December 9, 2023

Class Notes: Summer 2021 – News

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Lucy (Van Eman) Larson ’60 is retired; her husband, Carl Larson Jr. ’61, died in January 2021; resides in Bonita Springs, Florida.

Barbara (Barrett) Atkinson ’61 is celebrating six months cancer free; resides with her husband, Richard, in Franklin, Texas.

David Rine ’63 is professor emeritus and founding chair of the School of Engineering at George Mason University; resides with his wife Carolynne, in Olathe, Kansas.

Lee Davis ’65, M.S. ’69, retired after 23 years in public education; has worked in reverse glass painting for 50 years; resides with his wife, Kathleen, in York, Pennsylvania.

Ronald Geib ’65 is working as a certified public accountant at age 83; he and his wife, Joyce, have been married 54 years; resides in Libertyville.

Karen (Hordesky) Malone ’65 is retired from Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210; resides in New Lenox.

Karen (Hordesky) Malone ’65 is retired from Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210; resides in New Lenox.

Linda (McKittrick) McElroy ’65 is retired; founder and former director of Route 66 International Film Festival; resides in Columbia, Missouri.

Thomas Grites ’66, M.S. ’67, is retired as assistant provost from Richard Stockton College; teaches at the school; recipient of the NACADA Region 2 Outstanding Contribution to Scholarship Award; resides in Absecon, New Jersey.

Carl Kasten ’66 has retired from practicing law; partnered with Tom Emery in creating the book Abraham Lincoln and the Heritage of Illinois State University; proceeds will benefit ISU; former Board of Trustees chair; Distinguished Alumni Award recipient; resides with his wife, Donna, in Carlinville.

Homer Thomas ’67, M.A. ’83, is the head coach of the University of Chicago track club; athletics/activities director at Southland College Prep; resides in Harvey.

Judy (Peecher) Davenport ’68 retired from education; visited all 50 states and many foreign countries; resides with her husband, Raymond, in Pittsfield.

Roger Gibbens ’68, M.S. ’71, retired from Pekin Community High School after teaching 33 years; resides with his wife, Janet (Pierson) ’68, in Hopedale.

Diana (Corley) Schnapp ’68, M.S. ’70, retired as a professor of communication; listed in several Who’s Who publications; published poetry and in professional journals; directed church women’s ministry; established ISU scholarship; resides with her husband, Frank, in Overland Park, Kansas.

Joseph Boyd ’69, M.S. ’74, retired as a Unit 5 school administrator; resides with his wife, Brooke, in Normal.


George Rodman, M.S. ’71, is a professor at Brooklyn College; resides with his wife, Linda, in Lloyd Harbor, New York.

Jim Gumz ’72 retired from Rolling Meadows High School after 35 years of teaching; coaches varsity girls’ tennis and junior varsity boys’ tennis at the school; resides with his wife, Wendy, in Palatine. 

Jim Gumz ’72 retired from Rolling Meadows High School after 35 years of teaching; coaches varsity girls’ tennis and junior varsity boys’ tennis at the school; resides with his wife, Wendy, in Palatine. 

Susan (Kennedy) Laue ’72 owns and is CEO of Media Masters Inc.; lead teacher and counselor trainer for social-emotional behavior skills PreK-12; resides with her husband, Thomas, in Evanston.

Michael McHale ’72 retired as senior vice president from State Bank of Bement after 35 years; owns McHale Crop Insurance LLC; resides with his wife, JoAnn, in Monticello.

Diane McVicker ’72 participated in initial overseas study in special education opportunity as ISU student; worked as a special education teacher; retired from Greeley-Evans School District 6; resides in Greeley, Colorado.

Janice (Ganz) Gilligan ’73 is retired after teaching 20 years and another two decades as a certified nursing assistant; widowed and resides in Morris.

Janet Look ’73 retired from teaching in District 230; adjunct English instructor at Joliet Junior College; resides with her husband, Jim, in Frankfort.

Dorothy (Dobrik) Lux ’73 retired from teaching elementary school; resides in Frankfort.

Kathy (Miller) Mathewson ’73 retired from Heartland Community College as the coordinator of employee benefits; her husband, Robert ’71, M.S. ’74, is retired after working at Bliss Inc., Governmental Managers Inc., and National Fire and Casualty Company; couple resides in New Braunfels, Texas. 

