School of Business and Economics

Alumni Profiles

Jocelyn Abraham, '77

Joyce graduated from Michigan Tech in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration-Industrial Management. She began her career at American Can and moved on to Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corporation in Spokane, WA. In 1981, she was the foreman of the company’s Trentwood Works Division. She then accepted a position with Kimberly-Clark Corporation where she remains today. During her 22 years with K-C she has held various manufacturing positions with Infant Care, Tissues, Adult Care, Wet Wipes, Non-wovens, and Technical Paper Businesses. She is currently at her fifth K-C location, serving as the Product Supply Director for the company’s Business-to-Business Group in Roswell, Georgia. . . .


Jim Anttonen, '65

Jim Anttonen ’65 became a pioneer in environmentally sustainable construction long before the term "sustainable" became a household word. In 1985, Anttonen launched ARS Denver Inc. with his partner, Kim Haarberg. The Colorado-based corporation has grown to become one of the top firms in the country specializing in soil stabilization and asphalt reclamation. Using methods that are friendly to the environment, including the grinding and repurposing of existing asphalt, ARS Denver prepares roadways and other thoroughfares to be paved. "We were one of the companies that pioneered full-depth asphalt reclamation in this part of the country," said Anttonen. The green practices . . .


Pamela Baileys, '81

Pamela received her Associates in Applied Science Degree for Civil Engineering Technology in 1979 and in 1981received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Industrial Management at Michigan Tech. She then went on to Aquinas College to earn her Masters of Management degree in 1992. She is currently a Senior Industrial Engineer at Delphi Energy and Engine Management Systems for General Motors Corporation. She is a member of the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame for Women's Basketball. From the 1996 Presidential Council of Alumnae Induction


Tina Beier, '80

Tina graduated from Michigan Tech in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Accounting. Following graduation she sat for and passed the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. In 1981, she began her accounting career accepting a position with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Minneapolis, MN, and in 1983 she went to work for Celanese Corporation in New York. She returned to the Twin Cities in 1985 as a Financial Planner for the Military Avionics Division of Honeywell Inc. She left Honeywell in 1989 and began a long relationship with Hoeschst Celanese Corporation. She has held various positions within the company over the years including Accounting Manager, Manager - Financial . . .


Donna Belusar, '82

Donna graduated from Michigan Tech in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She immediately joined IBM, and remains with the company today. She has enjoyed a diverse career in the financial sector of the organization with international responsibilities, significant corporate scope and external customer relationships. She is currently Chief Financial Officer, Global Financing-Americas, responsible for the financial operations and results of the financing side of IBM. Prior to her current role, she was Executive Director, Internal Audit, managing the international audit organization which covers the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific for hardware, software, supply chain, and . . .


John Benaglio, '70

John Benaglio is a leader in industry and has earned worldwide stature. Benaglio is the Chairman of the Group Executive Committee and General Partner of the German-based Heitkamp & Thumann Group, which owns twenty-three companies in the metal and plastic-forming industries, as well as battery components. The firm has operations in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America. Benaglio has worked in Hong Kong and Singapore, and he is currently living in Dusseldorf, Germany, where the firm is headquartered. In his sojurns around the world, he has been a wonderful ambassador of Michigan Tech. He is appreciative of his Tech education, and the University appreciates his abiding support . . .


Dave Bernard, '74

After graduating from Michigan Tech in 1974, a fortunate incident altered the trajectory of Dave Bernard’s career before it started. "I was set to interview with the accounting department at Kimberly-Clark," he says, "and just three days before, they called to say the position was filled, but they could offer me a spot as a tax analyst. I took the job and never looked back." In the Kimberly-Clark tax department, Bernard found a surprisingly active professional environment. "Contrary to popular belief, taxes are an incredibly dynamic, fluid area," he says. "New laws are enacted every year, and interpretations vary depending on the administration in power, so you always have to be on your toes. . . .


Denise Blankinship, '84

Denise graduated from Michigan Tech with a BS in Management Information Systems in 1984 and since 2004 has served in various senior IT management roles at the Church Pension Group in New York City. Her current role is Vice President of IT Strategic Projects. Prior to that, she worked at Fiserv Life Insurance Solutions, Delta Life and Annuity, CSC Partners, and Retail Management Services, Inc. In her current position, she is accountable for setting strategy, creating and overseeing the budget, maintaining relationships with senior business partners and vendors, and providing ongoing leadership for core transactional applications. She has many current and past industry . . .


