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Mike Carlson ’02

Mike is a distinguished alumnus (political science major) and a great intramural softball teammate (he played on a championship team when he was a staff member at K). Mike recently shared a professional and personal connection that started with a LuxEsto class note.

“Years ago (2007, I believe),” wrote Mike, “LuxEsto published an update on my life at a new Denver-area I.B. elementary school where I was teaching.  Mike Galvin ’70, an accomplished educator and fellow K grad living in Colorado, read the blurb and e-mailed me. Shortly thereafter we talked on the phone and agreed to meet in person.  Our connection was instantly a strong one.

“Over the last several years, Mike and I have become even closer, partly because my career path seems to be mimicking his.  We both fell into teaching seemingly by accident (while substitute teaching–he in Chicago, me in Denver) and fell in love with it.  We both started as elementary teachers.  He became a principal and eventually a consultant to school principals and superintendents through his work with McRel, an organization that specializes in mentoring school leaders and leading educator evaluations.  Eventually, Mike started up his own consulting business.  Somehow, he has also found the time to mentor me!

“I recently completed my master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver.  When I was looking for a position that would help me grow as a school leader, Mike steered me toward the Sheridan School District, which has been my home this year. I work as the district’s middle school instructional coach.  I am back on the market, looking for school principal/director positions, and  Mike is again an invaluable resource to me as I search.

“Mike and I have also enjoyed meeting up and discovering more similarities between our lives–including the fact that both of our wives have taught French! He also met with me the day my father died. Having him in my life has meant a great deal, personally and professionally, and it all resulted from a serendipitous connection through LuxEsto.”

Scott Whitbeck ’04

Scott was the “Coaches’ Confidential” spotlight subject in the November 9 issue of SwimSwam. Scott is the head coach of the SUNY-New Paltz men’s and women’s swimming teams. He’s been at the college for seven years and has led his swimmers to numerous school records, All-American honors, and NCAA championship qualifying swims. In 2011 he was named Coach of the Year in the Division III State University of New York Athletic Conference. Says Scott, “As I get older the biggest joy I have in this job is not necessarily in watching the team go fast at a duel or championship meet, but in seeing the athletes accomplish something they didn’t think was possible and grow in the process.” There’s lots more in the interview, including nice mention of his alma mater. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Michelle Gigowski ’11

Michelle is an instructor for Appraisal University, an online continuing education service for real estate appraisers. She also works with Value It Press, a publishing house in Portage, Michigan. Michelle, who majored at K in biology and business, writes and consults in health care administration, valuation practices, and entrepreneurship. Kalamazoo College Associate Professor of Economics and Business Timothy Moffit ’80, Ph.D., is also an Appraisal University instructor.

Matt Peterson ’85

Matt is the new president of Jason International, Inc., an Arkansas-based manufacturer of luxury hydrotherapy baths. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree from K in economics. He studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Matt holds a M.B.A. in marketing from Michigan State University and has spent his entire career in the consumer home products industry, including Whirlpool Corporation and York International. He was named one of Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s in 2013 and was chairman of the board at the Edmond (Oklahoma) Chamber of Commerce.

Robert Herman ’45

Bob died on August 21, 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics at K, and he earned a master’s degree in physics from the University of Michigan. In 1947, he began his career in various research and management positions at the U.S. Naval Ordinance Test Station in China Lake, California. In 1959, Bob made the decision to use the computer and engineering skills he developed while working for the Navy to create his unique, high speed magnetic core computer. He made the decision to resign from his civil-service position and moved his family to Orange County. He formed Orange County’s first home grown computer company, Decision Control, Inc. of Newport Beach. His highly successful company merged with Varian Associates, Inc. Bob left Varian to launch numerous other high-tech companies. He enjoyed skiing, sailing, flying, hiking and traveling with his family. He is survived by his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Stephen Gilmer ’93

Stephen is the chief information security officer at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, based in Stratford, Connecticut. His responsibilities there include cybersecurity; governance, risk and compliance; information technology security; investigations; threat intelligence; vulnerability management; security architecture; and incident and crisis management. He has more than 20 years experience as an information technology management professional. At K he majored in computer science.

Mary Sauer-Games ’83

The American Psychological Association (APA) has appointed Mary to the position of senior director, PsycINFO. She manages the development and growth of APA research databases, while expanding their coverage and uncovering new product opportunities. She also is responsible for the ongoing development of APA PsycNET, the organization’s search platform that seeks new ways of strengthening the connections for students, researchers, and psychologists between the questions that they need to answer and the most relevant information available to meet that need. The APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States.

Andy Cole ’07

Andy was named Client Solutions Director for Interaction Associates. The firm specializes in global consulting and training innovation; Andy will work in its Boston, Mass., office. Before joining IA Andy co-created two successful businesses in the innovation and technology marketplace. His background also includes product development in aerospace with Google, non-emissive fuels with the EPA, neuroscience with the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and Technology, energy efficiency with the Environmental Defense Fund, and renewable energy with Vestas Wind Systems. Andy was a 3-2 engineering major at Kalamazoo College. He earned a B.A. in physics from K, and he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He earned an M.B.A. in entrepreneurial leadership from Babson College (Wellesley, Mass.)