Class Notes

Hailee Johnson

'15

Hailee Johnson, class of 2015 is a manager in the audit department at UHY LLP, leader of the UHY travel softball team that won the World Series championship in 2017. Her team is currently competing to win another World Series this year despite the pandemic.

Anna Wysocki

CAS ’17

Anna Wysocki has joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a summer associate. Wysocki earned her master’s degree in experimental psychology from OU in 2017.

Nicholas Monterosso

Nicholas Monterosso has been added as an associate attorney for Chamberlain Hrdlicka. Monterosso joins the Trust & Estates Practice Group, counseling private wealth clients to establish estate and business succession plans that reflect both personal and business goals.

Robert McClory

CAS, '85

Robert McClory was recently installed as the Bishop of the Gary, Indiana diocese.

Deborah Rubi

Deborah Rubin, attorney at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., was recognized in Michigan Lawyers Weekly Women in the Law Class of 2020. The award honors top lawyers who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, set an example for other lawyers and have demonstrated tremendous leadership.

Donald Levin

CAS '71

In September, Donald Levin, CAS '71, published his newest novel, In the House of Night (Poison Toe Press, 2020), the seventh book in his Martin Preuss mystery series set in and around Ferndale, MI. Following his retirement as dean of the faculty and professor of English at Marygrove College in Detroit, he now writes full-time. Learn more about his works at donaldlevin.com.

Marsela Campbell

CAS '08

Marsela Campbell, DO, has joined the Rhode Island Medical Imaging medical team as a radiologist. Dr. Campbell earned a BS degree in biology and BA degree in psychology from Oakland University. She is a member of the American Board of Radiology, American Osteopathic College of Radiology, and the American College of Radiology. Dr. Campbell resides in East Greenwich, RI.

Christie Santure

SON, '80

Christine is the winner of the 2020 Extraordinary Healer® Award for Oncology Nursing, which honors exceptional nurses for their efforts in the oncology community

Julie Battista

2005

Paula is joining as an associate for BatesCarey as part of their insurance appellate team, the Opioid Coverage Task Force, and is a seasoned insurance litigator and appellate advocate. She focuses her practice on challenges involving commercial general liability, professional liability, and first-party property insurance disputes.

David Ledermann

David Ledermann has joined the Henderson Franklin’s Business & Tax Department. He will be based out of the Fort Myers office. Ledermann brings twenty-plus years of experience in the employee benefits field. His representations involve tax-qualified retirement plans and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements, as well as group health plans and other employer-provided welfare benefit plans.

Clint Johnson

CAS, '12

Clint is the director of technical product management at Bridge Connector, an interoperability company changing the way healthcare communicates, with offices in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and in Nashville, Tenn. Johnson and other leadership recently announced the company’s Series B funding at $25.5 million, furthering the company’s growth as it provides vendor-agnostic integration solutions and a full-service delivery model.

Corey J. McPherson

McPherson is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Michigan. He is a member of the Oakland County Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association. McPherson received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Oakland University in 2012.

Mallary Becker

CAS '18

Mallary Becker joined Franco as an assistant account executive, where she supports B2B accounts in the automotive and tech industries with media relations, blog writing, reporting and program support. Becker earned a Bachelor of Arts in communication in 2018 with a minor in journalism from Oakland University.

Rob Cheyne

Rob Cheyne was hired as a new manager for Clayton & McKervey's advisory and assurance department. Rob focuses on managing financial and operational audits for closely held businesses, including project planning,  oversight, execution and reporting. Rob received his Master of Accounting and  Bachelor of Business Administration from OU.

Kari L. Melkonian

Kari L. Melkonian has received the Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA) Distinguished Service Award. Kari has been an active member of the OCBA for 12 years. Her passion for volunteering has had an impact on her community, encouraging others to get involved in law.

James Shaw Jr.

MTD '00

James was elected to a two-year term as chair of the Legal Panel of the ACLU of Florida. The Legal Panel is the committee responsible for approving litigation on behalf of the ACLU Foundation of Florida.

Laura Casai

MBA '15

Laura Casai, IIDA, LEED AP, Director of Interior Design and Senior Educational Planner at TMP Architecture has been named one of Crain’s Detroit’s 2020 Notable Women in Design. This is the inaugural year of the list.

In the past three years, Casai has been instrumental in facilitating successful bond initiatives with a total value of over one billion dollars, directly impacting the physical and programmatic landscape of learning in Michigan.

Gail Allevato, President of TMP Architecture says, “Laura has been an invaluable part of TMP for many years, not only leading our exceptional interiors group, but also participating as one of our firm’s Senior Educational Planners.We are proud of her accomplishment as one of Michigan’s Notable Women in Design and we applaud all the women who have earned this honor.”

Kenneth Atkinson

SEHS '82

Kenneth Atkinson (B.S., Human Resources Development), a Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls), has published Empress Galla Placidia and the Fall of the Roman Empire (McFarland, 2020). A biography of a former prisoner of the Visigoths who became the only woman to rule the Roman Empire alone and help select a Pope.

Tad T. Roumayah

CAS '07

The law firm of Sommers Schwartz, P.C., announces that Tad T. Roumayah has been elevated to senior shareholder. Roumayah devoted his legal career to representing employees subjected to discrimination, harassment, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination, and violations of state and federal statutes.

Peter D. Coyl

CAS '06

Peter D. Coyl was elected vice president of the Freedom to Read Foundation, a national non-profit affiliated with the American Library Association, dedicated to defending the First Amendment.

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Charles Archer

CAS, SEHS ’01

Juliana (Pete) Archer

SEHS '06, '13

are overjoyed to announce the Sept. 30, 2018 birth of their son, Vincent Charles Archer. He joins big sisters Adelina and Sofia. 

Deaths

Mark S. Thomas, was script supervisor in the television and film industry. He was based in Santa
Monica, California. If you are interested in seeing the TV shows and films he worked on you can
reference the IMDb database.

Harrison E. (Harry) Miller Jr., passed away on May 5, 2019 at the age of 67. Harry graduated from OU in 1973 with a B.A. in Education and in 1988 with an M.A. in Education. He was a past President of the OUAA (1991) and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994.

Patricia D. Sadowski, SEHS '63, passed away on 10/23/2018. She was a member of OU's charter class.

Clare McVety passed away on April 20, 2017. He joined the department of Facilities Management as a Custodian in 1959 and held various positions throughout his career at Oakland University. He served as a general foreman until his retirement in July 1989.

Donald (Don) Iodice, professor emeritus, passed away on August 20, 2017. Professor Iodice joined the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages in 1964 and retired in 1988.

In memory of Ron Cramer