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​Nakul Uppal, MBA ’14, and Ramita Chawla, MBA ’14, were married May 2016 in Cancun. 

Adam Byrnes, MS/MBA ’14, and Elizabeth Reisman, MS/MBA ’14, were married Nov. 15, 2016 in Los Angeles. 

Priyanka Komala, MBA ’13, was featured in Toastmasters International Worldwide magazine in the September 2016 issue, sharing her insights on leadership. She also spoke at the World of Women festival, which celebrates women as a force for positive change, in Baltimore in October 2016. In addition, she is a finalist for the Women In Technology 18th Annual Leadership Awards in the “Rising Star” category. WIT is the premier organization supporting professional women in the Washington, D.C. tech industry. Priyanka works for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where she directs technology strategy and development. 

Peter Henrich, MBA ’12, married Dianna Di lorio on Sept. 5, 2015 in Amelia Island, Fla. Photographed are: (First row) Carol Danoff (formerly Carol Lu), MBA '12; Peter Henrich; Lauren Shaughnessy (formerly Lauren Foukes), BBA '06/MBA '12; Kristen Schultz, MBA/MPP '13; Rytas Vygantas, MBA '12; David Bierman, MBA '12. (Second row) Mary Smendzuik, MBA '12; Martin Vogel, MAcc '10; Sid Malhotra, AB '00; Nick Danoff, MBA '12; Ira Shaughnessy, MBA/MS ’13; Stan Garstka III, MBA '12; Jenny Gerow.

Afua Bruce, MBA ’11, is a finalist for the Women In Technology 18th Annual Leadership Awards. WIT is the premier organization supporting professional women in the Washington, D.C. tech industry. Afua serves as the Executive Director of the National Science and Technology Council at the White House, a cabinet-level group chaired by the president. She is nominated for leadership excellence in government.

Forbes recognized Leore Avidar, BBA ’11, and Harry Zhang, AB/BBA ’11, for their work co-founding, a suite of web services that help organizations manage and send large volumes of physical mail as easily as email. Their company has grown to nearly 30 employees and attracted $29 million in funding. The company exceeded $9 million in revenue last year with a client list that includes Amazon, Square, and Microsoft.

After six years working as a marketer for PepsiCo in NYC and LA, Marisa Meddin, BBA ’10, has moved into true entrepreneurship. She has revived a family bakery named The Dessert Place in Atlanta as an e-commerce platform to reach a national audience. More info:

Justin Felt, Erb Institute MS/MBA ’08; Michael Elchinger, Erb Institute MS/MBA ’12; and Bryan Thomas, MBA ’93; are on-site consultants helping the U.S. Army's Office of Energy Initiatives reach its goal of developing one gigawatt of renewable energy projects. OEI serves as the central management office for partnering with U.S. Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, 10 megawatts or greater, leveraging private sector financing. Standing L to R are Michael, Bryan, and Justin. Michael is employed by the National Renewable Lab, Bryan is with Jones Lang LaSalle, and Justin is with Value Recovery Holding. The three are involved with project due diligence, financial analysis, real estate coordination, and project management.

Kevin Butler, BBA ’04/MBA ’10, was named resident director of the new Merrill Lynch office in Grosse Pointe, Mich. 

Adam N. Blanck, BBA ’09/JD ’13, was named one of Detroit Jewish News’ 2017 “36 Under 36.” He is chief of staff at Wallside Windows in Taylor, Mich. 

Ralph Allen Jr., MBA ’09, is celebrating 30 years in financial services, including founding and selling several financial services companies. His company HawkPeak Ventures has several active businesses and entrepreneurial ventures. These include commercial real estate (RnL Holdings/Lakeside Traffic), a Brewpub (Grand Haven Brew House), a microbrewery (HawkPeak Brewing Company), a financial intermediary company (HawkPeak Distributors), another brewery in planning, an investment and trading operation (HawkPeak Wealth Management), a consulting practice (HawkPeak Consulting), financial advisory (HawkPeak Financial), and others.

Christina R. De Simone, BBA ’09, has enjoyed a successful mentorship with Courtney M. Munley, BBA ’17, which resulted in Courtney landing a full-time offer after her internship at Amgen. The two were paired up as mentor/mentee via the Michigan Business Women Club. Courtney negotiated to defer the offer for one year so that she is still eligible to run track (for which she has earned scholarship money) and also earn her MAcc.   