Margaret Buchmann, '60

Margaret graduated from Michigan Tech in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She held the title of Office Manager/Accountant with Blue Line Coal Company, located in Green Bay, from 1977 to 1983. Blue Line Coal became Upper Lakes Coal Company, and from 1983 to 1987 Margaret served as Secretary/Treasurer. In addition, she became a part-owner of the company at this time. From 1987 to the present, Margaret has been employed with Brown County Cabinets, a manufacturer of custom wood cabinets for the kitchen and bathroom. In 1989, she became a part-owner of the company. Margaret was honored by the School of Business & Economics (SBE) in 1999, by being inducted . . .


John Calder, '67, '76

John F. Calder earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1967 at Michigan Tech and went on to earn an MS degree from Michigan Tech in Business Administration in 1976. After graduating from Michigan Tech he started his career as a Design Engineer with Digital Integrated Circuit Systems in 1967. From 1968-1975 he rose from Application and Field Service Engineer for the east coast to Regional Sales Manager for the Midwest and West Coast Regions. In 1975 he joined Dorsey-Alexander in Cincinnati, Ohio and in 1987 purchased the company. Dorsey-Alexander is a Manufacturer’s Agent for motion control, sensing and machine guarding safety products. In 1980 he co-founded Cincinnati Controls, Inc. which . . .


Kim Cameron, '05

Born to Coach Black and Gold by Wes Frahm It’s a moment that won’t soon be forgotten: hundreds of Michigan Tech fans cheering the arrival of the Huskies at Civic Arena in St. Joseph, Missouri, for the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship game. The 2010–11 Huskies have put together thirty-one wins, Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles, and the school’s third straight NCAA Midwest Regional Championship. Now they’ll play the biggest game in school history. But with zero returning starters and a first-year head coach, who saw this coming? Kim Cameron did. "We knew . . .


Dave Chaudier, '93

Dave Chaudier ’93 has a four-part approach to work: "Don’t fear failure, don’t let anything surprise you, learn from your mistakes, and don’t put up with anyone’s negativity." As the vice president of operations at St. Luke’s Medical Center, the largest hospital in Wisconsin’s Aurora Healthcare system, Chaudier applies this pragmatic philosophy to leading the cardiac, surgical, and radiology services lines, and hospital support departments including central services. He is responsible for more than one thousand caregivers, over $200 million in expenses, and total charges of more than $1 billion. One of the youngest vice presidents at Aurora, Chaudier employs business . . .


Marilyn Clark, '73, '76

Marilyn Clark received a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Michigan Tech in 1973 and a master's degree in Business in 1976. Clark first worked as a Computer Programmer with A. C. Spark Plug, now Delphi, in Flint, Michigan. After receiving her masters, Clark joined Cummins Engine Company in Jamestown, New York. She became one of the first women shop floor supervisors. At that time, Cummins was developing quality of work life systems and this philosophy matched Clark's skills. She advanced quickly in Cummins Operations Organization and her experiences took her to locations in Indiana and the United Kingdom. Her expertise centered on supply chain . . .


Marie Cleveland, '82

Marie Cleveland is currently Worldwide Account Manager for FedEx, responsible for bringing in $70 million in revenue annually. While she advanced through management positions, she received many honors from the company, including the President’s Club, FedEx’s highest sales award; and the Five-Star Award, FedEx’s highest accolade. She’s traveled the globe for FedEx, touching down in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America, making her an expert in cultural issues within international business. Prior to FedEx, Marie was involved in various positions in quality, human resources, and sales for Roadway Package System, which was purchased by FedEx in 2000. . . .


Michael and Marie Cleveland, '82, '82

When Michael and Marie Cleveland look in the mirror these days, they see success, financial security, and achievement—as well as prospects for helping others go where they have been. That wasn’t always the case with Marie. She started out in engineering but found the discipline was not the be-all and end-all for her. She switched to business, a decision that haunted her for years, because, back in her college days, in the early 1980s, there was an attitude among engineering students that other disciplines were an inferior lot. "You felt like a failure," she recalls. She laughs about that now, but she didn't shake off that demon until she became a member . . .


