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Kathleen Kohler, CAS ’69, retired in 2001 after 30 years teaching 4-6th grades in Au Gres, Mich. She enjoys traveling with her mother and living in Arizona in the winter. She hopes all of her China trip friends are well.

Mary Schultz, MAT ’63, is enjoying life in Arizona.
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Mary (Huemiller) Bragg, MA ’72, retired from Rochester Community Schools in July 2002. She taught mathematics and computer science at Rochester Adams High School.

Charlotte A. Chase, SEHS ’78, MA ’80, received a Ph.D. in instructional technology from Wayne State University in December 2002. She is a quality assurance manager at SBC Midwest.

Carl E. Christiansen, CAS ’78, recently was accepted into the Cloistered Order of Trappist-Cistercian Monks in Conyers, Ga. He recently retired from government service within the Department of Veterans Affairs this year.

Carol A. Eddy, CAS ’77, is the new director of the Wayne County Family Center in Westland, a program managed by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

Paul T. Elder, CAS ’72, is alive and well in Annapolis, Md. He recently was elected secretary-treasurer of the medical staff at Anne Arunder Medical Center. His third son, Thomas, is in Thailand as part of a Rotary International Student Exchange program. His fourth son, Henry, is enjoying his freshman year in high school.

Rebecca Ezyk, SON ’79, has joined the Oakland County Bar Association as a legal nurse consultant on the Medical Legal Committee of the OCBA.

Leslie Griffen, CAS ’70, recently purchased CSG Partners Inc., a career services consulting firm in Kansas City where he has served as president since 1995.

Robert M. Hack, CAS ’79, is a clinical psychologist with an expertise in couple counseling therapy.

Will Hendrickson, SECS ’76, is living and working in Silicon Valley. He is married, has two children and a grandson.

William H. Horton, CAS ’76, has been elected president of Cox, Hodgman & Giarmarco, P.C., one of Michigan’s largest law firms with more than 70 lawyers. He lives in Rochester Hills with his wife, Denise, and their three daughters.

Greg Jamian, SBA ’74, was elected to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 16 in 2002 overseeing Orchard Lake and portions of West Bloomfield and Bloomfield Township. He recently was appointed to the SBA Board of Visitors at Oakland University.

Jan Kepes, SEHS ’72, MAT ’76, is married to Scott Silver and has five children. She teaches at Carlson Hospital School at UCLA and has been working for LA U.S.D. for 11 years.

Robert Kopacz, MA ’74, is a senior software engineer at Interlink Networks in Ann Arbor. His daughter, Jill, graduated May 2, 2003, from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Pheronia Ludy, SEHS ’79, is a federal government employee with the Department of Army, and later Health and Human Services, effective 1986.

Wendy Lull, CAS BA ’74, is president of Seacoast Science Center in the Odiorne Point State Park in New Hampshire’s 18-mile stretch of Atlantic coast. It recently received a $1-million grant from NOAA to upgrade the center.

Gerald Miller, CAS ’72, recently has been appointed the CEO to Star of Hope Inc., a multi-service organization providing services to developmentally disabled adults.

Christopher Reggio, SEHS ’79, has been appointed to the additional title of associate publisher and director of Reader’s Digest Adult Trade Publishing.

Christine (Herrema) Runette, MAT ’78, retired in 1999 after 32 years as an elementary education teacher. She still substitute teaches in the Bloomfield Hills district.

Richard D. Skaggs, MA ’78, is co-manager at Loomis Sayles Growth Fund.

Steven Wagg, CAS ’72, was a guest instructor at OU in the School of Business Administration.
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Susan (Gutleben) Brennan, MAT ’88, began her 10th year of teaching elementary school. Susan and her husband relocated to Socorro, N.M., in February so she could take a mid-year teaching job. She will continue teaching second grade this school year. Her Core Knowledge Integrated Science Unit has been accepted by the Core Knowledge Foundation in Charlottesville, Va., for presentation at its March 2004 National Conference in Atlanta. Her daughter also is a teacher in a small village in western Alaska.

