Chris was appointed managing officer and general counsel and chief legal officer of Toyota Motor Corporation. He maintains offices in Torrance, California and Toyota City, Japan. He also will have an office in Plano, Texas, once Toyota’s new headquarters there are completed. Chris joined the company in 2007 and before this recent promotion served as general counsel and chief legal officer, Toyota Motor America, and group vice president, corporate secretary, chief environmental officer, and chief compliance officer, Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Chris is a member of the American Bar Association and serves on the boards of the Los Angeles Urban League, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Lincoln Family Life Center. He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.
Jody was appointed chief operating officer of Beatty Development Group. She will oversee the operational management of the firm, including asset management, development, leasing, and finance. Beatty Development Group is a Baltimore City-based mixed-use development firm specializing in the creation of contemporary design-forward buildings in urban settings. Its signature project, Harbor Point, is currently under construction. At K, Jody majored in sociology and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She earned her M.B.A. from Loyola University.
Quinn has joined Greenleaf Trust’s retirement plan division as a participant services coordinator. She is responsible for conducting retirement plan enrollment meetings, meeting with plan participants, developing educational and informational materials and supporting the participant call center. At K Quinn majored in mathematics, studied abroad in Costa Rica and was a stand-out player on the Hornet volleyball team. Located in Kalamazoo, Greenleaf Trust is an independent Michigan-chartered trust-only bank, focused on wealth management, trust and estate administration, and administration of company-sponsored retirement plans.
Mary has been a senior vice president at Invest Detroit since 2009. Invest Detroit is a certified Community Development Financial Institution and a leading source of private sector financing to support economic and community development in underserved communities, primarily in Detroit. Mary manages Invest Detroit’s core city strategic fund (designed to provide lending to priority commercial real estate projects in Greater Downtown Detroit), the nonprofit predevelopment loan fund, and the new markets tax credit program. Mary also leads the efforts for Invest Detroit’s CDFI / CDE relationship management. Prior to joining Invest Detroit, she was vice president of commercial lending at Detroit Commerce Bank. At K Mary majored in political science and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. She earned a M.B.A. at the University of Michigan.
Melissa has joined Cincinnati-headquartered Fifth Third Bancorp as senior vice president, chief digital officer and head of omni-channel banking. She will be responsible for creating the strategic plan for an integrated omni-channel customer experience, including both sales and service, for all lines of business. Prior to the move, Melissa had been managing director and chief operating officer for Citi Bank’s FinTech, a unit charged with creating a smartphone-centric business mode. At K she majored in English and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. She earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University’s School of Labor & Industrial Relations, and an M.B.A. in Finance and Operations from New York University’s Stern School of Business. In 2014, she was named to Crain’s New York “40 under 40,” and last year was named to Bank Innovation’s “2015 Innovators to Watch.”
Jessica won the grand prize in the Kzoom Video $10,000 video services giveaway in Kalamazoo. Jessica owns and operates Birth Kalamazoo, which offers natural childbirth and breastfeeding classes, birth and postpartum doulas, lactation consults, and birth doula training. She received $7,500 in video services, after receiving 4,091 votes in the online voting contest.
Carol has been named director of annual giving at Olivet College. She is responsible for the management and coordination of all giving efforts for the College’s annual giving program. Before taking the position at Olivet College Carol served as the executive assistant to Boston University’s assistant vice president for development. She earned her B.A. at K in English and studied abroad in Bonn, Germany.
Clint merged the law firm he founded as a sole practitioner 30 years ago, David & Goodman, with the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP. The merger was effective October 1, 2014. David & Goodman had 18 attorneys, and all of them (as well as all of the staff) made the move to Fox. Fox Rothschild has 600 attorneys with 20 offices around the country. It was founded 107 years ago in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The merger with Clint’s firm marks Fox’s first entry into the Lone Star State. Clint has joined the firm as an equity partner, the managing partner of the Dallas office, and a member of the firm’s executive committee.
Justine joined Glenpark Animal Hospital in Muskegon, Michigan, last summer. At K she majored in biology and studied abroad in Aberdeen, Scotland. She earned her degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University and graduated in May of 2013. After graduating from veterinary school Justine completed a one-year small animal rotating internship at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Although she enjoys all aspects of medicine, Justine takes particular interest in internal medicine (respiratory and endocrine disorders) as well as neurology and ophthalmology. She has two furry children of her own at home, a three-year-old American Bulldog named Lucy and a one-year-old French Bulldog named Lola. In her spare time she enjoys running, particularly in races and triathlons, as well as camping, rock climbing, and baking.
Tom is working on the $150 million expansion and renovation of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, scheduled for completion in 2020. Tom is founder of Thinc Design, a New York City-based firm that has provided exhibit designs for clients worldwide, including the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the USA Pavilion at the 2015 Milan Expo, and the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. The Detroit-area native moved to New York City to become a theater designer after graduating from K with a B.A. degree in German. His assignment in Cleveland includes moving the Perkins Center from the north to the south side of the institution’s complex in University Circle, plus creating interior displays in the new main exhibit wing.