County (Ill.) Sports Hall of Fame for his career coaching cross country and track. Over his tenure he has worked with seven state champions, three state record setters and three high school All-Americans. Six of his athletes have gone on to earn All-American honors in college, including one national champion. Another athlete was overall national champion and an Olympian. Bill continues to teach math and coach at Warren Township High School in Gurnee, Ill.

Chris Bussert ’78

Chris and his son Shaun won the National Senior Father Son Indoor Tennis Championships in March. The event took place in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and the finals match was a classic. Chris tells it best. “In the finals we faced our nemesis, the Morse Karzens, who beat us in the finals of the clay courts last December. It was an epic match lasting 3 hours. We won 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. There was much drama at the end. We broke the serve of the younger Morse Karzen at 4-4 in the third. Shaun saved 5 break points in the final game before closing out the match with a service winner. It is our (and my) first gold ball. It is also only the second match the Morse Karzens have lost in this division in the last 4 years!” Congratulations, Chris and Shaun.

Mary (Seaberg) King ’79

Mary has been a senior vice president at Invest Detroit since 2009. Invest Detroit is a certified Community Development Financial Institution and a leading source of private sector financing to support economic and community development in underserved communities, primarily in Detroit. Mary manages Invest Detroit’s core city strategic fund (designed to provide lending to priority commercial real estate projects in Greater Downtown Detroit), the nonprofit predevelopment loan fund, and the new markets tax credit program. Mary also leads the efforts for Invest Detroit’s CDFI / CDE relationship management. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, she was vice president of commercial lending at Detroit Commerce Bank. At K Mary majored in political science and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She earned a M.B.A. at the University of Michigan.

Timothy Brenner ’79

Tim is executive vice president and president of wealth management at NBT Bancorp Inc. (Norwich, N.Y.) He oversees all non-bank business, including wealth management and financial services, NBT’s 401(K) plan record-keeping firm (EPIC Advisors, Inc.) and NBT-Mang Insurance agency. Tim has more than 25 years of financial services experience. He majored in psychology at K and studied abroad in Caen, France. He earned a master’s degree in education from John Carroll University.

Rick Dyer ’80

Rick received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the St. Joseph (Mich.) Public Schools Foundation, which honors St. Joseph High School alumni who have excelled in their professions and/or made significant contributions to their community. In high school Rick was captain of the football, wrestling and baseball teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree from K in economics and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned a M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University. Rick has been involved in the banking industry his entire professional career and serves as the President/CEO of Edgewater Bank in St. Joseph. Rick also serves in leadership positions of the Michigan Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council, Krasl Center for the Arts, Lakeland Health Foundation and St. Joseph Today. He and his wife Pam live in St. Joseph and have two grown sons.

Marcia (Featherston) Ventura ’80

Marcia is now senior vice president of Invest Detroit. Marcia’s areas of responsibility include the institution’s new markets tax credit program and commercial real estate transactions. She has more than 20 years of commercial lending experience working in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Marcia majored in economics and business at K and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She earned a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Terri Kline ’80

erri KlineIn May Terri was appointed to the board of directors of LaunchPoint Corporation (Itasca, Illinois), a provider of cloud-based solutions, software and services for healthcare organizations. Terri has spent nearly 35 years working in the health industry, two-thirds of them working with health plans. She currently provides strategic healthcare consulting, due diligence and interim management services to both development-stage and mature health organizations. In addition, she is a Limited Partner and Member of the CEO Council at Council Capital. At K Terri majored in biology and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan.

David Gray ’81

David joined the economics department at the University of Ottawa in 1990. His research interests are in the areas of labor market policy–particularly unemployment insurance and programs for displaced workers such as work-sharing and retaining–and earnings mobility and inequality. He has worked on many research projects for Employment and Social Development Canada over the past 20 years, and was affiliated with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.

His teaching activities include the standard introductory courses, probability and statistics, introduction to econometrics, and labor economics. He is the author of the study guide for the dominant undergraduate labor economics textbook in Canada. Since his appointment at the University of Ottawa, he has taught mostly at the undergraduate level. Although he is qualified to teach courses in French, and does so on occasion, he usually teaches in English to large classes comprised primarily of 18-year old students.  In 2010 he was nominated (along with eight others) as a finalist for TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition–the first economics professor to obtain that status. He was subsequently selected as the winner of the best teacher award at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

David received his B.A. in mathematics at K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Michigan.