Claudette (Zolkowski) Brown, CAS ’89, is director of web and marketing services at Oakland University after 11 years in public relations at Ameritech/SBC. She recently married Eric Brown, who moved to Michigan from Dallas in 2002.

Patrick Brown, SEHS ’80, has been appointed manager of human resources for Cairns City Council. Located in far north Queensland, Australia, Cairns is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia. It is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest. The council employs more than 1,100 staff and services a population of 130,000 residents.

Susan Cirocco, SON ’82, is working with her husband, Bill, a colorectal surgeon, in the Kansas City area. They also are busy raising five children and keeping in touch with ’81 and ’82 SON alumni.

Alisa Clapp-Itnyre, CAS ’89, published a scholarly book entitled “Angelic Airs, Subversive Songs: Music as a Social Discourse in the Victorian Novel” (Ohio University Press, 2002) that discusses music in the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot and Thomas Hardy.

Carol (Duerr) Druskinis, CAS ’89, and her husband are enjoying retirement. They are planning to travel east to the New England states and later to Hawaii to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Kathryn A. George, SON ’85, recently was elected Judge of Probate to the Macomb County Probate Court. Prior to her election, she was an attorney in private practice and served as councilwoman and mayor pro tem for the city of Sterling Heights.

Beth S. Gotthelf, CAS ’80, has been named one of the region’s top emerging business leaders by the “Detroiter,” the Detroit Regional Chamber’s monthly magazine. She is an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long.

Luke Joseph, SBA ’89, is running for Michigan State Representative in the 41st District covering Troy and Clawson in 2004.

David C. Knapp, SEHS ’81, is a 2003 Colorado NAESP National Distinguished Principal finalist.

Sr. Maria Gemma (Kelly) Martek O.P., CAS ’89, made her first profession of vows in the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor on August 6, 2003. Fellow OU alumni there to celebrate with her were Rev. Robert McClory, CAS ’85; Rev. Jim Prehn SJ, CAS ’91; Michaela Ludwick, CAS ’91; and Randall Straughen, CAS ’89.

Diane Michele, MA ’83, is president of the Michigan Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the Michigan Counseling Association.

Sandra Murphree, SBA ’80, was named director, organizational development and training for Collins and Aikman in Troy.

Joseph Novak, CAS ’86, is the assistant librarian at Mound Correctional Facility in Detroit.

Judy Palnau, CAS ’84, is the public information media specialist at the Michigan Public Service Commission in Lansing. He was appointed by Governor John Engler to the Michigan Humanities Council.

Geoffrey Peters, SBA ’81, joined Technology Investment Partners, LLC, on January 1, 2003, as director of syndications.

Lorraine Pohl, SBA ’80, is a group sales representative at Principal Financial Group.

Carolyn (Tober) Schmidt, CAS ’88, is continuing her education in classical music, the French and German languages, drawing and painting, and the history of music and art through independent reading and occasional classes. She is a piano teacher and freelance copyeditor.

Dave Sheehan, CAS ’80, has joined the University of Phoenix, Nevada campus, as an enrollment counselor in the area of teacher and corporate education.

Larry Sulenski, SBA ’82, accepted a position with SMW Autoblok in February 2002.

Robin (Benjamin) Thumann, MAT ’82, is working as a registered mediator in Georgia and recently has written, illustrated and published a unique children’s picture book, “Peaceful Thoughts: An Interactive Journey in Positive Thinking for Children and Their Parents.”
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Frances C. Amos, SBA ’90, was elected as a Michigan State Representative in 2002.

Joyce (Steinbrink) Baldrica, SBA ’90, was promoted from director of finance to executive director of St. John Home Care, a subsidiary of St. John Health.

Kathryn (Lauer) Black, CAS ’97, is finishing up her master’s in school guidance counseling from Grand Valley State University. She currently is working as a guidance counselor at West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids. Kathryn and her husband have adopted three sibling boys and recently celebrated their three-year anniversary as a family. They hope to adopt a baby girl very soon.

