2012 Alumni Difference Makers
Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Lizabeth Ardisana, '84 CECS
Lizabeth Ardisana is founder and CEO of ASG Renaissance, a communication services company boasting 250 employees with offices across the country and in Canada. Since its founding, ASG has received numerous awards including: Ford Motor Company’s Q1 Award, Crain’s Detroit Business “Michigan’s Top 10 Best Places to Work”, and Metro Detroits’ "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For". Beth has twice been named "Woman Business Owner of Distinction" by the National Association of Business Owners, was a finalist in the Ernst & Young Michigan Entrepreneur of the Year, and was named the 2006 "Michiganian of the Year." She started the Hispanic Auto Supplier Alliance and developed a partnership with the National Association of Black Automotive Suppliers. Beth also served on the President’s Task Force for Implementation of Alternative Vehicles and consulted with the Department of Energy.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Shanelle Jackson, '03 CASL
Shanelle Jackson has served as a Michigan State Representative for District 9 since 2006. With her election success came the honor of being the youngest woman of color to serve in Michigan’s House. Shanelle has authored numerous bills since taking office, one which allowed for the creation of the regional authority governing Cobo Hall. Without Shanelle’s work and lobbying, the improvements to Cobo Hall would not have been made, which would have meant Detroit’s loss of the North American International Auto Show. For her work in the legislature, she also has been recognized as the 2007 New Citizen’s Press, “Best, Brightest and Most Beautiful”, and in 2010 was listed in Crain’s Detroit Business “20 In Their 20”. Nationally, she has been asked twice to represent Michigan’s Young Elected Officials Network at the White House.
College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Alumnus of the Year
Lisa Murray, '83 CASL
Lisa Ilitch Murray is a pastor for Mount Zion Church in Clarkston, Michigan. ministering to more than 18,000 people annually. Her dedication to community is reflected through Mt. Zion’s programs including mentorships, family support initiatives and educational programing in southeast Michigan and in Peru and El Salvador. Early in her career, while working with Ilitch Holdings, Lisa coordinated the communication campaign for the opening of Comerica Park and directed Little Caesars’ Amateur Sports Foundation. She also started the Hockey Has Heart program, which created a natural support network among hockey families throughout Detroit.
College of Business Alumnus of the Year
Kevin McKervey, '77 COB
Kevin McKervey is the Managing Director and a shareholder of Clayton and McKervey based in Southfield, Michigan. He provides strategic financial and tax advice to privately-owned companies that work internationally. Adding to his list of professional duties, Kevin is active in the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, the German-American, French-American and Michigan Hispanic chambers of commerce and the Canada-US Business Association. Individuals can benefit from Kevin’s expertise from his columns in Crain’s Detroit Business, in Oakland and Ann Arbor Business Reviews and from his many speaking engagements that focus on international business topics.
College of Engineering and Computer Science Alumnus of the Year
Mark Sunday, '76 CECS
Mark Sunday is a highly sought after IT development specialist, currently serving as the CIO of Oracle, providing complete, open and integrated information technology solutions for worldwide enterprises. Beginning his career with Texas Instruments, he quickly rose into leadership positions with companies like Mostek, ST Mark and Motorola before joining Seibel Company in 1999, which later became Oracle. Mark has used his leadership skills and his information technology expertise to establish cutting edge, globally competitive IT departments throughout his career. At Oracle alone, he has played major roles in more than100 acquisitions, seen the company’s revenue quadruple and expanded their IT presence in 49 countries. Appreciating the importance community involvement, Mark is active on local corporate and nonprofit boards, volunteers with Boy Scouts of America and conducts seminars on how to lead in dynamic environments around the country.
School of Education Alumnus of the Year
Youssef Mosallam, '05 SOE
Youssef Mosallam is principal at Dearborn’s Fordson High School, the district’s largest school. During his tenure with Dearborn Public Schools, first as an English teacher, then as principal of an elementary school and now a high school principal, Youssef earned the Superintendent’s Teacher Award and the PTSA Outstanding Educator of the Year Award. Never relinquishing his connection to UM-Dearborn, Youssef is also a lecturer for the SOE’s Master’s program and authored a successful Department of Education national professional grant resulting in a $1.2 million dollar award which resulted in a collaboration between UM-Dearborn and the Dearborn Public Schools.