Alumni Spotlight

Just who is a typical CASL graduate?  The simple answer is that there is no such person.  CASL alumni have a diverse range of skills, talents, experiences, and goals.  By “spotlighting” someone every other month, we hope to introduce you to our diverse group of alums ... and maybe you'll see a familiar face.

Name:  David Yesh

Degree, discipline, graduation year:  Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science, 1983

What are your current job responsibilities and/or volunteer activities?  I work as a claims advocate for the largest insurance broker in the world. Our clients are usually large companies, and we put together complex insurance programs for them. If they have a loss, insurance should cover the loss. If the insurance company does not believe a matter is covered, it is my job to convince them otherwise and make sure our clients receive the most coverage possible under their insurance policies.

On the side, I have self-published a couple of Science Fiction books. I also assist many people with their personal financial planning. I am a volunteer mentor for Big Brothers and Sisters. I also get involved with the campus as needed, and I currently sit on the CASL Alumni Affiliate board.

Does your career/volunteer work relate to what you studied at UM-Dearborn or is your degree in a totally different field?  I went on to Law school after UM-Dearborn, and my current line of work deals more with the law than anything else. I do, however, draw from my undergrad work when trying to bring reality to the law.

Looking back at the classes you took, pick out one of your favorites and tell why.  My favorite class was Governments of the World. Even back then I realized the world was shrinking and it is important for all of to understand the political systems and politics of countries other than our own.

If there was a “favorite” professor(s), let us know and why.  I had so many great professors at UM-Dearborn, but Bernie Klein stood out as the best of the best. His classes were always enlightening and entertaining. He was someone you could easily approach for advice on any subject not just a class of his you were taking. He was very approachable and just a great guy to talk to.