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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.

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.