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Joseph Cool, SECS ‘69, was retained by Multicultural Business Council as General Advisory Consul.

Jim Wynns, SBA ‘69, is semi-retired after selling his corporation, Michigan Coffee Service, to a Japanese consortium. He retains his Chicago Coffee Service and his Internet business, cheaper coffee.com.
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The Honorable Leo Bowman, CAS ‘76, has been named chairman of the POH Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Richard Cameron, SBA ‘74, has been a full-time healthcare consultant for the last 10 years after spending 23 years in hospital administration, physician practice management and managed care services. He and his wife, Elaine, have lived outside St. Louis, Mo., since 2000 and enjoy volunteering and traveling along with their three adopted retired racing greyhounds.

Richard Clanton, CAS ‘76, is in his second term as city commissioner for the City of Kentwood. He has over 15 years of local government experience in the City of Kentwood, having previously served on the Zoning Board, Economic Development Board, Brownfield Authority, Pension Board, and the Planning Commission. Clanton has been involved with the Michigan Municipal League for the past eight years as secretary, vice president and president of Region III, president of the Elected Officials Academy, and vice president of Michigan Black Elected Officials. He is also a Level III graduate of E.O.A. In 2005, Grand Rapids awarded him the “Giants Award for Community Service.”

Sharon Finley, MAT ‘80, CAS ‘76, has been teaching English at Pontiac Northern High School for the past 14 years.

Maurice Freed, CAS ‘77, is running for the office of County Commissioner, District 8, Seat B in Knox County, Tenn.

Robert Grant, SBA ‘79, is president, TCF Bank Michigan in Ann Arbor. Previously, he held the position of Senior Vice President and division manager of middle-market banking in southeast Michigan for Fifth Third Bank in Southfield.

Deborah Hejl, SEHS ‘73, is a Fishers High School Social Studies teacher in Indiana who recently completed a tour of duty as a U.S. House of Representatives Fellow. She competed against a prestigious group of high school teachers of American history and government from across the country for a coveted spot in the program.

Myron Kopin, CAS ‘73, has been practicing medicine in the Rochester area for nearly 30 years.

Thom Lucas, CAS ‘78, has recently published a book titled The Anxiety Fix, Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy for Fast Effective Treatment of Anxiety, Panic and OCD. The book can be previewed at www.LULU.com.

Carolyn McCloud, SEHS ‘75, is author of a children’s book called Have You Filled Your Bucket Today?

Ayers Morison, Jr., CAS ‘71, has joined SSOE, Inc. as design leader; previously, he was with Harley Ellis Devereaux as a senior project designer.

Kenneth Olen, CAS ‘73, is now principal for the tax department of MSW Group, PLC in Farmington Hills.

Carol Petrea, CAS ‘79, is founder of Carol S. Petrea Youth Golf Foundation, an organization created to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life enhancing values through the game of golf and other character building activities.

Timothy Wiedman, CAS ‘76, completed his Doctor of Business Administration degree at Argosy University in Sarasota, Fla., in 2006 and is a professor of management and human resources at Doane College in Crete, Neb. He is in his 22nd year of teaching at the college level. 
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Melinda Conway Callahan, MPA ‘85, president of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan’s Foundation, was among the 65 professionals selected to participate in Leadership Detroit’s Class XXIX. Leadership Detroit is the Detroit Regional Chamber’s leadership development and training program, creating awareness of issues that affect the region.

Andrew Cardimen, SBA ‘88, is senior vice president and market manager, Commercial Middle Market for Harris Bank. He is responsible for leading a team charged with providing superior commercial banking services and advice to middle market companies throughout Central Indiana.

Richard Corona, SECS ‘88, was promoted to partner and is remaining MEP engineering group leader with DSA Architects. He joined DSA in January 2007.

John Gabor, SBA ‘84, is the new manager of Marine City, Mich.

David Graebner, CAS ‘89, owns a residential/commercial painting business called Regal Painting of Michigan LLC, serving the Detroit Metro area.

Veronica Hall, SON ‘84, is COO and chief nursing officer of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Kim (Devroy) Kemske, CAS ‘88, completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 2006 and has
accepted a position on the board of directors with Archway Associates based in Royal Oak. She is also working in private practice in Novi with Providence Hospital Behavioral Medicine.

