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.

Tosha Padgett Johnson

Dr. Tosha Padgett Brown

Bachelor’s/ Mike Ilitch School of Business / ‘99
Senior Consultant, Infosys Consulting; Associate Professor
Cleary University

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Brandon Ivory

Vice President
Master’s/ Social Work / ‘00
Program Officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

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Dr. Regina Baker

Bachelor’s / Education / ‘75
Master’s / Education / ‘10
Doctorate / Education / ‘21
Special Education Consultant
Wayne County Regional Education Service Agency (Wayne RESA)

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

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

Bilal Hammoud

Bilal Hammoud

Bachelor’s / Liberal Arts & Sciences / ‘21
President / Principal Consultant, Midwest Multicultural Collaborative

Dr. Komal Shah Kapoor

Master’s / Fine, Performing & Communication Arts / ‘02 
Doctorate / Fine, Performing & Communication Arts / ‘07
Founder, SpeakerPost

Kerry LaPlante

Kerry LaPlante, PharmD, FCCP, FIDSA, FIDP

Bachelor's / Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences / ‘00
Doctor of Pharmacy / Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences / ‘02 
Professor and Chair, Pharmacy Practice, University of Rhode Island
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Brown University
Chair, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Environmental Task Force, Rhode Island Department of Health
Director, Rhode Island Infectious Diseases Research Program and 
Infectious Diseases Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Providence 
Veterans Medical Center

Ernestine Lyons

Bachelor’s / Liberal Arts & Sciences / ‘13
Master’s / Liberal Arts & Sciences / ‘17
Build Cities Program Manager for Build Institute 
Founder/Coordinator of Linglobal Consulting 

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Dr. Leda McIntyre Hall

Doctorate / Liberal Arts and Sciences / ‘84
Professor Emerita
Indiana University South Bend
Professorial Lecturer
George Washington University

Rochelle Miller

Rochelle Miller

Bachelor's / Fine, Performing & Communication Arts / ‘94 
Vice President of Business Development 

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Dr. Michelle O’Grady

Doctorate / Nursing / ‘15
University of Michigan Ann Arbor

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Dr. Tara M. Reid

Master's / Education / ‘10
Specialist / Education / ‘16
Doctorate / Education / ’20
Director, Office of Learning & Teaching, School of Medicine, Wayne State University

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Timothy Schramm

Certificate / Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences / ‘89
Owner/Chief Executive Officer 
Licensed Funeral Director
Howe-Peterson Funeral Homes, LLC

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Donald Smolenski, Ph.D.

Master’s / Engineering / ‘79
Ph.D. / Engineering / ‘90
President, Strategic Management of Oil, LLC

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Ieisha Taylor-Norris, Psy.D., LCPC

Bachelor's / Liberal Arts & Sciences / ‘01
Director of Clinical Operations
Founder of Taylor EQ Institute

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Annette Walker

Bachelor's / Nursing / ‘80
Retired emergency nurse, flight nurse, healthcare system administrator
United States Air Force veteran

Shameeka Ward

Shameeka Ward

Bachelor's / Mike Ilitch School of Business/ ‘98
Senior Regulatory Compliance Manager - Government Affairs
Magna International

Ronald Wood

Ronald Wood

Bachelor's / College of Liberal Arts and Sciences / ’75 
Master's / College of Liberal Arts and Sciences / ‘80
Retired Vice President of Underwriting and Vice President 
of Business Performance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan