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David Porada ’02

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 Stover ’66

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 Bonn, 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.

Samantha Weaver ’08

Samantha is an energy policy and planning analyst at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. She has been working for the last five years in the renewable energy field. In addition to her bachelor’s degree from K (political science and environmental studies), she holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University.

Andrew Carroll ’09

Andrew is the founder of Sweetology Dessert Shop (“The Science of Delicious Desserts”) and supplies a wonderful bio on the firm’s website: It reads: “I’ve always had a sweet tooth. Given the choice, I’m always drawn to the sweet over savory. If I could eat desserts 3 meals a day, I would be one very happy man. As a kid I could always be found in the kitchen when my Mom was baking, waiting to fight off my sister Kelly for the first crack at licking a beater or stealing cookie dough. Things didn’t change as I grew up, and my affinity for desserts only heightened. After completing my bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biochemistry from Kalamazoo College, I bummed around awhile not quite sure what to do with my life. Then came the answer in the form of a neighborhood bakery in Rocky River, Ohio. I spent years there learning and cultivating the professional side of what had always been a beloved hobby. It perfectly married my love of science and my love of confections. In 2014 I experimented with my first handcrafted marshmallow, and it was love at first taste. Since that time, I have devoted all of my time and energy to perfecting my craft. Constant innovation, experimentation and commitment to quality ingredients and flavors drives me. Being able to make others happy through my creations, well that is just the icing on the cake.”

 

Keith Mestrich ’89

Keith is the president and CEO of the Amalgamated Bank – the nation’s only union-owned bank and the leading financial institution for the nation’s progressive community. Keith is a 25-year veteran of the labor movement, beginning his career as a researcher at the AFL-CIO. In that position he gained experience assisting unions on hundreds of organizing, bargaining and political campaigns. In 2002 Keith went to work for UNITE, the bank’s majority shareholder, where he served in various capacities. He first joined Amalgamated in June of 2012, initially directing the bank’s Washington Region and coordinating the bank’s operations in the nation’s capital. He has more than a quarter century of experience working with the bank’s core constituencies in the labor movement and non-profit organizations. Keith is currently on the board of directors and serves as treasurer of the Union Health Center in New York City, the Public Utility Law Project, and the DC Employment Justice Center. He is also on the board of directors of the National Consumers League and serves as an adviser to The Workers Lab. He also serves on the board of directors of the Democracy Alliance, which provides opportunities for individuals to leverage their progressive philanthropy by connecting their efforts with those of other investors/donors, organizations, political strategists and leaders. At K Keith earned his degree in political science and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France.

Todd Jensen ’87

In December Todd was appointed president of Healthcare Trust Inc. Prior to the appointment he served as the company’s vice president and chief investment officer. Todd has almost 25 years of experience in the financing and development of commercial real estate, with more than 20 of those years focused exclusively on the development, leasing and capitalization of healthcare-related real estate. At K he majored in economics and business and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Kathryn Lasley Brod ’78

Kathryn is the chief executive officer of LeadingAge Ohio, a trade group for nonprofit nursing homes and other services to seniors. Prior to taking the position at LeadingAge, Kathryn worked as an independent strategic consultant to national nonprofit groups. She has more than 25 years experience advising the senior living sector.

Ronald Foor ’93

Ron is Fifth Third Bank’s new community president for the greater Kalamazoo and Battle Creek region. He joined Fifth Third 25 years ago as a part-time bank teller while attending K. He has worked in retail banking, business banking, and commercial real estate. He was a relationship manager in Fifth Third’s Government & Institutional Services Group in Grand Rapids before joining the bank’s leadership team as a wholesale relationship manager. Ron earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business, and he studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

Katharine Hoeksema ’09

Katharine joined the Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan as a legislative assistant. Prior to taking that position she was the natural resources, tourism, and environmental policy adviser and associate legal counsel in the Michigan’s House Republican Policy Office. Katharine earned her B.A. in psychology at K and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She earned her law degree from Vermont Law School.