Donald Korn, SBA ‘88, is senior vice president and director of Institutional Services for Regions Bank in Birmingham, Ala.

Connie Kramer, SBA ‘82, is an associate professor of business/marketing at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan. After 25 years working as an executive management/marketing professional, she is sharing her knowledge and experience with college students.

Mark Lewakowski, SBA ‘80, retired from the United States Air Force after 26 years of military service and has taken a new position within the Air Force as a civilian in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Programs. He is building a home west of Yuba City, Calif. He has been married for over 23 years with a 20-year-old son who is in college.

MaryAnn Northcote, CAS ‘81, joins Henry Ford Macomb Hospital as director of safety and security; previously, she was with Trinity Health as the director of loss control.

Marc Ott, CAS ‘81, SBA ‘79, is assistant city manager of Austin, Texas.

Barbara Palazzolo, CAS ‘83, has been named COO of Detroit-based Inforum.

Lisabeth Pinto, CAS ‘89, has joined Decuss Communications, Birmingham as vice president and COO.

Gregory Quick, MBA ‘81, is senior vice president of the Peoples State Bank.

Thomas Quisenberry, MA ‘82, is one of three individuals who formed Patriot Services Corp., a consulting company that assesses and trains public and private entities in security risks and how to fight threats.

Mark S. Rogers, SEHS ‘81, MA ‘88, is working as a clinician for Easter Seals, a therapist with Henry Ford Macomb, a premarital counselor, a webmaster for Stooltime Counseling, and sits on the Public Relations and Human Development Steering Committees with the Statue of Responsibility Foundation.

David Schulte, SBA ‘83, joined the McKendree University staff as director of information technology.

Fred Schwark, CAS ‘89, was appointed the new regional manager by the Northern Group Inc. to oversee a collection of premier buildings in downtown Detroit.

Daniel Slanco, MBA ‘87, retired from General Motors finance staff effective February 1, 2007, after 36 years of service.

Art Waldowski, SBA ‘83, is the new vice president of purchasing for Commercial Vehicle Systems at ArvinMeritor in Troy.

Joyce Weiss, MA ‘80, is owner of Joyce Weiss Training & Development, which became a Best Practices Certified Company in 2007.

Virgil K. Williams, SBA ‘82, left corporate America after 20 years, got married and opened Custom Sign Solutions, a signage company specializing in visual communications.

J. Tim Zipple, Ph.D ‘07, SHS ‘86, has completed his doctorate in science at Oakland University in 5 years. He returned to campus in 2002, 20 years after coming to OU to work toward a bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy. He has been married for 20 years, has an 18-year-old daughter who is a freshman at Grand Valley State University and a 17-year-old son who is a junior at Sacred Heart Academy in Mt. Pleasant. He has been teaching at Central Michigan University for 9 years after teaching at Des Moines University for 4 years. He has many fond memories of OU regarding the academics and competing on the wrestling team.
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Laura (Forester) Amatulli, SBA ‘98, is a sixth grade science teacher at Avondale Meadows Upper Elementary School in Rochester Hills. She won a $10,000 classroom makeover by a New York designer in the Honeywell and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Got 2B Safe! Awards Program for her lesson plan about Internet security.

Peter Auger, MPA ‘92, is the new city manager for the City of Auburn Hills. He was chosen unanimously from 25 applicants. Previously, he was manager for both Ortonville and Davison. (See story, page 16.)

Thomas Birk, SHS ‘97, is chair, Health Care Sciences, and associate professor of physical therapy at Wayne State University.

Kimberly Bracewell-Thorpe, CAS ‘92, is founder and chief administrator of Let’s Talk About It, Girl’s Home. The licensed child-caring institution aims to provide 24-hour nurturing and counseling to teen girls who will live in the home for a minimum of six months to a year. She has been in private practice since 2002 in Kalamazoo where she provides counseling to teens, couples, women and families.

