Director & Staff
Kimberly McKee, Director
Dr. Kimberly D. McKee began her term as Director of the Kutsche Office of Local History in August 2016.
Dr. McKee is currently Associate Professor of Integrative, Religious, and Intercultural Studies at Grand Valley State University. She comes to the position of Director with a rich background in working with community-based organizations. She has been the Assistant Director of the Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network since 2011, and has also worked with the New York Governor’s Committee on Scholastic Achievement and with the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. She is the author of Disrupting Kinship: Transnational Politics of Korean Adoption in the United States (University of Illinois Press, 2019) and co-editor of Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School (University of Illinois Press, 2020). McKee holds a Ph.D. in Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University, a M.Sc. in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics, and B.A. from The George Washington University in International Affairs.
Office Address: 324B Lake Ontario Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8099
In January 2020, the Kutsche Office of Local History welcomed Mary Williford as the new Office Coordinator. A west Michigan transplant, Mary's background is in managing daily operations for museums, archives, and local history initiatives. She holds a B.A. in American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Museum Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In her spare time, Mary enjoys cooking, exploring quirky regional history, and unwinding with her cats.