Class Notes

David Clowers ’64

David read his poetry for the Dickinson Poetry Series last month at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (Wisconsin). David’s career path has been a spiral. He earned degrees in English (B.A. Kalamazoo College; M.A. University of Michigan) and then taught British and American literature at Drake University for three years. He earned his law degree from the University of Chicago and made a three-decade career change into the practice of law. All the while he continued to write poetry. When he moved to Door County (2001) he started writing more seriously, eventually achieving his goal of writing one poem a day. For the past six years he has taught poetry for the county’s Learning in Retirement Program. He has published two chapbooks: Shedding My Three Piece Birthday Suit and Doggysatva Love and Other Possible Illusions.

Jon Muth ’67

Jon was honored by The Green Bag, which, in cooperation with George Mason University School of Law, creates an annual list for “Exemplary Legal Writing.” Jon and Patrick Jaicomo were honored for the Amicus Curiae Brief they filed to the Michigan Supreme Court on the 2014 hearing of People v. Carp. They filed the brief on behalf of the students of Father Gabriel Richard High School (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Jon and Jaicomo were among 23 honorees selected Green Bag nation-wide in 2014. Both attorneys work at the law firm of Miller Johnson. Although they signed and submitted the brief, its substantive author was Matilyn Sarosi, an honor student at Father Gabriel. Jon and Jaicomo lent support by writing the introduction and handling citations and formatting. The submitted brief included the signatures of 452 fellow students at Father Gabriel (85 percent of the student body). Sarosi argued that the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama–which held that juveniles cannot be automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole–should be retroactively applied to those individuals already in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. (Raymond Carp was convicted of participating in a murder when he was 16.) For her work the State Bar of Michigan presented Sarosi with the Liberty Bell Award at its annual conference in September 2014.

Michael Schonfeld ’70, M.D.

Michael retired after 37 years as a family practice specialist in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. At K he majored in biology and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He completed medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine. After a three-year residency at the E.W. Sparrow Family Practice Program in Lansing he opened his practice in Reedsburg.

David Hammond ’73

A frequent contributor to Kalamazoo College’s LuxEsto and BeLight, David also is a corporate communications consultant and food journalist living in Oak Park, Ill. He is the founder and moderator of LTHForum.com, the 8,500 member Chicago-based culinary chat site. David is a regular contributor of restaurant reviews and food-related articles for Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, TimeOut Chicago, and Chicago Reader, which published his seven-part guide to regional Mexican food in the city. He has also contributed food writing to blogs such as the Local Beet and Grubstreet Chicago. With his friend Michael Gebert (creator of “Sky Full of Bacon” video podcasts), David hosted a cable documentary on Hispanic chow at Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market, and he has just completed working on a video about “Taste of Melrose Park.” A returning guest on WLS and WGN AM radio, David produces the “Soundbites” series on the James Beard-nominated Eight Forty-Eight (Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ, 91.5FM); these radio pieces examine how Chicago chefs use sound in their kitchens. David was featured on “Good Morning, America,” “Chicago, Tonight,” and Nippon TV when he developed recipes for preparing seasonal cicadas, which invaded Chicagoland during the spring of 2007.

Judith Manning Winkley ’73

Judith won the “People’s Choice” award during the Artists League of the Sandhills’ 19th Annual Art Exhibit and Sale for her oil painting “The Fisherman”. The award is given to the artist whose painting receives the most votes during the exhibit’s four-day opening weekend. Judith and her husband Rich Winkley ’71 live in Pinehurst, North Carolina

Dale Norton ’73

Dale was elected president of the National Pork Board in June of 2014. NPB is the trade association for U.S. pork producers. Dale has served on the 15-member board for five years. He and his brother Ken (class of 1971) raise hogs, among other agricultural operations, at Kendale Farm in Bronson, Michigan. Dale’s work with NPB was featured in a December article published in the Bronson Journal. In it he extols the value of a liberal arts education in farming and farm policy issues. The article also mentions the hog roast he and his brother have hosted for their K classmates and friends for nearly four decades.

