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  • Author:
    Paula M. Davenport
  • Published:
    Fall 2014


Arthur Bott, ’56, earned Entrepreneur of the Year in Lifetime Achievement in MI and Northwest Ohio from Ernst & Young. He is president and CEO of Grand Rapids Plastics.

Fred Tinning,’59, MA ’61, received an honorary Doctor of Osteopathic Education degree at A.T. Still University-KCOM. Tinning, a DO, served as president of KCOM from 1984-1996 and has 45 years of experience in educational administration, medical education and consulting, and rehabilitation counseling.



William Hampton, ’60, received the Oakland County Bar Association’s Distinguished Career Achievement Award and will also be recognized by the State Bar of Michigan this year for his 50 years of service to the legal profession. Hampton is a former Oakland County Circuit Court Judge and state legislator.


Marie Vanerian, ’76, earned the certified investment management analyst and the accredited designation and the accredited investment fiduciary designation from Fiduciary 360. She is the vice president of Merrill Lynch.

Nick Nicolay,’77, MBA ’79, earned Entrepreneur of the Year in Family Business in MI and Northwest Ohio from Ernst & Young. He is president of Kar’s Nuts in Madison Heights.

Melissa Spickler,’77, was recognized on Barron’s America’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors. She founded The Spickler Group in 1980 and serves individual and institutional clients.

Brooke Wiseman, MA ’79, was elected first vice president of the Union League Club of Chicago, a 135-year-old non-partisan civic, cultural and philanthropic organization. Wiseman is also a CEO of Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization recognized in 2012 as People magazine’s Charity of the Year.



Dan Rossman, ’80, retired after 34 years with the MSU Extension. Rossman spent his career in Gratiot and Isabella counties providing unbiased agricultural research to local farmers.

Rob Weekes,’82, was named chief marketing officer for USA Shooting. Weekes now oversees all fundraising and strategic marketing efforts on behalf of the organization while working cohesively with the USA Shooting Team Foundation.

Robert James Kline,’82, was named among the top 5 percent of attorneys in Florida by Florida Super Lawyers for 2014. Additionally, Kline is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Marc Sophos, ’83, established NPR program Outcasting, produced by young LGBT individuals.

Lynn Calhoun, ’83, was named chief financial officer at BDO USA LLP, an accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Chicago. Calhoun is a partner in the firm.

Steve Morey, ’83, earned an educational specialist degree from Jacksonville State University He has taught at schools in AL and GA. He previously served as public affairs specialist in the U.S. Army.

Barbara Arens,’85, MS ’02, was appointed to the Mackinac Bridge Authority by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. She previously worked as a senior vice president at Parsons Brinckerhoff Michigan, Inc.

Jennifer Chabot,’86, MA ’88, PhD ’98, received The University Professor Award, Presidential Teaching Award, and Bobcat Medal from Ohio University in Athens for her outstanding contributions to the student population.

Scott Goodwin, JD ’86, was selected to serve a one-year term as president of the Michigan Association for Justice, formerly known as the Michigan Trial Lawyers Association. He previously co-founded the Goodwin & Scieszka Law Center.

Laurie Solotorow,’89, has been named director of philanthropic services with Neithercut Philanthropy Advisors, LLC. Solotorow spent 12 years as a senior consultant at Plante Moran and held management positions at McLaren Medical Group.



Brian O’Connor, ’91, was named chairman of the Cruise Lines International Association’s   trade relations committee. O’Connor is the vice president of North America Sales for Princess Cruises and Cunard Line.

Christine Buechner, ’91, acquired James E. Logan & Associates and will assume the role of company president and CEO. Hers is the sole U.S. woman-owned and -operated structured settlement firm.

Jennifer Zbytowski Belveal, ’92, was appointed vice chair of the American Bar Association’s criminal justice section on women in white collar subcommittee. The organization strives to promote and enhance legal practices and opportunity for female lawyers.

Alana Strager, ’93, is first on a list of engineers and product developers for the F-150 at Ford Motor Company. She translates thoughts and ideas between engineers and marketing experts.

Raymond Hearn,’93, was selected for a renovation and restoration master planning project at the historic Midlothian Country Club. Hearn has twice received Golf Magazine’s Best Renovation of the Year Award.

Katherine Ephlin,’94, was named chief operating officer of Gongos, Inc. She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations for the parent company and its business units, comprised of Gongos Research and O2 Integrated.

Stacie Lewis,’94, spoke to the Parliament of England in June about the importance of providing adequate childcare and early childhood education for disabled children in the United Kingdom. She has been featured in the London Guardian, The Independent, and BBC News and also writes two blogs about being a mother of a child with special needs.

Thomas Schehr, ’94, was named president of the Eastern District of Michigan Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Schehr is currently the leader of Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group and maintains an active federal court practice.

Dean Fealk, ’94, was named an official trade advisor in a joint appointment by US Trade Representative Michael Froman and US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. He will serve on the industry trade advisory committee covering information and communications technologies, services and electronic commerce. 

Chad Bellville,’95, was promoted to vice president of sales for Unidine.  He oversees the company’s business development growth plan. For the past two years, Unidine has been the fastest growing dining service management company in the U.S.

Richard Braun, ’99, joined Southfield-based Collins Einhorn Farrell and is focusing his practice on the defense of asbestos claims. He was named on a list of Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit in the area of product liability for 2012 and 2013 and was also named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. 

Danyle Ordway, ’99, JD ’03, was promoted to principal from senior manager at Ernst & Young. Ordway is a member of Ernst & Young LLP’s tax practice in San Jose where she is part of the national tax technology and data analytics group.



James Reid, ’02, received the Oakland County Bar Association’s 2014 Distinguished Service Award. Reid is a shareholder at Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller, P.C., a Southfield-based multi-specialty law firm.

Steven J. Migliore,’03, was appointed president-elect of NEXTGen Detroit, an organization that works to engage the next generation of Jewish Detroiters through innovative programs and initiatives. He is also a partner in the corporate department of Honigman Miller Schwartz.

Monica Dorhoi,’03, PhD ’05, has worked at the World Bank for the last 7 years managing a $2 billion USD portfolio of investments. Dorhio is also a professor of International affairs and is a researcher affiliated with Georgetown and American universities.

Gerardine Mukeshimana,MS’ 03, PhD ’13, is the new minister of agriculture and animal resources in Rwanda. Mukeshimana has worked as a plant scientist at the BecA-ILRI Hub where her focus has been on using molecular virology, plant transformation, genomics and bioinformatics tools to develop strategies to control the spread of aphid-transmitted virus diseases in the common bean.

R. Matt Davis,’07, is vice president of global public affairs and government affairs for The Dow Chemical Company. He is being relocated to Dow’s European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland. His job will be to increase Dow’s growth within international arenas and to influence key stakeholders vital to Dow’s business success.

Anthony Siciliano,’10, won three Emmy Awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a producer, editor and videographer for MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy team as well as MSUToday.

Jeffrey Rozelle, PhD ’10 was named director of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation's Teaching Fellows Program.

Tracy Brower,PhD ’11 has written a new book, Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work: A Guide for Leaders and Organizations.