Alumni Notes

Tell us where you are, what you’re doing, and what’s happening in your life!

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Let your former classmates know what you are doing these days. Submit your alumni notes directly to the Alumni Relations Office. Notes will be published in The Tartan and, if you wish, on the Alma College website. You can publicize your e-mail address as part of your news for corresponding electronically with other alumni.

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Recent Alumni Notes

  • Matthew Mims '85

    Matthew was promoted to full professor at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He will spend the spring semester of 2019 teaching in the Czech Republic. Matthew also coordinates an online higher education student affairs master’s program focused on student development and counseling skills.

    Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2019
  • Ashlee Kalthoff (Forde) '09 and Trevor Kalthoff '07

    In September of 2018, Trevor Kalthoff and Ashlee Kalthoff (Forde) tied the knot. With their Colorado destination wedding; they were surrounded by fellow Alma College alumni and friends!!

    Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • Katherine Baleja '06

    Katie earned her Doctorate of Educational Technology from Central Michigan University in December, 2018.

    Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2019
  • Jamie Blow '84

    I culminated my 30+ year Army career as a Colonel and the Director, Defense Pest Management on October 31, 2018. I have just accepted a position as a Program Manager for Research and Technology with the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick, Frederick Maryland.

    Posted: Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Mark Wangberg1 '75 and Connie Grauds

    1975 graduate, Mark Wangberg’s poems have come to life as part of a new book, just out! THE WHITE SILK BLOUSE… a love story, by Connie Grauds. Available NOW through The magic of attraction and intuition! The White Silk Blouse brings readers 27 new poems (including responses to Blues and Rap songs) and a spirit-inspired Amazon jungle story!

    Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Trudy Reif(Evans) '68

    Hi! I am living in Bethlehem, PA., and enjoying it, after living 40 years in the Washington, DC area. I love my church and am getting to know Jesus better every day. I am thankful for all the things I learned at Alma that pointed me in a good direction.

    Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Paul Popa '83

    Retired Jan 31st as Principal Research Scientist from Dow Chemical after a 35 year career. Plan to spend more time with my wife Sharon. Also will have more time pursuing my passion for brewing as part owner and Brewmaster for Tri-City Brewing in Bay City, Michigan.

    Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Nick McElroy '14

    In August 2018, Nick entered the Oakland Police Academy. He graduated December 14thand on December 17th he was officially sworn in as a Southfield,MI Police Officer.

    Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Melissa Boguslawski '08

    Successfully defended her dissertation in November 2018 and received her PhD in Health Behavior from the School of Public Health at Indiana University. She is now an Assistant Professor in Public Health at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

    Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Meg Mac Donald '85

    Meg’s debut fantasy novel, Oath Sworn, is receiving good reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Follow Meg on Twitter @kyrrimar or visit her webpage at or her Facebook page Meg lives in Flint, Michigan with her husband, children, one Norwegian Elkhound and a clowder of cats.

    Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Kristen Schutt '00

    Happy to announce the May 2018 adoption of daughter, Willo (age 7) and filing of adoption papers for daughter, Deonjaney (13) to be final in May 2019. Our forever family is happy and healthy.

    Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Alora Adams '15

    Graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Masters in Historic Preservation and moved to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma!

    Posted: Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Nikole Canute '02

    Nikole L. Canute was elected to Mika Meyers’, a Grand Rapids law firm, Management Committee for 2019.

    Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019
  • Janet Cook-Shetlar '70 and Jim Shetlar

    Son David ’01 and family are living and working in Ireland. Husband Jim Cook is the longest practicing physician in Frankenmuth history.

  • Martin Kuustik '10

    October was busy season for the household. I transitioned to the Head of the Development department at Coop Bank. The Kuustik family welcomed a new member and Herbert Kuustik was born on October 20th and his older sister Erika was very happy regarding the news. The entire family is doing great adjusting to the quick change of pace.

    Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
  • Wendy de Bear (Barich) '74 and Rich de Bear '74

    I wanted to let our friends all know that Rich passed away very suddenly in August 2018. I also wanted to thank those that were aware of his passing, and reached out to our family. I heard from so many Alma friends that I had not heard from for many years. Thank you all so much.

    Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Meg Mac Donald '85

    Meg’s debut fantasy novel, Oath Sworn (Book I in the Wolf’s Oath Trilogy) was released in December 2018. It is available in both ebook and paperback format on Amazon. Books II and III are coming in 2019.

    Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Kristina Fuehring-Callahan '09 and Dirkus Callahan '05

    We are thrilled to announce the birth of our first child, a daughter, early December 2018!

    Posted: Monday, December 17, 2018
  • Bree Brownlee '04

    Bree Erin Brownlee, ’04 was named Senior Vice President, Group Account Director at advertising agency Leo Burnett Detroit where she leads the Parts & Specialty teams for client General Motors. After an almost 15 year career at Leo Burnett, Bree is honored and excited for this new role.

    Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Tyler Wellman '08 and Ashley Matuzak '08

    On Friday December 7th the Wellman family welcomed our second child Franklin Jeffrey Wellman. Mom and baby are doing great.

    Posted: Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Staci McKeon '97

    My husband, Mark, and I are overjoyed to announce the birth of our 7th child, Maximilian Leo, October 7th. He had a rough start with heart and lung problems, in addition to Down Syndrome, so we spent over 2 weeks in the Iowa City NICU, but we are home now. God is good! Life is beautiful!

    Posted: Thursday, November 29, 2018
  • Rae (Sloss) Green '83 and David Green '84

    Located in the landmark Grand Rapids Masonic Temple, Rae (Sloss) ’83 and David Green ’84, have established the Sanford Outpatient Center to complement their gender specific residential programs, Sanford House at John Street for men and Sanford House at Cherry Street for women. This newly opened center will accommodate the need for a full spectrum of comprehensive, addiction treatment services. The new location is in keeping with the Sanford House philosophy of restoring historic buildings and providing a welcoming environment in which to better serve the needs of clients.

  • Nancy (Gobel) Meyer '63

    Nancy and her husband celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on a Baltic Sea cruise.

  • Molly (Lark) Hines '18 and Erik Hines '15

    Molly and Erik Hines ’15 were married August 25, 2018 in Mackinaw City, MI. Gillian Young ’17, Mary Dulzo ’17, Bryan Hines ’17, Robert Feeman ’14 and Austin McClelland ’14 were all part of the wedding party.

  • Lauren Switzer '14

    Graduated from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM degree. She currently practices in Allen Park, MI

  • Lauren Engels '15

    Lauren and Tyler Foley ’15 moved to Scotland to pursue a PhD in African studies and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, respectively. Once a Scot, always a Scot!

  • Billy Brown '66

    Since retiring from University of New Mexico, Billy still teaches part-time and privately tutors Mathematics & Statistics students. He continues singing with the 25 year old men’s chorus De Profundis. He celebrated 10 years of his monthly poetry reading, Fixed and Free, will soon publish the 10th anniversary Fixed and Free Poetry Anthology, containing 313 poems by 114 poets. He is working on a huge publishing project, Carol T. Lewis: Shimmering Poet, four volumes, over 1,000 pages. Billy’s life purpose is joy!

  • Amanda Cruickshank-Willoughby '11

    Married Michael Willoughby on September 1, 2018 in Michigan’s Copper Country. DeAndre Crenshaw ’12, Laurel Tilot ’11, and Natividad Vehara ’11 were members of the wedding party. Amanda completed her fifth season of competitive roller derby with the DuPage Derby Dames, an internationally ranked team in the top 150.

  • Kymberli (Barrette) Wregglesworth '97 Kymberli was recently inducted into the 13th Cohort of the Gerstacker Education Fellows at Saginaw Valley State University. The purpose of the program is to provide leadership development to teachers and school administrators and create leaders who will increase the quality of K-12 education in Michigan.
    Posted: Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Paul Keyser '81 and Kathy Paul and Kathy retired after 37 years teaching in Colorado and East Jordan, and moved down to be close to their two kids in Zeeland. Retirement didn't last long, as Paul has taken on a long term 5th grade subbing position at Zeeland Christian!
    Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018