Board of Directors
Mitch was born and raised in Southeast Michigan, just outside of Detroit. He graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2007 with a degree in international relations. After graduating from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2010, Mitch relocated to New York City where he now serves as in-house counsel in the banking and financial services sector.
Born on Long Island, Brian grew up in a small town in Western Massachusetts. After attending soccer camps at Michigan State, he knew that East Lansing was the place for him. Brian graduated from MSU in 2001 with a BA in Political Science and received his law degree from MSU in 2004. Brian and his wife, Katie, met their third year of law school and were married at the Alumni Chapel a year later. As an undergraduate, he represented MSU at model United Nations competitions as a member of the International Relations Organization.
Professionally, he has been in private practice for the past eight years as a trial and appellate attorney. Brian and Katie live in Maplewood, New Jersey with their two children and two dogs. They can be seen regularly at Blondies cheering on the Spartans.
Jim graduated from Michigan State in 2006 with a degree in Microbiology, and he now works in equity research focusing on the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. While at MSU, Jim met his wife, Kathleen, and they were married in the chapel on campus in 2009, and had Sparty attend their reception.
Roni was born in Detroit, grew up in Mount Vernon, NY, and returned to Michigan earning her BA in Elementary Education from Michigan State in 1964, followed by an MS and Professional Diploma in Counselor Education from Fordham University.
Roni worked as an elementary school teacher and guidance counselor and is now retired. Roni has served as Treasurer of our club since 2006 and presently serves as National Alumni Board President. In addition to “all things MSU,” Roni enjoys skiing, gardening, needlework, and being with friends and family. One of her favorite MSU activities is volunteering for Grandparents University. Roni resides with her husband, Michael, in Port Chester, NY.
A 1961 Communications graduate, Bob did military service, worked in radio and television broadcasting as well as federal government and private sector media relations. Now retired, Bob has been a board member for about 20 years, serving as our Secretary for the last decade. Bob is a founding member of the Scholarship Committee and also helped develop the Club’s by-laws.
Born in Manhattan, Larry found his way to the Banks of the Red Cedar and fell in love with Michigan State. He has been active with our club since the early 1990’s and has served as Treasurer, Vice President and President. In 2007, after a 6 year work transfer to Arkansas, Larry moved back into the NY area and was once again Vice President until June 2017. Larry feels his most important work is raising money for the endowed scholarship fund for MSU students from our area, he recently said, “Everyone should be as lucky as I have been to have the opportunity to receive a Michigan State education.”
Patrick Donohue – Board Member since July 2008. Co-chair of Communications Committee. Team member for the bi-weekly generation of our club newsletters, club’s database growth and maintenance, and club web site updates. Scholarship Committee member. Represent MSU at northern NJ College Fairs since 1994. Both daughters are MSU grads.
Born in Canandaigua, NY, Greg grew up in Rochester. He attended Michigan State and earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Zoology with an undergraduate minor in German. After leaving MSU, Greg moved to NYC to attend the NYU School of Law and has been practicing law here since 1981. Greg was President of our club from 2001 to 2014, except for one year when he served as President of the National Board of MSUAA. As devoted a Spartan as you will find, Greg has given much effort to the local alumni club we have today. Greg lives on the Upper West Side, a little over two short blocks from Blondies.
Jason was born and raised just outside of Detroit. After receiving his B.A. in History from Michigan State in 2003, Jason made his way to Boston where he earned his J.D. from New England School of Law and his LL.M. in Taxation from Boston University School of Law. While in Boston, Jason met his wife and honorary Spartan, Lindsay.
A job offer to work in a firm’s International Tax Group brought Jason down to live in New York. Now, Jason works for a Fortune 500 financial services company as an in-house International Tax Attorney. He lives in Bronxville, New York. Jason is a retired U.S. Marine who in his free time enjoys spending time with his family (wife + pug), studying military history, and shouting “Go Green!” at complete strangers wearing Michigan State gear.
Claire was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan and graduated from MSU in 2013 with a BA in Marketing, specializing in International Business and minoring in German. Because 4 years wasn’t enough time on the banks of the Red Cedar she returned to MSU to complete a MS in Marketing Research in 2014.
Claire moved to NYC in the fall of 2014 and a few months later landed her dream job as a Market Research Analyst at BuzzBack, an innovative, woman-owned online research firm. In her free time she loves exploring the city, volunteering with New York Cares, embarrassing herself in Zog Sports leagues, and cheering on the Spartans at Mercury Bar.
Board of Directors
- Mitch Huzar – President
- Brian Catanese – Vice President
- Jim Tumbrink – Vice President
- Roni O’Connor – Treasurer
- Bob Kobel – Secretary
- Larry Alterman
- Patrick Donohue
- Greg Hauser
- Jason Johnson
- Claire Kuhn
- Kelly Lundquist
- Tiffany Marsh
- Bob McGee