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Megan Bonanni ’88

Megan was named to the Michigan Association of Justice executive board for the 2014-2015 term. The Michigan Association of Justice, formerly the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association, is a trade association of more than 1,600 personal injury, workers’ compensation, and employment attorneys. Megan is a partner with the law firm, Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers, which is located in Royal Oak, Michigan. Megan specializes in employment, civil rights, and wage and hour law. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in political science and studied abroad in Caen, France.

Cheryl Hanna ’88

Cheryl died on July 27, 2014. She was a professor at the Vermont Law School and a well-known legal analyst. She earned her bachelor’s degree at K in anthropology and sociology and earned her law degree from Harvard. After working as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore, Hanna began her teaching career at Vermont Law School in 1994. She often offered legal commentary to the Vermont media on a wide range of topics. Those included the death penalty, abortion, the First Amendment, and the legal fight to close the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant. She was known for making recondite legal language accessible to lay audiences and for elucidating the impact of legal decisions on everyday people. Hanna was active with the Girl Scouts and with Council for the Future of Vermont. She was elected the chairwoman of the board of trustees for the Richard and Barbara Snelling Center for Government in 2010. She also had served on the board of trustees of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and as a member of the Vermont Gender Bias Study Implementation Task Force. Hanna also was a recipient of the Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award by Vermont Women in Higher Education. She is survived by her husband, Paul Henninge, and their two children.

David Porada ’02

David is project manager in the Detroit office of Tri-Merit LLC, a national leader in providing research and development tax-credit services to CPA firms and individual clients. He holds a law degree from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He previously served as an account executive at Robert Half Legal where he dealt directly with executives at corporations and partners at law firms to assess their needs and address complex issues. David also spent time as a research specialist with Thomson Reuters Westlaw.

Thomas Meyers ’85

Thomas has joined Greenleaf Trust as a trust relationship officer, responsible for day-to-day trust administration and fiduciary compliance. His broad knowledge of trusts and legacy planning adds a valuable strategic perspective to the holistic wealth management plans at Greenleaf. Thomas practiced law for more than 20 years and has more than 20 years of experience in trust administration and fiduciary risk management. He is also a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.

Anita (Raby) Fox ’81

Anita was inducted into the Michigan Lawyers Weekly Class of 2014 “Women in the Law,” a distinction that honors outstanding accomplishments in private practice, the corporate arena, and social advocacy. In addition to being honored as one of the Top 30 “Women in the Law,” Anita has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the field of commercial litigation. She was named as a ‘Michigan Super Lawyer’ by Law & Politics Magazine in 2014. Anita also serves as a case evaluator for Ingham County and the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan and is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University College of Law. At K Anita earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Colombia. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.

Ben Imdieke ’99

Ben received one of three Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowships presented by the Ohio State Bar Association this year. The annual fellowships are awarded to exceptional first- or second-year students from Ohio law schools and are designed to honor Moyer’s commitment to improving access to courts, advancing civility and ethics, working with national and international organizations to promote the rule of law, and promoting civic education. Fellowship recipients receive $3,000 from the Moyer Legacy Fund and $1,000 from their law schools to fund a summer opportunity advancing these principles. Ben is a student at the University of Toledo College of Law who will graduate in 2016. He will apply the fellowship to a two-phase research project. In the first phase he plans to survey the state of urban and metropolitan land-use law and conduct a holistic inquiry into land-use plans in Toledo, Detroit, and Cleveland. He will conduct interviews with local stakeholders to gather first-person accounts of land-use law that strengthen the community. He hopes to reduce his findings to a report outlining the state of the law, both demonstrating its application and highlighting best practices. In phase two, he will explore the feasibility of an advanced land-use practicum at the UT College of Law, in which students would partner with local organizations to learn about how land-use decisions happen on the ground and how redevelopment policy can shape the trajectory of the Glass City over the next decades. Ben has a master’s degree from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy, where he was a Jane Addams-Andrew Carnegie Fellow. His former positions include vice president of development at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center and senior consultant at the national fundraising-consulting firm Campbell & Co.

Billee Lightvoet-Ward ’94

Billee has joined the Detroit-based law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC. She specializes in health care law, corporate law, and commercial transactions. Previously with the Miller Canfield law firm, Billee represents health care providers, medical device manufacturers and other health care-related entities in corporate and transactional matters. Billee earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and studied abroad in Caceres, Spain. She earned her law degree from DePaul University College of Law. A member of the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Kalamazoo County Bar Association, she has been recognized by her peers as a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in health care law.

John Lewis ’93

John is an attorney at Tucker Ellis LLP (Cleveland, Ohio). He was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015. John specializes in commercial litigation. The Best Lawyers lists are based on peer review surveys. John earned his B.A. in political science at K and studied abroad in Hannover, Germany. He earned his law degree from Duquesne University.