Anthony Allegrina, '82
Tony graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1982 with a B.A. in history and received his M.A. in history from Wayne State University in 1986. While attending UM-Dearborn he served as Managing Editor of the Michigan Journal, worked as a Public Relations/Communications intern with the Ontario Liberal Party in Toronto, and worked as a newspaper reporter for Suburban Communications. He has worked for Detroit-based business law firm Bodman PLC since 1980; since 1998 he has been the firm’s Director of Business Development. In his present role he is responsible for all external communications, publications, press relations, web sites, and social media marketing, as well as proposal writing, business plan development, coaching/mentoring, and strategic planning. He has managed the development of several web sites and databases to support the firm’s marketing efforts. He has also been an active UM-Dearborn alumnus; he was named College or Arts, Sciences and Letters’ Alumnus of the Year in 1995 and received the Jeanette Schumacher Alumni Service Award in 2009.
Eric Bacyinski, '08
Eric graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2008 with a B.A., double-majoring in political science and natural resource policy and management. He worked in various government agencies for nearly ten years and currently works as a relationship manager for the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Through this position he manages the campus-wide recruiting profiles of the university corporate partners and is project-managing the implementation of a campus-wide recruiting software system to be debuted this semester. Prior to his current position, Eric worked for the Charter Township of Plymouth Township, the Wayne County Commission, the U.S. Department of State and the State of Michigan Attorney General's office. Additionally Eric is a 2009 graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program and served as an elected member of the Plymouth District Library Board of Trustees. While studying at our University, Eric was active in the Student Environmental Association, Student Organization Advisory Council and was recognized as a Distinguished Student Leader in 2008. Currently, he serves as the chair of UM-Dearborn's Graduates of the Last Decade alumni group.
Walid Dagher, '97
Walid graduated from UM-Dearborn in 1997 with a BBA degree in accounting. He earned a a masters of science degree in taxation from Wayne State University in 2005. Walid is partner in the business tax services practice at Deloitte Tax LLP, where he serves clients in the industrial products industries. Prior to joining Deliotte, he worked as senior tax accountant at Detroit Diesel. He is a member of American Institute of CPA’s, Michigan Association of CPA’s, Leadership Oakland and serves as a board member for Lions Hearing Center of Michigan.
Thelma Dobson, '83
Thelma has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan–Dearborn and holds the distinction as the first African American female to graduate from the School of Engineering in 1983. She also has a master’s degree in mathematics with a minor in electrical engineering from Wayne State University. Thelma began her career at DTE as a high school co-op and later worked every summer as a college intern through her undergraduate degree. This early experience helped her grow confident that DTE was the right corporate fit for her long term career goals. Today, Thelma is a manager in the Energy Optimization Department. Her experience in various engineering, operations, and leadership roles has allowed her to make significant contributions in multiple departments throughout the company such as Fermi II Nuclear Power Plant, Electrical Distribution Operations, Meter Services Engineering and Major Account Services.
Sam Erebor, '00
Sam graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2000 with a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering following a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and aircraft engineering from Western Michigan University. He has worked primarily in the automotive industry with all three OEMs at various manufacturing plants—a majority of his career is with Ford Motor Company. He assisted plant managers in coaching area managers on productivity related issues such as manpower allocation, constraint management, budgeting, processes, logistics, lean and continuous improvement. He also coached and mentored many industrial engineers coming through the pipeline. Also a hands-on engineer, he enjoys the challenge of figuring things out and improving on them. One example is an advanced Productivity Operating Tracking System he developed at Ford Sterling Axle plant –a pre cursor to FIS launch. Recently, Sam worked at the University of Michigan Center For Entrepreneurship in Ann Arbor’s North Campus where he developed its foundational data management tool. Sam currently serves on the Alumni Society Board and is a JDRF Advocate and Congress point man. He was named to the 2012 – 2015 United Way of Southeastern Michigan agency funding allocation review team. In his spare time Sam enjoys playing and coaching K-12 soccer.
