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Maggie Kane ’13

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.

Jon Muth ’67

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.

Kaylah Simmons ’17

Kaylah has been named to the White House Internship Program for Fall 2015. The program seeks “to make the White House accessible to future leaders around the nation and to prepare those devoted to public service for future leadership opportunities.” Interns work in one of several White House departments. Their responsibilities and tasks vary by department, but all interns are united through weekly events, including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings that explore different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. Most importantly, the internship experience includes an emphasis on service, and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C. Kaylah is a junior at K majoring in theatre arts. She also is earning a minor in business and working on a concentration in media studies.

Marcia (Featherston) Ventura ’80

Marcia is now senior vice president of Invest Detroit. Marcia’s areas of responsibility include the institution’s new markets tax credit program and commercial real estate transactions. She has more than 20 years of commercial lending experience working in Detroit and Southeast Michigan. Marcia majored in economics and business at K and studied abroad in Strasbourg, France. She earned a M.B.A. from the University of Illinois.

Emily Gear ’00

Ten years ago Emily was featured in silive.com’s “Staten Island’s original 30 under 30,” published under the following teaser: “You might not recognize them yet, but these S.I. pop culture provocateurs are worth keeping an eye on.”

Where are they now? asked silive.com with a decennial update on its original group. Back then Emily was noted for her leadership of New York City’s Garibald Meucci Museum, which under her aegis grew significantly from an operation of one employee (Emily) and one permanent exhibit. In four years Emily increased the institution’s budget by 70 percent and added festivals, school programs and language classes. She left that position to found Louie’s Legacy, which saves hundreds of homeless dogs and cats every year on Staten Island. Emily is an accomplished painter who won a medal from the Florence Bieniele of International Art in 2005. At K she majored in art and studied abroad in Russia.

Thomas Neubig ’76

Thomas is the new Deputy Head of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration ’s Tax Policy and Statistics Division at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He will be working on the G-20 requested anti-Base Erosion and Profit Shifting global tax initiative.  Neubig has over 30 years’ experience as an economist in both government and the private sector. He has spent the last 20 years at Ernst & Young, where he founded and led a group of 34 tax policy economists, statisticians, and survey specialists. He eared his B.A. in economics from K and his Ph.D. in economics for the University of Michigan. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems; works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change; measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment; analyzes and compares data to predict future trends; and sets international standards on a wide range of matters. Jane (Crane) Neubig ’77 retired from her social work position with Goodwin House. Jane and Tom will live in Paris for up to two years.

Dennis Fransted ’73

Dennis died on July 16, 2014. He attended Michigan State University and was selected for the U.S. Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., where he became proficient in Russian and Bulgarian. He was then stationed in Ankara, Turkey, for four years with Army intelligence. After the Army, he graduated from Kalamazoo College (B.A., anthropology) and went on to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He was hired to do research for the National Park Service on Anasazi sites in New Mexico and Arizona, and then worked for the Navajo Tribal Health Department. Dennis was an excellent linguist and behavioral scientist, and was known for being a food and wine connoisseur.

Myra Selby ’77

Myra was keynote speaker at Indiana University Bloomington’s 2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Leadership Breakfast. Myra was the first woman and the first African American to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court. She currently is in private practice with the law firm Ice Miller in Indianapolis. In 1999, the Indiana Supreme Court appointed her to chair its Commission on Race and Gender Fairness. She continues as a current member. At K she majored in psychology and studied abroad in Sierra Leone. She earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.