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1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s

Births / Adoption Announcements | Deaths | Engagements / Weddings


1960s

Sharon Altz, CAS ’69, taught advanced placement American history, English and social studies for more than 36 years at Troy High School. She has since retired and is now writing an historical, romantic fictional novel set in the American revolutionary period in England and America.

Joe Kavanaugh, CAS ’68, completed his career in university administration after 25 years. He left his position as chief student affairs officer at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, in 1995. He then joined the management faculty at Sam Huston State University where he now serves as an associate professor of management focusing on business strategy and small business development.
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1970s

Susan Arnott, SON ’77, is a Paws with a Cause puppy raiser. She also has been a registered nurse at POH Medical Center for the past 28 years.

Jack Bressler, CAS ’76, is president of the Memorial Corporation that is spearheading the Pontiac Veterans Memorial at the Perry Mount Park Cemetery in Pontiac.

Cheryl Bristol, CAS ’72, was among the first women ordained in the United States as part of the Roman Catholic women priest initiative. She was ordained a deacon according to the rites of the Roman Catholic Church on July 31, 2006.

Claudia Filler, SEHS ’70, is a retired director of the Pontiac Department of Public Works and Utilities.

Robert J. Gibbs, CAS ’77, president of Gibbs Planning Group has received an Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association/Florida for GPG’s contributions to the St. Lucie County, Florida Master Plan, with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

Leslie G. Griffen, CAS ’70, has earned recognition as a master career development professional by the National Career Development Association. He recently joined Career Management Associates as senior vice president and managing partner. Career Management Associates is a Kansas City, Kan., based career coaching, transition and outplacement consulting firm headquartered in Overland Park, Kan.

Lee Konczak, CAS ’76, lives in the St. Louis, Mo., area with his wife of 27 years, Cindy Charlton. Their son Nick is a junior at the University of Missouri. Lee is director of Executive Development and Selection Systems at Anheuser Busch Companies. He received his Ph.D. in industrial organizational psychology from the University of Missouri.

Jeffrey Krauth, CAS ’76, is founder, owner and president of Horticultural Services, Inc., and is proud to announce its 30th year in business. The company specializes in top quality landscape design, installation and maintenance services.

Patricia Mills, CAS ’77, is director of communications for the Detroit Zoological Society.

Christine Montano-Saad, MAT ’77, retired from Chippewa Valley Schools in June 2006 after 29 years teaching kindergarten and first grades at Huron Elementary in Clinton Township, Mich., as well as four years of teaching spent at Fraser Schools and St. Dennis School in Royal Oak, Mich.

Lynn Seiser, CAS ’72, was notified just before receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1972 that he would be included in the very last draft call. He spent his tour of duty in country as a forward observer/ military intelligence for the Army artillery. Upon discharge in 1974, he moved to southern California where he received his master’s degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from Chapman College in 1977 and later his doctorate in psychology from the Southern California University for Professional Studies in 1997. He has enjoyed an internationally respected reputation for the clinical work with offenders and victims of violence, trauma, abuse and addiction. In 2006, he closed his private practice offices in southern California and moved to Georgia with his wife to be closer to their grandchildren.

Patrick J. Thompson, SBA ’78, is vice president and commercial loan officer for the Oxford Bank.

Tommi White, CAS ’71, has been named CEO of Livonia-based ER-One Partners, a health care staffing and management firm. Prior to the appointment, she was president and COO of services for Compuware.

James Windell, MA ’72, is author of The Fatherstyle Advantage: Surefire Techniques Every Parent Can Use to Raise Confident and Caring Kids.
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1980s

Scott A. Bodjack, SECS ’87, recently accepted a position as new product introduction quality director at Motorola in Arlington Heights, Ill. He was previously employed at Ford Motor Company as the plant vehicle team manager in the Chicago Assembly Plant.

Diana Calvin, CAS ’82, is division manager for Oakland County Veterans Services.

