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Joseph Grinnan, SEHS ’66, has been named secretary of the board at Sommers Schwartz in Southfield.

John Van Camp, CAS ’64, is president of Southwest Solutions, parent nonprofit to Southwest Housing Solutions.
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Jan Chess, CAS ’72, traveled to Cambridge, Mass., and earned a master’s degree in expressive art therapies. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in counseling psychology in San Francisco, Calif. With two daughters, two dogs and two cats, she is living a full and blessed life.

Ralph D. Crew, DO, CAS ’75, was elected president of the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (AOBOO). He is a board-certified ophthalmologist practicing in Big Rapids, Mich.

Linda A. Dewey, CAS ’71, former Clarkston-area teacher and author, has written a book titled Aaron’s Crossing: A True Ghost Story published by Northern Spirit Books. The book details her 1995 real-life encounter with a ghost in a northern Michigan graveyard. For more information visit her website at www.lindaalicedewey.com.

Ken Frenkel, CAS ’70, was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Waterford Foundation for Public Education. He has worked in the Waterford School District for more than 20 years.

Mattie McKinney Hatchett, SEHS ’70, is the District 10 representative on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. She is currently running for re-election.

Janine Kravetz, CAS ’78, has become nationally certified as a Tobacco Addictions Specialist by the NAADAC Certification Commission. She lives in Bay City, Mich., and works as a prevention coordinator in the substance abuse field.

Mike Mansour, MAT ’72, is a naturalist at the Hawk Woods Nature Center in Pontiac.

Tempa (Jones) Pagel, CAS ’73, is happy to announce that her first novel Here’s the Church, Here’s the Steeple was published in March 2006 by Five Star/Gale. It is a cozy historical mystery set in two time frames (present day and 1811) in Newburyport, Mass.

John Sugarman, CAS ’73, has been appointed chief development officer for FoundCare and CAP in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Kim Walsh, CAS ’77, received the 2006 Headliner Award from the Detroit Chapter of Women in Communications. This award recognizes her lifelong achievements as a communicator. She is currently the director of the Detroit Radio Information Service and was recently re-elected to a second two-year term as first vice president of the International Association of Audio Information Services.

Beverly Benson Wolf, CAS ’73, is an award winning digital photographer and master gardener with the Michigan State University Extension.
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Brad Audet, CAS ’88, is the new senior partner and group account director for JWT Detroit’s Ford SUV account.

Becky Bozek, SBA ’89, is the new director of people at Clear!Blue, the fast-growing strategic communications firm specializing in experiential marketing, public relations, branding and online communications. She will oversee the areas of compensation, benefits, employee data reporting and communications management. Prior to joining Clear!Blue, she was a senior project manager at Carlson Marketing Group where she worked for 15 years.

Jeffrey Davidson, MBA ’85, was recently promoted to president and CEO of Oxford Bank Corporation from president and CEO of Oxford Bank in Oxford.

Lisa (Buczko) Hook, CAS ’89, is Rochester community editor for Suburban Lifestyles Newspaper.

Randall J. Pilkenton, SECS ’83, was recently appointed to senior vice president, Strategy for Check Free Corporation.

Robert Plescow, CAS ’85, joined Pella Window Corporation as process coatings engineer in the Murray, Ky., facility. He is responsible for project engineering and production support in the powder paint department. Previously, he worked as paint manager for Trek Bicycles in Waterloo, Wis., Dunlop Sporting Goods in Westminster, S.C., and as a paint engineer with Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, Ky.

Ray Thibodeau, SBA ’80, was named senior vice president of Debt Capital Markets with Cantor Fitzgerald in San Francisco, Calif.

Jennifer (Arvo) Walsh, SBA ’80, recently moved to Springfield, Mo., to join JPMorgan Chase in a senior level human resource position working as HR business partner.

Mary Wermuth, MA ’81, MA ’69, CAS ’65, recently retired from the International Academy where she was Dean of Humanities. Tour directing is now her hobby and she enjoys working and traveling with bands, orchestras and choirs throughout the world.