Susan Fletcher Lyle ’73

Susan joined her sister, Kristine Fletcher Joubert, for a special recital of music for voice and viola at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana. Susan is an associate professor of voice at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College in South Carolina. Susan earned her B.A. in music from K and received her Master of Music degree in vocal performance and opera from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Maryland. She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in vocal performance and conducting at the University of Oregon. She has many performances to her credit throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, with such organizations as the Baltimore Opera, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Vancouver Island Music Festival, the Calgary Canada Bach Festival Society, the Long Bay Symphony, Hilton Head Choral Society, South Carolina Opera, and the Bach Consortium in Germany. She is also a master teacher of the functional voice building method and has presented papers on the topic at numerous conferences. She also works with individuals who have injured voices to restore their vocal health. In 1999, Susan had the distinction as the first ever female conductor for the Hungarian Radio Chorus, as part of a live radio broadcast concert.

Sharon Stohrer ’77

Sharon is delighted to announce publication of her new book, The Performer’s Companion. Bringing a wealth of experience in performance anxiety coaching to bear on the subject, Sharon has written an essential text for both instrumentalists and singers. The book approaches building performance confidence and overcoming stage fright from many angles: physical preparation, mental strategies, nurturing the artist within, optimum practicing, backstage tips, and the benefit of body work, especially the Alexander Technique.

Kathryn Fox ’77

Kate was one of three recipients of the Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund Student Travel Scholarships for the Council on Social Work Education’s annual program meeting last year. The gathering is the premier national meeting in the social work education field. More than 2,500 social work educators, administrators, practitioners, students, and other key decision makers from across the country and around the world attended, making it the largest gathering of its kind. Kate’s scholarship was awarded through the CSWE National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education. A Master in Social Work (MSW) student at the University at Albany, Kate was accepted into the competitive Internships In Aging Project (IAP), which is conducted in partnership with community consortium agencies and offers the opportunity to specialize in services to aging persons. IAP is part of the Geriatric Social Work Practicum Program, which was begun by the John A. Hartford Foundation and coordinated by the New York Academy of Medicine, now called the Hartford Partnership Programs for Aging Education. The goal of the program is to address the critical need for geriatric social workers.

Clint David ’77

Clint merged the law firm he founded as a sole practitioner 30 years ago, David & Goodman, with the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. The merger was effective October 1, 2014. David & Goodman had 18 attorneys, and all of them (as well as all of the staff) made the move to Fox. Fox Rothschild has 600 attorneys with 20 offices around the country. It was founded 107 years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The merger with Clint’s firm marks Fox’s first entry into the Lone Star State. Clint has joined the firm as an equity partner, the managing partner of the Dallas office, and a member of the firm’s executive committee.

Myra Selby ’77

Myra was keynote speaker at Indiana University Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Leadership Breakfast. Myra was the first woman and the first African American to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court. She currently is in private practice with the law firm Ice Miller in Indianapolis. In 1999, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed her to chair its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. She continues as a current member. At K she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.

Richard Gianino ’78

Richard was a co-recipient of the 2014 Pro Bono Recognition Award from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was honored for volunteer service representing a plaintiff assigned by the court in a complex disability case featuring elements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Though elements of the case are still pending, Richard helped successfully argue that a wheelchair-bound muscular sclerosis patient is entitled to lifetime disability benefits. Richard is a partner and senior litigator in the Detroit office of the law firm Plunkett Cooney. He earned his bachelor’s degree at K in political science, and he received his law degree at Boston College.

Anita (Raby) Fox ’81

Anita was inducted into the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2014 “Women in the Law,” a distinction that honors outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena, and social advocacy. In addition to being honored as one of the Top 30 “Women in the Law,” Anita has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of commercial litigation. She was named as a ‘Michigan Super Lawyer’ by Law & Politics Magazine in 2014. Anita also serves as a case evaluator for Ingham County and the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan and is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law. At K Anita earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Colombia. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.

Suzanne Kleinsmith Saganich ’83

Suzanne has been named a 2015 Super Lawyer in the field of real estate law by Ohio Super Lawyers magazine. She is a partner in the Cleveland office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA.

