By Robert Bao
STATE’S STARS (Winter 2007)
Charles Albright, ’68, and Ralph Wallace, ’75, MBA ’80, were both elected as International Director, Toastmaster International 2005-2007. Albright is currently a project engineer with Mesa Associates, Inc., Chattanooga, TN. Wallace is director of information systems for the Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Alburquerque, NM. This is the first time two MSU graduates have served on this board at the same time. Toastmasters is a worldwide, nonprofit organization with over 210,000 members in approximately 100 countries, where members practice speeches of all types and develop leadership skills.
Kwasi Adarkwa, Ph. D. ’82, has been named vice-chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. He joined the KNUST faculty in 1983 and rose to full professor in 2001. He has held many appointments and chaired many committees, including the University Printing Press Management Committee. He has published more than 75 publications. He serves as president of the Asante Presbytery Men’s Fellowship. In 2006, he was named Outstanding Alumni by MSU’s College of Social Science.
Katie Woodruff, ’96, M.A. ’97, has been named senior counsel of Seyferth Spaulding Tennyson Inc., Grand Rapids. Since joining SST in 2002, Woodruff has worked in strategic planning, brand identity development and image management, rising to account supervisor. SST is one of the midwest’s largest privately held public relations firms with offices in Grand Rapids and Detroit.
Mary Abraham, ’03, Detroit marketing coordinator of Decus Communications, Auburn Hills, has been named client strategist. She will lead Decus’ strategic client relations and new business development. Prior to joining the public relations firm she worked in marketing and promotions at 96.3 FM in Detroit. Before that, she taught writing and editing at MSU. In her spare time, Abraham is a singer-songwriter working on her second CD, and she also coaches the Lake Orion varsity tennis team.
Kathryn Davis, ’78, assistant vice president at Fifth Third Bank, Southfield, has been named associate/vice president of Plante & Moran Corporate Finance, Southfield. She is a member of Inforum and The Society of Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Ralph Young Fund’s Spartan Club.
Velvie Green, Ph. D. ’03, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, has been named president of Glendale Community College, AZ. Green served 24 years at GRCC in a number of positions, including Business Division Chair and assistant dean. She also taught five years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. She has served on the boards of Goodwill Industries and the World Affairs Council.
Debra E. Spencer, ’91, and Anne M. Feighan, ’95, have been named senior vice presidents at Campbell-Ewald, Detroit. Spencer has been named management supervisor and will work with the U.S. Postal Service account. Prior to joining Campbell-Ewald in 1999, she was a project management supervisor at Ross Roy, Inc., Bloomfield Hills. Feighan has been named director account planning and will handle the Michelin account. She was a project manager at Church & Dwight, Co., Princeton, NJ.
Rhoda Weiss, ’71, a PR and health care executive based in Santa Monica, CA, has been named chair and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America, the world’s largest organization of communications professionals with 31,000 members. Weiss has served PRSA the last five years in leadership roles and has won many honors, including the Health Academy National Lifetime Achievement Award. A former Kellogg Foundation Fellow, she has taught PR at UCLA Extension for two decades. She is the founding president of the American Hospital Association Society for Healthcare Strategy and Market Development. She is a Life Member of the MSU Alumni Association.
Budi Rochadi, M.A. ’84, has been named Deputy Governor of the Bank of Indonesia by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia. The post is one of the nation’s key financial posts.
Edward Liebler, ’62, DVM ’64, owner of a veterinary practice at Capital City Airport, Lansing, has been elected as President Elect for 2006-2007 of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, and as President of the association for 2007-2008. Liebler was a founding member of the association and served as its executive director for six years. He is currently a member of the MSU Alumni Association’s national alumni board. He is a Life Member of the MSU Alumni Association and is a member of MSU’s Frank S. Kedzie Society.
Stephen J. Knoop, ’87, vice president of corporate development for RPM International, Inc., Medina, OH, has been named senior vice president for corporate development. Prior to joining RPM, he was an associate attorney specializing in corporate and securities law for Calfee, Halter & Griswold. Knopp serves on the executive committee of Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital’s National Leadership Council.
Jeffrey S. Johnson, ’76, boating law administrator for Alaska since 1998, has been named president of the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. Johnson joined the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska in 1976 and in 1981 became a park ranger with the Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. In 1991 he managed restoration projects in the aftermath of the Exxon Valdez oil spill. He has received numerous awards and commendations for his public service.
Thomas G. Evans, ’66, Ph.D. ’69, professor emeritus of the University of Central Florida, has been awarded the John L. Lawler Award for best article published in the Journal of Accountancy. In Feb. 2005, he co-authored an article on “Hedge Fund Investing,” which explains the history, uses and regulation of these popular investment vehicles. Evans is the author of a textbook on accounting theory and co-author of a textbook on international accounting.
William Sheridan, ’72, a 31-year veteran of the auction industry and owner of Sheridan Realty & Auction Co., Mason, has been named president of the National Auctioneers Association, the largest professional organization for auctioneers with more than 6,000 members. Sheridan boasts professional designations CAI, AARE, CPPA and CES. Last fall he appeared on NBC’s Today Show in a segment about auctioneering.
Michael Gay, ’00, manager of the web operation of WBBM-TV, a CBS-owned station in Chicago, has been named executive producer of digital media content for Hearst-Argyle Television, Inc., New York. Under Gay, WBBM’s website grew from 60,000 to 3.5 million page views per month and was named the Edward J. Murrow Best Website in the Online News Association’s competition. Prior to WBBM, he worked on the website for San Francisco’s KRON-TV.
Joel N. Stark, ’67, a small business consultant from Warwick, RI, has been named treasurer of the Board of Trustees of The Providence Center, a behavioral health organization that serves 9,800 patients a year. Stark retired in 2001 as senior vice president of marketing and development of the Providence Journal Company. He currently also serves as chair of the Finance/Administrative Committee of the center.
Richard W. Myers, ’76, M.S. ’79, police chief of Appleton, WI, has been named police chief of Colorado Springs. He assumes leadership of an agency with some 700 sworn officers and total employment of 1,000, covering an area of about 200 square miles. Myers previously served as chief in Lisle, IL, and Plymouth, MI. Before that he was a police officer in Auburn Hills and Oak Park, and a Sheriff’s Deputy in Oakland County.
Sanford B. Ring, ’83, chief operating/business development officer and executive vice president of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., has been named partner of Honigman Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in its Lansing Tax Appeals Dept. While at MEDC, he was th