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Class of 2015

Andrew Specht, MBA ‘15 was appointed director of Roadmap Market Research, a subsidiary of Campbell Marketing & Communications, in Dearborn. He was a market research manager at Cengage Learning in Farmington Hills. He graduated from Wayne State University and received master’s degrees in library and information science and business administration from Wayne State University and Walsh College, respectively.

Class of 2004

Sharron Jekielek-Olka, BBA ’04, MSF joined Crestmark’s SBA Division as vice president, SBA underwriter. Before joining Crestmark in 2014, Jekielek-Olko worked as a senior commercial real estate analyst at Wells Fargo Bank. Her previous work history includes the following positions: real estate underwriter for Level One Bank; commercial real estate underwriter at First State Bank; and asset analyst for Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Jekielek-Olko has a master’s degree in finance, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration.

Class of 2002

Mark Redman MBA ‘02 was named controller of Strategic Staffing Solutions in Detroit. Prior to joining the information technology company, he was chief financial officer for the Spartan Equities High Yield Fund I. He has 30 years of experience. He has been on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Redman has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University, and graduated from Walsh College with a master’s degree.

Class of 1999

Michelle Sherman MSF ‘99 was named chief financial officer of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan. Prior to joining Gleaners, she worked for Barden Cos. as the chief financial officer and acting CEO. She graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree, and from Walsh College with a master’s degree. She is a certified public accountant. She also is on the advisory board of directors for multicultural business programs at MSU.

Class of 1989

Harold Burns BAC ‘89, of Memphis, is the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at St. Clair County Community College. Burns is a partner at UHY, LLP in Sterling Heights and a managing director of UHY Advisor Mi, Inc. He oversees the audit and assurance department in Sterling Heights and is the firm's national health care practice chairman. He earned an associate degree in general business from SC4 and a bachelor's degree in accounting from Walsh College.