Arthur Bennett (Ben) Schram Jr. ’58

Ben died on August 15, 2014. He matriculated to Kalamazoo College from his hometown of Jackson, Mich. He earned his B.A. in political science and after graduation studied law at the University of Michigan. He spent his career assisting congressional representatives and committees on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Ben had a passion for history and collecting. His home was affectionately known as the Schram Museum.

Marti Goetz ’76

Marti has been named the first executive director of Friends of Bear’s Mill, a nonprofit organization formed in 2000 to ensure the 165-year-old mill (in Greenville, Ohio) is protected and remains open to the public. Marti brings more than 35 years of administration, executive planning, organizational leadership, project management, grant writing, communications, art production, and public awareness experience in the nonprofit sector. At K she earned her bachelor’s degree in art and studied abroad in Caen, France. She obtained a master’s degree in art therapy from Wright State University, and recently completed a doctorate in leadership and organizational change from Antioch University.

Tom Gilbert ’99

Tom Gilbert is assistant director, strategic issues, in the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). He’s been at the GAO more than 13 years, much of that time working in the tax policy and administration group. During the past three years, however, he’s focused on government-wide human capital and civil service issues. Tom lives in Montgomery Village, Maryland, with his wife and their daughter.

Sakhi Vyas ’08

Sakhi has joined The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo as its communications manager. Sakhi earned her B.A. at K in international and area studies, with an emphasis on East Asia. She studied abroad in Beijing, China. She earned a master’s degree in marketing management from the Instituto de Empresa in Spain. Sakhi was previously employed at Western Michigan University’s Haenicke Institute for Global Education. The Learning Network strives to improve the lives of children in Kalamazoo County from cradle to career by connecting excellent educators to a caring and engaged community.

Gerald Rosen ’73

Last month Rosen received the Alvin Foon Humanitarian Award from the Michigan Jewish Sports Foundation. Rosen is the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. At Oak Park High School he earned All-State honors in tennis at number-one singles. At K he was an outstanding player for the men’s tennis Hornets. He majored in political science and studied abroad in Stockholm, Sweden. His Senior Individualized Project was a study of Swedish press coverage of the 1972 U.S. presidential election. Rosen earned his J.D. from George Washington University Law School. He is a former legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Robert Griffin of Michigan and was a senior partner with Miller Canfield before his appointment to the U.S. District Court.

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.

Andy Portinga ’92

Andy was elected president of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan at the organization’s 2014 fall conference. Andy practices in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance coverage litigation, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) litigation, and appellate litigation. He is co-chair of the Miller Johnson law firm’s ERISA litigation practice. He earned his bachelor’s degree in math at K and studied abroad in Budapest, Hungary. He earned his law degree from the University of Michigan School of Law. Andy has a long history of active leadership with the State Bar of Michigan, and he has served as treasurer of the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

Lauren Trager ’07

Lauren is an investigative television journalist in St. Louis, Missouri (News 4 Investigates Team). She has spent the majority of her career as a reporter and anchor, and she has worked in newspapers, radio and television. Before moving to St. Louis, she worked as an anchor and reporter at KARK in Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned her B.A. in English at K.