Walsh College is proud of our alumni. Applauding Alumni feature alumnus who exhibit leadership success and allows us to applaud  their contributions to the local and business community. Contact MiVida Burrus to applaud at (248) 823-1298.



    Bryan Kieler, MSSL '11 

Bryan Kieler has been promoted to the Director of Lending - OHIO region for IFF.  For two years, Bryan has held the reigns as the President of the Alumni Association for Walsh College as well as many other board seats and memberships.  Bryan is currently pursing a Doctorate in Business Administration specializing in Innovation and Strategy.  His goal is to combine his knowledge with his work in Community Development and think abstractly on how to build sustainable communities from within. He believes in taking a holistic approach in combining small business development, job creation, affordable housing, with other social services.


Read More about this Applauding Alumnus: Bryan Kieler, MSSL '11

    Brad Dahlhofer, BBA '01, MSB '04  

Brad is founder and CEO of B. Nektar Meadery in Ferndale. He was inspired to pursue his brewing hobby by wedding guests who raved about the hand crafted mead he made for his wedding toast. After a couple years of planning, the business opened to the public in 2008. The following year B.Nektar Meadery was declared Best New Business by the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce.

Brad is the proud beer sponsor for the 2016 Walsh College Oktoberfest.  Read more about our very generous Alumnus: Brad Dahlhofer, BBA '01, MSB '04


Mark Winkelman, BAC '89 

Mark Winkelman graduated from Walsh College in December 1989 with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. He started with Better Made Snack Foods, Inc., in 1994 as an accounts receivable clerk. In 2011 Mark became the company’s president.   

Walsh College is very proud Mark Winkelman and his major accomplishments.

 Read more about Applauding Alumni: Mark Winkelman BAC '89


Christine Potempa, MSA '88

Christine Potempa serves at the Chief Financial Officer for Auburn Pharmaceuticals in Troy, MI.  As a chief executive and long-time employee, Christine has witnessed many changes in various industries, including pharmacy, finance, and leadership.  As a leader both personally and professionally, Christine shares her sound advice. She enjoys traveling, golf, her family and planning special events.  Christine is a member of the Walsh College Wine Gala committee and her vibrant personality and enthusiasm has helped the committee generate new ideas and support the growth of scholarships.  

Walsh College applauds Christine Potempa for her success, service, and leadership!  Congratulations on being one of our honored alumni!

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Christine Potempa, MSA, '88


Richard Pagac Jr. BAC '94

Richard Pagac Jr., is currently a Partner at Pagac & Company, a firm founded by his father in 1975.  He started his career in an equity position and worked hard to hone his skills and learn best practices of accounting.  Richard enrolled at Walsh College in the Bachelor of Accountancy program and gained his BAC in 1994.  Richard believes that hardwork and passion pays off. When he took the CPA exam he passed it at first sitting, due to his diligence and commitment to public accounting.  After working several jobs including controller for the City of Bloomfield, Richard knew that his love for accounting would lead him into a life-long career and he joined Pagac & Company.

Besides his passion for accounting, Richard has several hobbies and interests.  He enjoys weight training, motorcycle riding, reading and all types of music.  In addition, Richard loves fast cars.  He is a member of the Corvette Owners’ Enthusiasts group. 

Walsh College applauds Richard Pagac, Jr. for all of his success in the financial industry and congratulate him as one of our honored alumni!

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Richard Pagac Jr. BAC '94

Hannah Thoms, BAC '96 & MSF '98

Hannah Thoms, CPA, M.S.T., CFP® is a specialist in the area of estate, tax, and personal financial planning at Gordon Advisors, P.C. in Troy, Michigan.   Gordon Advisors is recognized among its peers and in its community as a leader of professional service firms. We serve our customers in such a manner that they recognize our value, know we care not only about assisting them with their professional service needs, but also in helping them accomplish their overall goals and objectives.

Hannah has nearly 20 years of experience in assisting clients in developing strategies to meet their financial planning objectives, while saving current tax dollars and minimizing future tax implications. She is currently a principal at the firm and works to help develop new advisors and consultants grow in the field.  In addition to her work at Gordon Advisors, Hannah is a member of the MACPA, the AICPA, and the FEPC.             

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Hannah Thoms, BAC '96 & MSF '98.

Danielle Crane Danielle Crane, MBA '12

Danielle Crane is the chief administrative officer for GreenPath, Inc. She leads the Human Resources, Training & Development, Education, and Workforce Management functions. GreenPath is a national, non-profit organization, headquarted in Farmington Hills, Mich. It focuses on helping individuals achieve financial wellness. Counselors help clients gain control of their lives and teach the skills that are required for long- term financial success. Out of 500 employees at GreenPath, Inc., 300 are employed in southeast Michigan..

Danielle earned the PHR and SHRM-CP certifications, and is an active member of the National Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She also serves as the College Relations Chair for Detroit SHRM. In 2014, she was a Top 10 Finalist for the Michigan Council of SHRM(MISHRM)’s Top HR Professional award.  The award recognizes individuals across the state who exemplify the highest standards of the HR profession.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Danielle Crane, MBA '12.

Brian Pilarski Brian Pilarski, MSM '07

Brian Pilarski is an independent insurance broker for Brown and Brown Insurance. He has a passion for education. Brian is a partner for the Cornerstone Charter Schools where he donates his time, resources, and energy to further their mission. He also held the position of president for the Walsh College Alumni Association for two consecutive terms: the first and only president to do so in the association’s history.  He continues his commitment to higher education by sitting on the Walsh College Foundation Board as the youngest director of the board in March of 2013. He gives back by raising funds for scholarships with his work on the Foundation Leadership Dinner, which has already exceeded its goal of $125K and raised $168K. Brian has been recognized by Walsh College with the Association of Fundraising Professionals distinguished volunteer award.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Brian Pilarski, MSM '07.

James Murawski James L. Murawski, MST '82

James Murawski, MST ’82, Walsh alumnus, is chief information officer, vice president, Information Technology and Global Business Processes for Lear Corporation. He joined the Lear team in 2003 as the vice president, Internal Audit and has held various positions during his tenure, including vice president, Corporate Controller. Previously, he spent 14 years in public accounting with Deloitte & Touche and has held various accounting and finance leadership positions at Collins & AikmanTRW, and LucasVarity.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: James L. Murawski, MST '82.

Ivgen Guner   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 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.

Read more about Applauding Alumni: Tom Lanni, Jr.

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.

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

Past Applauding Alumni

    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. Read more: Lou Schmidt


Jane Harper, MSIA 2007
Information Security Compliance Assessment and Advisory Services Leader for HAP Read more.


Lorraine Goodrich, MSF '03
Chief financial officer for Automotive Industry Action Group Read more.


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.