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Bettina C. (Phillips) Hagen CAS ’64 is working as an editor for the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.

Nancy (Rinke) Ozturk CAS ’64 now manages Citlembik Ltd., a family owned publishing company. The company translates the works of young Turkish writers into English and publishes in-depth tourism books on Turkey.

Orrin P. Shoemaker CAS ’67 recently retired after 32 years in public education. He now has a part-time job in law enforcement and enjoys woodworking.

Ristina Wigg SEHS ’68 is executive director of the Southern Tier Library System, which serves 50 public libraries in five counties in western New York.
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Patricia Pace CAS ’70 is personnel director for the Anderson County Library. She received her MA from the University of South Florida in 1992.

Reverend Elizabeth Zivanov CAS ’71 recently became rector of St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Gregory Farnum CAS ’74, MA ’78 was recently named partner of RYB Communications, continuing his18-year career in business-to-business advertising.

Donald Beagle CAS ’75 is director of Library Services at Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, N.C. His recent work includes “The Sociotechnical Networks of Scholarly Communications,” which appeared in Portal: Libraries and the Academy, Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2001.

Sal Aragona, DDS, MAGD, CAS ’76 has received the prestigious Master award from the Academy of General Dentistry, an organization that recognizes dentists who are committed to continuing their education at the highest level. Only 1,000 dentists nationwide have attained the Master’s award. Aragona has maintained a low-volume, high-quality general dental practice in Clinton Township since 1980.

Robert Cairns SBA ’76 has been promoted to director, North American Sales and Marketing for Radiall Automotive Division. He is a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers as well as the Oakland County National Ski Patrol.

James Gillette MAT ’76 is superintendent of Grand Rapids Kenowa Hills Public Schools.

Warren Keith Wright CAS ’76 contributed editorial assistance, translations from the French, and a foreword to “May Sarton: Selected Letters 1955-1995,” ed. Susan Sherman (W.W. Norton, April 2002).

Reverend Steven J. Agostino, S.J., CAS ’77 was ordained a Jesuit priest in Detroit on June 12, 1993. He is director of Campus Ministry at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland.

Joseph A. Gardella Jr. CAS ’77 was awarded the 2002 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal by the western New York section of the American Chemical Society (Chemical & Engineering News, Aug. 12, 2002) “for innovations in polymer surface science research” and for “professional contributions that have impacted the lives of many in the western New York community.” Gardella is professor of chemistry and biomaterials and associate dean for external affairs at the State University of New York, Buffalo. He received the 1998 Outstanding Alumni Award from the OU Department of Chemistry.

Jeffrey G. Johnson, PhD, CAS ’78 wrote an article, “Television Viewing and Risk for Aggressive Behavior During Adolescence and Early Adulthood,” which was published in the March 29, 2002, issue of Science.

Rebecca Ezyk SON ’79 is the principle adviser and CEO of Reliant Legal Nurse Consulting Inc. as well as working part time in the Maternal/Infant and Women’s Health Services at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich. She is a member of the National Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses and the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Dave Sheehan CAS ’79 has put Mr. Video Productions LLP, his 10-year-old Montana video production company, on the market in order to relocate to Nevada and care for his father.
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Beth Gotthelf CAS ’80 was presented with an Award of Special Recognition at the 2002 National Association of Metal Finishers for her work as legal adviser of the Michigan Association of Metal Finishers over the past 10 years. This award recognizes invaluable service and support of the finishing industry.

Leslie (Keay) Steil SEHS ’80 is the human resource director for the State Attorney’s Office in Ft. Pierce, Fla. Prior to her appointment, she worked with crime victims and was executive director of Safe Space, a shelter for battered women.

Joyce Weiss MA ’80 is a certified speaking professional. Her second book, Take the Ride of Your Life! Shift Gears for More Balance, Growth & Joy, was recently published.

Brian K. Cunningham CAS ’82 will be inducted into the Chippewa Valley High School Sports Hall of Fame in October.

