Thrive: UM-Flint Alumni Can Do Anything

All UM-Flint graduates become part of one the largest and most respected affiliations in the world: University of Michigan Alumni.

More than 30,000 UM-Flint alums are living, working, playing, and making a “Michigan Difference” in communities all over the world.

Their reputation, generosity, and seemingly limitless expertise continue to open new doors and create new possibilities for UM-Flint students and fellow graduates everyday.

Just a Few of Our Amazing Alumni

Antonio Brown | B.A. ’04 M.B.A. ’09_*
Owner, AC Brown, CPA & Associates, PLLC.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan-Flint, I had a very positive experience. I love the university’s dedication to providing academic challenges in a close knit atmosphere. The quality of education is second to none. I have gone on to earn my MBA from UM-Flint, and as soon as the University offers a post-graduate degree in business management or executive management, I will be one of the first to register.

Sabrina Pietryga, B.A. ’02
Account Supervisor/Publicist, Beck Media and Marketing

Sabrina Pietryga is responsible for the planning, development, and execution of marketing and communication strategies on behalf of Beck Media & Marketing’s technology and entertainment clients. Prior to Beck Media & Marketing, Sabrina went through one of the world’s most prestigious agent trainee programs at International Creative Management, and then was Manager of Development at Tagline Pictures. While in this position, she worked with every major television studio and network and participated in a successful marketing and publicity campaign for the hit series “Psych” for USA network.

Christopher Paul Curtis | B.A. ’00
Award Winning Author

While attending classes toward his Bachelor of Arts degree at UM-Flint, Christopher won Hopwood Awards for his essays and for the manuscript of what would eventually become his first published children’s book The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963. It received the two highest honors for children’s literature: The Newberry Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor.

For the 2009-10 academic year at UM-Flint, Christopher Paul Curtis was selected to be his alma maters annual Winegarden Visiting Professor.

Dr. Kenneth Steibel | B.S. ‘78
Chief of Staff, Genesys Regional Medical Center

Dr. Kenneth Steibel says the research he did as an undergraduate in the UM-Flint Science Department made a difference in his career. As a student, he worked on research with faculty that he presented at the Centers for Disease Control. That experience gave him the edge as he pursued medical school and his dream of becoming a doctor. Dr. Steibel is now the Chief of Staff at Genesys Regional Medical Center, and he operates his own family practice in Fenton, Michigan.

Ernie Gilbert | B.A. ‘93
Animator for Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents

Ernie Gilbert came to UM-Flint on a theatre scholarship, but it was his passion for cartooning and illustration that allowed his creativity and career to thrive. During his final year at UM-Flint, Ernie decided to apply for and received a scholarship to the California Institute of Arts to study animation. Today, Ernie is one of the animators of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon “The Fairly OddParents.” He received an Annie Award for animation in 2005 for his work on the show.

Heather Nassar | B.A. ‘97
Elementary School Teacher

Heather Nassar loves to teach children and to give back to her community. Every day, she goes to work in the Flint Community Schools, working with elementary school children. Heather is also a long-time governor of the UM-Flint Alumni Society, and she spends much of her free time volunteering to help with university events and student recruitment.

Judge Archie Hayman | B.A. ‘77
Genesee County Chief Circuit Court Judge

Archie Hayman came to UM-Flint as a transfer student from Mott Community College after working on the assembly line for General Motors. With his UM-Flint degree in hand, Archie pursued his law degree, and was elected to the Genesee County Circuit Court.

Dr. Michael Boucree | B.S. ’09
Returning to earn a degree in music performance (after having earned a degree in medicine) was such a pleasurable experience. It was pursuing the passion of my heart, which tickled my mind. I had the opportunity to mentor a young man who was going into college. I told him pursue the intellects of your mind, but don’t forget the passions of your heart.