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Gerald (Jerry) J. Smith CAS ’69 was the first props master for Meadow Brook Theatre. He has been living in Toronto, Ontario, since 1969 and in 1970 received his Master of Arts degree in Theatre History from the University of Toronto under Robertson Davies. In November 2004, he became deputy registrar, Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

Robert Szymke CAS ’68 retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections in June 2004 after 32 years of state service as assistant deputy warden of programming at the Oaks Correctional Facility, and assistant deputy warden in charge of Camp Sauble. He is currently considering future career options.

Judy (Rosencrants) Walter SEHS ’69 is now the director, Educational Services Division at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) in Bethesda, Md. ASHP is the largest provider of continuing education to pharmacists in hospitals and health systems, with a mid-year clinical meeting that attracts more than 17,000 participants. She continues to reside in Alexandria, Va.
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Gerald Alt CAS ’76 was promoted to president and chief operating officer of LOGS Network in January. LOGS is a national financial services company that manages 24 law firms operating in 31 states whose primary business is representation of mortgage lenders.

Richard Clanton CAS ’76 was recently recognized by Grand Rapids Community College and several African-American organizations as the recipient of The Walter Coe Public Service Award, one of 12 Giant awards given out annually to West Michigan community leaders. Clanton was honored for his work as executive director overseeing construction of the downtown YMCA facility and building relationships throughout the community. His wife, Deborah, was also honored with the Floyd Skinner Justice Award for her work as director of probation services and magistrate for the 62nd B District Court.

Joseph P. Drader Sr. MSE ’75 is battling a serious disease, Primary Al Amyloidosis. Prayers are appreciated.  His first son, Joseph, married Marie Mathe in October 2005. 

Robert J. Frank CAS ’73, through his home inspection company RJ Frank Home Inspections – A Buyer’s Ally-ASHI, has completed his 10,000th home inspection.

Gwendolyn (Shumpert) Franklin SON ’79 has been accepted into the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program, a national advanced-leadership program for nurses in senior executive roles in health services, public health and nursing education who aspire to help lead and shape the United States health care system of the future. This three-year fellowship is designed for fellows to remain in their current positions, and is intended to offer participating nurses the experiences, competencies and skills necessary to achieve or advance in executive leadership positions in a health care system.

Mary Beth Ginter SEHS ’79 was chosen to participate in the National Institute for Leadership Development LEADERS program, an international program for administrators and faculty in higher education. She is employed as executive assistant to the president of PIMA Community College West Campus.

Sigrid Grace MAT ’79, second grade teacher at Orchard Primary School of Almont Community Schools, was elected chair of the Early Childhood Educators Caucus of the National Education Association. She was elected at the 143rd Annual Meeting of the NEA on  July 3 in Los Angeles, Calif.

Robert F. Grant SBA ’79 has been named executive vice president and head of TCF Bank Michigan’s commercial banking division. Grant will manage the people responsible for the bank’s relationships with corporate, commercial real estate and private banking customers. He has offices in Ann Arbor and Troy. Grant and his wife reside in Brighton.

Leslie G. Griffen CAS ’70 started a new business, The Griffen Group, LLC and also works full time as the marketing officer for FBD Consulting, Inc., a national full-service benefit design and administration firm and human resources consulting firm in Kansas City.

Steven Kaplan CAS ’75 is an assistant prosecuting attorney in Macomb County. Recently, he gained a jury conviction in the first case that brought charges of making a terrorist threat in Michigan under the statute that was enacted in 2002.

Daniel V. Kinsella CAS ’73 has been selected as one of Illinois’ Super Lawyers in a survey of peers conducted by the research department of Law & Politics and the publishers of Chicago Magazine. He is a shareholder in the Chicago law firm of Schuyler, Roche & Zwirner and concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law. He is a member of the Board of Editors of three books published by the American Bar Association in conjunction with the Bureau of National Affairs. The books are: Covenants Not To Compete: A 50-State Survey; Trade Secrets: A 50-State Survey; and Employee Duty of Loyalty: A 50-State Survey. He is also a frequent speaker on labor and employment law issues.

Jonathan Lowe SBA ’74 has joined the team of financial and philanthropic advisers at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit as associate director of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund.

Zim Olson SECS ’72 is owner of  zimmathematics.com, a website specializing in creative mathematics, applications, math art, song/poem, expressions/formulas, math games, creative concept lists, discussion and biography.

Judge Stephen M. Rubin CAS ’71 of Tucson, Ariz. was elected Secretary of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) at their annual meeting in Boston. Judge Rubin has been on the bench since 1987. He was in his fifth year as a trustee of the council when he was elected. The NCJFCJ is the oldest and largest judicial membership organization in the country. The Reno-based NCJFCJ provides training and technical assistance to courts, judges, lawyers and other court service professionals.

