Alumni Class Notes

1950s

Dorean Marguerite (Hurley) Koenig  ’56, ’67 was inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in October 2010. This life achievement award reflects her career of dedicated service and achievement in the areas of law and education.

1960s

Anthony J. Costantini ’69, a partner at Duane Morris LLP, was a speaker for The Knowledge Congress’ Conquer the New World of 403(b) Retirement Plans Live Webcast.

Rev. Edward J. Prus ’66, a senior priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Prus resides at St. James Parish in Ferndale. 

David W. Sommerfeld ’63, an attorney at Butzel Long law firm, was recognized as a Detroit 2011 Five Star Wealth Manager as a result of a survey completed by HOUR Detroit magazine, DBusiness magazine and Five Star Professional. This is the second year that Sommerfeld has been named to the list of Five Star Wealth Managers.

1970s

James M. Gibbons ’72 was appointed principal of Livonia Stevenson High School (Michigan).

Marty Habalewsky ’75 joined United Way of St. Clair County as a fund-raising specialist.

Msgr. Donald Hanchon ’72 was named auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Msgr. Hanchon currently serves as episcopal vicar for the archdiocese’s Central Region.

Bruce N. Hawthorne ’73 was appointed corporate vice president, general counsel and secretary of Huntington Ingalls Industries, Inc.

Dean Mersky, D.D.S. ’76 recently joined Thayer Dental Laboratory in Pennsylvania as an implant coordinator.

Frank Migliazzo ’79, a certified financial planner with Merrill Lynch, was recognized on “America’s Top 1,000 Advisors: State-by-State” list in the February 21 issue of Barron’s magazine. This is his second year on the list. 

Fred Peltier ’73, ’74 was named 2011 Architect of the Year by the Toledo, Ohio chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

James A. Wolfe, ’74, CEO of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, received an honorary doctorate in business administration from Goldey-Beacon College during its Commencement exercises in April.

1980s

Liane Connelly ’85 was selected as assistant dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Nursing Northern Division. She also holds the position of associate professor.

Michael P. Dean ’81, an attorney, has opened his solo practice in Berkley, Mich.

Marita Grobbel ’81 recently joined Huntington Bank as senior trust officer in Southeastern Michigan.

Deborah Hebert ’81 was promoted to partner at Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, P.C. law firm.

Charlotte (Hawkins) Johnson ’85 was named dean of the college at Dartmouth College. In this role, she serves as the college’s senior student affairs officer.

D. Lynn Kelley ’88 was named vice president–continuous improvement at Union Pacific Corporation.

Thomas P. Kenny ’89, ’95 was named portfolio manager at Seizert Capital Partners, where he will help oversee the firm’s family of investment products.

Mark Keschl ’80 recently joined Colliers International, a commercial real estate services company, as national director of retail.

Johann F. Kolling ’80 was appointed vice president, tax administration at PPG Industries. He previously served as director, U.S. taxes and will work out of the Pittsburgh, Ohio global headquarters.

Timothy Montgomery ’82, ’84 was appointed the assistant director of services for students with disabilities at Northwestern University-Chicago.

Roxana Panah ’88 joined the family law offices of Annette J. Benson & Associates in Bingham Farms as a divorce and family law attorney.

David Scurto ’85, ’03 was named as a principal owner at Carlisle/Wortman Associates, where he served as an associate since 2007.

Michele (Griggs) Vasconcellos ’89, director of Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency’s Customer Service Department, was named Professional of the Year by The Arc Detroit

Robert Zakem ’80 recently joined RidgeWorth Investments as chief compliance officer and general counsel.

1990s

Susan M. Ameel ’98 joined Seward & Kissel LLP as counsel in the investment management group. She focuses on advising financial entities including broker-dealers, banks, hedge funds and investment advisers.

James Biernat, Jr. ’97 was sworn in as a Macomb County Circuit Court judge.

