Alumni Class Notes

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Michael Tierney '60 is the new president and CEO at Community Bankers of Michigan in East Lansing. He was previously CEO and executive vice president of Flagstar Bank.


Gary Herbertson '78 has been promoted to senior project manager in the Program Management Office at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Evelyn H. Hirt '76 has been appointed technical advisor to the United States National Committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission's committee Nanotechnology for Electrotechnical Products and Systems. She works with PNNL's Office of Lab Planning and Performance Management. 


William B. Balke '82 has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America as the Lawyer of the Year in Labor Law and Management in Detroit. He is a partner with the Detroit office of Littler, an international employment and labor law practice.

Susan E. (Olkowski) Fairchild '88 waas named the 2016-17 president of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan. She is an assistant U.S. Attorney with the Violent Crimes Unit for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Fr. Robert FIsher '83 has been named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He previously was pastor and rector at Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Mich.


Jacqueline L. Hourigan Rice '97 has joined the ADTRAN, Inc. board of directors. ADTRAN is a leading provider of next-generation open networking solutions. Rice is an executive vice president and chief risk and compliance officer for Target.


Julie M. Bell '03 has been appointed chief human resources officer for The Advanced Group, a diversified professional staffing, consulting and outsourcing organization in Chicago.

Michael Castillo '05 has been promoted to Electrical Powertrain OBD Technical Specialist at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

Kathryn A. (Sulkey) Gross '04 was named an Everyday Hero by RARE. The teacher at Loyola High School in Detroit was nominated by one of her students, who praised her work for many volunteer organizations and compassion as inspirational.

Jeffrey R. Mitchell '09 was awarded the Tim & Melody Skoog Extra Mile award by for his fundraising efforts. In 2015, he rode his bicycle 3,582 miles from Seattle, Wash., to New York City to raise funds for Burmee refugees. In 2016, he rode 450 miles around the Olympic Peninsula to raise funds for International Justice Mission.

Michael Castillo Engineering 05’ was promoted to Electrical Powertrain OBD Technical Specialist at FCA in September of 2016.


Stephanie A. Boyle, D.D.S., '16 has joined the Shelby Township office of Pointe Dental Group. David M. Brush '14 has published his first novel, "Induction." It is about a dystopian future created by a mandatory eugenics program.

Lawrence Kajy '15 was recently hired by Ayar Law Group in Southfield, Mich. The firm specializes in state, federal and international tax law.  

Deise Oliveira, D.D.S., '16 is one of 18 licensed dentists chosen for a new residency program at the Georgia School of Orthodontics.

Mary E. Sclabassi '11 has been named to the new Michigan Prescription Drug and Opiod Abuse Commission. She is chief of police for the city of Taylor, Michigan.