Alumni Board Members

Executive Committee

  • Dave Foulke, Chair
  • Cindy Westerhof, Vice Chair
  • Leo Kempel, Dean (Ex-Officio Member)
  • Kaleigh Jaeger-Hale, Executive Secretary (Ex-Officio Member)

 

Term Ending in 2022

Members Biography
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Beth Burns
BS Computer
Science 1986

Beth A. Burns was born and raised in Detroit, MI.  Beth’s career began in Engineering and then shifted to Sales.  While in Sales, Beth obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago – Booth School of Business, with concentrations in Finance and Marketing.  After obtaining her MBA, Beth’s career transitioned to the capital markets.  She has held roles in mergers & acquisitions, investor relations, portfolio management and investment management.  Beth is currently an Associate Partner with Aon, Corporation serving as Consultant on OCIO (Outsourced CIO) mandates.  In 2012, Beth launched a business the (er) factor to fulfilling her personal passion of helping others.  The mission of the (er) factor is to engage with women as a  speaker and coach to reveal practical behaviors that can be incorporate into daily life to be happi(er) and more financially empow(er)ed.  In 2017 Beth became an author with the release of her first book Inner Strength, Outer Success-Practical Strategies to being happi(er), healthi(er), strong(er) and wis(er).   In 2018, Beth released her second book Inner Strength, Outer Success-A savvy gal’s guide to financial empow(er)ment.  In this book, Beth highlights her financial successes and pitfalls to share with women strategies to be more financially empow(er)ed.  Beth resides in Chicago, IL.
Photo of Rachel HutterRachel Hutter
BS Electrical Engineering 1993

Rachel is a licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Safety Professional.  Her early career included a wide diversity of roles such as: medical research with the Veteran’s Administration, Facilities and Construction Management at General Motors, Controls Engineering at General Mills and Technical Support for Allen-Bradley.

Rachel joined Walt Disney World in 1997.  She has worked in many different roles including: being part of the team that built and then opened Disney’s Animal Kingdom; leading Technical Services for Walt Disney World; starting Attractions Engineering Services and Quality Assurance, leading a team focused on Maintenance Consistency for Disney theme parks worldwide, leading Engineering Services for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Region, leading the teams responsible for ensuring the safety, operability and maintainability of new Disney resorts around the world and leading safety and health efforts at Disney Parks & Resorts worldwide.

Rachel is currently the Senior Vice President of International Facilities and Operations Services, Worldwide Safety and Health, and Engineering. In addition to her global Safety and Health responsibilities, Rachel leads the facilities, project management, horticulture and distribution teams at Disneyland Resort Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Shanghai Disneyland. She also leads the engineering teams at those resorts as well as Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Rachel and her teams are responsible for the safety and health of the hundreds of thousands of Cast Members around the world and the millions of Guests who visit Disney each year.  They are also responsible for the ride, attraction and show technology and structural, mechanical and architectural sustainment of the amazing Disney Parks & Resorts throughout the world. 

Rachel holds US and European patents for a ride safety system she created in 2003.

Photo of Alexa JonesAlexa Jones
BS Biosystems Engineering 2014

Alexa Jones is the Founder and CEO of TheraB Medical, a healthcare startup commercializing pediatric products. She is a graduate of the Honors College at Michigan State University with a degree in Biosystems Engineering.  During her senior year at MSU, she and 2 other students invented “Snuglit”, a wearable treatment for infant jaundice that keeps baby in the arms of their mother. In 2016, Alexa became the full-time CEO of TheraB, focusing on finding venture capital backing, managing development and manufacturing, and regulatory oversight for SnugLit.

Alexa previously worked as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Foreign Exchange and the Equities Short Sale businesses. She also spent time in R&D at DePuy Synthes in the Knee Replacement group, as well as orthopedic research experience at the University of Wisconsin's Biomechanics Lab. At Michigan State, Alexa was an active member of the Society of Women Engineers, acting as an Executive Board member for 4 years. She was also heavily involved within the College of Engineering in both recruiting and career services. Now, Alexa stays active in the community as a member of the Junior League of Lansing, and as an Alumni Board member for CORE, the residential program in Engineering at MSU. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and her beloved black lab, Harvey.