John Drake, '64, '69

John Drake is serious about giving back to his alma mater. He attributes his success in large part to "the training and rigor of a Michigan Tech education with its insistence on understanding." Drake earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1964 and a master’s in business administration in 1969. "Nobody was better prepared to understand and solve problems than Tech grads were," he says. "We competed with engineers from the best schools and never had to back down." John and his wife, Cathi, founded Drake Manufacturing Services in Warren, Ohio in 1972 and sold it to their management team in 2007. The company develops and builds computerized . . .


Justin Fitch, '05

Justin Fitch was born and raised in Hayward, Wisconsin. An analytically minded student who enjoyed the sciences, computers and math, he arrived at Michigan Tech in 2000. The summer after his first year, Justin joined the Army ROTC program. After his sophomore year, he attended the US Army Airborne School with hopes of being a paratrooper. He graduated Cum Laude in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Industrial Marketing and Management and a minor in Military Science. He was commissioned into the Army on the day of his college graduation, and a few weeks later Justin married his loving . . .


Claire Foley, '85

Claire graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 1995 she received her Masters in Business Administration, Corporate Finance, from the University of Michigan. From 1986 to 1989 Claire was a Senior Accountant for Mathews, Nightengale, Reich and Scott, CPA.  She was a Controller for the J.F. Cavanaugh Company from 1989 to 1993, and in 1993 she became a Controller for Hardwoods of Michigan, Inc. Since 1995, Claire has been the Vice President of Finance for Hardwoods of Michigan, Inc. She is a member of the AICPA and the MACPA. From the 1999 Presidential Council of Alumnae Induction.


Robert Freimuth, '77

Robert Freimuth has traveled far in a distinguished career with wide-ranging responsibilities in the automotive industry. He has spent his entire career with General Motors Corp. A native of Laurium, he joined GM in 1977 in the Central Foundry Division, where he went on to serve as director of labor relations, general supervisor, program manager for electrical vehicles, and account representative. He was superintendent/industrial engineer at the Saginaw Malleable Iron Plant. He has worked in GM’s power train division as senior administrator of advanced engineering studies, lean manufacturing advisor, and manager of organizational effectiveness. Currently he is manager of GM’s Global . . .


Monica Hahn, '83

Monica Hahn is passionate about development—not only her own, but in helping teams and corporate cultures to reach their highest potential too. She is an experienced marketing executive with a proven track record in a variety of industries. She was recently named Vice President of Marketing for ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment, which provides a complete line of food, retail and facility management services to recreation areas, cultural attractions, parks and resorts, sports venues, and other popular tourist attractions. Monica graduated from Michigan Tech in 1983 with a BS degree in Business Administration. She went on to earn an MBA in Marketing from Western Michigan University . . .


Kate Hogberg, '02

Kate (Harkins) Hogberg conveys architectural principles in her job as Communications Specialist with HDR, Inc. She also is learning a fair amount about building blocks. Kate, a Michigan Tech SBE graduate, is helping with Duplo instead of Lego sets at home—her child is two years old, and she and her husband are expecting another in June—but communicating about architecture, engineering, and construction is something she does every day. "My typical day consists of communicating with engineers and scientists to tell stories of successful projects around the world," says Kate. . . .


Ellen Horsch, '78

Ellen S. Horsch was appointed vice president for administration at Michigan Technological University in 2004. She oversees the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Auxiliary Services, Business Operations, Facilities Management, and Human Resources. From 1991 until 2004, she was director of the university's human resources department, directing the functions of payroll, employment, faculty personnel, labor relations, compensation, classification, and benefits. From 1989-1991, she was manager of employee relations operations. She came to Michigan Tech in 1985 as a part-time instructor in the School of Business . . .


J.B. Hoyt, '74

Life is good for alumnus J.B. Hoyt. He feels gifted to be able to enjoy both professional and personal pursuits. He is an executive at Whirlpool Corp. in St. Joseph, Michigan; away from work, his passions are boating and photography. "I've always been a work-hard, play-hard kind of guy," he says. "You’ve got to have that balance."  Hoyt was raised in Grand Blanc, Michigan. His father, who ran a small business for 38 years, was the biggest influence in his life. "He taught me about patience, risk taking, and customer service," Hoyt says.  He came to Michigan Tech in 1970, starting out in electrical engineering. "It didn’t hold the calling for me." Because he loved Tech and . . .


