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U-M Club of Greater Northville: Board of Governors

The Board of the U-M Club of Greater Northville is an all-volunteer group of Michigan alumni who plan and organize alumni events and programs in west metro Detroit. Board members come from many backgrounds, but all share one thing in common – a love of the University of Michigan! The Board meets monthly, often over dinner at the Northville Sports Den. We are always looking to bring new ideas and energy to the club! If you are interested in volunteering, or want to reach any of our board members, please contact us at [email protected].

Meet our current Board members!

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Patty Donohue Ebach, B.S.’85, M.S.E.’86

With U-M degrees in Physical Education and Kinesiology, Patty has spent her 35+ year career in fitness center and recreation facility and program management. She is currently the Director of Recreation Services, at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan, overseeing the Campus Fitness Center, Sports Dome, and Sports Center.  As a student, Patty loved her work at all three campus recreation facilities-CCRB, the IM Building and NCRB. She still attends all home Michigan Football and Basketball games and will always love Ann Arbor! Patty is married to a Spartan and has two Spartan daughters –so life can get challenging at home, but somehow, she manages to make the best of it.

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Carol Ehrle, BA
Vice President and Social Media Chair

Carol is excited to be on the Northville board handling social media after five years on the U-M Silicon Valley Club board. Her favorite college memories are long nights working (and partying) with fellow writers on the Michigan Daily and Michigan Journal.


Katrina Yeomans, BME’20


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Rick Franczak, BBA’79

Rick has served the Northville Club in a number of leadership positions, including President. For many years, Rick chaired the club’s largest annual event – a student sendoff welcoming incoming freshmen from west metro Detroit into the U-M community. 

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Mary Baumgarten, BA’80
Board Member and Cultural Events Chair 

Mary comes from a pack of Wolverines – 4 siblings, 4 children, and husband David. After Ann Arbor, she pursued a career in advertising and marketing and served as Marketing Director at Novastar Solutions. Mary is a past Secretary, Vice President and President of the Northville Club. Her Michigan memories include producing musical theater, Delta Delta Delta sorority, and Football Saturdays. Mary enjoys skiing, golf, travel and reading. 

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Ron Braun, BAED’72
Board Member 


Bob Hayes, BGS’02
Board Member


Roland Hwang, BSE’71, MBA’76
Board Member

Roland is a lecturer in the Department of American Culture at U-M. His best Michigan memories include being at the Big House for U-M’s 1969 24-12 upset over OSU and going to see Bo’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 1970. As a student, Roland lived in Oxford co-op housing and enjoyed spending time in the Arboretum.

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Sally Lorimer, BBA’81
Board Member and Communications Chair

Sally comes from a multi-generational Wolverine family in which practically everyone bleeds maize and blue. She works as a business writer. Her favorite campus memories include beating OSU in football and traying in the arb when campus closed for a blizzard. Sally enjoys watching Michigan sports with alumni at the Northville Sports Den.


Adam Perry, BA’14, MSW’17
Board Member and Service Chair

Adam is a proud 4th generation U-M grad currently working in administration for Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Adam has attended most home football games since a young age (his favorite is the triple overtime win over MSU). Fond U-M memories include driving to Atlanta for the Final Four with friends (including fellow board member Chris) and hanging out at St. Mary Student Parish in Ann Arbor.

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Richard Potchynok, BA’71
UMCGN Founding Board Member

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Tim Rahtz, CIS’92
Board Member

Tim’s U-M degree has opened many doors for his career in IT. Tim’s favorite campus memories include being part of the rowdy student section for hockey games in Yost Arena where renditions of “Goalie! Sieve!” and other choice (but less-printable) cheers were shared with visiting teams. Tim is an avid Michigan football fan and loves to scuba dive, ski, and road/mountain bike.  


Dr. Edwin Rennell, DDS’60
UMCGN Founding Member; Spirit Chair

Ed retired after practicing oral surgery in Livonia for 48 years. Among his memories are his undergrad years in the Michigan Marching Band, especially the road trips to Northwestern, Minnesota (by train), MSU, and that team down south.  Ed looks forward to meeting up with alumni at the Northville Sports Den for football away game viewing parties.

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Heather Salamay, BBA’98 (Dearborn)
Board Member and Scholarship Chair 

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Mahnoush St. Clair, BS’90
Board Member 

Chris VucinajChris Vucinaj, BA’13, MAcc’15
Board Member and Immediate Past President

Chris is a proud Double (degree) Wolverine and a CPA currently working in IT Audit. Chris’s favorite U-M memories include attending most home football and basketball games, piling into a car with friends to go to Atlanta to see Michigan in the Final Four, and winning an intramural basketball championship with many of the same friends.

Past UMCGN Presidents

Chris Vucinaj, BA’13, MAcc’15 (2021-2023)

Bob Hayes, BGS ’02 (2019-2021)

Mary Baumgarten, BA’80 (2017-2019)

David Rice, BBA’90, (2015-2017)

Ron Braun, BAED’72, (2013-2015)

Rick Franczak BBA’79 (2012-2013)

Matthew Misiak BA’98, JD’02 (2011-2012)

Sara Zaremski BSE’99, MBA’04 (2010-2011)

Lisa Drouillard BA’84 (2009-2010)

Geoff Brown, BS’97, JD’03 (2007-2009)

Dianne Hersey BA’75, JD’77 (2006-2007) 

Dr. Edward Sarkisian, DDS, BS’74 (2005-2006)

Dr. Edwin Rennell, DDS’60 (1993-1994, 2000-2001, 2002-2005)

Dr. Robert Oxley (1999-2000, 2001-2002)

Susan Smith (1998-1999)

Martha L. Nield (1997-1998)

Louis C. LaChance, BSE’66, MBA’68 (1996-1997)

Richard Potchynok BA’71 (1992-1993, 1995-1996)

George W. Bowersox (1994-1995)

James E. Lubinski (1991-1992)

Gregory J. Stempien BA’66 (1990-1991)


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