Alumni Class Notes


Don A. Binkowski ’57, had his biography selected by Marquis Who’s Who for inclusion in the 2011 edition of Who’s Who in America. He also recently published vol. 2 of his book, Tolerated But Never Accepted: Polish American Officials of Michigan and Politics in a World Political Perspective.

Mario Trafeli, Jr., D.D.S. ’54, was recently inducted into the U.S. Speedskating Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held May 1 in Richmond, Va.


Richard J. Elmer, CSB ’68, was named principal of St. Catherine of Siena Academy in Wixom, Mich. He retired in June as president of Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi.

Maureen A. Fay, O.P. ’66, president emerita of University of Detroit Mercy, was elected to serve a one-year term on the corporate board of directors of Kelly Services.

Thomas Olkowski ’64, ’66, recently had a chapter, “The Effects of Moving of Families,” accepted for publication in the upcoming Encyclopedia of Family Health (Sage Publications). He is also planning on retirement later this year after 33 years in private practice as a clinical psychologist in Denver, Co.

Robert J. Pliska ’69, managing director, Sperry Van Ness, was honored with the Humanitarian Award at the Sperry Van Ness 2010 National Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. He received the award for his longtime support of charitable organizations and continual involvement with civic and community activities.

Richard Widgren ’66, CFO of Urban Science, was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as a top CFO in southeast Michigan. He accepted the honor June 16, at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.


Thomas L. Dues ’73, architectural group manager in the Dayton, Ohio office of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, has been certified as a project management professional by the Project Management Institute.

Fares M. Elias, D.D.S. ’78, was inducted as president of the Academy of General Dentistry.

James Hammar ’73, joined Miromar Realty as a broker associate.

Robert T. King ’73, was elected president of the United Auto Workers in June 2010.

Daniel P. Malone ’78, joined the firm of Dykema Gossett PLLC as director of Asian Client Initiative and of counsel in the Detroit office. His practice focuses on litigation matters, particularly with respect to automotive and product liability.

Mark S. Massa, S.J., ’73, has been appointed dean of Boston College’s School of Theology & Ministry. Previous to this position, Fr. Massa served as the Karl Rahner Distinguished Professor of Theology and co-director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University.

Philip Matich, M.D. ’75, was named vice president of medical affairs at St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron.

James McCann, S.J., ’72, was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the next rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute.

Rev. Leann (Bozian) McConchie ’78, graduated in May from Medaille College, Buffalo, N.Y., with a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling.

Frank Migliazzo ’79, a private wealth advisor for Merrill Lynch in Auburn Hills, was recently recognized on America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State list in the February 22 issue of Barron’s magazine.

Hon. Susan M. Moiseev ’76, of the 46th District Court, recently concluded her term as president of the Michigan District Judges Association.

James Timberlake ’74, of Kiernan Timberlake architecture firm in Philadelphia, submitted a design that was selected by the State Department for the new United States Embassy in London, England. The new embassy will be relocated from Grosvenor Square in central London to a light-industry zone south of the Thames River. The old embassy was designed by Eero Saarinen.

A.J. Wagner ’78, a former automotive executive and now president and CEO of AJ Wagner Associates, was appointed to the executive advisory board of Lap Belt Cinch, Inc.


Larry Angelilli ’81, recently joined Hudson Advisors LLC in Houston, Texas as director of Underwriting. Hudson Advisors is a full-service commercial mortgage servicer and real estate asset manager.

Tim Brady ’81, recently accepted a position as president and CEO of Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Louisville, Ky. He was also elected as a board member to the National Association of Psychiatric Hospital Systems and received board re-certification as a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Susan (Olkowski) Gillooly ’88, assistant United States Attorney, was appointed to the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee and the State Bar of Michigan Judicial Qualifications Committee.

David R. Hill ’83, was named director of Concord Academy of Petoskey, Mich.

Russell Homic ’84, was ordained as a transitional deacon for the Catholic Diocese of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Amy (Cole) Kranker ’89, was appointed executive vice president of Cole Carbide Industries.

Kathleen (Klein) Lang ’82, was appointed director of Strategic Development by Dickinson Wright. She also co-chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee and is a partner in the firm’s Detroit office.

Patrick E. Nemecek ’81, was recently named director of Public Safety in Canton, Mich. He is responsible for the planning, administering and developing of Canton’s Police and Fire Departments.

Brian Anse Patrick ’87, ’91, associate professor of communication at University of Toledo, has published Rise of the Anti-Media: In-forming America’s Concealed Weapon Carry Movement.

Janice Gilbert Rushton ’84, ’09, recently began working in Internal Medicine at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit and is enjoying the transition from law (21 years as inhouse counsel at Kelly Services, Inc. in Troy, Mich.) to medicine.

Michael A. Stone ’89, director of the joint staff at the Lansing-based Joint Force Headquarters, was appointed to the rank of brigadier general in the Michigan Army National Guard. He has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for nearly 23 years. Stone is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Iraqi Freedom. During each tour, he served as a military police officer. During his military career, he has received awards including a Bronze Star Medal, Army Meritorious Unit Citation with one bronze oak leaf cluster, Army Superior Award, First Canadian Division Commanders Award and the Meritorious Service Medal with two bronze oak leaf clusters.