Kerry Irons, '72, '73

Why did you choose Michigan Tech? I was interested in skiing, and wanted a good engineering school. Tell us about a memorable experience you had with a class or about a favorite professor? I enjoyed racing bicycles on a team with my thermodynamics professor (Davis Hubbard) and two other chemical engineering students. Now, how about a memorable experience outside of class? There is nothing else like skiing through a "field of diamonds" on a crystal clear, cold powder day at Mt. Ripley. How well did Michigan Tech prepare you for your career? . . .


Tom Irwin, '63, '66

Throughout his career, Tom Irwin has used his Michigan Tech degrees to the utmost. He believes luck is preparation and opportunity and "Mich Tech excelled at the preparation, academically and in a very congenial environment". As president of Hodgkiss and Douma (H&D) Construction Company of Petoskey, H&D’s emphasis was highway construction, major recreation projects, developments and aggregate production. His 27 year career at H&D began after working with Sivier Construction in Detroit, D&L Contracting in Traverse Cityand Dow Chemical in Midland. . . .


Jessica Kaiser, '88

Jessica graduated with a BSBA with a concentration in Operations Management in 1988, and has had a very successful career working in large and small organizations as well as her own consulting firm. Kaiser has an extensive background in Quality Management and has led several organizations to successful ISO/QS registrations. She owned and operated her own consulting firm and has extensive managerial experience including Plant Manager, Regional General Manager and Marketing Manager, and Operations Support Leader. Jessica was inducted into the Presidential Council of Alumnae in 1997, and received the Michigan Tech Alumni Association's . . .


David Kneisler, '83

David is a 1983 graduate of the School of Business and Economics. He received his masters from the University of Michigan – Flint.  He began his career with General Motors, Central Foundry Division, in IT and then transferred to Saginaw Steering. While there, he moved into Finance.  He left General Motors and went to TRW Vehicle Safety Systems for 8 years and then moved to Dana Corporation, where he has been for the past twenty years. In 2006 he became the VP of Global Quality and has since taken on the responsibilities of Safety and Reliability. Dana offers high-quality automotive product solutions in three core areas of the vehicle . . .


Daniel Kretz, '70, '72

Dan graduated in 1970 with a BS degree in forestry and continued his education by earning a master’s degree in business administration from Michigan Tech. While a student at Tech he was active in Xi Sigma Pi, Blue Key, Air Force ROTC and he played football for MTU. As an undergraduate, he had the unique opportunity as senior class vice-president to serve as the "token student representative" on faculty senate where he was privy to the way in which university decisions were made. As an alumnus, he has served on the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science’s advisory board and was named the School’s Outstanding Alumnus 2003 during the alumni reunion held at the Ford Center . . .


Nancy Lefler, '79, '79

Nancy graduated from Michigan Tech in 1979 with dual bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Biological Sciences. She then accepted a position with General Motors Corporation as an Industrial Engineer, Truck & Coach Division in Pontiac, MI. In 1981, she went to work at GM’s Assembly Plant in Van Nuys, CA in the same capacity. She left General Motors in 1982 and moved to the San Francisco area, accepting a job with Clinipad Corporation as Pacific Northwest Territory Manager. In 1985, she went to work as a Business Broker for Corporate Investment Company. From 1989 to 1994, Nancy was the owner of Petaluma City Hostess. Since 1994, she has been Vice President - Operations for . . .


Mark Malekoff, '08

Mark Malekoff jokingly refers to his four companies as his "backup plan." The original plan was to become a star in the National Hockey League. The Grande Prairie-born-and-raised entrepreneur was captain of the local Alberta Junior Hockey League team, the Storm, before receiving a scholarship to play for the Huskies at Michigan Technological University. Plans for an NHL career changed in Michigan, however, as Malekoff studied finance and developed an interest in business and entrepreneurship that set him up to run his own company — then companies — back in Grande Prairie. After graduating in 2008, Malekoff returned home . . .


Kristina Marshall, '98

President and CEO, Winning Futures Since graduating in 1998, Kristina Marshall has been leading Winning Futures, a nonprofit organization that offers mentoring programs for middle school and high school students. Her "life’s mission," Winning Futures promotes character, goal setting, career preparation, and strategic planning—all elements of student success. In her 14 years with the organization, Kristina, president and CEO, has impacted over 22,000 youth; has personally mentored 42 teens; and has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarships to high school students in metro Detroit. "We want to reach as many children as possible," Kristina said. "Through the . . .


