Alumni Profiles

ChaKaria “Kari” Hunter ChaKaria "Kari" Hunter earned an Associate in Science Degree at OCC in December 2013. After graduating, she transferred to the University of Georgia where she worked with Engineers Without Borders developing biogas latrines and water sanitation systems in Kenya. She interned at the National Institute of Health (NIH)’s Interventional Radiology Department where her team applied for a patent for a medical device/robotic arm developed for radiation oncology procedures. Midway through her senior year at Georgia, Hunter accepted a job offer from NASA’s Ames Research Center as a research engineer. Hunter currently lives in Silicon Valley working on life support systems for astronauts on the International Space Station. More about ChaKaria "Kari" Hunter
Gregory Thomas Gregory Thomas, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, graduated from Henry Ford High School in Detroit. He obtained an Associates in Applied Science Automotive Technology from Henry Ford Community College ('09), an Associates in Applied Science Mental Health/Social Work ('11) from OCC, and a Bachelor of Social Work from Madonna University ('13). Thomas is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Higher Education/Student Affairs and Certificate of Academic Advising at Eastern Michigan University, which he expects to complete in 2015. He earned a Graduate Assistantship and currently works in the University Advising and Career Development Center at EMU. More about Gregory Thomas
 Dimitrina Koleva Dimitrina Koleva, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, graduated from the National Lyceum for Ancient Languages and Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. She went on to earn a Masters of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Sofia "St. Climent Ohridski" ('91) and an MBA from New Bulgarian University ('00).  After immigrating to the U.S., Koleva enrolled at OCC and obtained a Certificate from the Paralegal Program ('03). She then added to her academic credentials by earning a Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Marygrove College ('06). Koleva has been employed as a paralegal for the past eleven years. More about Dimitrina Koleva
Natalie Wellman Natalie Wellman, of Fair Haven, Michigan graduated from Anchor Bay High School. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from OCC in 2010. While at OCC, she was successful in the classroom and on the ball field, receiving both Distinguished Academic All-American and NJCAA All-American honors. Wellman transferred to Saginaw Valley State University, where she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Occupational Therapy.  Upon completion of her hospital internships, she will graduate from SVSU in December, 2014. More about Natalie Wellman
Randy Ayyar Randy Ayyar, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, is a Franchisee and Multi-Unit Operator for Dunkin Donuts and Baskin Robbins restaurants. A graduate of Bloomfield Hills’ Andover High, Ayyar completed two years at OCC before transferring to Michigan State University to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Finance in 2004. More about Randy Ayyar
Nancy Zentis Dr. Nancy Zentis, of Coral Springs, Florida, is the Founder and CEO of the Institute of Organization Development (IOD), a global learning enterprise. IOD provides online certificate programs in Organization Development, Organization Process Consulting, Talent Management, Executive Coaching and Leadership Development. More about Nancy Zentis
Adam Ston Adam Ston, of Chicago, Illinois, is training to be a comedy writer for The Second City conservatory in Chicago. He graduated from OCC in 2011 with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, and from Columbia College Chicago in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degree in acting with a minor in fiction writing. More about Adam Ston
Michael Geeter Michael Geeter, of Pontiac, Michigan, is Staff Engineering Checker at BAE Systems in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The graduate of Pontiac Central High School earned an Associate Degree in General Studies from OCC ('91), and a Bachelor’s in Organizational Management from Central Michigan University. More about Michael Geeter
Brian Carney Brian Carney, of Farmington Hills, Michigan, is the retired Vice President and Regional Head Coach of Bob Evans Farms, where he oversaw restaurant operations in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois. The graduate of Franklin High School in Livonia has an Associate’s culinary degree from OCC ('85), a Bachelor in Business Administration in Finance from EMU ('88) and a Master’s in Business Administration in International Finance from Wayne State University ('92). He taught Cost Control in the Culinary Art’s Department at OCC and served in various roles on the OCC Foundation Board of Directors. More about Brian Carney
Teresa Garcia Teresa Garcia, of Waterford, Michigan, is a nursing faculty member at OCC. Teresa has a master’s and a bachelor’s in nursing from Oakland University, a Parish Nursing Certificate from Concordia University and an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from OCC. She attended Waterford Mott High School. More about Teresa Garcia
Kelly Postal Kelly Postal, of Fenton, Michigan, is owner and personal chef of Taste. Smile. Repeat, a personal chef and catering business that Postal launched in 2008 and which services Oakland, Genessee and Livingston counties. A native of Hartland, Mich., she graduated from Hartland High School. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Central Michigan University, she decided to pursue her culinary dreams at the Culinary Studies Institute of Oakland Community College, where she received an Associate’s in Culinary Arts. It was there that she became a Certified Culinarian under the American Culinary Federation and started down the road of running her own business using her business and culinary degrees. More about Kelly Postal
Lori Przymusinski Lori Przymusinski, MSN, RN, of Rochester, Michigan, is the interim Vice Chancellor for Student Services at Oakland Community College. Lori has a Licensed Practical Nurse Certificate ('83) and an Associate’s in Applied Science in Nursing from OCC ('90), a Bachelor’s in Nursing from Oakland University and a Master’s in Nursing  from University of Phoenix. She is also a graduate of C.S. Mott High School in Warren, MI. More about Lori Przymusinski
Jamie Corona Jamie Corona, of Saint Clair Shores, Michigan, is the Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach at Oakland Community College. A graduate of Lake Shore High School, Corona received her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from OCC in 2004. Her achievements at OCC led to academic and athletic scholarships from Saginaw Valley State University, and she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education from SVSU in 2007. More about Jamie Corona