Alumni Updates-Careers Fall 2013


Robert J. York, B.A., 1968, is displaying sculptures in the City of Hesperia’s Public Works Building. These pieces will be on permanent exhibit in southern California.


James R. Spaanstra, B.S., 1974, was reappointed to the Colorado School of Mines Board of Trustees.

Thomas E. Werkema, B.S., 1975, is the vice president of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Peter D. Derrick, B.S., 1976, retired from Raytheon Vision Systems in Goleta, California, after 33 years.

Kevin R. O’Neill, M.Ed., 1976, is interim chief executive officer of the John Ball Zoo.

James M. Schaap, B.S., 1976, of Spring Lake, retired after 30 years with Jostens.

Kenneth Tacoma, B.S., 1976, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve a three-year term as chair of the Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Kathleen M. Kinkema, B.A., 1979, is the chair of Department of Recreation, Exercise and Sport Science at Western State Colorado University.


Christine M. (Dwyer) Jaroszewicz, B.S., 1981, is a realtor for Greenridge Realty Inc. in Grand Rapids.

Michael E. Born, B.A., 1984, was ranked a “Leading Lawyer” in the areas of natural resources and environment in the 2013 Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers.

Robert C. Crisan, B.B.A, 1984, was promoted to senior vice president of health care reform and strategic growth at Hylant Insurance.

Kevin L. Prins, B.B.A. 1984, is the principal of the Ryan Leadership Team in Los Angeles, California.

Julie R. Blodgett, B.S., 1986, is a physical therapist at Northern Physical Therapy in Sparta.

Joy A. Strand, B.S., 1986, is the chief executive officer for the McCready Foundation in Crisfield, Maryland.

Lorraine A. Farr, B.S., 1987, is the director of informatics at the Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Arizona.

Steven C. Woodard, B.B.A., 1988, is the assistant vice president of underwriting at Lockton Affinity LLC in Overland Park, Kansas.

Michelle L. (Egeler) Doetsch, B.S., 1989, is the owner of New Yew in Grand Rapids.

Joni L. Erlewein, B.N., 1989, M.N., 1998, is a women’s health practitioner at Saint Mary’s Comprehensive Breast Center.


Lori A. Budnik, B.S.W., 1990, M.S.W., 2001, was appointed for a one-year term by Gov. Rick Snyder to represent Child Protective Services on the Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Matthew E. McKinnon, B.S., 1991, is the recreation director for Coopersville.

Therese A. Comor, B.S., 1992, is a part-time comedian at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Club in Royal Oak.

Christina L. (Harris) Hildreth, B.B.A., 1992, M.B.A., 2007, is director for Metro Health in Grand Rapids.

Michael J. Kolar, B.S., 1992, received the General E. DePuy Award.

Michael T. Lawton, M.B.A., 1992, is serving a one-year term on the board of directors for La-Z-Boy.

Timothy J. Syrek, B.S., 1992, is the head softball coach at Calvin College.

Christopher A. Kelenske, B.S., 1993, was appointed to captain and commander of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division of the Michigan State Police.

Alan A. Kimber, B.A. 1993, is a senior finance analyst for the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn.

Michael D. Novakoski, B.S., 1993, was a finalist for the Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative and Collaborative Excellence in Business Award.

David M. Mitchell, M.B.A., 1995, is the North American director of sales for Accenture in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kathleen B. Vogelsang, B.B.A, 1995, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Women’s Commission.

Catherine E. Lazarock, B.A., 1996, was a finalist for the Entrepreneurial, Progressive, Innovative, and Collaborative Women-Owned Business of the Year Award.

James Robinson, M.B.A., 1996, is the director of strategic planning, research and evaluation for Rotary International in Chicago, Illinois.

Kristopher R. Pawlowski, B.B.A., 1997, received the L. Brooks Patterson “Elite 40 Under 40” award.

Jason M. Surian, B.A., 1998, is the principal at Godfrey Elementary in Wyoming, Michigan.


Alan P. Babbitt, B.S., 2000, is the sports information director for Hope College.

Jeff S. Kruse, M.Ed., 2000, is the director of inflight and system operations training at JetBlue Airways in Orlando, Florida.

James A. Murray, B.B.A., 2001, is one of MR Magazine’s Uptown Downtown award winners.

Elaine C. (Hoover) Spencer, B.S., 2001, is a registered nurse in the Mother and Baby Unit at Spectrum Hospital.

Kim D. Barnhill, B.B.A., 2002, is a financial services manager for the Physician Services Group in the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Meghan A. Burke, B.A., 2002, was named 2013 Professor of the Year at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.

Adam M. Lippert, B.S., 2002, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Harvard University.

Adrienne M. Trier-Bieniek, B.A., 2002, published a book, Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos.

Jason W. Brown, B.B.A., 2003, is a risk manager for Thornapple Insurance Agency in Grand Rapids.

Cheri L. (Skrzycki) Busenitz, B.S., 2003, is the president of the Elbing City Council in Elbing, Kansas.

Rachael M. Schneider, B.S., 2003, received the 2013 Hospitality and Tourism Management Emerging Alumna award.

