Spirit of UDM Alumni Achievement Awards

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 the inaugural University-wide celebration, Spirit of UDM: Alumni Achievement Awards, on April 11, 2014. The event honored a distinguished alumnus/a from each college and school with an Alumni Achievement Award. 

2014 Alumni Achievement Award Honorees


Emil Brolick ’69, ‘72
President & CEO
The Wendy’s Company
College of Business Administration
(See related Detroit Free Press article)

John DiBiaggio, DDS, ‘58
Former President Tufts University, Michigan State University, University of Connecticut
School of Dentistry

Philip Kinsella, ‘58
Partner, KRJDA, LLC Architects
School of Architecture

Frederick M. Seibert, ’69, ‘73
Owner & President
Preece, Inc.
College of Liberal Arts & Education

Nancy Susick, MSN, RN, ‘86
Senior Vice President, Beaumont Health System 
President, Beaumont Hospital, Troy 
College of Health Professions

William C. Young, ‘64
President, Absopure Water Co.
Chairman/CEO, Plastipak Holdings,
Chairman, Clean Tech, Inc.
College of Engineering & Science

Brian Zahra, ‘87
Justice, Michigan Supreme Court
Michigan Hall of Justice
School of Law


Alumni Achievement Awards Host Committee


School of Architecture
Ashley S. Flintoff ’04, ‘13
Matthew N. Guinta ’08
Brian A. Hinz ’10
John J. Skok ’00

College of Business Administration
Joseph A. Berkowski ’73, ’75
Lauren E. Paton ’09,’10
Jennifer L. Schneider ’94, ’96, ’00
Bradley M. Simmons ’79, ’84

School of Dentistry
Francis N. Janisse, D.D.S. ’03, ’05
Richard J. Nykiel, D.D.S. ’78
Lauri A. Sanko ’01

College of Engineering & Science
Irene R. Lynn ’08,
Jeffrey L. Moyer ’85
Joyce E. Patouhas ’02,
Andy Wakeland ’07

College of Health Professions
Matthew J. Davis ’06
Nancy A. Dillon ’71
Jon R. Lechner ’92

School of Law
Edward G. Lennon ’88
Michael J. Riordan ’90
Gregory L. Ulrich ’74, ’77
Kelly A. Walters ’98, ’04
Mark A. Wisniewski ’90

College of Liberal Arts & Education
Kate M. McCarroll ’98, ’03
Phyllis A. Noda ’66
Robert F. Rogowski ’77, ’79
Anthony G. Sahadi ’98, ’05




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