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John Vancamp, SEHS ’64, was one of several honored by Ernst & Young as a regional 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year.
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Sharon Brennan, SEHS ’76, was recognized with one of Oakland County’s Teacher of the Year honors. She has been teaching part and full time for 30 years at Hill Elementary and Larson Middle School in Troy, Mich.

Robert Coulton, CAS ’75, retired from the Department of the Navy on May 1, 2007, after serving 32 years in various environmental and safety science professions. He is now spending time living both in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Queensland, Australia.

Monica Emerson, CAS ’71, was recently appointed to represent the general public as a member of the Oakland University Board of Trustees for a term expiring August 11, 2014. She is executive director of the corporate diversity office for Chrysler Corporation.

Nihal Goonewardene, CAS ’72, has been appointed to the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Mass.

* Dennis Kanka, CAS ’71, is a senior logistics engineer with CEVA Logistics of Jacksonville, Fla., after accepting an early retirement from General Motors where he worked for over 25 years.

Judy (Hays) Kenney, SBA ’79, is the new general manager of WTFX Fox 4, the Fox affiliate of Fort Myers, Fla. Her company purchased the station in December 2005 and asked her to relocate from Lansing to Fort Myers to run the station.

Sally Littleton, MA ’79, resides with her husband in Traverse City, Mich., where she has been living for the past 18 years. She retired in 2001 from a private psychotherapy practice. Her mother Betty Marie Anderson, CAS ’85, graduated from OU with a communications degree, followed by her eldest daughter Maria (DiPonio) Hillary, MA ’98, CAS ’95. Though her three other children chose different schools, they still have a strong OU family. Littleton’s memories of fellow students, great faculty, interesting courses and, most of all, walking across the beautiful campus have never faded.

* Wendy Lull, CAS ’74, was named one of New Hampshire’s Outstanding Women in Business by New Hampshire Business Review Magazine in 2007.

Leigh Marciniak, CAS ’75, has joined the staff of the Better Business Bureau of Detroit and Eastern Michigan as marketing director. Her focus will be on promoting and retaining business memberships for the 90-year-old nonprofit organization.

Maria Marcotte, CAS ’72, is managing partner and COO at Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing in Birmingham, Mich.

Robert McGowan, MA ’75, CAS ’72, was selected as the Good Neighbor Gardener of the Year by the judges of the 2007 Scotts Give Back to Grow Awards.

Daniel Medow, SBA ’71, is president of Medow & Mayberry News Corp. in Hamtramck, Mich. The company recently purchased The Hamtramck Citizen, the Livonia Gazette, and the Farmington Gazette.

Kenneth Munn, SEHS ’73, joined BBK, Southfield as managing director; he was previously director of supplier economics and financial analysis at Chrysler Corporation.

David Naeyaert, SECS ’72, operates a farming and excavating business in Berlin Township, Mich. He and his wife, Marianne, have been married for 25 years and have a 15 year old daughter, Julia.

Rosie Richardson, CAS ’74, is assistant principal at Pontiac Central High School.
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Mary Brombach, MAT ’85, is a special education teacher at Oak Park High School.

Melinda Conway Callahan, MPA ’85, was recently among 65 professionals selected to participate in Leadership Detroit’s Class XXIX. Leadership Detroit is the Detroit Regional Chamber’s premier leadership development and training program. More than 1,600 regional leaders have completed the program, including Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Sharman Davenport, CAS ’80, is director of Lighthouse PATH. PATH is a subsidiary of Lighthouse of Oakland County Inc., a non-profit organization that helps low-income people in need. PATH gives long-term support to help women achieve independence and give their children a healthy family environment.

* Joan Flynn, BGS ’86, has been the Macomb County Commissioner for the past 12 years. Last year, she served as vice chair of the board, and this year she is the Chair of Operational Services.

* Joseph Gibson, BGS ’83, recently joined North American Bus Industries as senior vice president of Sales and Marketing responsible for the North American Transit bus market.

* Susan Hammer, CAS ’82, received her teaching certification in K-12 art from Wayne State University in 2006.

Rob Johns, SBA ’85, just started a new position with CitiStaff, Inc. as an account manager selling staffing services and solutions. He specializes in information technology and project management placements.

