Facebook Twitter YouTube Flickr Google Plus
Class Notes

Career / Accomplishments

1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s

Deaths | Engagements / Weddings

James Batchelor, CAS ‘68, has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2008 in creditor rights and bankruptcy. He is the managing attorney of the Grand Rapids, Mich., office of Trott & Trott PC.

Thomas Soldan, CAS ‘66, joined the Board of Directors of the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex, which is restoring the historic Ford Piquette Plant in Detroit, Mich., home of the Model T.
(return to top)

Donald Beagle, CAS ‘75, published a book entitled Poet of the Lost Cause from the University of Tennessee Press. A biography of the Civil War poet Fr. Abram J. Ryan, the book examines Ryan’s career as a Confederate chaplain in the war, a southern newspaper editor during Reconstruction, and an internationally famous poet and lecturer in the 1880s. The book also traces Ryan’s influence on writers such as William Faulkner, Margaret Mitchell, O. Henry, and Allen Tate. UTPress has posted a blurb at http://utpress.org/a/searchdetails.php?jobno=T01220.

Amy Butler, CAS ’77, has been appointed director of the Bureau of Energy Systems with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth.

Donna Lee DeBaets, MAT ‘79, retired as a Supervising Ranger in 2008 from the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department in California after almost 25 years of service as a Park Ranger. The plans for the first year or so after retiring include lots of travel. She and her partner Ginnie recently completed a cross-country RV trip, which included a stop in Badlands National Park. This trip brought her closer to her goal of visiting all of the National Parks. When not traveling, the couple plans on rotating throughout the year between their homes in California, New Mexico and Hawaii.

Leslie Griffen, CAS ‘70, is the principal of the Griffen Group, a management consulting firm specializing in career and executive coaching, human capital management and small business management in suburban Kansas City, Mo.

Daniel Kinsella, CAS ‘73, has been selected again as a Super Lawyer in the area of Labor and Employment Law by the peer-reviewed selection procedure of Law & Politics. Kinsella, a shareholder in the Chicago Law firm of Schuyler, Roche, P.C., received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1977 and has practiced in Chicago since graduation. He is also on the Board of Editors of three books jointly published by the American Bar Association and the Bureau of National Affairs: Covenants Not to Compete: A State-by-State Survey; Employee Duty of Loyalty: A State-by-State Survey; and Trade Secrets: A State-by-State Survey. He lives in Winnetka, Ill., with his wife and three children.

Gordon Mapley, CAS ‘71, retired from administration at Youngstown State University and assumed a position of dean of the Western Institute at Missouri Western State University.

The Rev. Rod Reinhart, SEHS ‘72, organized a gift drive for wounded soldiers at the annual Christmas party at St. Joseph and St. Aiden Episcopal Church in Blue Island, Ill. The gifts were delivered to wounded men and women at the Jesse Brown and Veterans Administration Medical Center, Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital and other veterans’ hospitals in the area.

David Shedlarz, SBA ‘70, has been elected to The Hershey Company’s Board of Directors.
(return to top)


Susan J. Brennan, MAT ’88, began a new career as a family service counselor with Resthaven Cemetery & Ellis Funeral Home in Midland, Texas. Previously, she taught K-12 for 14 years in Nevada, New Mexico and Ohio.

John Bomarito, SBA ‘83, joined World Marketing Group in Irvine, Calif., as a national director, exhibits and promotions on behalf of Kia Motor America.

Stephen Cassin, MPA ‘81, is one of three nominees for Member of the Year by Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association.

Theresa (Beaver) Cochell, CAS ‘84, recently joined the Corporate Education and Development department at the Auto Club Group as a training consultant. She is also active in the Oakland University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Program.

George Corona, SBA ‘85, has been appointed executive vice president and chief operating officer for Kelly Services, Inc.

Ann (Kotula) Wagner, MBA ‘94, SBA ‘88, is senior manager at Chrysler LLC.

Bernice Lopata, CAS ‘84, is the associate vice president for advancement services in Wayne State University’s division of Development and Alumni Affairs.

Christian McCallister, MA ‘84, is a clinical psychologist working under contract for Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority in the Pontiac office of Easter Seals, where he works with children and adolescents. He recently published his first novel, a futuristic adventure story entitled Coming Full Circle: Munising to Munising.
(return to top)

Danielle Jay Boone, MED ‘99, SEHS ‘95, moved to Brisbane, Queensland, to complete her doctorate at Queensland University of Technology. She recently completed her doctoral studies degree in the area of early childhood art education. She currently works for Queensland Government’s Department of Education, Training & the Arts as a senior advisor in Student Services.

