Meet the Alumni Association board

The Alumni Association is led by a dedicated group of individuals who reflect the passion, expertise, diversity and commitment of the university community. Board members play an essential role in guiding alumni relations efforts, programs and initiatives, serving as proud ambassadors of Wayne State University. Board membership is a distinct honor guided by specific responsibilities.

Annessa Morley

Executive Director of the Alumni Association
Senior Director of Alumni Relations
Wayne State University

Robert Reaves

Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations ’11
Master of Business Administration ’15
Director of Accreditation
WSU School of Medicine

Dr. Tosha Padgett Johnson

Vice President
Bachelor’s, Management Information Systems ‘99
Executive Manager IT Applications
Canton Township

Dr. Mary Jenkins-Williams

Master of Education ’97
Certificate in Education ’03
Assistant Principal, Wayne-Westland Community School District
Educational Consultant, Jenkins-Williams Institute for Change, LLC

Najwa Abouhassan

Bachelor of Science in Computer and Electrical Engineering ’07
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering ’11
Senior Manager Distribution Standards
Commonwealth Edison Company – An Exelon Company

Dr. Regina Baker

Bachelor of Education ’75 
Master in Educational Leadership ’10 
Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies ’21 
Special Education Consultant 
Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency (Wayne RESA)

Shyam Bhakta M.D., M.B.A.

Doctor of Medicine ‘00
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine 
Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine 

Rev. Dr. Tia Finney

Bachelor in Speech Communication ‘96 
Master in Instructional Technology ‘99 
Master of Arts in Communication ‘07 
Doctorate in Education Evaluation and Research ‘20 
Supervisor, Testing Services 
WSU School of Medicine

Brandon Ivory

Master of Social Work ’00
Program Officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

Vinay (Vince) Khanna

Master of Business Administration ’73
Retired Sales and Marketing Executive
Hewlett-Packard and startup technology companies

Ernestine Lyons

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies ‘13
Master of Arts in Political Science ‘17
Build Cities Program Manager, Build Institute
Founder/Coordinator, Linglobal Consulting
City Council Member, City of Harper Woods
Community and Policy Liaison for Senate District 2 in the Michigan Legislature

paul mack

Master of Social Work ’11
Founding Partner and Board President
Intertwined, LLC and Intertwined Family Foundation

Dr. Leda McIntyre Hall

Doctorate in Political Science ‘84 
Professor Ermerita  
Indiana University South Bend 
Professorial Lecturer 
George Washington University 

Abhijit Nikhade

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering ’16
Data Scientist – Global Data Insights & Analytics, Ford Motor Company
Co-founder and CTO, MicroSkills Ltd
Global Shaper, World Economic Forum

Dr. Michelle O’Grady

Doctorate of Nursing Practice ‘15 
University of Michigan Ann Arbor 

Dr. Adijat Ogunyemi

Bachelor of Social Work ‘07
Master of Social Work ‘08
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
The Wellness Plan Medical Centers

Timothy Schramm

Certificate of Mortuary Science ‘89 
Owner/Chief Executive Officer  
Licensed Funeral Director 
Howe-Peterson Funeral Homes, LLC

Dr. Komal Shah Kapoor

Master of Arts in Communication ‘02
Doctor of Philosophy in Communication ‘07

Harmanpreet Singh

Bachelor of Art in History 
Master of Education in Educational Psychology 
Master of Art in in Dispute Resolution 
Senior Education Manager
The Sikh Coalition

Annette Walker

Bachelor in Professional Nursing-Traditional ‘80 
Retired emergency nurse, flight nurse, healthcare system administrator 
United States Air Force veteran

Zhongcong Xie, M.D., Ph.D., FASA

Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmaceutical Sciences ’94
Henry Knowles Beecher Professor of Anesthesia, Harvard University
Director, Geriatric Anesthesia Research Unit
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital