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Lor Vang ’14

Lor is one of some 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State. CLS participants spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in one of 13 countries. Lor spent the summer in China focusing on the study of Chinese language. CLS Program participants are among the more than 40,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Dawne Bell ’01

Dawne joined the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona as CEO on January 5. WFSA helps women and girls overcome economic, political, gender, and social barriers; encourages reform in the social climate; promotes change in conventional attitudes; and invests in organizations that strive for long-term changes. Before taking the post with WFSA, Dawne was director of development for Care for the Homeless in New York City the past two years. She has an additional 11 years of experience working as executive director of a statewide nonprofit hospital foundation in New Mexico and has led the fundraising departments at social-justice nonprofit organizations in New Mexico and Michigan. Dawne earned her bachelor’s degree in English and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. She has a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Valley State University, and she earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive credential in 2009. Dawne has served on boards and leadership committees for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, Young Non Profit Professionals, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women’s Prison Association, and Crossroads for Women.

Ronald Edward Williams ’69

Ronald, a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force, died on February 2, 2015. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from Sharon, Pennsylvania, and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. He studied abroad in Segovia, Spain. Ron enjoyed a long and successful career in the USAF, beginning as a Second Lieutenant and eventually graduating from the Air Force Squadron Officer’s School, Armed Forces Staff College, and Air War College. Throughout his career, he served at air bases in Taiwan, Germany, Turkey, and the United States. In 1997 renal failure forced an early retirement from the military. He subsequently received a kidney transplant which enabled him to enjoy travel throughout the world as well as many hobbies, including rebuilding and driving classic cars. In 2002 he met and married Mariela Velazquez in Buenos Aires. Their daughter, Catherine, was born in 2003. In 2007 Ronald was diagnosed with inoperable cancer that eventually metastasized throughout his body. Despite the cancer he lived an active life and above all else was devoted to his wife and daughter.

Samantha Wolfe ’13

Samantha recently served as an AmeriCorps New Jersey watershed ambassador working in the Assicunk, Crosswicks and Doctors Creek watersheds. “I hosted a volunteer monitoring training at the Tulpehaking Nature Center, with eight volunteers,” she is quoted as saying. “We spend many hours together. It had gone so well that I was on cloud nine at the end of the training. I’m so grateful for the time I have spent in New Jersey.” Samantha’s comments were part of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection’s effort to recruit Americorps watershed ambassadors for 2016. Samantha majored in biology at Kalamazoo College and studied abroad in Beijing, China.

Megan Bonanni ’88

Megan Bonanni ’88Megan 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.

Amy Houtrow ’96, M.D.

Amy is division chief of pediatric rehabilitation medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, and she was recently appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee of Medical Experts to Assist Social Security on Disability Issues. She earned her B.A. at K in health sciences and her master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan. She earned her medical degree from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at San Francisco. Amy came to Pittsburgh in 2012 from UCSF Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, where she was medical director of pediatric rehabilitation. She also completed a combined residency in pediatrics and physical medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 2005.

Lynn (Arsht) Gandhi ’83

Lynn  has been elected to the board of directors of The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The museum, which features contemporary art exhibitions and presentations, aims to fuel dialogue, collaboration and public engagement in Detroit. Lynn is a partner in the Detroit-based law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, where she serves as a state and local tax lawyer. She earned a master’s degree in taxation law from New York University School of Law and a juris doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School. She earned her B.A. degree cum laude in business and economics from K.