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Fred Piede’69, Dunkirk, New York, retired from Alleghany Steel Plant in Dunkirk, New York as a Supervisor in the Maintenance Department. He married in 1970 to Rosemary Civilette Piede. They have three children, Christopher, Fred, and Michelle, and nine grand children who all live nearby.
Ezio Di Emanuele ’78, Guelph, ON, Canada, joined MNP LLP as a Senior Advisor in their Agri-Food Business Development Niche Practice after 31 years in the Canadian Federal government. Ezio earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from LSSU and completed all course work for a Masters in Public Policy (MPP) from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ezio has played an active business development role in a variety of strategic initiatives for the agrifood industry and its representative associations from coast to coast. Read More.
Sue McHaney Harrison’71, Pickford, newest novel, The Midwife’s Touch, is expected to release February 7, 2023. Set in the Missouri Ozarks and in New York City in the mid-1800s, The Midwife’s Touch is a genre bender–historical with a touch of fantasy. Named for a broken china plate, China Creed grows up in a family torn apart by her curse–she has inherited the ability to grant wishes. China and her widowed mother do all they can to keep her “gift” a secret, but it is unpredictable and difficult to hide. When her mother apprentices her to a Cherokee midwife, China earns a respected place in their small Ozark community. However, a romantic relationship with the town doctor eventually draws her into the exotic world of New York City’s Gilded Age. Eventually betrayed by the people she trusts, China must rely on her back-country survival skills and her gift of wishes to escape those who would enslave her.” Available for preorder with all ebook retailers. Will be available in print as well.
Dean Van Ostenberg ’70, Fremont, retired from Fremont Consulting.
Dr. Cheryl Canfield ’84, Sebewaing, recently opened her own business in May 2022. She focuses on integrative medicine and how it can be complimentary with regular medicine and involving the patient in their own health. Read More.
Dr. Paige Gordier ’88, Brimley, retired at the end of spring semester after 29 years of teaching at LSSU. She began her career as an assistant professor in Criminal Justice and Fire Science. She chaired the school for most of her career and was also the Dean of Arts, Letters, Social Science, and Emergency Services. Paige returned to full time teaching several years ago, as being a professor was her favorite part of her career.
Mark Griffin ’82, Bonney Lake, WA, retired after 35 years as an FAA Air Traffic Controller and settled down in the Seattle area of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
John Pistulka ’83, Gulliver, was inducted into this year’s class of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame. While attending LSSU, Pistulka set the record for rebounding in a single-season in 1982-83. After graduating from LSSU, Pistulka signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings and played in the Global Cup, the first NFL game in Europe in ’83, then became a professional wrestler.
Ron Weinrick ’81, Ada, has been retired for two years and is blissfully married to Bonnie Ozarow. He can’t stop thinking like an engineer (which is very good thing)!
Brian K. Blomstrom ’98, Sheridan, was reappointed to represent the Michigan Fire Service Instructors Association. Read More.
Matthew Brumm ’96, Livonia, retired from the Milford Police Department on April 9, 2022 after 25 years of service. Read More.
William Burns ’92, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN, was named new CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie YMCA in October 2021.
Jonathon Burris ’99, Howell, was recently selected to join the Loss Prevention Foundation Advisory Council. Created in 2018, the purpose of the LPFAC is to advise, assist, and support the LPF Board, as well as, advocate for the loss prevention industry. Members of the Advisory Council offer recommendations for new topics and improvement of the current LPF certification curriculums and serve as liaisons between the LPF and retailers and solution providers.
Galen Duncan ’94, Waterford, recently accepted a position as Senior Associate AD Health Wellness and Performance at University of Illinois Chicago.
Jennifer France ’98, Sault Ste. Marie, was name as the 2022 Elite Criminal Defense Attorney and was elected to the State Board of Directors for Women Lawyers of Michigan.
Zach Myers ’99, Lubbock, TX, began a new position at the end of January with Baylor Scott & White Health as a Senior Physician Liaison. Based in the Dallas Fort Worth area, Zach work on developing outreach clinics for heart, kidney, liver and pancreas transplant surgeons. In addition, he work with the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiothoracic Surgery teams throughout all of west Texas
Dr. Stephen Sowulewski’97, Glen Allen, VA, is a professor of health science in the School of Health Professions at Reynolds Community College (Richmond, VA). He is also working part-time as a freelance health writer for The Epoch Times. The Epoch Times is the fastest-growing independent news media in America spanning numerous countries and written in multiple languages.
Amanda Tanner ’91,’97,’02, Cheboygan, was inducted into Delta Mu Delta – the International Academic Honor Society in Business and received her doctorate in Business Administration from Capella University in February of 2022.