David Breen, CAS ‘92, is Michigan market manager for the Detroit office of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Mary C. (Crova) Clor, SECS ‘97, has been recognized by the Society of Women Engineers with a Distinguished Engineer Award for demonstrating outstanding technical performance in the first 10 years of her engineering career.

Wendy Drum, CAS ‘97, is associate claims attorney for the Guarantee Company of North America USA, located in Southfield.

Jill (Boggess) Gaitens, SEHS ‘90, earned a master’s degree in Education; Administration and Supervision with a concentration in business. In January 2007, she earned her Arizona Principal’s Certification. She is currently serving as Dean of Students for a Pinal County, Arizona K-8 school. She has three boys ages 8, 11 and 13 and has been married to a recently retired Marine for nearly 15 years.

Mike Gingell, CAS ‘93, has been promoted to VP, General Motors Team for R.L. Polk & Co. Previously, he was VP for aftermarket and commercial vehicle teams in the strategic markets group.

Gregory Grabowski, BGS ‘91, was selected as president and CEO of The Leader Dogs for the Blind.

John Lesser, SBA ‘92, was named to the inaugural list of the top 100 independent financial advisors in the U.S. by Barron’s. He is employed with Plante Moran Financial Advisors.

Micheal Lohmeier, SBA ‘96, is senior manager with the dispute resolution team at Virchow Krause in Southfield, has been elected to the College of Fellows of the American Society of Appraisers and was awarded the Fellow Accredited Senior Appraiser Designation.

Jeri Manning, CAS ‘92, has relocated to Morocco to teach English to sixth, seventh and eighth graders at the Rabat American School in Rabat.

Brian Murphy, CAS ‘93, is assistant city manager for the City of Troy.

Charles A. Peck, MS ‘90, is a certified six sigma master black belt at Bose Corporation. His job includes mentoring, training and internal consulting.

Michael Perazza, SBA ‘95, is now a partner with Deloitte Touche L.L.P., Audit & Enterprise Risk Services; previously he was a senior manager with the firm.

Carla Sabbagh-Keyser, CAS ‘98, completed her doctorate in clinical and humanistic psychology from Michigan School of Professional Psychology. She recently relocated to Seattle, Wash., with her husband and is working for a Latino non-profit organization as a Children’s Mental Health Therapist.

Karl Siegert, CAS ‘99, has been promoted to director of product development and information technology, MVP Collaborative LLC., Madison Heights. Previously, he was director of business operations.

James TerMarsch, CAS ‘96, has been named senior vice president/creative director at Daniel Brian & Associates.

Brad Wood, SEHS ‘96, opened a full-time private practice as a licensed clinical social worker.

April Wuest, SEHS ‘97, is the new principal at Long Meadow Elementary School in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
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Kimberly Boyd, SBA ‘07, is a financial analyst for General Dynamics Land Systems in Sterling Heights, Mich.

Krystle Czajkowski, CAS ‘06, relocated to Tampa, Fla., and works for Audio Visual Innovations handling all internal communications and external public relations.

Kirsten Denyes, MBA ‘01, was promoted to vice president at Morpace Inc., in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Adriana Ferrari, CAS ‘04, has been promoted to senior account executive at Troy-based Bianchi Public Relations, Inc.

Deborah Fleischmann, SON ‘03, loves being a family nurse practitioner in Garden City. Thanks School of Nursing!

Nicola Gilson, MED ‘07, was made dean of students for the Upper School, The Academy of the Sacred Heart, Bloomfield Hills.

Patricia Harris, MA ‘06, formerly director of Academic Technology at Oakland Community College, is now associate dean of Learning Outreach at Macomb Community College. Her youngest son, Ezra, has started his freshman year at the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills.

William Holleran, CAS ‘02, works as a librarian for the Rochester Hills Public Library Bookmobile.

Jeff Lepior, SBA ‘02, is an account manager in West Palm Beach, Fla., for Stryker Medical Corporation headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Joanne Lim, SBA ‘07, is working as a division controller assistant at Analysis International Corporation.

Mike Massucci, MAT ‘00, is the varsity basketball coach at Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak, Mich.

