Thomas has joined Greenleaf Trust as a trust relationship officer, responsible for day-to-day trust administration and fiduciary compliance. His broad knowledge of trusts and legacy planning adds a valuable strategic perspective to the holistic wealth management plans at Greenleaf. Thomas practiced law for more than 20 years and has more than 20 years of experience in trust administration and fiduciary risk management. He is also a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.
Seth married Noelle Pepe on April 19, 2014. Seth is a bond analyst at Zazove Convertible Securities Management, an asset management firm in Incline Village, Nev. He earned his B.A. at K in economics and business and received an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
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.
Daniel is an account executive in the Detroit office of Truscott Rossman, a strategic communications firm serving clients throughout Michigan. Dan was an intern at Truscott Rossman and quickly gained a reputation for his outstanding writing skills. He earned his B.A. degree in economics at K and participated in the New York Arts Program through K’s membership in the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
Shangeeta was named a charter member of the Indus Entrepreneurs of Detroit, a global, non-profit community for entrepreneurs. She is a shareholder at the Detroit office of Brooks Kushman, the largest intellectual property law firm in Michigan. There, she serves as chair of the Post Grant Practice Group and serves on the management committee as the chief diversity officer. She has more than two decades experience obtaining and litigating patents for local, national and international clients, and she is highly respected speaker at conferences and workshops. Shangeeta is the founder of Retooling Detroit, an early literacy program aimed at reversing the literacy divide in Detroit. She serves in many other civic organizations and has received numerous legal awards. At K she majored in chemistry and economics.
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.
Billee has joined the Grand Rapids (Mich.) office of the law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC. She specializes in health care law, corporate law, and commercial transactions. Billee is a member of various professional trade associations and is recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in health care law.
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.
Christine is an associate curator at Historic Deerfield (Deerfield, Massachusetts). She is responsible for managing, studying, and interpreting the museum’s extensive collection of period furniture and for developing exhibits. Her first museum job was at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she worked for a wonderful curator who encouraged her to continue her studies in an MA program. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in the history of design and decorative arts from Parsons New School For Design in New York and began working at the Museum of the City of New York in 2010, where she undertook a complete study of the institution’s vast furniture collection to bring the associated scholarship up to date. At K she earned her bachelor’s degree in history and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. Historic Deerfield is an authentic 18th-century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. It’s a museum of history, art, and architecture along a mile-long street laid out in 1671 and still lined with 18th- and 19th-century houses on their original sites.
Thomas works at CrowdFund Connect as the director of compliance services and head of business development. In addition to his work at CFC he also advises start ups in the Midwest. He speaks around the Midwest on crowdfunding, mobile payments, and the issues around payments. In addition, Thomas has provided assistance with crowdfunding bills in Michigan, Indiana and Wisconsin. At K he earned his bachelor’s degree in economics; he earned his law degree at Michigan State University. Thomas splits his time between Michigan and Chicago. Recently, he was appointed to a Michigan commission to assist nonprofits as well as low income and under served businesses with crowdfunding. This effort is supported by a grant from the State Bar of Michigan.