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Keeney Swearer ’13

Keeney has been hired as exhibit designer for the Mackinac State Historic Parks, working on Mackinaw Island and the mainland to design, build, and maintain exhibits for five state parks. He was part of a group art show at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center in Kalamazoo in February. Read more about Keeney and see his artwork at his website.

Mary Sauer-Games ’83

Mary has been named vice president for product management at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). She is responsible for OCLC products and services around the world. She comes to OCLC from the American Psychological Association, where she managed PsycINFO database products and led an organization of 70 staff. Mary is a board member of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services, a global organization that serves the information community. She also sits on the board of CrossRef, an association of publishers that develops shared infrastructure to support more effective scholarly communications. She earned her B.A. in economics and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She earned a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Scott Garcia ’91

Scott was named assistant vice president of investments at Wells Fargo Advisors (Aspen, Colo.). Scott earned his B.A. in economics and business at K and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. Scott also is a lieutenant and 11-year member of the Basalt (Colo.) and Rural Fire Protection District. He and his wife and their three children live in Basalt.

Brad O’Neill ’93

TechValidate, a company co-founded by Brad, has been sold to SurveyMonkey, the California firm known for its online surveys. TechValidate is a 50-person company headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., that uses cloud software to produce marketing content such as customer testimonials, reviews, return-on-investment analysis and case studies, according to an article in Fortune. Brad, who was also a founding investor in StumbleUpon, was quoted in a Yahoo Finance-Business Wire article: “We are thrilled to join forces with SurveyMonkey, and look forward to benefiting from their complementary insights platform and deep industry experience as we continue to develop our product suite to enable marketers to quickly build engaging content and deliver actionable insights.”

Kyle Dell ’93

yleDellAn associate professor of political science at Guilford College, Kyle has been selected as a faculty fellow in philanthropy with the college’s Office of Advancement. During the semester-long fellowship, he will spend one day a week with advancement staff, as well as visit with donors, alumni and parents. The fellowship will also include the opportunity to learn how to cultivate and manage prospect relationships, work with grant writers to solicit foundation support and help with campus philanthropy needs. Co-chair of Environmental Studies since 2004, Kyle recently completed an Emerging Leaders fellowship with the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C. During that program he visited more than 40 college and university campuses and shadowed Chancellor Randy Woodson and Provost Warwick Arden at North Carolina State University for the year.

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).