Regina Carter, CAS ’85, was selected as one of 25 winners of a 2006 grant (commonly known as the “genius grant”) from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago. The winners of the $500,000 grants come from many fields and were selected for their creativity and originality. Carter lives in New York and is the leading jazz violinist of her generation.

Joseph Cool, MSE ’89, returned home in 1998 from a six-year consulting contract in Saudi Arabia, one of 54 countries where he has worked throughout his career.

Rebecca (Cathers) Davidson, SHS ’88, was presented with her Orthopaedic Specialty Certification at the APTA Annual Conference.

Cheryl Deane, BGS ’86, is co-owner of Sweetgrass, a spiritually oriented shop in Davisburg.

Katherine (Casad) Gelement, CAS ’87, moved to Walton, Ky., in January 2006 after accepting a position as private client group marketing director for the Bancorp of Fifth Third Bank. She was previously employed as president and senior marketing manager for the Wealth Management Group at LaSalle Bank.

James Hardin, CAS ’80, spent 2000-2006 in Louisiana, surviving Hurricane Katrina and the loss of his fiancé Gwen Guidry to leukemia. He is now back in Michigan and works mornings as a sales consultant with Target Equipment Leasing in Farmington Hills, Mich., and afternoons in Southfield as an accountant and tax preparer with Kuhn and Associates. During his off hours, he is politically active with the county and state GOP. On the non-partisan end, he is working with MI Fair Tax.

Blanca LaVack, SEHS ’86, is a recycling artisan who uses decorative painting, decoupage, toile paper, and other crafting techniques to transform old furniture and scraps of glass, metal and other materials found on garbage day into home accents.

Mary Grace McCarter, SEHS ’82, is executive director of the Rochester-based Rainbow Connection.

Brian Murphy, CAS ’83, is assistant city manager of economic development services for the city of Troy.

Gary Pilibosian, SECS ’86, is recipient of the 2006 Automation Alley Emerging Leader Award. The awards which are co-sponsored by Automation Alley and Crain’s Detroit Business were created to honor the top technology leaders and organizations that have made significant contributions to technology advancements throughout Southeast Michigan. Pilibosian is president and CEO of Microheat, Inc. in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Robert Plescow, CAS ’85, joined the Genie division of Terex Corporation in Redmond, Wash., as a paint engineer. He has previously worked with DuPont, General Motors and Toyota in both Michigan and Kentucky.

Robert Read, CAS ’82, is president and chief operating officer at TheraMatrix Physical Therapy in Pontiac, Mich.

Richard Streetman, EDS ’88, was named the 2007 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Assistant Principals. He has been employed as assistant principal of Boulan Park Middle School in Troy, Mich., for the past 17 years.

Michael Verville, CAS ’86, is co-owner of pushtwentytwo, a public relations agency in Pontiac.

Bob Whitton, SHS ’81, is chief executive officer at TheraMatrix Physical Therapy in Pontiac.
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1990s

Cheryl Angelelli, CAS ’93, swam in three events representing the United States from Dec.1-9 at the Paralympic World Championships in Durbin, South Africa, earning herself two gold and one silver medal. She is a member of the Michigan Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame and is ranked No. 1 in the world in the 200-meter freestyle.

Lois Byrne, EDS ’95, CAS ’78, is principal of Martell Elementary School in Troy, Mich.

Anne Campbell, MAT ’90, is a seventh grade teacher at Bloomfield Hills Middle School.

Tina Chambers, MA ’99, is director of counseling at Clarkston High School.

Nino DiCosmo, CAS ’90, has been selected as one of the “40 under 40” successful business leaders for 2006 by Crain’s Detroit Business. He is chairman, president, and CEO of Autoweb in Rochester Hills, Mich.

Arlee Ewing, MA ’96, is principal of Madison Middle School in Pontiac, Mich.

Kerri (Chojnowski) Goff, SEHS ’94, along with her husband, Dave, and children Shea and Colton are an ambassador family for the Metropolitan Detroit Division of the March of Dimes. The March of Dimes is a charity that raises money for research, education, advocacy and community services to save babies from prematurity, birth defects and infant death.

