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Jim Mack
Jim Mack
Jim Mack has provided significant service to Michigan Tech since graduating with honors with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1959. While a student, he was active with Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Rho fraternity, student government and Air Force ROTC. He also received an MBA from Western New England College and did graduate work in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toledo.

He served 10 years as a trustee of the Michigan Tech Fund and as a member of the President's International Advisory Board. He received the Board of Control Silver Medal in 1999 and delivered the midyear Commencement address in 2000, when he also received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree. He and his wife, Lorna, sponsored a scholarship fund and the Mack Chair in Biomedical Engineering, currently held by Dr. Peng.

Mack spent his entire career in the chemical industry. He recently retired as chairman, president and chief executive of Cambrex Corporation. The company has repositioned itself recently as a life sciences organization, manufacturing active pharmaceutical ingredients for over-the-counter and prescription drugs. He was selected as Entrepreneur of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Mack remains on the Board of Research Corp. Technologies, a venture gap firm.

Before joining Cambrex in 1990, he was a vice president of Olin Corp., president of Oakite Products and president/general manager of the Sherwin Williams chemicals division. Mack started his career as a Project Engineer with Monsanto.

Mack has been inducted into Michigan Tech's distinguished alumni academy in chemical engineering and is a life trustee of the Michigan Tech Fund. In 2004, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award.

He and his wife have five children and six grandchildren and live in Westport, Connecticut. With retirement they are now able to enjoy more time with golf, fishing, sporting clays and raising thoroughbred horses.


Excerpted from the 2004 Alumni Reunion Awards Program

Updated February 2009
Mark Malekoff
Mark Malekoff
Mark Malekoff is a young man who aspires to a life of both success and service.

A native of Grand Prairie, a town of 55,000 residents in Northwestern Alberta, Canada, Malekoff came to Tech to play hockey; he says that he left a winner in all ways. He graduated in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in finance. "I've always been interested in business and entrepreneurship," he says. He has also started his own company, TriTech Energy Services Inc., which rents field equipment to the oil and gas industry. He is also a business analyst who helps other companies thrive.

As a senior, Malekoff was a member of Tech's Applied Portfolio Management Program, a group of students who manage a $1-million investment portfolio of real money and who compete in an annual international student investment challenge. In 2008, the team placed first in the competition for the second year in a row and the third time in eight years. The team of eight realized a 13-percent return in a market that was volatile. More than 250 universities from more than 50 nations competed. The experience now informs his service as a business analyst. "A lot of what we did was evaluating companies," he says. "I got a feel for what's out there. It was close to real world experience."

His business prospects are promising. He took a loan and a chance, and "it's worked out well for me. Long days, but I enjoyed school and I enjoy working as well." His abiding guideline is to "be the best that you can be in life." That endeavor, he says, entails a responsibility to help transform the lives of needy people in developing countries. "If I could do one thing to change the world," he avows, "I would love to be successful so that I could use the money to help raise the level of education in poor countries." He views that not as a dream, but as a duty. "We all have certain talents and gifts," he says, "and you have to make the most of them or you're not fulfilling your life. Living in Canada and the US, we are blessed and fortunate. It's not the same in all areas of the world. It's up to the people who have been given these advantages to use them to help others."

Meanwhile, Malekoff is working to earn the professional designation of Certified Managerial Accountant. He is newly married. His wife Stephanie is a nurse, and the couple recently bought their first home in Grand Prairie. In his spare time, he plays guitar, works out, and plays hockey.

He is "absolutely" satisfied with his time at Michigan Tech, describing the hockey team, school, campus, community, and the area as simply "excellent."


Written Fall 2008
John Marshall
John Marshall
John Marshall graduated from Michigan Tech in 1968 with a degree in civil engineering. He joined Kennecott Copper after graduation, working as a pit operations engineer in Salt Lake City until 1973, when he took a similar position with Cleveland-Cliffs.