* Michael Lau, SBA ’82, is a vice president and certified investment management analyst for UBS Financial Services in Rochester where he has worked for the past 20 years. His wife, Nancy, is a stay-at-home mom to Jacqueline, age 10, and Mikey, age 6.

Robert Read, CAS ’82, is president and COO of TheraMatrix, Michigan’s largest private physical therapy practice.

Marvin Stone, SBA ’81, is owner of both the Gingleville Ace Hardware on Baldwin Road and Stone’s Ace Inc. in Clinton Township, Mich.
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Merlyn Beard, CAS ’99, was named District 4 Orchestra Teacher of the Year by the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association. He has been a music teacher for 17 years, spending the last 13 in the Waterford School District.

Stacie Behler, CAS ’92, is vice president, Corporate Communications/Public Affairs at Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich. She was recently accepted into the 2007 class of Leadership Michigan, a program of the Michigan Chamber Foundation. She is one of only 29 professionals from across the state that received admittance into this year’s program.

Robert Brown, SEHS ’98 has been a manager for Chrysler Corporation for 11 years. He believes that exposing young adults to the auto industry is critical to the survival of the American economy. He also notes that Oakland University is a catalyst of innovation and an institution that drives its students to drive the future.

* Ren J. Carlton, SBA ’97, has been awarded the 2007 Michigan Small Business Journalist of the Year by the Small Business Administration. He is president of DAS Professional Services and host of the Business Reality Network Show.

Michael Charach, CAS ’95, has joined CBS Television Distribution as Director, Station Relations for Entertainment Tonight and The Inside. In this new role, he will oversee advertising and promotional efforts and provide support to television stations that air the entertainment shows. Charach is also an Emmy-winning producer.

Jennifer (Kincer) Catallo, CAS ’93, is a special lecturer in the music department at Oakland University. She also works in the television commercial, film and voice-over industry and recently was selected as the actor for the Boyne Resorts television campaign that is currently airing. She appears in the Flagstar Bank commercial and will be appearing in a Majic Windows TV spot with newscaster Mort Crim. She works on a film set nearly every week. Her recent children’s manners DVD project titled Time for Manners was considered for one of Oprah Winfrey’s next great invention shows.

* Teresa DeBastiani, MPA ’97, is a first vice president in charge of the Troy and Rochester, Mich., branch offices for LaSalle Bank. She is married and has three children, Jack, Jessica and Jonathan.

Joanne Gerstner, CAS ’93, is chair of the branch VP of Development for Women in Sports Media, a nonprofit organization representing women in print, broadcast, PR and online sports media. She is also a sports writer at The Detroit News.

Tammy Gilbert, MED ’96, is a sixth-grade teacher at Boulan Park Middle School.

* Vesna Gorec, SEHS ’99, returned to her native Slovenia for a three-year contract position in the computer industry. She now lives in Ajax, Ontario, with her husband, Roman Zakrajsek, and dearly loved cat, Honey. She keeps busy writing for a Toronto Newcomers Club.

Beth Hanna, SEHS ’95, has received the 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching — the nation’s highest honor for teaching in these fields. She is the only mathematics winner from Michigan and one of 93 teachers nationwide to be honored. Hanna is employed at Pattengill Elementary School in Berkley.

Stephen E. Hart, CAS ’91, was elected to the position of shareholder at the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Monica Lanee Jones, ME ’99, CAS ’92, recently published a novel entitled Better Late Than Never.

Brenda Karl, SBA ’93, has been promoted to director, technology risk management services, at Horn Murdock Cole. She was previously senior manager.

Sheryl (Clark) Klemanski, SEHS ’82, CAS ’91, is the director of Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at Brevard College in N.C. She is married to John S. Klemanski, professor of political science at Oakland University.

* David Kolasinski, CAS ’94, has accepted a position as health, safety and environmental director for Global Precision Tubing with Norsk-Hydro. He resides in Saline, Mich., with his wife, Melissa, CAS ’95, and their two children.