Leanne Bowen, BGS ‘97, has been named to Crain’s Detroit Business “40 under 40” list. She is senior project manager for Jones Lang LaSalle in Detroit, Mich.

William Boyle, MED ‘98, has been appointed principal of Model High School and Bowers Academy by the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education.

Michael Dingwall, SBA ‘92, has been admitted to the partnership of “Big Four” accounting firm KPMG.
Ann Edgerton, MED ‘97, accepted a position as administrator at the University of Minnesota Child Development Center.

John Lesser, SBA ‘92, has been named to Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 list. He is partner at Plante Moran Financial Advisors in Auburn Hills, Mich.

David Lingholm, CAS ’98, has been hired by Basso Design Group, a Troy, Mich., based interactive design marketing agency as an account executive. Lingholm has a diverse background in sales, non-profit fundraising and management. He says that his key to success is to never stop learning. In addition to working for Basso Design Group, Lingholm also serves as a director for BNI of Michigan. Prior to his association with Basso Design Group, Lingholm was a residential and commercial security specialist for ADT, where he was a Centurion Club award winner and was sales representative of the month several times. Lingholm also serves on the Board of Trustees for the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit and on the Board of Directors for the Maple Valley Memorial Scholarship Foundation.

Berthold Martin, SBA ‘91, of Chrysler LLC won the SAE/Timken-Howard Simpson Automotive Transmission and Driveline Innovation Award. Martin was honored during the SAE 2008 World Congress in Detroit, Mich. The award, established in 2007, recognizes engineers for significantly contributing to the advancement of transmission and driveline technology. Martin is a senior manager/specialist in advanced engineering at Chrysler Powertrain Product Engineering. He has been the architect and principal engineer for the major internal automatic transmission programs at Chrysler for the past 20 years.

Charlotte Mather, MBA ‘05, SON ‘92, was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

Richard Newton, CAS ‘96, met and married the love of his life, Felicia Cross, while attending Oakland University. The couple has two sons. The oldest, Donte, is a freshman in high school and is learning to fly airplanes.

Patricia Siegel, SON ‘94, has been named manager of the anesthesia department at Botsford Hospital where she will oversee the daily staffing of 10 operating rooms and four endoscopy suites, obstetrics and the cardiac catheterization lab.

Melissa (Winter) Means, CAS ‘95, has recently relocated to Manhattan, Kan. She works at Kansas State University where she is serving as the coordinator for leadership development. She joined her husband, who teaches as a member of the art faculty at Kansas State.

Patricia Zimnie, SEHS ‘97, is assistant principal for the Oak Park School District.
(return to top)

Traci Belt, SBA ‘06, was recently promoted from senior accountant to manager at Andrews, Hooper & Pavlik PLC., in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Scott Brills, BGS ’04, will be participating in a 10,000 mile journey from London, England to Ulan Bator, Mongolia this summer representing Detroit and the State of Michigan in the annual Mongol Rally. Based in London, the rally was formed as a novel way to gain media attention and monetary donations for charities around the world. Brills will be raising money for Mercy Corps International, an organization that assists underprivileged families in over 100 nations in becoming self-sufficient by providing fresh water, efficient farming techniques, proper nutrition, medical care and education.

Ashli Bobo, CAS ‘03, has been promoted from promotions account executive to manager, B-Experiential, at The Berline Group in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Michael Govan, MA ‘05, has secured a school counseling job at the Arts and Technology Academy in Pontiac, Mich. He will continue to own and operate Reflections Counseling Center in Troy, Mich., but will expand his interests into this pre-K through 8th grade school.

Eric Hohauser, CAS ‘05, has been appointed director, client services at Troy-based Harvey Hohauser & Associates.

Latoria Macon, BGS ‘06, moved to Florida in June 2007 and was recently promoted to the position of learning systems assistant with The Walt Disney Company. She has been with the company since 2002.
Army Spec. James Martin, SECS ‘07, has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Sandy (Muskovitz) Danto, MA ‘06, was re-elected president of Jewish Family Service at its 80th annual meeting in June.

