Shalonda Dennis, SBA `07
Eligibility Specialist, Department of Health and Human Services
Community involvement: Good Government Award for Team Work (State of Michigan-MDHHS)
Fun facts: I love to eat, craft and travel. I enjoy water activities/sports although I cannot swim. I am re-training myself to be ambidextrous.
Why do you serve on the council? I am involved with the council to stay connected to OU and to give back to the University. Read More
Elissa Harrison, SEHS `11
Human Resource Generalist, Wayne State University Physician Group
Community involvement: Leadership OU Mentor (2016-2017 school year) I also serve Coffee at Kensington Church on Sundays at the Clarkston campus.
Awards and recognition: Being selected to serve on the OU Young Alumni Council
Fun facts: I have been on two missions trips that have led me to Africa and Honduras. I am a first generation college graduate and the oldest of 7.
Why do you serve on the council? I serve because it allows me to express my passion for Oakland University post-graduation as well as giving me the ability to continue creating memories and making new friends who are helping shape me into the professional that I aspire to be. I want to give back to the institution that gave me and continues to give me, the opportunity to follow my dreams. Read More
Brittani Hobbs, CAS `08
Communications Coordinator, Oakland University
Community involvement: I judge forensics competitions for the Detroit Catholic Forensics League
Awards and recognition: 2014 Oakland University Employee of the Month
Fun facts: I love to shop, try new restaurants, cook, everything style and fashion, and working out.
Why do you serve on the council? I serve on the council because I truly LOVE Oakland University and all that it stands for. I believe young alums have done an outstanding job in taking the educational experience they had at OU and using it to benefit their surrounding communities. It is my pleasure to serve the University and young alums alike. Read More
Taylor (Humm) Van Dyke, SECS `15
Manufacturing Leadership Development Program Participant, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Community involvement: I volunteer for United Way, working as a private tutor and participating in holiday drives for food and clothes.
Fun facts: I am getting married July 31, 2016. I have a quirky cat named Puff who usually will be squashed by my boxer lab puppy Sophie because she thinks he is a nice cushion to sit on! I played for the collegiate volleyball team at Oakland. I love to mountain bike with my fiance Chris.
Why do you serve on the council? I am here to bring enrichment to alumni who want to give back, but do not know how. I am also here because I want to make sure that everyone I meet has an amazing experience, just like I did! Read More
Simon Keleel, SON `10
Registered Nurse, Children's Hospital of Michigan
Awards and recognition: Practice Nurse of the Year - Children's Hospital of Michigan, May 2014, Daisy Award Nominee, March 2014 & April 2013, Acute Care Nurse of the Month - Children's Hospital of Michigan, May 2013
Nicholas Kristock, SBA `13 & `14
Founder, Fleece and Thank You
Community involvement: I love to serve and volunteer with a number of local nonprofits in the Metro Detroit area.
Awards and recognition: 2014 Player of the Year for the Logan Lightning FC of the Brisbane Premier League in Australian professional soccer, 2016 OU Young Alumni 10 Within 10 Award recipient, and 2016 OUAA Alumni Community Service Award recipient.
Fun facts: I LOVE hockey. I love reading and studying biblical history.
Why do you serve on the council? Oakland has given me more than I think I will ever be able to give back. My time on the council will be spent attempting to do just that. Read More
Mark LeMerise, SECS `11
Software Developer, Symphono
Community involvement: Alumni volunteer at OU admissions events
Why do you serve on the council? OU made a huge impact on me and I want to give back. Read More
Mike Lerchenfeldt, SEHS `08
Teacher, Chippewa Valley Schools
Community involvement: Brooksie Way Half Marathon Group Leader, Oakland University School of Education and Human Services Resource Development Board, and Michigan Educator Voice Fellowship Writer
Awards and recognition: Chippewa Valley Education Foundation Grant for Teaching Excellence, Saginaw Valley State University Meadows Family Graduate Grant in Educational Leadership, and Michigan Association of Environmental Professionals Grant
Fun facts: Taught in New Zealand (Exchange Program), love our dog, Travis (Australian Shepherd Mix), fitness enthusiast - bike, run, basketball
Why do you serve on the council? It is an excellent way to give back and stay involved in the OU community. The voices of young alums need to be elevated. This council is fun and filled with amazing people. Read More
Danny Malendowski, SBA `11 & `12
Senior Associate, PWC
Community involvement: I am actively involved with the Big Brothers Big Sister program and have been since college.
Fun facts: My wife and I are high school sweethearts, with both of us graduating from OU (undergrad/masters for me, undergrad/doctorate for her). Before we were married, we always lived two miles (high school), two floors (dorms) or two buildings (student apartments) away.
Why do you serve on the council? My time at Oakland was entirely positive. I love the university and feel it prepared me for where I am. I look at this as a chance to contribute in a meaningful way. Read More
Tara Michener, SEHS `12
Therapist/author/speaker, Michener Associates Counseling
Community involvement: Co-chair of the Princeton Prize in Race relations, Executive Board member of Novi youth assistance, Member of Novi Rotary, Vice President of the Novi Public Library Board of Trustees
Awards and recognition: 2016 Oakland University Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient, Michbusiness One Person Wonder award, 40 under 40 Oakland County executive award
Fun facts: I love coffee, Twizzlers and Diet Coke. Running is my excuse for consuming things like the aforementioned vices. I blog for various outlets and love the connection to the readers and the benefits! I can't snap my fingers.
Why do you serve on the council? I am serving on the council because it is an honor to represent such an amazing university that planted my feet firmly in the counseling profession. I love every aspect of Oakland University and find it a privilege to continue my service to the students and overall community post-graduation. Read More
Ryan Mostiller, SECS `10 & `15
IT Security Analyst, Penske Automotive Group
Community activities: Oakland University Alumni Association, season ticket holder for OU basketball, founder of the Golden Grizzly Spirit Award scholarship for the most spirited OU students
Fun facts: Diehard OU basketball fan, loving husband and father, proud Michigander
Why do you serve on the council? I am seeking to help connect Young Alumni with their alma mater and stay actively involved in the OU alumni community. We need to continue to create alumni ambassadors for the university but it's not a one-way street; the Young Alumni Council needs to provide ample opportunities to engage with the university.
Amy Ring Cebelak, CAS `11
Career Consultant, Oakland University Career Services
Awards and recognition: Graduated with Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University
Fun facts: I will be getting married on OU's campus in August 2016, and was engaged at the Clock Tower to my fiancee, John who also works at Oakland! I have a cat named Abe, and love Mexican food!
Why do you serve on the council? I serve on the council because I love my alma mater, and want to give back in any way I can! I am passionate about bringing other OU alumni together and keeping them engaged with this amazing university! Read More
Jenna Taylor, SBA `15
Student Assistant/Coach, Michigan State University Spartan Fund
Community involvement: Fleece & Thank You volunteer, Coaching Beginner's Soccer at the City of Auburn Hills, coach club soccer in Lake Orion, volunteer coach for Stoney Creek High School Girl's Varsity Soccer
Awards and recognition: Black and Gold Spirit Award from Athletics at the end of my senior year
Fun facts: I played Division 1 soccer at Oakland! I love to go to sporting events and concerts. I want to be a college athletic director!
Why do you serve on the council? I am extremely passionate about my love of Oakland University. It has changed dramatically over my four years and I want to promote all of the positive changes. I want to show and tell others how great Oakland is and why it is the school that I love. Go Golden Grizzlies! Read More