Class Notes

David Anderson ’63, M.D.

David was named “Physician of the Year” for Sonoma County (California). The news was shared by Class (of 1963) Agent Don Schneider. David majored in biology at K and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. He earned his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine. About the award he wrote, “I was named ’Physician of the Year’ not for being a primary care doctor for 38 years, on call every fourth or fifth day and weekend, not for getting up in the middle of the night and then having to see 25 patients the next day, but rather for convincing our local city council to raise the purchase age for tobacco products to 21 in our little town of Healdsburg, California.” The honor was conferred by the Northern California Center for Well-Being. The idea is to reduce the number of teenagers who use tobacco. “If we can get people to the age of 21 without trying tobacco, very few start smoking,” says David. “I hope to take the measure statewide in the next year or two.”

Daniell Mattern ’70

Daniell received the Margaret McLean Coulter Professorship at the University of Mississippi. Daniell, who joined the “Ole Miss” faculty in 1980, was chosen for this endowed chair “as a result of his outstanding achievements in research about organic electronic materials and his unparalleled success in teaching a difficult branch of chemistry to a myriad of UM students,” said a UM news release. An organic synthetic chemist who teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organic chemistry, Daniell has a long record of instructional excellence, having received the university’s Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 1992 and the College of Liberal Arts Teacher of the Year in 1998. He also is an accomplished cellist (playing with the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra) and has written a few “Ten-Minutes Plays” that have been produced by Theatre Oxford. Daniell earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from Stanford University.

Michael Leib ’70

Michael launched LeibADR to provide metro Detroit law firms and the courts with mediation and arbitration services. Michael is an attorney who retired from trial law in 2014. During a 35-year career he tried cases in federal courts (including the bankruptcy court) and state courts and appeared before arbitration panels involving a wide range of complex commercial, insolvency, contract, real estate, probate and employment matters. Michael’s experience also includes roles as an arbitrator, case evaluator and mediator. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee and served as the chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee. At K Michael majored in psychology and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Montana.

Jon Grier ’75

Jon was recently cited with two awards: an Artist Fellowship in Music Composition (bestowed by the South Carolina Arts Commission) and the Carl Blair Award for Commitment to Arts Education (given by the Greenville Metropolitan Arts Council). Jon has been teaching music theory and history at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, a magnet high school of the arts, since 1988. And he sends a hearty shout out to the class of ’75!

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.

Tom Hennes ’78

Tom is working on the $150 million expansion and renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, scheduled for completion in 2020. Tom is founder of Thinc Design, a New York City-based firm that has provided exhibit designs for clients worldwide, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the USA Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, and the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The Detroit-area native moved to New York City to become a theater designer after graduating from K with a B.A. degree in German. His assignment in Cleveland includes moving the Perkins Center from the north to the south side of the institution’s complex in University Circle, plus creating interior displays in the new main exhibit wing.

Chris Bussert ’78

Earlier this year Chris won the Southern Hard Courts tennis championships. He figured, why not make the jump to the national seniors tennis scene. Why not, indeed. After all, he already had a template (so to speak) to follow. In 1978 he was Division III singles and doubles national champion, playing on the 1978 national championship team under George Acker. This past June, Chris won the National Super Category II singles championship in Austin, Texas, his first national singles title since his senior year as a Hornet. In the finals at Austin he beat the number one seed, a longtime member of the U.S. International Team. As a result of his tournament win, Chris was ranked in the top 20 in the U.S. in his age division. He’s since climbed to number 12.

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.

Paul Mighion ’79, D.D.S.

Paul received the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Mastership Award during the AGD 2015 annual meeting, which took place this past June in San Francisco. The Mastership Award is the AGD’s highest honor and one of the most respected designations within the profession. To earn this award, Paul completed more than 1,100 hours of dental continuing education. As a Mastership Award recipient, Paul joins more than 2,200 active AGD Masters who have gone above and beyond the basic requirements to care for their patients’ oral health. The AGD has more than 39,000 members.

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.”

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.

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.

Allen M. Omoto ’82, Ph.D.

