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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Ivgen Guner, MSA '84 Ivgen graduated from Walsh College with a Master of Science in Accounting in 1984. Upon graduation, she accepted a position with Unisys Corporation. Later she was recruited by Oracle Corporation in California. Her current title is senior vice president, Global Business Finance. Oracle’s financial operations have been on the forefront of change for more than a decade, starting when managers centralized the core Oracle E-Business Suite into a single, enterprise-wide resource and reduced data centers from 40 to 2 facilities. Beginning in 2005, these efforts have saved the equivalent of 10 percent of revenues each year as Oracle grew from a US$12 billion to a US$37 billion company. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Ivgen Guner, MSA '84. 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, 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, 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. 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. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Tom Lanni, Jr. 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. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Jesse Ford 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. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Debby Hopkins 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. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Jeff Littmann 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. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Jerry Schafer 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. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Mike Semanco 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. Read more about Applauding Alumni: Lou Schmidt 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, 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. Past Applauding Alumni David Girodat, BBA '85, MSF '92 President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank (Eastern Michigan) Read more. Tonya McNeal-Weary, MBA 2009 President and founder, Michigan Association for Female Entrepreneurs (nonprofit), and IBS, a global consulting company Read more. Stephen C. Johnson, MBA '10 President and founder, Motor City Tour Company, LLC Read more. Aaron Opalewski, BBA '11 Chief executive officer and co-owner of S&A Solutions Inc. Read more. Karol Clason, BBA '05, MBA '08 Director of strategic planning, Bronson Healthcare Read more. Samuel Palmeri Ph.D., SPHR, CBP, CCP, MSM '93 Senior Human Resources Manager, Sprint Nextel Read more. Arthur Kelly, BBA 2007, MBA 2009 IT/Business Consultant, WLGP Read more. Crystal Arcicovich, BBA 2009 Corporate Event Sales Manager, Star Lanes @ Emagine Royal Oak Read more. Scott Calka, BBA 1999 Box Office, Detroit Tigers Read more. 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.