Alex Fisher, '05
Alex graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2005 with a B.S.E. in computer engineering and a minor in Hispanic studies. His claim to fame is having appeared on NBC’s TODAY show to demonstrate a “wearable computer” he helped design and build at age 18. He also started a computer consulting company in high school, but thought it important to get a formal engineering education at UM-Dearborn. After graduating, he worked for a few different companies as a design engineer, sales engineer, and solutions architect. In 2008, he founded a web design company called Commercial Progression whose niche is to provide consulting services around using an open-source website platform called Drupal. In 2011, Alex began growing the company and moved from just working with independent contractors to hiring his first employees. Commercial Progression is now headquartered in downtown Northville where the company has been expanding its team to full-fill the global need for quality Drupal expertise.
Muna Khoury, '06
Muna graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2006 with an M.P.A., majoring in public administration. She is the district vice chancellor of institutional advancement at Wayne County Community College District, where she serves as an integral member of the senior management team. She is responsible for the development of WCCCD’s communication strategy and contributes to their organizational strategic planning process. Through this, Muna advances the organization’s position with relevant constituents and drives an awareness and support for their organization. She acts as member of WCCCD’s chancellor’s creative staff, participating in decision-making in regards to developing a systems strategies and organizational planning efforts. Muna earned a bachelor of arts degree in public relations and journalism from Madonna University and serves as a member of UM-Dearborn’s Alumni Society Board.
William Liebold, '73
Bill has been providing trusted advice to the foundation, corporate and nonprofit communities since 1973. As president of The Liebold Group LLC, he serves clients in the areas of board building, resource development, interim CEO, senior executive coaching, and small and large group facilitation. Prior to establishing The Liebold Group, he served as president of the Michigan Colleges Foundation, a non-profit Michigan corporation that serves as a vital link between 14 Michigan non-tax-supported, four-year liberal arts colleges and the state's corporate and foundation communities. Bill earned a bachelor's degree (with distinction) from UM-Dearborn, a master's of public administration degree from the University of Southern California's Washington D.C. Public Affairs Center and the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa from Adrian College. After serving as a VISTA volunteer in rural Kentucky teaching reading and mathematics to young adults, he later joined the faculty of the Detroit Business Institute as an instructor of English. He then began sixteen years of public service, including eight years as Special Assistant to then-Congressman Jim Blanchard and eight years as both Special Assistant and Cabinet Secretary to former Michigan Governor Blanchard.
Robert Lust, '78
Bob received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1978. Later that year, he joined the General Motors Research and Development Center as a staff research assistant, where he worked as a member of a team that developed GM's first CAE-based structural design optimization tool. Bob attended graduate school at the University of California-Los Angeles, receiving his Ph.D. in engineering. After graduate school, Bob returned to GM as a senior research engineer and conducted research in structural optimization methods and robust design, publishing more than 20 papers on those to pics. Later he became a laboratory group manager and was responsible for leading research in the areas of noise and vibration, probabilistic analysis and design, and test/analysis uncertainty quantification. Bob also worked as an engineering group manager in the GM advanced vehicle development organization, where he and his team supported GM's global deployment of Design for Six Sigma by providing training, certification, and technical support expertise. Bob has been an active member of the CECS Alumni Affiliate Board as a member of the interview team for the alumni scholarship program, and volunteer at Engineering and Computer Science Experience and Senior Design Day.
Joseph Zaciek, '14
Joe graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with honors in 2014 witha bachelor of arts degree in economics. Joe has many years of professional and business experience and is currently an economics research analyst at Ford Motor Company. While attending the University, he served as president of the Economics Club and was recognized for his leadership skills by receiving a Student Leadership Award from faculty of the Economics Department. He is a member of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Alumni Affiliate Board, Detroit Association of Business Economics and National Association of Business Economics.
Whitney Zein, '10
Whitney graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2010 with a bachelor of business administration in finance and earned a master’s of business administration from Lawrence Tech in 2013. She works as treasury analyst at Bank of America and previously held the role of project manager at Ford Motor Company. While a student at UM-Dearborn, she served as chief operating officer for the organization Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and helped coordinate the SIFE e-Academy in support of future student leaders. Whitney continues to remain engaged with UM-Dearborn as a member of the College of Business Alumni Affiliate.