Adrian M. Aldrich, M.Ed, 2004, is the executive director of development and alumni affairs for North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Wesley L. Bierling, B.S., 2004, is the deputy sheriff for the Newago County Sheriff’s Office in White Cloud.

Scott B. DeVries, B.S., 2004, is the president and general manager for Rogue Valley Terminal Railroad Corp. in White City, Oregon.

Eric F. Fleming, B.A., 2004, earned a doctoral degree in philosophy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

James M. Lesarge, M.B.A., 2004, is the vice president of the board of directors for the Michigan Chapter of the Warehousing Education Research Council.

Ryan J. O’Hare, B.S., 2004, received the “Managing Partner of the Year” award for the second year in a row at Bonefish Grill in Chantilly, Virginia.

Diana M. Painter, B.S., 2004, D.P.T., 2007, earned certification in mechanical diagnosis and therapy.

Justin M. Jennings, M.Ed., 2005, is the principal of the new Ypsilanti Community High School.

Eric I. Maino, B.S., 2005, is the senior software design engineer in test for Windows build, codeflow, and deployment for Microsoft.

Erin L. Merz, B.S., 2005, earned accreditation in public relations from the Public Relations Society of America.

Barbara Nan Schichtel, M.P.A., 2005, was elected to serve on the board of trustees for the Grand Rapids Historical Society.

Marisa L. Schweitzer, B.A., 2005, is an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star.

Thomas J. Van Cleave, B.S., 2005, is the director of service and experimental learning for Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

Sarah A. Willey, B.S., 2005, was accepted into the 2013-2014 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellows program.

Brittany N. (Dotson) Austin, B.S., 2007, is a quality operation specialist at Pfizer in Kalamazoo.

Steven R. Denhof, B.S., 2007, is an emergency medicine physician resident at the Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Warren.

Dwight C. Dettloff, B.B.A., 2007, is the senior accountant for Altitude Edge Companies in Boulder, Colorado.

David D. Harris II, B.S., 2007, received a fellowship for the 2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson teaching program in Michigan.

Elizabeth F. (Burnside) Peluse, B.A., 2007, is the senior account manager for Envisionit Media in Chicago, Illinois.

Allison D. (Price) Wynbissinger, B.S., 2007, is a victim advocate at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Darci A. Ward Cole, B.S., 2007, is a buyer for Federal Mogul.

Daniel L. Adams, M.S., 2008, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to serve a one-year term as chair of the Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.

Gina M. (Hinel) Games, B.S., 2008, is a pharmacy resident at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Bradley J. Gibbons, B.S., 2008, is the corporate operations and marketing manager for Legacy Group Holdings LLC in Canton.

Harsha V. Lella, M.S., 2008, is an SQL database developer for BlackRock Inc. in Seattle, Washington.

Juliana M. Nahas, B.S., 2008, M.P.A., 2012, is a communications coordinator for Varnum Consulting in Grand Rapids.

Scott M. Cameron, B.S., 2009, is an assistant women’s swim coach for the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.

Hunter S. Eberly, B.M., 2009, is the principal trumpet player for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Kenneth E. Games, B.S., 2009, is the assistant professor of athletic training at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Robert C. Groothuis, M.B.A., 2009, is the chief financial officer for Zeeland Lumber and Supply Company.

Stephen A.  Hopkins, B.B.A., 2009, is a team leader for Southwest Airlines.

Jennifer M. Hughes, B.A., 2009, is an academic advisor for Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


Marion P. Chardoul, M.T., 2010, is the director of family office services at Legacy Trust.

Megan C. Collins, B.S., 2010, is the account executive for the Integer Group in Lakewood, Colorado.

Alicia M. Crawford, B.S., 2010, is a materials chemistry consultant for Steelcase Inc.

Adam G. Merrill, B.S., 2010, is the lead senior acquisitions specialist for Deloitte in Boston, Massachusetts.

Molly E. Thompson, B.S., 2010, M.H.A., 2013, is a supply chain analyst at Cleveland Clinic.

Mathew R. Cassidy, B.B.A., 2011, is an underwriter for Quicken Loans in Detroit.

Blake E. Karapuz, B.S., 2011, is a firefighter and paramedic for the Waterford Regional Fire Department in Waterford Township.

Kaylee A. (Gonzales) Rosecrants, B.B.A., 2011, is the office manager of Equip Inc. in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Emily J. Cole, B.S., 2012, is the director of membership services at Egypt Valley Country Club.

Sarah A. (Lowry) Day, B.A., 2012, is the regional military and international services director for the American Red Cross of West Michigan.

Salvador B. Lopez, B.A., 2012, received the Young Hispanic Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Allison E. Staley, B.A., 2012, is a sixth-grade teacher at Legacy Charter Academy in Detroit.

Derek J. DenHartigh, B.S., 2013, received a fellowship for the 2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Woodrow Wilson teaching program in Michigan.

Anastasia C. Haisma, B.S., 2013, received the 2013 Student Intern of the Year award from Grand Valley.

Emma M. Jack, B.A., 2013, received the 2013-2014 Hospitality and Tourism Management Scholarship.

Mieke I. Stoub, B.A., 2013, is the communications specialist for the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

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