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

Alumni Notes

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.