Allen was awarded an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation for his passionate dedication to social justice and to bringing psychological science to bear on social policy. Throughout his career, Allen has demonstrated a strong and lasting commitment to social justice and inclusion through his research, publications, teaching, mentorship and leadership. He was APA’s inaugural William A. Bailey AIDS Policy Congressional Fellow. He served on the Committee on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Concerns, chaired the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, has served on the APA Council of Representatives and has been elected president of Div. 9 (Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues) and Div. 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). Allen has received awards for distinction in education and training (Div. 44) and service (Div. 9), as well as the Western Psychological Association’s Social Responsibility Award. Through his passion, dedication, sense of humor, and the example he sets for integrating his values into his personal and professional life, Allen inspires and leads his students and his colleagues to affect social justice through the science of psychology. He is currently a professor in the Claremont Colleges in California.

Lynn (Arsht) Gandhi ’83

Lynn  has been elected to the board of directors of The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The museum, which features contemporary art exhibitions and presentations, aims to fuel dialogue, collaboration and public engagement in Detroit. Lynn is a partner in the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where she serves as a state and local tax lawyer. She earned a master’s degree in taxation law from New York University School of Law and a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. She earned her B.A. degree cum laude in business and economics from K.

Suzanne Kleinsmith Saganich ’83

FisherBroyles, LLP, announced that Suzanne has been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law and Real Estate Law. Suzanne was also voted Lawyer of the Year in the area of Financial Services Regulation Law.

Jacquelyn Scott ’86

Jacquelyn is principal lecturer and honors faculty fellow at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. She received the 2015 Arizona State University Centennial Professorship, an award created by the Associated Students of A.S.U. that recognizes exceptional teaching, leadership and community engagement. Last year, the A.S.U. Commission on the Status of Women awarded Jacquelyn its Outstanding Contribution and Achievement Award for her longstanding commitment to mentoring, diversity and inclusion at Arizona State.

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

Keith Mestrich ’89

Keith is the president and CEO of the Amalgamated Bank – the nation’s only union-owned bank and the leading financial institution for the nation’s progressive community. Keith is a 25-year veteran of the labor movement, beginning his career as a researcher at the AFL-CIO. In that position he gained experience assisting unions on hundreds of organizing, bargaining and political campaigns. In 2002 Keith went to work for UNITE, the bank’s majority shareholder, where he served in various capacities. He first joined Amalgamated in June of 2012, initially directing the bank’s Washington Region and coordinating the bank’s operations in the nation’s capital. He has more than a quarter century of experience working with the bank’s core constituencies in the labor movement and non-profit organizations. Keith is currently on the board of directors and serves as treasurer of the Union Health Center in New York City, the Public Utility Law Project, and the DC Employment Justice Center. He is also on the board of directors of the National Consumers League and serves as an adviser to The Workers Lab. He also serves on the board of directors of the Democracy Alliance, which provides opportunities for individuals to leverage their progressive philanthropy by connecting their efforts with those of other investors/donors, organizations, political strategists and leaders. At K Keith earned his degree in political science and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.

Tim Eastman ’90

Tim is the new principal of Mattawan (Mich.) High School, about ten miles west of Kalamazoo. He spent more than 20 years as a teacher and principal (since 2002) at Hackett Catholic Prep in Kalamazoo. At K Tim majored in biology and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He has a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Brad O’Neill ’93

TechValidate, a company co-founded by Brad, has been sold to SurveyMonkey, the California firm known for its online surveys. TechValidate is a 50-person company headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., that uses cloud software to produce marketing content such as customer testimonials, reviews, return-on-investment analysis and case studies, according to an article in Fortune. Brad, who was also a founding investor in StumbleUpon, was quoted in a Yahoo Finance-Business Wire article: “We are thrilled to join forces with SurveyMonkey, and look forward to benefiting from their complementary insights platform and deep industry experience as we continue to develop our product suite to enable marketers to quickly build engaging content and deliver actionable insights.”

Kimberly Osborne ’93

Since her return last year from her position as chief strategic communications adviser to the Afghan National Security Forces in Kabul, Kimberly has built a successful international consultant practice with clients in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Africa. Last June she was selected as a Fulbright Specialist and will work on various educational capacity building projects at foreign institutions. And this fall she became the first person to hold the endowed C-SPAN Chair at the Brian Lamb School for Communication at Purdue University. She teaches and builds programs at the nexus of public policy and mass communication.

