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George L. Germain ’52, published a book called Successence: The Essence of Success, which deals with how to hit the target of success.

Arthur M. Hamparian, D.D.S. ’57, ’62, served as chairperson for the 2010 Michigan Dental Association Spirit of Michigan annual event. He was also recognized by Hour Detroit Magazine as a Top Dentist in Southeastern Michigan for the third year.

Gabrielle Hoefer, RSM ’57, retired as a chaplain at Mercy Medical Center-Dubuque after 17 years.

Mary Cyrilla Jegla, RSM ’55, who has spent the past 34 years serving at Battle Creek’s St. Joseph Parish, is celebrating her 60th year as a Religious Sister of Mercy.

John McDonald ’55, retired as Oakland County Circuit Judge after 17 years on the bench.

Philip A. Studer ’51, received a U.S. patent for a Maglev System, based on his work on magnetic bearings and DC motors at NASA in the 1960s.


Ned Apigian ’66, was elected to the Dearborn Heights City Council where he will serve a one-year term.

Bernie Arends ’69, was appointed to the position of inspection and testing specialist by the National Fire Sprinkler Association. He will work with jurisdictions where NFPA 25 has been adopted to improve its enforcement.

James Brady ’61, was honored by the American Cancer Society’s Board of Ambassadors at the society’s annual Ball of Hope in November for his dedicated service.

Leo Hanifin ’69, ’72, ’76, dean, UDM College of Engineering & Science, was elected as the academic representative on the Governing Board of the Cooperative and Experiential Education Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.

Mary Ellen Howard, RSM ’68, was appointed to the Board of the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, and she is also celebrating 50 years as a Sister of Mercy.

Gloria Ann (Foster) Kalbfleisch ’65, had her book, Reform in Catholic School Board Governance: Monsignor Charles O'Neil D'Amour's Contributions to and Leadership in the Development of a Catholic School Board Model , published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Monica Kostielney, RSM ’60, was awarded the Holy Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Benedict XVI. She recently retired as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Catholic Conference.

Timothy Mosher ’69, retired as president and chief operating officer at Kentucky Power.

Robert Rosowski ’62, chairperson of the Oakwood Foundation Board, was honored with the Jewel Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Larry E. Salci ’69, principal of Salci Consulting, was recognized in Cambridge Who’s Who for his dedication and excellence in business management.

Ronald Styka ’68, retired after 20 years on the Okemos (Michigan) Board of Education, as well as his position as assistant in charge, Michigan Attorney General’s office, where he served nearly 40 years.

Joseph Walsh ’69, retired Ford Motor executive, was named CEO of DMC Legacy Board.


Donna Blair ’75, was appointed a Diplomat in Residence at the University of Houston.

Maura Corrigan ’73, was appointed director of the Michigan Department of Human Services by Gov. Rick Snyder. She had previously served on the Michigan Supreme Court.

Phil Cousineau ’74, published four new books: Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words, The Song of the Open Road, City 21: Reflections on the Second Enlightenment and Beyond Forgiveness: Reflections on Atonement. He is also the host of Link TV’s “Global Spirit,” which premiered on PBS in November 2010.

Kent Engle ’79, won the Ottawa County Circuit Court race and will preside over the family court.

Clay Farrell ’73, an attorney at Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, P. C., was recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for its Leadership in the Law honors. He concentrates his practice on multi-party, complex litigation.

Julie Hyer, O.P. ’75, ’79, was elected to the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and will serve as the Council Administrator.

Sean Keenan ’71, was presented with the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants’ most prestigious award, The Distinguished Achievement Award. He received the award for his outstanding leadership.

Thomas R. McAskin ’73, joined Butzel Long as counsel. He also retired as chief legal officer and vice president at Beaumont Hospitals.

Faye A. Nelson ’75, ’80, president & CEO, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and a member of the UDM Board of Trustees, was honored with the 24th Soul & Spirit Humanitarian Award.

James Norrod ’75, was named president and CEO of Infinite Power Solutions.

Joseph R. Preville ’77, ’79, a lecturer in the Rustaq College of Applied Sciences, Rustaq, Sultanate of Oman, and a contributing writer for The Saudi Gazette, interviewed Prince Turki al Faisal of Saudi Arabia, for an article in The Saudi Gazette. Prince Turki is the son of King Faisal, and the former Saudi Ambassador to the U.S.A. and the United Kingdom.

