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!




Lawrence G. Campbell ‘69, an attorney at Dickinson Wright PLLC, was appointed vice chair of the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board by the Michigan Supreme Court. 


Timothy Gargaro ‘76 joined Gill Holding as chief financial officer.

Hon. Michael Talbot ‘71 was appointed chair of the Madonna University Board of Trustees.


John A. Forrest ‘81 was elected a shareholder at Butzel Long.

René M.L. Hansemann ‘88, an attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP, was named to the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Timothy F. Kosinski, D.D.S. ‘84 was featured on the cover of national dental journal Inclusive in its summer 2014 edition. Dr. Kosinski, a leading dental implant dentist in the United States, is also an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.

Timothy Kroninger ‘85 joined Varnum in the firm’s metro Detroit office.

Lawrence Pierce ‘81 was named executive vice president of merchandising and marketing at SpartanNash.

Steven M. Raymond ‘80 was elected a shareholder at Butzel Long.

Stephen Waldron ‘88 was named chief operating officer at Grantham University.


Samy Bin Ahmed Al Ghassany ‘98 was appointed as chairman of the Oman Fibre Optic board.

Beth I. deBaptiste ‘96 was elected a shareholder at Butzel Long.

Mark Ellis ‘90 was named senior vice president of corporate sales at Time Inc.

Joseph Helfrich ‘99 was named executive vice president and general manager of Brock Grain Systems.

Demi Kazanis, D.D.S. ‘99, was cast in the role of Lex Luthor’s girlfriend in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” a new film that is being shot in Detroit and the surrounding area.

Matthew J. Lund ‘93, an attorney at Pepper Hamilton LLP, was named to the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

David Nelson ‘92, ‘96 was named vice president for finance and administration at Alma College.


Matthew A. Kuttolamadom ‘05 was appointed as the Corrie and Jim Furber Faculty Fellow in Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University. 

Laura (Stoppa) Soave ‘00 was appointed senior vice president, chief marketing and communications officer at Federal-Mogul Motorparts.


Alexis Konja ‘14 is serving at the International Services Center of Cleveland (Ohio) as a volunteer with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Eric Kushion, D.D.S. ‘14 joined the staff at Today’s Smile Dentistry in Crystal Falls, Mich.

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