Alumni Updates-Careers Winter 2014



William D. Van Lente, B.S., 1969, is director of human resources and risk management for the County of Mono, California.


Steve H. Austin, B.S., 1975, is a health administrator at Boonton Health Department in Boonton, New Jersey.


Timothy D. Bennett, B.A., 1980, retired from the Lexington School District after 27 years.

Spencer R. Nebel, B.S., 1980, is the city manager for Newport, Oregon.

James A. VanRhee, B.S., 1982, has joined the Yale School of Medicine as director of the Physician Associate Program and Department of Internal Medicine faculty member.


Steve L. Adams, M.B.A., 1991, is the author of The Passionate Entrepreneur.

Phyllis R. Nomura, B.B.A., 1991, joined First Sound Bank as the executive vice president and chief financial officer.

Kristi Elizabeth Drake, B.A., 1993, is court administrator and director of the Friend of the Court for Lenawee County Circuit Court.

Daniel A. Oumedian, M.B.A., 1993, is the vice president trust advisor for PNC in Grand Rapids.

Jeffrey M. Stevens, B.S., 1993, received the 2013 Outstanding Family Physician of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians.


Derek T. DeVries, B.S., 2000, M.S., 2005, is a RIPPLE+AFFECT team member at Lambert, Edwards & Associates.

Elizabeth J. Lowther, B.B.A., 2000, is a software applications specialist at Beaufort Jasper Water & Sewer Authority.

Kirk M. Walter, M.B.A., 2000, is senior director of tablet value stream, non-analgesics at Perrigo.

Jennifer A. Schaub, B.F.A., 2002, M.P.A., 2007, received the YWCA Tribute Award for arts.

Kelly B. Vogel, B.M.Ed., 2002, M.Ed., 2004, is assistant director of principal gifts research at Duke University.

Jermale D. Eddie, B.S., 2003, opened Malamiah Juice Bar in the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids.

Erin K. Ehlers, B.S., 2004, is senior manager of national events and brand campaigns for Make-A-Wish.

Renee E. Freeman, B.A., 2004, is the director of Public Safety and police chief for Grand Valley.

Krista J. Hillman, B.S., 2005, is a D.O. at Mercy Health Partners Muskegon.

Nicholas A. Reister, M.B.A., 2005, is an attorney for Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge.

Samantha M. Leach, B.A., 2006, is a forensic scientist in Washington, D.C.

Anne L. Minshall, B.B.A., 2006, is the senior project manager for Amcom Software.

Nicole F. Rodammer, B.S., 2006, is the director of development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.

Venessa A. Sallie, B.A., 2006, published her first book, Trapped.

Allie M. Bush, B.S., 2007, was named public policy coordinator of the government affairs team for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce.

T. Scott Henne, B.A., 2007, was appointed dean of admissions at the University of Evansville.

Chad R. Hop, B.B.A., 2007, is a loan officer for Independent Bank.

Jennifer L. LeMaire, B.N., 2007, is director of risk management for Mercy Health Muskegon.

Meahgan M. Pear, B.A., 2007, is director of marketing at Beene Garter LLP.

Scott R. Bigger, B.S., 2008, is an attorney at the Law Office of Scott R. Bigger PLC.

Kristin M. Crawford, B.S., 2008, M.S.W., 2012, is a medical social worker for Cancer & Hematology Centers of West Michigan.

Jennifer A. Julius, B.A., 2009, is the project manager for VSA Partners.


Abby M. Hartig, B.A., 2010, is a RIPPLE+AFFECT team member at Lambert, Edwards & Associates.

Christopher P. Wright, B.A., 2010, is the judicial clerkship for the 37th Judicial District in Pennsylvania.

Ty W. Bross, B.S., 2011, is an associate security consultant for Cigital.

Keith J. Collier, B.S., 2011, is an advertising sales planner for the Food Network/Cooking Channel.

Sarah S. Rivers, B.S., 2011, is a teacher for the Traverse City Area Public Schools.

Neil S. Vestrand, B.B.A., 2011, is staff associate for Grant Thornton LLP.

Lisa J. M. Walker, B.N., 2011, received the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.

Eric T. Neal, B.B.A., 2012, is an IT internal auditor for the Global Internal Audit & Compliance team of Perrigo in Allegan.

Kelsey M. Schoenborn, B.A., 2012, was named Fulbright Student English Teaching Assistant.

Jonathan S. Yaklin, B.B.A., 2012, is a sales/leasing consultant for Rivertown Honda.

Trazy L. Richter, B.A., 2013, is food and nutrition program coordinator for Project Hospitality.