Kathy (Miller) Mathewson ’73 retired from Heartland Community College as the coordinator of employee benefits; her husband, Robert ’71, M.S. ’74, is retired after working at Bliss Inc., Governmental Managers Inc., and National Fire and Casualty Company; couple resides in New Braunfels, Texas. 

Pamela (Meyers) Michel ’73 retired from Burlington Central School District 301 after teaching elementary and middle school students for nearly 30 years; coordinated gifted program for 10 years; resides with her husband, Steve, in Elgin.

Randy Crump ’74, M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’85, retired after 36 years in education; worked as superintendent 29 years; resides with his wife, Brenda, in Normal.

Earl Hieber, M.A. ’74, continues substitute teaching at age 90; resides in Salem.

Michael Jarrell ’74 retired from the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago; resides with his wife, Patricia (Isome) ’75; couple enjoys being grandparents and resides in Naperville.

Susan (Tucker) Layden ’74 is retired after teaching fourth and fifth grades; also taught special education; resides with her husband, Lawrence, in Normal.

Vicki Buerkett ’75, M.S. ’85, retired from Unit 5 after 35 years of teaching; loves caring for her four grandchildren; resides in Bloomington. 

Vicki Buerkett ’75, M.S. ’85, retired from Unit 5 after 35 years of teaching; loves caring for her four grandchildren; resides in Bloomington. 

Patty (Isome) Jarrell ’75 retired after 24 years as a paraprofessional in elementary and middle schools; worked in multi-needs and autism programs; resides with her husband, Michael ’74, in Naperville.

Linda (Lebre) Martin ’75, ’77, retired after 43 years as a clinical laboratory scientist at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, where she resides.

Nancy (Metaler) Peterson, M.A. ’76, is a retired school psychologist; resides with her husband, Rich, in Elmhurst.

Walter Burton ’77 retired from health care management; resides in Birmingham, Alabama.

Mary (Seisser) Holley ’77 is an administrative assistant for Northern Illinois University’s Alumni Association; resides with her husband, Larry, in Campton Hills.

Carol (Hirsh) Blechman ’78 retired after 39 years as a special educator; enjoys travel, gardening, photography; volunteers at local soup kitchen; resides in Evanston.

John Davis ’78 is the director of legislative programs with the Fleet Reserve Association; resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mary (Parker) Haynes ’78 M.A. ’10, is retired from teaching elementary students; resides with her husband, Thomas, in Heyworth.

Mark Lambert ’78 retired as communications director for the National Corn Growers Association; met his wife, Nancy, at ISU; couple resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Ed Lewandowski ’78 retired after 35 years as a teacher and administrator; resides with his wife, Cynthia, in Shorewood.

William Long ’78 earned a juris doctorate from the University of San Francisco; retired from the U.S. Department of Labor after 34 years; served as deputy director of operations; resides with his wife, Rebecca, in Chicago.

Mel Schnake, MBA ’78, is professor emeritus of management from Valdosta State University; former assistant professor of management at ISU; resides with his wife, Robin, in Valdosta, Georgia.

Lawrence Whittet ’78 is vice president of operations with Bridgelink Engineering; worked on a solar energy project in Dubai for two years; resides in Granbury, Texas.

Lynn (Moro) Keck ’79 is a retired teacher; resides with her husband, Tom, in Rock Island.

Rosalind Lane-Ragland ’79 retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections; resides with her husband, Ivan, in Dolton.


Juan Fernandez ’80 is a professor of animal sciences at Purdue University; returned to faculty ranks after nearly 20 years in administration at three universities; resides in Lafayette, Indiana.

Maryalice Kilbourne ’80 retired as a school library media specialist; resides with her husband, Kevin, in Cohocton, New York.

Paul Koch ’80 is a senior vice president and COO of Curtis Power Solutions; resides with his wife, Wendy, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rebecca (Moore) Miner ’80 is a section chief with the Illinois Department of Human Service; resides with her husband, Dennis, in Springfield.

Doreen (Olson) Propst ’80, M.S. ’85, retired from East Peoria High School; works part-time at the school with students who have special needs; resides with her husband, Mark, in East Peoria.

