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Updates and Accomplishments

Kevin Lao Link
Bachelor of Business Administration, 2007

Kevin Lao was promoted to senior partner enablement manager at Google where he has worked for eight years. Lao and his wife, fellow Wayne State graduate Dr. Maegan Stephens (College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts 2006), reside in San Jose, California.

Christina Kostiuk Link
BS in Business Administration, 1988

Christina Kostiuk has been named interim superintendent of Bloomfield Hills Schools. She will also continue in her role as chief financial officer for the district, where she has been employed since 2011.

Nariman Ammar Link
Doctor of Philosophy, 2016

Dr. Nariman Ammar has accepted a post-doctoral fellow position in the Center of Biomedical Informatics, in the College of Pediatrics, at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She works in the Le Bonheur Children's hospital with a multidisciplinary team using cutting edge computational methods and technologies in various applications in healthcare and medicine to support clinical and public health decisions to improve the health of individuals and populations, narrow health disparities, decrease healthcare costs, and improve overall human well-being.

Gilbert Saenz Link
Bachelor of Arts, 1968, Bachelor of Arts, 1968

Gil Saenz is the author of Edge of a Fantasy and Other Poems/Al Borde De Una Fantasia Y Otros Poemas, (Xlibris Publishing, 2018). The book contains fifty poems in English and Spanish in a side-by-side bilingual format. Saenz retired from IRS Computing Center where he had a career as a computer systems analyst, but has been writing bilingual poetry since the 1980s. He has authored five poetry collections and is a member of the Downriver Poets and Playwrights in Wyandotte, Michigan.

In Memoriam

Ruby I. Thompson Zuelzer Link
Master of Arts, 1966, Bachelor of Arts, 1963

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.

Marcelle Pour Link
Master of Fine Arts, 1990

Marcelle Madelaine Pour, an art historian and lecturer, died peacefully July 13, 2019, in Parsons, Tennessee. She was born and raised in Diekirch, Luxembourg, and emigrated to the United States in 1948, made her home in Chicago, and later became a U.S. citizen. In 1950 she married Ivan Pour and they raised a family in the Chicago area. Pour was passionate about the arts and traveled extensively around the world visiting over 30 countries and enjoying experiencing different cultures.