Cynthia May, '76

Cynthia May’s career path is as interesting as it is diverse. Since 1997, Cynthia has been the President and CEO of Graminex LLC, a company that grows, manufactures, and markets agricultural products for pharmaceutical and dietary supplement applications. She began her career in 1974 as the CEO/Owner of B&M Electric. She sold B&M in 1980 and started a new career as an Investment Banker at Marathon Investment Partners, a privately held capital funding company specializing in small cap company IPOs and international banking. In 1995, she became the Director of Magna Labs, a company focused on advanced MRI machine development. From 1999 to 2002, she was President of Bigmar Pharmaceutical, . . .


Susan Michaelson, '73

Susan (Sue) Michaelson earned a BS degree in Business Administration from Michigan Technological University in 1973. She continued her education at Marquette University where she earned a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling and organization development in 1994. Sue began her professional career in 1973 as a Real Estate Specialist in the Land Management Department at Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Company in Ishpeming, Michigan. In 1974, she started working for Michigan Tech as an Admissions Counselor in lower Michigan, a position she held until 1979. She then worked as a Human Resources Supervisor of College Relations and Training at Ladish Co., Inc. in Cudahy, Wisconsin . . .


Chris Moore, '01

Chris Moore has reached out pretty far himself. Instead of looking for a new position in his field when the economy took a downward turn, he took a risk and went back to school to get his degree in physical therapy. In 2007, he opened his own physical therapy practice. This was thanks in no small part to the practical education he gained in physical therapy wedded to the skill, insight, and discipline he learned from the School of Business and Economics. "I got a head start on all of the other physical therapists because I understood the financial world, knew the banks, knew business," Moore says. "Compared . . .


Juli Musch, '87

Juli graduated from Michigan Tech in 1987 with a degree in business administration. She then began her career in the financial world accepting a position as Treasury Analyst with Henry Ford Health System. After several years with Henry Ford Health, she moved to Federal-Mogul Corporation, working in International Treasury & Strategic Planning. In 1996, Juli went to work for K Mart Corporation and remains there today. During this time she has held several management positions within the Treasury and Advertising areas of the company. She lead the team to be the first retail to issue plastic gift cards. She is currently Divisional Vice President, Investor Relations. While working full-time . . .


Laura Nagel, '83

Laura received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan Tech in 1983. After graduation, she took a position as Employment and Training Specialist with Career Transitions, Inc. In 1986, she joined Ability Search Group as Personnel Consultant-Marketing Recruiting Services.  In 1987, Laura began her career with Ford Motor Company. Laura was initially recruited to help establish a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company, Geometric Results, Inc (GRI). Her responsibilities included the set up and management of the recruiting department. Later she moved into the operations area of the company. Over the years, she became involved in everything from IT, telecommunications, . . .


Paula Nutini, '85

Paula graduated with honors from Michigan Tech in 1985 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration.  Following graduation she relocated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she accepted a position with Sensormatic Electronics Corporation (a leader in the electronic article surveillance industry) in their finance department.  During her three years with the company, she transferred to the marketing department to focus on national sales support. Moving back to the Copper Country in 1988, she accepted a position with the Michigan Tech Fund in January of 1989 as Assistant Director of Annual Giving, moving into the director’s position the following . . .


Grant and Maureen Nuttall, '59

It’s the helping hand that pulls you up the most when you need it, and Grant Nuttall has never forgotten the hands that have helped him. The retired oil executive and his wife have established the Joseph A. Romig Annual Memorial Scholarship, keeping an important mentor’s name alive and helping the next generation of entrepreneurs. When Grant Nuttall decided to leave Imperial Oil—a colossus of an energy company in his native Canada—to further his education at Michigan Tech, his family had some concern. "They thought it was a bad move," he explains. "My mother, my sister, they didn’t think school was for . . .


Chang Park, '73, '73

Chang Park is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, a social activist, and a visionary. He is the president and CEO of Universal Remote Control Inc. (Harrison, New York), a world leader in technology, innovation, and quality. Born and raised in Korea, he came to the US alone as a teenager to pursue an education. He soon developed an interest in mathematics—the only language he could understand in his new homeland. Park enrolled at Michigan Tech and graduated in 1973 with dual degrees in electrical engineering and engineering administration. In his first job after graduation, he worked for an engineering consulting firm in Philadelphia, designing and reviewing mass transit systems, including the Washington . . .


