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.
Adam has accepted the position of Business Banker at 1st Source Bank in Kalamazoo. He most recently served as C.F.O. for a regional independent insurance broker. At K, Adam majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Perth, Australia.
Debbie is the owner and branch manager of Craig Wealth Advisors, a financial planning and advising firm with offices in Traverse City and Alden, Michigan. Debbie has been helping individuals and business owners for more than 15 years with creative solutions regarding investment and wealth management. She earned her B.A. at K in economics and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She earned a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.
David has been named an officer of Crestmark Bank. He works at the company’s corporate office in Troy, Mich. David joined Crestmark in 2013, right out of K, as a field examiner. In 2015, he transitioned to the bank’s Small Business Administration Division as an analyst. David earned his bachelor’s degree at K in business.
John works in the business development services unit of CEI. His office is in Portland, Maine, where he serves as director of StartSmart, a business development program that helps immigrants start or grow businesses. In that role John assists refugees and immigrants who have settled in Maine attain self sufficiency. At K John earned his degree in economics. He earned a M.B.A. from Southern New Hampshire University. John was a co-recipient of the Small Business Administration (SBA) Minority Small Business Champion for Maine as well as the Refugee Microenterprise Champion Award for 2015, recognizing his dedicated work with refugee entrepreneurs in the United States.
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.