Thomas Morell SECS ’82 is employed at Johnson Controls ASG in Holland, Mich.

Lisa L. Campbell CAS ’84 was named marketing director of Farber Midwest in Rochester Hills.

Randall Lechlitner SECS ’84 has accepted a lecturer position in the Division of Computing and Mathematics, Natural and Applied Sciences at the University of Houston, Clear Lake campus.

Cynthia Mandelbaum MA ’84 is a member of the Board of Governors of the Michigan National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). She is co-chair of the Michigan chapter’s public relations committee.

Glenn Wolven CAS ’87 is a registered nurse at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. Wolven works in the emergency center.

Judith (DeVore) Hansen, BGS ‘88 is employed as a senior corporate human resources partner with Blue Care Network in Southfield where she has worked for the past eight years. She is married to Chris Hansen and the two have a 5-year old daughter, Marissa Christina.

Linda Bird CAS ’89 is a clinical social worker in both a clinic and private practice. She also teaches in the master’s program in social work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Carol A. Friend BGS ’89 has been elected partner to the Detroit-based law firm of Honigman, Miller, Schwartz and Cohn LLP. She specializes in Business Immigration Law.

Joanne Kolean-Chorney CAS ’89 is employed as a clinical psychologist at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and also owns a small private practice. Kolean-Chorney has two children – a daughter, Autumn Rain, born July 14, 2001, and 9-year-old Desmond.

Sammy Lumetta SECS ’89 is employed at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Loraine, Ohio, and is married with two children.

David Wieme CAS ’89 was named director of strategic communications at Palace Sports and Entertainment in Auburn Hills, Mich.
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Christina Fuoco CAS ’90 is a full-time features reporter for the Oakland Press. She also is involved in free-lance work for Rolling Stone magazine and MTV.com.

John Edens SECS ’91 is a product engineer in radio core and telematics
at DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

Rose (Singletary) Steverson CAS ’91 has been in business for the past 14 years making hats and accessories that she ships to 22 states and the Bahamas.

Celeste Jeffries SEHS ’92 is working as a legal administrator.

Seth Seidell CAS ’92 is general counsel and chief operating officer at Human Capital, a professional employer organization. He specializes in employment and corporate law.

Rachel (Yank) Simpson CAS ’92 received her Master of Humanities degree with an emphasis on historical preservation. She restores old buildings with the Colorado Historical Society’s State Historical Fund.

Cheryl M. Sparks CAS ’92 is the marketing manager for The Rouse Company’s Towson Town Center in Towson, Maryland.

Lisa Woods SBA ’92 is director of IT for BVT Systems Inc.

Scott Berry CAS ’93 is a filmmaker, activist, and teacher. In January 2000, he received a Master of Arts degree in media studies from The New School For Social Research in New York. He resides in Toronto where he is the Installations Coordinator at the Images Festival of Independent Film and Video.

Gino Palazzolo SECS ’93 spent four months working at Ford Motor Company’s new plant in Brazil.

Mark Skibowski SBA ’93 is vice president of operations for Cadillac Coffee Company Headquarters in Madison Heights, Mich.

Ellen R. Zehnder CAS ’93 earned her master’s degree in Civil War Studies from American Military University in Manassas, Va.

Jeff Kingzett MPA ‘94 was recently appointed to the position of Village Manager/Downtown Development Authority Director for the Village of
Birch Run. He previously served as a consultant to businesses, non-profit organizations and government.

Ellen Rogowski MAT ’94 earned national board certification as an early adolescence generalist from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is an eighth-grade teacher at Madison Middle School in Pontiac, Mich.

Kristen Cacciapalle CAS ’95 is owner of Treat Yourself Too, a gift basket company in Redondo Beach, Calif.

David G. Horner MA ’95 is associate professor of secondary education, English, at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.

Melanie Campbell SBA ’96 is a software consultant for Doeren Mayhew Information Technology in Troy, Mich.