Matt Brynildson ’93

Matt is like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps? Absolutely, according to “Imbibe” e-magazine. The comparison is apt because Matt is America’s most decorated beer brewer; he’s won awards multiple times in multiple categories at the annual Great American Beer Festival held in Denver, Colorado. In the feature profile, Matt credits his Kalamazoo College experience in a number of ways. His health science major provided the organic chemistry experience that came in handy during his first job after graduating–in the hops lab at Kalsec (Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Company). At K he met K alumnus Larry Bell ’80, whom he credits for getting him interested in craft brewing. Larry is the founder of Bell’s Brewery. And during his K years, Matt studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, which gave him the opportunity to experience the beer cultures in Belgium and Germany. Matt’s brewing career featured early stops at the Siebel Institute (Chicago), Goose Island Brewery (Chicago), and SLO Brewing (Paso Robles, California), which was eventually purchased by Firestone Walker. The firm soon recognized his talent and made Matt a brewery partner in 2010.

Aaron Maurice Saari ’98

Aaron became the first ordained minister to marry a same-gender couple in Dayton, Ohio. Aaron, who majored in religion at K, is pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Yellow Springs, and he also serves as Multifaith Campus Minister at Sinclair Community College. Aaron did his study abroad in Rome, Italy. He is earning his doctorate in Intercultural Studies at United Theological Seminary. He is pictured (left) with his brother Stephen Allison, who passed away in 2002. Stephen, too, was a K alum, a member of the class of 1995.

Tom Gilbert ’99

Tom Gilbert is assistant director, strategic issues, in the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). He’s been at the GAO more than 13 years, much of that time working in the tax policy and administration group. During the past three years, however, he’s focused on government-wide human capital and civil service issues. Tom lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland, with his wife and their daughter.

Joel Hutson ’02

Joel was quoted in the July 15, 2015, issue of the popular science magazine Scientific American about dinosaur research that he and his wife published in the March 2015 issue of Journal of Zoology. Their research illustrates how dinosaurs may have made the transition from two-legged to four-legged mobility. Their journal article is titled “Inferring the prevalence and function of finger hyperextension in Archosauria from finger-joint range of motion in the American alligator.” Joel said: “I was inspired to study dinosaurs because of Jeff Wilson ’91 who was featured in Kalamazoo College news when I was a biology student at K.” Wilson is a paleontologist at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has visited the K campus to speak to students and faculty about his work. Joel said he hopes also to “inspire a future generation of paleontologists at Kalamazoo College.”

Maureen Ann Kickham ’03

Maureen and Alexander David James were married July 31 at the University Club in Manhattan. The couple met at Georgetown University, where they earned their M.B.A.s. Maureen works in Long Island City, Queens, as a vice president and marketing specialist with Citibank. David is an associate producer and oversees the engineering team at High 5 Games in Manhattan, which produces slot machine games.

Kristian Bjørnard ’03

Kristian is a new faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he will teach courses in advanced design, interactive media and graphic design. Kristian is a designer, thinker and “sustainabilitist.” He is the director of “The Office of Kristian Bjørnard,” a design studio focused on publishing in all its forms. Kristian holds an MFA in graphic design from MICA; he earned his bachelor’s degree in art at Kalamazoo College. The artist nearly became an engineer. His exploration of physics and mathematics filtered through the lenses of painting and drawing led Kristian to graphic design. Current research includes “sustainable graphic design” and new publishing utilities. This has resulted in various “sustainable” aesthetic exercises, a more purposeful interest into systems, exploring reusable processes, a focus on rules-based design concepts, and investigating vernacular design methodologies. Kristian keeps abreast of current web trends, standards, and technologies, and explores time and motion in both digital and print media. His myriad interests make for interesting insights and connections among science, philosophy and the practice of design—-both in the classroom and in his professional practice.

Nick Carlin-Voigt ’04

Nick has been promoted. He is now the associate head coach of the UCLA men’s soccer team. For the past three seasons he has served as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for the Bruins. In addition to recruiting, Nick is actively involved in all aspects of the UCLA soccer program, including player development, training, scouting, scheduling, soccer-specific fitness training, summer camp development and community outreach. The former Hornet All-American has helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament in each of his three seasons in Westwood and a Pac-12 Championship in 2012. His work helped UCLA secure the number one seed in the 2013 tournament and the number two seed in 2014 tournament.

