Alumni Class Notes

1940s

Warren (Bill) Rauhauser ’43 received the Kresge Foundation’s 2014 Eminent Artist Award. Rauhauser, a prominent local photographer, has photographed black and white images (mostly of Detroit) for more than 60 years. His Detroit images have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. They are currently on display at the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.

1950s

Karl A. Gschneidner Jr. ’52, senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, was presented with the 2014 Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award. The award honors scientists who have made a major positive impact on society through materials science. Gschneidner is considered the world’s foremost authority on the science of rare earths, a group of elements that are necessary ingredients in such clean-energy technologies as color televisions, electric-drive car motors, computers and cell phones.

Brigid Johnson, RSM ’58, ’66 recently retired after a 36-year career at Mercy College of Detroit and at University of Detroit Mercy, serving as a campus minister, an instructor and professor of Religious Studies and Math. Later in her career, she also worked in the University’s Academic Services Department. She currently teaches part time in UDM’s Math Department.

1960s

Marcie Brogan ’67 was named Business Woman of the Year by Winning Futures, a school-based mentoring program.

Paula (Duncan) Deason ’69, director of operations for the Lorain County (Ohio) Urban League, was named interim president and CEO of the Lorain County Urban League.

Albert E. Gibbons ’69, president of AEG Financial Services, was elected into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame and received the Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) designation for 2013.

Leo Hanifin ’69, ’72, ’76, professor of Engineering at UDM, is serving a two-year term on the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

The Hon. Antonio Viviano ’61 and his family were named the 2013 Columbus Day honorees of the year in Mt. Clemens, Mich.

George Wilkins ’66, ’68, ’71 was appointed to the advisory board for Guidepoint Systems.

1970s

The Hon. Martha (Damiani) Anderson ’77 was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.

Donald Bachand ’73, ’76 was named president of Saginaw Valley State University.

William S. Demray, D.D.S. ’75 was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He was recognized for his service to the profession and to the community.

David F. DuMouchel ’72, an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long, was appointed by the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.

Clayton F. Farrell ’73, an attorney at Collins Einhorn Farrell, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2013. Farrell, whose practice focuses on multi-party, complex litigation in the areas of environmental torts, product liability, toxic torts and emerging claims, was recognized for the fifth consecutive year.

Joyce Hayes Giles ’78 recently retired as assistant to the chairman and senior vice president of Public Affairs at DTE Energy.

Rainy Hamilton ’79 was awarded the Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter. The Gold Medal is the highest distinction that can be awarded to a member for significant and long-standing achievements.

Robert W. Michalak ’71 joined HoganWillig Attorneys at Law as of counsel.

Faye Alexander Nelson ’75, ’80, a former member of the UDM Board of Trustees, was named president of the DTE Energy Foundation and vice president of Public Affairs.

James Norrod ’75 joined the board of directors for Greenbytes, Inc. as executive chairman.

Christine (Witek) Pacini ’70, ’74, dean of the UDM College of Health Professions, was appointed to the St. Mary Mercy Hospital Board of Trustees.

Mohammad Raziuddin ’77 was appointed CEO of KP Oil and Gas Company Limited, located in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Terence J. Rhoades ’73, president of Mechanical Simulation Corporation, was honored with the 2014 SAE International Medal of Honor.

Doug Richman ’77, vice president of Engineering and Technology at Kaiser Aluminum, was named the 2013 Marlan Boultinghouse Award winner at the Aluminum Association’s 80th annual meeting. The award is the highest honor given by the North American aluminum industry.

Cynthia (Kujawa) Roman ’74, ’79 was named president of Oakland Community College’s Highland Lakes Campus.

Mark Sperling ’72, ’91 was appointed school superintendent for Merrillville Schools in Merrillville, Ind.

Howard Wallach ’79 was named managing partner at the Michigan practice of Foley & Mansfield PLLP.

1980s

Christian S. Allen ’89 joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright as of counsel. He focuses his practice on immigration law and procedure.

Ryan Beckett ’88, ’90 was promoted to AVP and regional sales manager at Sun Life Financial.

Charles W. Browning ’81, an attorney  at Plunkett Cooney law firm, was re-elected to a three-year term on the firm’s board of directors.

Matthew Cullen ’83, a former member of the UDM Board of Trustees, was named president of Greektown Superholdings Inc., the parent company of Greektown Casino-Hotel. He is also CEO of Rock Gaming LLC and Rock Ventures LLC.

Stanley B. Dickson, Jr. ’80, who manages several businesses, including Trowbridge Law Firm, P.C., Dickson & Associates, P.C., and Windsor Hotel Development Corporation, was appointed to the board of trustees for Cleary University in Howell, Mich.

Gregory J. Gamalski ’83 published the article, “A Menagerie of Real Estate Interests: Housing Cooperatives, Chapter 455 Summer Resort Associations, and Less Frequently Seen Home Owner Entities,” in the Michigan Real Property Review. Gamalski is a shareholder at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. and a member of the firm’s business practice group.

