Alumni Notes

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Erika Powers Appelt '91 catching up with Chelsea Erb '14Erika Powers Appelt '91 catching up with Chelsea Erb '14

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Recent Alumni Notes

  • Sue Little Hodgson '63

    is playing horn in bands, orchestras and chamber groups and enjoying retirement.

    Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Sean Galloway '06

    married Diana Boer ’04 on Aug. 9, 2014 in Flint. Both are teachers in Clovis, N.M., working for the Freshmen Academy and the developmental preschool.

    Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Nancy Fashbaugh Kammer '60

    and Thomas (Jim) Kammer will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31, 2014. They are looking forward to their time spent in Venice, Fla., this winter.

    Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
  • Megan Freeland '02

    accepted a new position as associate professor of pediatrics and director of clinical education within the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at one of the nation’s largest private universities, Long Island University. Megan continues to enjoy living in New York City.

    Posted: Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • Marie Kurtz Brucker '65

    has been an advocate for gifted education since 1981. In June she ended her board position with MAGC. “Now more time can be spent traveling the world and cruising with our Thunderbird car friends,” she says. “Of course, seeing our two daughters in Arizona is definitely on the list. P.S. Seeing Neil Tyson was great!”

    Posted: Thursday, October 9, 2014
  • Melinda Messmer Leonardo '01

    and spouse Sam are overjoyed to welcome their son Jonathan Joseph. He was born on Aug. 18, 2014. Big brothers Benjamin and Christian are over the moon with the arrival of their new brother and playmate.

    Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2014
  • Elizabeth Latchana '95

    has been named Best Lawyers® 2015 Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing. Each year, only one lawyer in honored in each practice area in each community. Beth is a shareholder at Fraser Trebilcock, specializing in employee health and welfare benefits.

    Posted: Monday, October 6, 2014
  • Dave Gallinat '99

    and Quintessa Duffield Gallinat ’00 opened Plaid Melon Cafe in Chelsea on Sept. 17th. Dave handles the day-to-day operations, and Tess oversees the marketing and public relations. Their son, Carter (7), is also helping. “Check us out at and be sure to say hello if you come.”

    Posted: Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Andrew Roush '91

    moved to Petoskey with his wife Tracie and two daughters to start a vineyard and winery. “We just opened, June 21 after two years of developing and building,” he says. “Our new place, Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery LLC, is a 22-acre property situated high up overlooking rolling hills and beautiful countryside. We have a 60-foot covered patio for guests to come, relax and enjoy the view.” Facebook: Petoskey Farms Vineyard & Winery. Web:

    Posted: Thursday, October 2, 2014
  • Rae Sloss Green '83

    and David Green ’84 have founded a private, 10-resident treatment center for women suffering from substance use disorders. Located in the Heritage Hill district of Grand Rapids, Sanford House is a restored historic home that provides an intimate, boutique setting and holistic treatment philosophy. Please visit for photos of the Greek Revival style, Civil War- era home that has been restored and preserved to serve as a beacon of recovery.

    Posted: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
  • Peter Traggorth Sr.

    has retired after 40 years in the construction industry as an Engineering Estimator and a Construction Project Manger. “I continued four generations of my family in this industry and am proud that our son and daughter continue to follow the family tradition,” he says.

    Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  • Phyllis Hines Hebert '50

    and husband Paul moved to Monroe in October 2013 to be near their daughter, Carol Spencer, and her family. Paul passed away in February after being ill several years. Phyllis and Paul had lived in Northville for 30+ years, and Phyllis taught in Redford Union School District after their children, Carol & Paul Jr., were older. Phyllis graduated from U of M and has a master’s from the University of Detroit. She’d love to hear from Alma High School & Alma College classmates.

    Posted: Friday, September 26, 2014
  • Jakub Rudnik '10

    received his master’s degree in journalism from DePaul University. He is working for in Chicago.

    Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014
  • Bruce Dulin '74

    retired in June 2014. His son, Cameron, is a civil engineer who just purchased a home in Columbia, S.C. and is engaged to Missy. Bruce’s daughter, Claire, is a physical therapist starting residency in orthopedics. Bruce’s wife, Sharon, is postmaster in Oshtemo, Mich.