Nanette Dadich CAS ’96 passed the Michigan Bar Exam and is working as a contract employee at Ford Motor Company on the Firestone case.

Catherine E. Hodgson SBA ’96 is an analyst in clinical system services at Provider HealthNet Services Inc.

Rose (Detroyer) Mrosewske SON ’96 has completed all the requirements needed and passed the annual examination to become an international board certified lactation consultant.

Michelle (Bauman) Olinger SEHS ’96 has been a kindergarten teacher in Hemlock, Mich., for the past five years.

Jinho D. Park SHS ’96 is human resource manager at Midsize Electric Motor Company in Chicago, Ill.

Cynthia M. Stephens CAS ’96 is employed as a fine arts photographer.

Carrie Weber SEHS ’96 completed her master’s degree in teaching from Marygrove College in August 2002.

Brad W. Wood, L.C.S.W, SEHS ’96 is employed at Valley Child Guidance Clinic as an intake supervisor and is responsible for emotionally disturbed children. He also is involved in opening a new clinic in Lancaster, Calif.

Karly Bialkowski SBA ’97 is the human resource manager for Pepsi Bottling Group in western Pennsylvania and western New York.

Martha A. Cervenak CAS ’97 is completing her third year of medical school at Tulane University. She plans to specialize in family practice.

Michael French CAS ’97 has been promoted to account executive at Dearborn-based Exhibit Enterprises Inc., a leading exhibit builder and event marketing company.

Charles J. Hitt II SBA ’97 has relocated back to Michigan from San Francisco and is a senior staff manager in national owner relations for DaimlerChrysler Corporation.

Neil Maguire MBA ’97 was named vice president of automotive operations for ProductFactory, the leading Web-based product development and program management software solution provider.

Julie Parks CAS ’97 is working at Volkswagen of America in the customs department as a customs specialist.

Holly (Osterholm) Swanson CAS ’97 has joined the Detroit office of the law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., as an associate in the bankruptcy and workout practice group.

Susan Bowyer, PhD, CAS ’98 has been promoted to senior bioscientific research investigator at Henry Ford Hospital. She also is an adjunct professor in the Oakland University Department of Physics.

Norene Cashen CAS ’98 is a free-lance writer for Detroit’s Metro Times. She also has had poetry published in Dispatch Detroit and the anthology, Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry 2001, Wayne State University Press.

Kenneth Ehlen CAS ’98 received the Extended Care Sales Representative of the Year Award for his work in the Extended Care Division of Tissue Management at HEALTHPOINT Ltd. in 2001. Ehlen manages the accounts of seven long-term care pharmacies and 200 nursing home facilities where products are marketed directly to long-term care doctors, nurses and administration.

Kenny Olinge SHS ’98 is safety director of J. Ranck Electric Inc. in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Matthew Patterson CAS ’98 earned a Master of Arts degree in history from Wayne State University in December 2001. He plans to begin law school in 2002.

Janell Richards CAS ’98 earned a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University in June 2000. She is employed as a clinical therapist at a residential treatment facility.

Tracie Andrews CAS ’99 is director of business development at Asterand Inc.

Neena Colbert CAS ’99 is the Southeast Michigan instructor for National City Bank.

Kimberly (LeRoy) DeAngelo SEHS ’99 is a third-grade teacher in the Hilliard City School District. She also is attending the Ohio State University Graduate School for Education Policy and Leadership.

Elizabeth (Bowser) Francis SEHS ’99 is a teacher at Blanche Sims Elementary School in the Lake Orion Community School District. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in reading and language arts at Oakland University.
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Lori Ballard CAS ’00 is working for both US Auto Scene and Tech Center News.

Dennis A. Bashu MSME ’00 is employed at Ford Motor Company, Automatic Transmission Engineering Operations, as group leader of CAD Dimensional Management.

Danielle (Richardson) Mangiapane SEHS ’00 is a recruiter for Edcor in Pontiac, Mich. She was recently married.