Robert Metzger Jr., SECS ‘05, is currently working for Dale Earnhardt, Inc. as the backup race engineer and lead data acquisition engineer on the #8 Budweiser car for Dale Earnhardt Jr. He does testing and R&D work for the car in the race shop since the lead race engineer handles the engineering duties at the race track. He worked in automotive for two years after graduation from OU before he got the opportunity to work for Dodge Motorsports in Martinsville, Va., building the RP57 Nascar Engine. He has also been responsible for tuning Mike Egge’s Evernham Motorsports Engine at the track on race day for Fitz Motorsports, and has been seen frequently on ESPN.

Sarah Miller, MED ‘06, recently published her first book titled Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller.

Sarah Morgan, CAS ‘05, and two of her friends created a website called ThinkGirl.com as a means to motivate women to take action on issues they are passionate about. ThinkGirl was started in 2005 and continues to be used as a launching pad for local and international interaction on feminist issues.

Adam Ossipove, BGS ‘03, has joined Schafer Development in Farmington Hills as a partner; previously he was a sales associate with the Land Division of Colliers International, Southfield, Mich.

Nichole Rhodes, CAS ‘01, was recruited to work as VP Relationship Management in conjuction with U.N. sanctioned innovation and peace initiatives with Dubai World and Nakheel in Dubai, UAE. She is currently producing maximum exposure and alliances for an environmental initiative titled the “Blue Communities,” a global campaign for ecological longevity in coastal communities. She is also promoting humanitarian efforts in convergence with President Kagame of Rwanda and supporting networks for the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Peace, taking place in Dubai, April 2008, and the “Future Capitals Summit” in Abu Dhabi, November 2008. She is also developing initiatives in a $1.6 billion real estate development project in Muscat, Oman.

Jennifer Ritter, BGS ‘03, will graduate in May 2008 with an MPH in Health Services Administration from San Diego State University. She is currently working for San Diego’s largest health care organization, Sharp Health Care.

Sheris Sargeant, SBA ‘01, recently accepted a position as a system engineer for Cerner Corporation within Imaging Operations. This position required relocation from Pontiac, Mich., to Cerner World Headquarters in Kansas City, Mo.

Kelly Thomas, SBA ‘05, joined InsightExpress, a leading online market research firm as a project manager in the Online Media Measurement Group.

Andrew Trahan, CAS ‘06, is employed as a research consultant for the recruiting firm Qualigence, Inc.

Mike VanPamel, BGS ‘03, is now division president of Centex Homes Michigan; previously he was division president for Centex Homes in Columbus, Oh.

Michelle Voss, CAS ‘04, is an account executive at Simons Michelson Zieve Advertising Inc.

Julie (Fish) Wood, SEHS ‘05, is currently working as a project coordinator for Field Support Services, Inc. and manages various tasks for the Department of Defense. 
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Charles Archer, CAS ‘01, and Juliana (Pete), SEHS ‘06, were married on October 20, 2006. They took a whirlwind, seven country honeymoon through Europe, including Germany, Italy and France in summer 2007. The couple lives in Shelby Twp., and both work as teachers pursuing their master’s degrees.

Tia Stevens, CAS ‘04, married Seth Anderson, SBA ‘04 August 4, 2007. She is a doctoral student in criminal justice and he is employed with Borg Warner and is an MBA student at Michigan State University.

Tegest (Kebede) Taylor, CAS ‘00, married Antonio Taylor. She and her husband are proud parents of two sons.

Joe Van Marcke, CAS ‘02, and Julie Garstecki, SBA ‘03, were married April 21, 2007.

Nancy Zimmelman, CAS ‘83, married Robert Lenoil in Orangeville, Calif. on August 5, 2007. Nancy is the State Archivist of California. Robert owns an insurance agency in Placerville, Calif., near Sacramento. 
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Gretchen (Schroeder) Bates, CAS ‘92, and her husband Mark are proud to announce the birth of their third child, Sidney Ann on December 1, 2007. She joins brothers Logan age 5, and Jameson (deceased).

Mandy (Cribar) Battaglia, CAS ‘95, and her husband Nick are proud to announce the birth of their third son, Nicholas Joseph on March 2, 2007. He joins big brothers Gino (5) and Sammy (2).