Over 30 years, Marshall held several management assignments with Cleveland-Cliffs and the company's operations in and around Ishpeming, Michigan. He held management positions at the Republic Mine, spent eight years as senior staff engineer in the corporate office in Cleveland, transferred back to Michigan in 1983 as manager of human resources in Michigan, managed Cliffs Electric Service, was general superintendent at the Empire Mine, and was general superintendent at the Tilden Mine. In 1993, he was named president and general manager of the Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad, a subsidiary of Cleveland-Cliffs and served in that position until his retirement on November 30, 2003. He went back to work in March of 2004 as President of Superior Extrusion, an aluminum extrusion plant located on the former KI Sawyer Air Base in Gwinn, MI. When his wife Donna elected to retire from NMU, where she taught in the College of Nursing, in August 2005, he joined her in retirement.

Marshall has a long history of community service. He served eight years on the Michigan Tech Alumni Association Board of Directors, including two as president. He was a long time executive board member of the Hiawathaland Boy Scout Council. He has served as a leadership committee member of the Marquette County United Way for the past 20 years. He has been a member for 11 years and for the past two years Chairman of the Board of the Lake Superior Community Partnership, which is Marquette County's Economic and Community Development Organization. He serves as Treasurer of the Marquette County Community Foundation. He serves on the Board of Directors of Range Financial Corporation and Range Bank NA. He has also been Co-Chair of Operation Action UP for the past 15 years.

He was elected to Michigan Tech's Civil and Environmental Engineering Distinguished Alumni Academy in 1994. He also served on the presidential search committee in 1990-91. In 2001, he received the Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award.

He and his wife, Donna, have a grown daughter and two grandchildren and live on Lake Superior in Marquette.


Excerpted from the 2001 Alumni Reunion Awards Program

Updated February 2009
Kristina Marshall
Kristina Marshall
Kristina Marshall '98, CEO of Winning Futures, a nonprofit, school-based mentoring program, has been named to Crain's Detroit Business list of the Detroit area's 2008 "40 Under 40." The list recognizes influential business professionals, community activists, and leaders under the age of forty.

Kristina (Sobczynski) Marshall was the first Grand Prize Winner for the Winning Futures program and its first scholarship recipient, graduating from Warren Mott High School in 1995 in the top 1 percent of her class.

Marshall graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing and management.

In August 1998, Marshall became the director of Winning Futures, and since then she has helped hundreds of students in the Warren Consolidated School District and led the expansion of the Winning Futures program to districts in Highland Park, Oak Park, and Pontiac, Michigan. She has also expanded the mentoring model and curriculum into seventeen schools from Monroe to Flint and Grand Rapids.


Excerpted from Michigan Tech Magazine, Winter 2008-2009
Elizabeth Marshall
Elizabeth Marshall
Elizabeth Marshall graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in Applied Geophysics in 1985. The oil and gas industry was in the doldrums in the mid-80's, so she went on to earn a master's degree in Management Planning and Policy in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1987. As a graduate student, she specialized in remote sensing and was fortunate enough to obtain a job, while a student, at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM). Her thesis research focused on monitoring acid lakes in the Canadian shield using satellite remote sensing.

Upon graduation, Marshall went on to become a research scientist at ERIM, working in the applications division. There she worked on remote sensing projects involving band optimization, target detection using radar, and other image processing projects.

In 1989, Marshall responded to a long-time desire to go west. She accepted a position in Olympia, Washington, at Economic and Engineering Services, Inc. There she created a Geographic Information System (GIS) practice within this engineering company, providing mapping solutions for cities and counties around the northwest. During this time, Marshall was the founding chair of the Washington URISA (association for GIS Professionals), and she also became a member of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

In 1994, Marshall founded Marshall and Associates, Inc., where she continues to work today as CEO and President. Her company has attained national recognition for delivery of innovative GIS solutions for clients around the United States and internationally. The focus of her company is the delivery of Marshall's GeoResults software solutions that integrate enterprise GIS with mission critical business systems for both the field and office.

Michigan Tech was truly a highlight of her life, where she made lifelong friends and enjoyed numerous outdoor activities when not studying.

Finding the far west coast a little too wet, she moved slightly east and now resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband Terry, two beautiful children, a golden retriever, a springer spaniel, and three (too many) cats.

Marshall was inducted into the Presidential Council of Alumnae in April 2009.


Excerpted from the 2009 Presidential Council of Alumnae Program
The Marshall Family
The Marshall Family
A family with extensive ties to the Keweenaw has become a major benefactor of Michigan Tech and its students.

