The Southfield law firm of Maddin, Hauser, Roth & Heller P.C., announced that Eric M. Wagman has joined the firm’s expanding Defense and Insurance Coverage Practice Group as an associate with a concentration in commercial general liability defense. Wagman’s practice focuses primarily on civil defense litigation including premises liability, trucking accidents and general negligence. He also has experience in commercial litigation (including contract disputes and consumer fraud), claims of institutional abuse, professional negligence, work-site accidents and products liability suits, as well as complex trust and estate litigation.



James D. Grant, M.D., M.B.A., chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, has been named the 100th president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the nation’s largest organization of physician anesthesiologists.

Sander Levin

Congressman Sander Levin, D-MI 9th District, received the Alice Parker Award from the Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) at its recent Night of Warm Hearts at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit. It was in recognition of his commitment to improving the quality of life for families in need across the state.


The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute presented its 2017 Heroes of Cancer at an awards ceremony held Nov. 15, recognizing champions in 15 award categories. These individuals and organizations raise awareness of cancer prevention, early detection and survivorship; help fund programs to help cancer patients and their families; and help advance cancer research for those with all types of cancer. Following are some of this year’s inspiring heroes. A Community Service Awards for assisting in efforts to reach the community with the importance of cancer early detection, cancer care and/or survivorship at large in a volunteer capacity went to Craig Cook of Oak Park. A Philanthropy Award, honoring an individual and/or organization that has dedicated resources and talents to benefit the cause of cancer, went to Jeffrey and Beth Davidson of Birmingham. The Dr. Michael J. Brennan Scientific Distinction Award for demonstrated leadership in basic or clinical cancer research went to Anthony Shields, M.D. Ph.D., of Franklin. He is associate center director, Clinical Sciences, Karmanos Cancer Institute and professor, Department of Oncology, Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Craig Cook, of Oak Park, received Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 2017 Heroes of Cancer Community Service Award for his dedicated volunteer work. Photo by Sean Cook
Anthony Shields, M.D., Ph.D. (right) was presnted Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 2017 Heroes of Cancer Dr. Michael J. Brennan Schientific Distinction Award at a Nov. 15 reception. Congratulating him is Justin Klamerus, M.D., MMM, president of Karmanos Cancer Hospital. Photo by Patricia A. Ellis
Justin Klamerus, M.D., MMM, (left) president of Karmanos Cancer Hospital, thanked Beth and Jeffrey Davidson for their outstanding commitment to cancer patients and their families. The Davidson’s were recently honored with Karmanos Cancer Institute’s 2017 Heroes of Cancer Philanthopy Award for their ongoing support of the Leah Davidson Healing Arts Progran at Karmanos’ Weisberg Cancer Treatment Center in Farmington Hills. Photo by Patricia A. Ellis


University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel.


The Detroit Historical Society announced it will debut a new Moving Forward Award to recognize individuals who are helping to transform our communities in meaningful ways. A part of the society’s award-winning project Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward, this honor will recognize inspirational and transformational leaders annually. One of the inaugural awards will be presented to Dr. Mark Schlissel, president of the University of Michigan.



Super Lawyers has recognized several attorneys as Michigan Super Lawyers at the Southfield offices of Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss PC. Among those named were Peter Alter, Jeffrey G. Heuer, Ethan R. Holtz, Michael F. Jacobson, Ira J. Jaffe, Mark L. Kowalsky, Judith Greenstone Miller, Brian S. Raznick, Louis P. Rochkind, Mark D. Rubenfire, Aaron H. Sherbin, William E. Sider, Peter Sugar, Arthur A. Weiss, Jay L. Welford and Richard Zussman. Two others were named as Michigan Rising Stars: Joshua A. Borson and Eric D. Novetsky.


Justin Bean

The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus in Farmington Hills welcomed Justin Bean of Royal Oak as its membership and outreach coordinator. His duties will include communicating closely with constituents, supporting development in the cultivation and retention of members, maintaining the development database and supporting other functions in the development department.


Thomas Kukes

Thomas Kukes, affiliated with Michigan Financial Companies and Signator Investors Inc.in Southfield, has been selected as one of the recipients of the E.H. “Bill” Meyers Jr. Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to a member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Greater Detroit who has given outstanding service to the profession, the association and the community.



Michigan Auto Law, the largest auto accident law firm in Michigan, has been named in the 2018 edition of Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Report. Among the reasons Michigan Auto Law received a Best Law Firms ranking, four of its attorneys — firm partners Steve M. Gursten, Lawrence E. Gursten, Leonard M. Koltonow and Robert M. Raitt — were named in the 23rd edition of The Best Lawyers in America list under Metro Detroit personal injury litigation. Raitt has also been elected the vice chair (chair-elect) of the State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section.


Sandy Schuster

JVS welcomed Sandy Schuster as chief development officer for the Southfield-based agency. She will lead JVS fundraising and development efforts and will serve on the agency’s executive management team. With more than 17 years of nonprofit development experience, Schuster will oversee JVS’ signature fundraising events, Strictly Business and Trade Secrets. She will also be responsible for the agency’s annual fund, endowment and major gifts initiatives.


Rabbi Marla Hornsten

Rabbi Marla Hornsten of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield has received the 2017 Oakland County Domestic Violence Prevention Award. She has been very involved locally through JFS’ Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, as the chair of the Michigan Board of Rabbis, on the Oakland County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council and at Temple Israel. She has also been very active on a larger stage as the co-chair for the Clergy Task Force to End Domestic Violence for Jewish Women International.


Yulia Gaydayenko

Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit is pleased to announce that Yuliya Gaydayenko, senior director, Older Adult Services, was selected to participate in the sixth cohort of the Practice Change Leaders program. Gaydayenko has chosen to implement a project titled “Integrated Care: Chronic Disease Management,” which focuses on the implementation of a multi-prong long-term strategy for diversifying sustainable revenue sources for community-based programs and services aiming to improve the health of older adults as well as the education of family caregivers.


Reuben Rashty

Detroit Public Television’s Board of Directors elected a new member to its ranks. Reuben Rashty of West Bloomfield is senior vice president, managing director of Fifth Third Private Bank (Michigan) and Mirador Family Wealth Advisors, a division of Fifth Third Bank. Rashty has more than 25 years of banking experience and has been recognized as a FIVE STAR Wealth Manager by Hour Magazine. He is also a member of the finance committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and a board director of the American Technion Society.