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.
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.
Ron and his wife Suzanne live at and manage the first farm in Michigan to be designated Certified Wildlife Friendly by the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network. The 46-acre Windshadow Farm (Bangor, Michigan) ensures the health of its 150-head dairy goat herd in concert with surrounding wetlands and habitat for species that include amphibians, reptiles, ground-nesting birds and raptors. Ron and Suzanne time the grazing of the pasture-fed goats to ensure nutrient-dense forage. The milk produced allows for production of high-quality cheeses, distributed in western Michigan and in Chicago under the Evergreen Lane Artisan Cheese label. The natural areas surrounding Windshadow Farm allow for migration of coyotes and fishers through a marsh extending from the Black River. Two Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs are with the dairy herd at all times, and vulnerable animals are gathered in a secured dry lot at night. The couple enjoy identifying the multiple species of turtles, frogs, toads and snakes found on the property and regularly see egrets, herons and sandhill cranes, along with a host of raptors. Instead of draining seasonally wet areas, the farm has developed a management-intensive grazing system around them. The farm maintains a grassed perimeter around pastures and times hay crop gathering and grazing to protect ground-nesting birds and capture rain water. Ron and Suzanne believe they are seeing an increase in native pollinators due to careful management. The return of pollinators, along with more amphibians and reptiles, are signs of a healthy ecosystem. The farm uses solar power for some of its operations, and it also is certified for its high-welfare animal care by the Animal Welfare Approved program. Ron and Suzanne have served on the board of directors of the Michigan Land Trustees, an organization that promotes local food, small farms and rural revitalization.
Amy is a fellow in the 2015-2016 Capital Executive Fellowship Program administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. The sociology and anthropology major was selected last spring and has joined other fellows working as full-time staff members in California’s state assembly, state senate, executive branch or judiciary. They participate in policy making, program development, and program implementation and gain first-hand experience in governance and leadership. As part of her K experience Amy studied abroad in India and did an internship in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She received the College’s prestigious Senior Leadership Award and also received awards from the Department of Anthropology and Sociology and the Department of Theatre Arts.
Leslie was the editor and co-writer of the documentary The Homestretch, which last month received the News and Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting-Long Form. The film is about three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. The film follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families and the Chicago Public Schools system. The film also explores their lives after high school graduation, that crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes and homeless youth struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. Leslie majored in theatre arts at K and studied abroad in the United Kingdom.
Bob was feted at the 32nd annual STAR Awards (Sharing Time and Resources) celebration in Kalamazoo this past spring. He received the Irving S. Gilmore Lifetime Achievement Award. Bob served the city of Kalamazoo as City Attorney for many years. After he retired he served as a city commissioner. At K Bob majored in political science and studied abroad in Mexico. He earned his law degree at Cornell University.
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.
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.
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!
Jodi received a “10 Over The Next Ten” award from the Lansing (Mich.) Regional Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes top young professionals in Greater Lansing who are expected to contribute significantly to their community over the next 10 years. Qualifying applicants are judged based on their professional achievements, community involvement and personal successes. Jodi is the owner and general partner of Human Resource Management Services, LLC. She is a certified senior professional in human resources. At K she majored in psychology and was a standout Hornet volleyball player. She has more than a decade of human resource management experience, working in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors with small and mid-sized employers. Her areas of expertise include employee relations, training, recruitment and retention. She writes a regular HR column for various state-wide publications, conducts training seminars through the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and serves on various committees related to HR policy and leadership development.