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Prominent Alumni

Oakland University prominent alumni are at the pinnacle of their chosen careers or hold positions of influence or high visibility. We have grouped these leaders by industry, including: business and non-profit, government and law, research and academics, health care, media, and arts and entertainment. See what some of our highest achieving alumni are doing now by clicking through the tabs below.

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Business and Non-Profit

Michael Antaran, SECS `99
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Carrot Pass LLC

Stacie Behler, CAS '92
Group Vice President, Public Affairs and Communication, Meijer
Executive Director, Meijer Foundation

Scott Cieslak, SBA '96
Faurecia North America Chief Financial Officer, Faurecia

George Corona, SBA ’85
President and Chief Executive Officer, Kelly Services

Nino DiCosmo, CAS '90
President, Harris Corporation

Hassane El-Khoury, SECS '06
President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of Board of Directors, Cypress Semiconductor Corporation

Robert Fascetti, SECS ’85
Vice President – Powertrain Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Richard French, CAS '84
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, French | West | Vaughan

Michael Grieves, SBA '79
Author and Executive Director of CAMID, Florida Institute of Technology

Raymond Gunn, SBA '80
Consulting Partner, Anchor Resource Management & Operations Partner, ARM Equity

Bruce Hettle, SECS ’85
Executive Director, Global Manufacturing Engineering at Ford Motor Company

Kenneth Janke, SBA ’85
Senior Advisor, AFLAC

Philip Kamp, SBA '81
Valence Health Co-Founder and President of Pediatric Market, Evolent Health

Bernard Kent, CAS ’71
Chairman, Schechter Investment Advisors

Michael Mahfet, SECS '95
Chief Executive Officer, Ascent Aerospace

Amy Martin, SBA '93
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer, GM - Canada

Dean Massab, SBA ‘89
Chief Commercial Officer, Roush Holdings

Mark Mendola, SBA ’86
Vice Chairman and US Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCooper

James Norrod, SBA '70
Chief Executive Officer, Tellabs

Tom Perring, CAS '70
Chief Administrative Officer, Altair Engineering

David Reuter, CAS ’93
Vice President, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Nextra Energy, Inc.

Bobby Schostak, BGS ‘78
General Partner and Fund Manager, MadDog Ventures Management, LLC

Robert Socia, SBA ‘76
President, GM – China (retired)

Shelley Stern Grach, CAS '72
Director of Civic Engagement, Microsoft

Jennifer Valoppi, CAS '79
Founder, Women of Tomorrow Mentor and Scholarship Program

Christopher Van Dan Elzen, SECS '94
Vice President and Managing Director at Veoneer

Bob Walters, SBA ‘89
President and Chief Operating Officer, Quicken Loans Inc.

Government and Law

Frances Amos, SBA '80
Former State Representative, Michigan State Legislature

Cynthia Attwood, CAS '69
Former Chairman, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Leo Bowman, CAS ’76
Judge, 6th Circuit Court of Oakland County

Lee Casey, CAS ’79
Partner, Baker Hostetler Law Firm

Renee Ellmers, SON '90
Former Congresswoman, State of North Carolina

Keith Faber, CAS '88
Former Senate President, State of Ohio

Ruth Johnson, SEHS ’77
Secretary of State, Michigan

Richard Kuhn, CAS '82
Chief Judge, 51st District Court of Michigan

David Baker Lewis, CAS ‘65
Co-Founder/Of Counsel, Lewis & Munday, P. C.

Michael Michalak, CAS ’68
Regional Managing Director and Senior Vice President, US-ASEAN Business Council
Former Ambassador of the United States to Vietnam

James Tedder, SBA ’00
State Representative of the 43rd District, Michigan State Legislature

Research and Academics

Craig Branch, CAS '88
Director of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center and the Blaufox MicroPET Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Michael A. Jacobs, CAS '99
Director of the Imaging Radiological Assessment Team, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and Professor of Radiology and Oncology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Cameron Brunet-Koch, CAS '88
President, North Central Michigan College (Retired) 

Elizabeth Davis-Russell, CAS '65
Former President, William V.S. Tubman University (Liberia)

Peter Millet, CAS '85
Former President, Stillman College

Dr. James Sherry, CAS '75
Director of USAID Traction and Professor of Immigrant Refugee and Global Health, University of New York City

Randall VanWagoner, CAS '90
President, Mohawk Valley Community College

Betty Youngblood, CAS '65
President, Lake Superior State University (retired); Former President, Western Oregon University; Former Chancellor, University of Wisconsin- Superior

Dr. Gary Zammit, CAS '79
President and Chief Executive Officer, Clinilabs, Inc.

Health Care

Howard Birndorf, CAS ‘71
Co-Founder, Nanogen
Founder, Ligand Pharmaceuticals
Co-Founder, GenProbe
Co-Founder, IDEC Pharmaceuticals
Co-Founder, Hybritech

Lonnel Coats, CAS ‘86
Chief Executive Officer, President and Member of the Board of Directors, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Debra Guido-Allen, SON '92
Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, Beaumont Hospital-Troy

Greg Jamian, SBA '74
President and Chief Executive Officer, AmeriCare Medical, Inc.

Shawn Levitt, SBA '16
Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive

Constance O'Malley, SON '83
President, Beaumont Hospital - Farmington Hills

Dr. Hani Sabbah, CAS '88
Director of Cardiovascular Research, Henry Ford Health System
Professor of Medicine, Wayne State University

Joanne C. Smith, MD, CAS ‘84
President and Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab

Anthony Tersigni, CAS ’83
President and Chief Executive Officer, Ascension

Nicole Wilkins, SHS '06
Fitness Professional and Owner, NW Fitness Group, Inc. and Power Nutrition


Amy Andrews, CAS ‘02
Co- Anchor Fox 2 News Morning and "Live at 11"

Joe Davidson, SEHS ’71
Columnist, Washington Post
Co-founder, National Association of Black Journalists

Michael Murri, CAS '82
Vice President and General Manager, WXYZ-TV

Hillary Sawchuk, CAS ’09
Founder, A Drink With…

John Stoll, CAS ’00
Business columnist, Wall Street Journal

Arts and Entertainment

Curtis Armstrong, ADA ‘75

Regina Carter, CAS ‘85
Jazz Violinist

Barbara Dale, CAS '73
Cartoonist, Writer and Greeting Card Designer, Dale Enterprises, Inc.

Jayne Houdyshell, ADA ‘74
Actor and Tony Award Winner

Karen Newman, CAS '82

Jasna Rather, CAS '00
Olympic Medalist and 4-time Olympian

Brian Stuard, SBA '05
Professional Golfer

Jacquelyn Wagner, CAS '03
Opera Singer