James Mueller ’81, M.S. ’83, retired as a speech-language pathologist; resides in Moline.

Deborah (Wagner) Prebula ’81 is a production manager with Aramark Uniform Services; resides with her husband Jim, in Pecatonica.

Sue Seiz ’81 is a consultant with Paragon Consulting Group Inc.; resides in Palatine.

Karen (Weber) Belker ’82 completed a master’s degree at University of Illinois-Chicago; worked in court services at Cook County Circuit Court; serves as school social worker at Husmann Elementary School in Crystal Lake School District 47; resides with her husband, Stephen, in Crystal Lake.

Marjorie Reynolds ’82, M.M. ’89, operates Marjorie’s Violin Studio LLC; resides in Waukee, Iowa.

Nancy Henderson ’82 is retired; director of children’s ministry at St. James United Methodist Church; resides with her husband, Gerald, in Danville.

Ralph Zarumba ’82 is a managing director over the electricity and natural gas regulatory practice with Black and Veatch Management Consulting, an international consulting firm; resides with his wife, Ellen, in Evanston.

Jeffrey Lord ’83 is a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, an agency of the U.S. Department of Treasury; resides with his wife, Michele, in Normal.

Jami Simon, M.S. ’83, co-starred in the short film Marcy Learns Something New with Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch; film won Best of the Year at the Vimeo Festival; had a role in the FX show CAKE; resides in New York, New York.

Nichola (Todorovich) Blowers ’84 retired after 35 years as an adjunct professor and technical supervisor in theatre at Joliet Junior College; resides in Joliet.

Brian Heatheron, M.S. ’84, has a private practice as a clinical psychologist; resides with his wife, Monica, in Springfield.

Eileen (Biltgen) Hernley ’84 retired after teaching special education for 37 years; works at Metropolitan State University in Denver coaching teachers working toward master’s degrees or licensure in special education; resides in Centennial, Colorado.

Marshall Anderson, MFA ’85, is a professor of theater and dance and department chair at the University of Wisconsin in Whitewater, where he resides.

John Riley ’85 retired from the Indiana State Police after 34 years; resides with his wife, Deborah, in Westpoint, Indiana.

Maria Shaw ’85 is a human services caseworker for the State of Illinois; resides in Champaign.

Debbie (Wilhelm) Shuppert ’85 is a school counselor in Kenosha Unified School District; taught special education for 12 years; middle school counselor for 26 years; resides with her husband, Bob, in Gurnee.

Joe Regan ’86 is the director of sales with Levi, Ray and Shoup Inc.; resides in Springfield.  

Kim (Rife) Stephens ’86, M.S. ’99, retired after 33 years in education; worked as a general/vocal music teacher, taught second grade, and served 22 years as an administrator; resides with her husband, Larry, in Plainfield.

Elizabeth (Walden) Beasley ’87, completed a doctorate in education at Walden University; supervisor of human resources at St. Mary’s County Public Schools; adjunct assistant professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; resides with her husband, Richard, in Solomons, Maryland.

Sarah (Dixon) Bohnsack ’88 owns Bohnsack and Frommelt LLP, a certified public accounting firm; her husband, Jay ’88, teaches technology at Moline High School; couple has six children and resides in Taylor Ridge.

Kelly (Youmans) Hannapel ’88 is a program administrator with Fermilab; resides in Aurora.

Samuel Miller ’88, MBA ’17, is president and CEO of Crusader Community Health serving 58,000 patients in Rockford; resides with his wife, Marlene, in Stillman Valley.

D. Renee (Jones) Russell ’88 is a music teacher and owns Kitten on the Keys; resides with her husband Todd, in Rockledge, Florida.

Daphne (Whitehead) Sligh ’88 is the division director of contracting for HCA Healthcare; completing doctorate in education; resides with her husband, Nathaniel, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Michael Kilbourne, MBA ’89, retired after 32 years in law enforcement and six years as a police chief; appointed Kane County treasurer; resides with his wife, Michelle (Manisco) ’87, MBA ’89, in Carpentersville.

Nicholas Mizaur ’89 is chief executive officer of the NMC Group of Companies, which owns capital equipment businesses in six states; previously served as the company’s president and chief operating officer; earned law degree; resides in Omaha, Nebraska.


