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

  • Pamela Beardslee Roth '74

    is enjoying her eight grandchildren in Caseville. Her husband is retired and hoping to do some traveling. “After 12 surgeries in four years — I’m finally getting healthy.”

    Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014
  • Stephanie Druskinis Stephens '05 and Joe Stephens '06

    Announcing the birth of our second son, Colton Michael Stephens, born April 17, 2014. Colton joins big brother Brennan, and the happy family resides in southwest Michigan.

    Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
  • Becky Walton '63

    retired from The Community House, Birmingham, Mich., after 27 years in a most enjoyable work environment.

    Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
  • Robert Henry '89

    was promoted to Principal Technical Consultant at SAS Institute. He is a lead for supply chain solution delivery, including global implementations of SAS Warranty Analysis for which he holds two patents.

    Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014
  • Thomas Davey '07

    married Breanna Hinkley on July 5, 2013. Thomas is vice president/treasurer of the Carpenter Industrial Supply Co., Jackson, Mich.

    Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Steven Haas '68

    and Susan Woehrlen celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary this year. They have a new grand daughter from son, Mike, and his wife Kara — that brings the total to four grand children. Steve continues to volunteer on his city’s school board. Sue continues to volunteer in middle schools and their church.

    Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Robert Beltz '59

    continues to practice law and is working on a third book. “All is well.”

    Posted: Monday, June 30, 2014
  • Okwara Uzoh '10

    graduated from Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Information Systems. Currently working for The University of Chicago office of Student Enrollment and Advancement as a Senior Project Specialist. Presented at the 2014 Slate Innovation Summit in Hartford, CT.

    Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2014
  • Maurine Murphy Wallace Watts '77

    lives in Harbor Springs and just completed 35 years with the courts in Emmet County. She would like to retire and would also like to be a grandmother. Neither appears to be on the horizon.

    Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014
  • Kathy Beltz '82

    moved back to Michigan in the Grand Haven area. Loves being back in her home state! Missed good old Michigan. Would love to hear from classmates at

    Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014
  • Steven Haas '68

    serves on the Nashua, New Hampshire, School District Board of Education.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Paul Kurtzhals '86

    is planning the TKE House Fire 30th reunion party. The tentative date is the week of March 6, 2015.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Micheal Buggin '07

    completed his Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency and has accepted an attending physician position at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford, Mass., starting in July 2014.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Barbara Nichols '68

    has been retired from teaching now for seven years. She enjoys traveling to visit her three families and maintaining her family home on Gull Lake.

    Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
  • Katie Seagraves Francis '08

    and Chris Francis ’08 welcomed a baby boy into their family: Beckett Michael Francis, 8lbs 2 oz, 21 inches.

    Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Darby Kennerly '04

    co-wrote, produced and acted in a YouTube web series, “Soiled Doves.” Set in the 1880s, it is a western from the female perspective with supernatural undertone.

    Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
  • Steven Gardner '92

    was promoted to full professor of Spanish at Illinois College, a small liberal arts college in Jacksonville, Ill.

    Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Lynn O’Rear Palko '94

    has two children: a boy, Charlie, age 5, in kindergarten; and a girl, Lillian, age 2, in pre-school. Lynn works for Hewitt Packard Co.

    Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Gloria Anderson Richert '50

    has found writing books an inspiration throughout the years. As a pastor’s wife (Paul O. Richert, 1926-2013), she was inspired to write about mission journeys and the churches where they served together with their three children, Anna, Peter and John. A present book (2014) goes back to an earlier time, “Midland County Country Living The Way It Was!”

    Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Brandon Shorter '07 and Kaylee Sova Shorter '07

    announce the birth of their daughter, Brielle Annalyn Shorter, on Dec. 12, 2013.

    Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Kevin Beggs '06

    has finished his Ph.D in pharmacology and toxicology at MSU and has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at Kansas University Medical Center where he will study liver toxicology. 

    Posted: Monday, June 9, 2014
  • Gary Evey '81

    has published his first book, The Fool’s Pocket Guide to Getting a Job: How to Leave a Lasting Impression. It’s now available on or his web site:

    Posted: Sunday, June 8, 2014
  • Dawn Johnson Arends '11

    announces the birth of her daughter, Hope Reed Arends, who was born May 21, 2014 at 8:39 a.m. weighing 7lbs 11oz and 20 inches long.

    Posted: Saturday, June 7, 2014
  • Katie Kooyers Van Ark '01

    sold her debut novel to Macmillan. The Boy Next Door will be a February 2015 release.

    Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014
  • Michael Baysdell '00

    and his wife Genevieve welcomed Ava Grace Baysdell on April 7, 2014. Big brother Michael Jr. is excited to have a new playmate, and Uncle Joe Baysdell ’05 and his wife Lauren were present for Ava’s baptism in May.

    Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014
  • Sara Campbell Beach '11

    married Jeffrey Beach on Oct. 12, 2013 in Greenville, and they bought their first home in Lowell. Sara is a Senior Service Advocate II with Farmers Insurance.

    Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014
  • Robin Levere Kinney '03 and Grant Kinney '04

    welcomed Ethanael Liam Kinney, born Jan. 17th, 2014.

    Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • Karly Schultz Melkonian '98

    and husband, Michael, announce the birth of twin sons, Cameron Michael and Dylan Frederick, born on Jan 1, 2014.

    Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • Christine Vicari '11 and David Polanic '11

    will be married on Saturday, May 24th in Grand Rapids.

    Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014
  • Bree Brownlee '04

    was promoted in January to Management Supervisor at ad agency Leo Burnett Detroit. She now leads the digital marketing team for General Motors Certified Service brands.

    Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014