Charles Langton ’83

Charles is legal analyst, reporter, weekend morning anchor, and a co-host at FOX 2 (WJBK) in Southfield, Michigan. He also is a practicing attorney with his own law firm. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in theatre arts, studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, and won a best supporting actor award for a Festival Playhouse role in William Inge’s play Picnic. He earned his law degree from the Detroit College of Law and later enrolled at (and graduated first in his class from) the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. Since then he has worked in several radio and television positions and has won four Emmys and three Wade McCree Jr. awards for excellence in legal journalism presented by the State Bar of Michigan.

Jeff Curry ’83

Jeff was named the 2015 Credit Union Community Volunteer of the Year by the Michigan Credit Union Foundation (MCUF). The award recognizes a credit union employee or member who has a history of exemplary volunteer service outside of the credit union system. Jeff has volunteered with numerous southwest Michigan nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years. Currently, he is the board president of both the Lake Michigan College Foundation and the Fun Financial Literacy Institute. He is the current treasurer and past president of the Niles Community School District Board of Education. Jeff serves on the board of directors of the Michigan Gateway Community Foundation’s Buchanan Area Fund, and is a committee chairman for Michigan’s Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council and the Kinexus Bridge Academy. He is a former board member and campaign chair for United Way of Southwest Michigan, and past president of the Niles-Buchanan YMCA and the Buchanan Lions Club. Jeff earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He is vice president of operations at United Federal Credit Union (St. Joseph, Mich.) He and his wife Diane live in Niles, Michigan.

R. Scott Vogel ’84, D.O.

Scott has practiced family medicine in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, for the past 19 years. He and Beth (Fiore) Vogel ’85 have been married for 29 years, and they have three adult children, all of whom attended (or attend) Kalamazoo College: Harrison ’11, Nikko ’12 and Roderick (Grahm) ’16. “Before moving to Mt. Pleasant, our family lived and went to school in Bavaria,” wrote Scott. “We have since maintained many old and cultivated many new relationships throughout Germany that have enriched our lives in innumerable ways. Kalamazoo College has helped open our minds to these and numerous other experiences. It as truly lived up to its claim of creating a learning environment so that we can be at home in the world.”

Matthew Ewend ’86, M.D.

Matthew received the H. Fleming Fuller Award for exemplary commitment to patient care, teaching, and community service. Matthew is a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a distinguished professor and chair of the University of North Carolina’s department of neurosurgery. He’s been with the university’s hospital system for 17 years. The award is given annually by the University of North Carolina Health Care board of directors. Matthew earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Patrick Beyer ’87

Patrick has been appointed President of CONMED International (Utica, N.Y.), a medical technology company with an emphasis on surgical devices and equipment for minimally invasive procedures. Prior to his appointment Patrick served in executive positions in several multinational health care firms. In each case his leadership was characterized by the company’s strong growth and commercial development. CONMED products are used by surgeons and physicians in a variety of specialties including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, and gastroenterology. The company’s 3,600 employees distribute its products worldwide from several manufacturing locations. CONMED has a direct selling presence in 16 countries outside the United States, and international sales constitute more than 50 percent of the company’s total sales. At K Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Munster, Germany. He earned an MBA in finance from Western Michigan University.

Megan Bonanni ’88

Megan was named to the Michigan Association of Justice executive board for the 2014-2015 term. The Michigan Association of Justice, formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, is a trade association of more than 1,600 personal injury, workers’ compensation, and employment attorneys. Megan is a partner with the law firm, Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, which is located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Megan specializes in employment, civil rights, and wage and hour law. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in political science and studied abroad in Caen, France.

SungWoo Kahng ’90

SungWoo and his family recently moved to Columbia, Missouri, after almost 15 years in Baltimore. He accepted a faculty position in the University of Missouri’s health psychology department where he will develop academic programs in applied behavior analysis.

Morowa Yejide ’92

Morowa is one of five NAACP Image Award nominees in the category of Outstanding Literary Debut Work. Her novel for which she was nominated is titled Time of the Locust. The award ceremony will occur in Pasadena, California, on February 6. In other news regarding the novel, Simon & Schuster has included Time of the Locust in this year’s Freshman Reading Catalog  for college administrators.