Kim Goode, SON ’95, is a clinical nurse specialist at Beaumont Hospital.

Stephanie Goodrich, CAS ’97, will be celebrating her 10-year anniversary with Merrill Lynch. She is part of the Private Banking & Investment Group, working for clients with over 10 million dollars in investable assets. She also had a book published this year, which is listed in the Forbes Book Club and is on sale at major online booksellers. She ran part of the 2006 Detroit Marathon as a member of a relay team. Her primary residence is in Oakland County. She is a member of GrizzLink, the OU Alumni online community.

Pamela Gray, MSN ’99, is manager of the Ministrelli Women’s Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Stephen E. Hart, CAS ’91, was elected shareholder of the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Hart is a frequent speaker and author on labor and employment law issues. He graduated cum laude from Oakland.

Thomas Hendricks, SEHS ’90, is interim dean of academic and student services at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Mich.

Barb Kacel, MSN ’04, SON ’98, is co-owner of New Age Body & Wellness Clinic in Waterford, Mich.

Laura Lee, CAS ’91, recently released her latest book, The Elvis Impersonation Kit (Black Dog and Leventhal). She interviewed Elvis tribute artists and other experts to get the insider’s view of how to be an Elvis impersonator. The guide comes packaged with a CD, sideburns, sunglasses and a ring.

Julie Lemond, MED ’96, has been named the chief academic officer for the Mount Clemens School District.

Patricia Malone, BA, MBA ’92, has joined Citizens Bank as vice president of Marketing and Communications, overseeing all public relations, corporate and marketing communications across a five-state territory.

Stephen Mason, SBA ’95, joined the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a senior advisor in the agency’s Office of Legislation. He was formerly director of Government Relations for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA).

Dave Moroz, MA ’93, SEHS ’80, is a talent agent and owner of Aspen Talent.

Debra K. (Gunow) Osuch, CAS ’91, was selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as a winner in the publication’s annual “40 under 40” competition. She is employed as a manager of development services in the Shelby Township, Mich., office of Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc.

Rayissa (Slywka) Palmer, CAS ’96, accepted the role of vice president, Marketing and Communications, for Scottish Re in their Charlotte, N.C., office. Scottish Re is a global company based in Bermuda and is the third largest reinsurer for life insurance and annuity products in the U.S. She is leading the North American marketing efforts for the company including branding, advertising, internal/external communications, public relations and events. In the fall of 2006, she accepted a position on the board of directors for Hands On Charlotte, the Charlotte chapter of the national Hands On organization that connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities either individually or with teams/companies.

Lori Przymusinski, MSN, RN, SON ’98, has been given a full-time faculty position in the associate degree nursing program at Oakland Community College. She will be teaching adult medical/surgical nursing.

Christopher Rogos, SBA ’93, has joined the Southfield office of Grant Thornton as a senior manager in the firm’s Assurance Strategic Initiative group.

Andrew Schreck, CAS ’98, is employed as an account supervisor at John Bailey and Associates in Troy, Mich., working on the Continental and DuPont Automotive accounts. Prior to joining JB&A, he worked onsite at General Motors for MS&L. He earned an MBA from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University.

Marilyn Secatch, CAS ’90, is an art therapist and administrative director and co-founder of The Art Experience, a nonprofit community studio in Waterford Township. The studio offers a plethora of modestly priced classes ranging from drawing and acrylic painting to jewelry making as well as after-school programs and open studio hours.

Alice M. Seppanen, MAT ’90, SEHS ’74, has been selected as the Michigan Principal of the Year by the Michigan Association of Secondary School Principals. She is principal of Oakview Middle School in Lake Orion.

Karen Stahl, CAS ’99, moved to Maryland upon graduation. She earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2002 and is now employed as a reference librarian for the federal government in the Washington, D.C., area.

Cathy Tucci, SEHS ’99, is program manager for Meadowbrook Learning Center, a nonprofit organization that provides services for people with learning disabilities.