Robert F. Wardrop II, ’80, a bankruptcy attorney at Wardrop & Wardrop P.C., was appointed to Central Michigan University’s Board of Control by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Margaret Werabelski ‘89, recently joined Community Living Services in Wayne, Mich. as a property and accountant specialist.


Bacari Alexander ’99, has joined the University of Michigan Basketball program as an assistant coach.

David C. Anderson ’98, a partner at Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff P.C., was re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Oakland County Bar Association.

Jeffrey T. Baker, D.D.S. ’90, was named one of Hour Detroit magazine’s Top Dentists.

M. Scott Bowen ’90, was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as a U.S. Attorney for the western district of Michigan. Bowen most recently was the Commissioner of the Michigan State Lottery Bureau.

Keith J. Brodie ’94, was elected partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Grand Rapids, Mich., where he concentrates on labor and employment law, counseling and assisting clients in the development of workplace policies and procedures, as well as the training of managers and supervisors.

Jerri Ann (Tracy) Buxton, D.D.S ’90, recently joined Amherstburg Dental Associates in Amherstburg, Ontario.

Bruce Dubin, D.O., ’93, was named dean of Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colo.

Fredericka Jackson ’93, ’97, a licensed psychologist and certified advanced addictions counselor, recently opened Turn The Page Counseling Services in Clinton Township, Mich.

Michael Jackson ’95, is joining the Purdue University basketball staff. He previously served as UDM Titans assistant coach for five years, followed by coaching roles with University of Dayton and University of Michigan.

Timothy J. Klisz ’96, recently opened the Klisz Law Office, PLLC in Livonia, Mich.

Christopher Kubik ’92, assistant professor and chair of Business Administration at Colby-Sawyer College in Hanover, N.H., was honored by the college with the Jack Jensen Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award recognizes “the fundamental importance of the quality of teaching and celebrates those who dedicate themselves to the teaching profession.”

Michael G. Latiff ’94, joined the Detroit office of McDonald Hopkins Law Firm.

Scott A. MacGriff ’96, joined the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, National Courts Section in Washington, D.C.

Michael J. Philbrick ’97, was promoted to shareholder at Hall Render. He focuses his practice on health care corporate transactions, physician contracting, nonprofit tax issues, and legislative initiatives.

James L. Rainey III ’95, ’97, recently defended his dissertation, “A Process Improvement Model for Improving Problem Resolution Tracking in Data Centers,” at Lawrence Technological University.

Meghan Kennedy Riordan ’90, joined the law firm of Kerr, Russell and Weber, PLC in Detroit. She will lead the firm’s immigration practice.

Janet (Crockett) Saura ’93, was promoted to senior vice president and deputy general counsel at Lowe’s Companies, Inc.


Kellie R. Bylica ’08, was hired by Jenner & Block as a staff attorney in the firm’s Chicago Litigation Department. She has experience in various areas of litigation, including mass torts, product liability, contracts and intellectual property.

Vichit Chea ’09, joined Dykema as an associate in the Bloomfield Hills, Mich. office. His practice focuses on intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent and trademark prosecution, patent litigation, and advising clients on advanced design and risk assessment.

Willie Green ’03, former Detroit Titan basketball player and now a guard for the Philadelphia 76ers, recently coached his seventh annual “Willie Green Homecoming Camp” for area youths at Calihan Hall.

Kevin D. Kijewski ’03, graduated from the Michigan State University College of Law this past May.

Patrick C. Lannen ’09, joined Plunkett Cooney as an associate. He is a member of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group and will focus his practice on commerical litigation, financial services liability and banking and creditors’ rights.

Amelia (Quayle) Linnemann ’03, received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Wayne State University. She obtained a post-doctoral research position at the University of Wisconsin in Madison with both the department of Pharmacology and the Cardiovascular Research Center.

Scott Linnemann ’06, was named business systems coordinator at Stafford Rosenbaum LLP.

Carla S. Machnik ’00, was promoted to principal in Miller Canfield’s Detroit office. She specializes in cross-border representation of financial institutions in Canada and the United States.

Craig S. Parsons ’03, recently joined Shiloh Industries as vice president, sales and business development.

Carl E. Pate, Jr., ’09, was named an associate in the Office of General Counsel at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. As a member of the Government Programs Practice Group, he practices primarily in the areas of pharmacy services and Medicare Part D.

Herman K. Phlegm ’01, recently had his book, The Role of the Chemist in Automotive Design, published by Taylor and Francis Books.

James Schafer ’08, an attorney in Birmingham, Mich. and an amateur poker player, became the highest Michigan finisher after competing in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event in Las Vegas, Nev.

Daedra (Watt) Surowiec ’00, created a new business, Strawsome, which produces unique, environmentally friendly, non-toxic reusable drinking straws made with borosilicate glass tubing, which is virtually unbreakable.

Dawn (Geraldo) Yeaton ’09, joined Dykema as an associate in the Bloomfield Hills, Mich. office. She focuses on all aspects of real estate law, including acquisition and disposition, workout and restructuring, leasing, commercial finance, due diligence and real estate litigation.

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