Andy Portinga ’92

Andy was elected president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan at the organization’s 2014 fall conference. Andy practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, and appellate litigation. He is co-chair of the Miller Johnson law firm’s ERISA litigation practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math at K and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Andy has a long history of active leadership with the State Bar of Michigan, and he has served as treasurer of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Julie Mehretu ’92

The United States Department of State named Julie as a recipient of its 2015 Medal of Arts. The honor recognizes her internationally acclaimed abstract paintings and prints and her impact in promoting cultural diplomacy. She is one of seven artists so honored. Julie lives and works in New York City. She was the featured guest speaker at the 2014 American Artist Lecture Series in London this past September. Julie is considered to be one of the leading contemporary artists in the United States, and she has received numerous international recognition for her work, including the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the prestigious MacArthur Fellow award.

Ronald Foor ’93

Ron is Fifth Third Bank’s new community president for the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek region. He joined Fifth Third 25 years ago as a part-time bank teller while attending K. He has worked in retail banking, business banking, and commercial real estate. He was a relationship manager in Fifth Third’s Government & Institutional Services Group in Grand Rapids before joining the bank’s leadership team as a wholesale relationship manager. Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business, and he studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Kevin Dolhay ’94

Kevin and his wife, Amy (Nosich) Dolhay ’95, live in Chicago and are busy raising their four daughters (ages 7 to 13). Kevin works for a software company with operations in Evanston, Illinois, and headquarters in Austin, Texas. You can reach Kevin at kdolhay@gmail.com.

Deanne Bartkowiak ’94

Deanne serves as class agent for the class of 1994. She used the occasion of her 20-year class reunion to renew her marriage vows to husband (of 10 years) Seth Watkins. Classmates played big roles in both the wedding and renewal ceremonies. Amy (Schwaderer) Henthorn officiated at the renewal ceremony. Jessica (Deretchin) Olson was Jeanne’s matron of honor at the wedding. At the renewal ceremony Jess walked Deanne down the aisle “to the song ‘At Last,’” said Deanne, “which Seth played on his phone.” The phone rendition was a 10-years-later reprise because the couple had the song played at their wedding. There were several reasons to renew at Stetson Chapel, according to Deanne. “One, beautiful location; two, convenient during a reunion to have friends present; three, during our K days Wendy [Bamberg] and I used to joke around and sing ‘Going to the Chapel’ occasionally (I even had it played at my wedding). So it just seemed right to actually ’go to the (K) chapel’ to renew our vows.” The renewal party included (l-r): Caelin Olson, Mike Olson, Cole Olson, Jessica (Deretchin) Olson, Seth Watkins, Deanne Bartkowiak, Amy (Schwaderer) Henthorn, and Wendy Bamberg.

Gary Springstead ’95

Gary was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan (CDAM). CDAM is one of the leading nonprofit organizations in the criminal justice system in the state. In addition to serving on the board, Gary represents criminal defense attorneys in a district that covers the entire shoreline of Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, and includes Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Big Rapids, Hart, Ludington, Traverse City, and Marquette. “I am really honored to be a part of such a dedicated group of professionals,” said Gary. “CDAM members are committed to defending the accused in Michigan and supporting and defending our Constitution. They serve a critical role in the criminal justice system and provide a tremendous service to the public.” Gary has dedicated his entire career to the justice system, first as a F.B.I. special agent and then as a criminal defense attorney. “I get asked about that transition a lot,” Gary said, “and I tell people that my belief in the criminal justice system is common to both efforts. I worked hard as an agent to enforce the law and defend our Constitution, and now I work just as hard on the other side to defend our Constitution and the accused. No matter how zealously I defend my clients, the system is designed to produce a just result. And most of the time it works.” Gary is a partner at the criminal defense law firm of Springstead & Bartish Law, P.L.L.C., in Grand Rapids and Fremont, Michigan.

