Michigan Chronicle names Women of Excellence

The Michigan Chronicle named the following alumni and current and former faculty members 2015 Women of Excellence for the way they "exemplify the stature, poise and grace that characterize the essence of womanhood, all while maintaining the delicate balance of filling the roles of helpmate, mother, teacher and professional."

  • Nadine Cook '88, Community Relations Consultant at St. John Providence
  • Dr. Shawny DeBerry '96, '98, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the Wayne County Department of Public Service
  • Deneen Whitaker '94, assistant director at UAW-Ford Benefits Department
  • U. Renee' Hall '14, Deputy Chief, Detroit Police Department
  • Former chair of sociology Lyn Lewis, Chief Executive Officer and President of Lyn Lewis & Associates
  • Dr. Cheryl C. Munday, UDM associate professor of psychology and director of psychology clinic

Alumni Class Notes

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The following are classnotes submitted by our alumni. Post a new classnote today! 


R.J. Reilly '49, '51, former UDM professor of English, has published two works of fiction, "The Prevalence of Love: Glimpses of the Human Condition" and "Over There."



William J. Giovan '58, former chief judge of the Wayne County Circuit Court, has been named a Leading Lawyer for alternative dispute resolution by LeadingLawyers.com.


Carole A. Hohl '71 was inducted into Carroll High School's (Dayton, Ohio) Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

Eugene Gargaro Jr. '67 and his wife Mary Anne received lifetime service awards from the Detroit Institute of Arts. The couple has been museum members for more than 30 years and have served on various boards and committees. Eugene Gargaro has been a member of the DIA board for more than 20 years, 12 as its chairman.

Henry Mistele '66 has joined the Troy, Mich., law firm Dean & Fulkerson in a senior/of counsel position. 

Patrick H. O'Leary '63 received the 2014 Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award. It is the highest honor a local Boy Scout council can give to a Scouting volunteer.


Mike Gaski '73 published the novel "Magicians and Brothers," a story of a young philosopher whose beliefs are tested on an international adventure.

Thomas A. Golej '71 retired this year after 26 years as a pilot with United Airlines. He also spent 10 years in the Air Force and practiced civil and criminal law.

Beverly Ingram '79 was named a supervising planner in the Baltimore, Md., office of Parsons Brinckerhoff, where she provides program management support to the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works' capital improvement program.

Bruce Maters '77 has joined the Okemos, Mich., law firm Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC, specializing in public regulatory, energy and environmental law.

Merrill Lynch wealth management advisor Frank Migliazzo '79 was recognized on the 2015 Financial Times Top 400 Financial Advisors list.

John D. Pirich '73, a partner at the Michigan firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, was named one of 30 Leaders in the Law for 2015 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.

Harriet (Band) Rotter '71, '75 has opened a law firm in Franklin, Mich., with her niece, Nancy (Komer) Stone '94, specializing in matrimonial law.

Michael F. Schmidt '71, '75, president of Harvey Kruse, P.C., a Michigan firm with offices in Troy, Grand Rapids and Flint, has been named a Best Lawyer in America, Super Lawyer, Leading Lawyer and is a member of the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board.

Sr. Rosine Sobczak, OSF, '75 will celebrate her Golden Jubilee in the Sisters of St. Francis, Sylvania, Ohio, on June 27, 2015.

Rosalie (Bidinger) Wood '72 recently published a new children's book, "Monsters and Angels (Monsters in My Closet and Snow Angel)," through which she attempts to teach children that they can take their fears and questions to God and that God is always present.


Renay (Hartway) Gagleard '88, '90, '09, '10 was named chief nursing officer of the Detroit Medical Center's Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

Timothy Heller '80, MSW/LCSW, received his Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from St. Meinrad School of Theology. He works as a hospice and home health social worker and bereavement coordinator.

Beth Gotthelf '85, attorney, shareholder and director of innovation and external relations at Butzel Long, co-chaired the Gleaners Women's Power Breakfast in spring.

Sharon (Jamison) Griffin '87 was named A mortgage loan officer for the Vinings and Smyrna (Ga.) Financial Centers for Fifth-Third Bank.

