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 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.
Katherine was a featured speaker at WORKTECH 15 New York, part of the international conference series exploring the latest thinking on the future of work and the workplace. Katherine is Head of School at The Lab School of Washington, a private Washington, D.C., school focusing on elementary, middle school, and high school students with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences. Katherine earned her B.A. in economics from K and studied education with a concentration in counseling and consulting psychology at Harvard University. She currently belongs to a consortium of heads of independent schools across the country working to develop the most effective practices and environments for students with specific learning disabilities and ADHD. Her interest and expertise is in learning from neuroscience to develop effective educational practices for students with learning disabilities and ADHD, and fostering an arts-infused educational model. She has spoken at educational and mental health conferences on topics including neuropsychology, learning strategies, executive functioning, and preparing students with learning disabilities for college.
Lucas was recently named managing attorney for the Advocates for Family Health Program of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM). He joined LSEM in 2009 as a staff attorney and program director of LSEM’s Medical-Legal Program, a unit he will continue to manage in his expanded role. The Advocates for Family Health Program assists children, families and pregnant women who are eligible for Missouri’s family Medicaid programs: MO HealthNet for Kids, MO HealthNet for Families, and MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women. LSEM has provided high quality legal assistance in civil cases to the low-income community for more than 50 years.
Clint has been appointed to the board of directors of the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery (AiRS) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing women access to options and funding for breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomies due to breast cancer. Clint is the managing partner of the Dallas, Texas, office of the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP. At K Clint majored in political science and studied abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. He earned his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. He is deeply involved with the Dallas-area community. He is a member of the CEO President’s Club, has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Greenhill School for 15 years and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance.
Dale was co-recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award, presented at the 97th Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in December. Dale is a partner (with his brother Ken ’71) at Kendale Farms in Bronson, Michigan. He is a board member and past president of the Michigan Pork Producers Association and is chair of the Michigan Swine Health Committee. He was appointed by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm to the Michigan Ag Commission, and served as a member from 2005-09. Dale has been involved in the pork industry at the state level for more than two decades. At K Dale majored in political science and studied abroad in Muenster, Germany.
Christa has a new job. She is team leader and senior advisor on climate finance at the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research Oslo. She and her family reside in Oslo, Norway.
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.
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 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.