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Alumni Notes

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Kay (Milewski) Kelly,
MPA '05/BA '01, co-authored a children's book that was briefly #2 on the bestsellers list for Children's Diet and Nutrition books (behind the Disney Princess Cookbook). Max the Monkey Has MCADD is the first children's book about this rare metabolic condition and has been embraced by families as a way to explain a very complicated disorder to young children.

Jeanine Young-Mason, EdD, RN, CS, FAAn,
BSN, '60, is the author of The Patient's Voice: Experiences of Illness. The second edition recently was published by FADavis Publishers, in Philadelphia and is available on in eBook and hardcopy versions. The book introduces contemporary autobiographical accounts of psychiatric and somatic illness written expressly for it. The accounts are of children's and adults' experiences of illness and include narratives of family members and advocates in the medical, legal and judicial system. They are all pertinent accounts for students of nursing, medicine, allied health professions and the law. Website:

James R. Weeks Jr,
MD, '77, has retired after being the only interventional radiologist in Northeast Michigan for 26 years. "It is time to enjoy what I have worked for my whole life, and spend more time with my family and friends," he says. It has been 26 years since Dr. Weeks toured ARMC (formerly Alpena General Hospital) saying, “I thought it was such a nice hospital for a small community, and I was fortunate to work with Dr. Bill Walker." Dr. Weeks arrived in Alpena in 1989 after a family practice residency in Kalamazoo Michigan. He began his career working at St. Joseph’s hospital near Benton Harbor. He then decided to return for a residency in radiology. He spent four years at Beaumont studying diagnostic, interventional, and neuroradiology. He worked at Mid-Michigan Regional Medical Center for four years before coming to Alpena. As an interventionist, Dr. Weeks has spearheaded a successful dialysis program over the course of his career at ARMC along with perfecting special procedures such as: digital subtraction angiography, stenting, abscess drainages, cholecystostomies, nephrostomies/stenting, and multiple other procedures including bone, lung, and thyroid biopsies. He is proud of other services now offered in his department such as a vacuum-assisted breast biopsy program, initiated by his partner Dr. Steve Zwieg. Over the years, Dr. Weeks made many contributions to special committees and served in multiple staff positions at the hospital. He sat on the cancer committee for 26 years and held a Chief of Medical Staff position, Chief of Surgery, Medical Director of Radiology, and Director of the MRI mobile. The most gratifying part of his career, he says, is providing the best service possible for the community. At the time of his retirement, he admitted he will miss his colleagues and his staff “who are like my extended family,” and that “although it can be stressful at times, I wouldn’t change a thing."

Elizabeth L. (Betsy) Snider,
BA '70/JD '76, won the 2015 Blue Light Book Award for her book of poems, Hope is a Muscle (Blue Light Press, 2015). Her poetry has been included various anthologies, most recently in Poet Showcase (Hobblebush Books, 2015), River of Earth and Sky: Poems for the 21st Century (Blue Light Press, 2015), and Love Over 60 an anthology of women’s poems (Mayapple Press, 2010). Snider was first published in the ground-breaking anthology, Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (Naiad Press, 1985). She is retired and lives on a lake in rural New Hampshire. Besides swimming, hiking, and writing poetry, Snider has volunteered as a CASA Guardian ad Litem for abused and neglected children.

Osvaldo Rivera,
MSW ’87, was named a Michiganian of the Year by <em>The Detroit News.</em> He was honored for his extensive leadership in Detroit’s Latino community. Rivera is director of Wayne State University’s Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and he is also director of community engagement at Southwest Solutions. He has dedicated his life to helping people in his community through activism and engagement.

Tonya Allen,
MSW '96, was named a Michiganian of the Year by <em>The Detroit News.</eM> She is the president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation and works endlessly to enhance the lives of children who attend Detroit Public Schools. Allen also played a pivotal role in the $200-million citywide education reform organization, Excellent Schools Detroit. Increasing educational opportunities and reforming the academic system in the city is at the core of what she does.

Jim Romaine,
PhD, '80, recently joined the Keystone Policy Center's Board of Trustees in Denver, CO. The Keystone Policy Center is a trusted nonprofit organization founded in 1975 to drive actionable, shared solutions to contentious agriculture, environment, energy, education, and public health issues. Keystone is recognized by public, private, and civic-sector leaders throughout the United States for independent, collaborative problem-solving approaches that offer a proven blueprint for progress and collective impact.

