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Dr. Sal Aragona, CAS ’76, made national news in Andhra Pradesh, India, in February 2004. His medical/dental team saw 1,500 people in three days for primary medical care. This was his second humanitarian trip to this region of India, and he plans to make a third trip in February 2005. Dr. Aragona has maintained a private dental practice in Clinton Township since 1980.

Marilyn (Baker) Borner, CAS ’79, returned to Michigan and recently remarried after an 11-year relocation to Orange County, Calif., where she was an editor for the Orange County Register newspaper. She is the executive editor for the Italian Tribune, a 95-year-old ethnic newspaper, serving more than 30,000 readers throughout the metropolitan Detroit and Windsor communities. She also is an English teacher at Macomb County Community College and at Vincennes University on the Selfridge ANG base.

Ronald Kelly, CAS ’76, is the new theatre director for Tarboro High School in North Carolina.

Laurel (Gibbons) Nelson, SECS ’73, MAT ’79, recently was named Volunteer of the Year 2003-2004 by the Charlotte County Retired Educators Association. Her volunteer hours last year numbered 1,141, which included service to the CCREA, elementary schools and the Bread of Life Mission. She has lived in Charlotte County for the past three years. Since then, she has served as a read-aloud volunteer at the schools. She is the president of Zeta Tau Alpha in Florida and will be attending the international convention in Denver. She tutors at Sallie Jones Elementary School and drops in at the Life Care Center to visit the sick.

Douglas W. Sundmacher, CAS ’78, retired in December 2004 after 25 years with the Michigan State Police. He and his wife Jane (Kerich), CAS ’79, live north of Harbor Springs with their two children, 13-year-old Matthew and 11-year-old Joshua.

Lantry Vaughan, CAS ’72, earned a master of arts in communications and technology from the University of Alberta. He now teaches at Keyano College in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
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Louise A. Angermeier, MM ’82, retired in June 2003 after working for 25 years in church music. She currently teaches piano and accompanies other musicians. She has two grown sons and two

Allan Benedict, CAS ’80, celebrated the fifth anniversary of his marketing research and consulting firm, A & K Research Inc., in December 2004. He credits the love and support of his wife, Kathleen, and sons, Allan Michael and Ryan, for making it possible for him to reach this milestone.

Wayne Bota, MBA ’88, was named vice president of the Commercial Real Estate Division of Citizens Bank. He is responsible for generating and administering a commercial real estate loan portfolio.

Melinda Conway Callahan, MPA ’85, was appointed president of the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan Foundation.

Marshall Copeman, CAS ’85, earned a Certified Technology Specialist certification from the International Communications Industries Association, the trade organization for the audio-visual industry. He received his certification while working at City Animation in Troy.

Thomas Dick, SEHS ’85, was named director of facilities at Co/op Optical, a Detroit vision services company.

Kevin Dockery, CAS ’80, military historian, gunsmith and noted author, had five new books published in 2004 and expects two more to be on the shelves in 2005. New fiction works published in 2004 include "Home Team: The Undeclared War", authored with retired Navy SEAL Command Master Chief Dennis Chalker and set in Northern Michigan, and "SEALs Submarine Strike: Operation Black Snow," written under the pseudonym Sam M. Gunn. Non-fiction works released in 2004 include: "Special Forces in Action," "Navy SEALs: A Complete History, from World War II to the Present," and "Weapons of the Navy SEALs." He expects to publish "Home Team: Hostile Borders and Stalkers" and "Shooters: A History of Snipers" in 2005. A volume on future military weapons is planned for 2006. All of these works are available in major bookstores and online. Dockery and his Rottweiler “Loki” currently reside in Ohio.

Mel Drumm, CAS ’80, was appointed executive director of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.

Amy Ellwood, MSW, LCSW, SEHS ’81, was promoted to professor of family medicine and psychiatry at the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas.

Creed Jones, MSE ’82, SECS ’80, is an associate professor of computer science at Seattle Pacific University.

