Walsh College

Applauding Alumni

Walsh College is proud of our alumni. Applauding Alumni feature alumnus who exhibit leadership success. Contact Duc Abrahamson, alumni & student relations manager to nominate an alumnus to applaud at (248) 823-1298 or dabrah2@walshcollege.edu.

  Rebecca Sorensen, BAC '85

Rebecca Sorensen, BAC ’85, Walsh alumna, is an institutional consultant, senior vice president of Investments, and wealth advisor with UBS Financial Services’ Birmingham, Mich. office. With more than 25 years investment industry experience, she is a CPA, Certified Financial Planner, and Certified Investment Management Analyst. Additionally, she has completed the Wharton School’s IMCA program on Alternative Investments. A specialist in financial and retirement planning, Rebecca assists clients with asset allocation, investment selection, and performance monitoring.  Clients include individuals, foundations, endowments, and corporate and municipal retirement plans.  Rebecca has lectured frequently on the subject of asset allocation and retirement planning. She has given presentations to the Michigan Association of CPAs and employees of Ford and Chrysler, as well as many other companies in Michigan, and to members of various business groups.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Rebecca Sorensen, BAC '85.

Carla Sarti   Carla Sarti, MBA '02

Carla Sarti, MBA ’02, Walsh alumna and a director of Global Shared Services and Business Process Optimization for Lear Corporation, is demonstrating leadership in business, locally and globally.  Prior to joining Lear, Carla served as Account Executive at ACS, a Xerox company, for six years, where she acted as Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Sales for many large accounts in the Finance and Accounting Outsourcing area.  She spent five years at Delphi Corporation in numerous roles of increasing responsibility including managing the SAP environment after implementation and work as a Lean expert for the Cockpits business.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Carla Sarti, MBA '02.

Jeff Farrington   Jeff Farrington, BBA '88, MSM '93

Walsh alumnus and State Representative Jeff Farrington is demonstrating leadership in Lansing, business, and the local community. He is serving his second term representing the 30th House District, which covers parts of Sterling Heights, Utica, and Shelby Township. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1988 and Master of Science in Management in 1993 from Walsh College. He has worked hard to eliminate burdensome regulation in Lansing, create a positive economic environment for business, and provide good jobs for the citizens of Michigan. Prior to his election as a State Representative, Jeff owned his own staffing company.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: State Representative Jeff Farrington.

Tom Lanni, Jr   Thomas B. Lanni, Jr., MBA '05

Tom Lanni, Jr., MBA ’05, FACHE, is vice president of Oncology, Internal Medicine and Imaging for Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. He is responsible for leading the clinical, operational, financial, research, and quality and safety for these clinical areas. Tom is a member of the Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators (SROA), American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and Leadership Oakland. He serves on the board of directors for the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Michigan Gamma Knife, LLC. Tom is a member of the Finance Committee for Leadership Oakland and the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (MCACHE). He was a previous recipient of the 2012 Beaumont’s Rising Star Leader Award and was recently recognized as a 2014 L. Brooks Patterson Elite 40-under 40-awardee.

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Jesse Ford
  Jesse Ford, BAC '07, MBA '10

Jesse Ford, BAC ’07, MBA ’10, started his professional career while pursuing his undergraduate degree at Walsh College through an internship with American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM). The internship opened the door to an eight- year career with AAM that gave him promotional opportunities in various treasury and finance roles. During this time he obtained his MBA with a focus on international business and his Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) certificate. After eight years, Jesse left AAM to pursue his own entrepreneurial ventures.

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  Debby Hopkins, BAcct 1977

Debby Hopkins, Walsh alum (BAC, 1977), is the Chief Innovation Officer of Citi, a global bank operating across 160 countries. She is also Chairman of Venture Capital Initiatives and Managing Director/Head of CitiVentures. Fortune magazine has twice named her one of the most powerful women in American business, and for three years running she has been named to the Institutional Investors Top Tech 50 list. Walsh College recently had the opportunity to ask Ms. Hopkins some questions about the art and science of innovation.

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  Jeffrey Littmann, MST 1981

Walsh College is proud to announce the Jeffrey C. Littmann Endowed scholarship , made possible by a generous grant of the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. The scholarship, established in honor of Mr. Littmann’s long service to Ralph Wilson Enterprises, is intended to assist Macomb Community College transfer students, especially those individuals with children who are balancing the demands of family, work, and academics.

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  Jerry Schafer, BAcct 1975

Schafer, corporate vice president of worldwide development for McDonald’s Corp. and a new director on the Walsh Foundation Board, helped get LaunchPad up and running with a major gift toward furnishings and technology.

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  Mike Semanco, BBA 1991, MSF 1999

Semanco, a Walsh College trustee and alumni booster, is president and COO of Hennessey Capital, a division of Hitachi Capital America Corp. Through his involvement on community development boards a few years ago, he learned about Blackstone Charitable Foundation’s intention to make an investment that would spark innovation and business creation in Michigan.

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  Lou Schmidt, BBA 1990, MSF 1997

Alumnus Lou Schmidt, president of the HoneyBaked Ham Company of Michigan, has endowed a scholarship that draws on his Walsh legacy and the success of his family’s business. He specified that applicants for the Louis C. and Mary Schmidt Endowed Scholarship be enrolled in a degree program with an emphasis in either finance or marketing.

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Jane Harper, MSIA 2007   Jane Harper, MSIA 2007

Jane Harper, MSIA 2007, has a title as complex as her field.  She is the Information Security Compliance Assessment and Advisory Services Leader for HAP, one of Michigan’s largest health insurance companies.  Quite simply, Jane is responsible for advancing HAP’s information security posture: directing, overseeing and guiding the insurer’s ongoing IT security protocols.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Jane Harper.