The University has received estate gift funds of nearly $700,000 from the family of Robert, Rex and Paul Marshall, brothers and business partners, to support the Marshall Family Endowed Scholarship Fund for engineering students who demonstrate financial need and scholastic achievement.

Robert Marshall earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Tech in 1942 and founded the Aluminum Supply Company in Detroit in 1948.

The business specializes in aluminum building products. Later, the family founded Marshall Sales Inc., a marketer and distributor of industrial fasteners. The two operations are now part of the Marshall Holding Company.

Rex Marshall also attended Tech, for two years. Based on the family's "experience and education at Michigan Tech," another brother, Paul Marshall, was also loyal to the University because of its part in the success of the company.

Rex had 12 children who grew up in Eagle Harbor, where they still have a home, and went to school in Calumet in the 1960s and 1970s.

One of Rex's daughters, Phyllis Clevenger, says of the three brothers' philanthropy, "They were committed to family, community and Tech. They wanted to give back and provide educational opportunity for those in need."

Other Marshalls have also attended Michigan Tech. Rex's wife, Marilyn, attended for two years; Rex's daughter, Kerry Marshall LaPointe, graduated in 1991 with a degree in scientific and technical communication; and Rex's grandson, James Clevenger, is a freshman in mechanical engineering this year.

Robert died in 1998; Paul died in 2003; and Rex died in 2007. Only Rex had children; all 12 of them have worked at the family's company. Currently, Nancy Marshall is president and CEO.

Besides the family sending students to Tech, and now supporting others, the company has supplied architectural metal roofing for various buildings on campus.

"There's really quite a connection between the Marshall family and Michigan Tech," says Sue Wierzbicki, another of Rex's daughters.

In 2007, the Marshall's company, which employs nearly 50 workers, won a national award as a model family business from the US Small Business Administration.


by John Gagnon - UMC, January 2009
Mark Mitchell
Mark Mitchell
Mark Mitchell, '77, the new president of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association, approaches his duties with an eye on possibilities and opportunities.

He has been involved with the Alumni Association for eight years, and as he strives to strengthen ties between alumni and their alma mater, he looks forward to working with the people whom he has come to admire. "I have a great amount of respect for them," he says, speaking about University alumni, administrative staff, and faculty.

Mitchell accepted the presidency of the Michigan Tech Alumni Association in August 2008 and will serve for two years. He is the medical director at Memphis-based Keystone Healthcare Management, a supplier of emergency department physicians and management services to hospitals. He earned his MD at the University of South Alabama.

A native of Ohio, Mitchell came to Tech to study engineering and then switched to biological sciences.

While at Tech, he immersed himself in both studies and out-of-class activities. He was simply "inspired" by the faculty to succeed. As well, he was a musician, who played in both the Jazz Lab Band and the Pep Band, and a member of Sound and Lighting Services and Mu Beta Psi music service fraternity.

These days he hits a high note in praise of Michigan Tech. He says his education was "excellent training" and "great preparation."

Now, from the perspective of an alumnus, he says the alumni board is in a "self-questioning" period: "Who are we? What are we supposed to be doing? Who are we here for?"

"We're getting to the point where we're answering those questions," Mitchell says. "We have definite ideas of why the Alumni Association is here and what we can do."

He anticipates vibrant programs. He can picture alumni getting involved with student outreach to other countries, through such programs as the Pavlis Institute for Global Leadership, or supporting Tech's extension of their signature Enterprise Program to high schools across the nation, thereby making Tech a model for STEM education in both higher education and secondary schools.

"There are many opportunities for alumni to participate as active partners working hand-in-hand with our students," he says.

"I think our alumni are interested in service, leadership, and learning. They are perhaps not so inclined to go on an alumni association sponsored cruise as they are to participate in service travel to an underdeveloped country, or come back to Tech for a learning vacation."

As he envisions these prospects, Mitchell is encouraged, for he believes that Michigan Tech alumni share a bond and a character.

The bond is the land. "There's a connection that stems ultimately from a sense of place," he says. "Love it or hate it, everybody's got a story about the location, the weather, the remoteness, the outdoors-something. There's always a story. It's a real binding force. The people who leave here are unique."

