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Sena Kwawu, MBA '93, most recently SVP, Finance and Business Operations for Starbucks, will serve as Frontdoor SVP of operations. in his newly created executive role. Sena will lead Frontdoor’s service operations and oversee contractor relations for the company’s network of 17,000 prequalified contractor firms and 60,000 technicians. He will also be responsible for designing processes, metrics and systems that will help Frontdoor serve its 2.2 million customers and scale its operations for continued growth in the home services market segment. Sena’s passion for operational excellence and improving the customer experience fits perfectly with our obsession to take the hassle out of home ownership. Congratulations! Est. 3.2020

Danielle Shainbrown, BBA '01, was recently promoted as McGuire Development Company's new president and chief business officer. Danielle has grown McGuire’s unique Ownership Representation and Consultation practice over the past nine years, and works closely with the entire McGuire Development team to continuously innovate and improve customer experiences. She is a member of the Leadership Buffalo Class of 2011, a recipient of the 2012 Buffalo Business First “40 Under 40” Award and the 2019 Buffalo Business First Power 125. Congratulations!  Est. 3.2020

Jake Freeman, BBA '13, recently completed the acquisition of the largest brand manufacturer of mochi ice cream in North America, The Mochi Ice Cream Co, from private equity firm Century Park Capital Partners. The Los Angeles-based ice cream company, which mainly manufactures the My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream brand was acquired by Michigan-based investment firm, Lakeview Capital. Freeman currently serves as the director of investments at Lakeview Capital.  Est. 3.2020

Douglas Elvers (Ph.D '69), passed away on February 15, 2020. The Michigan Ross Family keeps Mr. Evers and his family in our thoughts.   Est. 3.2020

Jeffrey E. Jarrett, BBA '62, is now the former Chairperson of the Department of Management Science at the University of Rhode Island. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and New York University where he studied with W. Edwards Deming, among others. He has published extensively in: The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance and the Management Science Journal. Further, he presented many research papers at international and national conferences. At the end of this academic year, (2019-2020), he will retire from the faculty at URI/COB after 55 years in academic life, the last 49 at URI. He authored 6 books and about 250 academic publications.  Est. 3.2020

Lou Cushman, MBA '65, was recently inducted into the NAIOP Hall of Fame, recognizing his career-long impact on Houston's commercial real estate community. Lou Cushman serves as the vice chairman of Cushman & Wakefield. Congratulations!  Est 2.2020

Steven Wittwer, MBA '97, was recently promoted to Head of Infrastructure and Utilities Group at Duff & Phelps Investment Management Company. Congratulations!  Est. 2.2020

Peggy Antonakou, MBA '02, was recently promoted as the General Director of Google for the Southeastern European region, based in Athens. Congratulations!  Est 2.2020

Jonathan Halvorson, EMBA '17, was recently inducted into the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement and received the Jack Avrett Volunteer Spirit Award. Jonathan serves as Vice President, Global Media, Digital & Data at Mondelez International. Congratulations!   Est. 2.2020

April Boise, BBA' 90, was recently promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Eaton Corp. Congratulations!  Est. 2.2020

Massimiliano (Max) Riso, MBA '12, was recently promoted to Director, Healthcare Investment Banking at PJT Partners. Congratulations!  Est. 2.2020

Steve Zanella, MBA '14, was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (LVGEA). Steve is the President & COO of CityCenter. Congratulations!  Est 2.2020

Brad Fulkerson, MBA '99, was recently promoted to President and CEO at Aurora Parts. Congratulations!   Est 2.2020

Roberto Jiménez Rivera, BBA '12, was elected as the one at-large member of the Chelsea (MA) School Committee in November 2019, and sworn in on January 2, 2020. Having only recently moved to Chelsea, he and his small campaign knocked on over 4,000 doors, half of which he knocked himself, in order to get to know the community. Ultimately, he won a landslide victory and is excited to get to work on improving student learning and outcomes through a community-centered collaborative process informed by his knowledge of college access and education policy. To learn more, visit:   Est. 2.2020

Adam Nielsen, MBA '05, was named Chief Development Officer for Center for Diagnostic Imaging, Inc. In this role, Nielsen will drive expanding and growing CDI’s national network of outpatient-based diagnostic imaging centers through acquisitions and other partnership arrangements. He joins CDI after his recent role as president and CEO at Great Lakes Caring Home Health and Hospice. Ross MBA 2005; BYU BA 1998.  Est 2.2020

Melissa Mabley, MBA '08, CFP®, CDFA®, recently joined Bartlett Wealth Management's Chicago office as a wealth advisor with an expertise in financial planning. Mabley will focus on clients in transition. She brings experience in supporting clients through major life events such as death or divorce. She also performs next-generation education and planning to support multi-generation families. Mabley earned her bachelor of arts in Spanish literature from Indiana University and her MBA from the University of Michigan.     Est. 2.2020

Dr. William C. Handorf, MBA '67, a professor of finance at the George Washington University School of Business was recently reelected to the board of directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, which is a $150 billion, SEC- registered wholesale institution. He previously served as a director with the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.   Est. 1.2020

Rahul Shah, MBA '04, is now the Portfolio Manager with Red Spruce Capital.  Est. 1.2020

Sarah Raiss, MBA '87, was named an Institute of Corporate Director's Fellow (F.ICD), as one of four corporate directors in 2020 and one of 93 directors since the inception of the award 22 years ago. This is Canada's highest distinction for board directors in Canada and awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions through exceptional governance leadership in the boardroom. In 2015, she was named a National Association of Corporate Director's D100 as one of the 50 most influential corporate directors in the U.S.  Est .1.2020

Christopher Jones, BBA '89, will begin as the inaugural Senior Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California starting February 1, 2020. Est. 12.2019

Howard Handler, MBA '85, Sports and Entertainment Innovator and Detroit Native is the new President at 313 Presents. Handler, who will oversee the booking, production, marketing and business opportunities at Little Caesars Arena, Comerica Park, the Fox Theatre, DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre on the campus of Oakland University and Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, will report directly to the 313 Presents Board of Directors, comprised of executives from Ilitch Holdings, Inc., and Platinum Equity. Est. 12.2019

Alex Mitchell, BBA '11, released his second book "Disrupting Yourself" earlier this month. Disrupting Yourself is a survival guide for the New Economy where change is massive, unrelenting, and accelerating. He shares lessons from his own career on how to manage and thrive in a world of constant change. Learn more at:  Est. 12.2019


Jack A. Rounick, BBA '56, was selected as Top Attorney of the Year for 2018 and Lifetime Achievement in 2019 by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for his outstanding leadership and commitment to the legal field. Est. 12.2019

Rob Spencer, EMBA '17, was appointed General Counsel of Henniges Automotive, a global Tier 1 automotive supplier. Est. 12.2019

Rachel Levy Lesser, MBA '03, new book," Life's Accessories: A Memoir (And Fashion Guide)" was released from She Writes Press in November 2019. The book was selected as one of "11 Memoirs You Need to Be Reading Now" by Parade Magazine. There is even a chapter in the book on my time in Michigan called "Fleece Socks Will Keep You Warm at The University of Insomnia at Ann Arbor".  Est. 12.2019