a DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI
YOUNG ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENT
Kurt Darrow ’77
Ashley Kalinski Curren ’10, Ph.D.
Nate Smith ’81
For an extraordinary career in business as a dynamic leader and innovator, for ongoing support of Adrian College and for dedicated service to his community at large.
For her significant contributions to the field of neural repair, ongoing collaborative research and the pursuit of improving the lives of those affected by injury and disease.
For 37 years with La-Z-Boy, Inc., a major corporation in the furniture industry, Kurt has been involved in the transition, growth and development, and repositioning and expansion of the brand among consumers. He also serves on the board and executive committee of Business Leaders of Michigan, whose work focuses on developing strategy, raising awareness, advocating policy and supporting initiatives toward economic growth to benefit the state and its residents. Kurt served the College on its Board of Trustees for nearly 10 years and continues to offer his expertise and insight. He is a member of the Board of Directors for CMS Energy Corporation and ProMedica Board of Trustees and serves as chairman of the ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. Kurt and his wife, Renee, enjoy their extended family, are active in their local church and community, and support a variety of local and national philanthropic organizations.
Ashley earned her Ph.D. in biological sciences from Drexel University, where she did post-graduate research with Jeffery Twiss, M.D., Ph.D., in the field of neural repair. She continued post-doctoral work under Dr. Twiss and is now conducting research in the lab of Roman Giger, Ph.D., at the University of Michigan, focusing on the role the immune system may play on regeneration. Outside of the lab, she intentionally promotes STEM education and awareness and has served in various roles to work with middle school and high school students through science fairs. Most recently, she served as the director of judging for the Southeastern Michigan Science Fair, where she was able to interact with students, teachers and scientists to critique and promote student projects. She and husband Sean Curren ’10 are parents of a daughter, Allie, nearly two years old.
Monroe, Mich. Chairman, President & CEO La-Z-Boy Inc.
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Garden City, Mich. Postdoctoral Research Fellow University of Michigan Medical School
Tecumseh, Mich. Senior Vice President Commercial Relationship Mgr. Old National Bank For meaningful support, dedication and service to Adrian College, its alumni and the greater campus community and for sharing broadly his passion for his alma mater. Nate has been in the financial industry for most of his career and has served his community through many civic, social and club affiliations in active member and leadership roles. Serving five terms on the College’s Alumni Board, and as president, Nate was influential in alumni relations, communication and fundraising. Most recently, he reached out to Adrian College choir alumni to support a named room and scholarship in honor of the late music professor and choir director Dr. Art Jones. He has helped raise funds for a variety of causes and devoted countless hours to bettering the community through organizations including Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Adrian Rotary Club, ARC of Lenawee, United Way, Lenawee Community Mental Health Authority, the Croswell Opera House and the Adrian Symphony Orchestra. He and wife Kathy Lewis Smith ’81 are proud parents of two sons: Adam and AC graduate Jason Smith ’14.