Fran Vincent, CAS ’95, relocated to Miami in 1997 to earn a master of music in music business at the University of Miami. She started Retro Island Productions, Inc. after leaving Warner Bros. Publications in 2005 where she handled all marketing for pop music, DVD, and dealer programs, as well as leading the company’s public relations efforts. She also writes for Electronic Musician Magazine, the bible for home studio musicians, as well as InTune Magazine, a glossy monthly targeting young music makers with covers featuring today’s hottest artists like Outkast and Kelly Clarkson. She is currently working on a book for the MySpace generation of music marketers.

Joyce Wiazowski, SECS ’99, was elected vice president of the Birmingham Toastmasters Club.
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2000s

Pompeyo Angco, SECS ’01, began working with Hitachi NYC upon his graduation from OU. After three years, the company moved him back to Michigan. Since then, he has been living happily in Rochester Hills, Mich., with his wife and daughter.

Heather (Monteath) Barnes, CAS ’00, resides in White Lake, Mich., with her husband, Aaron, and two sons James and Jonathan. She is co-owner of JHB Construction Inc, and is also involved in the Rescue Angels, an organization dedicated to providing support to parents of children with autism.

Jon Campbell Sr., MBA ’02, has been selected as one of the “40 under 40” business leaders for 2006 by Crain’s Detroit Business. He is president and owner of JMC Inc. in Detroit, Mich.

Keith Carroll, MED ’04, is a social studies teacher at Milford High School. He also coordinates a mentoring program for students with autism.

Peter Coyl, CAS ’06, is working as chief of staff for Oregon State Representative Dennis Richardson, Speaker Pro Tempore (2005-2006) and Minority Whip (2007-2008).

Krystle Czajkowski, CAS ’06, is responsible for coordinating internal and online outreach communications at Rochester Hills-based Liebler MacDonald.

Melissa (Braun) Dobek, SEHS ’03, has been teaching eighth graders Pre-Algebra II for the past three years at Florence Chapel Middle School. This was the first job she applied for following her graduation and was hired immediately.

Deborah Fleischmann, MSN ’03, is a family nurse practitioner working in private practice.

Melissa Garrett, SBA ’01, is senior internal auditor at Handleman Co. based in Troy, Mich.

Paula Gladding, CAS ’05, is owner of Synapse Photography & Video in Waterford. She specializes in capturing maternity pictures, as well as on-site princess party pictures for young girls. She is also involved with American Child Photographers Charity Guild, a non-profit organization that takes photos of terminally ill babies.

Holly Kielbowicz, MS ’06, moved to Orlando to work as a statistical analyst for Walt Disney World Resort.

Matthew Loew, MSME ’00, is now a director at CoMeT Solutions, a start-up software development company. He lives in White Lake with his wife, two daughters, three dogs and a fish.

Angela Palas, SEHS ’01, is currently working for Lutheran Services Florida. She is a counselor who works with teenagers who are truant, ungovernable, or runaways. She was previously employed as a diversion officer at the Department of Juvenile Justice on the east coast of Florida. She credits her internships through OU for preparing her for her first job in this field.

John Pullis, CAS ’04, completed his master’s degree in soil science from South Dakota State University and is currently working as a chemist for the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md.

Carol Schoch, MM ’05, is in the process of developing a children’s choir program for metro Detroit.

Susan Wylie, MAT ’04, is a third grade teacher at Jayno Adams Elementary School in Waterford Township, Mich.
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BIRTH / ADOPTION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Robert Charlton, CAS ’89, and his wife, Jane, proudly announce the birth and adoption of their daughter Kallista Marion on Nov. 10, 2006. She joins 4-year-old big brother Max.

Amy (Buczkowski) Ferrara, SON ’00, and her husband, Armand, announce the birth of their daughter Isabella Jean in September 2006. She is employed as an RN in the neonatal intensive care unit at St. John Hospital.

