John F. Lopez, '72, M.A. '75, administrator of the Office of Human Resources, Michigan Dept. of Transportation, has been named the new State Personnel Director by a unanimous vote of the bipartisan Michigan Civil Service Commission. Prior to his work with M*DOT, Lopez served as an executive with the Michigan Dept. of Public Health, which included the department's personnel administration. He has also been personnel director in a small manufacturing company.
Peter O. Reijula, MBA '78, vice president of McCain Citrus Inc., Oak Brook, IL, has been named the company's president and CEO. He had been general manager of McCain brands, including BoKu and Junior Juice. Prior to that, he was with the household grocery products division of Alberto-Culver USA Inc. Previously to was vice president of marketing for Tropicana Products Inc., and as international marketing manager for General Foods Corp. A native of Lahti Finland, he was an NCAA Nordic skiing champion.
Charles P. Adams, III, '62, senior architect at O'Brien & Gere Engineers, Syracuse, NY, has been name senior project manager at King & King Architects, Manilus, NY. Adams worked as a design manager for the New York State Facilities Development Corporation/Albany. He is a former apprentice of the Taliesin Fellowship, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. He is designing classroom space for the Baldwinsville School District and the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse.
Denise A. Bannan, M.A. '88, vice president for academic affairs at Baker College, Owosso, has been named president. She has served the college since 1984 as an instructor, department chair and dean. She was dean of the Office Administration, Computer Information Systems, and Technical Divisions of Academic Affairs. The Baker system has eight campuses across Michigan offering associate, bachelor and master's degree programs in business, technology and allied health career disciplines.
Clyde E. Chesney, Ph.D. '80, district director for the Northern Piedmont district of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, Raleigh, has been named district director of the newly created Piedmont district. He will provide leadership for a 15-county district of 114 agents. Chesney is a 21-year veteran of the NCCES serving as district and program director in many of the districts. He is a member of Class IV of the Kellogg National Fellowship program.
Betty F. Elliott, MBA '79. vice president and comptroller of Ameritech since 1991, has been named to the LaSalle National Bank Board of Directors, Chicago, IL. Elliott began her career in the audit and tax departments of Arthur Young & Co., Detroit, in 1966. She joined Michigan Bell in 1973. In 1983, she transferered to Ameritech in Chicago and was elected comptroller and secretary at Ameritech Illinois in 1986. She became president of Ameritech Credit Corp. in 1989.
Ellen Gahagan, '72, manager of The Palace, Auburn Hills, marketing staff, has been named director of marketing for Palace Sports and Entertainment. She will handle concerts, family shows and sporting events at The Palace, Pine Knob Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival. Gahagan joined the Detroit Pistons in 1974, in public relations. She moved to Hudson's and The Center Companies, Detroit, in 1979. She rejoined the Pistons in 1986 as broadcast coordinator.
Robert C. Lowes, '68, M.A. '75, CEO of Grand Metropolitan (GrandMet) Foods Europe, Paris, has been named CEO of Burger King Corp., Miami, FL. Lowes held senior management positions at H.J. Heinz, General Foods Corp., and Philip Morris where he was the corporate controller. He joined GrandMet in 1989 as executive vice president and CFO of the Food Sector. In 1992, he moved to London as deputy group finance director of GrandMet and in 1994, CEO of GrandMet Foods Europe.
Kathleen A. Radionoff, '80, director of marketing and planning at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, has been named executive director of Kindcare, Inc., Milwaukee, WI. Radionoff previously held senior management positions with Goodwill Industries of both Southeastern Wisconsin and Oakland, CA. She also serves on the board of directors for St. John's Home, Milwaukee and is a volunteer with United Way.
Jaw-Kai Wang, M.A. '56, Ph.D. '58, director of the aquaculture program at the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, has been named as an inductee into the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest recognitions an engineer can achieve. His honor was based on research, development, and design of commercial aquaculture systems used in the United States and China and for leadership in interdisciplinary biology and engineering projects addressing improved production systems.
Fred S. Wojtalik, '52, manager of the Observatory Projects Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, has received the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. This award is granted by the President of the United States to only one percent of Senior Executive Service members. Wojtalik has held administrative positions at the Hubble Space Telescope project, the Lunar Rover Vehicle project and the High Energy Astronomy Observatory project.
Joette C. Woodard-Yauk, '78, steam utility director since 1986 for the Lansing Board of Water & Light, has been named president of the International District Energy Association (IDEA). She joined BWL in 1975 as a lab technician chemist in Water Production. She was promoted to environmental engineer in 1977 and again in 1984 to supervisor of Water and Steam Planning. She was the first female recipient of the BWL General Manager's Exceptional Achievement Award.
Frederic C. Brussee, MBA '81, COO of RightChoice Managed Care, Inc., St. Louis, MO, has been named president. He has worked in many high administrative positions in the St. Louis, MO area for Warner-Lambert; Bain & Co., 1981-1984; Corporate Decisions, Inc. from 1984-1987; Price Waterhouse Strategic Consulting Group, 1987-1993. He joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Missouri, the parent company of RightChoice, in 1993 as the senior vice president for market strategy and corporate development.
