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State's Stars



  • Author:
    Robert Bao
  • Published:
    Winter 2012

Kim Schatzel, PhD '99, dean of the College of Business at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since 2008, has been named provost and vice president at Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. As provost, Schatzel will lead EMU's Division of Academic Aff airs and its more than 200 degree programs in five colleges. Prior to becoming a dean, Schatzel was founding president and CEO of ICM/Krebsoge, Livonia, a manufacturer that employs about 1,400 workers. She is also a marketing professor at U-M's Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Karen L.Gillmor, state senator of Ohio, has been named chairman and CEO of the Industrial Commission(IC) of Ohio. From 1983 to 1986, Gillmor served as IC's chief of Management Planning and Research. She also served as the employee representative on IC's Regional Board of Review and as a member of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Oversight Commission. Elected to the Ohio Senate from the 26th Senate District in 1992, 1996 and 2008, Gillmor chaired the Senate Insurance, Commerce and Labor Committee and was a member of the Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council and the Labor-Management-Government Committee.

Seth A. Drucker, '93, has been named partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP, Detroit. Drucker practices in the Commercial Law, Bankruptcy and Reorganization Dept. in the firm's Detroit office.His practice focuses on advising clients in commercial negotiations and disputes, including litigation, and secured and unsecured creditors,Debtors and landlords in commercial bankruptcies. He is also an active participant in the firm's pro-bono program, providing legal services to underrepresented individuals. He has also been recognized as a Michigan Super Lawyer "Rising Star."

Andrea Hansen, '88, a partner in the Litigation Dept. of Honigman Miller Shwartz and Cohn LLP, Detroit, has been named to the Elder Law of Michigan Board of Directors- a nonprofit organization serving the elder community.Hansen focuses her practice on representing and counseling casinos and their suppliers, particularly with relationship to gaming regulatory issues. She also represents and counsels candidates and companies on campaign finance issues, and the formation of candidate and political action committees.

Judge Christine Ann Carney, '77, of Ft. Collins, CO, received the Colorado State Judicial Excellence Award. Earlier in the year, Carney received the Conrad Ball Award with respect to her duties in Larmieer County, CO. Christine acts as a mentor for new judges entering the system on a regular basis.She is highly commended by her colleagues of the Colorado criminal justice system.

David L. Bradley, '63, a professor of acoustics and senior scientist at the Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, has been named president-elect of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Melville, NY. His research centers on underwater acoustic propagation. Previously, Bradley has served as director of the NATO Underwater Research Center, La Spezia, Italy, and as Mine Warfare Technical Advisor to the Chief of U. S. Naval Operations.

Jason Levin, '92, president and "chief gringo" of Dos Gringos, Vista, CA, the largest distributor of ornamental sunflowers in the U.S., has received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 San Diego Award in the Earth Sciences category. Levin was selected by judges who recognize outstanding entrepreneurs demonstrating excellence and extraordinary success in their business and the community.His company supplies bouquets to supermarkets throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Jennifer McMaster-Reid, '95, a 20-year veteran working in the Detroit advertising and graphic arts industries, has joined J.R. Thompson Company, Farmington Hills, as a senior art director. Previously she was art director for 12 years at BBDO Detroit. Founded in 1974, J.R. Thompson Company is a creative communications and marketing services firm specializing in planning, publishing, Web development and event marketing.

Richard Cordray, '81, the chief of enforcement at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has recently been nominated by President Obama to be the bureau's director.The former Ohio attorney general has received many awards throughout his career, such as the 2008 Financial Services Champion Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, a Government Services Award from NeighborWorks America, and the 2005 Country Leader of the Year Award by American City & Country Magazine. He was a five-time undefeated Jeopardy! Champion.Cordray is a member of MSU's Presidents Club.

Jennifer Tret, '96, the laboratory director of Sherry Laboratories' Northern Materials Division, Daleville, IN, has been promoted to vice president of Materials Testing at the company. Tret will oversee Sherry's materials laboratories in both Daleville and Broken Arrow, OK. She has 15 years of experience in metallurgical engineering, 10 of them at Sherry Laboratories.

Joel Hondorp, '95, Certified Municipal Clerk, clerk of Byron Township in Kent County, was elected as president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC).Hondorp has been Byron Township Clerk since 2000, and was re-elected for 2004 and 2008. He also served on the Township Board from 1996-2000 as trustee. He is a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and a past president of the Kent County Clerks Association.