Peter O’Brien ’82

BrienPeter has published The Muslim Question in Europe. The book challenges the popular notion that the hostilities concerning immigration—which continues to provoke debates about citizenship, headscarves, secularism, and terrorism—are a clash between “Islam and the West.” Rather, Peter explains, the vehement controversies surrounding European Muslims are better understood as persistent, unresolved intra-European tensions. The best way to understand the politics of state accommodation of European Muslims is through the lens of three competing political ideologies: liberalism, nationalism, and postmodernism. These three broadly understood philosophical traditions represent the most influential normative forces in the politics of immigration in Europe today. He concludes that Muslim Europeans do not represent a monolithic anti-Western bloc within Europe. Although they vehemently disagree among themselves, it is along the same basic liberal, nationalist, and postmodern contours as non-Muslim Europeans. Peter is professor of political science at Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas). He earned his B.A degree in political science at K and both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His previous books are Beyond the Swastika (Routledge, 1996) and European Perceptions of Islam and America from Saladin to George W. Bush (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). At K Peter did his foreign study in Hannover, Germany.

Chris Tucker ’82

Chris is a fellow in the Formulation Science Group in Dow Chemical Company’s core research and development function. Chris joined Dow in 1982 after receiving his B.A. (chemistry) from Kalamazoo College. Over the course of his career he has worked on research and development projects with nearly every business within Dow. He is author of more than 40 publications and patents. While at K Chris studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.

Lisa Kron ’83

Lisa will be able see her Tony award-winning Broadway musical Fun Home staged in her home town of Lansing, Mich., next year. The Wharton Center in Lansing announced it will stage a professional production of Fun Home during the Center’s 2016-17 season. The play, based on Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name, was nominated for 12 Tony awards in 2015 and took home five, including best musical and best original score. Kron wrote the musical’s book. She grew up on Lansing’s west side and studied theater at K before moving, in 1984, to New York City.

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.

Jill (Moran) Golder ’84

Jill is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. She has 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry, 23 of them for Darden Restaurants, Inc. Jill earned her M.B.A. from the University of Chicago. At K she majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.

Josh Sherbin ’85

Josh has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of TriMas Corporation, a global manufacturer of engineered and applied products. He has worked for TriMas for more than 10 years and has 25 years of legal experience with companies such as Valeo and Kelly Services. Josh earned his J.D. from Wayne State University. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Patrick SAGE ’86

Patrick has joined the advisory committee of Jivana Biotechnology, Inc., a Chicago-based company that develops RNA interference treatments for a wide range of cancers. Patrick is a registered patent attorney since 1993 and founder of Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Hueschen & SAGE, PLLC, which specializes in advising innovator pharmaceutical, dermatological and fine chemical companies in portfolio development, prosecution, management, agency registration, enforcement and partnering. Patrick earned his J.D. at Loyola University (Chicago). At K he majored in biology and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He began his career as a biochemist with The Upjohn Company, conducting pharmacological research on potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

John Anzalone ’86

A former resident of St. Joseph, Michigan, John received the Distinguished Alumni award from the St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation. He has built a professional polling firm, Anzalone Liszt Grove Research, that has helped candidates, associations and corporations with message development and strategic planning. His firm has offices in Montgomery, Alabama; New York; Washington, D.C.; and Lanai, Hawaii. He now serves as one of the main pollsters and strategic consultants for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Prior to his polling career John was a campaign operative who worked for Democratic Party strategists James Carville and Paul Begala in U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg’s 1988 campaign. He began his political career as an aide to David Wilhelm at Citizens for Tax Justice and the AFL-CIO, before managing campaigns in five states. At K he majored in political science and economics and studied abroad in Italy. John lives in Montgomery, Alabama, with his wife and four children.

