CFPCA Alumni Council

Current CFPCA Alumni Council

Catia Sabak

Catia Sabak is an Assistant Account Executive at Finn Partners, performing public relations and digital media work for a variety of clients including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Olympia Development of Michigan. Prior to joining Finn Partners, Catia worked on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's (MEDC) Pure Michigan Business Connect program. She holds a B.A. in public relations from Wayne State University (2016) where she served as the president and regional conference co-chair for the school's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Catia is a current member of the Detroit chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and serves as a member of the Ambassador Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Detroit.

Constance Thomas

Constance Thomas currently serves as Diversity Marketing Events Coordinator for General Motor in Detroit. In her day to day, she is the experimental expert that services all four GM Brands (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC). Her main focus is on the African American and Hispanic demographics. She helps drive the Discover The Unexpected Fellowship program along with the Rainbow PUSH Money Matters programs both sponsored by Chevrolet.

In her previous job as an Event Manager for Cobo Center, she has worked and managed events for the North American International Auto Show, NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner and the Motor Golf & Travel Show to name a few. Constance also plans events as the Founder and President of Renee Aaron Events, LLC. She has worked as a consultant in the entertainment industry with Arian Reed of Arian Simone Enterprises on social media, public relations and promotional efforts of national motion pictures, "Sparkle", "Mirror Mirror", "Immortals", "Act of Valor" and "Step Up Revolution".

A graduate of Wayne State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, Constance also holds a Master's degree from Full Sail University in New Media and Journalism, where her capstone project focused on Education Vs. Fine Arts and Finding the Balance between the Detroit Public Schools and the Detroit School of Arts.

Natalie Frakes

Violinist Natalie Frakes is an experienced performer and educator and believes deeply in using music as a vehicle for social change. Natalie graduated from Wayne State University's music program in 2014 with distinction where she studied with Dr. Laura Roelofs. In addition to being an advocate for music education and outreach, she is Director of Orchestras for Oxford Community Schools.

Natalie is a verstaile violinist who enjoys playing an eclectic mix of genres and styles. She has performed a diverse roster of musical talent including Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Natalie is a member electro-pop violin band NUCLASSICA. 

A passionate educator, Natalie has served as a strings instructor and teaching artist in a number of programs for underserved youth. Her experiences include positions at Wayne State University's recent String Project@Wayne, Detroit's Urban Stringz, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Civic Youth Ensembles, the Dearborn Youth Symphony, and the esteemed Sphinx Organization. She has been a summer teaching artist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's El-Sistema inspired OrchKids and traveled to Costa Rica to work with their El Sistema, Sistema de Nacional Educácion Musical.

Laura Makar

Laura Makar was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in Toledo, OH.  She earned her BFA, Bowling Green State University, OH, in 2009 and her MFA at Wayne State University (WSU) in 2014.  She was awarded the 2013 Thomas C. Rumble Graduate Fellowship, WSU, and recently received an award for her artwork at the 2015 MFAC Exhibition, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center.  Laura has exhibited her work locally and nationally; including exhibitions in California, Georgia, New York, and North Dakota.  Laura was recently selected for solo exhibitions at ROY G BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH, and Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.  Currently, Laura serves as Gallery Manager at the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery and Art Department Gallery, WSU.

Phillip Moss

Dr. Phillip W. Moss is chair of the creative and performing arts department at University Liggett School. He oversees curriculum and staff development in drama, music and visual arts in a program that spans PreK through 12th grades. Dr. Moss is a member of the Educational Theatre Association/International Thespian Society, National Arts Educational Association, Americans for the Arts, Michigan Youth Arts Association, and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.



Stan Simek



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