Class Notes

David Black

CAS '69

David Black recently retired from the United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America where he worked as an attorney for 37 years dispensing free legal services to autoworkers. He now provides pro bono legal representation to people hoping to expunge their criminal records.

Donald Levin

CAS ’71

Donald Levin recently published, “The Forgotten Child,” the fourth book in his “Martin Preuss” mystery series set in metro Detroit, which explores the counterculture of Detroit in the 1970s. Levin recently retired from Detroit’s Marygrove College where he was dean of faculty for 19 years. Previously, he was a speechwriter for the New York City Department of Health’s commissioner of health. Read more of Levin’s books at

Christopher T. Reggio

CAS ’79

Christopher T. Reggio has joined Fox Chapel Publishing in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania, as the vice president of content and will develop strategies, create publishing lists and will direct design and editorial staff. Reggio has a long history with publishing rms, having been a managing director at Lumina Media in Metuchen, New Jersey, formerly I-5 Publishing, and a publisher at TFH Publications in Neptune City, New Jersey.

Headshot photo of author Catherine Stier

Catherine Stier

CAS ’86


 has been honored by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics when they chose her award-winning children’s picture book, “If I Were President,” as this year’s title for the Teach a Girl to Lead project. Stier has more than 25 features and how-to articles in Woman’s Day magazine to her credit. She also has written for the San Antonio Express-News, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market book, the Chicago Sun-Times, Woman’s World magazine, the Daily Herald and Chicago Parent. Read “If I were President” and Stier’s other works at

Garrick Landsberg

CAS ’97

Garrick Landsberg has joined Quinn Evans Architects as a senior architect in the firm’s Detroit, office. Previously, he served on the Detroit Historic District Commission — one of seven members appointed by mayor Dave Bing — overviewing proposed work in historical districts throughout the city for adherence to Detroit’s Historic District Ordinance and the secretary of the interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Landsberg is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Danielle M. Haberstroh

CAS ’99

Danielle M. Haberstroh has joined Gallagher Sharp LLP as a partner in the firm’s Detroit office. Her practice vastly concerns itself with the insurance industry. She defends insurers in water damage, bad faith, fraud and arson litigation. Earlier in her career, Haberstroh was in-house counsel for Michigan Basic Property Insurance Association and the Auto Club Insurance Association.

Jessica Knapik

SBA ’01

Jessica Knapik recently started a new job at Bishop Foley Catholic High School where she works as the communications and marketing coordinator in the Advancement Office. Earlier this year, she was named on the list for Oakland County Executive’s “Elite 40 under 40.”

Kari L. Melkonian

CAS ’03

Kari L. Melkonian has been elected to the Oakland County Bar Association’s board of directors. She is a partner at Collins Einhorn Farrell in Southfield, Michigan, and recently named on the 2017 Super Lawyers list. Melkonian served as a judicial staff attorney to the Hon. Martha D. Anderson for five years and is adjunct professor of family law at Baker College in Flint, Michigan. She is a member of the Women’s Bar Association and Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Peter D. Coyl

CAS ’06

Peter D. Coyl was named director of the Montclair Public Library in Montclair, New Jersey, and was recently appointed to the Library Association Intellectual Committee. Before his role as director, Coyl was the special events senior librarian and central library district manager at the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas. Coyl is the recipient of the Knower Award, granted by the Philadelphia Chapter of the Special Library Association.

Don Haffner

CAS ’10

Don Haffner recently published “Mukho Memories,” a book about his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea from 1972 to 1975. Haffner formerly taught English to first-year middle school students in the small city of Mukho in the Gangwon Province. He is an adjunct professor of history at Oakland Community College in Royal Oak, Michigan. Haffner’s book is available on Amazon.

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Births & Adoptions

Angela (Ruth) Haig

CAS ’02

Andrew Haig

have welcomed their second child. Oliver Douglas was born on February 27, 2017. He joins his big brother, Charlie, in the family.


Clare McVety passed away on April 20, 2017. He joined the department of Facilities Management as a Custodian in 1959 and held various positions throughout his career at Oakland University. He served as a general foreman until his retirement in July 1989.

Donald (Don) Iodice, professor emeritus, passed away on August 20, 2017. Professor Iodice joined the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages in 1964 and retired in 1988.

In memory of Ron Cramer