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  • Leanna R. Simon Link Master of Library Science, 2010

    Leanna R. Simon received a 2017 Emerging Leader Award from the American Association of Law Libraries. Simon is a reference librarian for law firm Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.

  • Sandra Adell Link Bachelor of Arts, 1976

    Sandra Adell, a professor in the Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, appeared in February on NBC's Megyn Kelly TODAY to talk about her gambling addiction and recovery. Adell is the author of Confessions of a Slot Machine Queen: A Memoir.

  • Abraham Post Link BA in Business Administration, 1991

    Abraham Post has been recognized by two prominent financial publications as among the best financial advisors in the nation. Post, a Merrill Lynch financial advisor based in Troy, Mich., was named to the Forbes “Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" inaugural list. He was also named to the 2018 Barron's "Top 1200 Financial Advisors" list. His recognition on these lists is an industry honor and acknowledgment of his accomplishments. He has been with Merrill Lynch for 26 years.

  • Dan Ringo Link Bachelor of Arts, 2005

    Dan Ringo is president and CEO of Ringo Services, Inc., a company that provides strategic facility operation solutions through engineering, maintenance, HVAC-R repair, custodial and various building trade services to private, public and government organizations. The company has been recognized as one of the 2018 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch,” an awards program presented by Michigan Celebrates Small Business.

  • Floyd Rumohr Link

    Floyd Rumohr, executive director of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, received the Excel Pride Award for Outstanding Leadership from My True Colors Festival which celebrates champions of social justice and the arts. The awards recognize community, civic, and business leaders who champion the arts, social justice and LGBTQIA+ rights along with trailblazers in the entertainment industry.

  • Robert Thornton Link Master of Education, 2005

    Robert Thornton, a senior program officer at the Detroit-based Skillman Foundation, is the recipient of the Frederick Douglass Award from the Detroit Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. Thornton leads the Foundation’s community safety efforts and has provided leadership for the Foundation’s faith-based, fatherhood and boys and men of color work. The Frederick Douglass Award is given to a Black male, who has "contributed time and effort to help black women take their rightful place in every aspect of life." The Frederick Douglass Award recipient is not only personally dedicated, but has a direct, positive and long-term impact on the quality of his community.

  • Clara DeMatteis Mager Link Bachelor's Other, 1978

    Clara DeMatteis Mager, an attorney and shareholder at Butzel Long, has been elected to serve on the firm's Board of Directors. Her practice is focused on business and family immigration issues and she serves as the firm's immigration department leader. Mager is a member of the Federal Bar Association and has held several leadership positions within the group. She also has served on several other boards, including the French American Chamber of Commerce and the Italian American Alliance for Business and Technology. She has received recognition from Best Lawyers in America, Michigan Super Lawers, DBusiness and was named to the list of Crain's Detroit Business Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan in 2017.

  • Elizabeth Ellison Link Bachelor of Arts, 2013

    Elizabeth Ellison is an associate attorney at Ann Arbor-based Stimpson and associates. She is a member of the Michigan Bar Association and a recent graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law where she graduated with several honors.

  • Eduard Arthur Ziegenhagen Link

    Eduard Arthur Ziegenhagen, a former professor in Wayne State’s political science department, died April 2, 2018. He was the author of eight books. When not working with his international graduate students and publishing, he enjoyed his home in the woods of Binghamton, New York, with his standard poodles, his wife, Nancy, his sons, Arthur and Wolfgang, for 35 years. Eduard loved working on his antique cars, sailing on Cayuga Lake in Ithaca, New York, and traveling through his ancestral Germany. In retirement, Eduard especially enjoyed spending time building things with his grandchildren. He also threw himself into the restoration of his eighteenth-century home on the coast of Maine. Eduard was preceded in death by his son, Arthur. He is survived by his wife, Nancy of New Harbor, Maine, his son, Wolfgang, daughter-in-law, Suzanne, and his beloved grandchildren, Alexander, Harrison, and Olivia, all of Guilford, Connecticut.

  • Michael D. Russell Link Bachelor of Arts, 1989

    Michael D. Russell, an attorney and counselor at Fieger Law in Southfield, Michigan, was named one of the 2018 Leaders in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Leaders in the Law are honored — among other things — for significant accomplishments in law practice, outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, and for seeking improvements to the legal community and their communities at large.

  • Deb Brazen Link MA in Dispute Resolution, 2011

    Deb Brazen has been promoted to the role of associate at TMP Architecture. She became a registered architect in 2006 and previously was facilities director of project planning and cost estimating at Wayne State. Brazen is a Ferndale resident and has served on the Ferndale Planning Commission since 2006.

  • M. Kathleen Donald Link Bachelor's Other, 1986

    M. Kathleen Donald is chief marketing officer for Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute. Beyond her nearly three decades of marketing, branding and business strategy, Donald's own personal experience with a painful back condition led her to Laser Spine Institute where she will amplify the organization's commitment to providing the highest level of patient-centered care for those with debilitating neck and back pain. Donald previously was general manager at Dassault Systemes' 3DXCITE and chief operating officer at Campbell Ewald. She was named a Champion of the New Economy in 2016 by Business Magazine and the 2014 Distinguished Alumna by Wayne State's Mike Ilitch School of Business.

  • Gail Allevato Link BA in Business Administration, 1985

    Gail Allevato is president of TMP Architecture, Inc. She joined TMP in 1986 and served as chief marketing officer before being appointed president by the firm's Board of Directors in 2018. She is a member of the Society of Marketing Professional Services and is a past president of the organization.

  • Kim Kersten Link Master of Business Administration, 1981

    Kim Kersten, group manager for Comerica's Business Banking - East Group, has been named director of Business Banking for the bank's Michigan Market. Since joining Comerica in 1987, Kersten has held positions of increasing authority in the bank's Credit, Middle Market, U.S. Banking and Business Banking departments.

  • Russell Moy Link Juris Doctor, 2000

    Russell Moy was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Elected Fellows of AAAS are recognized for their scientifically or socially distinguished contributions to the advancement of science or its applications. Dr. Moy currently serves as the General Counsel of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, the management and operating contractor for the Jefferson Lab, one of the Department of Energy National Laboratories.

  • Robert S. Zawideh Link Juris Doctor, 1990

    Bob Zawideh, an attorney at Kemp Klein Law Firm, was elected to the firm's board of directors. Zawideh has a sucessful 27 year litigation and trial practice involving high net worth probate and trust disputes, complex commercial litigation and franchise cases arbitrated in Michigan and California as well as construction litigation matters.