Alumni Class Notes

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Juliana Dischler, O.P., '71, celebrated 70 years as a Racine Dominican nun. She has been a teacher, minister and pastoral minister in Michigan, Missouri, Maryland and Wisconsin.

Peter S. Delisi '60 has joined the faculty of the Academy of Church Leadership at Santa Clara University. 


Michael C. Dudzik '75 has joined the board of directors of Solace Power in Newfoundland, Canada. He is vice president of Science and Technology at Lockheed Martin.

Ina G. Fernandez '74 has opened the investment firm Fern Capital Inc. in Dearborn Heights, Mich. 

Dr. Carey A Israel '74 was given the Florence Shapiro Distinguished Leadership Award by Chabad of Plano, Texas. Israel is former president of Collin College, which dedicated the Dr. Cary A. Israel Health Sciences Center in his honor. 

James O'Sullivan '76, '86 has retired from his longstanding position as head of Mazda's North American Operations.

Katherine A. Simmonds '78 has become a partner with Stanford Investment Group in California where she is director of Financial Planning and a Wealth Advisor.


Karen Bratus, D.D.S. '84 was recently named vice president of Academic Affairs for Baker College's Clinton Township and Port Huron campuses. She also maintains a teaching position in the College's dental hygiene program.

Michael O'Grady '87 joined Brieden Consulting Group in Grosse Pointe, Mich., as a principal. He specializes in employee benefits.

Denise D. Ilitch '80 has been appointed co-chair of the board of directors of Horizon Global Corp., one of the world's leading manufacturers of branded towing and trailering equipment.

Charles Judson '80 received the distinguished service award from the Traverse City (Mich.) Area Chamber of Commerce. He is an attorney and shareholder at the Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge law firm in Traverse City and is a former chair of the chamber.

Eugene F. LoVasco '85 was honored by St. John Hospital Medical Center for his philanthropic work. LoVasco is president and founder of LoVasco Consulting Group and is on the board of directors of the St. John Hospital Foundation.

Gail McLeod '84 was elected to the Allen Park, Mich., City Council in November 2015. The top vote-getter, she was automatically seated as the mayor pro tem. 

James P. Spica '84 has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is an attorney with Dickinson Wright PLLC's Detroit office and a former Detroit Mercy Law professor.

Michael Varley, D.D.S. '83 was elected president of the Colorado Dental Association after serving on the association's executive board.


Billy J. Anderson Jr., D.D.S. '98 has been appointed to the Ohio State Dental Board by Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He is president elect for the Central District of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

Kelli E. (Clampitt) Carney '93 is head of the European operations of Luxembourg-based International Automotive Components, where she was previously senior vice president of procurement and information technology.

Anne E. (Dezenski) Cooper '94 has been named senior vice president of human resources for Kane is Able, Inc. a nationwide logistics company.

Marc R. Corriveau '99 has joined Henry Ford Health System as its new vice president of government affairs. Previously, Corriveau was the director of Michigan Advocacy for Trinity Health System. 

Theodore G. Coutilish '95 has joined the board of FRAXA, the world's leading organization committed to finding a cure for Fragile X Syndrome, the most common inherited cause of autism and intellectual disabilities. He is associate vice president of university marketing at Eastern Michigan University. 

Jennifer Dukarski '96, '10 has been appointed to serve as the liaison to the American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division on the Forum on Communications Law Governing Committee. Dukarski is an attorney with the Michigan-based firm Butzel Long.

Mark Ellis '90 was named president and chief operating officer for marketing of Time Inc.

Michael D. Jurecki '94 was named chief executive officer of FordDirect, where he will work with dealers and manufacturers to sell and service automobiles. 

Mahesh Mayak '95 has joined the Troy, Mich.-based law firm Dickinson Wright. He will head the firm's international India practice. 

Andrew Ottaway '93 joined Flagstar Bank in Troy, Mich., as executive vice president and managing director of lending.

William S. Panos '98 has joined Friedman Integrated Real Estate Solutions of Farmington Hills, Mich., as managing director of asset management. 

Matthew J. Prince '98 has joined the Berkley, Mich.-based architecture and engineering firm Stantec as a senior project manager.

Bonnie Y. Sawusch '91 has joined the International Association of Firefighters where she will work to develop a national burn injury awareness campaign. 


Bassima (Bashour) Delduchetto, D.D.S. '00, has joined South Boston Dental Associates Inc., in Boston, Mass.

Michael R. Hawarny '09 has joined TMP Architecture Inc's Portage, Mich.-staff. He is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects and is a Leadership in Energy and Environment Design Accredited Professional.

Melissa M. Hurd '03 has been named executive director of Special Education for the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, Calif.

John Maddox '96 has been named CEO of the American Center for Mobility, a nonprofit organization to handle the development of an $80-million autonomous car testing site near Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich.

Laura Stoppa Soave '00 was appointed to the Walsh College Foundation's board of directors. She is senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer of Federal-Mogul Holdings.


Nina Carter '13 was part of the news team at FOX23 News at 5 in Tulsa, Okla., that won an Emmy for news coverage.

Tracy L. Cohen '10 published the book, "Six Word Lessons on Female Asperger Syndrome," a book to help in understanding and supporting girls and women with Asperger Syndrome. It can be found at

Peter J. Domas '12 has joined the Detroit office of the law firm Dickinson Wright where he will specialize in healthcare industry law.

Jennifer Fioritto '11 has been promoted to Team Leader in the Detroit market of The Siegfried Group, LLP, a leading national CPA firm.

Jonathan Karmo '12 joined Howard & Howard in Royal Oak, Mich. His practice focuses on commercial and corporate litigation. 

Bruno Olvera '11 has been selected to participate in the 2016 Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers program by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility. He is a senior buyer at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Rebecca Ranich '88 was elected to the board of directors of the National Fuel Gas Company in New York. 

Jennifer Richards '15 joined the Livonia-based law firm of Cummings, McClorey, Davis & Acho.

You'll find more Class Notes in the Spring issue of Spiritus Magazine.