Bryan Wolf, SBA ’88, has been an accountant for 26 years and is currently working as a CPA at a firm in Farmington Hills. He and his wife and two daughters reside in Oak Park, Mich.

Dr. Michael Zielinski, CAS ’80, is medical director of the Waterford Ambulatory Care Center, a division of North Oakland Medical Centers. He also is writer of Doctor on Call, a biweekly column in The Oakland Press that addresses commonly asked questions about health and wellness.
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Matthew Ball, CAS ’94, is a musician turned attorney who recently left the practice of law to return again to music. He is distinguishing himself as a boogie-woogie and blues jazz pianist. He joined boogie hall of famers and iconic piano blues artists at the 2005 Cincinnati Blues Fest. Find more at his website, www.boogiewoogiekid.com.

Andrew Barger, SECS ’90, recently published the Entire Tales & Poems of Edgar Allan Poe: Photographic & Annotated Edition. It contains a foreword by Andrew and his annotations, foreign language translations and background information. Photographs of literary figures Poe satired are included, along with poems sent to Poe by his romantic interests and his poems in response. Barger received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1994. For more information, visit www.AndrewBarger.com.

Bryan Barnett, SBA ’98, has been appointed to serve as the mayor of Rochester Hills, Mich., completing the term of Pat Somerville who recently resigned. He will serve in this new role until 2007.

Stacie (Seitz) Behler, CAS ’95, is vice president of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at the Meijer, Inc., headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. She is responsible for all communication, philanthropic efforts and government relations. She was previously in private law practice and senior counsel in the legal department at Meijer.

Eileen T. Bradley, SBA ’93, joined RubinBrown LLP as a manager in its Tax Consulting and Compliance Group based in Kansas City, Mo. She is responsible for tax compliance, providing consultation on federal as well as state and local tax matters, and state and local tax dispute resolution.

Cathy (Workman) Clendennin, CAS ’94, is currently living and working in the Sunshine State with her husband of nearly eight years and three children. Alby IV is 6, Olivia is 4, and Owen is almost 3. She has been teaching high school English for 10 years, and has taken her collegiate volleyball experience to the high school as head coach at Niceville High. She spends most of her time playing with her kids, and enjoying the sunny weather either by the pool or at the beach.

Susan DeMeulenaere, RN, FNP-C, MSN ’99, SON ’95, has been selected as a question writer for the American Nurses Credentialing Center Family Nurse Practitioner Board Certification exam. DeMeulenaere will travel to the American Nurses Association headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., for the training workshop. She is practicing as a nurse practitioner at Mount Clemens General Hospital with the Internal Medicine Department and also teaches online for the University of Phoenix in the RN to BSN program.

Franklin Dohanyos, CAS ’91, is vice president of the St. Andrews Society of Detroit, the group that this year put on its 157th annual Highland Games at Greenmead Historical Park in Livonia. Proud of his Scottish ancestry, he learned to play the bagpipes five years ago and performs as part of the festival’s musical element.

John Emerick, CAS ’94, has published 18 books since 1994 including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Islam and Critical Lives: The Life and Work of Muhammad by Alpha Publishers, writing under the pen name of Yahiya Emerick. He recently completed an American English translation and commentary of the Qur’an that will be released in 2007. He is set to receive his master’s degree in secondary education and history from Queens College in the fall of 2006. He has been published in numerous magazines including The Journal of Religion and Education. He was also inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honors Society and has worked as assistant principal of a school in Hempstead, N.Y., for the past four years.

Dr. Tressa Gardner, CAS ’90, is director of the Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital Trauma Center. She was recently presented with an award by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson for her work to support the hospital’s mission.

Joanne Gerstner, CAS ’93, was recently named Chair of the Board of Directors for the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). She was president of the group from 2004-2006 during which time the organization transitioned to a tax-deductible nonprofit, expanded their scholarship program, and grew by 180 members. AWSM has 550 members, covering women in sports print, TV, public relations, SID, and internet media. She continues her role as sports writer at the Detroit News, helping cover the Detroit Pistons.

Jennifer Gray, BGS ’95, is a fitness trainer and founder of Body Beautiful Boot Camps. She recently began to market her own line of Body Beautiful-approved meals at the Market Square of Bloomfield.