Joe Conroy ’90 is general manager with CBRE; manages industrial real estate throughout the Midwest; president of the Brother Rice High School Dads’ Club; resides with his wife, Mary, in Chicago.

Beth (Van Marter) Farrell ’90 is a self-employed real estate agent; resides with her husband, Kevin ’90, in Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Gary Fox ’90 completed master’s and doctoral divinity degrees at Southern Methodist University; pastors Presbyterian Village North and LIFT Community Church; authored Understanding Atonement; resides in Dallas, Texas.

Scott Jones ’90 is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, where he resides.

Peter Schmale ’90 founded Schmale SharePoint Services LLC; is a SharePoint administrator and developer for the city of West Des Moines; resides with his wife, Karen, in Ankeny, Iowa.

Jill Turney ’90 is an AT&T talent acquisition manager; resides in Galesburg.

William Wille ’90 is the media and public relations manager at the Academy of Osseointegration; resides with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children in Yorkville.

Michelle Marcukaitis ’91 is a counselor at Herscher High School; resides in Bradley.

Richard Morrall ’91 is the regional director for Premier Inc.; met his wife, Lorraine (Setecka) ’91 at ISU; couple resides in Bolingbrook.

David Scherping ’91 is an assistant superintendent for Polk County Schools in Columbus, North Carolina, where he resides.

Mark Detzner ’92 teaches at River Trails Middle School; resides with his wife, Megan, in Mount Prospect.

Karla Johnson ’92, M.S. ’94, is a licensed clinical social worker; employed by Chicago Public Schools; resides with her husband, Joel, in Chicago.

Dawn (Trube) Ruler ’92 is regional vice president for Geiger; resides in Aurora.

Kwasi Sam ’92 is employed by the U.S. Department of Labor; resides in Teaneck, New Jersey.

Christy (Edwards) Tinder ’92 is the school psychologist for Heartland AEA School; resides with her husband, Aaron, in Indianola, Iowa.

Jean (Dow) Balch, Ph.D. ’93, retired as the assistant director of business for Eastern Illinois Area Special Education in Charleston; resides in San Marcos, Texas.

Mary (Manzullo) Flynn ’93 is a professor teaching education and early childhood education courses at Rock Valley College; resides in Rockford.

Heather Neaveill ’93 is an attorney, administrative law judge, and a hearing officer; resides in Chicago.

Sam Zangri ’93 is a senior strategist in marketing planning with Toyota North America; resides with his wife, Kristen, in Little Elm, Texas.

Joseph Davenport ’94 is the director of external programs at University of California in Irvine, where he resides.

Christine (Shearer) Franklin ’94 is a policy operations manager with COUNTRY Financial; resides with her husband, Christopher, in Normal.

Sonda Moon ’94 is a supervisor of vendor claims for MC Machinery Systems Inc.; resides in East Dundee.

Jennifer (Disch) O’Brien ’94 is vice president and chief human resources officer with Wesley Willows; resides with her husband, Kevin, in Loves Park.

Kendra (Dummer) Pingel ’94 is an administrative assistant to the associate principal in School District U-46; resides with her husband, Rick, in South Elgin.

Elizabeth (Hulsey) Bloomfield ’95 is a physician assistant with Concentra; resides with her husband, John, in Austin, Texas.

Sandra (Schindler) Brightwell ’95 earned a doctorate from Northern Arizona University’s College of Education; director of health information management at Central Arizona College; resides with her husband, Krys, in Tempe, Arizona.

Sharon Collins ’95, M.S. ’98, is an educator in the Chicago Public Schools; resides in Chicago.

Tina (Mashbern) Cowsert ’95 completed two master’s degrees and earned National Board Teacher Certification; is a deaf/hard of hearing and blind/low vision access specialist at the University of Illinois, and interpreter supervisor; resides with her husband, John ’94, in Mahomet.

Kurt Lindemann, M.S. ’95, is associate dean of the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at San Diego State University; resides in San Diego, California. 

Brookie (Nall) Scholl ’95 is chief of staff to the chief financial officer at Microsoft; resides with her husband, Jason, and their two children in Issaquah, Washington.

