Christa has a new job. She is team leader and senior advisor on climate finance at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo. She and her family reside in Oslo, Norway.
Betty died on August 31, 2014. She came to K as a transfer student from Northern Illinois University. At K she met her husband, classmate Hunter Wright, and they were married for 72 years. The couple operated an insurance business in St. Joseph, Mich., for 30 years. They have three children and 11 grandchildren. Betty was a former member of the American Association of University Women, the Child and Family Services Auxiliary, the Women’s Fellowship of Zion United Church of Christ (St. Joseph), the Krasl Art Center, and the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.
Joe joined the investment management team at Shelton Capital Management (San Francisco, Calif.). Joe had formerly been a senior strategist for TD Ameritrade. He has more than 16 years of investment management experience that includes portfolio management, risk analysis, and dynamic hedging techniques. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and studied abroad in Caen, France. He earned his M.B.A. from DePaul University.
Jon is the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Reading (Pennsylvania) Economic Partnership. Since its launch in 2004, GREP has facilitated 154 economic development projects and attracted, retained, or grown more than 12,000 jobs in Berks County. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. His post graduation career included jobs in the insurance industry and for a mental health association. Those were followed by a long tenure at Time Warner Cable Inc. That career took him many places, including Reading, which he and his family made home. He hopes to increase the number of development projects and jobs created through GREP initiatives.
Michael launched LeibADR to provide metro Detroit law firms and the courts with mediation and arbitration services. Michael is an attorney who retired from trial law in 2014. During a 35-year career he tried cases in federal courts (including the bankruptcy court) and state courts and appeared before arbitration panels involving a wide range of complex commercial, insolvency, contract, real estate, probate and employment matters. Michael’s experience also includes roles as an arbitrator, case evaluator and mediator. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee and served as the chairperson of the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee. At K Michael majored in psychology and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany. He is a graduate of Wayne State University Law School and also holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Montana.
Ryan has been promoted to managing director at First Reserve, a global private equity and infrastructure investment firm exclusively focused on energy. He joined the firm in 2004 as an associate and returned as a vice president in 2008. At K, Ryan earned his B.A. in economics and business, and he was a standout player on the Hornet men’s tennis team. He holds an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ryan works in First Reserve’s Greenwich, Connecticut, office.
Rick received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the St. Joseph (Mich.) Public Schools Foundation, which honors St. Joseph High School alumni who have excelled in their professions and/or made significant contributions to their community. In high school Rick was captain of the football, wrestling and baseball teams. He earned his bachelor’s degree from K in economics and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned a M.B.A. from Grand Valley State University. Rick has been involved in the banking industry his entire professional career and serves as the President/CEO of Edgewater Bank in St. Joseph. Rick also serves in leadership positions of the Michigan Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council, Krasl Center for the Arts, Lakeland Health Foundation and St. Joseph Today. He and his wife Pam live in St. Joseph and have two grown sons.
Tim is the executive director of the Albion Community Foundation. He began his duties there in June. Tim grew up in Albion and graduated from Albion High School. At K he majored in music. He has worked in nonprofit development since graduation and earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in December of 2015. Prior to taking the position at ACF, Tim worked for the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Teach for America and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
David is project manager in the Detroit office of Tri-Merit LLC, a national leader in providing research and development tax-credit services to CPA firms and individual clients. He holds a law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He previously served as an account executive at Robert Half Legal where he dealt directly with executives at corporations and partners at law firms to assess their needs and address complex issues. David also spent time as a research specialist with Thomson Reuters Westlaw.
Dennis was named chief executive officer of enCore Energy Corporation. Dennis has more than 40 years of experience and leadership in the uranium industry. Until his retirement in 2011, he served as executive vice president of Americas for Uranium One, Inc. He earned his B.A. in chemistry at K and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. An author of numerous papers regarding in-situ uranium recovery, Dennis has co-authored three International Atomic Energy Agency guidebooks and manuals related to both acidic and alkaline uranium in-situ leach (ISL) technology. He is the author of six United States patents concerning various aspect of in-situ recovery of uranium and reservoir restoration.