Alumni Class Notes

1940s

Betty Jane (Harrington) Grant ’44 will celebrate her 90th birthday in May 2013.

1950s

William J. Giovan ’58, a Detroit attorney and former Chief Judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court, was elected chair of the newly formed Wayne County Ethics Board.

Elmore Leonard ’50 was awarded the 2012 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters by the National Book Foundation. The award, presented on Nov. 14, 2012 in New York City, recognizes his outstanding achievement in fiction writing. Also, the 1957 film adaptation for Leonard's short story 3:10 to Yuma was one of 25 films to be added to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for 2012 and was chosen for preservation because of its cinematic importance and lasting cultural significance.

Gerald Ziemba ’57 announced his retirement from the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he served for 17 years as program manager of Chemical Weapons Convention Inspection Management Teams, which hosted international inspections of U.S. chemical plants. Prior to that role, he retired from DowElanco as supply-chain manager and as a colonel in the Chemical Corps in the U.S. Army Reserves, among several other positions throughout his career.

1960s

Joseph A. Drobot, Jr. ’62, ’64, president of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America and chairman of the board of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago, Il., was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland during an event to commemorate the 94th anniversary of Polish Independence Day.

1970s

James Bearden ’72, a partner with Bearden, Lewis & Thomas, LLP law firm in Boca Raton, Fla., was elected to the board of directors for the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre.

Konah Blackett '72 was appointed the Liberian ambassador to Kuwait. He previously served as ambassador to the United States, United Nations and Egypt.

Cynthia (Bruce) Canty ’75, a longtime morning radio voice in Detroit, is now the host of “Stateside with Cynthia Canty” on Michigan Radio. The show explores a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues—as well as culture and lifestyle stories. Canty is a member of the CLAE Alumni Board.

Robert W. Carson ’73, senior partner at McIntosh, McColl, Carson and Strickler law firm, was recognized as the St. Clair County Community College Distinguished Alumnus of the Year.

Jane Colombo '79 was appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates.

Rev. Kenneth Crouch ’76 recently retired from Mayflower United Church of Christ in Billings, Mo. He was elected to the Billings City Council and enjoys more time to be involved in community theater.

Timothy J. Currier ’78, an attorney at Beier Howlett P.C., was honored as Distinguished Municipal Attorney of the Year by the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys.

Robert Graziani ’75, an attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness magazine's Top Lawyers 2013.

Lisa Sommers Gretchko ’79, an attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness magazine's Top Lawyers 2013.

Mary Gutzi ’75 joined the cast of ABC's "Last Resort.”

Warren R. Hill ’75 was named a Fellow by ABET, an accreditor for college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.

David Kurtz, Jr. '78 was reappointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the Workers' Compensation Board of Magistrates.

John E. Kyees ’74 was appointed to the board of directors at Rackwise, Inc.

Michael Lens ’74 was named senior engineer at Giffels Webster.

John D. Lewis ’74, managing director of Donnelly Penman & Partners, was appointed a director of Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. and Flagstar Bank and will serve as non-executive chairman of their boards of directors. Lewis also serves as chair of UDM's Board of Trustees.

Daniel P. Malone ’78, an attorney at Butzel Long, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 by DBusiness magazine.

Bahman Mirshab ’75, a former dean of UDM’s College of Business Administration, was named dean of the College of Management at Lawrence Technological University.

Faye (Alexander) Nelson ’75, ’80, former member of the UDM Board of Trustees, received the Lifelong Leadership Award during the 2012 Leadership Detroit Awards in October. The award was presented by the Detroit Regional Chamber and Leadership Detroit.

Joseph A. Schenk ’79 was named operating executive in the global financial services group at The Carlyle Group.

Cathy ’71, ’75 and Norm ’70, ’75 Schmitt were honored as the University of Detroit Mercy Distinguished Volunteers on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 14.

David M. Thoms ’79, a principal in the Troy, Mich. office of Miller Canfield law firm, was re-elected for a one-year term as president of the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe.

William Wales '72, '73 recently joined the litigation and corporate departments of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Wales is a member of the UDM College of Engineering & Science Advisory Board.

1980s

Anita Barone '86 portrays Georgia Jones, the mother of Flynn & CeCe Jones on The Disney Channel show "Shake It Up." She has been in this role since 2010.