Dan Babbitt ’96

Biologist, educator, and “bug geek,” Dan manages the O. Orkin Insect Zoo and Butterfly Pavilion (part of the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History). He contributed his expertise to a recent NPR report (the delightfully titled “How Animals Hacked the Rainbow and Got Stumped on Blue”) about the evolution of the uses of color by animals. Turns out that living and reproducing depended occasionally on an organism’s ability to make itself a certain color. And it further turns out that the color blue was difficult for animals to make by ingesting dietary pigments (many animals get their color from their food). According to Dan, if you can’t make blue, then make the optical technology to appear blue. The entomologist then provides a beautiful example–the blue morpho butterfly, some of which he keeps at his insect zoo. They have tiny transparent structures on their wing surface that reflect light in a way that makes the wings appear so blue it hurts your eyes. But ground up wings, robbed of the reflective prism structures, look gray or brown. At K Dan majored in biology, and his study abroad in Ecuador gave him ample opportunity to pursue his love of insects, a passion he traces back to his freshman year aquatic ecology class. Dan has never forgotten the influence of K on the trajectory of his career. Not long ago he sponsored a K externship at the insect zoo.

Joe Mazzola ’98

Joe joined the investment management team at Shelton Capital Management (San Francisco, Calif.). Joe had formerly been a senior strategist for TD Ameritrade. He has more than 16 years of investment management experience that includes portfolio management, risk analysis, and dynamic hedging techniques. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and studied abroad in Caen, France. He earned his M.B.A. from DePaul University.

Mellany Flynn ’99

Mellany and her husband, Lee, announce the birth of their second child, Nathan Daniel Rowton. Nathan was born on August 16, 2014. He is pictured with big brother Matthew, and both boys dressed formally for the shot.

Stephen Borgsdorf ’99

Stephen was selected to a three-year term on the Ann Arbor Parks Advisory Commission. He is a senior attorney in the commercial litigation practice group at the Ann Arbor office of the law firm, Dykema. Stephen also volunteers in various other community roles. He has been a board member for the Ann Arbor YMCA, the Community Action Network Southeast, and the Old West Side Association. Stephen earned his bachelor’s degree in political science at K and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

J. Peter Coppinger ’99

Peter is an associate professor of biology at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana. Peter’s research interests include plant-microbe interactions and identification of phytoplasma in wildflowers. He teaches courses in cell and molecular biology, genetics, industrial microbiology, and plant biology. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and studied abroad in Aberdeen Scotland. After he graduated from K he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and studied rainforest ecophysiology at Macquarie Univeristy in Sydney, Australia. He earned his Ph.D. in plant biology at the University of California at Berkeley.

Heather Booth ’00

Heather submitted a class note and photo that explained the somewhat delayed timing of her latest publication. “About five years ago, I signed a contract for my second book on librarianship for teens,” Heather wrote. “Shortly thereafter, we learned we were expecting our second child. Only one of the projects could be put on hold, so at long last, The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services has been published by ALA Editions. This collection of essays and instructions on teen librarianship is a part of ALA’s long standing and well respected ‘Whole Library Handbook’ series. The project that could not be put on hold, Thora Violet, is now four-and-a-half years old, made of pure joy, and a great friend to her elder sister Julia, who is six. Also this spring, Paul and I bought our forever home, and are enjoying the sense of community here in Westmont, Illinois.” Thora Violet and her mom are pictured with mom’s new book.

Bobby Pennington ’01

Bobby (and, to a lesser extent, the extraordinary streak of consecutive conference titles by the Hornet men’s tennis program) is the subject of a short feature on the Colgate University Raider website. Bobby is in his ninth season coaching both the Colgate men’s and women’s tennis squads. “I was fortunate enough to play four years for the Kalamazoo College men’s tennis team,” he is quoted. He was captain his senior year and part of an All-American doubles team with partner Andrew Minnelli ’01. Bobby’s major at K was English.

Dawne Bell ’01

Dawne joined the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona as CEO on January 5. WFSA helps women and girls overcome economic, political, gender, and social barriers; encourages reform in the social climate; promotes change in conventional attitudes; and invests in organizations that strive for long-term changes. Before taking the post with WFSA, Dawne was director of development for Care for the Homeless in New York City the past two years. She has an additional 11 years of experience working as executive director of a statewide nonprofit hospital foundation in New Mexico and has led the fundraising departments at social-justice nonprofit organizations in New Mexico and Michigan. Dawne earned her bachelor’s degree in English and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, and she earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 2009. Dawne has served on boards and leadership committees for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Young Non Profit Professionals, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women’s Prison Association, and Crossroads for Women.

