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Class Notes 50s

Bruce T. Halle (BS56, HBA95), founder and chairman of the board for Discount Tire has been selected for membership of the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc. The nonprofit educational organization honors achievements of outstanding individuals and encourages youth to pursue dreams through higher education.


R.L. McNeely (BA68) created and financed a scholarship fund with Marquette University Law School for African American male students. The scholarship will be called the R.L. McNeely Endowed Scholarship Fund.


Jim Webb (BBA71, MBA76), member of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, and wife Cathy Webb (BS97), an active EMU community member, were recognized by the EMU’s College of Business for their outstanding service and support to the COB, with a classroom dedicated in their names.

Ken Burdzinski (BBA72, BS74, BBA74), vice president of administration and finance at Pasco-Hernando State College, was appointed to the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers Community Colleges Constituent Committee.

Eugene Thomas (BS74) was inducted into The Summit County Sports Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio for numerous achievements in track throughout high school and college.

Ronald l. Batory (MA75) was elected to be a member of the board of directors for the Las Vegas Railway Express, Inc. Batory has more than 43 years of experience in the railroad business.

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Bob West (BS75) retired from the Ann Arbor city attorney’s office, as senior assistant city attorney, after 20 years of service.

Karen Hauser (MA79) was elected chair of the board of trustees for the NBCC Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps people who need counseling and career training.


Rosanne Catella (MA80), former public school administrator, was promoted from vice president to president of Ohio Business College, overseeing all four of the college’s locations.

Paul S. Spitale (BBA85) has been appointed the vice president of national accounts for home entertainment of LG Electronics USA, Inc.

Dr. Kam Lim (BS86, MS88), represented Singapore at the South-East Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Center for Higher Education and Development meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam. SEAMEO is a regional intergovernmental organization established by the governments of Southeast Asian countries.

Debra R. Donahue (MA87) was hired as the executive director at the Forsyth County Department of Social Services in North Carolina.

David R. Swarts (BS88) finished 12th

in the 20-kilometer race walk

at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. He has also race walked in the World Masters Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary, where he placed seventh in the 10-kilometer race walk.

Eugene Alesandrini (MA82), associate professor of communication at Muskingum University, received the William Oxley Thompson Award for Excellence in Teaching. The award is named in honor of an alumnus whose career combined teaching, ministry and service as president of Miami University and The Ohio State University.

Cynthia Williams (BS83, MA85), author of “Growing Up in the D: My Grandfather, My Mother and Me,” was honored with the 2014 Ford Freedom Award by Ford Motor Company.


David Fast (BBE90, MBE01) joined Woodhaven High School as the school’s athletic director.

Dr. Martin E. Menosky (BS90) was promoted to colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Menosky has also started a family medical practice in Lancaster, Ohio.

Rev. William Stenke (BS91) was hired as pastor for the Lutheran Church of the Cross and Day School in Shore Acres, Fla.

Joe Koenig (MPA92) has written a book titled “Getting the Truth,” a nonfiction book about reading between the lines, distinguishing truth from deception.

Catherine Lopez-Dyer (BA84, MA00), education intern at Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor, is pursuing her master’ s degree in the global field program at Miami University. Lopez-Dyer studied desert plants at the Bahia de los Angeles UNESCO World Heritage site in Baja, Calif.

Mary Pouliot (BBA92) was named vice chairman for the certification governing board at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association in Ann Arbor.

Daniel E. Hunter (BS93) and Jeff Pillars (BS94, MS08) have recently opened CrossFit Lily in Ypsilanti. The gym offers training classes and special programs that incorporate weightlifting, gymnastics and mono- structural movements.

Michele Duff-Anderson (BA94, MA01), a teacher at John Glenn High School in Westland, has received the National History Teacher of the Year award by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Duff- Anderson is the first teacher from Michigan to receive this award.

Steve Fetyko (BBA95, MPA03) joined the United Methodist Retirement Communities, Inc. as vice president and chief financial officer. Fetyko’s responsibilities will include overseeing and managing all financial operations of the organization.

Karen M. Roback (BS95) was hired as vice president of early childhood policy and programs for Starfish Family Services.

Kevin W. Rose (MA95), former assistant superintendent for Lapeer Community Schools, joined Spring Arbor University as vice president and chief financial officer.

Dara T. Munson (BS96), former chief executive officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit, became the chief operating officer for the Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan.

Sharyl D. Smith (BS96), vice president of marketing, planning and public relations for McLaren Macomb, joined the American Heart Association’s metro Detroit board of directors. Smith also sits on the board of Black Family Development and the Martha T. Berry Foundation.

Fredrick Molnar (MBA97) was hired as venture biotech director for the Michigan Life Sciences and Innovation Center, overseeing MLSIC and setting strategy to advance the biotech industry in Michigan.

Mamduh M. Allam (BS98) was appointed country manager for F5 Networks in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. F5 Networks specializes in technology.

Kevin A. Ricco (MBA99) was selected as the new director at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

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