Alumni Class Notes

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Warren (Bill) Rauhauser ’43 received the Kresge Foundation’s 2014 Eminent Artist Award. Rauhauser, a prominent local photographer, has photographed black and white images (mostly of Detroit) for more than 60 years. His Detroit images have been displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. They are currently on display at the Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago.


Brigid Johnson, RSM ’58, ’66 recently retired after a 36-year career at Mercy College of Detroit and at University of Detroit Mercy, serving as a campus minister, an instructor and professor of Religious Studies and Math. Later in her career, she also worked in the University’s Academic Services Department. She currently teaches part time in UDM’s Math Department.


Paula (Duncan) Deason ’69, director of operations for the Lorain County (Ohio) Urban League, was named interim president and CEO of the Lorain County Urban League.

Albert E. Gibbons ’69, president of AEG Financial Services, was elected into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame and received the Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) designation for 2013.

Leo Hanifin ’69, ’72, ’76, professor of Engineering at UDM, is serving a two-year term on the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan’s Citizens Advisory Committee.

F. Thomas Lewand ’68, a partner at Bodman L.L.P. in Detroit, was named to Detroit Mayor-Elect Mike Duggan’s Cabinet in December and serves as group executive for Jobs and Economic Growth. He also is a former chair of the UDM Board of Trustees.

The Hon. Antonio Viviano ’61 and his family were named the 2013 Columbus Day honorees of the year in Mt. Clemens, Mich.

George Wilkins ’66, ’68, ’71 was appointed to the advisory board for Guidepoint Systems.


The Hon. Martha (Damiani) Anderson ’77 was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.

William S. Demray, D.D.S. ’75 was inducted as a Fellow of the International College of Dentists. He was recognized for his service to the profession and to the community.

David F. DuMouchel ’72, an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long, was appointed by the United States District Court Eastern District of Michigan as a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel.

Clayton F. Farrell ’73, an attorney at Collins Einhorn Farrell, was named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2013. Farrell, whose practice focuses on multi-party, complex litigation in the areas of environmental torts, product liability, toxic torts and emerging claims, was recognized for the fifth consecutive year.

Joyce Hayes Giles ’78 recently retired as assistant to the chairman and senior vice president of Public Affairs at DTE Energy.

Rainy Hamilton ’79 was awarded the Gold Medal by the American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter. The Gold Medal is the highest distinction that can be awarded to a member for significant and long-standing achievements.

Isaiah “Ike” McKinnon ’75, ’78, UDM associate professor of Education, was named to Detroit Mayor-Elect Mike Duggan’s Cabinet in December. McKinnon is serving as deputy mayor.

Robert W. Michalak ’71 joined HoganWillig Attorneys at Law as of counsel.

James Norrod ’75 joined the Board of Directors for Greenbytes, Inc. as executive chairman.

Mohammad Raziuddin ’77 was appointed CEO of KP Oil and Gas Company Limited, located in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Doug Richman ’77, vice president of Engineering and Technology at Kaiser Aluminum, was named the 2013 Marlan Boultinghouse Award winner at the Aluminum Association’s 80th annual meeting. The award is the highest honor given by the North American aluminum industry.

Cynthia (Kujawa) Roman ’74, ’79 was named president of Oakland Community College’s Highland Lakes Campus.

Mark Sperling ’72, ’91 was appointed school superintendent for Merrillville Schools in Merrillville, Ind.

Howard Wallach ’79 was named managing partner at the Michigan practice of Foley & Mansfield PLLP.


Christian S. Allen ’89 joined the Troy office of Dickinson Wright as of counsel. He focuses his practice on immigration law and procedure.

Matthew Cullen ’83, a former member of the UDM Board of Trustees, was named president of Greektown Superholdings Inc., the parent company of Greektown Casino-Hotel. He is also CEO of Rock Gaming LLC and Rock Ventures LLC.

Gregory J. Gamalski ’83 published the article, “A Menagerie of Real Estate Interests: Housing Cooperatives, Chapter 455 Summer Resort Associations, and Less Frequently Seen Home Owner Entities,” in the Michigan Real Property Review. Gamalski is a shareholder at Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, P.C. and a member of the firm’s business practice group.

James Giordano ’85, president and CEO of CareTech Solutions Inc., was named chairman of the St. John Providence Health System Board of Trustees.

Karen Hildebrandt ’83, a local fiction writer, was the Glen Arbor Artist-in-Residence in October. While there, she worked on her novel about Emily Wilding Davison (1872-1913), a militant British Suffragette and martyr for the cause.

Dan Hovanec ‘81 joined PMG Agency as a large-group benefits specialist.

Renee Larzelere ’88 was appointed as a member of the Monroe County Intermediate School District Board. She also serves on the Summerfield Schools Board of Education.

Judith (Slusser) Love ’81 was named president of Comerica Bank-California Market.

Patrick A. Mattie, D.D.S. ’80 received the Major General Bill B. Lefler Federal Services Award from the American College of Prosthodontists during the Annual Session 2013 Annual Awards and President’s Dinner in October.

Brian J. Renaud ’82, an attorney at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, P.C., was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of administrative/regulator law.

C. Timothy Trenary ’85 was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer at Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

Cindy (Diamond) Zolnierek ’81 was named executive director of the Texas Nurses Association. She previously served as assistant professor of nursing at Texas State University’s St. David’s School of Nursing.


Maria Angileri ’91 was promoted to shareholder at Brooks Kushman P.C. law firm, where she focuses her practice on domestic and foreign trademark protection.

Jerry Brown ’96 was named an assistant coach for the Eastern Michigan University baseball team.