Mitchell, then, believes that the rigors of a Tech education in Michigan's north country shape alumni, whom he describes as uniquely "hard-working, resourceful, self-reliant people who are going to get a job done when it's given to them."


Written Fall 2008
Jim Mitchell
Jim Mitchell
Jim Mitchell has a long history of service to Michigan Tech. As a student he was active with Theta Tau fraternity, served as treasurer of Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, junior class student government representative and senior class president. He served on Michigan Tech's Board of Control from 1993-2001, including three years as its chair.

His service to the university also includes a 1975-1985 stint as a trustee of the Michigan Tech Fund, where he continues to participate actively as a Life Trustee. He served on the Four Million Fund Campaign in the early 1970s, helped to spearhead the fundraising effort for the $20 million Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, served on the planning committee for the Leaders for Innovation campaign, and is currently active on the Michigan Tech Football Advisory Committee and the "Bash at the Big House" planning committee.

Mitchell is a past president of the Grand Rapids Alumni Chapter and helped establish a chartering procedure and documentation for local chapters. He has been inducted into the Michigan Tech Academy of Sciences and Arts and is a member of the McNair and Second Century Societies.

Mitchell received a BS in Chemistry in 1965, under the guidance of the legendary Doc Berry, and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1968. He has practiced intellectual property law for over 30 years and is a partner with the Grand Rapids law firm, Varnum Riddering Schmidt and Howlett. He has experience in all phases of intellectual property law, and has practiced extensively in the chemical, biochemical, pharmaceutical and mechanical arts, and in the field of trademark, tradename and domain name protection. He has extensive patent litigation experience, including pharmaceutical patent litigation.

He has served as a member of four judicial screening committees recommending meritorious candidates for appointments to the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and as an Intellectual Property Law Lecturer to the Federal Judiciary, for the Federal Judicial Center.

He has served on the Mayor's task force for attracting knowledge-based industry to Grand Rapids. He serves or has served as an elder in the Reformed Church, a member of the Michigan Citizens Council for Michigan Public Universities, and the Board of Directors of the Mel Trotter Mission. He is a member of the Jonathan and David diversity fellowship.

When not practicing law, Mitchell enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading history and science, music, and playing golf, softball, hockey, swimming and skiing.

He and his wife, Joan, both grew up in Grandville, Michigan, have two sons and live in Grand Rapids.

In 2006, Mitchell received the Outstanding Service Award.


Excerpted from the 2004 Alumni Reunion Awards Program

Updated February 2009
Stacey (Roehm) Morrison
Stacey (Roehm) Morrison
Stacey Morrison earned a Bachelor of Science degree, cum laude, in computer science from Michigan Tech in 1988 and earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 1993. After graduating from Michigan Tech, she joined NASA as a mathematician at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. She was a graduate of Gwinn High School, Gwinn, Michigan, in 1984.

Morrison held many positions in different organizations at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) including supporting the JSC Chief Information Officer in August 1994. She was named the Information Technology Lead for the Space Life Sciences Directorate in September 1997. She is responsible for the computers, hardware, and software for the directorate, which includes doctors, life scientists, and human factors engineers. She just returned from a rotation as support to the JSC Center Export Administrator as the lead for foreign national badging.

In December 2000, she received the Johnson Space Center's highest honor, the Certificate of Commendation, for her work in information technology as the Y2K Lead for the Space Life Sciences Directorate. She is a member of the Women of NASA Project and has participated in a number of math and science webchats with kids from around the world. She is also featured in the NASA Profiles: Careers in Spaceflight website at http://profiles.jsc.nasa.gov under the computer section.

Morrison was inducted into the Michigan Tech President's Council of Alumnae in April 2001 and received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Michigan Tech in August 2001. She was active in Toastmasters and has received a number of awards from that group. In 2008 she became a faculty member of Axia College and the University of Phoenix - Houston Campus teaching classes in computer networking. She is currently working on her doctorate of management in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix and plans to graduate in 2009. She also serves her church as a choir member, assisting minister, and former council member. Morrison is a single mom and lives with daughter, Stephanie, in League City, Texas.


Excerpted from the 2001 Alumni Reunion Awards Program

Updated February 2009