Sam Heikinen CAS ‘00 is now in his third year of teaching English at Changchun Institute of Technology in China. He is also the debate coach preparing his team for the International Asian English debates to take place in April. Sam is a proud graduate of the AOP program at Oakland and is writing a book about his Chinese experiences. To help with his homesickness, Sam found his favorite college haunt – a Popeye’s – in Beijing.

Megan Tomczak CAS ’00 recently co-authored a paper on nutrition and prostate cancer titled Prostate Cancer: A Compendium of Information on Nutritional Research for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. She also is pursuing an acting career and experienced her first speaking role in the independent feature film, The Prime Time Kid, directed by Monique Sorgen.

Nicole Wheeler CAS ’00 earned her master’s degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in April 2002.

Kara Herber SHS ’01 is a safety coordinator at ABB, Inc., in Auburn Hills.

Kendrick Sims CAS ’01 is working in the field of Internet radio and Web design for ClassicalMusicDetroit.com and ClassicStars.net.
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Cynthia (Kepler) Decker BSN ’89, MSN ’97 was married Aug. 24, 2001. She is employed as a nurse practitioner in Cardiovascular Surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.

Susan (Tollafield) Olep CAS ’91 was married Oct. 13, 2001, and now resides in the Hudsonville area where she is employed at an oil corporation in the customer service department.

Rachel (Yank) Simpson CAS ’92 married James Simpson in Aspen on June 30, 2001. The couple took an extended honeymoon to Thailand and Cambodia.

Meredith (Dale) Adams CAS ’99 married James Michael Adams on Oct. 12, 2002. Their ceremony had a vintage theme, reminiscent of the 1920s and ‘30s. Meredith works as a documentation specialist at New World Systems in Troy, Mich.

Kimberly (LeRoy) DeAngelo SEHS ’99 married Dave DeAngelo on June 29, 2001, in Columbus, Ohio.

Elizabeth (Bowser) Francis SEHS ’99 married Christopher Francis Oct. 13, 2001.

Timothy J. Brown SEHS ’00 married Kathleen White SEHS ‘00 March 16, 2002, in Grand Blanc, Mich. They are both employed as teachers in the Flint school district.

Joshua Nast SBA ’00 married Lindsay Coats on April 27, 2002.

Kathy L. Nicholas MSN ’00 married Brett Bashawaty Feb. 9, 2002, on the island of Turks and Caicos.
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Kathy (Mihelich) Hendricks, SEHS ‘90, M.A. ‘98, and her husband Tom Hendricks SEHS ‘90 announce the birth of their son Harrison Thomas Hendricks on June 16, 2002.

Heather (Koehler) Case SBA ‘93 and her husband Darton announce the birth of their daughter Taryn Koehler Case on May 21, 2002.

Gina Pattison SBA ’93 recently celebrated the birth of a son, Hunter.

David Scillion SBA ’94 and his wife, Heather, announce the birth of their daughter, Briana Mae, on Dec. 31, 2001. She joins her big brother, Carter.

Elizabeth (Wisley) Baeten CAS ’95 and her husband Paul announce the birth of their son, Colin Patrick on April 3, 2001.

Aaron Carpenter SBA ’97 and his wife, Carol (Brown) Carpenter CAS ’00, are proud to announce the birth of their son, Drew Mitchell, on Jan. 28, 2002.

Kristine Einowski SEHS ’99 announces the birth of her daughter, Dianna Reese Wilson, on Jan. 23, 2002.

Dennis A. Bashu MSME ’00 and his wife Debra recently celebrated the birth of their son, Joshua Paul born Nov. 1, 2001. He joins his older brother, Anthony Alan.
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Robert L. Douglas CAS ’73 died April 19, 2002.

Catherine (Alexander) Gouvellis MAT ’79 died April 29, 2002.

Karen S. Johanning SON ’88 died Jan. 26, 2002.

Phyllis M. Meredith SON ’83 died Feb. 11, 2002.

Renee Sawson CAS ’99 died April 8, 2002.
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