Matthew P. Cullen ’83, president and COO of Rock Ventures, received the Edmund T. Ahee Jewel Award for Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser from the Greater Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on National Philanthropy Day, Nov. 14.

Maryanne (Bridget) Dunleavy ’88 was named senior vice president and banking manager at Bank of Ann Arbor.

Beth (Fisk) Gotthelf ’85, an attorney at Butzel Long, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 by DBusiness magazine.

Jennifer A. Harte, D.D.S. ’88 was awarded the Dr. James J. Crawford Award for 2012, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of dental infection control. Harte recently retired after 20 years of service as a Colonel in the United States Air Force, where she served as the military consultant to the Air Force Surgeon General for Dental Infection Control for the past 10 years.

Mickey Jacob ’81, ’82, managing principal at Urban Studio Architects in Tampa, Fla. was recently inaugurated as the 89th president of the American Institute of Architects.

Michael J. Lavoie ’81, an attorney at Butzel Long, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 by DBusiness magazine.

Brian Lemon ’80 was named president of Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill.

Claudia Rast ’86, an attorney at Butzel Long, was recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit 2013 by DBusiness magazine.

Frank A. Scerbo ’80 recently joined Loose, Brown & Associates, P.C.

Bob Socia ’82 was appointed president of GM China and chief country operations officer of China, India and Southeast Asia.

Nancy Susick ’86, president of Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Mich., was the keynote speaker at the annual Troy Veterans Day Ceremony.

Michael J. Tierney ’80 was appointed president of Flagstar Bank and Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. and CEO of each entity.

1990s

Dean Amburn ’92, an attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness magazine's Top Lawyers 2013.

John T. Below '93 was appointed to Kotz Sangster Wysocki P.C.'s Executive Leadership Council. Below is a group leader in the firm's labor and employment and financial services - litigation practice groups.

Nicholas J. Bournias, D.D.S. ’90, co-director of the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at Mott Children's/Hurley Hospital in Flint, Mich., was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the 19-member Michigan Board of Dentistry.

Theodore Coutilish ’95 and his wife Mary Beth Langan ’87, ’99 received the Halstead-Bresnahan Family Award at the 13th Annual International Fragile X Conference in Miami, Fla., July 27. The award recognizes those who make a profound difference to families affected by Fragile X Syndrome.

Jennifer Deegan ’96 joined Stroup Erhart and Lyons law firm in Petoskey, Mich. She focuses her practice on family law, divorce, criminal law, juvenile proceedings and general law.

Joseph R. Fabiano II ’96, principal of Fabiano Brothers Inc., was named a 2012 Business Hall of Fame Rising Star by Junior Achievement of Central Michigan.

Phillip D. Fracassa ’90, ’96 was appointed senior vice president of planning and development at the Timken Company.

Jeff Hadden ’98 recently retired as deputy editor of The Detroit News editorial page.

Jeffrey Johnson ’97, senior associate at Integrated Design Solutions, was awarded the AIA Detroit Young Architect of the Year Award for 2012.

John P. Keegan ’91 was named managing director, head of private wealth, for the Michigan region at The PrivateBank.

Keegan-Michael Key ’93 began the second season of his Comedy Central series, "Key and Peele."

Austin Marshall ’90, a professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso, taught Waste Management Technologies at Hue University during the fall 2012 semester as one of nine American professors selected to teach at Vietnamese universities by the Vietnam Education Foundation as part of its U.S. Faculty Scholar Program.

Patrick M. McCarthy ’94, an attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness magazine's Top Lawyers 2013.

Greg A. Osborne ’97 was promoted to director of civil engineering at Epstein, a Chicago-based architecture, interiors, engineering and construction firm.

Rhett Rowe ’91 was appointed senior regional marketing director at Great Lakes Business Credit in Troy, Mich.

2000s

Nicole Anaejionu ’04 joined Harpo Studios as a media relations coordinator.

Menhem Aouad ’04 accepted the position of director of special education and student support services with the Madison District Public Schools in Madison Heights, Mich.

Daniel Assenmacher ’00 recently accepted a new position as senior account manager for Borg Warner Emission Systems.

Hilary A. Ballentine ’06, an attorney at Plunkett Cooney law firm, was honored as a "Rising Star" by Michigan Super Lawyers magazine.

