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2013 Young Alumni Award Recipients
Albion's unique recognition of outstanding graduates, the Young Alumni "Top 10 in 10" awards brought a celebratory crowd to the Science Complex atrium April 19. From a hardworking professional poet to a tenure-track sociologist, a Mayo Clinic teaching physician and the owner of Mi Farm Market, the Top 10 in 10 again affirmed the diversity of fields—and successes—in which Albion alumni distinguish themselves.
The 2013 Top 10 in 10 Young Alumni are:
Deanna Babcock, ’06
Personal Trainer; International Sales Representative, Inside Out Sports
Durham, North Carolina
Twice named the Most Inspirational member of Albion's cross country team, Babcock's optimism was stretched to the limit in 2007 when a triathlon training accident resulted in a two-month hospital stay and the loss of her left leg. Nonetheless, Babcock has since completed two master's degrees, in soil science and exercise science. She qualified for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Trials in two swimming events, and is determined to compete in Brazil in 2016. Babcock also runs and swims competitively against able-bodied athletes.
Scotty Bruce, ’08
Co-Owner, Mi Farm Market
Bruce is a co-founder of Mi Farm Market, a family-based company that works with food producers, artisans, and artists, promoting their Michigan-made products to a national market of retailers and consumers. Begun in 2010 in the family garage, the company now boasts two retail stores, a mail-order catalog, and distribution partnerships with Traverse magazine and Pure Michigan. Bruce is currently developing a food logistics platform that gives chefs and restaurateurs a single "e-market" for finding and ordering Michigan-produced local and artisanal foods and ingredients.
Stephanie L. Edwards, ’09
Poet and Editor; M.F.A. Candidate, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
Just four years post-Albion, Stephanie Edwards' career would be enviable for a poet 10 years her senior. She has published 75 poems in many top-tier journals and anthologies, along with two chapbooks and one full-length collection; two of these books were the result of winning two national competitions. Edwards also spent two years in Chicago, working with literacy and arts programs focused on inner-city youth. She is in demand as a guest at poetry slams and similar events nationwide and is the founder of "Muzzle," which made The Library Journal's Best New Magazines of 2010 list.
Josh L. Fales, ’06
Founder, President, and CEO, CreateMyTee
Ann Arbor, Michigan
CreateMyTee has its roots at Albion College, when Josh Fales hit upon T-shirt design/printing as a way to make some spending money (he earned some $25,000 before graduation). CreateMyTee became Fales' full-time job in 2009, providing professional custom design and quick service. The company currently boasts 10 professional team members and Fales has a long-term plan to expand into a national market. Fales was a founding sponsor of WorldClothesLine, a successful philanthropic enterprise created by Mallory Brown, '08; he continues to be active with the Gerstacker Institute's Student Ventures program.
Kristina G. Jelinek, ’05
Project Manager, Office of Achievement Resources
New York City Department of Education
New York, New York
From her first-year seminar through off-campus experiences in Mexico and Bolivia, Jelinek did first-hand studies of immigration issues. As a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in the Netherlands, Jelinek added graduate study in intercultural communication. This unique background and expertise led to a spot in Columbia University's New York City Teaching Fellows program and spending six years in teaching and school administration. She now designs and delivers citywide professional development programs for educators, impacting the education delivered to some 1.1 million students.
Jessica L. Joanis, ’04
Director of Residence Life, Ripon College
Joanis was hired as a hall director at Ripon College with the expectation that she'd leave after two years for greener pastures. Two promotions later, Joanis is Ripon's director of residence life, a position she has held for three years. Joanis' excellence has been noted beyond Ripon's campus; she has received two Program of the Year awards from the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and was recognized by the national St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Foundation as its Collegiate Advisor of the Year. She has also received the Ripon College Faculty/Staff Mentor Award.
Michael T. Light, ’07
Ph.D. Candidate, Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania
Freshly minted Ph.D.s rarely land tenure-track positions, let alone at Division I research institutions. Light, however, will pick up his doctorate this spring, then join Purdue University's sociology department. Light is an urban sociologist, researching citizenship and racial/ethnic inequality under the law, racial/ethnic stratification and criminal offending, and the role of social context in determining the trajectory of the U.S. color line. Several national and Penn State entities funded his work, which has been published in professional journals and national media, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune.
Matthew R. Meunier, ’04
Physician/Senior Associate Consultant, Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic
Meunier is currently an instructor as well as an attending physician with his clinic's Newborn Nursery Hospitalist Service and Obstetrics Service. His Mayo appointment followed on the heels of his work, during the 2011-12 academic year, as a clinical lecturer in the University of Michigan's Department of Family Medicine. Meunier's practice, teaching, and research revolve around women's and infant health. He has conducted research on the use of antidepressants during pregnancy and is developing a tool to improve fetal monitoring education in family medicine residency programs.
