. . . Winter 2001
Daniel D. Bartfeld ’90 has been named partner in the New York office of
Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy’s Global Project Finance Group,
concentrating on the representation of project sponsors and financial
institutions in the development and financing of a wide range of US and
international infrastructure projects. Bartfeld is currently
representing a variety of sponsors in their infrastructure developments
in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Canada. He earned his JD from the
George Washington University National Law Center.
Wendy (Werley) Barth '80 MBA has been appointed vice president for bakery marketing by Rich Products of Buffalo, New York. Rich Products is the nation's largest privately owned frozen food manufacturer. Barth is responsible for setting bakery marketing vision and strategy, and leading the Bakery Strategic Business Unit, including Rich's breads and rolls, sweet goods and pizza. A native of Easton, Pennsylvania, Barth was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society at U-M. She also sits on the board of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Elise Busny '90 has been elected as a member of the Boston law firm of Brown Rudnick Freed & Gesmer. She practices general commercial litigation with particular emphasis on labor and employment, business torts and bankruptcy. Busny received her law degree from the Boston University School of law and joined Brown Rudnick in 1995. She has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS News' Early Show, the Fox News Channel and National Public Radio.
Denise Charron-Prochownik '91 PhD, has received the 2001 Nightingale Award for Nursing Research, presented by the Nightingale Awards of Pennsylvania to individuals who demonstrate excellence in nursing research and who have made significant contributions to patient care.
An assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of
Nursing and School of Public Health, Charron-Prochownik is also a
pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. She
has focused her research on reproductive health awareness for teens with diabetes to help them make informed healthy choices.
Marcelle D. Christian '01 PhD, has been named an assistant professor of psychology and Black studies at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Christian's research is focused on minority issues in mental health. Her current work explores how African American women form sexual identities, or "self images," and how this process "translates to mental and sexual health practices." She argues that the historical legacies of slavery, during which "Black women's bodies were used, sold and exploited," are still visible in media representations of Black women's bodies, which in turn are a powerful influence on the formation of the "actual, ideal and thought self-image" of many Black women. Prof. Christian received her BA in psychology and French from Vassar College.
Dr. Michele Follen ’76, ’80 MD, ’89 MS, ’00 PhD, director of the
biomedical Engineering Center of gynecologic oncology at the University
of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, has received the 2001 Business and Professional Women of Texas Award.
Dr. Follen holds the Boone Pickens Professorship for Early Cancer
Detection Currently, she is leading clinical trials in an $11 million
National Institutes of Health grant to gain Federal Drug Administration
support for a new cervical cancer detection methoda painless, small
fiberoptic probe for performing colposcopies.
Michael S. Gershowitz '93 has received the Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe law firm's Harry L. Rudnick Business Scholarship for 2002. He is a fifth-year associate based in the firm's Chicago office. The scholarship will cover Gershowitz's participation in an executive MBA program. Gershowitz focuses his practice on real estate finance, the acquisition and disposition of real property, landlord/tenant matters and telecommunications matters related to real property.
Bonnie Greenleaf '79 was named Civil Emergency Responder of the Year "for excellence displayed while serving as Mission Manager for the temporary housing mission" organized by the US Army Corps of Engineers during the response to fires in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Lieut. Gen. Robert B. Flowers, Chief of Engineers, announced the award. Greenleaf is based in the St. Paul District in Minneapolis and is currently on assignment in Welch, West Virginia, working on temporary housing for flood victims.
William W. Hanson '83 has been named executive director for Washtenaw Land Trust in Ann Arbor. Tom O'Brien, WLT's board president said, "Hanson has the integrity to effectively lead the organization and significantly advance the cause of land preservation in this region." He has worked as a journalist for the Ann Arbor News, the Detroit Free Press, and the Detroit Sunday Journal. He also served as a communications officer for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and was a publicist for Jaffe Associates.
Barbara (Novick) Hooberman '69, '89 JD, president and owner of Soo Plastics, Inc., in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, has announced that her company has received the General Motors Supplier of the Year Award for the second year in a row. In addition to her position at Soo Plastics, Hooberman is also an Ann Arbor-based attorney with Kessler, Mullkoff & Hooberman. Soo Plastics supplies General Motors with custom plastic injection molded parts. It is one of the largest manufacturers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and is one of a very small number of female-owned manufacturers.
