Paul has been named chief information officer of Plante Moran, a public accounting and business advisory firm. In his new role, he will be responsible for the information technology that supports Plante Moran’s enterprise goals. Blowers has IT leadership experience in strategy, architecture, solution delivery and operations. Prior to joining Plante Moran, he worked for Kelly Services as chief architect and senior director of enterprise architecture and business solutions. At K, Blowers majored in psychology and was a stand-out member of the Hornet swim team, earning Division III All-American honors. Blowers is the co-author of the textbook, e-Commerce in Virtual Worlds.
Louis died on August 12, 2014. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy following his high school graduation in 1944. After his discharge from the Navy, he attended Kalamazoo College and later graduated from Ball State University. Louis founded his own insurance agency, Andrews & McFadden, and later became president of the merged O’Rourke, Andrews, and Maroney, Inc. insurance agency, one of the largest in the state of Indiana. He was a gifted athlete and an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing bridge, poker, kuda, and other card games; rooting for the New York Yankees; reading; being with friends; and most of all, spending time with his family.
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.
Jessie has a new job. She is associate program manager for medical education at Stryker Corporation.
Brittany earned her B.A. degree in anthropology and sociology with a concentration in public policy and urban affairs.
Jon announced his plans to retire in late June as president and CEO of the Greater Reading Economic Partnership (Wyomissing, Pa.). Jon has served in that position for 11 years. His career began in the mid-1970s when he became marketing director of the Public Broadcasting Service station WXXI TV 21, Rochester, N.Y. Jon worked in various areas of the country, including Rochester N.Y., with American TV and Communications, which merged into Time-Warner Cable in the early 1980s. Jon worked for cable TV for a time in San Diego. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He studied abroad in Sierra Leone.
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.
Young-Jin has been appointed global head of metals products at CME Group. She will be responsible for the strategic development, management and profitability of the global product suite, including both precious and industrial metals. Based in Chicago, Young-Jin previously served as executive director, industrial metals products and various other roles within the company’s metals business line. Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, she was a ferrous alloy trader at the David J. Joseph Company, where she focused on expanding international trading business. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in economics from K, she holds an international M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her K experience included two externships–one with Jack Lundeen ’69 and a second with Rich Marion ’90. According to Pam Sotherland, Center for Career and Professional Development, Young-Jin secured her first job at David J. Joseph Company “after an an interview with K alumnus Brad Ford ’01, who was on campus during Homecoming to conduct interviews. This was a pattern that Luke Weatherhead ’02 and Jeff Green ’06 continued for a number of years. These experiences highlight the power of alumni connections with students.”
Christa has a new job. She is team leader and senior advisor on climate finance at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo. She and her family reside in Oslo, Norway.
Betty died on August 31, 2014. She came to K as a transfer student from Northern Illinois University. At K she met her husband, classmate Hunter Wright, and they were married for 72 years. The couple operated an insurance business in St. Joseph, Mich., for 30 years. They have three children and 11 grandchildren. Betty was a former member of the American Association of University Women, the Child and Family Services Auxiliary, the Women’s Fellowship of Zion United Church of Christ (St. Joseph), the Krasl Art Center, and the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.