Helena Ruffin CAS ’79 has worked in the fields of sales management and marketing for more than 22 years, working with companies such as CBS/Viacom, Arbitron Ratings, and Infinity Radio Sales. She was sought after by many high profile new media companies and served as vice president for several years at NetZero, CBS Storerunner and most recently Clear Channel Interactive. After nearly a decade of dominating her position in Los Angeles, the number one radio market in America, Helena’s entrepreneurial spirit could wait no longer and she created RuffinDirect, an eMarketing firm that focuses on the needs of the financial services community. With family ties in the financial services industry, Helena understood the needs of financial advisers and tailored eMarketing solutions to help them communicate more effectively to their market. This opened up a new opportunity and she went to work with Rose Greene Financial Services as an insurance specialist and has received her Series 6 Securities license.

Michelle Simmons CAS ’78 was promoted to senior associate director of the Bowling Green State University (Ohio) Career Center.

Lisa (Fitzpatrick) Sokol CAS ’74 is acting director of the Orion Senior Center in Lake Orion.

Ray Thibodeau SBA ’78 recently joined CIBC World Markets as executive director of fixed income for the western region in San Fransisco.
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John Bomarito SBA ’83 has opened a new direct mail advertising business called Money Mailer of North Macomb, which reaches the most affluent households in Macomb County, north of Hall Road. His website is www.moneymailer.com/macomb.

Jennifer Borgesen SBA ’83 is avp/branch manager at BankOne/JPMorgan Chase in Clarkston.

Laura Brodeur SBA ’84 was named partner at Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP, a Detroit-based business law firm servicing clients nationwide. She is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law department.

Constance Franco SON ’83 has been promoted from vice president of operations and patient care services to chief operating officer at Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

Terry (Gartelman) Gonzalez SEHS ’81 and her husband Julian are realizing their dream and moving to Cali, Colombia, after she spent more than 20 years as a teacher. She plans to write bilingual books for children and become involved with literacy projects in Cali.

Orest Iwasiuk SECS ’81 was added to the College of Engineering Hall of Fame at Wayne State University on November 20, 2004. Orest is past president of Teleflex Automotive Group of Troy, a major division of Teleflex Corporation with 4,000 employees and 18 operations in North America, Europe and China. 

Marianne Fey Miller CAS ’80 has been promoted to oversee Buick’s national advertising accounts in addition to retail advertising accounts at McCann Erickson’s Birmingham office.

Lynda M. Poly-Droulard SON ’83 is a part-time faculty member in the nursing program at Oakland University.

Cindy Pronger SEHS ’87 is senior manager of EEO Compliance and Governance at DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

Nancy Stevens CAS ’84 has published a memoir entitled On Seven Mile Road, telling the story of her family’s life in Detroit just after World War II.

Lori (Sharp) Stewart SBA ’82 is a pharmaceutical representative with Alta Division of Pfizer, Inc.

Beth Vollbach CAS ’80 has moved back to Michigan after 20 years in California.
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Michael Antonelli CAS ’98 received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine on May 5, 2005.

Kevin Baker CAS ’99 completed his master’s in psychology/behavioral neuroscience at Yale University. He is currently employed as a researcher in the neuroscience division of Lexicon Genetics. 

Nancy (Dourjalian) Beattie MAT ’94, SEHS ’90 developed a spelling program for her 6th grade students five years ago. She could not find a program that worked and was convinced middle school had become the “forgotten years” for spelling programs. The program was a success. Her students liked it – and they did well. The program now sells across the country to other teachers who are in the same situation. It is called Spelling-An Integrated Approach for Middle School.

Stacie (Seitz) Behler CAS ’92 has been promoted to director of communications and government relations for Meijer stores. Prior to her promotion, she practiced law for nearly 10 years and handled litigation matters for Meijer.

Kathryn (Lauer) Black SEHS ‘97 earned her masters of education in school counseling from Grand Valley State University in December 2004. On April 11, 2005, she received an award for Outstanding Student of the Year in School Counseling at Grand Valley. She recently moved to Grand Blanc from the Grand Rapids area with her husband and three sons.

Kurt M. Brauer CAS ’91 has been named partner at Bodman LLP’s Detroit office. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex environmental litigation.

Edward Burnette MAT ’91 is retired from Royal Oak Community Schools.

Cheryl Case CAS ’92 accepted a position as vice president, Network Operations at Consolidated Underwriting Alliance, Ltd.

Michael Charach CAS ’95 creates promos for FX Network’s show DVD on TV and movie trailers for Paramount Domestic Television, which have included, The Golden Child, Naked Gun 21/2 and Romeo is Bleeding.  Michael lives in Marina Del Ray, Calif., with his wife Geetha of 21/2 years. Geetha also shares his passion for movies and television as special effects artist and 3D coordinator on the movie Aeon Flux for Digital Domain. In 2006, they hope to welcome their first child into the family.

