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State Stars



  • Author:
    Robert Bao
  • Published:
    Summer 2013

Paula Manderfield, ’79, recently retired Ingham County Circuit Court Judge, has joined Fraser Trebilcock,Lansing, as a shareholder.  Manderfield served as a 30th Circuit Court Judge in Ingham County, in both the General Trial Division and in Family Division. Previously, she served two terms as 54-A District Court Judge for the City of Lansing, where she served as Chief Judge for two years.  Manderfield has served on the Executive Committee of the Michigan Judges Association and has chaired the Judicial Response Committee.  She is a member of MSU’s Presidents Club.

Dan Behm, ’83, founder and president of Open Systems Technologies since 1997, has been awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (for technology) for Michigan and Northern Ohio.  Behm began his career at IBM where he held positions as a senior buyer, manufacturing engineer, systems engineer, and advisory sales executive.  He then joined G/S Leasing Inc., where he was part of the leasing team for five years before birthing two technology companies.  He was named to the Board of Directors of the Metro Health Foundation in 2011 for his second three year term.

Erika Fatura, BS ’02, MA ’06, a science teacher for Pentwater Public Schools, has been named the 2013 Michigan Science Teacher of the Year through the Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association. Fatura currently teaches middle and high school science at Pentwater Public Schools. Her courses include earth science, biology, physical science, chemistry, forensic science, anatomy/physiology and advanced chemistry.

Bassem Ramadan, MS ’86, PhD ’92, mechanical engineering professor at Kettering University, has been named a 2013 Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME).  Ramadan was named for his work with the thermal aspects of internal combustion engines applied to gasoline and diesel engines. He began at Kettering in 1998, and teaches several graduate and undergraduate-level mechanical engineering courses.  Among many awards, Ramadan has received the 2008 Kettering University Outstanding Teaching Award and the 2005 Outstanding Applied Researcher Award.

Kate Pew Wolters, MSW ’82, HND ’07, member of Steelcase Inc.’s board of directors and chair of the Steelcase Foundation, Grand Rapids, has been named to the Grand Valley State University board of trustees by Gov. Rick Snyder.  Wolters is president of the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation. She served eight years as vice chair of the National Council on Disability and continues to serve on the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service and Grand Rapids Symphony boards of directors. Wolters is a member of the Frank S. Kedzie Society and an MSUAA Life Member.

Erin Howard, BS ’04, DVM ’09, associate veterinarian at Apple Grove Veterinary Care, Charlotte, has been named to the board of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. During her DVM program, Howard aided in development of the Food Systems Fellowship Program which is designed to aid veterinary students in gaining exposure to non-clinical related production medicine industries. Her focus has included production animal medicine, companion animal internal medicine and equine medicine.

Richard Bayliss, ’85, general manager/chief operating officer of Lost Tree Club, North Palm Beach, FL, was elected president of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA).  Bayliss previously managed Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Kent Country Club in Grand Rapids and Travis Pointe Country Club in Ann Arbor.  He was named Club Executive of the Year by Club Management magazine in 2001.  Bayliss joined CMAA in 1985 and has served on many national committees, including as a co-chair of the Certification Committee. 

Kelly Juday, ’90, education manager for the Great Lakes Safety Training Center (GLSTC), Midland, has been promoted to executive director.  Juday has over 10 years of experience in education and marketing, five of which have been with GLSTC specializing in safety education.  She also held positions as administrative supervisor and in customer service, and is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist. Juday is an MSUAA Life Member.

Stephen Howard, ’71, chairman of Beaumont Health System’s board of directors, has been named Trustee of the Year by Modern Healthcare magazine.  Howard has served the Beaumont organization for 18 years.  He chaired five board committees, served as a member of nine others and also served on the Beaumont Foundation board. In addition, Howard built and sold five manufacturing companies as founder, president and CEO of the Spearhead group. He was president/CEO of Flow Robotic Systems, Wixom, and provides global consulting services to other manufacturing companies and boards of directors through the Spearhead Group, Franklin.  Howard is a member of MSU’s Beaumont Tower Society.

Sara Grivetti, MA ’06, CEO of Disability Network/Michigan, has been named to the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council by Gov. Rick Snyder.  Grivetti has worked in a variety of public and private sector settings including Amigo Mobility International, Michigan Rehabilitation Services and Disability Network of Mid-Michigan. Her public policy work has focused on health care, disability and transportation issues. Grivetti is a graduate of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute.

Cathy Watkins, ’70, former revenue officer for the Internal Revenue Service, has been elected treasurer of the American Angus Association, St. Joseph, MO.  Watkins and her husband raise Angus cattle at Beaver Ridge farm in east central Indiana, as well as work with Schaff Angus Valley in St. Anthony, ND.  During her time at MSU, she was a member of the meat judging team and the livestock judging team.  In addition, she was secretary for the Indiana Angus Association for 10 years.