"This achievement means a lot to our staff," Hooberman said. "Our
products are in the functional black plastic parts category, one of the
largest supplier categories that GM has. To be chosen as the best from
this large group of quality companies is quite an honor." Hooberman
inherited the company from her father, Julius Novick, in December 1998.
Kenneth S. Janke Jr. '81 AFLAC's senior vice president of investor relations, has been named the Best Investor Relations Officer in the United States for a large cap company ($10 billion or more) by Investor Relations magazine.
Janke has been with AFLAC since 1985 and has led the investor relations department for the past eight years. He is a member of the senior investor relations roundtable of the National Investor Relations Institute. Before joining AFLAC, Janke was director of corporate services with the National Association of Investors Corporation (NAIC). He was also chairman of the corporate advisory committee of the NAIC and a member of the board of directors of the Investment Education Institute of the NAIC.
Denny Kross '63 BSE has been named director of the Space Transportation Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
A native of Detroit, Kross joined NASA in 1967 from the Lockheed Missile and Space Co. in Palo Alto, California. In 1968 he received a master's degree in engineering mechanics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
"Under Kross's leadership," the space agency said, "the Space Transportation Directorate at Marshall will continue to provide world-class propulsion and engineering expertise to NASA's Space Launch Initiativethe technology initiative intended to lead to the creation of a second generation reusable launch vehicleas well as the Space Shuttle program. The Space Transportation Directorate also leads NASA's development of advanced space transportation systems, in-space propulsion, a Mars ascent vehicle and advanced propulsion research."
Richard D. Lara '90 was elected a shareholder in the Miami law firm of Mase & Gassenheimer, in January 2002. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial and civil litigation, with a background in admiralty.
Albert Y. Leung '67 PhD president of Phyto-Technologies, Inc., of Woodbine, Iowa, and Glen Rock, New Jersey, has received a grant to identify and standardize the plant materials and extracts used in the feverfew leaf, so as to better determine the plant's effect in treating migraines. Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) leaf has shown promise in the prevention of migraine symptoms. The grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services was awarded under the Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Leung's co-researcher, Dennis Awang of MediPlant, Inc., an expert in the chemistry of feverfew, was a post doctoral fellow at U-M in 1967.
C. Dudley Mattson '41 died in Vallejo, California, on January 8, 2002. An economist, he received his doctorate from Iowa State University in 1971 after working as a forester in Louisiana, Texas and Washington state. After earning his PhD, he worked as a research economist in Washington DC and California. He was a member of the Soaring Society of America 1970-95; a captain in the US Army Air Corps 1924-45; and an avid fly fisherman and photographer. Mattson is survived by his wife, the former Elsie Porter, and their four daughters and three sons.
Michele Coleman Mayes '71, '74 JD of Colgate-Palmolive will move from her current position of board treasurer to chair of the board of NOW Legal
Defense and Education Fundin New York City. Mayes was elected a corporate officer and promoted to vice president, legal and assistant secretary of Colgate-Palmolive in February 2001. A former assistant US attorney, Mayes later served as staff vice president and associate general counsel, worldwide litigation, for Unisys. She has served on the board of directors of NOW Legal Defense since 1996. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, where she has served as co-chair of the Arbitration Committee and a member of the Commission on Women in the Profession. She is a member of the Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania Bars.
Charles E. McClinton Jr. '93 has been named associate director of athletics at Union College, in Schenectady, New York. Val Belmonte, the college's director of athletics, said McClinton "brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Union College that will no doubt benefit our student-athletes, alumni, and community." After completing his BA in Sports Management and Communications at U-M, McClinton worked with the PGA Tour, the United States Olympic Committee and the Inline Division of USA Hockey. He recently completed his master of business administration degree at Kent State University.
Daniel W. Nelson ’93 JJD has been named a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, in the law firm’s Washington, DC, office. Practicing in the firm’s Litigation Department, Nelson is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Antitrust and Trade Regulation, Appellate and Constitutional Law, and Securities Litigation practice groups. Nelson was a key member of the Gibson Dunn team that represented George W. Bush during the 2000 presidential election litigation. He also counseled several major international accounting firms in connection with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s 2000 auditor independence rulemaking, and he has represented the National Association of Securities Dealers and the Nasdaq Stock Market in several landmark matters in the federal courts and before the SEC. “Dan Nelson has represented internationally known clients in a range of complex antitrust, securities, environmental, fraud and healthcare matters,” said Wesley G. Howell, the firm’s managing partner. “We are pleased to welcome him as a partner in the firm.”
