Office of the VP for Communications – Keeping alumni and friends connected to U-M

Alumni Notes

  1. Aviva Jacobs

    an ’03 graduate of Teach for America New Orleans, recently was named a Schusterman Fellow. This recognition is given to those who see Jewish organizational leadership as an important way to create transformational change in the world. Jacobs currently is a VP on the recruitment team at Teach for America. Previously she worked as a senior policy adviser in Washington, D.C., striving to improve the roles of state and local leaders in fighting for innovation in educational equity.

  2. David Wright

    ’85, recently was recognized on the Barron’s 2016 “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors” list as well as the FT 400 Financial Advisors list. Wright is a Merrill Lynch private wealth advisor. His placement on both lists follows his previous recognition by Barron’s where he has been recognized on the “Top 1,000 Financial Advisors” list every year from 2009-13. Additionally, Wright was named to the 2014 Financial Times “Top 400 Advisors List.”

    At Merrill Lynch, Wright focuses on clients facing a liquidity event, such as the sale of a business, diversification of concentrated stock, or inheritance. He lives in Winnetka, Ill.

  3. Robert S. Bick

    BBA ’83/JD ’86, received the “All Star Attorney of the Year” award from the Association for Corporate Growth at the ACG Detroit M&A All Star Awards ceremony in May 2016.

  4. Paul Selvin

    BBA ’89, is a managing director of wealth management for Merrill Lynch in New York. He recently was named by Barron’s Magazine to its 2016 list of America’s Top 1,200 Advisors. The tribute recognizes that Selvin is among the nation’s best in successfully working with clients to help them manage wealth and achieve their financial goals. Selvin grew up in Woodmere, N.Y., and now lives in Livingston, N.J., with his wife and two children.

  5. Siddharth Gandhi

    BS ’99, recently was named a “40 Under 40” honoree by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in the publication’s annual showcase of the Twin Cities’ top young business and community leaders. He is a VP at Securian Financial Group. As head of strategy for Securian, Gandhi has been a key contributor to the company’s recent growth, leading numerous acquisitions, spearheading strategic investments in outside start-up ventures, and developing and implementing the company’s enterprise-level strategic plan. Gandhi also uses his talent and experience to benefit the Twin Cities’ community as an active board member of Visit Saint Paul, the official convention and visitor’s bureau for Minnesota’s capital city. Additionally, he is an engaged member of the rapidly growing Indian-American community in the Twin Cities, tackling issues of concern to Indian-American professionals and serving as a mentor and role model to many.

  6. Heather Elisabeth Lanthorn

    MPH ’07, received her ScD from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in March 2016. Heather had previously worked as an evaluation specialist at the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) in New Delhi, India. She is now employed by IDinsight in New Delhi as a senior manager.

  7. 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.

  8. 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:

  9. 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.”