Chris Tucker ’82

Chris is a fellow in the Formulation Science Group in Dow Chemical Company’s core research and development function. Chris joined Dow in 1982 after receiving his B.A. (chemistry) from Kalamazoo College. Over the course of his career he has worked on research and development projects with nearly every business within Dow. He is author of more than 40 publications and patents. While at K Chris studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.

David Chapman ’69

David is the Distinguished International Professor and Birkmaier Professor of Education Leadership at the University of Minnesota.  He teaches in the graduate program in international and comparative education and co-directs a multi-year, multi-country project assessing the impact of entrepreneurship training on the livelihoods of economically disadvantaged youth in East Africa.  He is a frequent consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID and other organizations engaged in international development of education systems.  He credits his foreign study experience (Sierra Leone) at K as an important factor in choosing a career in international development.

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.

Maureen Ann Kickham ’03

Maureen and Alexander David James were married July 31 at the University Club in Manhattan. The couple met at Georgetown University, where they earned their M.B.A.s. Maureen works in Long Island City, Queens, as a vice president and marketing specialist with Citibank. David is an associate producer and oversees the engineering team at High 5 Games in Manhattan, which produces slot machine games.

Chris Tucker ’82

Chris is a fellow in the formulation science group (FSG) within Dow Chemical Company’s research and development function. He is responsible for technical leadership for the FSG. Chris joined the central research function within Dow in 1982 after graduating from K. He has worked primarily in the area of colloid and interface science including new surfactant synthesis, ionomers, microemulsions, consumer and industrial product formulation, reaction media, nanoparticle synthesis, enhanced drug solubilization, drug delivery and high throughput research. Over the course of his career he has worked on R&D projects with nearly every business within Dow. He is author of more than 40 publications and patents. At K, Chris majored in chemistry and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.

Sangeeta (Gandhi) Shah ’90

angeeta (Gandhi) ShahSangeeta is shareholder, co-chair of post-grant proceedings, and chief diversity officer in the Southfield, Mich., office for Brooks Kushman, a law firm focused on intellectual property rights. Sangeeta’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling. She has handled numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition cases involving parties in the chemical, software, automotive and metallurgical industries. She has also litigated design patent and copyright infringement cases in such diverse areas as architectural building designs, automotive parts and consumer products. Sangeeta received her J.D. degree from Wayne State University and her B.A. degree in chemistry and economics from Kalamazoo College. At K she studied abroad in Caen, France.

Debora Zeldam-Craig ’84

DebbieCraigDebbie has published a new retirement planning book, Piece by Piece, A Commonsense Approach to a Secure Retirement. The book focuses on the three segments of her trademarked retirement income model. Debbie has been helping individuals and business owners for more than 16 years with investment and wealth management counsel. Before becoming an independent financial advisor she worked for Smith Barney and General Motors. At K she majored in economics. After graduation she earned a M.B.A. from Northwestern University.