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. 


Peter Caborn

Executive Director/Treasurer
Associate Vice President, Alumni Affairs & Advancement Services
Wayne State University

Robert Reaves

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

Adelaide (Adel) Pascaris

Vice President
Master of Business Administration ’09
Area Government & Community Affairs Manager
ITC Holdings Corp.

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. Shyam Bhakta

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

Raymond Cloud

Bachelor of  Science in Criminal Justice ’01
Group Senior Vice President of Loss Prevention, Organizational Safety and Security
Ross Stores Incorporated

Sandy Colvin

Immediate Past President
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting ’84
Juris Doctor ’89
Attorney, CPA, Community Volunteer

Alrick (Rick) Duncan

Bachelor of Science in Management ’08
Vehicle Logistics Intercontinental and Port Operations Supervisor
General Motors Company

Peter Frade, Ph.D.

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry ’68
Master of Science in Chemistry ’71
Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry ’78
Associate Dean for Health Sciences
WSU Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

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

Beth Konrad

Master of Arts in Communication ’01
Konrad Communications, LLC
Adjunct Faculty
WSU Department of Communication

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

Abhijit Nikhade

Master of Science in Industrial Engineering ’16
Product Management and Renewable Energy Expert, GE Renewable Energy
Cofounder and CTO, MicroSkills Ltd
Global Shaper, World Economic Forum

Dr. Adijat Ogunyemi, DSW

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

Dr. Tosha Padgett Johnson

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

Daniel Patton

Bachelor of Arts in History ’07
Master of Library and Information Science ’15
Canton Public Library

Dr. Komal Shah Kapoor

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

Stanley Simek

Bachelor of Arts in Communication ’93
Master of Arts in Radio and Television ’06
Senior Development Officer
Ascension St. John Foundation

Zhongcong Xie, M.D.

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