James Pettinato, CAS ‘01, is currently a Web content manager for www.organizeit.com in Rochester Hills, Mich. He is a proud husband to Mary T. Pettinato, a costume designer and costume shop manager at Meadow Brook Theatre, and father of Theodore L. Pettinato, who turned 2 on Dec. 13, 2008.

Jesse Thompson, BIS ’06, was promoted to chief of training, training officer for the St. Clair Shores Fire Department in September 2008.

Matthew Zalewski, CAS ‘04, graduated in May 2008 from Wayne State University Law School and has been admitted to the Michigan Bar Association.
(return to top)

Leah Grubb, CAS ‘02, married Michael Grubb in a small private garden in the middle of Center City Philadelphia, Pa.

Jaime Ann Leafdale, SEHS ‘01, married Sergio Lucente in August 2008.

Karen (Stahl) Danoff, CAS ‘99, married David Danoff in March 2008. The couple met in 2001 while pursuing master of library science degrees at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is a reference librarian at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Md.

Vanessa Williams, MPA ‘07, CAS ‘03, married Kenneth Kulisz in January 2009 at the Lafayette Grande in Pontiac, Mich. The couple resides in Oregon.
(return to top)

Brian Graves, CAS ‘97, announces the birth of his second daughter, Samantha, June 1, 2008.

Joan Kiser, CAS ‘05, and her husband, Jordan, are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Logan Garnet Kiser on July 5, 2008.

Travis Machan, SEHS ’98, and Rhonda (Wolfe) Machan, SEHS ’99, announce the birth of Etta Rana Machan on Oct. 13, 2008. She joins her two big sisters: Elka, age 7, and Ezma, age 4.

Tracy (Wade) Utech, MPA ‘01, CAS ‘91, and her husband, Greg, are proud to announce the birth of their son Noah Gregory on Nov. 30, 2008.

Amy (Wylin) Butkovich, CAS ‘00, and her husband, Marty, announce the birth of their daughter, Presleigh Ellen, on Dec. 13, 2008. This is the couple’s first child.
(return to top)

Elizabeth Fox, SEHS ’72,
died Jan. 4, 2009.

Sharron Granlund, MAT ’88,
died Jan. 17, 2009.

Charles Herring, Jr., SEHS ’91,
died Jan. 22, 2009.

Robert Jocis, SBA ‘81,
died Aug. 2, 2008.

The Reverand Daniel Kivel, CAS ’77,
died Jan. 21, 2009.

Marilyn Lorence, SBA ’91,
died Nov. 27, 2008.

Frances L. Margerum, SEHS ‘73,
died Jan. 9, 2009.

Dr. E. Alan Sadurski, CAS ’72,
died Aug. 22, 2008.
(return to top)

Get the Update.
If you’d like to keep up with all the news, cool alumni association benefits and fun events from OU’s Alumni Relations department, sign up for our quarterly e-newsletter. Just send your e-mail address to: ouaa@oakland.edu  

We’d like to hear from you!
Drop us a quick note on your recent accomplishments, plans, milestones. Send an e-mail to: ouaa@oakland.edu. Please include a print or high resolution photo.
Fall 2004 Issue



Past Issues
OU Magazine Archive
Search by issue or keyword for stories from the Winter 2003 Issue to present issues. Issues from Winter 1998 to Fall 2002 are available as PDFs

Send Us Your:
Letters to the Editor
Story Ideas
Address Changes

More Information
OU Magazine Staff

AcademicsUndergraduate AdmissionsGraduate AdmissionsOnline ProgramsSchool of MedicineProfessional & Continuing EducationHousingFinancial Aid & ScholarshipsTuitionAbout OUCurrent Student ResourcesAcademic DepartmentsAcademic AdvisingEmergenciesFinancial ServicesGeneral EducationGet InvolvedGraduate StudiesGraduation & CommencementKresge LibraryOU BookstoreRegistrationAthleticsGive to OUGrizzlinkAlumni EngagementCommunity ResourcesDepartment of Music, Theatre & DanceMeadow Brook HallMeadow Brook TheatreOU Art GalleryPawley InstituteGolf and Learning CenterRecreation CenterUniversity Human ResourcesAdministrationCenter for Excellence in Teaching & LearningInstitutional Research & AssessmentInformation TechnologyReport a Behavioral ConcernTrainingAcademic Human Resources
Oakland University | 2200 N. Squirrel Road, Rochester, Michigan 48309-4401 | (248) 370-2100 | Contact OU | OU-Macomb
Coordinate map of Auburn Hills Entrance