Catharine E. O'Connell '91 PhD became dean for academic affairs at Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania in July. O'Connell was formerly chair of the English department at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, New York, and, before that, an academic counselor at the U-M College of Literature, Science and the Arts.
She has published extensively on Antebellum American literature, Including the book Reading the Sea: New Essays in Sea Literature, Studies in American Fiction, and contributed to The Stowe Debate: Rhetorical Strategies in Uncle Tom's Cabin. An article, "Resecting Those Extraordinary Twins: Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Costs of 'Killing Half,'" is forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century Literature in September 2001.
Steven Y. Patler '77, '80 JD has joined the Prosperitas Group LLC
as a managing director. The firm, based in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan,
"provides comprehensive wealth and life management services to
super-high-net-worth individuals and families," according to its press
release. Patler, an attorney and CPA, has over 20 years of financial,
tax and legal advisory experience and has served as an instructor and
guest lecturer at the Univesity of Michigan. A resident of Birmingham,
Patler was a recipient of the prestigious Paton Award for achieving the
highest score on the uniform CPA exam.
Michael L. Perry '80, '82 has been named facility design group leader of Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A senior vice president of the architectural and engineering company, Perry has worked on commercial, educational, industrial, governmental, health and ecclesiastical projects, and in historic preservation.
Daniel A. Redstone '65, '67 MBA, of Southfield, Michigan, was recently elected to the board of directors of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards during the organization's annual meeting in Seattle. Since 1967, Redstone has been a member of the Southfield-based firm, Redstone Architects, Inc., and now serves as president and CEO. Redstone Architects' diversified portfolio includes projects in the following markets: police, fire and public safety; municipal and government; schools and colleges; and commercial and corporate. The firm has been operating for more than 60 years.
John A. Roberts '90 has been elected as a partner in the Chicago law firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon. Roberts concentrates on health-related business transactions, administrative matters and litigation issues. "He possesses particular experience assisting, healthcare entities to structure business arrangements, navigate healthcare regulations, remedy insurance reimbursement disputes and defending pharmaceutical and medical device manufactures in nationwide product liability litigation," the firm said.
Stephanie Robinson '79 BSN '90 received the 2001 Sidney E. Chapin Award for Clinical Excellence from the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeast Michigan (VNA). Robinson has served as a community health nurse in Detroit for the past 21 years. She is currently a case manager/community health nurse for 290 patients whose care needs range from patient education, blood draws, wound care and catheter changes. She also works a half day a week through theVNA at Simon House, a Detroit-based HIV homeless shelter for women and children. Robinson lives in Oak Park with her husband Lester and children Joel and Janelle.
Andrew J. Rohm '84 has been named assistant professor of marketing at Northeastern University's College of Business Administration in Boston. Rohm earned his BS in aerospace engineering at Michigan. He earned his PhD in marketing from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he was also a Research Assistant. Prior to joining Northeastern, Rohm was director of marketing for Reebok International in Stoughton, Massachusetts.
Carolyn Rosenberg '79, '82 JD was recently named the one of the "top 12 legal superstars" by Corporate Board Member magazine. Rosenberg is a partner in the Chicago firm of Sachnoff and Weaver, Ltd., and is an expert on liability and insurance coverage law. A prolific author of articles in her specialty, she has become especially noted for her expertise in the emerging field of cyberspace liability insurance coverage. Rosenberg also serves as secretary of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.
David L. Schenberg '93 JD has been named a member of Husch & Eppenberger, LLC, in the Labor and Management Practice Group of the law firm's St. Louis, Mo., office. His specialties are employer counseling and discrimination litigation and he has experience in products liability and general litigation. Schenberg received a degree in political science from Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He has written articles on computer, e-mail and Internet use by employees and on federal election laws in the workplace.
