University of Michigan Alumni Association

Our home grown M Alum!

Take a look at their accomplishments.
We will be featuring local recent grads at this site.

...and just back from RIO!

Kaitlin Urka is a 2005 graduate of Ludington High School and a 2009 graduate with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Michigan.

 Currently she is an Associate
 Producer with NBC Sports &
 Olympics. A 3-time Sports Emmy
 Award winner, Kaitlin has worked
 on some of the most-watched
 events in sports television history,
 including 4 Olympic Games
 (Beijing, London, Sochi, & Rio),
 the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup
 Final, the Tour de France, and the
 Triple Crown. The job has taken
 her all over the world conducting
 interviews with athletes and coaches, working with on-air talent, and capturing iconic images and moments that  she then helps package and deliver to NBC audiences. 

In addition she spreads the GO BLUE spirit wherever and whenever the opportunity presents.
Visit her website: 

Shown here with the NBC/Michigan Rio Crew: Kaitlin, Andrea Joyce (Gymnastics sideline reporter), Jill Martin (Today Show) and Dhani Jones (Sportsdesk  at the Olympics and soon to be Notre Dame analyst)! 


From Ludington, MI, John Lister

A graduate of Ludington High School in 2006, John A. Lister received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University in 2010. He obtained his Doctor of Law in 2013 graduating Magna Cum Laude frrom the University of Michigan Law School. While attending Law School  he served in the Community and Economic Development Clinic representing nonprofit corporation clients on a variety of matters, including corporate governance, tax and employment law issues. John was also an Associate Editor of the Law School publication, Michigan Journal of International Law.

Currently he is an associate in the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins.


From Brethren MI, Rachel O’Keefe

Rachel is a 2011 graduate from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a dual degree in Communication Studies and Sociology. 

Currently she is employed with CBRE, the world's premier, full-service real estate services company. Operating globally, the firm holds a leadership position  in  virtually all of the world's key business centers. As a Senior Marketing Specialist for CBRE Chicago, Rachel is responsible for organizing, strategizing and  implementing marketing efforts for the Chicago, Oak Brook, Schaumburg and Bannockburn offices. She is responsible for creating and implementing  marketing  materials including proposals, property marketing collateral, brand management and compliance, advertising and web marketing in addition to  internal  communication.

Prior to joining the Midwest Marketing Team, Ms. O’Keefe was a Client Services Coordinator with the CBRE Chicago Urban Retail Team. Before joining  CBRE,  Ms. O’Keefe worked in the entertainment industry with a focus on Public Relations and Operations Management throughout North America.