DAA Winner: Kathryn Koegel, '78

Albion College Distinguished Alumni Award winner Kathryn Koegel, '78

With an unrelenting focus on other individuals as well as the community at large, Kathryn Koegel continues to make an impact on the lives of many Flint, Michigan, residents.

She received her bachelor's degree from Albion in 1978, and immediately became a financial assistant at her family's company, Koegel Meats, which by then was already a Michigan institution, having been launched by her grandfather, Albert, in 1916. It wasn't her first job at the place that was already a second home of sorts: during the summer months of her Albion career, she gained experience in the packaging department.

It wasn't long before she found her true niche with the company, as its No. 1 people person. Today as vice president, she oversees operations, which includes a particular focus on employee relations. Over the course of three decades, she has also led efforts in consumer relations and community outreach, executing projects on behalf of the company. Koegel's day-to-day leadership has kept the company thriving to the tune of 250,000 pounds of frankfurters and lunch meats produced and distributed every week.

Kathryn Koegel's commitment to Flint extends well outside the factory. She is an active supporter of both the Flint Institute of Music and the Flint Institute of Arts, and has served in leadership roles with the Junior League of Flint, the Genesee County Historical Society, and the McLaren Regional Medical Center Foundation. Koegel also played a key role in building and managing Penny Whistle Place, a beloved children's playground.

The YWCA of Flint recognized Koegel's efforts by presenting her its Women of Achievement award.

In the time she does set aside for herself, Koegel enjoys travel, reading, sewing, and skiing. She resides in Flint, Michigan.