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

Have you recently been promoted, honored or published? Have you switched employers or career paths? Announce marriages and births! Share the news with fellow UDM alumni, parents, friends, faculty and staff.

The University of Detroit Mercy community is also interested in celebrating the lives of our alumni. If you know of a member of the community who has recently entered eternal life please post a note.

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


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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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


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

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

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

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.


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

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.

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

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