2016 Alumni Award Recipients
Distinguished Alumni Award
Mike Ohlman, Class of 1988, Grand Rapids Fulton Street Campus
Mike Ohlman, ’89, combined two of his favorite passions, cars and accounting, to create a path to his dream job as the CFO at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids. During college at Davenport, Mike worked in the parts department at Berger and used his hands-on accounting experience to earn a spot on the accounting team. Working his way up, Mike landed the CFO role a little over 18 years ago. Now, Mike is proud to say his son, Lucas, is following in his dad’s footsteps at Davenport.
College of Business Alumni Award
Carlos Sanchez, Class of 2007, W.A. Lettinga Campus
Carlos Sanchez ’07 is the Director of Latino Business and Economic Development Center at Ferris State University, where he is responsible for connecting with the growing Latino population in West Michigan communities while seeking support for initiatives to spur economic development. Sanchez was most recently the executive director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids and has held previous positions as diversity specialist for Spectrum Health and diversity programs coordinator for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. Carlos is a former alumni board director.
Hy Berkowitz Outstanding Alumni Award
Tina Pietrangelo, Class of 2007, Holland Campus
Tina Pietrangelo, ’07, was the first in her family to pursue higher education. She was determined to complete her bachelor’s degree as an adult student against all odds and she did it “One Class, One A” at a time. These were the words that motivated her to further her education while she raised her family and worked full-time. Tina recently joined Haworth as a Plant Manager at the LPP Plant, leading a staff of more than 300 people. She also finds great fulfillment in volunteering as a board member at the Boys and Girls Club in Holland.
College of Technology Alumni Award
Michelle (Stonebrook) Seneca, Class of 2002, Holland Campus
Michelle (Stonebrook) Seneca ’02, IT Director at S2 Yachts (Tiara Yachts), is a self-proclaimed technology enthusiast. She fell in love with computers as a teenager, but it wasn’t until she attended DU that she was able to make her passion her career. Michelle now leads six full-time staff members who manage Tiara Yachts’ hardware, software, data and communications. Her team develops and manages the ERP system and other business software, maintains information security and assists employees with IT related issues in both the Holland and Florida locations. Michelle is an inspiration for women in the technology field, including her niece, Kristen, who works as a web developer at DU.
Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Jim VanDam, Class of 2012, W.A. Lettinga Campus
Jim Van Dam ’12 works in the front office at the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning as a Premium Sales Manager. He is responsible for tailoring corporate ticket packages for businesses in southern Florida to create memorable fan experiences. Jim’s road to the “major leagues” wasn’t easy, but he credits the practical, hands-on learning experiences he received at DU to help him land his dream job in the NHL.
College of Health Alumni Award
Monica Goodrich, Class of 1998, Midland Campus (Great Lakes College)
Monica started her nursing career at the age of 15. She took a nurse aide training class as part of an after-school program and fell in love with nursing. After graduation she immediately enrolled in college and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. Soon after, she continued her pursuit of nursing, and attended Davenport University and obtained her registered nurse license in 1998. Since 1998 to present, Monica holds title to the Director of Nursing at Brittany Manor Living and Rehabilitation Center in Midland. Monica attributes her nursing leadership to the guidance, teaching and training to Davenport University, providing her a sound structure for the proper delivery of nursing services as well as a platform for additional training and education in the nursing profession to continue to grow and expand nursing knowledge.