In April, Victor received a special award from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. The E. Lucy Braun Award of Appreciation acknowledged Victor’s work over the years on behalf of the university’s herbarium.
Mary has begun her one-year term as board of directors president of the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS). Mary is vice president of product management for OCLC, a global, nonprofit cooperative of libraries throughout the world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. NFAIS is the nation’s leading membership association for the information services industry.
Matt is the new president and chief executive officer for Kalsee Credit Union in Kalamazoo. He had served as the chief operating officer for Kalsee since 2010. He has 13 years of experience in the banking industry. He earned his B.A. at K in economics and business. Matt is involved in a number of civic activities. He is a member of the KVCC Foundation Board of Trustees and vice chairman of the Michigan Credit Union League’s Greater Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions. His volunteer activities include serving as coordinator for Kalsee’s sponsorship of Gryphon Place’s annual Suicide Prevention Walk; serving on the golf outing committee at Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan; and working at the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Melzer Pantry.
Two Muses Theatre (West Bloomfield, Mich.) presents the award-winning play Love, Loss, and What I Wore (by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron), May 30 through June 15, and Lila (in the role of Gingy) will headline the cast of the production’s second weekend. Each weekend’s performance features a unique cast with a local celebrity. A former news anchor, Lila runs a production company, Lila Productions, and currently hosts the award-winning Discover Remarkable series on WXYZ. The Two Muses stagings are a collaboration with Closet NV to raise clothing donations for Dress for Success, a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire to help them thrive in work and in life. Lila is no stranger to hard work on behalf of important causes. She swam the Straits of Mackinac (a 5-mile swim) to raise money and awareness for Mentor Michigan, and each fall she climbs from one end of the Grand Canyon to the other (21 miles) and back again. In 2007, she was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. An avid motorcyclist, Lila was recently named Michigan’s Ambassador of Motorcycle Safety. She is active in many community and charitable organizations, serves on multiple boards, and is currently President of Kids Kicking Cancer. She’s also very involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. She’s been a Big Sister for 20 years.
Peter was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the 13-member Health Information Technology Commission. The Commission is part of the Michigan Department of Community Health, and it facilitates and promotes the design, implementation, operation and maintenance of Michigan’s health care information systems. Peter is senior vice president of policy and data for the Michigan Health and Hospital Association. Previously, he served as vice president for Mission Health and Catherine McAuley Health System and as president of McPherson Hospital. Peter earned his bachelor’s degree at K in economics and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany. He earned a M.B.A. in health services management from Northwestern University.
Betty died on August 31, 2014. She came to K as a transfer student from Northern Illinois University. At K she met her husband, classmate Hunter Wright, and they were married for 72 years. The couple operated an insurance business in St. Joseph, Mich., for 30 years. They have three children and 11 grandchildren. Betty was a former member of the American Association of University Women, the Child and Family Services Auxiliary, the Women’s Fellowship of Zion United Church of Christ (St. Joseph), the Krasl Art Center, and the St. Joseph River Yacht Club.
Tiffany manages the Building Sustainable Communities Program for the Detroit-based Urban Neighborhood Initiatives. The BSCP is working to improve the 1.3-square-mile Springwells Village neighborhood in southwest Detroit. Tiffany also is pursuing her master’s degree in community development from the University of Detroit Mercy. She majored in political science at K and studied abroad in Chaing Mai, Thailand.
Rayline is vice president of development at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Jon is the president and chief executive officer of the Greater Reading (Pennsylvania) Economic Partnership. Since its launch in 2004, GREP has facilitated 154 economic development projects and attracted, retained, or grown more than 12,000 jobs in Berks County. At K he majored in political science and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. His post graduation career included jobs in the insurance industry and for a mental health association. Those were followed by a long tenure at Time Warner Cable Inc. That career took him many places, including Reading, which he and his family made home. He hopes to increase the number of development projects and jobs created through GREP initiatives.
Marc died on April 8, 2015. He matriculated to K from Mt. Pleasant (Mich.) High School and majored in French and physics. He studied abroad in Caen, France, and graduated from K summa cum laude. After graduation he returned to France to teach English and do translation work. He returned to the United States to attend graduate school at Princeton University, where he earned a master’s degree in French literature. He interrupted his work on his doctorate to return to France in 1989. He was a journalist for Slate.com and other online media, and he also worked as a talk radio host for a local Paris LGBT program. He was deeply involved with work with the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) as a volunteer, former board member, and member of the site selection committee. “We have lost a special person,” said FGG Co-President Kurt Dahl. “His passion and dedication to the FGG was limitless.” He is survived by his partner, Jimmy Masserson, his sister, an aunt and uncle, and several cousins.