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Richard Topel ’53

Richard died on January 31, 2014. He attended the University of Michigan before he came to K. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at K and a master’s in education from Western Michigan University. Richard served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. On May 21, 1955 he married Joanne Margaret Enkelmann. She preceded him in death on December 28, 2009. Richard was employed at Hardy Salt Company for 23 years. He was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Manistee (Mich.) and was active with the Trinity School Board, Church Council, and Board of Elders. He was also a member of Trinity’s Dart Ball team. He loved to bowl and fish. He had a great passion for music and was Dr. Jazz on Manistee Radio WMTE for a number years.

Jeff Royce ’90

Jeff has been named president of the Grand Rapids (Mich.)-based company, Iserv, an integrated connectivity and managed services provider. He is responsible for leading new business initiatives, with a focus on new technologies, customer service, and customer value. Jeff previously directed GR Current, a Grand Rapids-based incubator for tech companies in West Michigan. Jeff earned his B.A. in physics at K. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He holds advanced degrees in engineering (Lawrence Technology University) and business administration (Georgia State University).

Jeffrey Everett ’78

Jeffrey has joined Advance Disposal as vice president and assistant general counsel. Advanced Disposal is the largest privately owned environmental services company in the United States and is headquartered in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Jeffrey will focus on general corporate, securities and finance matters, litigation management and merger and acquisition transactions. He has more than 14 years of waste industry experience with prior positions at Waste Management Inc. and Veolia Environmental Services North America. He also served as a partner at a large multinational law firm. His career has focused on corporate governance, securities and transactional matters for both private law firms and public companies. He earned his law degree from Indiana University School of Law.

William Dickson ’09

William was named the managing director of Synchronicity Futures, LLC, a directional strategy Commodity Trading Advisor. He works in the firm’s Detroit office. William previously held positions with e360 Power LLC, Citigroup Commodities in Houston and Fortune Asset Management in London, England. He earned his B.A. in economics and business and studied abroad in London. He earned a Master in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Texas-Austin.

Nancy Rye ’87, M.D.

ancyReyeNancy has been appointed to an adjunct faculty position at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Nancy earned a master’s degree in public accounting and is a C.P.A. After working at Plante & Moran for three years she returned to Wayne State University School of Medicine and earned her medical degree. Nancy completed her residency in Family Medicine at Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich. She has been in private practice in Traverse City (Mich.) for 15 years and will have medical students join her in her practice and experience small town medicine. At K Nancy majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

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.