Nancy Rye ’87, M.D.

ancyReyeNancy has been appointed to an adjunct faculty position at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Nancy earned a master’s degree in public accounting and is a C.P.A. After working at Plante & Moran for three years she returned to Wayne State University School of Medicine and earned her medical degree. Nancy completed her residency in Family Medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich. She has been in private practice in Traverse City (Mich.) for 15 years and will have medical students join her in her practice and experience small town medicine. At K Nancy majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Samantha Whitney ’87

Samantha is the principal of Information. Intelligence. Insight., a boutique consulting firm focused on providing competitive intelligence services to corporate, professional services and law firms. Formerly the co-founder and managing partner of a research consultancy, Samantha has worked in a variety of professional services and corporate settings that include a large law firm, a global legal publisher and an executive search firm. During her tenure at the executive search firm, she was named the first non-revenue generating partner as a result of providing research services directly impacting the bottom line. At K Samantha majored in English and studied abroad in Caen, France. She received a Master of Information degree from the University of Michigan.

Mark Crilley ’88

ark CrilleyMark has published The Realism Challenge: Drawing and Painting Secrets from a Modern Master of Hyperrealism. The book is a step-by-step guide that teaches artists to draw and paint exact duplicates of common objects, rendered in the trompe l’oeil, hyper-realistic style of Mark’s popular YouTube video series, “Realism Challenge.” The eponymous book contains 30 lessons demonstrating how to render mirror-like duplicates in the trompe l’oeil tradition of everything from shells, leaves, and candy bars to your very own still life arrangements. Each lesson builds off the previous one in order to master essential artistic techniques like creating drop shadows, adding highlights, and building from light to dark. Mark is the author of Mastering Manga and Mastering Manga 2, as well as several manga novels, including the Akiko series, Miki Falls, the Billy Clikk novels, and Brody’s Ghost. Since being selected for Entertainment Weekly’s “It List” of the 100 most creative people in entertainment in 1998, Mark has published nearly 20 books and developed a massive Internet following for his drawing demonstration videos, earning him a spot as one of the top 25 Most Subscribed to Gurus on YouTube. At K Mark majored in art and studied abroad in Senegal.

Sangeeta (Gandhi) Shah ’90

angeeta (Gandhi) ShahSangeeta is shareholder, co-chair of post-grant proceedings, and chief diversity officer in the Southfield, Mich., office for Brooks Kushman, a law firm focused on intellectual property rights. Sangeeta’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has handled numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition cases involving parties in the chemical, software, automotive and metallurgical industries. She has also litigated design patent and copyright infringement cases in such diverse areas as architectural building designs, automotive parts and consumer products. Sangeeta received her J.D. degree from Wayne State University and her B.A. degree in chemistry and economics from Kalamazoo College. At K she studied abroad in Caen, France.

Corey Marks ’92

Corey was the spring 2016 Lawrence Clayton Poets and Writers Speaker Series guest at Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, Texas). Corey is the author of two award-winning volumes of poetry. His first book, Renunciation, was selected by the late Philip Levine as a 1999 National Poetry Series Competition Winner. It also received the Natalie Ornish Prize from the Texas Institute of Letters. His most recent book The Radio Tree, won the Gren Rose Prize from New Issues Press in 2011. Corey is the Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas (Denton).

At Hardin-Simmons Corey participated in an afternoon question and answer session and, in the evening, he read poems from his collection of works. His poems have appeared in the New England Review, The Paris Review, Poetry Northwest, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, The Threepenny Review, TriQuarterly, The Virginia Quarterly Review, as well as in the anthology Legitimate Dangers (Sarabande Books, 2006) among others. Corey earned his B.A. in English at K. His Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) is from Warren Wilson College, and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature is from the University of Houston.

Matt Longjohn ’93, M.D.

Matt is the chief health officer at the National Council of YMCAs, which received in 2012 a federal grant of $12 million to test the value of a diabetes prevention program in eight states. In March of this year Matt was a member of a group that traveled to Washington D.C. to share an evaluation of the program. The results were excellent, showing both cost reduction and diabetes prevention. Based on those results the Obama administration is expected to expand Medicare to cover diabetes prevention programs among people at high risk of developing the disease, an expanison made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

Stephen Gilmer ’93

Stephen is the chief information security officer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Connecticut. His responsibilities there include cybersecurity; governance, risk and compliance; information technology security; investigations; threat intelligence; vulnerability management; security architecture; and incident and crisis management. He has more than 20 years experience as an information technology management professional. At K he majored in computer science.

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.