Joseph Liu, MBA ’07, of London, United Kingdom, has launched the Career Relaunch podcast, featuring career insights and interviews with professionals who have made brave career changes. Hear the latest episodes at

Simon Bogdanowicz, BBA ’07, co-founded LaunchTeam (, a marketing platform for authors. His business partner is Jesse Tevelow, a U-M alum and two-time bestseller. LaunchTeam guides writers through the book writing, publishing, and marketing process with its in-house technology and network of partners. 

Salvatore J. Pacella, MD, MBA ’05, is the division head of plastic surgery at Scripps Health in San Diego and La Jolla, Calif. He co-authored a textbook on cosmetic advances in the surgical treatment of facial skin cancer. The book expands upon the most common method of treating skin cancer on the face, known as Mohs surgery. The text takes a new turn for medical textbooks: Pacella concentrates on reinforcing strategies for providing an exceptional patient/customer experience during what can often be a very traumatic experience for skin cancer patients. More information can be found at

Jaime Schneider, BBA ’03, and Aaron Harris, MBA/MS ’06, were married on Oct. 15, 2016 in North Brunswick, N.J. They are joined in the photo by: Alyse Beekman, BA ’03; Larry Johnson, BA ’03; Will Grossett, BSE ’07; Melissa Kasoff, BA ’04; Aaron Weiss, BA ’01; Lori Cannava, BS ’04; John Horn, MBA ’04; and Joseph Liu, MBA ’07.

Winston Wenyan Ma, MBA ’03, authored a new book, China's Mobile Economy: Opportunities in the Largest and Fastest Information Consumption Boom, published by Wiley in December 2016. It was included in Economist magazine New York office chief Matthew Bishop’s list of top business books of 2016.

Amar M. Maletira, MBA ’01, was named CFO of the Year 2016 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. As CFO and executive vice president of Viavi Solutions, he has nearly doubled operating profit in a company with $900 million annual revenue. He has served in this role since 2015, and his previous work experience includes 14 years with Hewlett-Packard, as well as companies in Michigan and his native country of India. 

Anand Christopher, BBA ’01, was featured in Business Leader magazine’s December 2016 cover story discussing expected changes to financial regulation in 2017. Anand is managing partner at Claremont Hudson and a board member of the Ross Alumni Club of Chicago. 

Michael Cuoco, BBA '00, returned to the U.S. after nine-plus years in England. He and his wife Heather Kent, BA '00, and twin 4-year-old sons live in Charlotte, N.C. Michael is head of metals for Wells Fargo, growing the global exchange traded services platform and assisting to expand the commodities business across other sectors as well. He is happy to hear from fellow alumni at

Jared Stadlin, BBA ’98, was elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the International Warehouse Logistics Association. Jared is the vice president of client services and associate corporate counsel for Linden Warehouse & Distribution Co., based in Linden, N.J. 

Michael Brandstaedter, MBA ’97, has been promoted to the position of chief executive officer at The Topps Company Inc., a leading creator of confectionery, sports cards, and entertainment products. In the new position, Brandstaedter also retains the title of president and focuses on advancing the evolution of Topps' iconic consumer products portfolio. He joined the company in 2009 as general manager of the global confectionery business, which includes brands such as Ring Pop and Bazooka gum. He most recently served as Topps' president and COO, where he has been instrumental in strengthening partnerships with premier properties such as Major League Baseball and Star Wars, as well as overseeing the development of global soccer and new partnerships including UEFA Champions League. Brandstaedter also has been integral in fueling significant growth with the recent creation of the Topps Digital Apps business, which has helped redefine trading cards and collecting in the digital space. Topps is owned by Michael Eisner's The Tornante Company and private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners.

Norbert Nusterer, MBA ’96, was named president of Power Systems at Cummins, a Fortune 150 company.

Kristen J. (Barczyk) Duca, BBA ’96, published her book Ultimate Nanny – How to Find, Interview, and Manage the Most Important Person You Will Ever Hire – Your Child’s Nanny, which can be found on Amazon. Kristen has worked in the financial services industry for over two decades. Additionally, she served as a contributing writer for New York Family, New York Family Brooklyn, and Long Island Special Child magazines. Kristen and her husband, Ken, live in Manhattan with their two daughters but always make it back to Ann Arbor for a football game each year.

David Ohlrich, BSE ’87/MBA ’93, was named senior vice president of property management operations for Washington, D.C.-based real estate development and property management firm Kettler.