Eric Peterson, '70, '71

Eric Peterson, originally from Detroit, completed his baccalaureate degree in civil engineering at Michigan Tech in 1970 and went on to earn a master’s in business administration in 1971.   Following graduation Mr. Peterson focused his career in the railroad industry, the majority of it with CSX Transportation.  After joining the company in 1974 as an Assistant Division Engineer, he rose through the managerial levels including Manager of Engineering and General Manager of Signal Engineering.  One of his major projects was rebuilding the railroad corridor between Chicago and Cleveland to increase capacity and train speeds.   He was promoted to Assistant Chief Engineer of Signal Design and . . .


Laura Price, '83

Laura received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Tech in 1983. As a student she was an active member of the Kappa Sigma Iota and the Accounting Club. After graduation Laura sat for the CPA exam and passed all sections on the first sitting. Laura began her career as a public accountant providing both tax and audit services while employed by CPA firms in both South Carolina and Maryland. Laura joined KPMG LLP as an Audit Manager in1996 and was promoted to Senior Manager in 1997. In 2000, she was elected to the partnership and put in charge of developing the company’s Federal Government Advisory Services Practice. Specializing as an auditor and . . .


Edward Robinson, '66

When Ed Robinson was growing up in Chicago, he loved to gaze at the El trains, the streetcars, and the many railroad trains - all of which he encountered on his way to school. The good nuns routinely admonished him for being late to class. "I couldn't help it," he recalls. "I loved to watch." It's a natural, then, that Robinson became a leader in the transportation industry. "I'm still fascinated today by moving goods and people efficiently." After graduating from Tech in 1966 with a bachelor's in business administration, Robinson landed a job in the Chicago office of an accounting firm that is now Deloitte & Touche. His career soon was interrupted by two years of active duty . . .


John Rockwell, '79

John Rockwell ’79 came to Michigan Tech to play hockey but also because he knew the University had a great engineering program. It was the best hockey program in the country and was my first choice of school to play hockey," he says. Rockwell says he has great memories of playing hockey, but also had many professors and classes who helped him prepare for the future. That influence led him to switch from chemical engineering to business, graduating with a bachelor’s in business administration from Michigan Tech. He also earned a MBA from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. "I learned and developed all the traits, . . .


Jillian Rothe, '06, '06

Jillian Rothe has established a sterling career at Caterpillar in short period of time, using her mechanical engineering and business administration degrees with a minor in Spanish. She’s also given her time and talents to many worthwhile causes over the years. She is currently Caterpillar’s Energy and Transportation Marketing Support Representative for Asia Pacific based in Singapore. Within this newly created role, she ensures that business partners have the Extended Protection Products to support their go-to-market strategies. Rothe has held increasingly responsible management roles in . . .


David Rowe, '84, '91

David Rowe earned two degrees from Michigan Tech and is doubly grateful for having them. He earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 1984 and went on to medical school for a few years. Later, he realized business was his passion and came back to Michigan Tech in 1991 for a business degree, in preparation for an MBA in finance from Michigan State University in 1992. He says his education honed fine analytical skills that have served him well. "Michigan Tech taught me to be a critical thinker." Rowe was born and raised in Calumet. His father, the late Ken Rowe, was a physician, and he started out following his father's footsteps but soon realized "that wasn't . . .


Jay Ruohonen, '84

Graduating in 1984 with a B.S. in Business Administration from Michigan Tech, few would predict that Jay Ruohonen would become president of an engineering design and product development firm. Ruohonen, the youngest of five children, was the first to graduate from college. After 23 years in the finance industry, Jay now directs the research, development and commercialization of proprietary and external technologies and products for Talon Research. Ruohonen works directly with his wife Dorothy (Daavettila) Ruohonen, also a Michigan Tech Alumna. In 2005, the Ruohonens moved their company into MTEC SmartZone business incubator. Ruohonen committed himself fully to his wife’s start-up endeavor, previously . . .


Suzanne Sanregret, '93, '06

Athletic director since 2005, Suzanne Sanregret, PhD, has continued Michigan Tech's traditions of excellence both on and off the field of competition. Her vision within the Huskies' athletic programs and work on conference and national committees has positioned Michigan Tech as a leader in collegiate athletics. Suzanne, who was named 2009 Division II Central Region Athletic Director of the Year, served a five-year stint on the NCAA Division II Management Council from 2006–11. During that time, she was also the chair of the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee and member of other NCAA committees on strategic budget planning, championships and membership. In addition . . .