Saad Chehab ’92 was named global marketing officer at Fiat’s Maserati.

Jeffrey L. Doyle ’97 was elected a shareholder of Reising Ethington P.C.

Larry Grezak ’97 was named principal at Livonia Schools’ Coolidge Elementary School.

Kirk Haggarty ’93 was named CFO of North American Bancard, Troy.

John P. Hale ’94, president and co-owner of Corporate Travel Services, Inc. in Dearborn Heights, Mich., was named to the board of directors of the Detroit Opera House.

Michael E. Johanning ’99 was recently promoted to senior associate and shareholder with WBRC Architects • Engineers.

Jeff Johnson ’97 was one of two to receive the 2013 Young Architect of the Year award from the American Institute of Architects Michigan. The award is given to architects who are under 40 years of age, in recognition of exceptional accomplishment and who have made significant contributions to the profession in an early stage of their careers.

Jeffrey Karafa ’92 was named chief financial officer at the National Capital Bank of Washington.

Soraya Kim ’91 was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to Michigan’s Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission.

Jonathan E. Lauderbach ’94 was named a partner at Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and transactions, non-bankruptcy workouts, foreclosures and restructuring.

Vijay Narang ’90, chief executive officer at GDKN Corporation, was appointed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to the Board of Commissioners, South Broward Hospital District.

Kathleen (Dause) Novetsky ’90, an insurance specialist at AAA Michigan (Birmingham Branch), was voted the 2014 board president of the Business Women’s Network, an organization within the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce.

James Oleksinski ’93 was promoted to director of labor relations and government affairs at Construction Association of Michigan, Bloomfield Township.

Jesse B. VanDeCreek ’94 was made a partner at Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc. Consulting Engineers, where he serves as vice president on the firm’s board of directors.


Tim Burns ’00 was elected to a three-year term on the State Bar of Michigan’s Board of Commissioners.

Andrew Dunlap ’02, ’04 was awarded the American Institute of Architects Detroit Chapter Young Architect of the Year award. This marks the fourth time in the last six years that a UDM alumnus has won this award, even though UDM represents a small percentage of the number of eligible candidates due to the program’s size.

Christopher Candela ’07 was named COO of McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Mich.

Larry Emmons ’05 was promoted to senior vice president/capital markets at CBRE Group Inc. in Southfield, Mich.

Mark R. Fleury ’02 was named an associate at Barton Gilman LLP, where he focuses on professional liability defense and insurance-litigation matters.

Jason Hamilton ’05, former member of the UDM men’s soccer team, was named head coach of the women’s soccer team at Troy University in Troy, Ala.

Wendy Hartzell ’03 was named chief information and operating officer at Digital Roots, a social media and customer relationship management company in Northville, Mich.

Kevin D. Kijewski ’03 was appointed associate superintendent for secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He manages 17 archdiocesan high schools in the areas of curriculum, strategic planning and student services.

Robert M. Nemzin ’06, an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long law firm, was named to Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s 2013 Class of “Up & Coming Lawyers.”

Nolana Nobles-Bandy ’05, a disability/mental health specialist with Vista Neuvas Head Start Program, was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities.


Chris Allick ’12 received the student design award from the American Institute of Architects Michigan Region for his recently completed thesis project.

James Cowan ’11 joined ICF International, Management Consulting Firm as a portfolio manager.

Melinda R. DeSantis ’13 joined the Ann Arbor, Mich. office of Brinks Gilson & Lione law firm.

Todd W. Dishman ’13 joined Brooks Kushman PC law firm as an associate. He specializes in patent prosecution and litigation matters.

Steve Eatherly ’13 was awarded the UDM School of Law’s 2013 Dean’s Scholarship, to assist with his law degree at the UDM law school.

Cody Grant ’13 was named a Detroit Challenge Detroit Fellow. Grant was one of 32 successful applicants to be accepted into this fellowship program, which received more than 700 applications.

Lisa Hing ’12, director of human resources, Meridian Health Plan, Detroit, was named by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of its “40 Under 40.”

Corissa Leveille ’12 was named a Detroit Challenge Detroit Fellow. Leveille was one of 32 successful applicants to be accepted into this fellowship program, which received more than 700 applications.

Ivonne Soler ’13, an attorney specializing in business and commercial litigation, joined Butzel Long as an associate in the firm’s Detroit office.

Alumni Bookshelf

Mary Anne (Bucciero) McMahon ’67 recently published the memoir, The Motor City and Me: Our Story, which highlights the rich history of Detroit and how the Motor City has left a lasting impact on McMahon and her family.

Cynthia (Szymanski) Sunal ’63 published Book VII: Research on the Influences of Educational Policy on Teaching and Learning in the series, Research on Education in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. She works at The University of Alabama as the Paul W. Bryant Research Professor of Education, director, Office of Research on Teaching in the Disciplines, and department head of Curriculum and Instruction.

Mary (Murray) Bosrock ’72 has published Mortal Sin on My Soul, which tells the tale of a young Catholic girl growing up in the era of baby boomers. She’s accompanied by seven silly siblings, two loving parents, nuns as strict schoolteachers and a group of friends fond of slumber party shenanigans.

Mitch Pacwa, S.J., ’74, a host on Eternal Word TV Network, published a new book, The Holy Land, An Armchair Pilgrimage, which provides a visual tour of the Holy Land that includes Fr. Pacwa’s commentary about the holy sites.

Nick Sinacori ’72 recently published Horsepower, Men, and Machines, which highlights his research on the Village of Fairview, from 1903-1907, on Detroit’s East Side.


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