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    Spring 2015

1940s
Charles W. Bachman ’48, received from President Barack Obama the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the country’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in science and technology. Bachman was honored for his work designing the first computer database.

1960s  
Donald W. DeYoung ’62, DVM ’64, was recently inducted into the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association Hall of Fame.

Stanley E. Henderson ’69, was awarded the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Lifetime Achievement Award at the 24th Annual SEM Conference in Los Angeles. Henderson recently retired as vice-chancellor for enrollment management and student life from the University of Michigan-Dearborn after 45 years in higher education.
1970s
David E. S. Marvin ’72,
was named one of The Best Lawyers in America for 2015 in administrative/regulatory law and corporate law, an honor he has received every year since 1993. Marvin, an attorney at Fraser Trebilcock, was also selected as a Super Lawyer for 2014 in the field of utilities law.

MaryLee Davis
PhD ’74, was elected to the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Class of 2014. Davis, a senior advisor to the dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, has spent more than 35 years at MSU in numerous administrative positions.

Judy Nimer Muhn ’75, was named corporate gift officer with the American Red Cross in southeastern Michigan. Muhn spent over 25 years in executive management positions in Girl Scouting, and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She is also the owner of Rainmaking For Good.

J. Scott VanDerbeck ’77, was re-elected to his fourth term as judge of the LaGrange Circuit Court in LaGrange, IN. VanDerbeck graduated from MSU with honors before receiving his law degree from Valparaiso University in 1984.

Toby L. Wolson ’78, MS ’86, was appointed to the Organization of Scientific Area Committee (OSAC) physics/pattern scientific area committee as the chair of the bloodstain pattern analysis subcommittee. OSAC is part of an initiative to strengthen forensic science in the United States.

1980s
Steven Weiss ’80, who works for the Springfield, MA, law firm Shatz, Shwartz and Fentin, PC, was named to the Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers lists.
 
Timothy K. Kroninger ’82, has joined Varnum LLP, a leading Michigan law firm, as an intellectual property attorney.

Stu Reed ’83, was named CEO of Education Corporation of America. Reed previously spent six years as president of Sears Holdings’ Home Services business unit. His career includes 22 years at IBM and three years as a senior executive for Motorola.

Jeffrey S.
Plagenhoef ’83, has been elected vice president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists executive committee. Plagenhoef is also president of Anesthesia Consultants Medical Group, P.C. in Dothan, AL.

Jeffrey Prang ’84,
was sworn in as assessor for the County of Los Angeles. Prang spent 18 years as a council member of the City of West Hollywood, and served four terms as mayor.

Michael Meador PhD ’83, was named director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office. Meador was
previously the chair of NASA’s nanotechnology roadmap team.

Jerry B. Johnson ’85,
has been promoted from vice president of contract manufacturing to senior vice president of procurement and contract manufacturing at Diamond Foods, Inc., a snack food and culinary nut company.

Tim Hunt DVM ’89, was named America’s Favorite Veterinarian for 2014. The nationwide contest was created by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to identify and celebrate veterinary professionals.

1990s
Chris Tracy ’90, was elected vice president of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ board of directors in Kalamazoo. Tracy is a litigation department partner at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP.

Lisa Johnson PhD ’91, was appointed vice chancellor for enrollment management at
the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She previously served as associate vice chancellor.

Brian Vieaux ’91, was
named national sales director for wholesale lending for Flagstar Bank, and is a senior vice president for the bank. Prior to joining Flagstar, Vieaux was senior vice president at Aurora Bank in St. Louis.

Manoj Saxena MBA ’91, was appointed to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ San Antonio branch board of directors.

Mark Emery ’92, was named a partner for Norton Rose Fulbright focusing on appellate and dispute resolution matters. He spent three years at the San Antonio office before moving to Washington, D.C. in 2009. Emery earned his JD from Notre Dame Law School and his PhD from Yale.
Brian O. Phillips ’92, has joined Timoney Knox law firm in Fort Washington, PA. Phillips is a former adjunct professor at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA.

David Navetta ’92, is a partner in the Norton Rose Fulbright law firm, a leader in cybersecurity, privacy and data protection law.

