CFPCA Alumni Council


Constance Thomas

Constance Thomas - Co-Chair

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.

Stan Simek

Stan Simek - Co-Chair

Stan holds a Bachelor of Arts Radio/TV/Film '93 and Master of Arts in Public Relations and Organizational Communications '06 from Wayne State University / CFPCA.  He serves as a Director, Ascension Michigan Foundations. He currently serves on the WSU MISB Alumni Council, WSU Alumni Association Board Directors and the WSU CFPCA Alumni Council since 2001. Stan reside in St. Clair Shores.  He is an avid bicyclist. 

Catia Sabak

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.

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.

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.

Tara Tomcsik-Husak

Tara Tomcsik-Husak 

My main goal in life is to make a difference. I take every day as a day that matters. I strive to learn something new and experience as many unique activities as I can.

My work background is primarily based in nonprofit and hospitality management in Metro Detroit and New York City. I also have experience developing publications and managing web site content. I have excellent writing, editing, reporting, and proofreading skills that I learned while working for FOX News in the Web/New Media/Politics Departments.

I have BAs in Jazz Voice, Intercultural Communication, and Peace and Conflict Studies (with a concentration on Dispute Resolution/ Hostage Negotiation and Terrorism) from Wayne State University. I have lived all over the world in places such as Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Greece, Alaska, Hawaii, on an Amish Farm in Indiana, and New York City where I worked as an actress on a Soap Opera, jazz singer, and taught at a trapeze school. 

Paula Tapert

Paula Tapert

Paula Tapert is a marketing and communications consultant at Sedgwick. She has two degrees from Wayne State – a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Public Relations and Organizational Communication. She also worked at the university as a web writer from 2002 to 2007. More recently, she worked as a director of brand management at HAP, and as a marketing manager at Macomb Community College and Gleaners Community Food Bank. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking and renovating fixer upper homes.  

Kristine Hoover

Kristine Hoover

Kristine is the Director of Development for the College of Health Professions at University of Detroit Mercy.  Prior to that she was with the Detroit Regional Chamber and earlier in her career at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School.  She earned a BA in English / Education from University of Detroit Mercy and an MA in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Wayne State University.

If you are interested in being a part of the CFPCA Alumni Council please contact Patrick Field at 313-577-1087 or