Class notes

August 14, 2023

These Dearborn Wolverines achieved big things in 2022-23.

A smiling students holds up a small Block M flag in front of a large UM-Dearborn Block M logo.

College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters


Michigan Assistant Attorney General John Pallas (’85 B.A.) was named 2023 International Prosecutor of the Year by the International Association of Prosecutors.

Edward Stencel’s (’88 B.A.) Unexpected Craft Brewing Company in Oak Park made its Michigan Brewers Guild Fall Beer Festival debut in October 2022. 


In Fall 2022, Tom Hopkins (’93 B.A.) became a full-time faculty member in the Communication and Media program at Henry Ford College. 

Carla Testani (’95 B.S.) was awarded the 2023 Mary S. Coleman Award by the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan. The award honors a member of the judiciary whose leadership, talent and significant contributions to women provide a role model to women in the profession and women in general.


Tracee Glab (’01 B.A.) was appointed executive director of the Flint Institute of Arts. 

Mary Arraf (’02 B.A.), head of diversity, equity and inclusion and communications at Continental North America, was named a 2022 Automotive News Notable Champion of Diversity.

Orlando Gregory (’09 B.G.S., ’14 MPA) was named executive director of the Wayne County Jail Outreach Ministry. WCJOM is an interfaith nonprofit that provides religious services for inmates during their stay at the Wayne County Jail, regardless of denomination.


Abdullah Hammoud (’10 B.S.) and Narmin Jarrous (’18 B.A.) were named to Crain’s Detroit Business’ 2022 “40 Under 40” list. Hammoud is the mayor of Dearborn. Jarrous is chief development officer for Exclusive Brands, a marijuana and cannabis dispensary with locations across Michigan.

United States Air Force Captain Maysaa Ouza (’13 B.A.) served as grand marshal of the City of Dearborn’s 2023 Memorial Day Parade. Captain Ouza made history by becoming the first Air Force JAG Corps officer to wear a hijab while in uniform after successfully petitioning the Air Force to change its nationwide policy regarding religious accommodations. 


Leona Medley (’20 B.A.) has been named executive director of the Joe Louis Greenway Partnership. She will lead development of a 27.5-mile-long network of urban pathways and parks connecting the Detroit Riverwalk to neighborhoods in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn.

Ziyad Muflahi (’21 B.A.) was awarded a NASA Michigan Space Grant Consortium Graduate Fellowship for his project titled “Long-distance Space Exploration Teams and Cognitive Integration.” He is pursuing his Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology at Wayne State University.

College of Business


David Cunningham (’82 B.B.A., ‘92 MPA) was named chief financial officer and vice president of finance at SER Metro-Detroit, a workforce development nonprofit that operates in Michigan, Illinois and Texas.


Cindy Abbott (’94 B.S.A.) was honored by the Detroit Red Wings as a 2023 Women’s History Month “Game Changer.” She is the CEO of Warrior Sports, a Shelby Township-based manufacturer of equipment, apparel and footwear for hockey and lacrosse athletes.


Tiffany Gunter (’03 B.B.A., ’10 MPA) was named deputy general manager of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation.

Anne Marie Zettlemoyer (’03 B.B.A.) was named one of Cyber Express’ 50 chief information security officers to watch for 2023.

Carl Hessler (’04 MBA) joined Hytrol Conveyor Company as director of core product engineering.

Elena Arroyo Taylor (’06 B.B.A.) joined Dawn Food Products as vice president of national accounts.


Ali Baydoun (’10 B.B.A., ’14 M.S.Acct) was promoted to managing director of UHY Advisors in the Great Lakes. Baydoun is a past recipient of the Rising Star Award from the Arab American Professionals Network.

Hassan Khalife (’10 B.B.A.), global director of marketing technology strategy and solutions at General Motors, was named to the 2023 DBusiness “30 in their Thirties” list.

College of Engineering and Computer Science


Scott Montesi (’98 M.S.E.), former vice president of the Americas at Plastic Omnium, was named president of Davco Technology.

Joseph LaRussa (’99 B.S.E.E.E., ’03 M.S., ’03 M.S.E.) joined Android Industries as plant manager at their Hazel Park facility. In 2017, he was elected as a member of the Farmington City Council and currently holds the position of mayor pro tem.

College of Education, Health, and Human Services


Chandra Madafferi (’03 M.Ed.), a longtime teacher in Novi Community Schools, was elected president of the Michigan Education Association. Her three-year term began in July 2023.

Michelle Clarke (’08 B.A., ’08 Teach.Cert.) and Matthew Mutschler (’04 M.A.) were 2023 Teachers of the Year for Warren Consolidated Schools. Clarke is a teacher at Holden Elementary in Sterling Heights. Mutschler teaches  history at Middle School Visual and Performing Arts at Butcher Educational Center in Warren. 


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