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Updates and Accomplishments

Brian Miller Link
BS in Criminal Justice, 1990

Detroit native Brian Miller completed a MA in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). At WSU, he earned the Howard A. Donnelly award, captained the WSU baseball team and was an Academic All-America nominee. Since 1990, he has worked as a police officer with WSUPD, a Border Patrol agent in San Diego, and a DEA special agent and in San Diego and South America. He now investigates corruption along the Southwest Border. Brian plans to use his experience and this degree to teach criminal justice and homeland security to law enforcement officers.

John Havrilla Link
GC in Hazardous Waste Control, 1996, MS in Hazardous Waste Management, 1998

The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) has named John M. Havrilla, M.S. ’98, CHMM, as an Associate in the firm. Havrilla serves as Director of Compliance Management Services at MSG and has 30 years of experience including three years with MSG. Havrilla provides guidance on certifications and registrations, including International Organization for Standardization (ISO) audits. He also supports industrial clientele with regulatory compliance obligation management as well as completing environmental, health and safety compliance audits. Havrilla holds a master’s degree in Hazardous Materials Management from Wayne State University (1998) and is a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).

Ashley Aldea Link
BS in Biological Science, 2011, MS in Biomedical Engineering, 2012

Ashley Aldea ’11, M.S.B.M.E. ’12, has joined Butzel Long. She focuses on real estate and corporate transactions with a focus on real property acquisition and disposition, real estate financing, commercial leasing, general corporate representation, entity formation, and entity structure. Before Butzel Long, Aldea worked for Ford Motor Credit Company. She advised Ford Credit executives, management and business teams on dealer matters, marketing matters, vehicle liquidations, and bankruptcy matters, day-to-day corporate and commercial matters and secured transactions for Ford Credit Canada Company. She assisted in negotiating and drafting contracts and supported the implementation of changes in laws and regulations in Canada.

Master of Business Administration, 2004

The Novi Oaks chapter of the American Business Women's Association recently recognized Holly Hengstebeck as the chapter's Woman of the Decade, in recognition of her contributions to ABWA. Holly has been a member of ABWA since 2008, and has held many positions on the Executive Board, and has also served as chairperson on multiple committees. She has been recognized as the chapter’s Woman of the Year twice, and has earned various APEX certificates from ABWA. Ms. Hengstebeck works as the Senior Financial Manager at Detroit Thermal, LLC., and holds a BS in Finance and an MBA from Wayne State University.

In Memoriam

Gary Garrett Link
Bachelor of Arts, 1983, Master of Arts, 1967

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 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.