Robert Carr, CAS ’96, has been named editor of the “Michigan Real Estate Journal,” a monthly news magazine covering the state’s commercial property industry. He has been a reporter for various Detroit-area newspapers, most recently with “The Oakland Press.” He also has 14 years in the U.S. Navy and served as a public affairs officer in a local reserve unit.

Kevin Caton, SBA ’93, has been living and working in downtown Chicago for the past three and a half years. He manages the IT department for two medium-sized financial firms in the Chicago Loop.

Carrie L. Ciliberto, CAS ’91, was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in March 2003.

Raymond E. Cruz, CAS ’90, works as a graphic artist for Phoenix Press Inc. in Troy. He also owns and operates Gwinc Video & Graphics, a video editing company in Bloomfield Hills.

Cynthia Della Torre, CAS ’91, of Kemp, Klein, Umphrey, Endelman & May, P.C., was one of two speakers for a daylong seminar on estate planning and probate by the Institute for Paralegal Education. Topics included the fundamentals of will drafting, the basics of living trusts and understanding basic probate tax procedures. She concentrates her practice in exit planning, business planning and transactions, estate planning and post-death administration.

Wendy Drum, CAS ’97, earned her juris doctorate from Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law, in May and sat for the Michigan bar exam in July 2003.

Terrence Flynn, SBA ’93, received an MSF in international finance from Walsh College in 1997 and Project Management Professional Certification in 2001.

Thomas J. Gartner, CAS ’98, graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law with a juris doctorate in May 2003.

James C. Gilbert, CAS ’94, currently is active in re-establishing a Black Alumni chapter of the Oakland University Alumni Association.

Kim (Smith) Gundy, SEHS ’95, is a second-year master’s level counseling student at OU. She is currently working full time and is the mother of a 2 and a 1/2-year-old son, Gabriel, and 6-year-old daughter, Lauren.

Krisit (Woodard) Hameedi, SECS ’91, earned her MBA with distinction from the University of Michigan Business School in May 2003.

Ann Roemer Harrington, MA ’90, was named Oakland Counseling Association’s Counselor of the Year for 2003.

Vinod Kalothia, SECS ’96, MSE ’98, recently received a certificate of recognition for five years of service to General Motors Corporation.

Andrea Kozek, CAS ’96, completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Western Michigan University in June 2003. She began a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago in July 2003.

Martyna Lojewska, BGS ’99, is fluent in English and Polish and has studied Spanish and French for two years.

Michelle (Franzen) Martin, MA ’99, has joined Franco Public Relations Group. She also is an adjunct instructor of English at several area colleges.

Jeff Matis, SECS ’90, was promoted to partner at the law firm of Secrest, Wardle, Lynch, Hampton, Truex & Morley, P.C., in Farmington Hills.

Eric Noyes, MBA ’92, is now working as a system acquisition manager for the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command in Warren and is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Corinne Opiteck, SBA ’90, and her husband, Robert, opened a bed and breakfast in Stratford, Ontario, which operates from May through October to serve patrons attending the Stratford Festival shows.

Renique Quick, CAS ’99, is working as an assistant coordinator at the Center for Academic Programs at the Center for Talented Youth at Johns Hopkins University. She is planning to pursue her Ph.D. in education policy and leadership at the University of Maryland.

Brian Roberts, BGS ’97, ran the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2003. His time was 3:46:49, which landed him a 7,446 finish.

Jon Rubin, CAS ’96, is now assigned as an F-16 fighter pilot. He recently was promoted to captain and deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle (homeland defense), Operation Northern Watch (enforcement of the Northern no-fly zone), and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Michael Sabol, MBA ’92, is continuing work for General Motors as the program engineering manager for the Chevy SSR.

Brian D. Stermer, MBA ’90, is director of purchasing and logistics at Henkel Corporation.

David Tomczak, CAS ’90, is living in North Carolina and studying to become a minister.