    Posted: Thursday, September 25, 2014
  • Lynne Lehnhardt '88

    was recruited by a high-school classmate to work for the Southern Department Store chain Belk. In a year, Illinois, Florida and  North Carolina were home. Hello to my Alpha Gam Sisters!

    Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • April Kerby '04

    was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Mathematics & Statistics at Winona State University in Winona, Minn.

    Posted: Saturday, September 20, 2014
  • Jean Nethery Humphries '72

    retired Sept. 26 after 27 years at Arizona State University. Jean plans to enjoy traveling and visiting family with husband Jim. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in June.

    Posted: Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Maggie Watters '12

    and Matthew Sabo ’12 married at MSU Horticulture Gardens on Aug. 16, 2014. They reside in Virginia where Maggie has begun work on a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at George Washington University, and Matt is a Senior Brewery Rep for Boston Beer Company.

    Posted: Friday, September 12, 2014
  • Shaina Buhl '11

    and Jeffrey Scott Nielson II ’12 will be married at the Most Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in downtown Detroit on Oct. 11, 2014. Many Zeta Sigma Fraternity brothers and Alpha Xi Delta Sorority sisters are in the wedding party and will be in attendance. The newlyweds currently live and work in Chicago.  Shaina is the daughter of David Buhl ’79 and Jeanne (Mutchler) Buhl ’80.

    Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • David Hensley '04

    received his PhD in History from the Pennsylvania State University in August 2014. As of Sept. 1, he is a temporary lecturer (=visiting assistant professor) in Modern European History at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014
  • Tom Santi '85

    published his e-book on business management called “Eradicating FantasyLand Management: Achieving Better Business Results by More Effectively Managing People & Processes.” The book is available on Amazon at

    Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Tom Santi '85

    recently started his own consulting business, Santi Consulting, which helps start-ups to mid-size businesses/business units improve their day-to-day operations and ensure the business has alignment between its strategy and its operational ability to execute on that strategy. Tom can be reached at or

    Posted: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Linda Sackrider Ferguson '76

    is pleased to announce that her work is published in New American Paintings, Volume 113. The Open Studio Press in Boston, MA, publishes New American Paintings. Staci Boris, the chief curator of Elmhurst Art Museum, juried Volume 113, which was out on newsstands Aug.-Sept. 2014.

    Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014
  • Sarah Vogel McCully '90

    and John announce the birth of Evelynne McCully in June 2014. She joins her three brothers and five sisters. You can find Sarah hanging out on Facebook.

    Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Cynthia McKenzie '69 and Stuart McKenzie '65

    is happy to be back to work at the Baha’i National Center in Evanston, Ill., after a successful knee replacement. As a Baha’i, I consider it a blessing to be able to serve here instead of retiring - I’m only 67!

    Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014
  • Leslie Hohlbein Smith '03

    and Brent Smith had Blayne Edward Smith on May 27, 2014. He was 9lbs. 2oz. and 21 inches long. He joins proud siblings Bryce and Lexi Smith.

    Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014
  • Leslye Hofmeyer Johnson '69 and George Johnson

    and husband George just finished teaching for 3 1/2 years at Forman Christian College, a Chartered University, in Lahore, Pakistan. FC College started as a Presbyterian Mission school in 1864. The land is owned by the PCUSA. The University is working toward U.S. accreditation. George and Leslye taught undergraduate and students in chemistry and biology, respectively.

    Posted: Friday, August 8, 2014
  • David Hensley '04

    planned to graduate with his PhD in History from Penn State University in August 2014. For the 2014-2015 academic year, he will be a temporary lecturer (equivalent of a visiting assistant professor) of Modern European History at Queen’s University, Belfast (Northern Ireland).

    Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014
  • Sandra Speiser '89

    visited Alma in September 2013, presenting a talk titled “Mathematics and National Security” and spending time with math students and faculty. She has worked as a mathematician for the National Security Agency since 1993. She lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her husband and their two children.

    Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2014
  • Alainna Sarver '04

    married James Kyle Paulette in Newport News, Virginia, on June 19, 2014. Alainna teaches kindergarten for Hampton City Schools in Hampton, Virginia, where she and her spouse live. She is working on her master’s in reading education from the University of Virginia.

    Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014