Robert Beacham ’94

Robert wrote, “During my stints in the military, work force, and time at K my undefined mental health issues prevented me from being the student and friend that many wished me to be. My mood and emotional swings from hyperactive to hyper recluse made me a difficult and annoying person to gauge. Currently I am doing much better, and working with the VA health system has helped me identify what I can control and where I need help. I regret not being able to connect more meaningfully with classmates at K. I have learned a great deal about the impact of anxiety as it pertains to me. My anxiety led me to study topics and prepare for tests like a person collecting a pile of ping pong balls with their arms. Short term one may be able to have some success, but seconds later the pile will cascade leaving one’s arms empty. Anxiety impaired my cognitive retention capabilities, and this failure to internalize information amplified my anxiety levels, leading to the feeling of being a fraud. I eventually found the time to deal with these core issues. I am proud of my service, proud of my time at K and wanted to share this to show perceived failures can become soundings of your true nature.”

Jessica Walsh ’96

Jessica published her first full-length collection of poems, How to Break My Neck. She is is a poet and professor of English at Harper College in suburban Chicago. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Midwestern Gothic; Ninth Letter online; TRIVIA; The Fem; Whale Road Review; Crab Creek Review; Yellow Chair Review; artisan: a journal of craft; The Listening Eye; Driftwood; Furnace Review; Blood and Fire Review; Mobius; The New Press Literary Quarterly; Red River Review; Third Wednesday; In Posse Review and others. At K Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in English and studied abroad in Caceres, Spain. She earned her master’s degree and Ph.D. in literature from the University of Iowa.

Melissa (Stucki) Stevens ’96

elissa (Stucki) StevensMelissa has joined Cincinnati-headquartered Fifth Third Bancorp as senior vice president, chief digital officer and head of omni-channel banking. She will be responsible for creating the strategic plan for an integrated omni-channel customer experience, including both sales and service, for all lines of business. Prior to the move, Melissa had been managing director and chief operating officer for Citi Bank’s FinTech, a unit charged with creating a smartphone-centric business mode. At K she majored in English and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. She earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University’s School of Labor & Industrial Relations, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Operations from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 2014, she was named to Crain’s New York “40 under 40,” and last year was named to Bank Innovation’s “2015 Innovators to Watch.”

Amber (Schwartz) Delisi ’01

mberSwartzDelisiAmber and her husband, Jay, welcomed their son August Sullivan Delisi on March 24, 2016. He weighed 9.3 pounds and
measured 22 inches. His big sister Delaney and big brother Rowan are thrilled to have a baby brother.

Christian Grostic ’01

hristianGrosticChristian has been named a partner of the Cleveland, Ohio, law firm Kushner & Hamed Co., LPA, which is now Kushner, Hamed & Grostic Co., LPA. Chris practices civil and white-collar criminal litigation and appeals, appearing in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals and trial courts in a variety of complex litigation. He is also an adjunct professor at Case Western University School of Law and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers in the areas of business litigation, white-collar criminal defense and appeals.

Peter Cowan ’02

Peter is a fire ecologist specializing in plant evolution and diversity. He serves as a conservation analyst at Save the Redwoods League in San Francisco. He received a Ph.D. from the department of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2010. He received a M.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University and a B.A. in biology (magna cum laude) from K. At K he studied abroad in Kenya.

Valerie Cochran ’02

Valerie shared some recent milestones in her career in law education. In August 2015 she joined Darton State College (Albany, Georgia) as assistant professor and coordinator of paralegal studies. She teaches paralegal courses online and oversees the program. She also was elected president-elect of the Dougherty Bar Association and expects to assume the presidency in August. In early May of this year she became the 1L Judicial Externship Supervisor at the Florida State University College of Law.

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.

Scott Whitbeck ’04

Scott is the new head coach of the Nazareth College (Rochester, N.Y.) men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. He has served as the head coach at SUNY New Paltz for the past eight seasons. This past season Scott led both the New Paltz men’s and women’s teams to second-places finishes in the SUNYAC championships, the school’s most successful swim season in its history. Prior to New Paltz, Scott worked as an assistant coach at University of Massachusetts and the College of Wooster. At K he was a two-time Academic All-American, team captain, NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarship winner, and team Most Valuable Swimmer. He still holds K records in the 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyles. Scott majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He earned a M.B.A. and a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts.

