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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.
After 19 years with Breckenridge Pharmacetical, Inc., Cohon has taken a new position as senior director of sales and trade relations with Centrix Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Sandra Dupret is vice president of student experience for Fleming College in Ontario, Canada. She also has served as principal and dean of the college’s Haliburton Campus, home to the Haliburton School of The Arts, and was chair of the School of Media, Art and Design at St. Clair College in Windsor. Dupret received the Fleming College Leadership Award in 2017.
Floyd Rumohr, executive director of the Brooklyn Pride Community Center, is the recipient of the 2019 Gay City News Impact Award. The organization’s fourth annual event honored outstanding achievement in New York’s LGBTQ+ community and from among its allies during its Impact Gala this March.
January 2019 marked 25 years of business for Boundless Creativity by Big Al Gruswitz. Gruswitz has been working for in advertising for 55 years. Prior to starting his own company, he was an art director and associate creative director at Saatchi & Saatchi in New York. He has won many awards as both an art director and illustrator. Three of his illustrations were selected by Lürzer's Archive, an advertising industry magazine, for the 2013 "200 Best Digital Artists" Annual. At age 75, he is still working full-time as an illustrator in advertising. Boundless Creativity specializes in 3D and 2D photo-realistic illustration, medical illustration, and difficult retouching. For more information, visit http://www.boundless-creativity.com.
John Mittelstadt, an award-winning artist, has been offering free contemporary service illustrated scripture reading PowerPoint presentations to Lutheran Churches for approximately 10 years. His artwork has been displayed in galleries across the country, including the Cherokee Heritage Museum in Oklahoma and the Museum of Biblical Art in Texas. He self-published a book of his Christian art and poetry entitled “Oh Lord, open my eyes, that I may see You in all things.”
Michael Meike is the founder and artistic director of the Live Action Fun Factory, an entertainment company specializing in short-form improvisation, murder mystery dinner shows and a live interactive fantasy game called Myth Quest. The talent pool includes many Wayne State alumni. Shows are scheduled monthly. For more information, visit the group on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAFFactoryMI.
State Representative Leslie Love (D-Detroit) was appointed to serve on the House Appropriations Committee as well as Appropriations Subcommittees on health and human services and transportation. She also was appointed as the Democratic vice chair of the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee (JCOS).
Deb Brazen, an associate for TMP Architecture, has graduated from the Robert C. Larson Leadership Initiative Program. Offered by the Urban Land Institute, this competitive training opportunity establishes her as a leader in the architectural industry in Michigan. As part of the program, Brazen, along with 28 other participants, completed a TAP (Technical Assistance Panel) project focused on the redevelopment of the Northland Mall site for the City of Southfield.
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.
Bridget Wolff, of Howell, NJ, passed away on February 18, 2019, from complications due to a glioblastoma. She was raised in Detroit and was the youngest of three daughters. Bridget loved theater and music and persuaded anyone she could to join her to hear the latest bands at the local dive bar, Todd’s Sway Lounge. After graduating Wayne State, she earned a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University. Wolff is survived by her husband, Bill Hemp; her daughter, Tala; stepson, Will Hemp; parents, Arnold and Shirley Wolff; two sisters, Jean Wolff and Leslie LeBow and her husband, Scott; in-laws, Shirley and Bill Hemp; sister-in-law, Sheryl Bergman; brother-in-law, John Hemp; and many nieces and nephews.
Donald Pilette (1927-2018), longtime Detroit journalist and educator, died Tuesday, Dec. 4. He spent much of his career at The Detroit News, serving in several capacities, including national and systems editor, until he retired in 1992. He also was an adjunct instructor at Wayne State for 37 years, teaching news editing and reporting. Pilette received Wayne State’s Arts Achievement Award in 1992 and the university honored him in 2011 by naming the journalism lab in his name.