Kenneth Jones, CAS ’86, saw his new musical, "Voice of the City," presented as part of the York Theatre Company’s Developmental Reading Series in New York City on May 13, 2004. Inspired by an O. Henry story, the romantic musical comedy was developed in the prestigious BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop in Manhattan. Jones wrote the book and lyrics. As an OU student, he was a communications/journalism major and was a theatre critic for the student paper before becoming chief drama critic at The Oakland Press and later chief critic at The Detroit News. He is now an editor at Playbill Online in New York City.

Catherine (Butcher) Keenan, SBA ’80, recently moved to England for 13 years with her husband, Paul, and their three children, John, Anne and Julia. Paul is working at RAF Mildenhall, a U.S. Air Force Base.

David Sheehan, CAS ’80, joined the Clark County School District in Las Vegas as a public information specialist in the communications office. Clark County is the fifth largest and fastest growing school district in the United States.
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Dawnaree Demrose, SBA ’91, was elected president of the Detroit chapter of the American Marketing Association. She is employed with CBS and UPN Detroit.

Dana (Connolly) Garwood, CAS ’95, completed her MBA at Wayne State University in 2000. She obtained both her CPA and CIA certifications in 2003 and is in the process of building a new home in Shelby Township with her husband, Jeff.

Joanne C. Gerstner, CAS ’93, was elected president of the Association for Women in Sports Media, an international group of 500 women and men. The group provides scholarships and support to women in print, TV, radio and public relations in sports media. She continues to work as a sportswriter for The Detroit News helping to cover the Pistons and the NBA.

Barry Gray, CAS ’98, author of the M.L.K. Jr. resolution that gave students the day off to participate in the celebration of Dr. King’s dream at OU, former president of the Association of Black Students, former Multicultural Advisory Board representative for student congress, and past recipient of the Human Relations Award is now Detroit Branch Manager of Adecco, the largest staffing company in the world. Gray also co-founded Avida Entertainment LLC, an entertainment company that hosts parties and promotional events throughout the Detroit area.

Sgt. Bjorn E. Hansen, SEHS ’98, and more than 70 reservists from Company D. 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division, located at Fort Jackson, S.C., have been mobilized and placed on active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Hansen’s company will join other units from 8th Tank Battalion that are being activated to provide security for U.S. military facilities and personnel in Dijbouti, Africa. The company will deploy without the M1A1 main battle tanks normally associated with the unit and instead deploy as Marine rifleman. The last time Hansen’s unit was activated was 1990 for Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. 

Darrin Millar, SEHS ’92, was selected Teacher of the Year at both Magahay Elementary and Utica Community Schools for 2004.

Tanya M. Murnock, CAS ’96, is a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and was selected in July to the Regional Affairs Officer program to be an expert in Middle Eastern and North American affairs.

John Olejar, SECS ’90, is project manager for Northrop Grumman Mission Systems Tactical Systems Division in Troy.

Debra Osuch, CAS ’91, was awarded an Industry Achievement Award from Wayne State University College of Engineering. Osuch is employed as manager of development services in the Shelby Township office of Soil and Materials Engineers Inc.

Daniel Raetchi, CAS ’99, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys P.C.  in Bloomfield Hills.

David Schubring, MBA ’95, MS ’95, SECS ’90, recently accepted a position at Autodesk in San Rafael, Calif., as the senior manager of Global IT Operations. He has been in the IT industry for more than 14 years and is starting to gain ground on the international front. He held IT technical and management positions at EDS, Roche and Incyte Genomics before making the move to Autodesk.

David Scillion, SBA ’94, accepted a job in purchasing with Dart Machinery in Troy.

Bernie Sinz, SBA ’94, is working as manager of project management for TESCO Engineering in Auburn Hills, a worldwide automotive supplier of manufacturing systems and services. He is married to Tracy (Sanger) Sinz, CAS ’98. The couple has two children, 7-year-old Cameron and 5-year-old Caitlin.

David Stokes, CAS ’93, returned to Michigan after more than seven and a half years in Louisiana as an academic librarian to be closer to family and friends.

