Class notes

The following page features recent updates on SVSU alumni, categorized by which decade they graduated. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view the guide for academic degree acronyms. If you are an SVSU alumni and want to submit your story to Class Notes, please email Justin Engel, Reflections editor, at

2013 Digital Photos - President's Office - 50th Anniversary - Do



Catherine Baase, 1977, B.S., was honored with the Lifetime Achievement in Occupational and Environmental Medicine Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.




Jo Brownlie, 1985, M.B.A., was given the Ruben Daniels Community Service Award at SVSU’s 2017 All University Awards Banquet.


Zita Burton, 1981, M.A.T., was named the 2017 Utica Community Schools Teacher of the Year. She was then honored by the Utica City Council by proclaiming June 15, the day of her retirement, as Zita Burton Day.


Donald Haskin, 1984, B.A.; 1991, B.A.; 2006, M.Ed., was named the athletic director as well as men’s and women’s cross-country coach at Kirtland College.


Linda Pearson, 1986, B.B.A., was hired as vice president of commercial lending for Lake Michigan Credit Union.




Teresa Close, 1990, B.B.A., was appointed supervisor of Hampton Township.


Christine Greve, 1992, B.B.A., retired after more than two decades of service as the regional director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center.


David C. Maurer, 1995, B.A., was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for his longtime coverage of humanitarian causes as a newscaster at WSGW Radio.


Daniel Phillips, 1995, B.A., was promoted to sergeant for Platoon 3 at the Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety.


Kolleen Smith, 1992, M.A., was given the 2017 Gerstacker Teacher Proficiency Award from Midland Public Schools.




Jill Allardyce, 2006, M.A., was given the SVSU Outstanding Performance Award at SVSU’s 2017 All University Awards Banquet.


Susan Crane, 2006, M.B.A., was named Special Olympics Area 30 Outstanding Coach of the Year.


Pasquale Cusumano, 2005, M.Ed., is the new principal for Rochester Adams High School.


Elizabeth (VandenBrooks) Ducolon, 1991, B.A.; 2002, M.A., was inducted into the Bay County Sports Hall of Fame for her time playing softball at All Saints High School and SVSU.


Lori Gensch, 2008, M.Ed., was selected as the new principal of Hemlock Elementary School.


Katy Hughes, 2000, B.A., was named Downtown Development Authority director and assistant village manager for the Village of Holly.


Kimberly Knoll, 2002, B.S.N., was hired as a nurse practitioner at Family Healthcare of Cass City.


Ashley (Buchholz) Lister, 2008, B.A., married Ryan Lister on Nov. 5, 2016. The couple met on the SVSU campus in The Zoo freshmen residence halls in 2003.


Michael Mahar, 1999, B.A.; 2005, M.Ed., was chosen as the new football coach for Roseville Community Schools.


Michael Major, 1999, B.A.; 2001, T.C.; 2008, M.A., was given the Terry Ishihara Award for Outstanding Co-Curricular Involvement at SVSU’s 2017 All University Awards Banquet.


Shannon Mallek, 2006, B.B.A., was promoted to assistant vice president for Honor Bank.


Christopher Mausolf, 2004, B.A., was appointed undersheriff for the Bay County Sheriff’s Department.


Adam McCauley, 2003, B.A., owns Sandlot Sports, LLC, a screen-printing business in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The business was recently honored with the Best Small Business award and was named a Main Street USA honoree from the Michigan Small Business Development Center.


Lindsay Oswald, 2002, B.B.A., earned her Master of Business Administration from Trine University.


Karl Rishe, 2002, B.A., was appointed vice president of Student Affairs for Alma College.


Eric Romzek, 2006, B.S., was promoted to vice president-director of IT at First State Bank.


Rebecca Schlaff, 2008, B.S., was given the Franc A. Landee Teaching Excellence Award at SVSU’s 2017 All University Awards Banquet.


Kathleen Sherwood, 2008, B.A., was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Monument Fund Commission.


Marcus Smetka, 2009, B.S.M.E., has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys in Royal Oak.


Jennifer Thunberg, 2001, B.S.; 2003, M.Ed., is the new athletic director for Bay City Central High School.




