Featured class notes

  • 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.

  • Sankeerth Ravala Link Master of Business Administration, 2015

    Sankeerth Ravala is a Business Analyst with Cognizant Technology Solutions US Corp and has been part Cognizant's Healthcare Consulting unit. He also holds a PMP credential certified by Project Management Institute.

  • Lisa J. Hamameh Link Juris Doctor, 2000

    Lisa J. Hamameh, an attorney and shareholder at Foster Swift Collins and Smith, PC, has been elected to serve on the 2018-19 State Bar of Michigan’s (SBM) Board of Commissioners. The SBM Board of Commissioners provides oversight to the State Bar on finance, public policy, professional standards and member services and communications. SBM is the governing body for the 42,000- plus lawyers in the State of Michigan. She previously served on the SBM Young Lawyers Section Executive Council and is active in the Oakland County Bar Association, Hamameh was honored by Michigan Lawyers Weekly in 2014 as a “Woman in the Law,” and has been recognized by Michigan Super Lawyer Magazine since 2011, first as a “Rising Star” and now as a "Super Lawyer" for Government, Cities and Municipalities. She was also selected for Best Lawyers in America® for Municipal Law and as a “Top Lawyer” for dBusiness Magazine.

  • Marisa Fontana Link Bachelor's Other, 1996

    Marisa Fontana, half-time assistant professor of sociology at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, received the college’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Half-Time Faculty due to her commitment to creating engaged learning for students. Fontana, an archaeological anthropologist, engages her students by combining in-class and out-of-class teaching while engaging them in accessible conversations to discuss challenging material. She operates an archaeology field school in Alabama and works with the DuPage County Coroner. She helps her students take on a new world-view, using anthropology and archaeology to challenge ethnocentric tendencies.

  • Cheri Anderson Link Doctor of Philosophy, 1998, Master of Education, 1993

    Cheri Anderson is a life change specialist with Counselors and Creative Consultants, Inc. She provides individual and group services to address a full range of issues, including depression, post-traumatic stress, marital issues, self-esteem, addiction, eating disorders and more. She recently presented a session at the 19th Annual National Center for Responsible Gaming Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

  • James Frederick Link Doctor of Philosophy, 1983

    James R. Frederick is an associate professor of economics in the School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He teaches a variety of economics courses, including health economics, international economics, and statistics. Before joining the faculty of the UNCP, Frederick was a research statistician at the Michigan Cancer Foundation (now the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute) from 1984 to 1988.

  • Constance Rowley Link Master of Education, 1979, BS in Nursing, 1960

    Constance Rowley, a teacher in the nursing community and a leader in the community, recently retired after twenty years on the Board of Directors of the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority. She has contributed to the Journal of Advanced Nursing and presented at the National Scientific Conference on HIV in Washington, D.C. She taught both nursing education and medical and surgical nursing at the Harper Hospital School of Nursing. Rowley also served as project director for the Detroit Medical Center’s HIV/AIDS program at Wayne State University and was chair of the Southeastern Michigan HIV/AIDS Council. She has been a distinguished member of the American and Michigan Nurses Associations as well as Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Rowley is the recipient of a Detroit City Council Resolution and two Spirit of Detroit Awards.

  • Paul Allen Link Master of Education, 1973

    Paul Allen, a retired teacher, recently self-published his first book, When Tobacco Was King – A History of Tobacco in Canada – A Southerner’s Global Journey. Allen extensively researched the subject matter of his book as the son of the former President of the Canadian Leaf Tobacco Company, (a subsidiary of the Universal Leaf Tobacco Company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia), he shares his father's personal records, his own research and personal memories, and knowledge of the tobacco business, gained by growing up so close to the tobacco industry. “When Tobacco Was King" is the story of the most profitable agricultural product ever and it details the tobacco industry’s start up from its early infancy in North Carolina to its spread across the border into Canada. The book has received favorable feedback and is available on Amazon.com.

  • Lee Hornberger Link Master of Laws, 1982

    Lee Hornberger, a Traverse City-based arbitrator and mediator, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 for his work in arbitration. He is chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan, former editor of The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal and a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi), an invitation-only group of Michigan's top mediators.

  • Susan Burkhart Link Juris Doctor, 1981

    Susan Burkhart, an attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, has been selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019 for her work in insurance law.

  • Alan Shamoun Link Bachelor of Science, 2006

    Alan Shamoun has joined the business law department at Plunkett Cooney. He will serve as the firm's Tax Law Practice Group leader. His expertise includes white collar criminal defense, IRS audits and appeals, and gift and trust planning. Shamoun was named a 2018 Top Lawyer in Tax by DBusiness magazine and is a member of the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce.

  • Brandy Mathie Link Juris Doctor, 2000

    Brandy Mathie, a real estate attorney and partner with law firm Kerr Russell, has been named one of Michigan Lawyers Weekly's "Women in the Law." She was one of only 30 lawyers selected for the Class of 2018.

  • Carrie Warren Link BS in Civil Engineering, 2003

    Carrie Warren is the recipient of the 2018 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director's Award - the department's highest honor for outstanding service. Warren was honored in the professional, specialist category. She was recognized for her ability to engage customers, foster positive interactions and increase public confidence in MDOT.

  • Jennifer Martin-Green Link Master of Education, 1999, BA in Education, 1995

    Dr. Jennifer Martin-Green is superintendent of Southfield Public Schools. She has 23 years of experience in public education and has served in a number of roles, including teacher, curriculum coordinator, and principal in school districts including Detroit, Oak Park and Ypsilanti. Martin-Green most recently was executive director of innovation and instruction with Westwood Community School District in Dearborn Heights.

  • Jeanne Powell Link Bachelor of Arts, 1968

    Dr. Jeanne Powell is a California-based poet, author and mentor. She was the featured artist at a poetry reading and book signing at 111 Minna Art Gallery in San Francisco this past July. She read from WORD DANCING, her collection of poems, flash fiction and collages, published by Taurean Horn Books. For ten years Jeanne hosted the acclaimed spoken word series, “Celebration of the Word.” Her poems have appeared in several print and online journals, including Essence Magazine and the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal.

  • Steve Rosen Link BS in Business Administration, 1993

    Steve Rosen is the owner of Career Compass Group (careercompassgroup.com), a company that helps small businesses with human resources and talent acquisition consulting and assists job seekers with professional coaching.

  • Benjamin Low Link Juris Doctor, 2018

    Benjamin Low is an associate at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. He is a member of the firm's privacy and data security practice groups. He previously was a judicial intern for the Honorable Matthew F. Leitman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Bridget Vance Link

    Bridget Vance is an associate at Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss, P.C. She is a member of the firm's corporate practice group. As a student, she served as editor of the Wayne Law Review and was recognized as a Governor's Scholar for high academic achievement. Vance earned a first place award for drafting in the Transactional Law Competition.

  • Lee Hornberger Link Master of Laws, 1982

    Lee Hornberger, a Traverse City-based arbitrator and mediator, has received a First Tier ranking in Northern Michigan for Arbitration by U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" for 2019. Ranked law firms, presented in three tiers, are listed on a national and regional-based scale. Firms that receive a tier designation reflect the high level of respect a firm can earn among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and practice areas. Hornberger is the immediate past chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan. He is included in The Best Lawyers of America 2018 and 2019 for his work in arbitration and has receive numerous other awards throughout his career.

  • Amy Puca Link Bachelor of Science, 2005

    Amy Puca has been promoted to senior evaluator at Via Evaluation, an applied research and evaluation firm in Buffalo, New York. She has been with the firm since 2011. She previously performed research and evaluation work in education, psychology and related fields for more than a decade.