Laurence L. Virden, SECS ’99, was just promoted to research and development at Siemens Dematic.
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Megan (Justice) Banks, SON ’02, is a registered nurse at Detroit Receiving Hospital in the surgical trauma intensive care unit.

James A. Baubie III, SECS ’02, is vice president and business area manager within the information systems department of Comerica Incorporated. He also is pursuing Project Management Professional certification.

Karen (Uhl) Fisher, CAS ’01, was hired as a phonics first reading specialist at the Reading and Language Arts Center in Bloomfield Hills. For the past year, she has been contacted to tutor children ages 6-14 who have dyslexia. Karen was trained at RLCA in the Phonics First method to help students with this learning disorder become more capable readers while increasing their self-esteem and overall potential to enjoy learning.

Garry Gilbert, CAS ’95, MA ’02, is executive editor of “The Oakland Press” and recently marked 25 years as a member of the newspaper’s staff.

Kara N. Herber, CAS ’01, began her doctorate in osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University in August 2003.

Kelly Ingham, SEHS ’02, is starting the application process of the master’s program.

Adam Kochenderfer, CAS ’02, recently was selected as an associate editor of the “Michigan Law Review,” one of the most cited law journals in the country. He is a student at the University of Michigan Law School.

Amy Lai, CAS ’00, is a student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Work.

Tonja Lawrence, CAS ’97, MA ’00, is an Oakland County Youth and Family caseworker and a second-year doctoral student.

Kristy McKendrick, SEHS ’01, owns The Webitect, a Web design and development firm specializing in developing sites for small and medium-sized businesses.

Brian Meitzner, SBA ’02, is working at William Beaumont Hospital as a management engineer.

Ann Marie Mireles, MAT ’02, accepted a position as school counselor at Great Lakes Elementary in the West Ottawa School District.

Jeanne Pellegrino, CAS ’00, is doing research for a nonfiction book she would like to publish. She has been working with the U.S. Army for the last two years.

Randy Reida, MBA ’02, accepted a position as product engineer in quality assurance at Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, Calif., after 18 years at Chrysler Corporation.

Nichole Rhodes, CAS ’01, is a news producer with the local NBC affiliate and is living in West Bloomfield with her four cats.

Lisa (Farwell) Ross, CAS ’03, is vice president, administrator, of business promotion and design at Harper & Ross Inc. Building Contractors.

Elizabeth Roycraft, CAS ’02, is working as an archaeological field technician for the USDA – Forest Service in Burns, Ore.

Angela Ruth, CAS ’02, joined Lawrence Technology University as a development associate for annual giving and alumni relations. She will help coordinate annual giving programs and alumni activities.

Jamila Atlas Turner, SBA ’00, is working as a human resources specialist for Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency in Pontiac. She also is making efforts to become fluent in Spanish to reach out to the Hispanic community.

Beverly Vienot, SON ’00, MSN ’03, received her second degree from OU in May 2003.

Nicole L. Wheeler, CAS ’00, is employed as a therapist in Macomb County. She completed her master’s degree in social work at Grand Valley State University in 2002.

Aleksander Zafirovski, SHS ’00, has been promoted to senior radiation therapist and student supervisor at Northwestern University Medical Center. He also was elected president of Chicago Area Radiation Therapists.
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Engagements and Weddings

Pamela (Turner) Blakley, MA ’83, was married on February 15, 2003, and is retired from Ford Motor Company.

Jaclyn (Fleury) Dixon, CAS ’02, married Eric Dixon, SHS ’95, on April 5, 2003.

Steven Gaynor, CAS ’71, married Jean Marie Boettcher, a home economics and math teacher in her 26th year at Mosinee High School in Wisconsin, on July 6, 2003.

Jennifer (Kozlowski) Green, SEHS ’00, married Frank Green on June 29, 2002. The couple met on the Internet.

Melanie (Campbell) Henkel, SECS ’96, married Matthew Henkel on July 12, 2003. The couple now resides in Waterford.