Carol Schaller, '87

Carrie received her Bachelor of Science degree, and French language certification, from Tech in 1987. She was carrying on a family tradition by attending Michigan Tech. Her father, Tom, was a 1963 Business Administration grad from Tech. Carrie has been employed with The Dow Chemical Company in Midland since leaving the University. She is currently Process Manager for Dow Information Systems’ Application Support Managers. Her group manages the support budgets and service level agreements for Dow Application Support globally. She has held several Information System progression level and supervisory positions within Dow Global Information Systems including Computer Analyst, Information Systems . . .


Tina Schmiedel, '84, '84

Tina graduated from Michigan Tech in 1984, receiving Bachelor of Science degrees in both chemical engineering and business engineering administration. Upon leaving Tech, she accepted a position as Operations Manager with Procter & Gamble in Green Bay, WI where she moved through assignments of increasing responsibility over the next 17 years of her career.  In 2002, she resigned from P&G following her assignment as the Operations Leader for North American Towel to focus on her family and earn her MBA.  In 2003, she received her MBA from UW-Oshkosh In 2004 she went to work for Oshkosh Corporation, a leading manufacturer . . .


Laurie Schwerin, '87

Alums Team up to Engineer a Better Beer Chas Thompson '91, computer science, had a good reason for becoming a brewer. "I was thirsty," he says, pouring beers from the Schmohz Brewery counter at the recent Grand Rapids alumni tailgate party. Jim Schwerin '87, owner and brewer at Schmohz (pronounced shmoes), had a similar reason. "I couldn’t find a beer I liked," he says. So, he bought an old building near the airport in Grand Rapids and extended his love of homemade beer into his own brewery, starting with his own brewer, Thompson, who tracked him down when he heard a new . . .


Darnishia Slade, '98

Darnishia graduated from Michgan Tech in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a certificate in International Business. Upon leaving the University, she spent two years with the Up With People - Worldsmart International Leadership Program as a student and the Education and Community Service Coordinator. Following this she worked for the Boys and Girls Republic Treatment Facility in Farmington Hill, MI and then in 2002 worked for Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit as Youth Support Director. Darnishia returned to Michigan Tech in 2005 and continued her Michigan Tech legacy by accepting a position as Regional Admissions Manager . . .


Ron Staley, '77, '80

Restoring the Past and Supporting Tech’s Future Ronald Staley, who earned an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology in 1977 and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1980, has high praise for Michigan Tech. "I learned how to study hard," he recalls, "and I remember working hard. I wouldn’t be where I am today without Michigan Tech." With his dual degree, he says that he was able to understand building construction and such critical business principles as overhead, return on investment, balance sheets, and income statements. That capability set him up for creating a new business niche—historical preservation—for his . . .


Linda Stuffle, '71, '78

Linda earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1971and her Masters of Science in Business Administration in 1978, both from Michigan Tech. She went on to Purdue University to earn her Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1989. She is currently a consultant at Engineered Systems Associates in Pocatello, Idaho. She was an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Michigan Tech from 1981–82. From the 1996 Presidential Council of Alumnae Induction


Joel Tacey, '01

Fresh out of Tech, Joel Tacey '01 was not enthused by his first marketing or sales rep option. So, he gave himself an ultimatum. "I told myself, if I could make the same kind of living by doing magic as my friends did in traditional jobs, I would stick it out," he says. "It's been the best decision of my life." Now, through Tiptop Entertainment, his family-brand of magic ("card games and visual stuff") has vaulted him to performing at Red Wings games, the Super Bowl, and the All-Star Fan Fest during baseball's All Star Game. He's found his niche in four areas while growing his revenue each year, he says. "I offer a Just for Fun Show Series and a Laugh . . .


Joyce Ten Haken, '70

Joyce Ten Haken Strikes a Proper Work/Life Balance As Michigan Tech was suffering with below normal temperatures and above average snowfall, Joyce Ten Haken ’70 was lamenting unseasonable January heat and historically dry conditions in northern California. But, she’ll adapt, just as she has all during her long, successful career in accounting. A partner in the Ten Haken Hinz & Company firm, she’s prided herself on helping clients adapt, too. "I’m more than just a tax or financial advisor," she says. "I often help them with personal issues, too." It’s a reflection of how she operates in and out of the office, and it’s a lesson learned from . . .


