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Leslie Machado

Leslie Machado

LSSU Chemistry Major

PhD in chemistry at Johns Hopkins University

Alumni Association

Paul E. Ripley Young Alumni Award

Awarded for 2014

Aaron Mize '02

  • Refuge Manager, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (60,000 acres with 250,000 visitors annually)
  • Supervises and executes base budget of over $1.5 million
  • Recently completed project with US Fish & Wildlife Service AGO Planning Office in Washington DC
  • Recognized for awards in his profession numerous times from 2000 to 2013

Awarded for 2013

Christopher Fink '99

  • Master's of Science in Kinesiology, Indiana University-Bloomington
  • PhD in Exercise Science, Ohio State University
  • Assistant Professor and Chair of Dept. of Health and Human Kinetics at Ohio Wesleyan University 2007-present
  • Faculty Advisor to Peer Health Advocate Team student group
  • Conducted research project with Universitá degli Studi di Scienze Gastronomiche in Pollenzo, Italy
  • Member of the American College of Sports Medicine, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance
  • Committee member; Food Coalition, The Delaware Parks & Recreation advisory board, Partnership for a Healthy Delaware County,
    Go Healthy Delaware Initiative
  • Lifetime Member of LSSU Alumni Association

Awarded for 2012

Heather J. Benjamin ’01

  • Manager at Deloitte, 2012 to present
  • Associated Banc-Corp, 2008-2012
    • Compliance Manager/Vice President for Corporate Compliance
    • Senior Risk Manager, Senior Vice President for Enterprise Risk Management
  • Instructor at Becker Professional Review, 2007-2008
  • Manager of Financial Controls Group at Discover Financial Services, 2007-2008
  • Manager, KPMG, 2001-2007
  • Licensed CPA in Michigan and Illinois.
  • Contributor to various scholarships at LSSU

Awarded for 2011

Holly (Julian) Johnson ’00

  • Associate Vice President for Development at Upper Iowa University, 2009 to present
  • Director of Alumni and Development at Upper Iowa University, 2006 to 2009
  • Assistant Director of the Alumni Association & Membership at University of Northern Iowa, 2002 to 2006
  • Director of Campus Life at LSSU, 2000-2002
  • Active Volunteer with Council for Advancement and Support of Education,  District VI

Awarded for 2010

Steve Eles ’03

  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Electrical Engineering
  • Cross Country Coach, Lake Superior State University
  • Coached several All-American runners
  • Media specialist, Lake Superior State University
  • Extremely successful recruiter of track and cross country athletes for LSSU

Awarded for 2009

Paul Shagen ‘94

  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Political Science
  • Outstanding Native American Graduate in 1994
  • Graduate of the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque 1997 with Juris Doctorate degree and an Indian law certificate
  • Thesis published in the Law Review
  • Elected to Sault Tribe Board of Directors in 1998
  • Lead Attorney for Lac Courte tribe in Hayward, Wisconsin

Awarded for 2008

Sophie Chandauka '00

  • Bachelor Science Degree, Political Science/Pre-Law
  • Completed legal education with the College of Law and her Legal Practice Course, with distinction, at Oxford Institute of Legal Practice
  • Associate for Baker & McKenzie LLP's Corporate Group in London
  • In 2007, Sophie was nominated for the Young Solicitor of the Year for the British Legal Awards

Awarded for 2007

Kristin Dunbar '92

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, Psychology
  • Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year in 2002, and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan College Coach of the Year in 2003.
  • Named GLIAC’s top coach in 2005 after winning her fourth straight GLIAC North Division title. Led the Lakers to GLIAC tournament titles in 2003 and 2004
  • Became LSSU’s Director of Athletics in March 2006

Awarded for 2006

Aaron Clark, '93 & Michelle Clark '98

  • Aaron Clark, Bachelor of Science Degree, Athletic Training
  • Michelle Clark, Bachelor of Science, Exercise Science
  • Owners, Superior Physical Therapy

Awarded for 2005

Anthony Palumbo , '89 & '92 (News Article)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Finance and Economics
  • Master's Degree, Business Administration
  • Vice President - Senior Business Banker, Huntingon Bank in Traverse City
  • Formerly Vice President - Relationship Manager, Huntington Bank in Traverse City
  • Formerly Executive Vice President, North Country Bank and Trust in Traverse City
  • Member, LSSU Foundation Board of Directors
  • Head Hockey Coach, Traverse City West High School

Awarded for 2003

Steve Peacock, '88

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting
  • Active with the LSSU Alumni Association of which he serves on the board of directors and has served terms as vice president and president
  • Member of the LSSU Business Advisory Board.
  • Audit senior manager for The Rehmann Group office in Traverse City
  • Formerly with BDO Seidman of Traverse City.
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, National Association of College and University Business Officers
  • Executive treasurer of the Grand Traverse Hockey Association
  • Involved Citizens Enterprises (ICE) board
  • The Exchange Club of Traverse City.