Cynthia A. Kozak, LPC, CH, MA ’97, BGS ’92, recently started a private practice as a counselor/hypnotherapist. She assists clients with weight loss, smoking cessation, phobias, anxiety issues and confidence building. In August 2007, she will complete training to become a certified Hypnobirthing Fertility Practitioner.

* Ronald McKee, SBA ’96, is senior transaction specialist and earned real estate designation of CCIM.

Tammy Meyer, SEHS ’91, her husband, and three daughters recently moved 1,500 miles across the country to New Mexico. Their dream has always been to move south and they love it. She will be a substitute teacher in the fall.

Rayissa Palmer, CAS ’96, is the VP of Marketing & Communications for Scottish Re (U.S.) Inc., a global life reinsurance specialist based in Charlotte, N.C. She leads the North American marketing efforts for the organization including branding, advertising, internal/ external communications, and events. In addition, Palmer is on the board of directors for Hands on Charlotte, the Queen City’s premiere non-profit volunteer service organization. Founded in 1991, Hands on Charlotte’s mission is to strengthen the community and enrich lives by mobilizing a diverse corps of citizens in direct volunteer service.

Jinho Park, SHS ’96, passed his Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exam in December 2006. He is currently the human resources manager at Chicago Metallic Corporation. He recently hired fellow OU alumna Lisa Storc, BGS ’04, as human resources generalist.

Mary Rademacher, MA ’97, is a counselor at Waterford Mott High School.

Betty Stacer, SON ’93, is director of Beaumont Hospice in Troy, Mich.

Brad Southern, SBA ’97, is senior consulting manager, forensic, litigation, and valuation services group for UHY Advisors MI, Inc. in Sterling Heights.

Tammy Thompson, BGS ’98, went on to earn her Med and SWT. She is currently a social worker and marketing director in homecare working with senior citizens. She produces a cable show called Senior Moments for public access and sings in a duo called Sentimental Strings! Her greatest challenge to date is surviving breast cancer after finishing both chemotherapy and radiation in March 2006.

Randy VanWagoner, CAS ’90, is president of Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y.

Laura Vultaggio, CAS ’91, joined Kaufman Financial Group/Burns & Wilcox as director of corporate communications. She was previously the manager of corporate communications with Visteon Group.

Wendy Waldrep, CAS ’95, has been promoted to vice president of sales for RE Forms Net.
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Gloria Brooks, CAS ’01, joined Arbor Hospice & Home Care as president and CEO; she was previously COO for the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan.

Monika Christensen, CAS ’04, is enjoying her second year as an entrepreneur. She owns Housekeeping Maid Easy, a residential/commercial cleaning company in Fishers, Ind. The business has grown to 12 employees and services more than 100 homes each month.

Anahid Derbabian, MA ’05, is chief executive officer and founder of Integrity Communications.

Chad Hermans, CAS ’06, was recently sworn in as a new patrol officer with the Rochester Michigan Police Department. Prior to his appointment, he was employed with both the Pontiac and Lathrup Village Police Departments.

Michelle (Krzeminski) Kane, MAT ’00, recently published a novel, Confessions of a Catholic Schoolgirl. She is donating 25 percent of the book’s proceeds to the Michigan Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

* Kristine Klute, CAS ’05, is working in market research in San Francisco, Calif., and applying to graduate schools.

Jason Kummerl, SECS ’03, has joined Handleman Co. as a senior system specialist for the information technology department; he was previously with Visteon.

* Michael T. Murphy, CAS ’01, is the newest associate at Blank Rome LLP. He will work in the firm’s litigation group.

Janet O’Brien, CAS ’02, joined Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch as the Community Partnering Marketing Coordinator. She is working on key projects such as Money Smart Week in both Michigan and Indiana to promote financial literacy.

Erica Ortleib, CAS ’04, has joined pushtwentytwo, a full-service marketing and communications agency, as an account manager.

Eric Perich, SBA ’06, is the recipient of the Kapp Award from the Michigan Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Letters. The award is presented to the outstanding undergraduate paper presented at the previous Academy annual meeting.

* Suzanne Elizabeth Schoenrock, SON ’06, moved to Florida to work as a charge nurse in a hospital operating room.