Janice Tervonen, '80, '80

After graduating from Michigan Tech in 1980, Jan Tervonen joined the Eastman Kodak Company as a Programmer/ Analyst. In 1986 she left Kodak and took several years off to raise her children – two of those years were spent in Paris. She returned to the work force initially as a consultant, and then in 1993 accepted a position with Mammography Reporting System, Inc. (MRS) as a Senior Programmer/Analyst. MRS is the leading provider of mammography information systems in the US. She worked her way through the ranks as a Product Manager, Technical Director, and ultimately became the Vice President, Technology. After many years as a successful commercial software executive, she found another . . .


James Trethewey, '67

Switching from mechanical engineering to business worked out very well for Jim Trethewey. The Ironwood native was inspired to switch by legendary accounting professor Sam Tidwell and never looked back. Beginning his career with Copper Range, a local mining concern, he soon joined Cleveland-Cliffs (now Cliffs Resources) and advanced through management positions over the years. From Ishpeming to Ontario to Cleveland, Trethewey worked in positions of increasing responsibility and became vice president-controller and chief accounting officer. Along the way, he also earned his MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College. In his final years with Cliffs, Trethewey was senior vice president of business development . . .


Steve Vizanko, '04

In their classes at the School of Business and Economics, Steve Vizanko ’04 and Caleb Wendel ’07 learned how to craft a detailed business plan and meticulously estimate a new enterprise’s growth. As owners of The Bike Shop in Houghton, Vizanko and Wendel are discovering the thrills and challenges of running a flourishing business that has quickly exceeded their on-paper projections. "Our first year has been phenomenal," said Wendel. "And this year has been even busier than last year." Vizanko and Wendel opened The Bike Shop in April 2008. As longtime bicycling enthusiasts, they knew the sport’s popularity was booming. While working together at a local cycling . . .


Abraham Wagner, '02

Abraham Wagner is not the kind of guy who can sit still. He has this inner drive to contend with. It started long before he decided to become a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and step into a cage with huge men intent upon inflicting as much damage upon him as possible . . . . . . before he moved up the corporate ladder to become director of finance and operations for an industrial supply company . . . before he received a mechanical engineering degree from Michigan Tech while earning four letters and all-conference accolades as a member of the football team . . . probably even before he left his foster home to work on a farm in exchange for room and board. Somewhere in . . .


Caleb Wendel, '04

In their classes at the School of Business and Economics, Steve Vizanko ’04 and Caleb Wendel ’07 learned how to craft a detailed business plan and meticulously estimate a new enterprise’s growth. As owners of The Bike Shop in Houghton, Vizanko and Wendel are discovering the thrills and challenges of running a flourishing business that has quickly exceeded their on-paper projections. "Our first year has been phenomenal," said Wendel. "And this year has been even busier than last year." Vizanko and Wendel opened The Bike Shop in April 2008. As longtime bicycling enthusiasts, they knew the sport’s popularity was booming. While working together at a local cycling . . .


Steve Worthy, '11

Why did you choose Michigan Tech? Tech appealed to me because of its reputation as an academically rigorous university. It was also an opportunity to live in and explore a part of Michigan that I previously had not experienced. Tell us about a memorable experience you had with a class or about a favorite professor? Dean Johnson is one of the best professors I’ve ever had. He is great at reaching his students and getting his message across in a comprehensible manner. He often went out of his way to ensure students were not only memorizing a formulaic process to reach an answer, but . . .


JoAnn Brinser, '85

Contemporary automakers integrate wireless technology and fuel efficiency instead of fins and chrome. Knowing what to put into a car and how consumers will respond is JoAnn Heck’s job. She is the director of Consumer and Market Insights for Chrysler Group LLC, and a 1985 graduate of Michigan Tech with a degree in economics. "We try to understand their pain points," she says of consumers. "Then our findings go to the engineering product planning teams who identify ways to meet those needs. People know what they want and need to function in life, and we have to figure out what tangible things might . . .


William Raduchel, '67

William J. Raduchel, a native of the Keweenaw, attended Michigan Tech before earning a bachelor's degree in economics from Michigan State University and both a master's and doctoral degree in economics from Harvard University. He served on the Harvard faculty eventually becoming Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. In the business world, Raduchel has held executive positions with industry giants Xerox, Sun Microsystems, AOL Time Warner and McGraw-Hill, eventually becoming CEO of Ruckus—a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the mobile internet infrastructure market. With more than 20 patents, Raduchel continues . . .