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Patricia Caruso ’75, Sault Ste. Marie, was named to the LSSU Board of Trustees. Director Caruso joined the Michigan Department of Corrections in 1988 and served in several capacities including three years as business manager, nine years as warden, two years as regional prison administrator, and ten months as deputy director. In July of 2003 she was appointed Director of the Department by Governor Jennifer Granholm. She retired from the Department on January 1, 2011. She received a B.A. in political science and sociology from Lake Superior State University and a Master of Arts in comprehensive occupational education from the University of Michigan. She is the Chairperson of the Foundation Board at Lake Superior State University.
Rick Mitchell ’75, Paw Paw, has stepped down as the athletic director at Paw Paw High School, after serving in the position for the last 26 years.
Shaun Antler ’81, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., has taken on the task of gathering information about the musical history of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.
Anthony D’Aniello ’81, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was appointed to the advisory board of Global Legal Group and Goldman & Co Lawyers Pty Ltd.
Michael Hudson ’88, East Lansing, was re-elected to a 3-year term on the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.
Scot Lindemann ’89, Holland, was appointed CEO of Mission Design and Automation.
Mark Mohre ’86, Henderson, NV, just completed his second year teaching AP Computer Science Principles at East Career Technical Academy High School in Las Vegas.
Joseph Shier ’87, Sault Ste. Marie, retired as Michigan State Police First Lieutenant and post commander of the Sault Ste. Marie Post.
Dan Anderson ’93, Norway, captured the Oak Crest title for the 16th time. Dan has won the championship at least one time, in each of the last four decades.
Paul Boyer ’93, Grosse Pointe, helped General Motors fix bottleneck issues when the company hit a snag in its attempt to produce mass quantities of medical face masks for hospitals amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Liisa Daoust ’93, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was named detective for the health unit at Algoma Public Health.
Lina DiPasquale ’98, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was named the new vice-principal of St. Mary’s French Immersion with the assignment of strengthening ties with First Nation communities.
Jennifer France ’98, Sault Ste. Marie, was appointed to the SBM Access to Justice Policy Committee. Jennifer will also be featured in the December Benchmark Alumni Magazine for her article “Looking Past COVID-19 Toward a More Just Legal System.”
Bryan Jarema ’99, Alpena, was promoted to the rank of sergeant with the Michigan State Police.
Renee Jent ’95, Williamston, began a claims-consultant position with the Midwest Claims Office of Coverys Medical Liability Insurance (“Coverys”). She investigates, evaluates, and disposes of Medical Professional Liability and General Liability claims for healthcare providers. Renee brings over 15 years of experience with handling professional liability matters for legal and medical practitioners.
Renee obtained her Associates Degree in Legal Assistant Studies and Associates Degree in Office Administration, Magna Cum Laude, in 1995 from LSSU. Renee received the 1995 Outstanding Student, Associates Degree award in both the business and legal studies programs. Renee is a Certified Paralegal (“CP”). She voluntarily earned the CP designation from NALA – The Paralegal Association in May 2002. She recertified in 2007, 2012, and 2017.
Celisa Lehew ’94, Chapel Hill, NC, was chosen to be the first female deputy police chief for Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Darcy Long ’97, St. Ignace, is the City Manager of St. Ignace.
Amy (Tonkin) Metiva ’93, Farmington Hills, was asked to speak on a panel at the NATA National Meeting in June. The topic of the panel was Emerging Practices in the Athletic Training Setting.
Kellie Nightlinger ’96, Naubinway, is happily back living in the UP for 2020. She is a top-ranked female survivalist in the world and Discovery Network alum from Naked and Afraid, along with six other survival and off-grid TV shows. Kellie teaches survival and loves motivational speaking and is currently writing an autobiography.
Jon Olson ’91, Sault Ste. Marie, moved his company Superior Forensic Engineering LLC, from Howell to the SmartZone in Sault Ste. Marie.
Bill Peterson, Ph.D. ’91, was hired as the new director of the State Historical Board of the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Joel Postma ’92, Saranac, was hired by the Department of Justice as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) coordinator to cover the 12 federally recognized tribes in Michigan.
Mary Ann St. Antoine ’90, Skandia, helped identify a mysterious rock found near Lake Huron.
