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Richard J. Dolinski ’61, ’63, ’66 was honored by Junior Achievement of North Central Michigan’s Business Hall of Fame for his work with the group. He is also involved with several education-related Rotary projects in Africa, in addressing local mental health issues and in his church.

Theodore T. Zahrfeld ’62 was elected chairman of the board of the nonprofit St. Francis Prayer Center in Flint, Mich., which provides emergency food and beds. He also joined the board of directors for Livingston County Catholic Charities.


Daniel M. Romanchik ’78 is now communications manager for Amateur Radio Digital Communications, a private foundation that makes grants to organizations and projects that promote and support amateur radio and communications science.

Cynthia A. Rutkowski ’72 was recently promoted to director of Food and Nutrition Services at Walter P. Reuther Psychiatric Hospital in Westland, Mich. She is also a member and former president of the Detroit Mercy Alumni Association Board.


Patrick R. Adams Jr. ’81 is the new principal of St. Mary Catholic School in Royal Oak, Mich. He was previously retired.

GT Biopharma, a California-based clinical stage immuno-oncology company, has named Manu Ohri ’80 its chief financial officer.

Paul Van Gessel ’81 has been named Indigent Defense Administrator for the City of Wyoming, Mich.


Ari M. Charlip ’97 has joined the Detroit office of the San Francisco-based law firm Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani. His practice focuses on real estate.

The Detroit Land Bank has appointed Tammy Daniels ’97 to serve as its interim executive director.

Michael J. Kelly ’97 has been appointed magistrate of Michigan’s 12th Judicial District Court in Jackson County.

Maureen Hannon Kinsella ’99 has been appointed to the bench in the 6th Circuit Court of Oakland County by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Debra (Clouse) Kozole ’98 has joined the Kresge Foundation’s Investment Office as an investment director.

Stephen J. Meraw, D.D.S. ’95 was recently installed as vice president of the American Academy of Periodontology. He recently completed his term as president of the Michigan Dental Association.


Daimler Truck North America has appointed Joanna Cooper ’06, ’09 to general manager of its Mount Holly, N.C., manufacturing plant.

Mary N. Corriero ’08 has been named executive director of the Player’s’ Association of the Premier Hockey Federation.

Susan A. Dabaja ’04 was appointed to the 3rd Circuit Court of Wayne County by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Zenna N. Faraj Elhasan ’04 has been named in-house counsel of The Kresge Foundation. She also serves on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, the ACCESS advisory council and Detroit Mercy Law’s dean’s advisory board.

Jacquel (Smith) Lake ’02, ’19 was named information technology manager of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

Vivian E. Walczesky ’04 will serve on the board of directors of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) until Sept. 2024. SIA is a global volunteer organization that provides womena nd girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.


Nicholas B. Wood ’10 is the new Region 3 administrator for the State Court Administrative Office, serving 54 trial courts in 25 counties in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula.

Anoushka Zachariah ’18 has joined the Toronto office of Hicks Morley as an associate.


Vincenzo R. Sarti ’21 has joined Mt. Clemens, Mich.-based Femminineo Law as an associate.