Featured class notes

  • Debbie Lannen Link Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1977

    Debbie Lannen will serve as production manager for “If Not Now, When? An Evening of Musical Entertainment with Sharon K. Janda & Trio,” which will be performed in September at HopCat Detroit. Lannen also is the founder and artistic director of the MCP Still Got It Players South, an ensemble for senior actors in Orlando, Florida. She will direct the world premier of “Harry’s Angel,” by Arthur Keyser for the group this fall.

  • Melvyn Westreich Link Doctor of Medicine, 1970

    Melvyn Westreich is the author of "Murder in the Kollel." Westreich, trained in general and plastic surgery at Wayne State and was chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery of the Assaf HaRofeh Medical Center of the Sackler School of Medicine of Tel Aviv University in Israel. Since his retirement he has rekindled his love of all things literary and the result is his first novel, now available on Amazon. The story, set in Lansing, Michigan, is a fun, locked-door mystery that allows a glimpse in to the cloistered world of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Westreich has written numerous plays and short stories and is working on the sequel to “Murder in the Kollel.”

  • Helen Mayfield Link Master of Social Work, 1977

    Helen Mayfield is the author of "I Am Not Beneath the Law." The book, about her life experience and her work as an attorney in Texas, is available on Amazon. Mayfield also has worked as a social worker, marriage counselor, family therapist, hospital administrator and drug counselor.

  • Judith Arlene Bonser Link Bachelor of Arts, 1959

    Judith Arlene (Buerge) Bonser passed away in her home in Maryville, Tennessee, on May 25, 2017. She was 80 years old. As a student in Wayne State's journalism department, Bonser was a staff writer for the campus newspaper, "Daily Collegian." She is survived by her husband, Donald; daughter, Jody Bruce, '92; son, Joseph Parrinello Jr.; son-in-law Darrin Bruce and five grandchildren. Two of her grandsons are currently pursuing graduate studies at Wayne State.

  • Marie Delewsky Link Bachelor of Science, 1983

    Dr. Marie Delewsky received the 2017 President's Award from the Michigan Podiatric Medical Association for her dedication and service to the organization. She is employed by Michigan Healthcare Professionals, P.C., and is an associate in private practice at S.E.T. Foot care in Waterford, Michigan. She also is a Fellow of the American Society of Podiatric Surgeons.

  • Brian K. Mitzel Link Bachelor of Arts, 2013

    Brian K. Mitzel joined the Bloomfield Hills office of Plunkett Cooney as a member of the law firm’s tort and litigation practice group.

  • C. Leslie Banas Link Juris Doctor, 1975

    C. Leslie Banas, an attorney and shareholder with Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate law. She also has been recognized as a DBusiness Top Lawyer and was named one of Crain's Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women in Southeastern Michigan. Banas currently serves on the advisory board for the Urban Land Institute - Michigan and is a member of the Michigan Housing Council.

  • Ralph A. Castelli, Jr. Link Juris Doctor, 1977

    Ralph A. Castelli, Jr., an attorney and CEO of Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of corporate law.

  • Brian R. Jenney Link Juris Doctor, 1999

    Brian R. Jenney, an attorney with Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of elder law.

  • Amy A. Stawski Link Bachelor of Arts, 1974

    Amy A. Strawski, an attorney with Kemp Klein Law Firm, was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law.

  • Robert Z. Feldstein Link Bachelor of Arts, 1960

    Robert Z. Feldstein, an attorney and president of Robert Z. Feldstein, P.C., was included in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of family law. He is Of Counsel to Kemp Klein Law Firm. He has been honored by the publication for more than 20 consecutive years.

  • Susan Burkhart Link Juris Doctor, 1981

    Susan Burkhart, an attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP law firm, was selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of insurance law.

  • Dale Chidester Link Master of Science, 1973, Doctor of Philosophy, 1971

    Dale Chidester, age 73, died November 21, 2016, of brain cancer. Dr. Chidester worked as a chemist in the industry for 25 years. He taught at Temple University and Rider University and also held a research position at Princeton University. He moved to Sierra Vista in 2002 where he was an active member of the Cochise Amateur Radio Association (CARA) and through CARA did volunteer communications for Cochise County Search & Rescue and many community events. He is survived by his wife Nancy, son Edward (Min), daughter Cynthia Lerch (Christopher) and two grandchildren.

