Roger Manela

Profile Updated: December 5, 2018
Residing In: Novi, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: I married Pamela in 1991. She had a 10 year old daughter Mara. Our daughter Rachel was born in 1992. Pam is a retired school SW & now a psyctherapist
Occupation: Retired DPS School Social Worker - Now Psychothertapist in Private Practice
Children: Mara Deluca Funke went to MSU and has Masters in Public Health from Pitt and is fluent in Spanish and More…has traveled to Cuba a couple of times and lived in Honduras. She lives in Tempe AZ, where she is a Public Health Consultant and Health Educator. Mara also is a Certified Exercise & Fitness Trainer and Yoga Instructor who loves hiking in all kinds of terrain. Our grandson Avram Elijah was born in 2014.

Rachel Manela, born 1992, graduated with honors from Novi HS, was on the swim team, and spent a lot of time as a volunteer alot at The Friendship Circle helping children with disabilities. After overcomming her Dyslexia, she tutored others in reading. During HS she became quite good on clarinet - went to Blue Lake Music Camp and went on a concert tour of Europe. She attended MSU where she earned a BA in Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy with specializations in History and Muslim Studies from James Madison College. She has published an article in a History journal on the efforts of Jews in Russia to establish their own country before the founding of Israel. Currently (2018) she is completing two Masters Degrees at Wayne State University in Library Science -Archiving - and History. She has done an internship as an Archivist at the Jimmy Carter Library. She visited Israel as part the Birthright Program, did an internship in London with an organization that works with incarcerated Non-British women, and has traveled to France, Spain, and Germany. She is a devoted Feminist who has been doing research on the role of women in Nazi Germany. As well as going to WSU full time, she works for Minuit Man document processing in Royal Oak MI. She also has been studying, practicing, and helping teach Karate and will take her Black Belt test in Dec. 2018. She grew up reading Harry Potter and even met Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) when she was living in London and has a Selfie of herself with him. She is a fan of Dr. Who, loves to read Fantasy and Science Fiction, and is a devotee of all kinds of movies.
Yes! Attending Reunion

School at MSU, U of M. London School of Economics, PhD in Sociology & Social Work, Taught at UM & Brandeis. Traveled around US and Europe. Climbed Mts in Colorado & Montana. Visited Mt. St Hellens right after the eruption. Raised Brittany Spaniels and spent a lot of time bird hunting & fly fishing. In college at U of M, I joined Students For A Democratic Society and was a Activist against Viet Nam War. I wrote a Political Science honors thesis on the IWW and a Doctoral Dissertation on how men and women differ in the ways the deal with stressful life changes (Marital Separation & Divorce). I ran a computer consulting company for a while and was a consultant to GM and some of its 1st tier suppliers about streamling manufacturing and material/inventory control in line with ideas of "just in time" manufacturing. Own a 30 foot sailboat and a motor yacht. Do a bit of fishing on the great lakes. Now work as a school social worker and psychotherapist. Selected school social worker of the year for state of Mich. in 2004. Still teach part time & work full time as school social worker for Detroit Public Schools. Wrote a couple of books and published some academic articles. Got married at age 50 - 2 daughters. Live in Novi - own some rental houses in Ann Arbor.

School Story:

Used to go drawing and sketching with Mr. Devleeshower and a bunch of artisticlly inclined students from Mumford. Most vivid memories of HS were of arts and sports, although I never really excelled at either. I guess I also got a general education along the way as well.

I used to be awful in math except when I took classes from Mr. Mcdaid who I liked and so did well for.

I remember that one year, when we had a winning football team, coach Jim kelly used to show us blood and guts war films from the campaign against Japan during world war II. He was a former Marine, and I guess he thought seeing pictures of people killing and getting killed would make us better football players. Although I sort of liked coach Kelly, I ended up being an anti-war activist during the Viet Nam years. Perhaps seeing all that blood and death had some impact on me, although probably not the one the coach intended. Anyway, the powers that be in the school system slapped his wrists over showing those kinds of movies, and he had to stop using them. Later, during our military adventure in Iraq, the army itself thought twice about exposing the American public to graphic images of the carnage of war and images of flag draped coffins returning from the battle front, lest it turn too many citizens againt the killing. This brought back memories of coach Kelly's efforts to glorify battle for his high school gladiators before we entered the arena each week.

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