Class Notes

Grayson McKinney

SEHS '11 '16

Grayson earned a master's in education and a education specialist degree from Oakland University and is currently a fifth grade teacher at Costello Elementary in Troy. He teamed up with Zach Rondot, the 2019 Oakland County Elementary Teacher of the Year, to write a book, "Expert Effect: A Three-Part System to Break Down the Walls of your Classroom and Connect Your Class to the World."

Dan Lewkowicz

CAS ’06

Dan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He's had an illustrious career as a real estate investor and commercial real estate broker and created the CRE PRO Course and has a show on Roku, Amazon, and Apple called Dan On Top.

David Evans

SEHS '76

In 2021, David Evans was appointed as a commissioner by the Texas Supreme Court to the Judicial Commission on Mental Health and was awarded the University of Houston Star Award, Friend of Education.

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Phillip Serra

MBA '86

Phillip has been named to Forbes magazine’s 2021 “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors” list for the fourth consecutive year. He's been with Merrill for 32 years and is currently a financial advisor with offices in Farmington Hills. 

Phillip is a mentor for high school students associated with Big Brother Big Sisters and a volunteer with Forgotten Harvest, The Salvation Army, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, and many other metro Detroit organizations. 

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Sara Rajan

CAS '98

Sara has joined the legal team as Associate Attorney and Mediator at Transitions Legal, a family law firm with specialties in Collaborative Divorce, Gray Divorce, and Mediation. With 17 years of experience as a family law attorney with an expertise in litigation, she's worked at firms throughout metro Detroit, served as a Judicial Law Clerk at the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

1986

Christina has written for Rolling Stone, Billboard, VenuesNow, MTV.com, and is now the executive editor of the Times Media Group in Tempe, Arizona, running publications in Arizona and California.

Joel Marwil

SEHS '78

Joel Marwil loved to teach, he retired from teaching second grade for Detroit Public Schools. In 2019, Joel was awarded the B’nai B’rith International (BBI) President’s Award for his efforts in distributing the winning books from the Diverse Minds Writing Challenge to Detroit-area preschools and elementary schools.

Cathy Roe

CAS

Cathy Roe was crowned Ms. Senior Michigan in 2019. She is a graduate of OU's dance department. Her lifetime career and identity is wrapped in the start she got at OU. Cathy has traveled the world and been in many dance arenas. Her full list of work can be found at cathyroe.com.

Vanessa Puñal

CAS '12

Vanessa Puñal was awarded a life-changing fellowship by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute: the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program. She did her undergraduate at Oakland University and is now a post-doc at the University of Michigan, examining the brain circuits involved in sensing sights, sounds, and smells. She will be the first Hanna Gray Fellow at U of M.

Greg McEvoy

SBA

Greg McEvoy has been promoted to principal of the audit practice at UHY LLP. He works from the headquarters in Farmington Hills. The firm’s Michigan practice is the fifth largest accounting firm in southeast Michigan with over 400 employees and is rapidly growing. Most recently the firm has expanded in Ann Arbor with the addition of Pietrasiuk Kelley & Kelley P.C. One year ago, it was the merger with Stewart, Beauvais & Whipple P.C.  in Port Huron.

Tony Sakich

SBA '09

Tony Sakich has previously been honored at the 2017 Oakland University Young Alumni Association's 10 Within 10 Awards for his early experiences working in Bitcoin. Since then, he was a co-founding member of a project called Augur – a decentralized prediction market platform currently with a market cap of $226 million dollars. Augur was the very first app built on the Ethereum ecosystem (Ethereum being the second most valuable cryptocurrency) With this success, Tony was able to retire at the age of 32.

Deborah Rubin

CAS '95

Deborah Rubin, attorney at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C., recently 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. 

Travis Neville

SEHS '07

Travis Neville recently published a book with Atlantic Publishing, The Jossman Method: Conquering Life's Transitions. The book is a personalized method to ensure happiness. Travis is passionate about helping anyone in need and believes strongly that improving your situation starts with your attitude. He truly hopes that this book and the unique outlook on life’s challenges that it offers can help the reader.

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.

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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.

Dick Robinson, the first OU Basketball coach, passed away in 2011. A patient, driven, well-organized coach that emphasized team play always made sure his players never lost their passion and always had fun despite the teams record.

In memory of Ron Cramer