Jon Etter ’96 is an author; wrote three novels in the Those Dreadful Fairy Books series; teaches high school English; resides with his wife, Nicole, in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Kerry (Schuetz) Foppe ’96 owns Foppe Ace Hardware; resides with her husband, Ron, in Breese.

Dawn (Gereaux) Hollister ’96 taught grades Pre-K through 2 for 15 years; certified personal training and children’s fitness specialist; owns a business teaching adult and children fitness classes; mom to two teenage daughters; resides with her husband, Steve, in Palmetto, Florida.

Ginger (Ladd) Slocum ’97, M.S. ’00, is principal of Columbine Elementary School; resides with her husband, Ryan, in Woodland Park, Colorado.

Jason Stahl ’97 is a processing clerk with the U.S. Postal Service; resides with his wife, Amy, in Dunlap.

Jennifer Wood ’97 is senior director of epidemiology-real world data sciences for Johnson and Johnson; resides in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Jerry Creer ’98 is a McLean County probation officer; resides with his wife, Desiree, in Bloomington.

Thomas Foster ’98 is a juvenile probation officer with the Champaign County Probation and Court Services; resides with his wife, Candy, in Tolono.

Christopher Welber, M.A. ’98, is executive director of the North American Neuromodulation Society; resides with his wife, Megan, in Mount Prospect.

Jennifer Anton ’99 authored Under the Light of the Italian Moon; historical novel focuses on stories of women under Mussolini’s rule prior to WWII; resides with her husband in Italy.

Nicole (Cella) Keeler ’99 is a sustainability specialist and owner of Clear Green Consulting LLC; resides in Lake Zurich.

Tracy Kremer ’99 is the director of communication with Polk Brothers Foundation; resides with her husband, Ken, in Chicago.

Michelle Raube, M.S. ’99, is the dean of student success at Delta College; resides with her spouse, Cindy Ellsworth, in Saginaw, Michigan.  


Jessica Friedericks ’00 is a professor of education at Kankakee Community College; resides with her husband, Ryan, in Bourbonnais.

Tina Nicpan-Brown ’00 is a STEM educator with the Wenatchee School District; finalist for the Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching; resides with her husband, Mike, in Wenatchee, Wisconsin.

Megan Geigner ’01, M.A. ’03, is an assistant professor of instruction at Northwestern University; edited Theatre After Empire and Makeshift Chicago Stages, which includes works by Geigner and three ISU alums; resides in Chicago.

Dannie Sammons ’01 is a manufacturing systems project coordinator with Progress Rail Services, a subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc.; resides with his wife, Susan, in Kernersville, North Carolina.

David Wilson, MFA ’01, is the art program coordinator, art instructor, and director of the Dayman Gallery Director at Owensboro Community and Technical College; resides in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Aimee Davis ’02 is the director of education at the Field Museum; resides in Chicago.

Allison (Hartt) Robichaud ’02 is a senior risk control consultant with Virtual QBE; resides with her husband, Jason, in Champaign.

Amanda (Rodriguez) Afshar ’04, M.S. ’09, is a senior manager of education curriculum at Apple; resides with her husband, Raman, in San Jose, California.

Elizabeth (Kane) Strain, Ph.D. ’02, is a licensed clinical psychologist; resides with her husband, James, in Wauconda.

Izabela (Dawid) Zalinski ’02 is self-employed in construction and management; mom of four children; resides with her husband, Jacek, in Palos Park.

Mandy (Wagner) Cawby ’04 is the director of customer relations for WaterOne, one of most awarded water utilities in the nation; authored article in national industry journal on COVID-19; resides with her husband, Don, in Shawnee, Kansas.

Chris Stroisch ’04 is the director of external communications and corporate social responsibility at CNA Insurance in Chicago; resides with his wife, Deana, and their three children in Bloomington. 

Joey Wilson ’04 is the director of livestream operations at LeRoy Christian Church; resides in LeRoy.

Patrick Broderick ’05 is a vice president with BMO Financial Corporation; resides with his wife, Elisabeth, in Frankfort.

Kristin (Morgan) White ’05 is an instructional technologist at Old Dominion University; resides in Hampton, Virginia. 

Geoff Bathje, M.S. ’06, is a professor in the Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs at Adler University in Chicago, where he resides.