David Benedict, MS ‘96, SECS ‘84, and his wife Laura are happy to announce the birth of their third child, a daughter, Elisa Josephine on June 27, 2007.

Mary (Crova) Clor, SECS ‘97, and her husband Patrick Clor, SECS ‘97, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ella Fread on November 11, 2007. They look forward to the day she becomes a Golden Grizzly.

Linda (Mebius) Ebsworth, SEHS ‘98, and her husband are thrilled to announce the birth of their first daughter, Isabelle, on October 23, 2007.

Christopher Grabowski, SEHS ‘98, his wife Nicole (Wigley) Grabowski, SEHS ‘98, and identical twin daughters Angelina Aliza and Brianna Ewa, welcomed a new addition to the family. Ethan Christopher was born on July 12, 2007. Christopher is currently an Independant Instructional Design and Training consultant. Nicole has the toughest job in the world, stay at home mom.

James Kocis, CAS ‘93, SECS ‘91, moved to New York City, N.Y., after completing his MBA at the University of Michigan. He is married to Mary and the two are proud to announce the birth of their first child, James on March 16, 2006.

Heather (Ahee) Schodowski, MAT ‘04, SEHS ‘02, and her husband David are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Lily Sophia Schodowski on August 17, 2007. Proud grandparents are Eileen and Jim Knowles of Macomb, Mich. and Sue and Bill Humiston of Port Hadlock, Wash., and great grandparents Sophia and Ken Adams of Warren, Mich. 
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Edward C. Balow III, CAS ‘85, died January 7, 2008.
Ernest C. Butki, MA ‘79, died October 9, 2007.
Harold Casstevens, CAS ‘74, died September 22, 2007.
Carol A. Charette, SEHS ‘82, died December 22, 2007.
Anthony Cornellier, SEHS ‘65, died September 26, 2007.
Margaret Cranick, MA ‘85, died November 26, 2007.
Olivia M. Edwards, CAS ‘75, died October 10, 2007. 
Kenneth Eichman, CAS ‘90, died December 17, 2007.
Scarlet A. Ericksen, CAS ‘01, died on November 12, 2007.
Linda K. Fernelius, MA ‘88, died November 1, 2007.
Birta Fowlkes-Allen, MAT ‘71, died November 13, 2007.
Philip Francis, Jr., BGS ‘94, died September 4, 2007.
Chad A. Goklani, CAS ‘99, died January 7, 2008.
Muriel Graber, CAS ‘74, died September 7, 2007.

Richard J. Gutherie, CAS ‘71, died December 22, 2007.
Mary Halpin, SBA ‘83, died October 6, 2007.
Dr. Elinor Holland, CAS ‘66, died on November 10, 2007.
Rosemary Joliat, CAS ‘74, died November 4, 2007.
Anna M. Kamyszek, SEHS ‘64, died January 14, 2008.
Magaret F. Koltz, CAS ‘77, died November 21, 2007.
Barbara A. Koppitz, CAS ‘76, died January 25, 2008.
Judith Naomi Larson, MA ‘86, died September 25, 2007.
Sally Lashbrook, SEHS ‘65, died October 18, 2007.
Mary E. Leavy, MA ‘01, BGS ‘90, died October 28, 2007.
Beth (Smith) Lyons, SEHS ‘75, died January 17, 2008.
Thomas McInally, SBA ‘73, died November 4, 2007.
Sandra D. Miller, BGS ‘94, died November 6, 2007.
Frederick Morrison, CAS ‘64, died May 28, 2007.
Vivian Morrow, MAT ‘73, died January 9, 2008.
Judith M. Peoples, SEHS ‘72, died October 3, 2007.
Daniel Sak, CAS ‘82, died October 1, 2007.
Elizabeth Wagner, MA ‘75, died November 19, 2007.
Marvin S. Washington, CAS ‘77, died on October 10, 2007.
Kellie A. Whitmill, CAS ‘94, died January 19, 2008.
Sandra (Relich) Willett, CAS ‘78, died August 27, 2007. 
Billy D. Williams, CAS ‘89, died November 13, 2007.
Sarah J. Wood, CAS ‘71, died June 7, 2007.
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