Gene Grabowski, SBA ’89, and his wife, Laura (Leismer), SEHS ’91, adopted their second son Nikolai Pavel from Samara, Russia, on Dec. 20, 2005. Grabowski has been named manager of Collection Operations and Marketing Analytics at Ford Motor Credit Company.

Darren O’Brien, CAS ’96, and his wife, Christy, are proud to announce the birth of their fourth child Liam Gabriel on June 8, 2006. He joins 4-year-old big sister Trinity; 3-year-old big brother Aidan; and 2-year-old big sister Felicity.

Melissa (Rondy) Rambow, SHS ’97, and her husband, Mike, welcomed baby Savannah Julia on Jan. 31, 2006. She is the first granddaughter on both sides of the family.

Terri Scott, SON ’97, and her husband, Brian, are proud to announce the birth of their second son Joshua on July 6, 2006. He joins 2-year-old big brother Caleb. The family resides in Illinois where Terri is employed as a nurse at Riverside Medical Center.

Tiffany (Dorozenko) Scott, CAS ’02, and her husband, Derick, announce the birth of their second child Thelia Ann, on Oct. 17, 2006. She joins big sister Elise.
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DEATHS

Cheryl Barrett, MAT ’74, died Aug. 24, 2006.

Diana Barth, MBA ’81, died Jan. 17, 2006.

Harold Bishop, CAS ’75, died June 2, 2006.

Douglas Dwyer, SBA ’93, died April 19, 2006.

Barbara M. Fischer, MA ’75, died Aug. 20, 2006.

Judith John, MS ’80, died Aug. 29, 2006.

Patricia Koller, MA ’00, died Jan. 31, 2006.

James McNeil, CAS ’75, died April 12, 2006.

Kathleen Neumann, SON ’98, died Oct. 24, 2006.

Alberta Peoples, SEHS ’65, died Feb. 26, 2006.

J. Rodney Pirie, CAS ’70, died Sept. 6, 2006.

Douglas E. Quinn, CAS ’75, died Aug. 20, 2006.

Daniel Vargo, MA ’74, died March 24, 2006.

Daniel E. Watts, CAS ’79, died Aug. 13, 2006.

Mary “Sam” Nee O’Connor, CAS ’82, died July 8, 2006.
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ENGAGEMENTS/WEDDINGS

Sebastian Atar, SECS ’01, married Emily Toth on Aug. 20, 2005. He is working as IT director of an environmental /pollution control company in Detroit and completing his final classes toward his MBA at Oakland University. He and his wife are awaiting their first child in early spring of 2007.

Danielle (Franz) Randall, CAS ’05,married Adam Randall, CAS ’03, at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapu, Hawaii, on Aug. 17, 2006.

Janina Lynne (Brock) Gilbert, SEHS ’03, wed Calvin Gilbert, CAS ’03, on July 15, 2006.

Jennifer Juszkiewicz, CAS ’03, married Sean Mahar on Sept. 8, 2006. The couple resides in Michigan.

Renee L. (Bertolini) Parent, CAS ’94, married Bryan Parent II on April 1, 2006.

Jeffrey S. Plank, BGS ’95, married Marcella Marie Garr of San Dimas, Calif., on Aug. 12, 2006. The couple resides in Bullhead City, Ariz., and is expecting their first child in May. Plank teaches fourth grade and coaches high school basketball and baseball, and Marcella is a medical assistant.

Jeremy Sarnovsky, SECS ’01, is engaged to Martha Ciske. A May 12, 2007, wedding is planned. Sarnovsky is employed as an attorney in Washington, D.C.

Jay Sole, CAS ’98, married Meryl Stacey Koenig on Dec. 16, 2006, at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst, N.Y. Sole is an associate securities analyst, and Koenig is a French horn player and adjunct professor of music at Adelphi University and Nassau Community College.

Lucy (VandePutte) Sternburgh, SHS ’05, married Adam Sternburgh in August 2006.

Julie (Anderson) Turner, SBA ’04, married Tom Turner Jr. on Oct. 21, 2006 in Lansing. The couple currently resides in Colorado.
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