Robert Chryczyk CAS ’98 is supervisor for SBC Communications working at the Southfield Network Dispatch Center. He has been married for three years and has a one-year-old daughter.

Wendy Drum CAS ’97 has accepted the position of corporate attorney at the U.S. Health and Life Insurance Company, located in Sterling Heights.

Christina Fuoco CAS ‘90 is a news editor for Independent newspapers in suburban Phoenix, Ariz. She also freelances for RollingStone.com, liveDaily.com and the Flint Journal. She resides in Mesa, Ariz.

Denise J. (Davidson) Murray BGS ’96 accepted a position as managing director at Northland Center in Southfield, America’s first mall. She is very excited to be working at such a historical icon. 

Meredith Kadlec BGS ’90 attended Prague’s prestigious film school called F.A.M.U. where she completed a post graduate film production program. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a production assistant on the sitcom
Mad About You. She is now working as vice president, original programming for the historic first-ever television network to serve the gay and lesbian audience, here! TV.

Catherine Lahti SBA ’97 joined Morgan Stanley as a financial adviser focusing her practice on non-profit endowments, trusts and foundations as well as executive women and other clients seeking to build their wealth.

Gerald Lohr MBA ’95 was promoted to director of network and fleet strategy at Delta Airlines, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga.

Debra K. Osuch CAS ’91 was one of six team members from Soil and Materials Engineers, Inc. who were honored for their hard work, teamwork, commitment and dedication to SME, their profession and their clients.

Rayissa (Slywka) Palmer CAS ’96 is currently working at RED F, a marketing consultancy in Charlotte, N.C. RED F, in its first year of eligibility, was named to the 2004 INC 500 Fastest Growing Companies list and debuted at #21 overall and #1 for marketing companies. Palmer is the marketing director leading a team that works with Fortune 100 clients in the United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Frank Randazzo CAS ’96 has completed his five-year residency program in radiology at The Detroit Medical Center. He passed the radiology oral board exam and is now board certified.

Mary Skalsky MAT ’96 received an award in recognition of outstanding service from the Michigan Career Development Association at the fall 2004 Michigan Counseling State Conference. This award was presented to her for her coordination of the National Career Development Association’s Poster and Poetry contest for the State of Michigan. The focus of the contest is celebration of National Career Development week in November each year.  The contest is designed to highlight the importance of life-long career development and the personal empowerment of all people.

Helena Stovall CAS ’96 graduated from Michigan State University with a master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources in May 2005.

Daniel Williams CAS ’97 accepted a position with the Cranbrook Institute of Science as superintendent of Building Services.
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Allison Aiello SEHS ’00 is a second grade teacher at a charter school in Warren. She is getting married this November and hoping to return to OU to begin graduate classes. 

Jocelyn M. Baldwin CAS ’04 is pursuing her master’s degree in information and library science at Wayne State University and is hoping to work as a public librarian soon.

Brian D. Bill BGS ’02 graduated May 1, 2005 from California Western School of Law in San Diego with a J.D. degree.

Bradley Burnside SECS ’05 was recently hired as a software engineer for Hyland Software, Inc.

Patricia A. DiBartolomeo SEHS ’04 is working full time as a 5th grade teacher and is pursuing a master’s degree at Oakland University.

Sarah Elbaum CAS ’00 is employed at Johns Hopkins Hospital, epilepsy monitoring unit, as a technician.

Jacqlyn M. Herrick CAS ‘04 is working in communications and corporate marketing at DaimlerChrysler Services North America. She is engaged to be married and also is pursuing a master’s degree.

David Hartzel CAS ’03 just opened his off-Broadway production of the Bare World. His original poetry has been underground and touring throughout New York City. With this current break, David has the opportunity to tour his poetry with i-Bird productions during their summer festival as an up and coming writer of the theatrical and literary environments. Currently, the Bare World is performed at the Phil Bosokowski Theatre on 45th St. in New York.

Adam Kochenderfer CAS ’02 passed the bar examination and joined the law firm of Honigman Miller Swartz and Cohn in Detroit.

Shinko Kondo MM ’04 had two papers accepted at the 5th Asia-Pacific Symposium for Music Education Research held in Seattle in July 2005. One paper entitled, “Young Composers’ Meaning-making and Individual Development within Group Composing” is based on her master’s thesis.

John P. Kozely SBA ‘03 is currently working as a financial representative for Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Troy. His business consists of personal planning and asset/income protection. He helps to create a secure future for his clients through investing and planning. His goals are to be as successful and as happy as possible in all aspects of his life.

