Julie has joined REVPAR International as a Vice President in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. REVPAR is an advisory and asset management company dedicated to the hospitality and tourism industries. Halstead started her hotel career at the historic Hotel Del Coronado and the Sheraton Harbor Island in San Diego, California. She spent 15 years in the development planning and feasibility department of Marriott International, and she has worked independently as a hotel advisor and asset manager. Her work at REVPAR will focus on market and financial due diligence, valuation, strategic planning, investment decision analysis, among other duties. In addition to her B.A. (biology) from K, Julie earned an M.B.A. at Michigan State University. She is fluent in Spanish and familiar with Portuguese, and she has lived in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico. At K she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.
Jeremy is a business analyst with Memphis-based digital and web solution company Vanick Digital, where he assists in streamlining the company’s internal requirements gathering and analysis processes. Prior to joining Vanick, Jeremy served as a technical writer at Franklin American Mortgage Company and later as an IT business analyst.
Patrick has been appointed President of CONMED International (Utica, N.Y.), a medical technology company with an emphasis on surgical devices and equipment for minimally invasive procedures. Prior to his appointment Patrick served in executive positions in several multinational health care firms. In each case his leadership was characterized by the company’s strong growth and commercial development. CONMED products are used by surgeons and physicians in a variety of specialties including orthopedics, general surgery, gynecology, neurosurgery, and gastroenterology. The company’s 3,600 employees distribute its products worldwide from several manufacturing locations. CONMED has a direct selling presence in 16 countries outside the United States, and international sales constitute more than 50 percent of the company’s total sales. At K Patrick earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business and studied abroad in Munster, Germany. He earned an MBA in finance from Western Michigan University.
Marti has been named the first executive director of Friends of Bear’s Mill, a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to ensure the 165-year-old mill (in Greenville, Ohio) is protected and remains open to the public. Marti brings more than 35 years of administration, executive planning, organizational leadership, project management, grant writing, communications, art production, and public awareness experience in the nonprofit sector. At K she earned her bachelor’s degree in art and studied abroad in Caen, France. She obtained a master’s degree in art therapy from Wright State University, and recently completed a doctorate in leadership and organizational change from Antioch University.
Zachary has accepted a position as Research Associate in Photography at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art at K and studied abroad in Nairobi, Kenya. He did his graduate studies at Indiana University and recently presented work on the concept of plenoptics at a national conference in New Orleans. He’ll begin work at Notre Dame on August 1.
Jeff has joined the Boston-based intellectual property law firm Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C. as a shareholder. Jeff has nearly two decades of experience in corporate counseling, formation and execution of intellectual property strategy and patent prosecution and opinion work in the areas of chemistry, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, health and beauty, agriculture, animal health, nutraceuticals, polymers, diagnostics and medical devices. He also advises on the development of intellectual property, and he is experienced in establishing infrastructure for it. He has counseled multinational chemical and pharmaceutical companies, emerging biopharmaceutical companies, venture capital and financial institutions and academic and governmental research institutions throughout the world. Jeff majored in chemistry at K and studied abroad in Erlangen, Germany. He earned his M.S. (chemistry) from Indiana University, his Ph.D. (biochemistry) from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Rutgers University. He is a co-inventor on two U.S. patents and co-author of several scientific publications.
Kristine is a social media and communications officer at Wayne State University. She oversees the crowdfunding platform for Wayne State University. Her duties include implementing program goals, providing strategic and technical assistance, and promoting Giving Day initiatives through social media, presentations and meetings. Previously she was an annual fund associate at Vista Maria, where her duties were to maintain and organize all donor constituency information, action plans and gift collection data. At K Kristine majored in international and area studies and studied abroad in Caceres, Spain.
Christian has been named a partner of the Cleveland, Ohio, law firm Kushner & Hamed Co., LPA, which is now Kushner, Hamed & Grostic Co., LPA. Chris practices civil and white-collar criminal litigation and appeals, appearing in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals and trial courts in a variety of complex litigation. He is also an adjunct professor at Case Western University School of Law and has been recognized as a Rising Star by Ohio Super Lawyers in the areas of business litigation, white-collar criminal defense and appeals.
Last November Sandi became senior associate counsel at DRB Capital, LLC, in Delray Beach, Florida. She wrote, “Moving was an adventure, given I had a massive fire in my condo a week and a half before I moved. All is well, though. Come see me if you’re in South Florida.”
Helene experienced a crazy year in 2013. First she sold two young adult contemporary books, the first of which, These Gentle Wounds, was published by Flux on May 8 of this year. Then, in December 2013, she and her husband, John, brought their daughter Keira home from Bulgaria. Helene still lives in Nashville, works in marketing, and assumes that 2014 will probably be just at frantic.