* Jessica Semanson, SHS ’06, moved to Illinois shortly after her graduation in December 2006 to work as an exercise specialist at the Lake Forest Hospital Fitness Center. She was promoted after just two weeks to fitness assessment coordinator in addition to her role as exercise specialist. She attributes her confidence and experience to Oakland University and its great faculty and staff.

* Robert Walker, CAS ’03, has been appointed Head Tennis Professional at Berkley Tennis.

Patience Wright, MED ’03, SEHS ’00, is owner of The Purple Bear, a children’s boutique in Birmingham, Mich., that specializes in children’s clothing, shoes, toys and books.
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* Amanda (Ogg) Abernathy, SEHS ’05, married Gary Abernathy in May 2006. She is currently teaching 4th grade in the Pontiac School District.

Stacey Bortman, SEHS ’05, is engaged to Jason Raznick. A July 2008 wedding is planned.

Susan O’Connor, CAS ’04, and David Renne, SBA ’04, announce their engagement. The two are planning to wed in February 2008, and will be moving to Florida following a South American honeymoon.

Andrea Zarczynski, CAS ’04 and Michael Szatkowski, CAS ’05, were married on Aug. 25, 2007. The couple will be relocating to California.
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Deborah Michal (Langrill) Beaudoin, Ph.D ’05, CAS ’01, and her husband Jason James Beaudoin, ME ’07, SECS ’00, happily announce the birth of Luke James on June 5, 2007. Proud grandparents include two OU alumni; Sharon (Haney) Beaudoin, CAS ’78, and Lawrence Langrill, CAS ’75. Six OU degrees in one family!

Kathleen Brown, SEHS ’00, and her husband Tim Brown, SEHS ’00, announce the birth of their daughter Taryn Mackenzie on March 16, 2007. She joins big brother Ryan.

Carol (Brown) Carpenter, CAS ’00, and her husband, Aaron Carpenter, SBA ’97, are thrilled to announce the birth of their third son Eli Matthew on February 3, 2007. He joins proud big brothers Drew Mitchell, 5, and Brady Michael, 3.

Kristi (Morauski) Chaffin, SHS ’99, and her husband Bryson are proud to announce the birth of their son Mason Garrett on May 21, 2007. They currently reside in San Antonio, Texas.

Kip Harris, CAS ’02, and his fiancée announce the birth of their first child, Nolan Howard Kaline Harris on May 26, 2007. He and mom are doing great!

Diana (Pletz) Hatcher, CAS ’98, and her husband Chris are proud to announce the birth of their son Aiden Lamar on February 1, 2007.

Jennifer (Herrera) Hess, SBA ’03, and her husband Jeffrey welcomed their first child, Aubrey Rebekah on December 28, 2006. She weighed 6lbs. 4oz. and was 19 1/2 inches long.

Tina (Hamlin) McComas, CAS ’95, and her husband, Andy, are proud to announce the birth of their son Jonathan on March 15, 2007. He joins his 31/2 -year-old sister, Elizabeth.

Jennifer (Nokielski) Napper, SEHS ’96, gave birth to her second son, Braden Sean on November 16, 2006. He joins big brother Keegan Matthew and proud daddy Steven.

Jeff Olson, SEHS ’03, and his wife Kristin (Kouba), CAS ’02, announce the birth of their daughter Ella Faith on April 21, 2007.
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Larry C. Barton, CAS ’71, died April 12, 2007.

Carol Borgman, CAS ’85, died March 29, 2007.

Marvin Burstyn, CAS ’73, died May 12, 2007.

Sharon K. Devereaux, SEHS ’78, died April 10, 2007.

Reta Grey, MAT ’71, died Jan. 6, 2007.

Sharon Hinz, MAT ’77, died Jan. 5, 2007.

Jane E. McAnall, SEHS ’86, died March 21, 2007.

Steven Nowak, SBA ’85, died March 12, 2007.

Linda Podor, SEHS ’83, died Jan. 4, 2007.

Wendy Sable, SEHS ’86, died March 6, 2007.

Doris Ann White, MAT ’77, SEHS ’75, died May 8, 2007.

Robert Wozniak, SECS ’71, died April 9, 2007.
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