Doug Callahan ’05 was named president and chief operating officer of MMI Engineered Solutions in Saline, Mich.

Bernard J. Fuhs ’03, ’06, an attorney at Butzel Long, was named to Crain's Detroit Business' 2012 Class of "40 Under 40." He was also named to Brooks' Elite 40 Under 40 Class of 2013.

Andrew Hayner ’08, ’09 recently joined Southfield-based Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss as an associate and a member of the corporate practice group.

Dominica Hooper, O.P. ’07, formerly known as Andrea Hooper, is now a member of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. She made her first profession of vows on Aug. 3, 2012 at Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor, Mich. What follows will be a three-year period of poverty, chastity and obedience. She will again profess temporary vows for two more years, and five years from now, she will make her perpetual vows.

J. Patrick Howe ’05, an attorney at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, was named to DBusiness magazine's Top Lawyers 2013.

Asad Malik '02, president and CEO of Amerilodge Group in Rochester Hills, Mich., was honored as one of DBusiness magazine's "30 in their thirties."

Jaime Moyer ’01 teaches at the Second City Hollywood Training Center.

Thomas Nafso '09 recently joined Attorney General Bill Schuette's Office as an assistant attorney general. He previously served as assistant prosecuting attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

John T. Schuring ’06, an associate at Dickinson Wright PLLC, was selected as a 2012 Up & Coming Lawyer Honoree by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Megan Stowers, D.D.S. ’07 joined Hurley Medical Center as a pediatric dentist.

2010s

Natalie DeBoer ’12 was awarded the 2012 Dean's Scholarship by the UDM School of Law. The scholarship is awarded to incoming law students who exhibit academic excellence.

David Dwencke ’12 was awarded the 2012 Dean's Scholarship by the UDM School of Law. The scholarship is awarded to incoming law students who exhibit academic excellence.

Maria Ibarra-Frayre ’12 recently began serving as a Jesuit volunteer at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, (Wis.) through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Vicky Keys ’12 published, "When Tragedy is Our Own" in the Journal of Christian Nursing.

Michael Martinez ’12 was hired as a regular writer for The Detroit News. A recent graduate in Communication Studies and History, he is the former editor of the Varsity News at UDM.  Previously an intern with the News, his cover story on how the hockey strike affected Detroit businesses ran on the front page of the News on the day the NHL strike ended.

Trevor Pawl ’11, program director at the Detroit Regional Chamber, was recognized among the "40 Under 40" by Crain's Detroit Business.

Susan Schedler ’12 presented a poster at the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist on her healthcare systems program project, “Patient Safety Video and Teachback Method.”

Mary Sclabassi ’11 was appointed chief of police for the City of Taylor (Mich.). The appointment marks the first female chief for the Downriver area.

Chelsea Smialek ’12 was awarded the 2012 Dean's Scholarship by the UDM School of Law. The scholarship is awarded to incoming law students who exhibit academic excellence.

Alumni Bookshelf

Claude Cellich '63, '65, vice president External Relations at the International University in Geneva, Switzerland, coauthored two books: Practical Solutions to Global Negotiations and Trade Promotion Strategies: Best Practices.

Brian Anse Patrick '87 was recently promoted to full professor in the Department of Communication at University of Toledo. His latest book, The Ten Commandments of Propaganda, was released in its print version in January. Currently, he is working on his fourth book, Aristotle on Business Communication.

Bob Prevost '57 published the historical novel Mallast, which tells the story—based on Prevost's ancestors—of how and why a close-knit family migrates from Prussia in the late 1800s and acquires a farm in Michigan, where they find that hard work, drive and ambition yield the life they desire.

Roy L. Roulhac '75, an administrative law judge at the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Detroit, published Slave Genealogy of the Roulhac Family: French Masters and the Africans They Enslaved, which traces his well-documented journey through 18th and 19th century wills, probate records and other documents of his ancestors' enslavers to find and connect missing pieces of not only his family's past, but other descendents of his family.

John Stanton '80, an independent journalist and analyst in the Washington, D.C. Metro region who focuses largely on national security topics, recently published the book The Raptor's Eye, JIEDDO, MISO, General P and The Prophet Smith: Reports from Washington, D.C., Capitol of the American Empire, 2012.

Kevin R. Sunderman '01 recently published his first book, Tales from the Unemployment Line: Dead, Done, It's Over.


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