Ryan Kroge SBA ’02 is small business sales manager at Peoples State Bank in Madison Heights.

Navy Seaman Sean J. Lewicki SECS ‘03 recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, he completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

Charles M. Rinehart CAS ’04 is working at an advertising firm in Royal Oak and recently bought a house in Southfield. 

S. Alex Ruthmann MM ’02, music education doctoral student at OU, presented a session at the Mountain Lake Colloquium for Teachers of General Music Methods in May 2005 entitled “A Constructivist Approach to Teaching and Learning Music in Technology-Infused Secondary General Music Classes.” 

Sommer L. Starck CAS ’03 is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration at Oakland University with an expected graduation in December 2006.

Steven Treppa MBA ’04 has joined Rader, Fishman and Grauer as information technology director.
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Engagements & Weddings

Nancy Chess SEHS ’04 married Kevin Blitz of Philadelphia in July 2005.

Patrick G. Clor SECS ’97, MS ’00 wed Mary C. Crova SECS ‘97 on August 27, 2005, at National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, Mich. Pat works at General Motors as a regulatory engineer and Mary at DaimlerChrysler as a process quality manager.

Teresa M. (Beddow) DeBastiani MPA ’97 married Jeff DeBastiani on November 6, 2004. She is a first vice president and division manager for LaSalle Bank overseeing the branch offices in the Troy, Rochester and Bloomfield areas. She is celebrating her 12th year with Standard Federal Bank.

Jennifer Hay SEHS ’01 married Michael Hay in May 2005. She currently works with law enforcement and child protective services to assist in and conduct forensic interviews of abused children.

Tracy A. (Wilson) Horner SEHS ’02 married Glenn Horner on July 31, 2004.

Donna M. Crane-Rossi CAS ’89 married Conrad Rossi in June 2004 in Arizona. They are expecting their first child in November 2005. She is currently with BBDO in Phoenix working on the DaimlerChrysler account.

Andrea (Zwolinski) Weber SEHS ’00 married Donald Terry Weber Jr. on June 25. The couple has moved to Easton, Pa., where she is a greek life coordinator at Lehigh University. In attendance at the wedding were Kristy Chene ’00, Karen Babel ’99, Sharon Stanton ’00, Jennifer Wegner ’01, Justin and Amanda Ewald, and Adam Kochenderfer ’02. OU staff members in attendance were Rahki Roy and Don Ritenburgh.

Jay Wren MSE ’03 married Janice Laffreda CAS ’03 on June 5, 2004.
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Births / Adoption Announcements

Kim (LeRoy) DeAngelo SEHS ’99 and her husband Dave welcomed Ryan Joseph on January 22 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Ryan weighed 8 lbs. 13 oz. and was 21 inches long. 

Christine (Brunner) Grimmett SEHS ’96 and her husband Paul are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter Kaitlyn Elizabeth on November 12, 2004.

Nicole (Wallace) Kuyoth MBA ’04, SBA ’00 and her husband Christopher Kuyoth MBA ’98 announce the birth of their daughter Alexis Juliet on April 6, 2005.

Jenni (Herzog) Lemon CAS ‘02 and her husband Ted announce the birth of their son Trevor James born on his daddy’s birthday, January 20, 2005.

Linda (Phillips) Manuszak MA ’97, SEHS ’94 and her husband Don announce the birth of their second child, Elizabeth Emily on November 11, 2004. She joins big brother Brandon Steven.

Nicole T. Perry SEHS ’94 and her husband Wayne, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Ramona Perry.

Katherine (Quaiatto) Pruchnic BGS ’89 and her husband Michael announce the birth of their third child, Joseph Anthony on January 5, 2005. He joins big sister Lauren (5) and brother Michael (2).  Katherine is a prenatal education coordinator and lactation consultant at Mount Clemens General Hospital.

Dr. Frank Randazzo CAS ’96 and his wife Laurie (Sliwinski) SEHS ’96 announce the birth of their daughter Grace Lauren on August 24, 2004.
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Patricia Berg MAT ’78 died December 24, 2004. 

Coletta M. Canavan MAT ’74 died August 21, 1995.

George R. “Bob” Joyce CAS ’63 died July 21, 2005.

Doris E. Kreager SEHS ’83 died June 26, 2005.

Brenda (Shelton) Milnes MAT ’78 died February 20, 2005.

William Patrick O’Neill CAS ’72 died January 15, 2005.

Lori (Zagorski) Ruks MA ’97 died February 21, 2005.

Regina Marie Singleton SEHS ’93 died April 16, 2005.

Angela Sykes MAT ’69 died October 20, 2004

Lillian J. Way MAT ’76 died May 18, 2004.

Michelle D. Worell CAS ’91 died January 26, 2005.

Matthew Wray SBA ’80 died March 24, 2005.
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