Jim Holland '89 was named Ford Motor Company's vice president for Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering.

James E. LoCascio, D.D.S. '81 was selected by the National Consumer Advisory Board to be included on the America's Best Dentists registry for 2015.

Larry Luteran '83 left his position as senior vice president of group sales and industry relations for Hilton Worldwide. He had been with the company for 31 years.

Doug Maibach '88 is now chairman of the board of Barton Malow Enterprises. He also serves as executive vice president of Southfield (Mich.)-based Barton Malow Co.

Ann (Weingarten) Rock '81 was appointed vice president of institutional advancement for the Grosse Pointe (Mich.) War Memorial Association.

Michael Stevenson '86 retired from Headquarters, Naval Criminal Investigative Service after 23 years of service, which included case management across the country, including Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Directorate.

Eric Taylor '87 has rejoined the Atlanta (Ga.) law firm Hunton & Williams LLP specializing in consumer and financial services class action litigation.

Suzanne Wilhelm '86 was named Dean of the Huether School of Business at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.


Jerry Attia '95 joined the Detroit-based architectural design and planning firm Rossetti.

Mike Brosseau '96 was named president of Brose Group, an Auburn Hills-based Tier 1 global automotive supplier.

Hon. Suzanne Faunce '98 was elected Michigan's 37th District Court Judge. She was previously an assistant prosecuting attorney in Macomb County.

David Feichtner '94, '96 was named Springfield Township, Mich., fire chief. He was previously Director of Operations for Clinical Services at Medstar Ambulance.

Raymond Kostrzewa '91 was appointed by Michigan Gov. John Snyder to the 60th District Court bench in Muskegon County.

Marci (Townes) Mason '95 recently released the book "Beyond the Pain: 10 Life Lessons on Love, Life & Letting Go," which takes readers on a journey of her changes in the hope that her life experiences can be an inspiration to others.

Timothy McCabe '93 was ordained to the priesthood June in the U.S. and Canadian Jesuits' largest ordination in 15 years. 

Curtis Mistele '93 has joined the Troy, Mich., law firm Dean & Fulkerson as a partner.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Raymond J. Kostrzewa '91 as Muskegon County District Court judge.

Jennifer Masengarb '96, Director of Interpretation and Research for the Chicago Architecture Foundation, was named the 2015 Distinguished Alumni from the University of Virginia's School of Architecture.

Christopher J. May '96 was named vice president and chief financial officer of Michigan-based automotive supplier American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc.

Stephen Meraw, D.D.S. '95 was recently elected president of the Michigan Periodontal Association. He recently completed his term as president of the Detroit District Dental Society.

John Michrina '93, '00 was named deputy city administrator in Southfield, Mich. 

The Hon. Christopher M. Murray '90 has been named president of the Michigan Board of Law Examiners by the michigan Supreme Court. He has chief judge pro tem on the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Certified public accountant Ramona Pearson '98 opened a firm called Health Wealthy Wise in Huntington Woods, Mich.

Meredith Phillips '94, '97, chief information privacy and security officer for Henry Ford Health System, has been elected the 2015-16 vice chair for the Michigan Healthcare CyberSecurity Council.

Megan (Kennedy) Riordan '90 joined Dean & Fulkerson in Troy, Mich., as a shareholder. Previously, she was at Kerr Russell in Detroit.

David Rock '95 joined the the accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton as principal for its corporate advisory & restructuring services. 

Erica "Ricky" Roberts '98 received the University of Georgia's President's Fulfilling the Dream Award for her work that promotes equality for the LGBT community. She is an academic adviser in the university's honors program.

Nancy (Komer) Stone '94 has opened a law firm in Franklin, Mich., with her aunt, Harriet (Band) Rotter '71, '75, specializing in matrimonial law.

Ed Tolentino '97 has been named an assistant volleyball coach at the University of Connecticut.


Kevin DeGrood '04 opened the North Center Brewing Company in Northville, Mich., which features its own brand of craft beers.

Meagan (Villerot) Hill '08 has joined the transaction management team of Plant Moran CRESA, a real estate consulting firm in Southfield, Mich.