Cynthia (Kujawa) Roman ’74, was appointed dean of the Health Science Division for Monroe County Community College. She also serves as the college’s director of nursing and is a clinical nurse educator.

Daniel Schneble ’72, began his role as project management - China Escape at Ford Motor Company.

Barbara (Mulawka) Stanbridge ’70, retired as chief executive group chair at Vistage Michigan.

Jonathan P. Wiens ’73, was named president of the American College of Prosthodontists. In addition to his private practice, he is a clinical professor at the UDM School of Dentistry.

Gail M. Wilson ’79, is the new vice president of human resources for the Legal Aid and Defender Association.

Patty Woods ’73, joined Hastings City Bank as branch manager, security officer. She will oversee the customer service and teller departments and serve as the bank’s security officer.


Grant H. Beard ’86, was appointed president and chief executive officer at Constar International Inc.

Robert A. Bovitz ’82, was recognized by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants with their Public Service Award. He was awarded for his dedication to the betterment of his community outside of his role as a CPA.

Beth (Fisk) Gotthelf ’85, an attorney and shareholder with Butzel Long, is one of 20 outstanding attorneys to be named to the 2010 Michigan Women in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Mary (Hardenbergh) Kelly ’81, was appointed interim co-director/dean of the School of Business in addition to department chair of Accounting, Finance and Economics at Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Yvette Harris ’82, was named assistant women’s basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University. As a UDM student, she played three years for the Titan Women’s basketball team.

Robert Herner ’88, was appointed as a trustee of the Bloomfield Hills School Board.

Rich Hollis ’85, was named Easter Seals Michigan’s new senior vice president of finance and operations.

Michael J. Lavoie ’80, an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long, received the Leon Hubbard Community Service Award by the Oakland County Bar Association at its Diversity in the Legal Profession Dinner.

Joseph Luke, D.D.S. ’86, is expanding his dental practice in Lusby, Maryland.

Dan Maggio ’87, joined the FIRST Robotics organization. Maggio previously served as director of UDM’s pre-college programs in the College of Engineering & Science.

Patricia Meehan ’85, completed her Doctorate of Architecture at the University of Paris 8.

Breeda Miller ’80, recently played the character Mother Superior in the Chelsea Area Players production of “Put the Nuns in Charge!”

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Mike Morrison ’87, was named president of Guardian Automotive glass group by Guardian Industries.

Claudia Rast ’86, joined Butzel Long as a shareholder in the firm’s Ann Arbor office.

Ben Razeghi ’81, joined WMH corporation as senior design manager.

William Roberts ’85, who was recently appointed as national commander of the Salvation Army USA, was named to the Odyssey Network’s Board of Trustees.

David Russell ’86, co-owner of Westvon Publishing LLC, was appointed to an adjunct teaching position at Mercer University in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Paul W. Santoro ’85, is serving a one-year term as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Francis Scislowicz ’80, a softball coach at Rochester Adams High School, was inducted into the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Michael Sullivan ’83, an attorney at Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, was selected for inclusion in the 17th edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2011. He maintains an active general civil litigation practice.

Kevin Summers ’82, joined Dean & Fulkerson law firm as a shareholder.

Michael J. Tierney ’80, was appointed executive vice president & managing director, retail banking, at Flagstar Bank.

Marc S. Wilson ’86, was promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve by U.S. Sen. Carl Levin while serving on active-duty status deployed to Afghanistan. Wilson serves as the Coalition-Joint Chief for Campaign Resources/Forces Manager.

Brian K. Zahra ’87, was recently named a justice for the Michigan Supreme Court by Gov. Rick Snyder.


Matthew Ball ’97, a pianist, performed a benefit concert for the Royal Oak Children’s Choir.

Sheri A. Benchetrit ’92, an immigration attorney with Stok & Associates, P.A., was named “Lawyer of the Month” by Lawyers to the Rescue, a charitable organization dedicated to legal assistance and humanitarian support to people around the world in times of crisis.

Theodore G. Coutilish ’94, associate vice president, Division of Communication, Eastern Michigan University, joined the National Fragile X Foundation board.

Sean FitzGerald ’91, was appointed vice president of legal affairs and government relations by Bowling Green State University.