Julie (Wodzien) Clifford ’06 completed an MBA and is a channel sales manager with hand2mind, a hands-on learning company; she met her husband, Matt ’05, M.S. ’07, at ISU; he teaches at Vernon Hills High School; couple has two children and resides in Libertyville.

Andrea (Henson) Hodges ’06 is the principal graphic designer at Arizona State University; resides with her husband, Cory in Maricopa, Arizona.

Megan (Thompson) Shelton ’06, MSN ’09, is a nurse working in palliative care with Prospero Health; resides with her husband, Bryan, in Monticello.

David Simon ’06 is an assistant vice president with Swiss Re; resides with his wife, Lesley in Deerfield.

Brianne Berogan ’07, M.A. ’09, is director of advancement services at Augustana College; resides in Rock Island.

Beth (Layne) Blackmer ’07 is a special education teacher with North Boone CUSD 200; her husband, Andy ’07, runs the agriculture business EZ-Drops; couple has three children and resides in Cherry Valley.

Michael Irigoyen ’07 is a senior software engineer with Accusoft Corporation; resides with his wife, Lauren, in Tinley Park.

Amy Jahnel ’07 is an athletic trainer at Carle Foundation Hospital; resides with her husband, Jeff, M.S. ’06, and their two children in Tolono. 

Jacqueline McGhee ’07 is executive assistant to the vice provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Illinois Institute of Technology; resides in Forest Park.

Amy Outland ’07 is a freelance writer editor; part-time service excellence representative for Franciscan Health; resides in Dyer, Indiana.

Jessica Sharp ’07 completed a master’s degree in special education and English as a second language at National Louis University; teaches students with multiple needs and ESL learners; resides in Palatine.

Chris Stevens ’07 is the vice president of U.S. sales for Los Magos Spirits International; resides with his wife, Brandi, in Fontana, California.

Leah Wagner ’07, M.S. ’16, is the wellness director at Westminster Village in Bloomington, where she resides.

Erin Burns ’08 is vice president and manager at Garage Door Supplies; resides in Orland Park.

Danetta Carter ’08 is a manager with Amerigroup; resides in Cordova, Tennessee.

Ashley Henegar ’08 completed a master’s degree in principal leadership; instructional coach with Pleasant Valley District 62; resides in Peoria.

Laura (Weaver) Sparks ’08 is the program leader of internal communication and culture with Wiley; resides with her husband, Daniel, in Naperville.

Magen (Ryan) Straz ’08 is a political director for Illinois Senate President Don Harmon and the Illinois State Democratic Caucus; resides with her husband, Scott, and their daughter in Elmhurst.

Kevin Doellman ’09 is a photojournalist with WGN-TV; has won nine Emmy Awards; resides in Chicago.

Elizabeth (Strain) Gonzalez ’09 is a program coordinator at Lurie Children’s Hospital; resides with her husband, Ricardo, in Chicago.

Rebecca (Springborn) Good ’09 is the clinical manager for the Association for Individual Development; resides in North Aurora.

Benjamin Goodin ’09 is a caseworker with the Department of Human Services; resides in Peoria.

Warren McCarty ’09 is an attorney and firm principal with Caldwell Cassady and Curry; resides in Dallas, Texas.

Cyrus Winnett ’09 is the interim president and CEO of Illinois Primary Health Care Association; resides with his wife, Katy, in Springfield.


Larry Haigh ’10 is an agriculture instructor and FFA Advisor at Herscher Community Unit School District #2; resides in Chebanse.

Denisse Martinez ’10 is the administrator of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program at the University of Chicago; resides in Chicago.

Jennifer (Larson) Menold ’10 is a school psychologist with District 108; resides with her husband, Jesse, in Des Plaines.

Ryan Wildenhain ’10 is an assistant athletics director at Marymount University; resides with his wife, Colleen, in Reston, Virginia.

Christine Loconti ’11 is an English teacher and freelance writer; resides in Barcelona, Spain.

Danny Mathews ’11, M.S. ’13, is director of the Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College; resides in Faribault, Minnesota.

Emily McMahon ’11 is a lead communication strategy and events specialist with Discover Financial Services; resides in Chicago.

Alexandra Perez ’11 is an eighth-grade bilingual reading teacher at Nightingale Elementary School; resides with her husband, Juan, in Chicago.