Lorraine Goodrich   Lorraine Goodrich, MSF '03

Lorraine is the chief financial officer for Automotive Industry Action Group, a global trade association located in Southfield, Mich.  Her 30-year background includes financial management and accounting positions in the not-for-profit, software, medical, and agriculture service industries.  She obtained her CPA early in her career, and in 2003 obtained a Masters in Finance from Walsh College.  Lorraine serves on the board of directors for Bloomfield Youth Guidance, as well as on the board committee for The Empowerment Plan in Detroit. Read more

David Girodat   David Girodat, BBA '85, MSF '92

David serves as president and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Eastern Michigan). He is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the bank’s four main businesses. David serves on the boards of Business Leaders of Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber and New Detroit. He also is a member of the New Detroit Finance Committee, the Business Leaders of Michigan Audit Committee, The United Way Cabinet, Henry Ford Macomb Hospital’s Philanthropy Council, and the Ambassador Club of Henry Ford Macomb Hospital. He also serves as co-chair of the Walsh College Scholarship Golf Classic. Read more

  Tonya McNeal-Weary, MBA 2009

Tonya McNeal-Weary is an accomplished entrepreneur. She founded and currently runs two organizations: the Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (nonprofit), and IBS, a global consulting company. Read more

Stephen C. Johnson   Stephen C. Johnson, MBA '10

Steve is the president and founder of Motor City Tour Company, LLC (A.K.A. Motor City Brew Tours). Motor City Tour Company offers guided bus, bike, and walking tours to Michigan breweries. Steve has developed business partnerships with over 50 breweries, brewpubs and brewers who offer tours and tasting sessions to tour guests. His responsibilities include day-to-day management of the entire organization, as well as creating sales and marketing plans and campaigns using social media, e-mail and print. Read more

Aaron Opalewski   Aaron Opalewski, BBA '11

Aaron is the chief executive officer and co-owner of S&A Solutions Inc.  S&A Solutions Inc is a recruiting firm that specializes in placing engineering, IT, defense, office, manufacturing, medical, energy, environmental and architectural services. Aaron started his business in his home in 2009 and achieved $7.1 million in sales revenue by 2012. Revenues are projected to break the $10 million this year. In 2011, Corp Magazine gave Aaron and his business partner, Steve Bronzovich, the Entrepreneurs of Distinction award. Read more

Karol Clason   Karol Clason, BBA '05, MBA '08

Karol has been in the healthcare industry for more than 20 years. Through her career, Walsh College has been with her as she moved progressively up the corporate ladder. Today, she is the director of strategic planning at Bronson Healthcare in Kalamazoo. Read more
  Samuel Palmeri Ph.D., SPHR, CBP, CCP, MSM '93

Sam is a Walsh College alumnus and, for the last eighteen years, a Walsh College Adjunct Professor. He has spent more than twenty-two years in the field of Human Resources Management (HR) which included ten years as a Sr. Human Resources Manager with Sprint Nextel. Read more
Art Kelly   Arthur Kelly, BBA 2007, MBA 2009

Arthur (Art) Kelly is an IT/Business Consultant for WLGP working with the compliance department of healthcare insurance company preparing for the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act (PPACA). He is a very active leader of the Walsh College Alumni Association (WCAA) as a Board member, chairing the popular Casino Night Committee and co-chairing the Marketing and Communications Committee. Read more
Crystal Arcicovich   Crystal Arcicovich, BBA 2009

Crystal is the Corporate Event Sales Manager at Star Lanes @ Emagine Royal Oak. Since graduating from Walsh with her Bachelors in Business Administration with a major in management and a minor in marketing, she remains involved with Walsh College through her committee work with the Walsh College Foundation Wine Gala and as the Vice Chairperson for the Walsh College Alumni Association Casino Night. Read more
Scott Calka   Scott Calka, BBA 1999

As a long-time fan and employee of the Detroit Tigers, Scott Calka has worked for the club through both the good and bad times. Since graduating from Walsh, he has remained dedicated to the team, while also maintaining a positive attitude, even as the Tigers struggled.  As Scott points out, fan loyalty is not the only requirement for having a successful career with the Detroit Tigers. Read more

Past Applauding Alumni


John Latella, MSF 1999
COO, Garden Fresh Gourmet  Read more.


Todd Hohauser, MSM 2003
President of Harvey Hohauser & Associates  Read more.


Laurie Macaddino, CPA, MSF, 1990
VP, Corporate Audit and Compliance, Chrysler Corporation Read more.


Robert Naftaly, Diploma – Accountancy and Financial Administration, 1959
Retired CPA, Health Industry Executive
1965-66 Alumni Association President; 1987 Distinguished Alumnus; Walsh College Trustee: 2002-present  Read more.


Carolyn Kadish Wysack, Diploma – Accountancy and Financial Administration, 1960
Retired, Hungerford & Co. Read more.


Jeffrey Littmann, BAcct 1977; MST, 1981
CFO, Buffalo Bills and Ralph Wilson Enterprises  Read more.


James Knusalla, BBA – Finance, 2008
Financial Applications Analyst, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority  Read more.


Victoria R. Scavone, BBA, 1982; MSM, 1993
Assistant VP, Enrollment & Student Services, Walsh College
2005 Distinguished Alumna  Read more.


Paul P. Baker, Diploma − Accountancy and Financial Administration, 1946
Partner, Paul P. Baker & Co.
2003 Distinguished Alumnus  Read more.


Michael Wild, Diploma − Accountancy and Financial Administration, 1935
Senior Partner, Berger & Wild
1989 Distinguished Alumnus  Read more.