Attorney Howard Named to Novi Planning Commission

Foster Swift attorney Katila Howard was recently appointed to the Planning Commission for the City of Novi. Her term will last from January 2018 until June 2019.

Made up of seven members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council, the Planning Commission reviews and approves site plans and special land use permits for new commercial and residential development for the City. The Commission may also make recommendations to the City Council in regards to rezoning applications and proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance.

Katila is a member of her firm’s Business & Corporate practice group where she practices employee benefits matters, ERISA, 409A and Internal Revenue Code compliance matters. Additionally she also works with both tax exempt organizations and nonprofits.

Walsh College Offers Open House at Novi Campus

Walsh College will hold an open house for future students interested in pursuing its high-quality, highly valued bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and information technology from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, November 5, at its Novi campus, 41500 Gardenbrook Rd.

At the open house, future students can:

  • Meet with an advisor. Bring transcripts and receive guidance through the application process. Transfer credits will be evaluated on the spot
  • Learn how to transfer up to 82 credits to complete an undergraduate degree
  • Learn about academic programs, online degrees, financial aid, student organizations, and career services

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The normal application fee is waived for undergraduate and graduate applications during the event. Registration for the Winter 2016 semester begins Monday, November 23. Scholarships are available for qualified students.

“Our open house advisors can provide the personalized guidance that future students need to plan a Walsh business or information technology undergraduate or graduate program which is geared for academic and career success,” said Heather Rigby, director, Admissions and Academic Advising. “Since its founding in 1922, Walsh College has been a business education leader recognized by students and employers alike.”

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Real World Instructors Teach Walsh PHR/SPHR Exam Prep Program: Professional in Human Resources Certification prep begins this month at Walsh College

Bringing the real world into the classroom has been the hallmark of a Walsh College business education for more than 90 years. Rebecca Davies and Tina Marie Wohlfield are applying that practice to the field of human resources as instructors for the Professional in Human Resources Certification and Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR) Exam Preparation Program at Walsh.

Walsh is offering the PHR/SPHR Exam Prep course this fall at the Novi campus. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6-10 p.m. for nine weeks starting September 24. Tuition is $1,495 with a $200 discount for early registration. More information can be found online:

Both Wohlfield and Davies agree that everyone learns from the classroom experience. “Along with the books and online tests and tools,” says Wohlfield, “we learn from each other in our class discussions. I get so energized by the students, sometimes I find it hard to get to sleep on the nights I teach.”

By day, Wohlfield is Compliance/Human Resources Consultant at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., a multi-national, multi-billion dollar insurance brokerage and risk management services firm. She is also a Walsh College adjunct assistant professor teaching Total Compensation in the MBA program. Wohlfield holds an MBA from Walsh College and is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional.

Having spent much of her career in a senior HR generalist/management role, Wohlfield’s background gives her special kinship with Walsh PHR/SPHR students who typically work small to mid-size firms. “My prior career experiences exposed me to just about every possible HR responsibility and issue; everything from recruiting to onboarding to performance reviews to problem employees and termination. I can relate to the students in just about every HR situation.”

Team-teaching the program, Wohlfield and Davies split the sessions into their specialty areas – Davies taking the legal, compliance, and regulations sections. She is an attorney practicing employment law at Butzel Long and concentrates her practice primarily in the areas of employment law and commercial litigation. She represents employers in federal and state court litigation and before state and federal administrative agencies.

“It’s important for our students to understand the reasons behind the laws so they can help their employers develop policies and procedures to keep them out of court,” says Davies. “It’s also the toughest parts of the PHR/SPHR exams,”she adds since she recently took the SPHR exam herself to become certified

“The reasons why HR people should come to Walsh to prepare for the PHR/SPHR exams are because the books and online tools provided by SHRM are supplemented with real-world discussion; the entire class is engaged since they are all working in the field; and we keep in touch with a variety of ongoing professional education opportunities,” concludes Davies.

Visit the website at or call the Walsh Professional Development office at 248-823-1392 for more information.

The Walsh Institute is Walsh College’s direct connection to the business community, offering education, networking, and skills enhancement with practical application. Providing professional education and certifications, customized training, and entrepreneurship guidance, the Walsh Institute seeks to empower entrepreneurs and businesses of every size with the knowledge, skills, and support to build business success. Learn at

Founded in 1922, Walsh College is a private, not for profit institution offering upper-division undergraduate and graduate business and technology degrees and certificate programs. One of Southeast Michigan’s largest business schools, Walsh has locations in Troy, Novi, Clinton Township and Port Huron, as well as online. Walsh’s business services division offers the Walsh Institute, which provides solutions for businesses through training, continuing education, and consulting.

Walsh is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (; phone: 312-263-0456) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE, The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, accredits specific degree programs.