Stephanie (White) Arnold ’12 is a dual language kindergarten teacher; completed two master’s degrees and earned National Board status in ESL; resides with her husband, Justin, and their child in Yorkville.

Amy (Bytof) Dressel ’12 is the director of advancement communications at Idaho State University; resides with her husband, David, in Pocatello, Idaho.

Ryan Kotecki ’12 is a cloud engineering manager with Discover Financial Services; resides with his wife, Alyssa, in Severance, Colorado.

Matthew Marwitz ’12 is manager of performance analytics with DiMeo Schneider and Associates LLC; met his wife, Jenna, at ISU; parents to one child; family dog is named Reggie; couple resides in Palatine.

Sara Neumann, D.A. ’12, is an audiologist working as audiology research manager and deaf education consultant at Hearts for Hearing in Oklahoma; specializes in pediatric audiology and cochlear implants for children and adults; co-authored several articles and chapters; resides with her husband, Jeffrey, in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Nicholas Pastwa ’12 teaches special education at Naperville Bridge High School; resides with his wife, Patricia, in Lisle.

Kevin Reynolds, M.S. ’12, is vice president for institutional advancement at Thomas More University; resides with his wife Christin in Independence, Kentucky.

Dana (Tutaj) Rowinski ’12 is a senior revenue accountant with Google; resides with her husband, Dan, in Lockport.

Dayna (Grismanauskas) Brzezowski ’13 is a blind rehabilitation specialist at the Hines VA; resides with her husband, Scott, and their child in Chicago.

Amanda (Barra) Rohn ’13 is an environmental health and safety professional at Caterpillar Inc.; resides with her husband, Ryan, in Pekin.

Eli Van Sickel, M.S. ’13, is an access consultant at Purdue University; resides in Lafayette, Indiana.

Angela Young, MSW ’13, is a school social worker with Tremont CUSD 702; resides in Bartonville.

Mary Coulibaly ’14 is a counselor with Cook County Sheriff’s Office; resides in Evergreen Park.

Lindsey Ewert ’14 is a special education teacher with Douglas County School District; resides in Denver, Colorado.

Kaleen (Demo) Heller ’14 is a clinical therapist at Calm Mind Counseling; resides with her husband, Matthew, in Park Ridge.

Brandon Jeralds ’14 is a public works safety manager for the City of St. Charles; resides with his wife, Kellie, in Elburn.

Nicholas Johnson, M.S. ’14, is a project director at Heritage Behavioral Health Center; resides in Bloomington.

Jake Kreutzer ’14 is an assistant attorney in the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office; resides with his wife, Lindsey, in Lockport.

Jeremy Murphy ’14 is a lecturer at Utah Valley University; resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Michael Prokop ’14 is the assistant director of campus safety at North Central College; resides in Chicago.

Tierra Reed-Marquez ’14 is a bilingual caseworker with the State of Illinois Department of Human Services; resides with her husband, Yasiel, in Springfield.

Alison Seberger ’14 is an assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of North Alabama; resides in Florence, Alabama.

Catherine (Favale) Barnes ’15 is a marketing manager with Essendant; resides with her husband, Brett, in Gurnee.

Victoria Beltramo ’15 is a licensed professional counselor; resides in Chicago.

Lindy Manuel, M.S. ’15, is completing a doctorate in technology, innovation and leadership at Purdue University; student development coordinator at Lincoln Christian University; resides with her husband, Jeff, in Lincoln. 

Jennifer Mays, Ph.D. ’15, is a school psychologist with the Special School District of St. Louis County; resides in St. Louis, Missouri.

Jessica Selk ’15 completed a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling at Adler University; resides in Naperville.

Daniel Walters ’15 is a firefighter and paramedic with the Wilmette Fire Department; his wife, Melissa (Toynton) ’08, is an elementary school social worker; couple resides with their three children in Volo.

Ariel Brownlee ’16 is a doctor of audiology practicing in Orlando, Florida, where she resides.

Daniel Gaytan, M.S. ’16, is assistant director for sports programs and kids’ camps at Arizona State University; resides in Tempe, Arizona.

Yamato Hiromatsu, M.A. ’16, is an English teacher at Iwata Secondary School; resides in Oita, Japan.