Stephanie Whitlock, CAS ’98, joined the Troy office of the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. as an associate in the Environmental and Regulatory and Business and Finance Groups. She was a summer associate with the firm in 2003.
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Chris Benesch, SBA ’00, relocated to New York and was promoted to retail credit analyst with DaimlerChrysler Services at their Northeast Regional office.

Deborah Fleischmann, FNP, MSN ’03, loves working at Michigan Family Physicians, a family practice in Garden City.

Erik Fotheringham, CAS ’02, opened Active Health Chiropractic Clinic in January 2005.

Robert W. Walker, CAS ’03, is pursuing his master’s degree in education at Marygrove College.
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Brian Malesko, SBA ’00, is engaged to Sheila Robertson. He also accepted a sales account manager position with Lear Corporation’s DaimlerChrysler Division.

Jenna (Kellie) Pittman, CAS ’03, married fellow actor Shaun Pittman on October 10, 2004. Jenna met Shaun while rehearsing for a local theatre production in 2002. The couple resides in Troy.

Angela (Spisak) Popoff, CAS ’97, married Michael Popoff on May 31, 2003. The couple will be making their new home in Oakville, Ontario.
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Birth / Adoption Announcements

Elizabeth (Golemba) Anthis, CAS ’94, and her husband, John, welcomed the birth of their daughter, Sydney Jean, on October 5, 2004. The family resides in Indianapolis, Ind.

Elizabeth (Wisley) Baeten, CAS ’95, and her husband, Paul, announce the birth of their daughter, Olivia Eve, on July 29, 2004. She joins 3-year-old brother Colin. Elaine (Evans) Wisley, CAS ’84, is the proud grandmother.

Rob Flanagan, CAS ’97, and his wife, Jenelyn (Gifford) Flanagan, SEHS ’99, announce the birth of their daughter, Trinity Marie, on December 13, 2003. Jenelyn also earned her master’s in
elementary education from Oakland University in April 2004.

Joanna (Bryen) Giglio, CAS ’99, and her husband, Joe, announce the birth of their first child, Justina Marie Giglio, on September 25, 2004. The family resides in Rochester Hills.

Thomas Hendricks, SEHS ’90, and his wife, Kathy, MA ’98, SEHS ’90, announce the birth of their second son Stuart Charles, born May 24, 2004.

Susan Jezewski-Evans, CAS ’88, and her husband, Cameron Evans, announce the birth of their daughter, Haley Sara Jezewski-Evans, on September 9, 2004.

Margery Kaplan, MAT ’94, SEHS ’91, and her husband adopted a baby from Russia on December 8, 2003. Her name is Hannah Lily and she celebrated her 2nd birthday on October 31, 2004.

David Maloney, CAS ’93, and his wife, Shannon, announce the birth of their daughter Molly Jane Maloney on November 10, 2004.

Kimberly (Lee) Muschong, CAS ’93, and her husband, Brian, SHS ’93, announce the birth of their first child, Allison Judith Muschong, on August 17, 2004.

Nicole T. Perry, SEHS ’94, and her husband, Wayne, are expecting their first child in spring 2005.

Janet (Wiechec) Seidell, MPT ’95, SHS ’92, and her husband, Seth Seidell, CAS ’92, announce the birth of their second daughter, Jillian Nicole Seidell, on May 17, 2004.
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Margaret (Arnett) Bender, CAS ’83, died October 19, 2004.

Ken Bisdorf, CAS ’81, died June 17, 2004.

Deborah L. Butler, MAT ’88, died October 24, 2004.

Eva Flossie (Anderson) Collier, SEHS ’72, died July 27, 2004.

Joy Lynn Carroll, CAS ’90, died November 6, 2004.

Kenneth E. Ethridge, CAS ’78, died October 10, 2004.

LuVerne M. Geizer, SEHS ’72, died May 8, 2004.

Janet Ann Herman, CAS ’87, died September 25, 2004.

Thomas J. Meier, SON ’96, died November 2, 2004.

Judith (Mayer) Schneider, SEHS ’76, recently died. 

Celia A. Szczesny, CAS ’80, died September 21, 2004.
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