Carrie VanDerZee ’05

arrieTroyerCarrie and Adam Troyer ’05 got married in Punta Cana (the Dominican Republic) in January. They were thrilled to have a number of fellow Hornets attend. Pictured are (l-r) Liz Okey ’07, Nate Troyer ’02, Sara (Kellogg) Troyer ’03, Garrett Weatherhead ’03, Lindsay (Basler) Weatherhead ’05, Adam and Carrie, Anny Price ’05, Ed Thomas ’05 and Bridgett Blough ’08.

Tess Killpack ’06

Tess represents one of several K-Plan roots to a recent fruition of egg-and-bird science. A research paper recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology sheds new light on the stunning metamorphosis that occurs at or near hatching in many birds. The paper has a mighty title: “Development of endothermy and concomitant increases in cardiac and skeletal muscle mitochondrial respiration in the precocial Pekin duck,” and, it turns out, some very deep Kalamazoo College connections. “Most of the work was done in the lab of Ed Dzialowski ’93,” wrote Paul Sotherland, professor emeritus of biology (and, like Ed, a listed coauthor of the paper). He added, “The storyline all got started WAY back when Tess discovered, in her Senior Individualized Project, the dramatic (think: Grinch-like…hah!) cardiac growth in chickens, a discovery illustrated nicely in Figure 4 of the paper (and acknowledged with the highlighted citation on page one of the paper).” The title of Tess’s SIP was “A change of heart in birds: cardiac response to the onset of endothermy.” According to Paul, Tess’s was not the only SIP “root” that nourished the Experimental Biology paper. “A SIP done by Alan (Skip) Faber ’14 contributed as well,” said Paul,”which is acknowledged by his coauthorship of the paper.” Ed is an associate professor in the department of biological sciences at the University of North Texas. Tess is an instructor in the biological sciences laboratory at Wellesley College. Skip is beginning his second year of dental school at the University of Michigan.

Arianna Schindle ’08

Arianna is an educator, organizer and healer who works for Rhizacollective.org, a women-led collective of cultural workers and facilitators that uses storytelling, healing, organizing and research to support social transformation and environmental justice. Arianna has worked in a variety of settings across the U.S., Asia and Central America ranging from urban public schools, mental health clinics, nonprofit organizations, worker’s centers and labor unions to private and public foundations. She conducts workshops on the trauma of oppression, community organizing and creative campaigning. At K Arianna majored in psychology and studied abroad in Thailand . She received her graduate certificates in urban public health and clinical social work at Hunter College.

Jamie Sturm ’10

amieSturmJamie has been accepted into Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He will attend the school’s Cross Continent M.B.A. program for mid-career professionals, a program that includes residency components in Shanghai, New Dehli, Santiago and Istanbul. That squares well with Jamie’s K experience. He majored in international and area studies and studied abroad in both China and Ecuador.

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.

Katina Bitsicas ’11

Katina lives in Columbia, Missouri, where she is an assistant teaching professor of digital storytelling at the University of Missouri. At K Katina earned her B.A. in art and participated in the GLCA Arts Program (New York City). She earned a post-baccalaureate degree from from SACI in Florence, Italy, and a M.F.A. from the University of South Florida. Katina’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally, and she has exhibited in multiple venues and festivals such as The Ringling in Sarasota, Florida; Project Space Kleiner Salon in Berlin, Germany; Index Art Center in Newark, New Jersey; Tractionarts in Los Angeles, California; and AIVA Video Art Festival in Finspång, Sweden.

Sarah Allexan ’11

alebKlineSarah and Caleb Kline ’13 were married on September 26, 2015, and the happy event drew many Hornets from multiple generations. “We got married at Waldenwoods Resort in Hartland, Michigan,” wrote Caleb. “The weather was beautiful.” And so was the K crowd (especially the bride and groom). Pictured are (l-r): Brian Paul ’87, Genevieve Leet ’11, Michael Hartman ’86, Tova Berg ’11, Jenifer Hartman ’86, Alex Smith ’13, Audra Hudson ’16, Rachael Hartman ’14, Ellen Connor ’13, John Kline ’86, Shelbie Burris ’13, Josh Hampton ’13, Caleb Kline ’13 (Groom), Sarah Allexan ’11(Bride), Brain Bazzel ’11, Dalton Simancek ’12,  Margie Andreae ’86, Hannah Kline ’18, Amanda Patton ’13, Nora Cullen ’13, Miles Tyrer-Vasell, Gina Massari ’13, Justin Leatherwood ’13, Colin Brummel ’11, David Dimcheff (K cross country coach), and Ben Hulbert ’13. Sarah matched for her medical residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at University of Michigan. She and Caleb are moving back to Michigan!