David W. Geiss ’92, vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary at Perceptron, Inc., was appointed to the Board of Directors of RAM Reinsurance Company Ltd.

Christian Hauser ’97, was named a partner of Frasco Caponigro Wineman & Scheible, PLLC.

Tina (Sheets) Horn ’90, joined Enterprise Community Partners in the Knowledge, Impact and Strategy Team as program director, data analysis and management.

Richard C. Johnson ’90, was promoted to vice president, customer relationship management at Kaleidoscope Sports and Entertainment.

Demi Kazanis, D.D.S. ’99, recently appeared on the TLC television show “My Strange Addiction.” Kazanis and her staff treated a patient at her dental practice as part of the show.

Kim Kelsey ’98, writer and performer of “Bag Lady, a One Woman Show of a Woman and the Purses She’s Carried Throughout Her Lifetime,” performed three times in the Detroit area.

Mark Kleinlein ’95, was named senior vice president in the Global Aviation Specialty practice at Aon.

Robert Madeira ’95, was appointed vice president of heat treating at Inductoheat, Inc., where he is responsible for managing customer’s needs, leadership of the company’s business strategies and spearheading the North American sales efforts.

Michael G. Malkowski ’91, received a $6.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health in support of his work to establish the Membrane Protein Structural Biology Consortium. He is the senior research scientist at the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute and assistant professor of Structural Biology at the University at Buffalo.

Janice Suchan ’94, a principal at SHW Group, was named Young Architect of the Year by the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Greg Trzaskoma ’94, a UDM  adjunct professor of Theatre, performed as Guard Peterson in the recent motion picture STONE.


Arpita Bathani ’08, was named assistant general counsel at Aveta Inc.

Michael Campbell ’08, joined Donald McGinnis, Jr., P. C. as an intern.

Stephanie L. Caskey ’01, allied health instructor for Dorsey Schools, was recognized by Cambridge Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, excellence and leadership in nursing management and teaching.

Kenneth Chapie ’03, was elected shareholder of Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C.

Daniel Clement, D.D.S. ’09, joined the staff of Health Delivery Inc. in Bay City, Mich.

Catherine Geisler, D.D.S. ’08, joined Gentle Caring Dentistry in Freemont, Ohio.

Kenneth Hemler ’04, a member of the UDM School of Law and College of Business Administration alumni boards, accepted a position as an in-house attorney with The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Mich.

Sarah Jaeger ’05, recently joined Saginaw based news station WNEM-TV5.

Jessica Kimmel ’05, recently joined the Clarkston School District as an assistant facility manager, which includes facilities, maintenance and energy manager.

Asad M. Malik ’02, vice president of Finance, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital, was honored with the Community Service Award from the Pakistan Association of America for his dedicated support to civic and community activities for the Pakistani American community.

Robert Jay Martin ’00, invented an “app” for Apple iPods, iPads, and iPhones called the iLog1 that allows users to digitally document and track their diet, workouts, sleep habits, house/school work and mood.

Lauren A. McAuley ’07, ’10, accepted a position as associate attorney at the Christopher J. Trainor & Associates law firm. She is a member of the firm’s civil litigation practice.

Brinn Phillips-Draughn ’06, joined Universal McCann as a communications planner.

Hope V. Shovein ’03, an attorney at Brooks Kushman PC, was named an “Up & Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for her work in trademark law.

Amy M. Szewczyk ’07, received her commission as a naval officer after completing Officer Candidate School at Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, RI.

Carla (Edison) Thompson ’03, has written the book, The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety, Safety Tips for Women on the Go, a handbook of safety tips.

Christopher D. Thorpe ’04, joined Iaconis Law Office, PLLC as an associate attorney. His practice focuses on real estate, criminal defense, family law, labor and employment matters.

Meghan Tonjes ’08, recently performed as a singer on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on NBC television.

Rebecca Westrate ’07, was named as the new principal of Hamtramck High School.


David Byrne ’10, was a contestant on the Golf Channel’s Big Break reality show.

Brigid Mulroy ’10, began her professional basketball career last fall with the German team, Wasserburg.

Krista Pauly ’10, accepted a one-year residency at Tufts University in Boston, Ma., specializing in hospital-based dentistry and working with special-needs patients.