Awarded for 2002

Jon Spieles, '91

  • One of only four interpretive naturalists in Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Developed interpretive master plan for Tahquamenon Falls State Park
  • Served on committee to determine Michigan State Park interpretive programs
  • Instructor for annual ranger training session
  • Advisor, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory
  • Advisor, Bay Mills Native community for youth programming
  • Charter member of LSSU's Recreation Dept Advisory Board
  • Regular facilitator of LSSU student intern opportunities in natural resources
  • Speaker for LSSU student groups and classes

Awarded for 2001

Tracy West, '86

  • Tournament director for the FleetBoston Classic, an official event of the Senior PGA Tour
  • Co-founder and executive vice president for Pro Links Sports, a full-service golf management company based in Minnesota
  • Member, Lake Superior State University Foundation board of directors

Awarded for 2000

Daniel G. Goodrich

  • Graduated with honors in 1993 from the mechanical engineering technology program
  • School of Engineering and Technology Industrial Advisory Board
  • Volunteer for the Alumni Association's Support Team for Admissions and Recruitment (STAR)
  • Vehicle test lead engineer for Continental Teves
  • Began career with the Walbro Corporation in Cass City, Michigan.

Awarded for 1999

Frederick J. Berg '83

  • Project Engineer for Delphi
  • Lead cockpit engineer for Delphi Automotive Systems
  • Instructor and program coordinator at Kirtland Community College
  • Contract engineer with Troy Design Services from 1985 to 1988.
  • Twice listed in Who's Who in Engineering
  • Six-times honored by Who's Who in the Midwest.
  • Advisor to the Midland County Historical Society, Chippewa Nature center
  • Instructor and member of the Max Carey Blacksmith Guild and a member of the Southern Ohio Forge Association
  • Earned M.S.A. in Business Administration from Central Michigan University in 1989.

Awarded for 1998

Tad Malpass, '83

  • Executive vice president, East Jordan Iron Works, Inc.
  • 1993 Conservationist of the Year for Charlevoix County
  • Vice president for the Gray Iron Foundry Association
  • president, Foundry Association of Michigan
  • Past American Foundrymen's Society Board member
  • Chair, American Foundrymen's Society Government Affairs Committee.
  • Member, LSSU Foundation Board of Directors and the LSSU Alumni Association

Awarded for 1997

Mr. David W. Bertram, '89

  • Executive Director, Michigan Township Associates
  • Political Science Grad
  • Served as Governor John Engler's legislative liaison, governor's lobbyist in the Michigan Senate
  • Executive director of the Governor's Club
  • Served on Engler's staff beginning in 1989
  • Press secretary and spokesperson for the Bush-Quayle campaign in 1992 in Michigan

Awarded for 1996

Terrence J. Thompson, JD, '80

  • Asst. US attorney in southern Florida since 1990
  • Responsible for investigation and prosecution of major narcotics and violent crimes cases in US District Court
  • Argues appellate cases before Eleventh District Court
  • Investigated and successfully prosecuted Operation Caballero, a major cocaine smuggling ring
  • Major in US Marine Corps Reserve
  • Judge Advocate, US Marine Corps
  • Senior trial counsel, US Navy Legal Service Office

Awarded for 1995

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, '83

  • One of Canada's premier reconstructive surgeons/oncologist
  • NCAA All American - Hockey
  • Graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School with honors in 1988
  • Four time CCHA All Star and All-Academic,1979-1983

Awarded for 1994

Dr. Julie Dixon, '80

  • Osteopathic physician skilled in primary care (prenatal, obstetrical and emergency room)
  • Practicing medicine with Indian Health Service, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • Private practice in Traverse City 1986-1994
  • Former director of medical services for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Former contract physician for Grand Traverse Community Mental Health
  • Co-director of Access Obstetrics, Inc.
  • Chief of staff at Grand Traverse Community Hospital 1991-93: First woman elected to position
  • One of approximately 400 Native American physicians in the U.S.
  • Loves to be outdoors, hunting, fishing and sailing

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