Know Your Board

Club Officers
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Chris Mather, President

Degree: Political Science/German, 1991

Hometown: East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Favorite Michigan Memory: Painting a big "Smath" on the rock on my birthday (Smather was my nickname).

Desiree Lauricella, Vice President & Membership Chair

Degree: Psychology and Women's Studies, 2008

Hometown: Jackson, Michigan

Career: Law Office of Desiree L. Lauricella, LLC, Principal/Owner

Favorite Michigan Memory: My first dance marathon in 2005! I made tons of new friends during that 30-hour experience, and I learned about many different campus organizations who volunteered their time at the Marathon.

Nikki Little, Secretary & Marketing Co-Chair

Degree: Chemical Engineering, 2005

Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan

Career: Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery, LLP, Intellectual Property Litigator

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: The worldwide reach of the Michigan Alumni network. Anywhere you go in Michigan gear, you're almost certainly guaranteed to hear a "Go Blue!" My husband and I even met Michigan alumni during our honeymoon halfway across the world.

Dustin Tsap, Treasurer

Degree: Industrial and Operations Engineering, 2011

Hometown: Hong Kong

Career: Navigant Consulting, Healthcare Analytics

Activities While at U of M: Michigan Daily (Copyeditor), Hong Kong Student Association, and Program in Entrepreneurship

Ilana Black, Immediate Past President

Degree: Communications Studies, 2012

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Career: Vitamin Talent, Recruiter

Activities While at U of M: Alpha Chi Omega, Student Tour Coordinator, Campus Day Leader, Philanthropic Tour Guide, Forever Go Blue Founder, Greek Philanthropic Organization, Study Abroad in London, Unofficial Mayor of Rick's American Cafe, and Michigan Super Fan!

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John Asante, Board Member

Degree: Master of Public Health, 2011

Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Career: Navigant Consulting, Managing Consultant

Activities While at U of M: Photography, dance, movie nights

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: I think Michigan has one of the strongest and vibrant alumni network. You find more people in Michigan wear in Chicago than Chicago schools. It is special to be part of such a strong and proud group.

Michael Chropowicz, Gala Chair

Degree: Political Science and Spanish, 2010

Hometown: Jackson, Michigan

Career: Associate Attorney, Goldberg Kohn

Activities While at U of M: Michigan Marching Band

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: The sense of camaraderie among alumni. I love to walk down the street and hear "Go Blue!"

Mary Dale, Board Member

Degree: Economics major, English minor 1991

Hometown: Winnetka, Illinois

Career: At Home with three kids in IL. Very involved in PTO and Charity Organizations as well as part-time professional women's wardrobing business with W by Worth.

Activities While at U of M: Member of Women's Glee Club all four years; Member of Women's Acapella Group The Harmonettes three years; Member of Delta Gamma Fraternity with various leadership positions

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: I'm a third generation Wolverine and just enjoyed seeing my nephew who is a sophomore engineering student over Homecoming. I love the instant connection and common bond of excellence and pride of being an alumni of this wonderful institution.

Jennifer DeGeus, Marketing Co-Chair

Degree: Biology, 1995

Hometown: Joliet, Illinois

Career: Lake Forest Pediatrics, Pediatrician

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: I love the camaraderie and connection that Michigan alumni have. There's this immediate excitement that occurs when you encounter another Michigan alumnus. When I was in medical school, I had a surgeon high five me across the operating table when he found out that I went to Michigan, too!

Neil DiMarco, Board Member

Degree: Pharmacy, 2001

Hometown: Troy, Michigan

Career: John H Stroger Hospital

Activities While at U of M: Phi Delta Chi Fraternity, Ultimate Frisbee, Intramural Sports

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: The awesome friends I've met and kept over the years.

Kelly Finzer, Board Member

Degree: Masters in Higher Education, 2013

Hometown: Hicksville, Ohio

Career: Senior Associate Director of Development, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Favorite Michigan Memory: Grad School Reunion with my cohort this past summer! We went back to campus to be students and visited all of our favorites (Dominick's, Ashley's, Jolly Pumpkin, walked around campus, and Fraser's) without any of the homework!

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: Being a Michigan alum made starting out in Chicago so much easier! My team at the University has more than 10 Michigan alumni on it, and attending UMCGC events made it much easier to meet people and discover new things to do.

Nicole Fleishman, Board Member

Degree: Business, 2016

Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan

Career: Gartner, Account Manager

Favorite Michigan Memory: First Michigan game as a student.

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: The network that you have as a Michigan alumni.

Themistocles Frangos, Board Member

Degree: Mechanical Engineering, 2005

Hometown: East Lansing, Michigan

Career: Attorney, Solo Practitioner

Favorite Michigan Memories:

(1) The first football football game after September 11, 2001 with a culmination of emotions from the previous 11 days.

(2) As a Michigan Alum: watching Brock Mealer walk across the field at the home opener in 2010 after being giving a 1% chance to walk again.

(3) Bo Schembechler talking to us about Michigan football and life in a dimly lit and haze filled Michigan Stadium my freshman year.

Kim Hoey, Board Member

Degree: Communication Studies and Biopsychology/Cognition/Neuroscience (BCN), 2017

Hometown: Los Angeles, California

Career: FOX Networks Group/Fox Sports

Favorite Michigan Memory: It is tough to choose...but some top memories are: being in a Sports Illustrated photoshoot with Jim Harbaugh and Game Day Tailgates.