Photo of Ivan J. LaHaieIvan J. LaHaie
BS Electrical Engineering 1976

Ivan J. LaHaie received his BS degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University in 1976, and his MS and Ph. D. degrees, also in electrical engineering, from the University of Michigan in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He joined the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) in 1980 and worked there for 30 years during its various incarnations as ERIM International, Veridian Systems, and General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.   He joined Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI) in 2010, where he is currently a Principal Scientist in the Sensors and Analysis Sector.  Dr. LaHaie’s interests lie in the application of electromagnetics, inverse scattering, and signal processing techniques to problems in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems and phenomenology, unconventional RF and optical imaging, and radar cross-section (RCS) modeling, analysis, and measurements.  He is a nationally-recognized authority in the development of techniques for RCS measurement error mitigation, near field-to-far field RCS transformations, LO signature diagnostics, and RCS uncertainty analysis, and has participated in several government advisory and technical evaluation panels.

Dr. LaHaie is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Antenna Measurement Techniques Association (AMTA) and a member of the Optical Society of America (OSA).  In 1991, he received the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society Radar Systems Panel Award for his contributions to synthetic aperture systems and electromagnetic modeling.  The award is given annually to the nation’s leading radar engineer under 40 years of age.  He received the AMTA Distinguished Achievement award in 2004 for his pioneering work in the development of automated radar signature imaging technology, radar cross-section (RCS) measurement technology and standards, the design and evaluation of electromagnetic interference and error source mitigation techniques, and for his contributions to the field of radar signature target support interaction modeling.

Contact Info:
Integrity Applications Inc. (IAI)
900 Victors Way
Suite 220
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Email: ijlahaie@ieee.org

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Eva Reiter
 BS Mechanical
Engineering 2009,
MS Management, Strategy, and Leadership 2016

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Photo of Martin Toomajian Martin Toomajian
Chemical Engineering 1991
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Term Ending in 2023

Members Biography
Photo of Dave FoulkeDave Foulke
BS Applied Engineeering Sciences, 1988

Dave Foulke is the HES and Training Manager of Marketing & Transportation Engineering at Marathon Petroleum Company.

Dave graduated from Michigan State University in 1988 with a BS in Applied Engineering Science and accepted a position with Marathon Petroleum at the company’s Findlay, Ohio headquarters. Dave has served in a number of roles during his 26 years with the company, including assignments in environmental remediation, project financial analysis, project management, environmental permitting, facility management, and operations management. Dave earned an MBA from Bowling Green State University in 1995. In his current role, Dave manages the health, environmental & safety and technical training functions for Marathon’s transportation engineering group. His organization is responsible for personal and process safety associated with construction projects, and the technical, professional and safety leadership development for engineering department staff.

Dave and his wife Wendy have four children ranging in age from 7 to 21.

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Louise Hemond-Wilson
BS Computer Science 1986

Louise Hemond-Wilson is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM Systems Group Lab Services, a global relationship-based services organization that helps accelerate client adoption of new technology. She has developed many consulting methodologies, including one for which she has filed a patent. In addition to her role as IBM Distinguished Engineer and CTO, Louise also serves as the Senior Location Executive for IBM in Mid-Michigan.

Louise has over 30 years of IT experience with applied skills in executive and IT consulting, competitive analysis, product marketing, product management, technical support, sales management and product development. Her executive consulting experience includes advising clients in numerous industries worldwide and is built on a foundation of experience in the banking and higher education industries prior to joining IBM. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Michigan State University (1986) and a Masters in Theology from Loyola University (2008).

Louise has been a guest lecturer for MSU freshman computer science courses for over a decade. She regularly serves as a judge for MSU’s College of Engineering Design Day and as adjudicator for graduate research poster competitions. She is a member of the computer science department’s Strategic Partner Council and regularly speaks to campus organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers and Women in Computing. She helped create the Michigan Celebration of Women in Computing conference and continues her involvement with this group.

Following Louise’s 2013 IT Strategy and Planning work with the government of Rwanda, Louise recruited MSU personnel to help her create and run a technology camp for Rwandan teachers and girls in 2014 and 2015. The camp became a collaborative effort across many organizations including IBM, MSU, the Peace Corps and the Rwanda government. Efforts are underway to expand and perpetuate the camp. Louise's extensive interaction with MSU's Computer Science and Engineering department, including the collaborative work in Rwanda, led to her being named that departments' 2015 Distinguished Alumni award recipient.

Based upon her work with the Peace Corps and girls in Rwanda, Louise was appointed to lead the first collaborative project in a new innovative public-private partnership between IBM and the Peace Corps. The Peace Corps and IBM Corporate Service Corps launched the public-private partnership to allow highly skilled corporate professionals to serve overseas in short-term, high-impact assignments through the Peace Corps Response program. Louise will lead a team of IBM Corporate Services Corps and Peace Corps volunteers in the first collaborative project in Ghana to support the Let Girls Learn initiative, launched by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama earlier in 2015.