William Eli Hollowell, CSE ’02, married Jennifer Lintol, CAS ’02, on July 4, 2003. They now reside in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Erika Lieberman, CAS ’98, is engaged to Aaron Kizak. An October 2003 wedding and Hawaiian honeymoon is planned. The two will reside in West Bloomfield.

Michelle (Martin) Meyer, CAS ’02, married Steve Meyer, CAS ’02, on August 1, 2003. The couple moved to Indiana to pursue graduate degrees at Purdue University.

Julie (Tyll) Rubicz, SON ’97, married John Rubicz in August 2002. They are expecting their first child in June.

Laura (Sherman) Russell, CAS ’01, married Keith Russell on June 14, 2003. She is attending medical school at Wayne State University.

Tiffany (Dorozenko) Scott, CAS ’02, was married September 13, 2003.

Michael Simon, CAS ’96, married Michelle Strong, CAS ’01, on August 16, 2003. Michael is an assistant to U.S. Congressman Dale E. Kildee, and Michelle works for a family practitioner. The couple resides in Grand Blanc.

Justin Voytal, SBA ’02, married his high school sweetheart on June 21, 2003.

Judy Wiegand, SBA ’95, is engaged to Bryan Hegelund, SBA ’97. An April 2004 wedding is planned.

Nicole Wigley, SEHS ’99, is engaged to Christopher Grabowski, SEHS ’98. An October 18, 2003 wedding is planned.

Megan (Latawiec) Zannetti, SBA ’00, married Michael Zannetti, SBA ’00, on October 19, 2002.
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Birth Announcements

Leann Aberlich, CAS ’96, and her husband, Scott, announce the birth of their son, Nathan Randy, on September 26, 2002. He joins big brother Jacob Dale.

Carol Azarovitz, SBA ’94, and her husband, Jeffrey Azarovitz, MBA ’97, announce the birth of their son, Alexander Aaron, on December 28, 2002.

Mandy (Cribar) Battaglia, CAS ’95, and her husband, Nick, are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Giovanni, on October 7, 2002.

Raymond E. Cruz, CAS ’90, and his wife, Aileen, announce the birth of their daughter, Kylie Michelle, on October 16, 2002.

Colleen Griffith, SON ’00, and her husband, Chad, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Megan Renee, born September 24, 2003. She joins big sister Cailin Brianna.

Geoffrey Peters, SBA ’81, announces the birth of his daughter, Claire Lisa, on May 10, 2003. She joins siblings Lauren, Luke and Noah.

Brian Roy, SECS ’94, and his wife, Vasylena, welcomed their first child, Aiden Michael, in February 2003.

Dana (Roll) Slifco, SON ’84, and her boyfriend, Kenneth, announce the birth of their son, Justin Michael, on March 3, 2003. He joins his brothers Michael, Matthew and Grant.

Sarah (Nagel) Stout, CAS ’91, and her husband, Clint, announce the birth of their daughter, Josephine Mary, on May 13, 2003. Sarah is a college professor at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek.
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Mary Balousek, CAS ’87, died March 20, 2003.

Joanne Bart, MAT ’73, died January 4, 2003.

Judith Berk, MAT ’81, died January 30, 2003.

Larry Davis, MA ’75, died April 25, 2003.

Joan DeFrancesco, CAS ’77, died March 6, 2003.

Gayle Fountain, MAT ’77, died October 6, 2002.

Lorainne Frazho, MA ’80, died July 11, 2002.

Geraldine Konesny, MAT ’77, died December 2, 2002.

Shirley Lane, MA ’75, died February 2, 2002.

Francine Langeland, MAT ’03, died March 21, 2003.

Carol Ann Mickiewicz, MAT ’89, died July 27, 2003.

Shane Millner, SHS ’96, died February 17, 2003.

Carolyn Oakes Broeri, MAT ’69, died March 15, 2003.

Danny Thorpe, CAS ’74, died December 14, 2002.
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