2016 Spirit of UDM

The Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award was established to recognize the University’s distinguished graduates, from each of its colleges and schools, who have excelled in their chosen profession, demonstrated outstanding leadership in their work, and benefited the wider community through their support. Award recipients reflect the University’s mission of excellence and service and bring pride to their alma mater.

University of Detroit Mercy hosted this University-wide celebration, Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards, on April 22, 2016. The event honored a distinguished alumnus/a from each college and school with an Alumni Achievement Award.


2016 Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Award Honorees

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James H. Timberlake ‘74
Partner, KieranTimberlake Associates 
Philadelphia, PA
School of Architecture

Phyllis E. Peters Look ‘51
Retired Director of Professional Standards
Deloitte & Touche
College of Business Administration

Meredith R. Phillips ’94, ’97
Chief Information Privacy & Security Officer 
Henry Ford Health System
College of Health Professions

Michael A. Carter Sr. ’72, '78
Managing Partner 
Pinnacle Construction Partners, LLC 
Nashville, TN
College of Liberal Arts & Education

Henry A. Nickol ’55
Retired Vice President & General Manager for 
Vehicle Operations,North American Operations 
Ford Motor Company
College of Engineering & Science

Eugene A. Gargaro, Jr. ‘67
Legal Counsel and Officer
Richard and Jane Manoogian Foundation
School of Law

Richard M. Golden, D.D.S. ‘71
President & Chief Executive Officer 
Dr. Golden Laser Dental
School of Dentistry

Alumni Achievement Award Host Committee for 2016

Daniel Assenmacher ’00, ’07
Sr. Account Manager, BorgWarner

Lawrence Berkowski ’83, '85
President, Wellman Engineering Resins

Catherine Dinka, D.D.S. ’88

David Fitch ’79 
Managing Director, Talmer Bank & Trust

Dennis Flynn ’61 
Chairman, Flynn Benefits

Carolyn Gourley-Flynn '61

Bernard Fuhs ’03, '06 
Attorney, Butzel Long 

James Holland ‘89 
Vice President for Vehicle Components
Ford Motor Company

John Lewis ’74
Managing Director
Donnelly Penman & Partners

Irene Lynn ’08 
Staff Engineer, North West Planning & Design

William Morrow ’68 
Executive Vice President, Operations
Crain Communications

Deborah Priestap, D.D.S. '86
Kensington Orthodonic Specialists

Michael Riordan ’90 

Jennifer Schneider '94
Sr. Quality Manager, Hydraulic Brake Systems
Continental AG

Ronald Thayer ‘62
Thayer and Associates
Public Relations and Communication

Teresa Thiele ’96, ’98
Head of Product Development, SUV & Minivans
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles 

Andy Wakeland ’07 
Project Manager, Giffels Webster

Crystal Windham '02
Director, North American Interior Design
General Motors Corporation