Timothy Gutwald ’02

Tim has joined the Grand Rapids office of the law firm Miller Johnson. He will represent and counsel health care clients on regulatory compliance, reimbursement, medical staff and peer review, and employment matters. Tim was named a “Rising Star” in health care law by Michigan Super Lawyers. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, and he studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He graduated from Michigan State University College of Law in 2006.

Dirk Rhinehart ’03

Dirk is executive team leader for logistics at Target, Inc. He lives in the greater Chicago area. He had previously played professional basketball in Osnabrueck, Germany. He earned his degree at K in economics and business and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.

Scott Whitbeck ’04

Scott was the “Coaches’ Confidential” spotlight subject in the November 9 issue of SwimSwam. Scott is the head coach of the SUNY-New Paltz men’s and women’s swimming teams. He’s been at the college for seven years and has led his swimmers to numerous school records, All-American honors, and NCAA championship qualifying swims. In 2011 he was named Coach of the Year in the Division III State University of New York Athletic Conference. Says Scott, “As I get older the biggest joy I have in this job is not necessarily in watching the team go fast at a duel or championship meet, but in seeing the athletes accomplish something they didn’t think was possible and grow in the process.” There’s lots more in the interview, including nice mention of his alma mater. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

James Pollock ’04, Ph.D.

James accepted a position as a psychologist at Columbia University (New York City). His clinical competencies include individual psychotherapy for mood and anxiety disorders, identity issues, LGBTQ mental health, and behavioral health issues. He has extensive experience in addictions treatment, and he works with clients to develop individualized substance use treatment plans. At K he majored in psychology and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. at New York University.

Ryan Plecha ’04

Ryan has been named a partner at the law firm Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein (Birmingham, Mich.). Last year he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” and an “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Ryan focuses his practice on all aspects of both civil and complex commercial litigation, and he plans to further expand his practice in the areas of bankruptcy and class actions. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology. He served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen ’73, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Ryan earned his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Blake Hurt ’05

Blake and his wife Julie (Cutcher) Hurt ’04 welcomed daughter Kristin Leigh into the world on January 4, 2014. Last year Blake also obtained ownership of his law practice. Hurt Patent Law is an intellectual property boutique located in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, specializing in patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

Michael Taylor ’05

Michael was named mayor of Sterling Heights, Michigan, on December 3. He will serve the remainder of former Mayor Richard Notte’s term. Notte died in October of pancreatic cancer. During Notte’s absence due to his illness, Taylor had been chairing City Council meetings and carrying out the duties of mayor as mayor pro tem. He was sworn in as mayor by the City Council on December 16. Michael earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and studied abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico. He earned his J.D. from Wayne State University Law School, after which he moved to Sterling Heights. He is a senior attorney at the firm of Davis Burket Savage Listman Brennan (Mount Clemens, Mich.). He and his wife Christina have a daughter and a son.

Malia Johnson ’07 and William Sbach ’07

Malia and William were married on July 26, 2014. Malia works as a curatorial assistant at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and as a baker for Albemarle Baking Company. William is working on his doctorate in political theory at the University of Virginia. Malia earned her bachelor’s degree in American history; she studied abroad in Rome, Italy. William earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, and he also studied abroad in Rome. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Toronto. Malia and William live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Sally (Warner) Read ’08

Sally is the new head of the Kazoo School, a preschool through 8th grade private school in Kalamazoo. She wrote a blog post in the autumn that touched on the subjects of family, home, reunions, and the magic of entering an elementary school as an adult: “Because I work in one every day, I often forget what a magical experience it is to enter an elementary school as an adult. We are instantly transported to an earlier time–hopefully a happy time–of pencil shavings and kickball, backpacks and circle gatherings.” The post also says some very nice things about the pull of one’s alma mater. Sally graduated with bachelor’s degree in psychology, and she studied abroad in Caceres, Spain. Sally’s husband, Courtney Read, graduated as a member of the class of 2006. He majored in history and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany.