Theresa (Horn) Horowitz ’05

Theresa received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at K and her M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a Social Work Clinical Leader at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. Theresa became certified as a Treatment Specialist in Diverse Populations and works with the most complex cases within the hospital. She has 10 years of experience in direct practice with mental health and health care, and she has expertise in crisis management, solution-focused therapy, severe mental illnesses, diverse populations and trauma. Theresa has presented at national conferences and webinars discussing innovative social work models for healthcare, and recently she published an article in the journal Collaborative Case Management that introduces a new team-based model for managing difficult cases within a hospital setting. In addition to her social work practice, she has taught undergraduate psychology courses for five years as an adjunct professor. Theresa and Justin Horowitz have been together for 14 years. They have been married for more than five years. They are expecting their first child this fall.

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.

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.

Paloma Clohossey ’11

Paloma works for the U.S. Department of State as an information officer on the organization’s foreign disaster assistance response team. She is based out of Washington, D.C. and has an apartment there. She has been in Liberia and Sierra Leone for most of the past 10 months working on the Ebola response. The photo shows her in Liberia crossing the river from Bong County to Gbarpolu County to visit a community care center. She still had a hour hike once she hit the shore. She writes a blog about her work.

Recently Paloma wrote her alma mater about one of those K connection moments she experienced in Africa. “Do you remember Deogratias ’Deo’ Niyizonkiza, who spoke at Kalamazoo during the Spring of 2011? Wanted to tell you that I met the co-founder of Deo’s organization, Village Health Works,–Dziwe Ntaba–here in Liberia, Dziwe accompanied Deo to Kalamazoo and remembers receiving a cozy. big black K sweatshirt. He is here as an employee of the NGO International Medical Corps that we (USAID) have funded and that has contributed an amazing amount to the Ebola response.”

Paloma also visits Kenya whenever she can. She did her K study abroad in Nairobi and returned to the country for her SIP. During those sojourns she got to know seven children whose education and care she continues to support. “I’ve been granted two weeks leave to fly to Kenya to spend with the seven kiddos,” she wrote last June. “They remain my personal priority–I still speak to them every few weeks and they are growing fast. They are doing well, studying hard, and I can’t wait to hug them for a few weeks.”

Nicholas Jones ’12

Nick has joined the law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He is an associate in the firm’s corporate department and works out of its Detroit office. He earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Samantha Wolfe ’13

Samantha recently served as an AmeriCorps New Jersey watershed ambassador working in the Assicunk, Crosswicks and Doctors Creek watersheds. “I hosted a volunteer monitoring training at the Tulpehaking Nature Center, with eight volunteers,” she is quoted as saying. “We spend many hours together. It had gone so well that I was on cloud nine at the end of the training. I’m so grateful for the time I have spent in New Jersey.” Samantha’s comments were part of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s effort to recruit Americorps watershed ambassadors for 2016. Samantha majored in biology at Kalamazoo College and studied abroad in Beijing, China.

Amy Jimenez ’14

Amy was selected as a 2015-2016 Executive Fellow. The Executive Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento (Sacramento State) and the Office of the Governor to provide an experiential learning opportunity in California state government. Executive Fellows function as full-time professional staff in executive offices at various levels of California’s executive branch, which includes the office of the governor, constitutional offices, cabinet secretaries, commissions and departments. The 10-month program integrates work experience with academic and professional development. Prior to taking this position Amy was teaching in Madrid, Spain, as a Fulbright Fellow.

Brittany Morton ’14

Brittany has joined the Kalamazoo Community Foundation as scholarship coordinator. Previously, she worked as a library aide at the Kalamazoo Public Library and as an intern with Girls on the Run.

Brittany earned her B.A. degree in anthropology and sociology with a concentration in public policy and urban affairs.

Mike Paule-Carres ’14

In August Mike and Alex Ducoffe ’13 traveled to Ecuador to celebrate the marriage of Tobi Lobeda and Majo Garson. Mike and Alex know Tobi, a visiting international student who attended Kalamazoo College during the 2011-12 academic year. During the visit the three found time for a hike in the Ecuadorian rain forest. Pictured are (l-r) Alex, Tobi and Mike. “We are all even wearing Kalamazoo College soccer apparel,” wrote Mike. “I think this shows the solidarity of the relationships formed at K and how that K connection is felt in even the far reaches of the world.”

Jon Reeves, Director of Technical Theatre

Jon, who in addition to his duties as K’s director of technical theatre serves as Dalton Theatre manager, was honored with a 2015 Community Medal of Arts Award by the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. The award recognizes “an artist who is a leader in their field, has a significant body of creative activity, who has received local and/or national acclaim, and has impacted our community through art.” Congratulations, Jon!