Adreena Harley, SON ’92, was honored by the Anti-Defamation League at the 10th Annual Women of Achievement Awards. She is director of the department of education at William Beaumont Hospital.

Joseph Joyce, BSE ’94, recently accepted a position as a national sales manager for Cri-Tech Inc., a specialty elastomer manufacturing company based in Hanover, Mass.

Heidi Kast, MED ’99, is principal of Waldon Middle School in Lake Orion, Mich. The school was awarded the Michigan Blue Ribbon Exemplary School Award in 2006.

Kenneth Kaszubinski, SBA ’90, has a dual concentration MBA in global enterprise management and finance from Jones International University. He is employed with Atlas Copco Tools in Stockholm, Sweden, as the general manager, Global Business Line Service.

Michael J. Kautz, SBA ’93, is single and employed as an associate supervisor of an insurance agency/investment brokerage firm in Southfield, Mich.

Jeff Kingzett, MPA ’94, joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor. He has also been an adjunct faculty member at Oakland University, Siena Heights University and Baker College of Auburn Hills, Mich.

Gary A Larson, SEHS ‘99, his wife Aimee, SEHS ‘99, and their three children relocated from Michigan to North Carolina in 2005. Gary is vice president, performance improvement consultant for the Curriculum Design and Operations division of Bank of America in Charlotte, N.C. Aimee is the human resources manager at Textron Fastening Systems in Stanfield, N.C. The couple is the daughter and son-in-law of proud parents and fellow OU alumni Phillip, SECS ‘64, and Barbara Williams, MAT ‘80, SEHS, ‘66.

Danni Lentine, CAS ’95, lives in Atlanta, Ga., with her life-partner Anita, and their two daughters Marley (5) and Sophie (3). She is employed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in HIV/AIDS prevention.

Karen Moehr, CAS ’91, recently published Topsellers Tell, a collection of candid interviews with top sellers in the U.S. direct sales industry from powerhouse companies including Mary Kay, Jafra, AtHome America and Celebrations by Lillian Vernon.

John Karl Radke Sr., BGS ’99, received the National Lamb Award upon nomination by the National Offices of Lutheran Church Bodies (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod) and Clinton Valley and Detroit Area Councils — Boys Scouts of America. He is being recognized for his more than 10 years of distinguished service to youth in both church and Boy Scout Leadership. He currently serves as the Clinton Valley Council’s Council Head Coach for the Friends of Scouting Program.

Joe Sabatini, SBA ’99, was promoted to director of finance at Re/Max First in Clinton Township, Mich.

Stephen Strunk, SBA ’92, is attending his first year of doctoral classes toward his DBA at the University of Phoenix.

Alan Terlep, CAS ’94, has accepted a call to serve as pastor of the First Christian Church in Princeton, Ill. He was ordained by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in September.

Cheryl Zielinski, BGS ’95, is one of four Oakland County School Board Association workers to be awarded the 2006 Betty Campion Award for distinguished support services. She is employed at the Bloomfield Hills School District Administration building.
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Carolyn Aluia, SEHS ’02, is completing her second year as an employee of Utica Community Schools. She has taught both third and sixth grades.

Zacharie J. Azzam, SBA ’01, was recently promoted to branch manager for the One Detroit Center branch of Comerica Bank.

Brian Babcock, SBA ’03, has been promoted to technology administrator at Telemus Capital Partners, LLC.

Lucinda Bellairs, CAS ’03, earned her Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School in May 2006.

Christopher Brown, SBA ’05, is working as a tax analyst for George P. Johnson.

Kaniqua Daniel, CAS ’04, and fellow alumna Ann Zaniewski, CAS ’03, are part of a team of The Oakland Press newsroom reporters who won first place at a regional journalism awards banquet for their investigative reporting in a package of stories about the challenges facing the City of Pontiac.

Susumu Hayashi, MBA ’02, retired in March 2006. He and his wife are enjoying retirement back home in Yokohama, Japan.

Sherikia Humes, CAS ’04, earned a MA in political science in May 2006.