Shivangee Pandya ’08

Shivangee has been named the new director of Lawyers for the Creative Economy, a program of Creative Many Michigan, a statewide economic development organization for the arts, culture, and creative design industries. The program delivers free to low-fee intellectual property and creativity-related legal resources and services to artists, creative practitioners, businesses, and nonprofit organizations. Shivangee helps identify legal issues likely to affect artists and other creative persons and enterprises, and she determines the appropriate legal support and resources needed. She also prepares Michigan attorneys to provide artists with basic intellectual property knowledge and resources through her work at periodic workshops, public lectures, orientations, and forums. At K Shivangee earned her bachelor’s degree with a double major in religion and economics and business. She studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. Shivangee earned her J.D. from Wayne State University Law School.

Emily Harpe ’08

Emily played Elizabeth Bennet in the Jon Jory stage adaptation of Jane’s Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The play was performed last November at Indiana University’s Ruth N. Halls Theater. Emily is a third-year graduate student in acting at IU. She was a theatre arts major at K, and she studied abroad in India. An enthusiastic Monkapult improvisational artist, Emily also was a frequent performer for Festival Playhouse of Kalamazoo College. Among her most prominent roles was Hamlet in Festival Playhouse’s all-female version of Shakespeare’s play, and she played the role of fellow alumna Lisa Kron ’83 in the latter’s Tony-nominated play Well.

Samantha Weaver ’08

Samantha is an energy policy and planning analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She has been working for the last five years in the renewable energy field. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from K (political science and environmental studies), she holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.

Aaron Coleman ’09

Aaron won Tupelo Quarterly’s TQ5 Poetry Contest with his poem “St. Inside & Not,” About the winning poem contest judge Amaud Jamaul Johnson wrote: “I read the list of finalists aloud, alone, standing in my office. While there were many fine, well-polished poems, the music of Aaron Coleman’s ‘St. Inside & Not’ followed me out of the room. The use of anaphora, heavy alliteration and assonance, the quirkiness of the syntax, the image system, all kept me off balance. I was under the spell of this poem. A poem should possess its own logic; establish a unique authority over the reader. From the first line, the poem takes you by the throat and turns. Reading ‘Being midnight ripped / off the face of constellation,’ I thought of Dickinson’s ‘If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off …’ Of course, I’ve never been able to divorce this sentiment from my lingering fear of racial violence. But I know Coleman’s lyric shatters us into song. I know this is poetry!” Congratulations, Aaron! Aaron earned his B.A. at K in psychology, and he studied abroad in Caceres, Spain.

Elvin Caldwell Jr. ’11

Elvin is the student life coordinator at Mid-Michigan Leadership Academy, a tuition-free K-8 charter school in Lansing, Mich. MMLA opened in 1996 and is authorized by Central Michigan University. The school is presently serving 285 students.

Adam Marshall ’11

Adam is the Jack Nelson Freedom of Information legal fellow for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, a nonprofit association dedicated to providing free legal assistance to journalists. He is spending his fellowship year working on freedom of information and access issues and on tutorials for the Reporters Committee’s “iFOIA” system for sending and tracking Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Adam graduated from George Washington University Law School last May. During law school, he volunteered for the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, worked as a research assistant, and served as the president of the university’s ACLU student group. He also served as an associate for the GW International Law Review. Before joining the Reporters Committee, Adam interned at the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the National Whistleblowers Center. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in political science, and he studied abroad at the London School of Economics.

Will Cheatham ’11

Will is working on his master’s degree in public administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also works as a graduate research assistant at the university.

Kathleen Sly ’12

Katy spent several weeks in Ecuador coaching a refugee youth rock climbing team and teaching English classes for Colombian refugees soon to be resettled in the United States and Canada. She has returned to the United States and is in the process of applying to graduate schools to earn a master’s degree in public policy or public affairs. The picture shows her in Ecuador on the Imbabura Volcano. She earned her bachelor’s degree in international and area studies, and she studied abroad in Dakar, Senegal.

Keaton Adams ’14

Keaton has joined the staff of VML Kalamazoo (formerly Biggs/Gilmore). Adams joins the digital advertising and marketing firm as an application developer. He began his career at VML as an intern in 2013. A year later, he was hired full-time as an application developer for the Kellogg Family Rewards account and internal projects. Previously he was a production planning intern at Perrigo Company in Allegan. Keaton’s expertise includes back-end software development with Java and Python; Android application development; and back-end and front-end Web development. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science.