Whitney is the new executive director of Land Information Access Association (LIAA), a Traverse City, Mich.-based nonprofit that works with communities across Michigan to improve civic engagement, with a focus on strengthening the cultural and natural resources that support resilient, sustainable communities. Whitney will oversee all LIAA’s programs, including community planning, development, and resource management; website and database development and IT support; geographic information system and mapping services; and LIAA’s UpNorth Media Center, which houses the public- and government-access television services for all of northwest Lower Michigan. Whitney joined LIAA after 10 years at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington, D.C., most recently as vice president of operations. Her professional expertise includes strategic planning, grants, project management, operations, and organizational development. She earned her MBA degree from Kent State University. Whitney now lives in Traverse City with her husband and three sons.
Will is working on his master’s degree in public administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also works as a graduate research assistant at the university.
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.
Ron is currently in Micronesia, on assignment with the Peace Corps. “The Peace Corps has a relatively young program for former Peace Corps Volunteers called Peace Corps Response,” explained Ron. “The program is for older folks who have a specific skill set for a specific job in countries around the world. I will be working with the fledgling health-care computer based information system being implemented in the State of Yap,” one of the four states that compose the Federated States of Micronesia (the other three are Kosrae, Pohnpei and Chuuk). Ron’s volunteer position will last a year.
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.
In November Darrin, running as a Democrat, was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives, representing District 23. He defeated the Republican nominee Bob Howey by 320 votes. Michigan’s 23rd House District–known as the Downriver District, includes the communities of Brownstown Township, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Trenton, and Woodhaven. At K Darrin majored in political science and studied abroad in Quito, Ecuador. Included among his mentors is alumna Gail Raiman ’73.
Maggie is program quality coordinator for the St. Paul (Minn.) Public Schools Foundation, an AmeriCorps position. She’ll spend the next year coordinating tutoring programs that support literacy and math at the public schools, evaluating the success of those programs, and working with the resource library to assist tutoring partners.
Greg is a physician for the Centers for Disease Control and part of the CDC’s Ebola Surveillance Team in Sierra Leone.
Jon was honored by The Green Bag, which, in cooperation with George Mason University School of Law, creates an annual list for “Exemplary Legal Writing.” Jon and Patrick Jaicomo were honored for the Amicus Curiae Brief they filed to the Michigan Supreme Court on the 2014 hearing of People v. Carp. They filed the brief on behalf of the students of Father Gabriel Richard High School (Ann Arbor, Mich.) Jon and Jaicomo were among 23 honorees selected Green Bag nation-wide in 2014. Both attorneys work at the law firm of Miller Johnson. Although they signed and submitted the brief, its substantive author was Matilyn Sarosi, an honor student at Father Gabriel. Jon and Jaicomo lent support by writing the introduction and handling citations and formatting. The submitted brief included the signatures of 452 fellow students at Father Gabriel (85 percent of the student body). Sarosi argued that the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Miller v. Alabama–which held that juveniles cannot be automatically sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole–should be retroactively applied to those individuals already in prison for crimes committed as juveniles. (Raymond Carp was convicted of participating in a murder when he was 16.) For her work the State Bar of Michigan presented Sarosi with the Liberty Bell Award at its annual conference in September 2014.
Ryan is one of five environmental experts recruited by Community Bank of the Bay (Oakland, Calif.) to serve on the Bay Area Green Fund Advisory Committee. At K, Ryan earned his B.A. in biology and studied abroad in Chaing Mai, Thailand. He earned a master’s degree in environmental science and management from the Bren School at the University of California Santa Barbara. Ryan is a LEED accredited professional specializing in existing building, operations and maintenance. He also is an Envision-certified sustainability professional.