Kara Horsley, Cultural Committee Chair

Degree: Biomedical Engineering, MSE 2005, BSE 2004

Hometown: Troy, Michigan

Career: Accenture, Managing Director

Favorite Michigan Memory: The first time I walked into the Diag, it immediately felt like U of M was home. There were people playing ultimate frisbee nearby, other people studying and just a lot of activity altogether. I still love to walk through the Diag every time I go back and visit Ann Arbor. It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine!

Jesse Hyde, Networking Co-Chair

Degree: History, 2003

Hometown: Chelsea, Michigan

Career: Lateral Link, Director

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: Michigan is where I made my lifelong closest friends. We have stayed in touch over the years and Michigan sports and other alumni events continually bring us together.

Sidney Kleinman, Board Member

Jeff Lieberman, Board Member

Degree: BBA Accounting, 1993

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Career: Finance and Accounting Consultant, DLC

Activities While at U of M: Sports Writer, Michigan Daily; Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity; Avid season ticket holder Michigan Football and Michigan Basketball

Favorite Michigan Memory: 1991 Michigan vs Notre Dame - "The Catch"; Walking by Desmond outisde the Business School and doing a quick double take to finally realize it was him..... then seeing a huge smile on his face.

Matthew Martin, Board Member

Degree: History, 2004

Hometown: Metro Detroit

Career: Attorney, Cremer Spina

Activities While at U of M: Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, U-M Intramural Department

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: The community and pride that it has in its institution.

Michelle Mirzoian, Board Member

Alan Moy, Board Member

Degree: BBA, 2009

Hometown: Downers Grove, Illinois

Career: Viet Nom Nom, Co-Founder

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: Like many, I am a huge Michigan sports super fan. Since college, I've loved traveling to watch Michigan play across the country in bowl games, March Madness and various road trips. Some of my best memories as an alum have come on these trips with friends and fellow alums, including my trips to Dallas for the Cowboys Classic, New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl, and Atlanta for the basketball team's National Championship appearance in 2013 (we also made it to 5 different cities during that team's regular season!).

Lynda Myszkowski

Erica Nedelman, Board Member

Degree: History of Art, 2009

Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan

Career: Finance Manager, Performics

Activities While at U of M: Cheering on our Michigan Wolverines and attending all home football games (Go Blue!); Member of Delta Phi Epsilon sorority

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: Being a part of a large, dedicated, enthusiastic network of Wolverines!

Christine Olson, Board Member

Jeffrey Piell, Board Member

Degree: Economics/Political Science, 1988

Hometown: Southfield, Michigan

Career: Labor and Employment Law Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLC

Favorite Michigan Memory: Proposing on 909 Sybil Street. My wife and I still walk by it everytime we are in Ann Arbor.

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: Pride and community. You cannot walk down the street in Chicago or suburbs without seeing someone wearing the maize and blue.

Emma Sadikovich, Board Member

Merideth Segovia, Community Service Chair

Degree: Finance, 2011

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Career: PepsiCo

Favorite Michigan Memory: The Michigan football game against Notre Dame under the lights! All the Michigan pride, the stadium filled with blinking blue bracelets, the halftime show, and the amazing Michigan win is a memory I won't forget!

Favorite Part of Living in Chicago: Summer! I love walking and tuning along the Lake, going to the beach, seeing everyone enjoy and take advantage of the nice weather, attending all the street festivals and art fairs, and going to the amazing outdoor patios restaurants.

Jamillah Shakoor, Board Member

Degree: Economics, 1994

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Career: Senior Consultant

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: My favorite part is just representing the best university of the west!! No matter where I have traveled to (London, Birmingham/UK, Singapore, across the US/Canada), people recognize the Block M and ask if I attended the school. I'm still waiting to board a Southwest flight to Michigan's homecoming and have everyone sing our Michigan song. I may have to initiate this :-)

Sharan Shokar, Board Member

Degree: English, Spanish & Political Science, 2011

Hometown: London, England

Career: Willis Towers Watson, Communication and Change Management Consultant

Activities while at U of M: President of Stockwell Hall's Multicultural Council, Organizations Manager and Sports Editor of the Michiganensian Yearbook, dancer on the Michigan Bhangra Team, Indian American Student Association member.

Steven Tamaroglio, Networking Co-Chair

Degree: BBA, 2005

Hometown: Westland, Michigan

Career: United Airlines

Favorite Part About Living in Chicago: Meeting and connecting with other amazing Wolverines here in the city.

Patty Theokas, Board Member

Degree: Organizational Studies/Political Science 2008

Hometown: Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Career: Transwestern, Sr HR Business Partner

Activities While at U of M: Detroit Project, Relay for Life, Football Saturdays, and anything/everything Ann Arbor!

Tania Yusaf, Board Member

Degree: Economics & English Language and Literature, 2002

Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Career: Wexler Wallace LLP

Favorite Part of Being a Michigan Alum: Connecting with other alumni in Chicago during game days at sponsor bars.

Zach Wilson, Board Member

Degree: General Studies, 2002

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Career: Partner & CTO at a Digital Agency, Gulo Solutions

Favorite Michigan Memory: Halloween 1998. I found a construction barrel at our house. I cut off the top of it, put suspenders on it and walked all over campus with a blinking light on top. It was memorable because it was impossible to walk in. My stride was cut down down by 75% and walking all the way across campus from the west side took my forever. My friends were yelling at me all night to hurry up, but I just couldn't move any faster.

Phillip Zinda, Scholarship Co-Chair

Degree: Management & Organizations and Marketing, 2005

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Career: PepsiCo, Brand Management

Favorite Michigan Memory: Storming the field my senior year 2004 after beating OSU to secure a Rose Bowl bid.