Taylor C. Segue III ’78 of Detroit, a shareholder with the law firm of Butzel Long, has been appointed by President George W. Bush as a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae). “I am proud to be aligned with an organization dedicated to helping citizens achieve the American dream of affordable home ownership as its mission,” Segue said. Segue’s practice is primarily in the areas of economic development, public finance and affordable housing development. He has extensive experience in public finance, participating in over $6 billion of bond and note transactions as either bond counsel or underwriters’ counsel.
Lisa Shaffer '74 has been named executive director of the University of California Revelle Program on Climate Science and Policy. Shaffer is the director of policy programs and international relations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. The new program has been established to strengthen interaction between scientists engaged in advancing the understanding of Earth's climate system and decision makers in government and the private sector applying climate science to societal needs. Shaffer joined Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1998. She is responsible for international cooperation and policy issues for Scripps. Prior to joining Scripps, Shaffer was director of external
relations for NASA's Mission to Planet Earth program, the world's largest environmental science program. She earned her PhD in 1994 from the George Washington University in political science, with an emphasis on public policy, international relations, and science and technology policy.
Arvid F. Sponberg '73 PhD and his wife, Bonnie, are living in London this academic year. In the fall term, Sponberg taught two courses for the Concordia Consortium for Study Abroad based at Oak Hill College in Southgate, London. In the spring, he will conduct research on the reception of American plays and playwrights in London since 1945. Sponberg is professor of English at Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Deniz H. Tasdemiroglu '96 has been named director of development and marketing for Washtenaw Land Trust in Ann Arbor . She oversees the trust's fundraising, marketing and communications program. Prior to joining WLT, Tasdemiroglu worked in investor relations for Syntel, Inc., managed research development at Henry Ford Health System and was a constituent relations specialist for Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).
Elaine Ullian '73 MPH, president and CEO of Boston Medical Center (BMC),
has received the Pinnacle Award of the Women's Network of the Greater
Boston Chamber of Commerce. This is the eighth year that the award has
been presented to "women who have achieved excellence in business,
management and the professions," the Chamber said. BMC is a private,
not-for-profit, 432-bed, academic medical center with a community-based
focus. Ullian is active in many professional and service organizations
and also served on the transition teams for Gov. William Weld and Mayor
Thomas M. Menino. She is an associate professor at Boston University
School of Public Health and a member of the faculty at the Harvard
School of Public Health.
William Van Wert '67, the Laura Carnell Professor of English at Temple University, Philadelphia, has received the Creative Achievement Award from his school. Van Wert, who has overcome brain surgery and a heart attack over the past decade, said he would use the $2,500 award to take his first trip to Rome.
Van Wert majored in romance languages at U-M. He teaches English, creative writing and film at Temple, writes comic fiction and is a published poet. The author of 13 books, he recently finished The History of Masquerade, a poetry collection focusing on the history of underwear and women's garments, and is currently working on Mappings, a creative nonfiction book about Philadelphia.
Perry Wallack '91 is vice president of finance for CyberU, an online education and corporate training firm based in Santa Monica, California. Wallack has worked as a public accountant since 1991, with senior-level experience in audit, tax, and business management. Prior to becoming a founding member of CyberU, he held a senior role at an industry-leading business management boutique in Beverly Hills. Wallack also worked for Ernst & Young, LLP, serving small businesses, middle market companies and SEC registered clients.
Thomas E. Werkema ’71 BS, chemical engineering, has been named a
distinguished lecturer by the American Society of Heating,
Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Werkema is
director of ICG Regulatory Affairs at ATOFINA Chemicals, Inc., in
Philadelphia. "This distinction recognizes Werkema’s extensive knowledge
of recent science and international political developments and
country-specific programs related to global climate change and ozone
depletion," said ASHRAE, whose Distinguished Lecturers Program provides
its chapters "with experts who provided insight and speak on relevant
topics that impact the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and
Barry Wissman '94 PhD has been named a process engineer at the Ann Arbor-based Discera company. Wissman is responsible for the development, design and evaluation of MEMS devices (microelectric mechanical systems) for radio frequency communications.
Discera is led by president Vinay Gupta '84 MBA, and vice president Clark T.-C. Nguyen. Nguyen, who is also an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences at U-M, developed the Discera technology, which replaces the components on a wireless circuit board with a single micromechanical system. The U-M and the University of California at Berkeley are also credited with development of the technology.
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