Paul Guenette ’74

The Center for Strategic and International Studies recently featured Paul’s work in its column “Careers in Development.” Paul is executive vice president for communications at ACDI/VOCA, a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth, higher living standards, and vibrant communities in low-income countries and emerging democracies. Paul’s career in agriculture, food security, and global development spans 40 years and has taken him to 70 countries, including long-term assignments in Senegal, Mauritania, Indonesia, Barbados, and Kenya. In those locations he headed agribusiness programs that incorporated activities in policy reform, business group strengthening, commercial marketing, equity financing, and investment promotion. Paul earned his B.A. at K in theatre arts and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. He earned a M.B.A. at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Julie Mehretu ’92

The United States Department of State named Julie as a recipient of its 2015 Medal of Arts. The honor recognizes her internationally acclaimed abstract paintings and prints and her impact in promoting cultural diplomacy. She is one of seven artists so honored. Julie lives and works in New York City. She was the featured guest speaker at the 2014 American Artist Lecture Series in London this past September. Julie is considered to be one of the leading contemporary artists in the United States, and she has received numerous international recognition for her work, including the American Art Award from the Whitney Museum of American Art and the prestigious MacArthur Fellow award.

LaNesha (McCoy) DeBardelaben ’02

LaNesha is the vice president of assessment and community engagement at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. She engages the museum in substantive community collaborations and initiatives, and she is leading its effort to gain national accreditation. LaNeesha also supervises the museum’s education department. She has served on the board of directors of the Michigan Council for History Education. Her honors include a 2014 Crain Detroit Business “40 Under 40” Award. LaNesha has a passion for public history, culture and the arts, literacy, and education, and she fosters museum programming around these critical areas of impact. She also serves as president of the Detroit Pierians, Inc., a national black women’s arts society. At K she earned her B.A. in history and studied abroad in Kenya. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Library Sciences degree from Indiana University-Bloomington. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at Michigan State University.

Meegan Holland ’78

In November 2015 Meegan was named the director of communications for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Meegan has more than 30 years of journalism experience in Michigan, including 20 years directing legislative and political coverage for the eight Booth newspapers. She started her career with newspapers in Greenville and Port Huron, Mich., and Rockford, Ill. before heading the Booth News Service, which covered statewide issues and government for The Grand Rapids Press, The Flint Journal, The Kalamazoo Gazette, The Saginaw News, The Bay City Times, The Muskegon Chronicle and The Jackson Citizen-Patriot. Meegan became The Grand Rapids Press’ online editor in 2007, and in 2012 returned to Lansing to head MLive’s Capitol/Lansing Hub. In early 2015 she joined Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s communications team. At K, Meegan majored in English and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.

David Gray ’81

David joined the economics department at the University of Ottawa in 1990. His research interests are in the areas of labor market policy–particularly unemployment insurance and programs for displaced workers such as work-sharing and retaining–and earnings mobility and inequality. He has worked on many research projects for Employment and Social Development Canada over the past 20 years, and was affiliated with the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation.

His teaching activities include the standard introductory courses, probability and statistics, introduction to econometrics, and labor economics. He is the author of the study guide for the dominant undergraduate labor economics textbook in Canada. Since his appointment at the University of Ottawa, he has taught mostly at the undergraduate level. Although he is qualified to teach courses in French, and does so on occasion, he usually teaches in English to large classes comprised primarily of 18-year old students.  In 2010 he was nominated (along with eight others) as a finalist for TVOntario’s Best Lecturer Competition–the first economics professor to obtain that status. He was subsequently selected as the winner of the best teacher award at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.

David received his B.A. in mathematics at K and studied abroad in Clermont-Ferrand, France. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics at the University of Michigan.

Christine Hahn, Associate Professor of Art and Art History

Christine was appointed the new chair of the College Art Association’s Committee of Diversity Practices. The CAA Promotes excellence in scholarship and teaching in the history and criticism of the visual arts and in creativity and technical skill in the teaching and practices of art. It is governed by a 22-person board and has its headquarters in New York City.