Brian Talvensaari ’95, Marquette, was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer to the State Fire Safety Board to represent organized fire departments in the Upper Peninsula.
Rob Thornton ’95, Sarina, Ont., has been promoted to director global engineering at Acme Mfg. Co.
Marc Zawacki ’98, Perronville, was welcomed to Board of Trustees for the Community Foundation of Delta County.
Jessica (O’Grady) Abston ’06, Dundee, is the Accounting Manager for Verbio North America, overseeing the accounting operations for a renewable fuels producer in the US and Canada.
Terrance Augustine ’02, Grand Ledge, and his wife Beth own Flour Child Bakery in Grand Ledge, and are giving dozens of free bagels to essential workers in their area.
Amber Berto ’09, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is a Quality Assurance Specialist with Nogdawindamin.
Marie Charbonneau ’03, Charlevoix, was hired as the Assistant Vice President of Branches for MSU Federal Credit Union.
Kendra Faustin ’01, Sparta, has been named new Comstock Park athletic director.
Aimee Nye ’01, Cadillac, is a Case Manager with The GEO Group, Inc.
Nathan Perkovich ’09, Canton, agreed to terms with the Jacksonville Icemen, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets and American Hockey League’s Manitoba Moose.
Derek Anthony Smith ’07, Plainfield, Ont., who many hockey fans will recall played hockey for the Lakers at the same time as Derek R. Smith – thus requiring first names and middle initials on their hockey jerseys – was recently named Coach of the Year for the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Derek just completed his first year as head coach for the Wellington Dukes. He was a defenseman for the Lakers from 2004-2007, followed by a 10-year career in professional hockey, including 94 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and the Calgary Flames.
Lisa Vanwormer ‘00, De Pere, WI, is the Dean, Faculty Affairs & Development with St. Norbert College.
Dakota Baker ’19, Byron, is a Regional Manager with Bergman for Congress.
Kevin Czuczman ’14, Toronto, Ont., shared his experiences of being in the NHL bubble with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Brenda Flasher ’17, Richfield Township, has joined the Richfield Township Police Department.
John Griffioen ’14, Fort Worth, TX, started a new position as Associate Veterinarian at Fort Worth Zoo.
Austin Hawks ’19, Sault Ste. Marie, has been accepted to CMU Physical Therapy.
Kayleigh Harnden ’19, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., was a Summer Student with Canadian Mental Health Association.
Craig Krouth ‘10, Sault Ste. Marie, is a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Prior, he served LSSU as the Director of Student Financial Services.
Jeanette Kymes ’19, Dafter, was accepted for a doctorate program in Occupational Therapy at WMU (Fall 2020 entry).
April Lacross ’16, Lansing, is a Phone Auditor Specialist with Auto-Owners Insurance.
Camden Ledy ’19, Pickford, was accepted to University of St Augustine in Miami FL for Fall 2020 entry.
Alexander Lutke ’10, Manton, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Forest Area Federal Credit Union.
Casondra (Stinson) Maass ‘12, Naugatuck, CT, is a Project Manager with Eisai US.
Carson Manger ’19, New Bremen, OH, was accepted to Bowling Green State University for a master’s program in Sport Administration.
Claire Meyer ’19, Houghton, was accepted to Athletic Training school at University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Ian Miller ’15, Saline, is the Deputy Production Manager at Faurecia.
Sean Miller ’11, Los Angeles, has been appointed as Regional Practice Leader for Telgian Engineering & Consulting’s Los Angeles office.
Jessica Murawski ’12, Sault Ste. Marie, was named Sault High volleyball coach. Jessica played volleyball at LSSU from 2008 to 2010.
Monseratt Navarro ’19, Detroit, accepted a position with the NBA – Detroit Pistons.
Emma Roque ’17, Grand Rapids was hired as a Relationship Manager at HNI Risk Services in Grand Rapids.
Tom Whitsel ’12, Three Oaks, was named New Buffalo Area Schools director of transportation.
Sarah Whiteside ‘10, Mackinaw City, received the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree with graduate honors for earning a 4.0 GPA (2020) from Regis University.
Aidan Wright ’18, Sault Ste Marie, Ont., was hired as an assistant coach for the Soo Thunderbirds.