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Updates and Accomplishments
MGK DESIGN/Margaret Kelly's work on Heart & Soul is making waves as a finalist in the Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award competition recognizing excellence in publication design and creative content. Heart & Soul is an innovative wellness publication for active seniors, developed for Chelsea Retirement Community by MGK DESIGN, a full-service design and communications firm based in Chelsea, MI. Kelly is a previous Folio Award recipient for her work with organizations including Johnson Controls, Wayne State University and Crain's Detroit Monthly.
Ali Sayed was chosen by the Knowles Teacher Initiative as a member of its 2019 Cohort of Teaching Fellows. He is one of 37 promising high school mathematics and science teachers who are just beginning their careers. Sayed will teach biology at Niles West High School in Skokie, IL during the 2019–2020 school year and is currently enrolled at Roosevelt University working toward a Master of Arts in secondary teacher education. Before beginning his teaching career, Sayed went to medical school and worked as a science paraprofessional.
Jacob Jones has been selected to participate in Challenge Detroit, a leadership and professional development program that cultivates diverse, innovative, community-minded leaders from the city and across the country. The program gives Fellows the opportunity to work with local nonprofits on challenges designed to positively impact the communities they serve, while learning career skills through employment at Detroit’s top area companies. Fellows will address regional challenges and opportunities like homelessness and food security. Jones will be working with partnering host company, 8MBA.
Susan Burkhart, a partner with law firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, was included in The Best Lawyers in America 2020 list in the area of insurance coverage.
Gary Garrett passed away in his home on August 26, 2019, following heart trouble. He was a professor of communications, public relations and English literature at many local colleges and universities. He also worked with the Red Cross and other nonprofits. Garrett was an active member of his Detroit community where he live for more than 50 years. In addition to teaching, Garrett had a passion for Shakespeare, jazz and his pet dachshunds. After retirement, he became the primary caregiver for a lifelong friend. He is survived by his sister and three generations of nieces and nephews.
Ruby I. Thompson Zuelzer died August 3, 2019. She was a pioneer of women’s rights as a standing member of the Professional and Business Women’s Foundation. Zuelzer supported her family while putting herself through college and then worked for many years at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She also worked in the laboratory as a cytogeneticist and immunohematologist at the VA Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and ultimately retired as the director of blood bank services under the Department of Pathology at Grenada Lake Medical Center in Mississippi. She was preceded in death by her husband, fellow Wayne State alumnus Dr. Wolf Zuelzer. He was a renowned pediatric pathologist, professor of pediatric research at WSU and director of the laboratories at Children’s Hospital of Michigan.