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Jody Clark ’80

Jody has been named by The Daily Record in Baltimore, Md., to its list of 2016 Influential Marylanders. Fifty-one of Maryland’s top leaders were selected by the editors of The Daily Record for their leadership and significant contributions to the fields of civic leadership, communications, education, finance, general business, health care, law, philanthropy, real estate and technology. The Daily Record launched the Influential Marylanders award in 2006. Jody is the chief operating officer of Beatty Development Group, LLC, based in Baltimore, and a trustee of Kalamazoo College.

Bill Stoeri ’78

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

Stacey (Nastase) Lambert ’02

Stacey was hired by Aventis (now Sanofi) shortly after graduating from K. She has since sold a variety of pharmaceuticals in several territories throughout Michigan. Stacey has won many awards during her 14-plus years at the company, but the most impressive came in both 2010 and 2016. Stacey was the recipient of the World Champions of Sales Award… twice! The award recognizes and honors her “outstanding performance and impact,” according to the company, and places her “among an elite group of professionals (the top 1 percent of the entire organization), whose passion and innovation have resulted in superior customer engagement.” Stacey was awarded a trip to Paris and Montreux in 2011 and will travel to Paris and Venice this year.

John Lewis ’93

John is an attorney at Tucker Ellis LLP (Cleveland, Ohio). He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. John specializes in commercial litigation. The Best Lawyers lists are based on peer review surveys. John earned his B.A. in political science at K and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University.

Corey Marks ’92

Corey MarksCorey is a professor and director of creative writing for the department of English at the University of North Texas. He is a prizewinning author of two volumes of poetry, Renunciation and, more recently, The Radio Tree. Corey is also a poetry editor at the American Literary Review and a judge for the University of North Texas Rilke Prize, which recognizes mid-career poets. An article on Corey that mentions his roots in rural Michigan and at Kalamazoo College appeared in the NTDaily.com.

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.

Wade Thomson ’98

Wade Thomson ’98A partner in the law firm Jenner & Block, Wade was selected by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company to “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty,” an annual list that honors 40 of the most talented young attorneys working in Illinois. The profile cites Wade’s involvement in a large and complicated aerospace dispute (in which even his opponent praised him for his fierce but fair advocacy for his client) and his active pro bono practice, including his service for clients of the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago. Wade has represented more than 20 immigrants and their families from 16 countries to secure asylum or other legal protections.

Leona Lousin Mirza ’66

Leona continues to teach mathematics and statistics at North Park University in Chicago. Last September she was honored by the Armenian International Women’s Association, Chicago chapter, as one of two Women of the Year.  Her sister was the other awardee.  One month later the Illinois Council of Teachers of  Mathematics honored Leona with the Fred Flener Award for contributions to mathematics outside the classroom.  In 1995 ICTM had awarded Leona the Max Beberman Award for College Mathematics Teacher of the Year.

Peter Erdi, the Luce Professor of Complex Systems Studies

In September Peter delivered the 2016 lecture at the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science. The title of his talk was “Complex Systems Perspective in Neuroscience–historical and current approaches.” It provided a general perspective of various approaches of neuroscience systems to an understanding of the complexity of the brain. Peter also is the head of the Theoretical Neuroscience and Complex Systems Group at the Wigner Research Centre for Physics, a research institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. And he is the founding co-director of the Budapest Semester in Cognitive Science study abroad program. Peter is a highly regarding computational neuroscientist with a background in chemical cybernetics.

Gretchen Eick ’64, Ph.D.

Gretchen recently received a Fulbright Fellowship (her third), which she will use to teach in Bosnia next year. Gretchen is the author of the four books, Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-72 ; Herstories: Woman to Woman ; Maybe Crossings; and Finding Duncan. At K Gretchen majored in history and studied abroad in Sierra Leone.