Cameron Knight ’16 is a designer with General Motors; resides in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Katelyn Anderson ’17 is a genetic counseling assistant at Marshfield Clinic; resides in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Gina (Rubino) Brown ’17 is an assistant merchandise manager with Lands’ End; resides with her husband, Alec, in Verona, Wisconsin.

Richard Greenfield ’17 is the manager of external and community relations for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago; resides in Chicago.

Savannah Ojeda ’17 is a public safety telecommunicator with Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office; earned graduate certificate in digital forensics and a master’s in cybercrime from University of South Florida; resides in Clearwater, Florida.

Lauren Smaga, BS/MPA ’17, is a senior staff accountant at Shepard, Schwartz and Harris LLP; received award from the Illinois CPA for Young Professional Leadership; resides in Peotone.

Anna Zaino ’17 is the director of bands at Johnsburg High School; resides in Woodstock.

Taylor Bartosiewicz ’18 completed a dietetic internship; passed exam to become a registered dietitian; nutritionist with the Marion County Public Health Department; resides in Orland Park.

Samuel Bybee ’18 is a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service; resides in Lee.

Abbi Donovan ’18 is a marketing specialist with Equity Lifestyle Properties; resides in Des Plaines.

Kara Hagen ’18 is a financial analyst at BMO Harris Bank; resides in Naperville.

Rebecca Peeples ’18 is completing a master’s degree in communication and composition at Minnesota State University-Mankato; teaches English at Seneca Township High School; resides in Channahon.

Amanda Rhodes ’18 is an inventory control quality assurance associate at Home Depot; resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Seibert ’18 is a medical technologist with the DuPage Medical Group; resides in Lisle.

Kate Twaddle ’18 is a loss control consultant with Auto-Owners Insurance Company; resides in Oakdale, Minnesota.

Ryan Wexler ’18 is a medical student at National University of Natural Medicine; researching mindfulness practice for sciatica patients; resides in Portland, Oregon.

Jessie Albrecht ’19 is a nurse working in the pediatric intensive care unit at Carle and the adult intensive care unit at HSHS Saint John’s Hospital; resides in Monticello.

Leonard Badenhorst ’19 is a cultivation agent with Cresco Labs; resides in Bloomington.

Kayte Bernardoni ’19 is completing a law degree at Northern Illinois University; works at Prairie State Legal Services; resides in McNabb.

Lauren Chapman ’19 is a marketing associate with Connect Hearing; resides in Plainfield.

Alison Dungca ’19 is completing a master’s degree in speech language pathology; resides in San Francisco, California.

Kayla Easter ’19, M.S. ’20, is a sales trainee with Nosco; resides in Gurnee.

Jordan Knoll ’19 is an athletic trainer at Athletico Physical Therapy; resides in Gurnee.

Lauren Simpson, M.S. ’19, is an assistant director of athletic communications at Cornell University; resides in Ithaca, New York.


Erik Benson ’20 is a fraud analyst at Chime; resides in Streamwood.

Iresha Jayasinghe, M.S. ’20, is a doctoral student at The Ohio State University; resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Amanda Klingler ’20 is a graduate student at UCLA; resides in Los Angeles, California.

Rachel Marks ’20 is a benefits associate with DuPage Medical Group; resides in Downers Grove.

Conor McFall ’20 is completing a master’s degree in secondary education at Northeastern Illinois University; long-term high school substitute teacher; resides in Norridge.

Josephine O’Shaughnessy ’20 is completing a master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

Fatima Obe, M.S. ’20, is completing a doctorate at Washington State University; resides in Pullman, Washington.

Celeste Serrano ’20 is a registered nurse working at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; resides in LaGrange.


Jeff Burchfield ’98 is a training officer with the U.S. Army; stationed at Rock Island Arsenal; resides with his wife, Lynn, in Coal Valley.

Toby Neal ’02 has served in the Army as a military police officer 18 years; resides with his wife, Myra, in Germany.

Hannah Muir ’14 is a Petty Officer 3rd Class in the U.S. Coast Guard; resides in Portsmouth, Virginia.

Brianna (Koenig) Sparkman ’15 is flight officer with the U.S. Navy; resides with her husband, Robert, in Chesapeake.