James Giordano ’85, president and CEO of CareTech Solutions Inc., was named chairman of the St. John Providence Health System Board of Trustees.

Beth S. Gotthelf ’85 was named a shareholder in Butzel Long’s Bloomfield Hills office. She is co-chair of the Energy & Sustainability practice, chair of the Aerospace & Defense industry team, and the firm’s new director of Innovation and External Relations.

Karen Hildebrandt ’83, a local fiction writer, was the Glen Arbor Artist-in-Residence in October. While there, she worked on her novel about Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913), a militant British Suffragette and martyr for the cause.

Dan Hovanec ’81 joined PMG Agency as a large-group benefits 
specialist.

Kathleen (Klein) Lange ’82, an attorney at Dickinson Wright PLLC, was elected to the Board of Governors for the International Society of Barristers.

Renee Larzelere ’88 was appointed as a member of the Monroe County Intermediate School District Board. She also serves on the Summerfield Schools Board of Education.

Scott K. Lites ’85, an attorney  at Plunkett Cooney law firm, was re-elected to a three-year term on the firm’s board of directors.

Judith (Slusser) Love ’81 was named president of Comerica Bank-California Market.

Patrick A. Mattie, D.D.S. ’80 received the Major General Bill B. Lefler Federal Services Award from the American College of Prosthodontists during the Annual Session 2013 Annual Awards and President’s Dinner in October.

Brian J. Renaud ’82, an attorney at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of administrative/regulator law.

Brian Sweeney ’89 was named U.S. vice president, Chevrolet. He is responsible for Chevrolet sales, service and marketing in the U. S.

C. Timothy Trenary ’85 was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer at Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

Cynthia (Diamond) Zolnierek ’81 was named executive director of the Texas Nurses Association. She previously served as assistant professor of nursing at Texas State University’s St. David’s School of Nursing.

1990s

Sarah (Trautman) Anderson ’91 earned her J.D. (magna cum laude) from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Maria Angileri ’91 was promoted to shareholder at Brooks Kushman P.C. law firm, where she focuses her practice on domestic and foreign trademark protection.

Jerry Brown ’96 was named an assistant coach for the Eastern Michigan University baseball team.

Saad Chehab ’92 was named global marketing officer at Fiat’s Maserati.

Jeffrey L. Doyle ’97 was elected a shareholder of Reising Ethington P.C.

Hon. Jennifer M. Faunce ’90, a Warren district court judge, was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to the Macomb County Circuit Court bench.

Philip D. Fracassa ’90, ’96 was appointed chief financial officer of The Timken Company, where he is responsible for the company’s global finance activities.

Larry Grezak ’97 was named principal at Livonia Schools’ Coolidge Elementary School.

Kirk Haggarty ’93 was named CFO of North American Bancard, Troy.

John P. Hale ’94, president and co-owner of Corporate Travel Services, Inc. in Dearborn Heights, Mich., was named to the board of directors of the Detroit Opera House.

Michael E. Johanning ’99 was recently promoted to senior associate and shareholder with WBRC Architects • Engineers.

Jeff Johnson ’97 was one of two to receive the 2013 Young Architect of the Year award from the American Institute of Architects Michigan. The award is given to architects who are under 40 years of age, in recognition of exceptional accomplishment and who have made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their careers.

Jeffrey Karafa ’92 was named chief financial officer at the National Capital Bank of Washington.

Soraya Kim ’91 was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to Michigan’s Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

Jonathan E. Lauderbach ’94 was named a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and transactions, non-bankruptcy workouts, foreclosures and restructuring.

Kimberly A. Lowe ’93, an attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., was named to Minnesota Business magazine’s The (Real) Power 50 list. She also was recently appointed as a member of  the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Legal Education Task Force, and was named president-elect of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

Vijay Narang ’90, chief executive officer at GDKN Corporation, was appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the Board of Commissioners, South Broward Hospital District.

Kathleen (Dause) Novetsky ’90, an insurance specialist at AAA Michigan (Birmingham Branch), was voted the 2014 board president of the Business Women’s Network, an organization within the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce.

James Oleksinski ’93 was promoted to director of labor relations and government affairs at Construction Association of Michigan, Bloomfield Township.

Jeffrey  Saad ’96 has rejoined Perkins+Will, a Chicago-based global architecture and design firm, as an associate principal and senior project architect.

Jesse B. VanDeCreek ’94 was made a partner at Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. Consulting Engineers, where he serves as vice president on the firm’s board of directors.

Mark Wisniewski ’90, an attorney at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, was selected as De La Salle Collegiate High School’s 2014 Annual Dinner Honoree.

2000s

Tim Burns ’00 was elected to a three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan’s Board of Commissioners.

Wayne E. Chubb ’00, ’02 was promoted to vice president at Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Andrew Dunlap ’02, ’04 was awarded the American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter Young Architect of the Year award. This marks the fourth time in the last six years that a UDM alumnus has won this award, even though UDM represents a small percentage of the number of eligible candidates due to the program’s size.

Christopher Candela ’07 was named COO of McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Mich.

Larry Emmons ’05 was promoted to senior vice president/capital markets at CBRE Group Inc. in Southfield, Mich.

Mark R. Fleury ’02 was named an associate at Barton Gilman LLP, where he focuses on professional liability defense and insurance-litigation matters.

Jason Hamilton ’05, former member of the UDM men’s soccer team, was named head coach of the women’s soccer team at Troy University in Troy, Ala.

Jonathan Hannah ’08 was named, associate director of Foundation Relations at the University of Notre Dame.

Wendy Hartzell ’03 was named chief information and operating officer at Digital Roots, a social media and customer relationship management company in Northville, Mich.

Fabio Jurchaks ’09 was promoted to director of engineering sales, NAFTA for TMD Friction.

Kevin D. Kijewski ’03 was appointed associate superintendent for secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He manages 17 archdiocesan high schools in the areas of curriculum, strategic planning and student services.

Aimee LaLonde-Norman ’02 was named executive director of the Friends of the Rouge.

Crystal McIntosh, D.D.S. ’09 was named the eighth ADEA/Colgate-Palmolive Co./National Dental Association Jeanne C. Sinkford Scholar in the ADEA Leadership Institute. She received the recognition during the 2014 American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition.

Kari L. Melkonian ’08 joined the Collins, Einhorn, Farrell law firm in the general liability practice group.

Robert M. Nemzin ’06, an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long law firm, was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2013 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.”

Nolana Nobles-Bandy ’05, a disability/mental health specialist with Vista Neuvas Head Start Program, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities.

Jared Trust ’09 joined Giamarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. as an associate in the medical malpractice/litigation department.

2010s

Chris Allick ’12 received the student design award from the American Institute of Architects Michigan Region for his recently completed thesis project.

Adam Bedell ’14, a recent member of the UDM men’s soccer team, was drafted in the third round of the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. He was drafted by the Columbus Crew and is the first Titan soccer player to be drafted in the MLS.

James Cowan ’11 joined ICF International, Management Consulting Firm as a portfolio manager.

Melinda R. DeSantis ’13 joined the Ann Arbor, Mich. office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione law firm.

Todd W. Dishman ’13 joined Brooks Kushman PC law firm as an associate. He specializes in patent prosecution and litigation matters.

Steven Eatherly ’13 was awarded the UDM School of Law’s 2013 Dean’s Scholarship, to assist with his law degree at the UDM School of Law.

Bridget Green ’12, community relations manager at Gleaners Community Food Bank, was named a fellow for the 2014 International Ford Motor Company Fellowship of  92nd Street Y, a program that focuses on nonprofit management and leadership.

Cody Grant ’13 was named a Detroit Challenge Detroit Fellow. Grant was one of 32 successful applicants to be accepted into this fellowship program, which received more than 700 applications.

Lisa Hing ’12, director of human resources, Meridian Health Plan, Detroit, was named by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of its “40 Under 40.”

Corissa Leveille ’12 was named a Detroit Challenge Detroit Fellow. Leveille was one of 32 successful applicants to be accepted into this fellowship program, which received more than 700 applications.

Ivonne Soler ’13, an attorney specializing in business and commercial litigation, joined Butzel Long as an associate in the firm’s Detroit office.

Ellisse S. Thompson ’13 joined the tort & litigation and transportation law practice groups of the firm Plunkett Cooney.  She focuses her litigation practice primarily in the areas of motor vehicle negligence and no-fault law.


Alumni Bookshelf

Mary (Murray) Bosrock ’72 has published Mortal Sin on My Soul, which tells the tale of a young Catholic girl growing up in the era of baby boomers. She’s accompanied by seven silly siblings, two loving parents, nuns as strict school teachers and a group of friends fond of slumber party shenanigans.

Mary Anne (Bucciero) McMahon ’67 recently published the memoir, The Motor City and Me: Our Story, which highlights the rich history of Detroit and how the Motor City has left a lasting impact on McMahon and her family.

Dennis Ortman ‘93, ‘95 released the book, Cheating Parents: Recovering from Parental Infidelity, which explores the long-term impact of parental infidelity on adult children’s self-esteem and provides pathways toward healing and forgiveness.

Mitch Pacwa, S.J., ’74, a host on Eternal Word TV Network, published a new book, The Holy Land, An Armchair Pilgrimage, which provides a visual tour of the Holy Land that includes Fr. Pacwa’s commentary about the holy sites.

Nick Sinacori ’72 recently published Horsepower, Men, and Machines, which highlights his research on the Village of Fairview, from 1903-1907, on Detroit’s East Side.

Cynthia (Szymanski) Sunal ’63 published Book VII: Research on the Influences of Educational Policy on Teaching and Learning in the series, Research on Education in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. She works at The University of Alabama as the Paul W. Bryant Research Professor of Education, director, Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines, and department head of Curriculum and Instruction.


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