  • Jamilah Jackson Link Bachelor of Arts, 2015

    Jamilah Jackson was promoted to account executive at lovio george communications + design. She has been with the company since 2016 and has worked for clients including The Parade Company and University Prep Schools. While she was at Wayne State, Jackson was part of the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity and hosted her own show on WAYN Radio. She also serves as an advisor for Sister 2 Sister, a women's empowerment organization at WSU.

  • Jill Lublin Link Bachelor of Arts, 1983

    Jill Lublin is the author of 'The Profit of Kindness." She is an international speaker on the topics of radical influence, publicity, networking, kindness and referrals. She is the author of four best-selling books, including 'Get Noticed...Get Referalls.' Lublin is CEO of a strategic consulting firm with more than 20 years of experience. She teaches Publicity Crash Courses as both live events and webinars and consults and speaks all over the world.

  • Scott Cohon Link Bachelor of Arts, 1991

    Scott Cohon has been elected to his second one-year term as Supreme Master (International President) of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi), the world's only Jewish college social fraternity, and as ex-officio director of AIPi Foundation, the charitable and education arm of the fraternity. Cohon is director of sales for Brekenridge Pharmaceutical, Inc. and has been an active volunteer with AEPi, the Wounded Warriors Project and Hillel of Metro Detroit.

  • Nnenna Aguwa Link MS in Accounting, 2015

    Nnenna Aguwa has been named the accountant for the Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelaman Family Campus in Farmington Hills, Mich. She previously was a financial service representative and accounting specialist at Michigan First Credit Union.

  • Lee Hornberger Link Master of Laws, 1982

    Lee Hornberger, a Traverse City arbitrator and mediator, has been named chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He served as chair-elect before stepping into his new role. Hornberger has received the George N. Bashara, Jr. Award from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been included in The Best Lawyers of America 2018 for his work in arbitration, and on the 2016 and 2017 Michigan Super Lawyers lists for alternative dispute resolution.

  • Don Carlson Link Master of Science, 1965

    Don Carlson will be recognized by St. Andrew's Resources for Senior Services as it honors St. Louis, Missouri's most active and philanthropic senior citizens. He will be inducted into the Ageless Society at the annual Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans Gala this fall. Carlson volunteers each week to collect food for area food pantries, tutors fifth grade students and serves his church as an ordained elder. He is a longtime volunteer and supporter of the Women's Self Help Center, which deals with the prevention of domestic violence and the support of its victims. He was awarded the "Good Guy" award from Safe Connections, an agency addressing domestic violence. He has served on the boards of several shelters and agencies, and now plays a key role on the Domestic and Family Council of St. Louis County. He enjoys travelling, the opera and symphony and spending time with his family.

  • Greg Auner Link BS in Biological Science, 1982, Master of Science, 1985, Doctor of Philosophy, 1990

    Greg Auner, a researcher at Wayne State, presented at the World Research Congress: The Eye and The Chip. He presented his research at the 10th annual event which focused on the relationship between neurobiology and nano-electronics focusing on artificial vision.

  • Bryan Cain Link Bachelor of Arts, 2007

    In September, Bryan Cain was appointed to the position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Endicott College in Boston.

  • Douglas Bernstein Link BA in Business Administration, 1978

    Douglas C. Bernstein, a partner at law firm Plunkett Cooney, was selected as a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy. Fellows are selected on an invitation-only basis. The college board approved Bernstein’s nomination to become a fellow during its October meeting. He is the only Michigan attorney, as well as the only attorney from the federal Sixth Circuit, nominated for the 2018 class. He will join 21 other attorneys from Michigan who are also fellows in the college. A member of the firm’s Bloomfield Hills office and the firm’s Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights Practice Group Leader, Bernstein concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, loan restructuring, commercial loan documentation, bankruptcy, banking-related litigation and appeals. Bernstein has received several honors for his legal work, including an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer-to-peer professional ratings service, and selection as a Michigan Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine from 2008 to 2017 and a Best Lawyers in America® from 2014 to 2018.