Eric T. Carver ’92 a member of Dykema’s taxation and estate and corporate finance departments, was elected secretary and treasurer of the Financial and Estate Planning Council of Metropolitan Detroit.

Peter DeBoer ’95 was named head coach of the New Jersey Devils NHL hockey team.

David Grubb ’92, a partner in the professional standards group at Plante & Moran, PLLC, served as a panelist in a roundtable on International Financial Reporting Standards, held in July in Washington, D.C. by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Hon. Jennifer A. Coleman Hesson ’95 took office in January at the 33rd District Court in Woodhaven, Mich.

Jeff Crites ’97 was named general manager of architecture at Slocum Architects.

Kevin Mondro ’97 was named an assistant men’s basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University.

Turkia Awada Mullin ’96, assistant Wayne County executive, has been named the new CEO of Detroit Metro Airport.

Lori L. Susalla Oancea ’90 recently joined Michigan Financial Companies as director of development. 

Paul J. Proulx ’96, an associate at Cozen O’Connor, was recently made a member at the law firm.

Pramada Reddy ’94 was named executive director of strategic communications for Consumer Energy.

Steven M. Rios ’98 was appointed the new school leader for junior and high school curriculum at Lake Erie Academy in Toledo, Ohio.

Hon. Kathleen A. Ryan ’96 was sworn in on Jan. 11 as an Oakland County (Mich.) Probate judge.

2000s

Rebecca Baibak ’06 was promoted to principal at Integrus Architecture.

Nora K. Burns ’01 graduated in June from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree in Osteopathic Medicine.

Vincent P. Condon ’06 was honored with the Friends of the Legal Aid and Defender Association (LADA), Inc. Award for 2010. LADA gives the award to only one attorney each year to honor those who have demonstrated a commitment to LADA’s principles and values. Condon has been volunteering for several years, giving as many as 361 pro-bono hours in one year to the organization.

Nicole DiNardo ’02 joined Dykema’s automotive industry group as an associate. She focuses her practice on product liability defense (particularly automobiles, trucks, recreational vehicles, and industrial equipment).

Zenna Faraj Elhasan ’04, a partner at Allen Brothers, attorneys and counselors, was appointed magistrate and probation director of the 20th District Court in Dearborn Heights.

Joan L. Fitzgerald ’02 was appointed principal of the Ladywood Community of Faith and Learning.

Roxana Gale ’09 recently joined Butzel Long law firm as an associate. She focuses her practice on real estate.

Ziyad I. Hermiz ’08, an attorney at Butzel Long, was elected vice president of the Chaldean American Bar Association.

Victoria Hornick-Resinski ’06 received the American Chemical Society’s Salute to Excellence Award.

Charley G. Jackson, Jr. ’06 was appointed to the board of trustees for Macomb Community College.

Eula J. Johnson ’03 was recently admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar by Chief Justice Roberts before the full Court in Washington, D.C.

Brian Michalkow, D.D.S. ’03 recently opened Michalkow Orthodontics in Fenton, Mich.

Leslie L. Morgan ’01 was promoted to associate librarian at the University of Notre Dame.

Katie L. Pidsosny ’06, ’09 recently joined Southern Guilford High School in Greensboro, N.C., where she teaches ninth grade mathematics.

Christopher W. Quinn, II ’00 recently joined Lawyer Central Network as an Elite Attorney.

Nicholas M. Ritts ’01 recently purchased Tom’s Oyster Bar in Royal Oak, Mich. He also owns Tax Results, a tax settlement firm in Mt. Clemens, and Terry’s Terrace restaurant in Harrison, Township.

Meghan Tonjes ’08 recently won $35,000 and a four-day trip to a creator camp in New York City as one of 25 winners of YouTube’s NextUp contest, an initiative designed to help video creators boost their careers.

Shalita Williams ’01, ’09, a social worker for Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boys & Girls Town of Missouri, was recently appointed to the board of directors for True North.