John Zehnder, '69, the executive chef/food beverage director at Zehnder's Restaurant in Frankenmuth, has received the American Culinary Federation's (ACF) 2011 Hermann G. Rusch Chef's Achievement Award.Zehnder's Restaurant, which serves one million meals a year, has received wide recognition. He has received more than 35 national awards for culinary competitions and recipe contests, and is the author of three cookbooks. He is a member of ACF Flint/Saginaw Valley Chapter and served as chapter president from 1988-97.

Margaret Lamb, '83 and MBA '91, has been named vice president and controller at the Bank of Ann Arbor. Before joining Bank of Ann Arbor, she was the CFO at Marine Credit Union in LaCrosse, WI.She has held senior financial officer positions at several other financial institutions, including DFCU, CapCom Credit Union, and Bank One (now Chase). For five years, she has been a member of CUNA CFO Council Executive and served as their secretary and treasurer for two years.

Mark Boonstra, '79, senior principal with Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, PLC, Ann Arbor, has been named by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Judges Retirement Board. The board oversees the Judges Retirement System Defined Benefit plan. Boonstra has been a practicing attorney for 27 years withexperience covering all aspects of general business and commercial litigation and counseling.

Michael Stoskopf, '85, CEO of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southeastern Michigan, West Bloomfield, has received the New Executive Officer of the Year Award by the National Association of Home Builders. Michael became an executive officer of the BIA in2008. Michael is the seventhexecutive officer to serve during BIA's 83 year history.

Nancy Faught, '87, was named vice president/partner and member of the Board of Directors of Hubbell Roth & Clark, Inc., Bloomfield Township.Recently, she became manager of the company's Traffic Engineering Dept. Faught has over 24 years of project management and road design experience for state and federally funded projects. She is a registered professional engineer in Michigan, and a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Public Works Association and the Transportation Research Board.

Ashley VanHorn, '07, an account coordinator at Eisenbrenner Public Relations, Royal Oak, has been named senior account executive at the firm.Prior to joining the Detroit-area firm, VanHorn held not-for-profit and public relation agency internships in areas around Lansing. She is a member of the Automotive Press Association, INFORUM, Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce Business Womens' Network and Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Richard Yost, '79, the Robin & Jean Gibson Professor in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, has been elected to the Board of Governors (Regents) for the state university system in Florida. Yost is also professor and head of Analytical Chemistry at UF. Previously, he served as chair of the Faculty Senate at UF and served on the UF Board of Trustees.

Ron Linton, '85, a veteran public administration professional, has been selected as chairman of the Washington,D. C. Taxicab Commission.Previously, Linton has served terms on the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and was also on the board of the D.C. Water & Sewer Authority. His professional career includes working for the U. S. Defense Deptartment and on Capitol Hill as staff director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Works. He later taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

Scott Goodwin, '83, a Birmingham attorney, was named secretary of the Michigan Association For Justice. He has been named Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers Weekly magazine, was chosen as a top 100 Trial Lawyer for 2011 by the National Trial Lawyers Association and has been given the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell for ethical and legal ability.Goodwin sits as a case evaluator in Oakland County and is a Life Member of the MSUAA.

Tammy Mann, PhD '94, of the Campagna Center, Alexandria, VA, has been named president and CEO of the company. The Campagna Center serves more than 1,700 residents daily through various early education, tutoring and mentor programs. Mann previously worked for Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute at UNCF and Zero To Three prior to joining the Campagna Center. She also previously served on the Advisory Committee for Head Start Research and Evaluation.

Timothy Griffith, '91, has been named vice president of finance and treasurer for Marathon Petroleum Corp., Findlay, OH. Prior to Marathon, Griffith worked at Smurfit-Stone, St. Louis, MO.Before that, he was vice president and treasurer of Cooper-Standard Automotive, where he had executive Responsibility for the company's investor interface and treasury operations.He also held positions as assistant treasurer at Lear Corp., Comerica Inc. and Citicorp Securities. Griffithis a Life Member of the MSUAA.

Ziyad Hermiz, '04, attorney at Butzel Long, Detroit, has been elected vice president of the Chaldean American Bar Association (CABA). Hermiz previously served on CABA's board of directors. Prior to joining Butzel Long, Hermiz interned for the Hon. Judge Avern Cohn for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.He is a member of both the State Bar of Michigan and the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Amy McDowell, '97, was appointed by Michigan Gov. Snyder as judge to the 5th Circuit Court in Barry County.She co-founded her current law firm, McPhillips and McDowell in2003. Previously, she spent five and a half years with the Barry County prosecutor's office. Her practice involves domestic relations, criminal law, estate, corporate, contract and bankruptcy cases.

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