Katy Sly ’12

Katy is spending 10 weeks this summer as a paid intern in The Asia Foundation’s Security and Justice Program in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The internship is a partnership of The Asia Foundation and the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where Katy is working on her graduate degree. The Security and Justice Program works with the Sri Lanka Police Department and the Ministry of Law & Order on the institutionalization of community policing in Sri Lanka and the support for community based mediation. The internship is based in Colombo with regular travel to the field.

Kate Golembiewski ’12

Professor Emerita of English Gail Griffin is a fan of Kate, a chemistry major who, Gail writes, “took on an English major very late in her career.” Kate’s putting both majors to work as a science writer, and Gail spotted one of Kate’s stories in a recent Atlantic Magazine online. “How Ancient Coral Revealed the changing Length of a Year” describes how coral layers (a byproduct of the organism’s daily living that marks a year’s growing seasons and days in a process somewhat akin to tree rings) show that the number of days that composed an earth year was much higher eons ago–420 days rather than today’s 365-6. She accounts for the difference in the dynamics of gravity, oceans and the moon’s distance from the earth, a gap growing incrementally and infinitesimally. Turns out Shakespeare’s Juliet had it right in more ways than she might have guessed when she implored Romeo to “swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon, / That monthly changes in her circled orb.” The circled orb grows imperceptibly more distant, a centimeter or so a year. (Eventually–in several million years–the moon will be too distant to cause a solar eclipse.)  With her two majors, Kate is more likely to know the science in the literary reference. Kate’s K experience also included study abroad in Scotland.

Meredith Loomis Quinlan ’12

eredith QuilanMeredith has been named a New Leaders Council—Detroit 2016 Fellow. NLC-D is an entrepreneurial leadership program for progressive young professionals, with a mission to recruit, train and promote the next generation of progressive leaders. Meredith is the director of development and strategic initiatives for Michigan United, a statewide organization fighting for racial, economic and gender justice in Michigan through grassroots organizing. Michigan United’s primary areas of work are fighting for comprehensive immigration reform, ending mass incarceration, promoting equitable development and fighting for an economy that works for all of us. Meredith has organized on campaigns to fight violence against women, increase affordable housing, clean up toxic waste in her local neighborhood, raise Michigan’s minimum wage and increase access to affordable, quality child care and long-term care. She lives in Detroit and loves building campaigns to advance gender equity and women’s rights. At K she earned her degree in human development and social relations and studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal. Her study abroad Intercultural Research Project was a program on HIV-prevention among at-risk Senegalese communities. Her Senior Individualized Project was a documentary on HIV-prevention in Detroit.

Evan Levine ’12

In May, Evan graduated from Texas Tech University with master’s degrees in classics and geography. At the time he faced a wonderful and difficult choice because he had been accepted into the Ph.D. programs at FOUR prestigious universities–Brown, Berkeley, Cincinnati and Yale. He has since chosen the program at Brown. Evan’s research focuses on stone inscriptions from Classical Greece in terms of text and geographical context. His interests were nurtured at K, where he majored in classical civilization and was mentored by Senior Instructor in Classics Anne Haeckl, among others.

Moriam Aigoro ’13

Moriam works as an intellectual property project manager at Cengage Learning (Farmington Hills, Mich.). She manages between 70 and 100 projects for multiple editors and vendors. She is a recipient of a Distinguished Fellows scholarship at Detroit Mercy Law School, from which she will graduate in 2018. She plans to focus her law career on intellectual property or juvenile justice. At K Moriam earned her B.A. in political science and completed a minor in economics. She studied abroad in Costa Rica and spent three months as an intern associate for America’s Promise Alliance, a network that facilitates volunteer action for children and youth. She served as an Civic Engagement Scholar for HYPE, a mentoring program that serves youth in the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home, and she received the College’s prestigious Senior Leadership Award.

David Menoian ’13

David has been named an officer of Crestmark Bank. He works at the company’s corporate office in Troy, Mich. David joined Crestmark in 2013, right out of K, as a field examiner. In 2015, he transitioned to the bank’s Small Business Administration Division as an analyst. David earned his bachelor’s degree at K in business.

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.