Steven Jacobs '05 joined the Michigan real estate law firm of Schneiderman & Sherman, P.C. as a litigation manager.

Kevin Kijewski '03 was appointed superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Denver.

Robert Lindsay '03, an algebra teacher at Sterling Heights High School, was named one of three Teachers of the Year by the Warren (Mich.) Consolidated School District.

Matthew Lonier D.D.S. '08 has joined the team at North Central Family Dentistry in Phoenix, Ariz.

Laura Mater '03 has been named a principal at the the Michigan architecture, engineering and planning firm SmithGroupJJR.

Sam McCrimmon '08 was named vice president of advancement of the University of Toledo.

Megan Messmer '04 appeared in an episode of the FX Network's comedy series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia."

Brett Miller '05 has joined the Detroit office of Butzel Long.

Martha Molene '03, '07 has opened Phoenix Therapy Services, a private practice offering mental health services in Novi.

Taleen Najarian '04, '07 joined Integrated Health Systems, a medical clinic in Birmingham, Mich., to lead the physical therapy and performance body composition practice.

Lana Panagoulia '05, owner of Lana Panagoulia Law PLLC in Ann Arbor, Mich., was named president of the Washtenaw Association of Justice, formerly the Washtenaw Association of Trial Lawyers.

Paul Poles '09 joined the Michigan lar firm of Fabrizio & Brook.

Sara Rubino '08 joined Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss in Southfield, Mich., as an associate in the firm's estate planning and probate practice group.

Bradley Shepler '00 has been named an associate at the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., firm of Hubbell, Roth & Clark Inc.

Lionel Sims '00 was appointed director of the Office of Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining in Washington, D.C.


Class of '15 graduates Taylor McNeill, Alyssa Gietl, Danielle Fredrick and Chelsea Meyers received an honorable mention at the American Dental Hygienists Association's annual meeting for their research poster titled "How to Diagnose Diabetes Through IL-8 and Glucose Levels Found in Saliva."

Christopher Boloven '12 joined Strobl & Sharp law firm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Sydney Booth '14 opened Rushing Law PLC in Detroit, specializing in criminal defense and family, civil and real estate law.

Brett Bullard, D.D.S. '13 has joined Goldstein Dental Group, PLLC in Novi, Mich.

Daniel Conrad '15 received Canada's 2015 Governor General's Silver Medal, given to an outstanding graduating honors student on the basis of academic performance. Conrad graduated from the Canadian & American Dual Juris Doctor Program, a joint program by the University of Windsor and UDM.

Rachel Ann Edgett '13, a nurse in the intensive care unit at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Rapids, was named a Rising Star in StarMedia's 2015 Salute to Nurses.

The Aerican Institute of Architects named Elizabeth Grabowski '15 a recipient of a 2015 Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship. She is a Challenge Detroit Fellow with Mosher Dolan, Inc., a boutique construction management firm based in Royal Oak, Mich.

Vanessa Guerra '15 was elected State Representative for Michigan's 95th District in November, 2014.

Daniel Hurlbert '10 manager of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Veterans Program, received a 2014 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition Award which recognizes the top 20 young, dynamic leaders in northwest Ohio and southwest Michigan.

Roshene Kemp '11 joined the New York City law firm of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC, where her practice includes consumer finance, lender liability and creditors' rights.

Christina Nasser '10 has joined the Detroit law office of Butzel Long focusing on automotive-litigation and insurance defense litigation.

Maj. Steve Power '12, a U.S. Army operational Test Command's Maneuver Support and Sustainment Test Directorate, has been selected as the 2015 Military Tester of the Year by the National Defense Industrial Association.

Lise (Surya) Spresser '10 has joined the Birmingham, Mich. law offices of Lippitt O'Keefe Gornbein PLLC in the firm's family practice group.

Benjamin Underwood, D.D.S. '15 was honored by the Delta Dental Foundation with its prestigious Student Leadership Award.

Abril Valdes '13 joined the Troy, Mich. law firm Clement and Hurst, PLC as an Associate Attorney. Valdes focuses her practice in the areas of immigration, family law and criminal defense.

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

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