Jessica Averill-Hammond, 2011, B.A., was promoted to chief of staff for state Sen. Rick Jones.


Steven Avery, 2013, B.B.A., was hired as the director of marketing for Northwestern Mutual in Saginaw.


Justin Bell, 2016, B.A., was hired as a graphic designer for Perrin Brewing Company in Grand Rapids.


Bridget Billin, 2014, B.S.N., is engaged to Keith Emery of Shelby Township.


Stacy Bond, 2012, B.A., joined Leapfrog as an SEM specialist in the Media Department.


Justin Brouckaert, 2013, B.A., and Lisa (Coffell) Brouckaert, 2012, B.A., married on July 29, 2016, at Founders Hall at SVSU. Justin also earned his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of South Carolina in 2016. He now works in the USC Scholastic Media Office. Lisa teaches third grade at Manchester Elementary School in Pinewood, South Carolina.


Charity Caverly, 2016, M.S.N., was hired as a nurse practitioner at Family Healthcare of Cass City.


Trisha Charbonneau-Ivey, 2015, M.S., was hired by the Michigan Health Improvement Alliance, Inc., as its new associate director.


Natalie Chmiko, 2012, B.B.A., and her team at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s International Trade Program, were awarded the President’s “E” Award, which is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports.


Amy Chumah, 2014, B.S.W., was hired as a social worker for the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan’s Independent Living Program.


Caleb Davis, 2017, B.B.A., has signed to play basketball for the Adelaide 36ers in Australia.


Anthony Filipek, 2011, B.S., won the Annual Stafford Community Marathon race with a time of 2:52:53.


Kevin Finley, 2017, B.P.A., accepted a full-time job in the accounting department with The Dow Chemical Co. before graduating in May 2017.


Kaleb Forr, 2014, B.A., was hired as the varsity football coach for Kearsley Community Schools.


Anthony Garant, 2016, B.B.A., was promoted to group sales coordinator for the Great Lakes Loons.


John Jacobs, 2010, B.S., was elected to the Cardinal Athletic Hall of Fame for his football career at SVSU.


Brandon Jerashen, 2011, B.A., was appointed band conductor for the Mid-Michigan Brass Band.


Iridian Juarez, 2017, B.S.W., in the spring began a yearlong program at Detroit-based Quicken Loans, where she is participating in work relating to different career paths including client care and mortgage banking.


Dennis Kan, 2016, B.S.W., was hired as a counselor at BASES Recovery Center.


Zackary Lechner, 2015, B.B.A., has joined the Wells Fargo Advisors’ Saginaw branch as vice president of investments.


Diane Middleton, 2004, M.A., has been promoted to the position of executive director at the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce.


Darby Oswald, 2017, B.A., was appointed Creative Lead at Xtend, Inc., in Grand Rapids.


Kayle Polega, 2015, M.S.O.T., announced her engagement to Corey Krinkie.


Shannon Popham, 2017, B.A., was hired as a first grade teacher at Laker Elementary.


Blake Putman, 2010, B.S., plans to open a family medical practice in Caro this fall.


Tricia Raquepaw, 2010, M.B.A., was promoted to senior vice president and director of marketing at Independent Bank.


Olivia Steffke, 2013, B.S., is engaged to Andrew Thiel, 2014, B.S.


Marion Stewart, 2010, B.S.W., was hired as the basketball coach for Port Huron High School.


Kyle Thayer, 2016, B.S., recently accepted the position of Human Resources director for HCR ManorCare in Bay City.


Benjamin Younkin, 2010, B.S.; 2014, M.A., coached team 5509 “Like A Boss” out of Midland High School in the FIRST Robotics State and World Championship.


GUIDE TO DEGREES ı Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) ı Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) ı Bachelor of Professional Accountancy (B.P.A.) ı Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.E.) ı Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) ı Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) ı Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) ı Education Specialist (Ed.S.) ı Master of Arts (M.A.) ı Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) ı Master of Education (M.Ed.) ı Master of Science (M.S.) ı Master of Science in Health Administration and Leadership (M.S.H.A.L.) Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) ı Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (M.S.O.T.) ı Teacher Certification (T.C.)