Scott Boerma, DMA ’10, Associate Director of Bands, director of the Michigan Marching Band, and the Donald R. Shepherd Associate Professor of Conducting at the University of Michigan, has been named Western Michigan University’s director of bands beginning fall 2013.  Boerma was previously the director of bands at Eastern Michigan University, and began his career teaching music in the Michigan public schools at Lamphere and Novi High Schools.  Boerma’s works have been heard in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Hill Auditorium and the Myerson Symphony Center.

Jane Dickie, MA ’70, PhD ’73, professor emerita of psychology at Hope College, Holland, was one of 18 women from West Michigan being honored as “Michigan Makers—Women Who Inspire.”  Dickie serves as vice president of the board of the Center for Womenin Transition, as vice president of the consistory of Hope Church and as a member of the board of Room for All.  She established and served as the first director of the college’s women’s studies program.  Dickie has received many honorsincluding the Hope Outstanding Professor Educator Award.  

Justin Klamerus, MD ’03, medical oncologist, has been selected to guide McLaren Cancer Institute, Flint, asits interim president and medical director.  Klamerus previously served as director of cancer services for McLaren Northern Michigan, Petoskey, and as medical director for the Oncology & Infusion Therapy Center at Otsego Memorial Hospital, Gaylord.  He also served as a principal investigator for McLaren Cancer Institute.  Klamerus is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine.

Bill Van Bonn, ’84, DVM ’86, renowned veterinary medicine expert, has been named vice president of animal health at Shedd Aquarium, Chicago.  Van Bonn was the senior director of animal care at Shedd from 2004 through 2009, and served as the director of veterinary science at The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA.  He is a past president of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine.  In addition, Van Bonn is a founding member of the American Association of Human Animal Bond Veterinarians, and a past invited member of the World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association’s Ethics and Governance Committee.

Frank Stanek, ’96, director of operations at Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., Grand Rapids, has been named president of the company.  Stanek is the eighth president in the employee-owned company’s 122-year history.  His previous positions with O-A-K have included project superintendent, director of operations and vice president.  He also serves as the chairman of the O-A-K Michigan Board of Directors, chairman of the O-A-K Corporate Board of Directors, and board member of the West Michigan Associated Builders and Contractors Board of Directors. Stanek is a licensed professional engineer and a licensed residential builder in Michigan.

Barbara Marini, ’76, former interior design program chair for the International Academy of Design and Technology, Detroit, has been named the national president of the American Society of Interior Design, Washington, DC.  Marini previously owned Marini Interiors, Inc., served as interior design program chair of the College of Creative Studies, and as director of interior design for JPRA Associates.  She frequently speaks on design issues.  In addition, Marini is a National Council for Interior Design Qualification certificate holder.

Tricia Keith, MBA ’09, senior vice president and corporate secretary for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Lansing, has been named to the Central Michigan University board of trustees by Gov. Rick Snyder.  Keith previously served as director of the business office within the Michigan House of Representatives and as vice president of external relations with the Michigan Economic Development Corp. She is a Michigan Economic Development Foundation and Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council board member.  Keith was recognized last year by the National Management Association as the 2012 Executive of the Year.

Thomas Keon, PhD ’79, chancellor of Purdue University-Calumet, IN, was honored by the University of Central Florida’s College of Business Administration in conjunction with its 50th anniversary celebration.  Keon was recognized for his contributions to scholarship and research.  He previously served as dean of UCF’s College of Business Administration for 14 years. In that role, he raised more than $35 million in gifts and commitments and added more than $24 million to the college endowment.

Michael Odar, ’92, veteran banking executive, has been named president of Greenleaf Trust, Kalamazoo.  Odar has been an employee of Greenleaf Trust for 13 years, working since February as senior executive vice president of strategic initiatives. He also worked as senior research analyst, director of research and director of wealth management.  Odar served as chairman of the Bronson Foundation Board, serves on the Investment Committee of the Western Michigan University Foundation Board, the Gull Lake Community Schools Foundation and the finance committee of The United Way.

Melissa Spickler, ’77, Merrill Lynch financial advisor, Bloomfield Hills, has been recognized in Registered Rep. magazine’s “Top 50 Wirehouse Women in 2013.” Spickler serves as executive director of the Detroit Chapter’s Women’s Exchange, and recently served three years on the National Advisory Council to Management. Spickler was also recognized in Barron’s as one of America’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in 2012, and Hour Magazine’s “Five Star Wealth Manager” in 2010, 2011, and 2012.  She founded The Spickler Group in 1980.

John E. Hall, PhD ’74, Arthur C. Guyton Professor and chair of physiology and biophysics and associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, received an Excellence Award at the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala.  Hall has previously served as president of the American Physiological Society and the Inter-American Society of Hypertension.  The former editor of several journals, he has authored more than 500 publications and contributed to 18 books.