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Michael Cooney ’83

Michael has been re-appointed to the board of directors of Vangold Resources Ltd., a Canadian-based mineral and petroleum exploration company. Michael has been chairman of NEMI Northern Energy & Mining Inc. since March 2009. Prior to that, he was a private investor working on both the Pacific Options Exchange and the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He holds a B.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering from University of Michigan and a B.A. in physics from K.

John Twist ’70

John’s lifelong romance with MG automobiles (as well as his long career in the MG motor business) is chronicled in an article that appears in his company’s newsletter. John founded the University Motors in 1975, and the from-there-to-here tale (the “there” dates back to high school and his first ride in an MG) includes stops (a couple) at Kalamazoo College, the military, and a partnership with fellow K student, Thomas Lange ’71. And even though John’s business is located in Grand Rapids, there’s a great deal of Kalamazoo in the journey.

David Rhoa ’90

David has been named to the board of trustees of the National Small Business Association. He has been a longtime staunch advocate for small business and family business at the state and federal level. He is president of Lake Michigan Mailers and a visiting instructor in Kalamazoo College’s department of economics and business.

 

Drew Brockington ’04

The publisher Little, Brown has acquired rights Drew’s Cat-Stronauts: Mission Moon, a graphic novel aimed at chapter book readers. The story follows the space adventures of a team of cat astronauts as they race to the moon to solve a global energy crisis. Cat-Stronauts is Drew’s debut as an illustrator, and it’s the first of a four-book deal. It will publish in spring of 2017. Drew earned his B.A. at K in art and art history, and he studied abroad in Rome, Italy.

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.”

Corinna Keller ’92

CNN International Commercial (CNNIC) has hired Corinna as vice president of advertising sales for the Americas. She will oversee the pan-regional ad sales business for CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN.com/international and CNNEspañol.com for Latin America and clients based in the U.S. who want to target international viewers. She will lead the CNNIC teams in New York and Miami, and manage senior relationships with clients and agencies. Corinna also will work collaboratively throughout Latin America to develop further business opportunities for advertisers on CNN. Prior to taking this new position, Corinna worked for 16 years at Viacom. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Ecuador. She works at CNN’s Miami office.

Josh Sherbin ’85

Josh has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of TriMas Corporation, a global manufacturer of engineered and applied products. He has worked for TriMas for more than 10 years and has 25 years of legal experience with companies such as Valeo and Kelly Services. Josh earned his J.D. from Wayne State University. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Emily Gear ’00

Ten years ago Emily was featured in silive.com’s “Staten Island’s original 30 under 30,” published under the following teaser: “You might not recognize them yet, but these S.I. pop culture provocateurs are worth keeping an eye on.”

Where are they now? asked silive.com with a decennial update on its original group. Back then Emily was noted for her leadership of New York City’s Garibald Meucci Museum, which under her aegis grew significantly from an operation of one employee (Emily) and one permanent exhibit. In four years Emily increased the institution’s budget by 70 percent and added festivals, school programs and language classes. She left that position to found Louie’s Legacy, which saves hundreds of homeless dogs and cats every year on Staten Island. Emily is an accomplished painter who won a medal from the Florence Bieniele of International Art in 2005. At K she majored in art and studied abroad in Russia.

Sally Smith ’86

Sally is the new library director of the Ray Township Library (Macomb County, Mich.). Her previous positions have included reference librarian and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and children’s librarian at Harper woods Public Library and Canton Public Library. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K with majors in English and psychology. She earned her master’s degree (library science) from Wayne State University.

Julia (Morillo) Fredrickson ’05

Maia Victoria Fredrickson

Julia and her husband, Kyle Fredrickson ’00, welcomed their daughter Maia Victoria Fredrickson on January 7, 2015. Julia does marketing and community management for Disney Interactive and loves being surrounded by Marvel and Star Wars characters as part of her daily job. Kyle is a commercial property manager and enjoys bike riding around the Bay Area on his time off. They have been living in California for three years, and they love it, especially the weather in winter and not having to shovel their car out of piles of snow.