Karen Josefsberg Ladis,
BA '87, was appointed to serve on The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. She previously served on the American Bar Association Standing Committee for Pro Bono Legal Services for a term of three years. Throughout her 25-year career as a Legal Aid Advocate, Ladis has not only spearheaded numerous efforts aimed at helping those in need but has also mentored, recruited, and trained hundreds of attorneys willing to donate their time on a pro bono basis. She leads Dade Legal Aid in Miami-Dade County, Florida, a nonprofit group that provides access to justice for all.

James Habel,
BBA '98/MBA '05, recently joined PKC Group--North America as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in Farmington Hills, Mich. Prior to that Habel had been the finance director/business unit CFO of TRW's North America Steering business.

Scott Singer,
MBA '96, founded Insider Career Strategies, LLC, a firm assisting job seekers with every phase of their job search, including coaching and resume writing, as well as helping small and medium-sized companies develop and implement their recruitment strategies. He can be reached at

David R. Roth,
BBA, is a partner in the Real Estate Practice Group of the Houston-based firm Jones Walker. Roth has more than two decades of broad-based transactional experience working both in-house and in private practice with public and private companies. He counsels clients in a broad range of transactions and financing in the energy industry, including projects involving electric power; onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production; transportation and pipelines; liquefied natural gas processing; commodity marketing and trading; and ancillary services such as equipment supply and seismic analysis.Prior to joining Jones Walker, Roth served as general counsel of Northern Star Generation LLC, a multiple private equity fund held power-generation company with operations across the United States. Roth is a member of the State Bars of Texas and California.

David Kaufman,
MPP, Ford School, is VP and director of CNA Corp.'s Safety and Security Division (SAS) in Arlington, Va. Kaufman is responsible for overall executive management for the development and execution of all work in SAS, including the areas of public safety, homeland security, emergency management, and public health. He previously worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as FEMA's associate administrator for policy, program analysis, and international affairs.

Dominique Lee,
'07, was honored in 2015 by the The Russell Berrie Foundation, an organization that celebrates unsung community heroes throughout New Jersey. Lee was honored for his work as the founder of Building Responsible Intelligent Creative Kids (BRICK), a New Jersey school that uses a holistic teaching approach to address the needs of students growing up in poverty so they can succeed academically. BRICK has vastly improved the educational prospects of some of New Jersey’s most disadvantaged students, in many cases raising kids’ reading abilities by four grade levels and putting them on a path to college.

Jacki Peck Skole,
AB '90, will see her first book, Dogland, published in August 2015. Part memoir, part investigative journalism, the book chronicles the author's journey, which begins when she brings home an eight-week-old puppy from a New Jersey rescue organization. As she gets to know the dog she comes to wonder how such a young animal could have so many idiosyncrasies. So she sets out to find an answer. See more about the book at

Dr. Eugene Schiff,
AB, was honored in April 2015 by the Hepatitis B Foundation, the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to finding a cure for hepatitis B and improving the quality of life for those affected worldwide. The foundation honored Dr. Schiff with the 2015 Baruch S. Blumberg Prize for advancing the care and treatment of chronic hepatitis B. Dr. Schiff is director of the Schiff Center for Liver Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and was unanimously selected for the Blumberg Prize in honor of his pioneering work in hepatitis B and its medical management.

Robert Steger,
MSW '78, was honored with the 2014 U-M School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award. During his distinguished 43-year Army career as an officer and a social worker, he has advocated for improved services for the military community. Through problem-solving, educating, listening, supporting and empathizing he has guided thousands of active and retired military members toward gaining control over their lives. His impact on the military community has been immeasurable and exemplifies the vision of the University of Michigan School of Social Work: “A better society through individual and social change.”

Brodie Killian,
BBA '01/MPP '03, joined William Blair & Company in November 2014. Killian is director in the debt capital markets group of the Chicago-based global investment and asset management firm. Located in the firm’s newly opened metro Detroit office, Killian’s primary responsibilities focus on financing initiatives for Michigan schools and community colleges. Additionally, Killian will provide financing services to Indiana and Ohio markets. Prior to joining William Blair, Killian served as the deputy superintendent of business and operations for Plymouth Canton Community Schools. With several years of banking experience focused in the metro Detroit area, Killian’s financing efforts will help Michigan and surrounding states meet their public education goals.

Karen Glanz,
BA '74/MPH '77/PhD '79, reports that her father, Michael Glanz, MPH '74, passed away in May 2014 in Philadelphia, Pa., at the age of 94. "He was a very loyal U-M alum," she says.

