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Past Distinguished Alumni Recipients 2007

In 2007, 14 alums were nominated for the prestigious Distinguished Alumni Award. Of this impressive field, five were awarded the honor of Distinguished Alumni at the 6th Annual Distinguished Alumni & Outstanding Retiree Award Ceremony held October 17, 2007.

 2007 Recipients

Dan Cady

Dan Cady

Dan Cady has been actively involved in education in our community since graduating from the University of Michigan-Flint. Dan worked in the Flint Community School System for 36 years serving as a Community School Director. He later became a Director of Community Education for the Flint School District. After his retirement, he became Director of the National Community Education Center.

Dan has served as president of the Michigan Community School Education Association and National Community Education Association. In 1996, he received the C.S. Mott - Frank Manley Distinguished Service Award. Dan has shown his commitment to the community by serving as past president of the Kiwanis and current president of the Greater Flint Olympian and Canusa Association while also sitting on boards of several organizations.


Edna Green-Perry

Edna Green-Perry

Edna Green-Perry has assisted thousands of residents improve their lives for more than 27 years as the head of the Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation Center at Hurley Medical Center. A registered nurse, Edna voluntarily headed a Woman's Support Group, Women Reaching Women, which focuses on turning the lives around of women addicted to alcohol or drugs. She currently sits on the Board of Directors of at least 10 organizations and performs seminars across Michigan and other states, heads "community street parties" in her neighborhood, and gives to all whom she meets.

Edna received the YWCA Nina Mills "Woman of the Year Award" in 1983. In 1994, she was honored with the Nurse of the Year Award by the Greater Flint Black Nurses Association.


Art Reyes II

Art Reyes II

Art Reyes II serves as President of UAW Local 651, representing the membership of Flint's Delphi plants. He is also the current President of UAW Region 1-C's Community Action Program (CAP) Council helping to determine which elected officials will best represent the working people of our community. Art is the 1st Vice Chair of the Genesee County Democratic party; a member of the Michigan Democratic Party State Central Committee; and serves as a precinct delegate. Art has served as a mentor and a teacher to this community's youth coaching football and baseball and teaching the Labor Education Awareness Program (LEAP) at area high schools. He has served as a board member for the Spanish Speaking Information Center and the Greater Flint Job Corps Center.


Richard A. Shick, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. Richard A. Shick, D.D.S., M.S.

Born December 3, 1929, Davison, Michigan
Davison High School, 1947 Associate in Science - Flint Junior College - 1949 D.D.S. - The University of Michigan - 1954 M.S. in Periodontics - The University of Michigan - 1960

General Dental Practice - 1954-60
Periodontal Practice - 1960-97

  • Member, Genesee District Dental Society - 1956--- Secretary - 1961
  • Director, Periodontal Study Club - 1961-66
    Co-Chairperson, two successful fluoridation referenda for City of Flint 1965 and 1966 President - 1966 Initiated Health Education Research projects in Flint Schools that resulted in six published reports Dental Advisory Committee to Mott Community College - 1961-74, the Committee initiated Dental Assisting and Dental Hygiene programs for MCC, Chairperson - 1973-74
  • Michigan Dental Association, Board of Trustees - 1968-78
    Chairperson, Special Committee to resolve Orthodontic problems with Delta Dental Plan of Michigan President - 1976-77 Liaison to Senator Donald Riegle - 1980-94 Public Relations Dentist Citizen of the Year Award - 1988 Meritorious Award - 2003
  • American Dental Association, Delegate to House of Delegates - 1968 -77
    Spokesperson, Annual Meeting - Miami, two News Broadcasts - 1977 Delegate - nine years; Alternate Delegate - four years First Vice President - 1978-79 Board Member, American Dental Health Foundation - 1978-79 Council on Dental Education, 1979-1985 Commission on Dental Education, 1979-1985 President, Former Officers' Club - 1980 - 1998. Since 1998 the Club includes all former Presidents, Trustees, Vice Presidents, Speakers, Editors and Executive Directors. President of combined Club - 1998-
  • International College of Dentists [ICD] Fellow - 1976-present
    Deputy Regent - 1981-86, USA Section of ICD Vice Regent - 1986-92 Regent - 1992-98 President - 2001 Appointed as Worldwide Councilman to International College of Dentists 2000, reappointed to second term, 2003, reappointed to 3rd term, 2006
  • Distinguished Service Award, The University of Michigan School of Dentistry - 1993
  • Co-Founder of Michigan Periodontal Association - 1961
    Secretary - 1961-66 Board of Directors - 1966-68 Served on numerous committees - 1961-87
  • Captain, dentist in United States Air Force - 1954-56
  • Mott Community College Foundation Board - 1997- Co-Chairperson Annual Garden Party fund raiser - 1998 Second Vice Chairperson - 1998 First Vice Chairperson - 1999 - 2005 Finance Committee-2002- Chairperson - 2005
  • Citizen of the Year Award, Grand Blanc Community-2002
  • Inducted into the Davison High School, Hall of Fame-2002

Woodrow Stanley

Woodrow Stanley

Woodrow Stanley worked for nearly 20 years with the Urban League of Flint, Greater Flint Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC) and the Human Investment Development Corporation. His career as an elected leader started in 1983 when he was appointed 2nd Ward Councilman, a position he held until his election as Mayor in 1991. He served as Mayor for an unprecedented three terms and as Commissioner representing the District 2 for the Genesee County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Stanley has served as Vice-Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, and Past President Michigan Municipal League and Michigan Association of Mayors.

Woodrow has forged a number of initiatives and programs for youth, including the Woodrow Stanley Youth Foundation, Mayor's Youth Cabinet, and the Initiative on Summer Employment. Commissioner Stanley has received nearly 100 awards and citations including Flint Booster of the Year by Sales and Marketing Executives and the Donald Riegle Community Service Award by the Flint Jewish Federation, and the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Public Service and Leadership from the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. The Flint Neighborhood Coalition also honored him with the Community Service Award for his distinguished and dedicated service advancing safety through the Archie Parks North Side Precinct. Other honors have come from Leadership Flint; the University of Michigan-Flint; Negro Business and Professional Women's Club; Alabama State Alumni Association, Flint Chapter; Association of Black Social Workers, Flint Chapter; and the American Cancer Society.

August 17, 2015