Scott Tarasiewicz ’99, White Lake, was named Police Chief of the Milford Police Department. Read More
Jolan (Warren) Bishop ’02, Burlington, IA, is the new dean of students at Centerville High School in Centerville, IA.
Stephen Eles’03, Boulder, CO, represented the United States at the Duathlon World Championships in Târgu Mureş, Romania in June 2022. He placed 3rd in the Sprint Distance (5km run / 20km bike / 2.5 km run) race and 6th in the Standard Distance (10km run / 40km bike / 5km run) race. This was his first medal in his 15th World Championship race! Stephen won the National Championships in Irving, Texas in both the Sprint and Standard races in April 2022.
John Gallan ’01, Highlands Ranch, CO, was a defensive player for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Club (NLL) between August 2000- May 2015. Currently, John is the Assistant Men’s Field Lacrosse Coach for the University of Denver Pioneers.
Steven Habusta ’02, Sault Ste. Marie, is the new Director in training for Chippewa County Community Foundation. He will take over the position full time by the next summer when Debbie Jones retires. Read More.
Elizabeth Holden ’09, Muskegon, is named the new Varsity Volleyball Head Coach for Ludington High School beginning this fall. Read More.
Jeff Kozak ’01, Midland, was hired recently as Bullock Creek’s new Girl’s Varsity Basketball Head Coach. Read More.
Shaun Lamp ’00, Petoskey, recently took over as President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes Energy. Read More.
Lynnea McFadden ’03, China, accepted new Director of Programs and Services at The Friends of the St. Clair River organization. Read More.
Evelyn Norkoli ’03, Rock, MI, Bay College honors Evelyn Norkoli, full-time Nursing instructor, as one of its recipients of the Outstanding Educator Award sponsored by the Don Johnson Agency/MEEMIC Insurance. To receive consideration for the award, faculty were nominated by a colleague, student, or someone from the community. The primary focus of this award is to acknowledge faculty’s commitment to education and excellence in service to others. Read More.
Sean Stahl ’04, Seattle, WA, started a new position at Amazon as the Lead Game Designer for Prime Gaming.
Maria Blazejewski ’13, Beulah,arrived in Sydney, Australia February 2022 to play professional basketball as an import player with the Sydney Flames, Women National Basketball League (WNBL). She currently is playing in Perth Australia with the East Perth Eagles. Before arriving in Australia, Maria played professional basketball in the countries of Puerto Rico, Portugal, Luxembourg, Germany and Czech Republic, over the course of 8 years. In the off-season, Maria runs basketball skill development training sessions, clinics, and strength and conditioning programs for youth to collegiate level athletes.
Lance Boehmer ’11, Traverse City, began a new career at Cars.com/Dealer Inspire as an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Program Manager for Stellantis/FCA.
Josh Bosley ’18, Warren, recently accepted a position with Linux as their Software Engineer.
Danielle Branz ’13, Washington DC, received the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)‘s 2022 Colonel Paul W. Arcari Meritorious Service Award. Read More
Audrey Fick ’15, Cedarville, since graduating in 2015, she had four more novels published by Covenant Books, of Murrels Inlet, S. Carolina. Listed as such: Murder in the Snows – 2018, Revelation at the Snows – 2019, Marquette Island, View from the Snows – 2020, and The Constipated Elephant a Mystery at Pennington House – 2022. This makes six novels in all. “My thanks go out to the professors I had who was an immense help towards my skills at writing, editing and self-confidence. I can’t express more the experience at Lake Superior State University as truly satisfactory. Thanks again.” – Audrey J. Fick / A Jay – pen name.
Tyler Helsel ’13, Milwaukee, WI, has joined the City of Milwaukee as an Assistant City Attorney.
Susan Kirkman ’15, Sault Ste Marie, has joined Catholic Human Services as the Digital Marketing and Charitable Giving Manager.Kirkman attended Lake Superior State University and graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. After graduation, she began working as the Services Coordinator with Upward Bound at Lake Superior State University. Read More.
Chelsea Ross ’19, Gaylord, accepted a position as a Market Coordinator at Walmart.
Kristin Stempky ’14, Cheboygan, assumes the role of financial controller for Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc.
Amy Anderson ’20, Gladstone, was a recipient of the Outstanding Educator Award for Bay College. The primary focus of this award is to acknowledge faculty’s commitment to education and excellence in service to others. Read More.
Autumn VanDonkelaar ’20, Ravenna, accepted a position as a Senior Credit Analyst with Huntington National Bank’s Healthcare team.