Sarah A. Slamer, ’07
Assistant Director, the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC)
Starr Global Learning Network
In her role with TLC, Slamer conducts training nationally and internationally for schools, agencies, and Starr Commonwealth staff. Within the Starr Commonwealth organization, she provides case consultation and supervision of staff as they implement TLC trauma intervention programs with the young people they serve. Slamer assists with community outreach for trauma-related incidents and continues to provide individual therapy for survivors of complex traumas. She has co-authored professional resources for the treatment of trauma victims and recently developed a free online resource for military families and professionals.
Kristen Mitchell Wooden, ’09
Exploration Geologist, Chevron Corporation
As an Albion undergraduate, Wooden participated in a research project north of the Arctic Circle; today, she's still exploring, providing the research expertise needed for successful deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. At the University of Nebraska, Wooden was elected president of the student chapter of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). She led her chapter to a fourth-place finish in an international AAPG competition and organized a "Dinosaurs and Disasters Day" event that drew several hundred community members. Wooden is active with Chevron's Humankind service program, with a leadership role in her business unit's support for a homeless rehabilitation organization.
YAA Honoree Information and Reservation
Saturday April 26, 2014
Science Complex Atrium
5 p.m. Private Reception and Photos
6 p.m. Dinner and Ceremony
Congratulations on being selected as a recipient of the 2014 Young Alumni Award!
Please complete this online form and send a recent photo of yourself no later than March 7, 2014. Please include all of the information requested; we want to recognize all of your accomplishments not only those identified by others in your nomination. Brag about yourself a little; this is your well-deserved “fifteen minutes of fame”!
Metro Detroit Alumni Networking Event
Advance your career.
Help fellow Britons advance theirs.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Registration is now closed. Walk-in attendees may pay at the door.
Come participate in this dynamic networking event that seeks to connect you with other Britons in the Detroit area to advance your career and/or assist in advancing theirs. A panel of three accomplished Albion College alumni will share how their career paths have been shaped and how they were able to utilize contacts along the way.
Hors d'oeuvres provided; cash bar - $15 ($5 is a tax-deductible gift to the Albion College Fund)
There will be a period for open discussion as well as plenty of time to mingle and network. Bring plenty of business cards. Professional attire preferred.
5:30 p.m. - Cocktail Hour
6:30 p.m. - Panel and Discussion
7:30 p.m. - Networking
Granite City Food and Brewery
699 W. Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084
Steve Gordon, ’04
Global Visibility Group
A 2004 graduate of Albion, Steve is principal of two growing companies including Global Visibility Group and Bright Black Investments. His main focus is GVG, which he founded in 2007. GVG is a world-class business development, sales and marketing firm in the supply chain arena for the defense, automotive, heavy truck, aerospace and construction equipment industries. Projections for 2014 show over $50 million in sales to be sourced and fulfilled by GVG. He represents some of the most respected and quality driven organizations in the manufacturing and services industries including Toupu, Dusevoir Metal Products, Technology Ventures Inc., Roush, Miller Tool & Die and Promax to name a few. Steve is also committed to giving back to the community. He is the chairman of the USA Cares Michigan Chapter and a board member of the National Defense Industries Association, chairing the STEM Committee which is focused on K-12 education in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. In addition, Steve is actively involved in Habitat for Humanity, assistant coach for the U13 JetBox Baseball Team along with a variety of faith-based organizations. Steve was recently awarded the prestigious Albion College 2014 Young Alumni Award.
Jeffrey Petherick, ’85
After graduating with a B.A. from Albion College in 1985 and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1989, Jeff began his professional career at Masco Corporation, where he became the manager of pension investments. In 1990, Jeff left Masco to become a portfolio manager at Loomis Sayles and Company, a Boston-based money management firm. There Jeff helped co-found the Loomis Sayles Small Cap Fund. In 1994, the fund was recognized as one of the top-funds in the country, earning Jeff publicity on CNBC’s business programs, Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Barron’s and The Wall Street Journal. He was also a regular speaker at mutual fund conferences across the country. With a strong long-term investment record, Jeff left Loomis Sayles in 2000 to form his own company, NorthPointe Capital, with three other partners. Today, NorthPointe Capital manages $1.2 billion in assets for institutional clients. Outside of his work life, Jeff is actively engaged in global missions work. As chairman of the board of Impact India 360, Jeff helped raise funds for the building of a 250-room orphanage in Rajahmundry, India as well as the recent completion of a 70-bed hospital in the community. He currently serves on the board of trustees at Albion College, and the board of directors of BlackLight Power, a private alternative energy company. Jeff and his wife, Gina, are also active in their church.
Susan Sadler, ’77
Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler
Susan Sadler, '77, has more than 33 years of experience in practicing law with a focus on environmental law and toxic tort issues faced by corporations. She represents manufacturing and chemical companies in enforcement actions brought by various state agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has provided legal counsel to clients to ensure their compliance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Endangered Species Act (ESA) and various other related state environmental regulations. She has participated as a consultant to the State of Michigan Stakeholder's Group involved in the rewriting of Michigan's environmental remediation laws. She is a founding member of Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC and is the head of the Environmental Practice Group. She has held various positions on state and federal bar associations pertaining to environmental law and has written on related topics for the ABA and similar professional organizations.