Jonathan Song,
BA '13/MA '14, recently was named to the 2014 Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) cohort of Teaching Fellows. Selected from a pool of more than 180 applicants, Jonathan is one of 32 exceptionally talented, early-career science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) teachers to be awarded a 2014 KSTF Teaching Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a Master of Arts in educational studies from Michigan. Jonathan secured a mathematics teaching position at University YES Academy High School, located in Detroit, for the 2014–2015 academic year. KSTF seeks to improve STEM education by building a stable, sustainable cadre of networked leading teachers, who are trained and supported as leaders from the beginning of their careers. The KSTF Teaching Fellows Program offers stipends, funds for professional development, grants for teaching materials, and opportunities for leadership development and mentoring for early-career STEM teachers through a comprehensive five-year fellowship. With an emphasis on inquiry and collaboration, the Teaching Fellows Program empowers participants to advance their teaching practice and student learning, while leading from the classroom. For more information on the Fellowship, please visit

Matthew V. Horning,
AB ’91 (Econ)/MBA ’01, is City of Ann Arbor Treasurer. On July 30, 2014, he was installed as President of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States & Canada (APTUS&C) at the annual meeting of the association in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the conference, Matthew also was awarded the Dr. Jackson R.E. Phillips Award. The Phillips Award, which is the association’s highest honor, recognizes one APTUS&C member annually for professional leadership in, and significant contribution to professional treasury management. The APTUS&C’s mission is to provide quality treasury management education and training, professional certification, peer interaction, and professional connection opportunities for public treasury and financial officials.

Spencer Coan,
BA, '05, is senior VP at SK Commercial Realty where he leads the investments division and serves as listing broker or buyer representative on large commercial transactions. He also provides consulting services for third party owners and investors.” Prior to joining SKCR, Coan served as VP of Investment Sales and Senior Analyst at Ackerman & Co., and Acquisitions Analyst for Levy Affiliated Holdings in Santa Monica, Calif. In these roles, Coan underwrote nearly $2 billion in real estate assets across the country, helping to acquire over 1.1 million square feet of commercial property. Since 2012, Coan has completed $150 million of investment sales, earning a position in the top tier of producers in the 2014 Atlanta Commercial Board of REALTORS®’ Million Dollar Club. Coan is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA), a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a LEED Green Associate (LEED GA), and a licensed salesperson in Georgia, Kentucky and South Carolina. In addition, he is a member of the Atlanta Commercial board of Realtors, CAIA, CCIM, NAIOP, and the U.S. Green Building Council. He volunteers and supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the American Red Cross, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

Nebojsa Stojkovic,
BA, Ed., is a math teacher at Walled Lake Central High School in Walled Lake, Mich. He placed second for the 2014 "Live With Kelly and Michael's" top teacher search, which was announced on the ABC morning talk show May 20. “Neb Stojkovic builds relationships with students and families,” Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said in a local article about the nomination. “He is an outstanding teacher, coac,h and person. He gives from the heart in each and every encounter he has with students. He is selfless, giving and most importantly, he cares about the young people he serves.” In addition to teaching, Neb trains athletes and oversees the nonprofit Passion for Life, which raises money to help children with medical needs.

Derek Kerr,
BSE Aero '81/MBA '86, was honored in May 2014 by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the best CFOs in America. Kerr is American Airlines Group Chief Financial Officer. Honorees were selected based on results of a survey conducted from May-August 2013, which polled more than 2,500 analysts and portfolio managers. CFOs were rated on a number of qualities such as credibility, industry knowledge, and transparency of financial reporting. As CFO for American Airlines Group and its principal subsidiary company, American Airlines, Kerr oversees financial planning and analysis, corporate finance and treasury functions, purchasing, controller and audit functions, and investor relations.

Terrance Sargent,
BS Arch. '71/MUP '73, is co-founder and design principal at the Atlanta-based architecture and planning firm Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS). In spring 2014 Terry received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Huron Valley (Michigan) chapter. Terry has been practicing architecture since 1973. He is a widely known designer with more than 60 architectural honors and awards, and more than 80 featured articles in various publications.

Don R. Powell,
BA '71/MSW '76/MA '77/PhD '79, received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. The award recognizes an individual who has made landmark contributions to people in Michigan and throughout the United States through research, teaching, professional practice, and volunteerism related to health and wellness. Dr. Powell is the founder, president, and CEO of the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, which was established in 1983. The Institute is a leading developer and provider of health and productivity management programs. More than 13,000 corporations, hospitals, MCO's unions, and government agencies use the lifestyle change programs and health education materials he developed. He is also the author of 15 best-selling books including Healthier at Home and 101 Ways to Well-Being. In addition, Dr. Powell taught in U-M's Psychology Department for eight years where he was nominated for the "Distinguished Teaching Award." His doctoral work was in tobacco cessation and led to the development of the nationally recognized Smokeless Program, which has been commended in two Surgeon General's reports.