Photo of John P. KentJohn Kent
BS Chemical Engineering 1980

John P. Kent, ChE 1980, has spent his career managing and leading teams in the design, development and manufacture of Semiconductors. He worked at IBM for 24 years in several locations (US and Europe) and subsequently held executive positions at AMI Semiconductor/ONSEMI; Rambus and KLA-Tencor. John received his original degree in Chemical Engineering from MSU and he subsequently studied Electrical Engineering at the University of Vermont. John received a Certificate in Management and Executive Leadership from the MIT Sloan School in 2012. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, AiChe and is an associate member of the American Chemical Society. John has extensively traveled and worked in Europe, Asia and India over the years.

John founded the management consulting firm Garnet Peak Associates, LLC in 2015 and has opened headquarters in Bozeman, Montana near the campus of the “other” MSU – Montana State University. John is currently on the Foundation Board of Directors of Idahp State University and is Secretary of the ISU Intellectual Property Foundation. John’s company may be viewed at www.garnetpeakassociates.com

John is married to Susan Kent and has two grown daughters.

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Joe Sopko
BS, MS, PhD
Civil Engineering
1980, 1983, 1990

Dr. Sopko is the Director of Groundfreezing for Moretrench American Corporation and has over 35 years experience in geotechnical engineering, 30 that have been devoted almost entirely to ground freezing and groundwater control.

He received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. His doctoral research was based on developing new methods for the design of frozen earth structures.

He has been responsible for the design, construction and operation for ground freezing projects world wide for both the civil construction and mining industry.

He is a retired Lt. Col. from the U.S. Air Force where he served as a civil engineering officer in the Air National Guard and was activated for both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Dr. Sopko is member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Mining Engineers, Chairman of ASTM Subcommittee D18.19 Testing of Frozen Soils and Rock and the Moles.

Photo of Jim SusanJim Susan
BS Civil Engineering 1975, MS Sanitary Engineering 1977

Jim Susan is the President of Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc., a consulting engineering, architectural, and environmental firm. Jim has been with the firm for 24 years. Services include civil, municipal, and transportation engineering; water and wastewater treatment engineering; architectural design services; mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering; hazardous waste investigations and remediation, hydrogeological services, air permitting, and regulatory services; and construction management. Jim’s professional experience includes water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment, and hazardous waste investigations/remediation. Jim has served on the MSU Department of Civil and Environmental Professional Advisory Board and was on the Board of Directors for the American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan.

Jim is married to Lawren and resides in Grand Rapids. They have 2 grown daughters.

Photo of Cindy WesterhofCindy Westerhof
BS Civil Engineering 1979

Cindy Westerhof is a 36 year veteran of Consumers Energy. She joined the company’s energy management department in Kalamazoo, calling on large commercial and industrial customers after graduating from Michigan State University with a BS in civil engineering. Later she became the local economic development coordinator and department superintendent, while completing her MBA from Western Michigan University.

Cindy moved into a new corporate department called corporate performance analysis and worked on cost saving projects for senior management before joining the human resources department and becoming the company’s staffing director in 1990. She has held a variety of roles in human resources ranging from Director of Human Resources at CMS Enterprises to Executive Director of Human Resources for CMS Energy. She is now the Director of People Services & Talent Acquisition.

Cindy is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, served on the Corporate Advisory Board for Institutional Diversity at Michigan Technological University, sits on the Advisory Board of the CoRe Engineering Experience at Michigan State University and on the external advisory board at the University of Michigan’s Center for Engineering Diversity Outreach.

 

Term Ending in 2024

Members Biography
Stephanie Luster-TeasleyStephanie Luster-Teasley
MS Chemical Engineering 2000,
PhD Environmental Engineering 2003

Stephanie Luster-Teasley, PhD, is the Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education North Carolina A&T State University. Prior to this Dr. Luster-Teasley held the position of professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at NCA&T.

She joined NCA&T in 2004 after working in private industry as an environmental engineer. Her research specializations include environmental remediation, water sustainability, and engineering education.

Her research accomplishments include receiving patents from the United States, Great Britain, and Canada for her development of a controlled release chemical oxidation polymer system for the remediation of water and wastewater. This recognition designates her as the first African-American woman and the first faculty member at NCA&T to receive international patents. Her technology was licensed in 2017 by a company to market nationally as an emerging remediation method for groundwater and soil contamination.

Her honors include the 2018 Black Engineer of the Year Innovation Award and the 2014 Dupont Minorities in Engineering Award. She is the past recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award, one of the highest awards conferred for teaching in the UNC System.