Nancy Carabio Belanger ’93, recently was awarded first place by the the Catholic Press Association of the United State and Canada for her children’s novel, The Gate. It was chosen as Best Catholic Novel and is Belanger’s third award-winning novel for ’tweens.

Christine Krathwohl ’93, MBA ’02, was appointed vice president of global supply chain of Cooper-Standard Holdings. The company is headquartered in Novi and is a global supplier of systems and components for the auto industry.

Vincent R. Nathan PhD ’94, assistant health director at San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, has been appointed to the USEPA Governmental Advisory Committee. The GAC advises the U.S. representative to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Robert Hake ’95, CEO of MyLocker, LLC, has moved his company’s headquarters from Warren to Corktown in Detroit. MyLocker.net is one of the top online custom apparel websites.

Kristin Bonham ’96, was named to the 40 under 40 list for Vance Publishing Corporation’s agribusiness group. Bonham is the St. Louis regional business director for Monsanto, one of the world’s leading agricultural technology companies.
Kelly Lyttle Tonelli ’96, MA ’98, has recently
published a new book titled Life Lessons for the Teenage Girl: Quotes, Inspiration, and Advice for Women by Women. Tonelli, a licensed psychologist, is in private practice.

Robert Furtaw ’97, was named vice president of worldwide semiconductor quality at Texas Instruments. Furtaw joined Texas Instruments in 1997.

Matthew J. Moussiaux ’97, was named partner at Honigman Business Law Firm where he is a part of the firm’s corporate department in Detroit.

2000s
Jennifer Andrew ’00, joined the Chicago office of Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP
as a patent attorney, and is focusing her practice on patent prosecution and preparation, intellectual property licensing and intellectual property portfolio management.

Erica Ruyle ’00, was named vice president of Morpace Inc., the Detroit-based market research company.

Shareef Alshinnawi ’01, was appointed manager of the server thermal development team at Lenovo.

Erick W. Hosner ’02, joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. The firm is  headquartered in Royal Oak.
Amy Abouzied ’02 joined Aria Health’s Center for Gynecology & Women’s Health in
Philadelphia.

Joshua Richardson ’04, an attorney at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith in Lansing, was elected chair of the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing. Richardson has been with the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing since 2008.

Ziyad I. Hermiz ’04, was elected a shareholder for Butzel Long law firm in Detroit. He previously was an associate in
the firm.

Brittany Parling ’05, was named partner at Honigman Business Law Firm. Parling is a member of the firm’s litigation department in Detroit.

Rebecca A. Mancini ’07, has joined the law firm Miller Canfield as an associate in the Ann Arbor office in the immigration practice.

Ke “Coco” Zhang-Miske ’07, was named to Crain’s 40 Under 40 for Detroit. Zhang-Miske is the global technology planning manager for Buick and GMC.

Sarah Kunst ’08, was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in education for her impact in fundraising, advising and mentoring with organizations such as Venture for America, Code2040, Technovation and Tech Women. She also is a philanthropic investor at Fortis Partners, helping small tech startups.

Barbara Hulick MS ’08, has established a food safety resource company, The Albury Group LLC. She is currently enrolled at the MSU College of Law, pursuing a law degree in global food law.

Jamie Curtis-Fisk PhD ’08, received the American Chemical Society’s 2015 Rising Stars award. Curtis-Fisk currently works at the Dow Chemical Company as an associate research scientist.

Linsey Gleason ’03, JD ’08, has been elected as a partner at Varnum LLP, a law firm in Grand Rapids. Gleason has worked there since 2008.

Zachary M. Zurek ’09, joined Collins Einhorn Farrell PC in the general and automotive liability practice group.

Kenneth R. Charette ’09, joined the Pennsylvania-based Center Valley, Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. and is a member of their corporate, business, and banking group and health care group.

2010s
Stanley Samuel MS ’11, joined Wolverine Development Corporation as director of construction.
Megan Threats ’11, recently launched DigITal Girls, a nonprofit committed to helping women and girls secure academic enrollment, internships, and careers in IT-related fields.

Sarah Martin ’11, joined Hopebridge Pediatric Specialists in Ft. Wayne, IN, as an occupational therapist.

Sam DeMarco ’14, was hired by Perrigo Company as regulatory affairs project manager in Allegan. DeMarco began his career with Perrigo as a regulatory affairs intern.?