Shawn D. Lavetter, MBA ’03, joined Republic Bank as community bank manager in Troy, Mich.

Brittany Maxey, SEHS ’05, recently completed her first year as a fifth grade teacher in Brighton, Mich.

Lana Olson, SON ’04, is currently living in Seoul, South Korea, with her husband, Shane, and sons Ian and Eric.

Tara Ouellette, MAT ’02, is a fifth grade teacher at Scotch Elementary in West Bloomfield Township, Mich., and a four-time participant in the Wish-A-Mile 300 Bicycle Tour. She and a group of her female friends dubbed the “biker babes” ride to raise money so that children afflicted with life-threatening illnesses can experience their biggest wishes.

Jonathan Parks, CAS ’05, has been appointed campaign associate for the Washtenaw United Way.

Dr. Cheryl L. (Eschbach) Peters, CAS ’00, received her doctorate degree from Oregon State University in human development and family sciences with a specialty in family gerontology in February 2006.

Patricia Small, MS ’03, joined Troy-based Handleman Co. as a statistician in the marketing department.

Julie Swidwinski, CAS ’06, joined Suburban Lifestyles as a staff writer.
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Mandy (Cribar) Battaglia, CAS ’95, and her husband Nick are proud to announce the birth of their second son, Samuel Antonio on June 16, 2005. He joins big brother Gino.

Greggory Garrett, BSE ’97, and his wife Amy (Block), CAS ’97, welcomed Spencer Russell into the world on March 24, 2006.

Christopher Grabowski, SEHS ’98, and his wife Nicole Grabowski, SEHS ’98, announce the birth of their first children, identical twin girls named Angelina Aliza and Brianna Ewa. They were born September 21, 2005.

Gene Grabowski, SBA ’89, and his wife Laura, SEHS ’92, are happy to announce the adoption of their second son, Nikolai, from Samara, Russia, in December of 2005. He joins big brother Andrei, adopted from Samara in July 2003.

Kelly (Walton) Jones, CAS ’94, and her husband, Tim, welcomed baby Ian Andrew on April 7, 2006. He joins his two-year-old big sister Kylie Reese.

Jodi (Priestley) Mayo, CAS ’03, and her husband, Justin, are proud to announce the birth of their son, David Donald on January 16, 2006.

Zelia (Lucchesi) Orlikowski, SBA ’96, and her husband, Jason, announce the birth of their second child, Ava Lynn, born December 23, 2005.

Cheryl M. Sparks, CAS ’92, and her husband, Michael, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter Hope Noelle on April 10, 2006. She joins big brother Noah, who will be 3 in July.

Melissa (Spurrier) Stewart, SEHS ’02, and her husband, Mark, are delighted to announce the birth of their first child, daughter Maryn Ann, on October 12, 2004.
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Jason P. Allen, SBA ’00, died June 15, 2006.

Duane Beauchemin, CAS ’74, died in September 2005.

Beatrice (Nee Krippene) Conklin, MA ’89, died May 14, 2006.

Marilyn Fellows, CAS ’69, died May 13, 2006.

Nancy Finzel, CAS ’82, died July 27, 2006.

Michael A. Gerus, SBA ’02, died November 28, 2005.

Carolyn King, SEHS ’00, died December 15, 2005.

Raymond Kizer Jr., CAS ’65, died May 15, 2006.

Rosa Linda (Aleman) Lerman, SEHS ’94, died May 20, 2006.

Irene Merrill, MAT ’91, died June 4, 2005.

Annie Moore, MAT ’93, died July 18, 2006.

Dorothy Rose, CAS ’64, died July 19, 2006.

Gail Thomassini, MAT ’01, died July 17, 2006.

Valerie Thurston, CAS ’03, died June 16, 2006.

Richard (Dr. Dick) Trombley, CAS ’63, died July 12, 2006.

Paul Valko, BGS ’90, died April 22, 2006.

Norman Wachler, CAS ’73, died August 25, 2005.

Richard Welsbacher, SBA ’76, died June 28, 2006.

Timothy Wright, CAS ’76, died in July 2006.
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