Greg Charleston,
BBA '84/MBA '94, is senior managing director of Conway MacKenzie Inc. and leader of the firm’s Atlanta regional office. He is also a certified turnaround professional, certified financial analyst and CPA. He has recently taken the reins as president of the Turnaround Management Association, Atlanta chapter (TMA Atlanta). Charleston will dedicate two years to this volunteer position and lead the chapter’s monthly programming and networking activities. He has been active in TMA Atlanta for seven years and has served as a member of its board of directors for the past five years. Charleston draws from more than 20 years of experience in turnaround consulting, financial crisis management, mergers and acquisitions, and business valuation. He has served as chief restructuring officer and as interim CEO and CFO on several engagements. He has worked with clients in various industries, including health care, transportation, aviation, food manufacturing, publishing, retail, distribution, construction and automotive. Conway MacKenzie Inc. is an international consulting firm specializing in turnaround and crisis management, manufacturing operations consulting, performance improvement and litigation support services. The firm is headquartered in Detroit and has offices in Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Dayton, Ohio; Frankfurt, Germany; Houston; London; Los Angeles; and New York. Additional information can be found at

Steve Michlin,
BSE- ChemE BSE-MatSci, '84, reports: "I have 39 issued U.S. patents. I am an inventor. I invented a 'Superbowl Chair' that goes along the peak of my 67-foot glass room on the third floor by remote control. It also rotates clockwise and counter-clockwise by remote control. Last, it goes up and down between my second and third floor, also by remote control. I have a youtube video, including a song about the Superbowl Chair. Check it out."

Winston Wenyan Ma,
MBA '03, managing director at China Investment Corp., is part of the Asia Society Class of 2013-14 "Asia 21 Young Leaders." This is a prestigious group of the region's emerging leaders under 40 in fields including government, business, policy, education, and arts. This will be Asia Society's eighth class of Asia 21 leaders for a program that identifies and brings together young leaders based on their outstanding achievements, commitment to public service, and desire to make the world a better place by collaborating with counterparts across the Asia-Pacific region. China Investment Corp. is the sovereign wealth fund of China; its North America office is based in Toronto. Ma is one of a small number of native Chinese professionals working as an investment professional and capital markets attorney in both the United States and China. He is also a standing director for the Canada China Chamber of Commerce and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

Justin DeLay and Michael Yagley,
co-founders of Chicago-based TempoDB, recently announced they have raised $3.2 million of Series A capital from midwest venture capital firms. The financing will allow them to grow the time series database service and continue scaling big data storage for sensor data. DeLay, BBA '05/MSI '12, is CMO at TempoDB; Yagley, BSEE '05/MSEE '07, is CTO. TempoDB enables unlimited storage of measurement data generated by sensors and connected devices, a service for which there is exploding demand. The firm serves customers in industries as diverse as energy, manufacturing, infrastructure, healthcare, and the emerging "Internet of Things." Built for software developers, TempoDB's database is infrastructure-as-a-service and makes time series data storage and analysis simple and powerful. The firm's growing customer base includes Fluke, NinjaBlocks, WattVision, sMeasure, and many others. In addition to their business partnership, DeLay and Yagley share a passion for music. While students at U-M, they founded the band The Most. The duo have started two companies together, and TempoDB is the first to gain venture funding. In 2012 they graduated from the first TechStars Cloud class in San Antonio, Tex., a highly competitive accelerator program.

Alex Chalmers,
MBA, is managing director of Avenida Capital in Colombia. Founded in 2006, the real estate private-equity firm's staff also includes U-M grads Michael Teich (BA), and Carlos Alberto Torres (MSE). With offices in Bogotá and New York City, the company pursues opportunistic fund and direct equity investments across select property types throughout Latin America. The firm has committed capital both as principal and on behalf of its investors to residential, retail, and mixed-use projects in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama, and the United States. "We are focusing on the emerging middle class segment, and are doing some really interesting things," Chalmers says. "The private-equity scene is just beginning down here so it's a great time to be a part of it." The principals and advisors of Avenida Capital have executed over $1 billion of real estate transactions.

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