Robert Meuleman, MBA '62, executive vice president and COO of AMCORE Financial Inc., Rockford, IL, has been named the company's president and CEO. In 1962, he joined National Bank of Detroit as an investment analyst and worked for seveal banks in investments including Milwaukee, WI, 1968-1972, and St. Joseph Bank & Trust Co., South Bend, IN, 1972-1981. In 1981, he became vice president for investments of American National Bank, Rockford which later became part of AMCORE Financial Inc.
Armando Ojeda, '78, corporate communications manager for Levi Strauss North America, El Paso, TX, has been named vice president of Prevention, Safety & Health. Ojeda was in broadcasting at WKAR-TV, East Lansing and WJR radio, Detroit. He held administrative positions in public relations with Ojeda & Vaguera Assoc., Detroit, 1980-1984; GMC, Detroit, 1984-1988; Burson-Martsteller, Chicago, 1988-1989 and McDonald's Corp., Oak Brook, IL, 1989-1990. He joined Levi Strauss in San Francisco, in 1990.
Patty Slaby, M.A. '83, a blind, fourth-year teacher of visually-impaired students in Hudson and River Falls, WI, has been elected president of the National Association of Blind Teachers at their national convention of the American Council of the Blind, Greensboro, NC. Slaby taught in three Minnesota districts before settling in River Falls. Her main goal is for her students to be able to stay in their home district and help them deal with their vision problems as a student.
Cynthia T. Fletcher, '77, consultant with Ernst & Young, Chicago, has been named a partner in the firm. Fletcher was a sales representative with Honeywell, Inc., Chicago from 1977-1980 and with The Service Bureau Company/Control Date Corp., Chicago, 1980-1984. She went to work as a marketing represntative for Automated Concepts Inc., Chicago, in 1984, and was named their marketing director in 1989. She joined Ernst & Young in 1992.
William Ford, '57, M.A. '59, deputy director of the U.S. AID program in South Africa, has been named president and CEO of the African Development Foundation (ADF). He held administrative positions in Michigan with the Michigan Catholic Conference, Michigan's Economic Opportunity Office (1966), Michigan's Employment Security Commission (1969). Ford was director of USAID/Nigeria from 1971-1976, USAID/Indonesia, South Pacific and ASEAN Affairs, 1980-1983. Barbara Menzies, '72, a doctor specializing in adult and geriatric internal medicine, Detroit, has been named chief of internal medicine at the Detroit Medical Center's Harper Hospital. She is the first woman to be named to the post. She worked for two years as a medical technologist before entering medical school at Wayne State University. Menzies also served the medical needs of patients in Hutzel Hospital Alchohol and Drug Treatment Program, Warren for five years.
Terry Nafisi, '72, M.A. '75, deputy circuit executive for the U. S. Court of Appeals/Ninth Circuit, San Francisco, CA, has been named a recipient of the 1995 Director's Awards for Outstanding Leadership for the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. From 1972-1974, she worked with Dr. Andrew Porter/Director of the Office of Research Consultation, College of Education, MSU. Nafisi worked in various administrative positions for the Michigan Supreme Court l975-1983, joining the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1983.
Joanne Bubolz Eicher, '52, M.A. 56, Ph.D. '59, has been named Regents' Professor at the University of Minnesota, St.Paul/Minneapolis. It is the highest academic honor awarded by the university. Eicher is a noted authority on the socio-cultural aspects of dress and textiles, focusing on African and Asian dress. She has conducted research and field work in Nigeria and other African countries as well as the United States. She was on the MSU faculty in the College of Human Ecology 1961-1977.
Randall Smith, '73, president of Information Resources, Inc. (IRI) has been named president of its International Information Services group, responsible for the company's worldwide information businesses outside of North America. Smith worked with Market Science Associates, Chicago, a marketing research firm before joining IRI in 1981. He was named IRI corporate vice president in 1986, and managed several of the company's operating divisions.
Gerald McCants, Ph.D. '74, special assistant to the Chancellor at Winston- Salem State University (WSSU), Winston-Salem, NC, has been named interim chancellor of the university. McCants held teaching and administrative posts at the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff; Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD; and Virginia State College, Petersburg, VA. He joined the University of North Carolina system in 1987 as director of special programs. He held numerous administrative positions on several UNC campuses.
Robert J. Vitito, '65, president and chief administrative officer of Citizens Banking Corp. and chairman and CEO of Second National Bank of Saginaw has been named CEO of the Board of Directors of Citizens Bank, Flint. He has spent his entire management career at Citizens, and its subsidiary, Second National Bank of Saginaw. He and his wife Marianne are members of the MSU Presidents Club and he is a board member of The Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Board.
Joseph L. White, Ph.D. '61, professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of California/Irvine, has been re-elected trustee of Menninger, a center for the treatment and prevention of mental illness, Topeka, KS. He was first elected a trustee in 1983. He formerly was dean for undergraduate studies and professor of psychology at California State University, San Francisco, and assistant vice chancellor and director of the Black Culture Program at UC/Irvine.
Christine Zambricki, '76, assistant hospital director at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, has been named president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. Zambricki started as a nurse in 1976, at Beaumont Hospital. From 1978-1982, she was a nurse anesthetist at Detroit Receiving Hospital, Detroit. She held administrative positions in anesthesia services at Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital, Detroit, 1982-1988; Mercy Hospitals and Health Services, 1988-1989; and Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, 1989-1993.