David MysonaDavid Mysona
BS Electrical Engineering 1988

David Mysona has 30+ years of technology, digital transformation, cloud computing, corporate culture, entrepreneurship and advisory services experience. Mr. Mysona is a co-founder and lead Blackstone Technology Group as CEO for 21+ years. With the very successful sale of the Blackstone Federal Division he is looking forward to starting or finding the next big thing and another chapter in the years to come.

Prior to founding Blackstone, Mr. Mysona was a Senior Manager at Pricewaterhouse in its North American Energy Practice. In that role, led the business development efforts for the energy practice related to the natural gas industry. Ha has also held various managerial positions at Pacific Gas and Electric and Lockheed Missiles & Space.

Mr. Mysona holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Executive Education, Leading Professional Service Firms (LPSF).

Bob NuberBob Nuber
BS Computer Science 1978

Bob Nuber retired in the Fall of 2021 after forty-three years in the computer industry, a delightful journey sparked by two first year introductions at MSU.  

Bob was hooked with his first programming experience as a freshman, which led to more programming classes and a TA position the following year.  That effort enabled him to qualify for his first "real" computing job, happily working odd hours for two years as a systems programmer in the MSU Computer Laboratory.  To top that, through another freshman happenstance Bob met Betty Shanahan, a relationship that grew over four years from classmate to learning partner to best friend to life partner.     

Married a week after graduation in June 1978, the couple moved to Massachusetts to launch parallel careers in the computer industry.  After five years with a minicomputer company Bob joined an enterprise networking startup, broadening his skills as that business matured into a publicly traded company.  During that period Bob continued his education with a master's degree in software engineering and an MBA in entrepreneurship.  A relocation to Chicago in the mid 1990s allowed Bob to elevate his career as a technology leader in startups, a managed services consultancy, a national newspaper publisher and finally a global e-commerce leader.

Bob's active support of the MSU College of Engineering is driven by three core beliefs:  First, 21st Century social and economic progress demand engineering innovations.  Second, engineering innovations demand diverse teams, where limitations based on age, gender or color are counter-productive.  Third, MSU is uniquely positioned to lead the way on the first two beliefs given its land-grant pedigree, its academic breadth and its role in the state of Michigan.  Spartan Engineers Will.

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Craig RogersonCraig Rogerson
BS Chemical Engineering 1979

Craig Rogerson is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hexion Inc. Craig joined Hexion in July 2017. Prior to joining Hexion, Craig served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chemtura Corporation, a position he held from December 2008 until April 21, 2017. Craig also served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Hercules Incorporated from December 2003 until November 2008.

Craig joined Hercules in 1979 and served in a number of management positions before leaving the company to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Wacker Silicones Corporation in 1997. In May 2000, Craig rejoined Hercules and was named President of its BetzDearborn Division in August 2000. Prior to being named CEO of Hercules in December 2003, Craig held a variety of senior management positions with the company, including president of the FiberVisions and Pinova Divisions, vice president of Global Procurement, and Chief Operating Officer.

Craig serves on the boards of Ashland Global Holdings Inc., PPL Corporation, the American Chemistry Council, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

 

Term Ending in 2025

Members Biography
Renee Collins

Renee Collins
BS Applied Engineering Sciences 1981

Renee Collins is retired Vice President Owner Sales for Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls is a global leader in delivering outcomes that make buildings smarter through systems, digital solutions and services. Smart buildings are safer, more comfortable, more efficient and more sustainable.

In her most recent role, Renee led the strategic direction and performance of North America service business, designed and facilitated sales management coaching practices and sales training to improve productivity, and drove complex transformation initiatives.

Renee began her 39-year career with JCI after graduating from MSU. After her initial role as a sales engineer, she progressed in various sales and general management roles. Most of her career was dedicated to leading business segments in safety, customer excellence, employee engagement and profitability and growth. These roles included Michigan Area General Manager and Central Region Vice President & General manager.

Renee is married and has four sons who all graduated from MSU. Two sons graduated from the College of Engineering  (Mechanical Engineering and Applied Engineering Science) and two from the College of Social Science.

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Deborah Kullman

Deborah Kullman
BS Material Science and Engineering 1993, MBA Integrative Management 1997

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Elizabeth Unger

Elizabeth Unger
BS Mechanical Engineering 1961, MS Mathematics 1963, PhD Computer Science 1978, The University of Kansas

 

Charles Macon
BS, MS, PhD Electrical Engineering 1993, 1998, 2001

Principle engineer with 27+ years of diverse engineering experience across industry, government and academia. Overseeing Air Force Research Laboratory portfolio and development technologies for improving U.S. warfighter survivability in current and future threat environments.