Phyllis (Rust) Perry ’49 taught physical education for 25 years; she enjoys playing golf; resides in Utica, New York.  


Rita (Madsen) Requa ’56 is retired after teaching 35 years; resides in a retirement home in Edmonds, Washington.  

Evelyn (Eastman) Starwalt ’58 retired from teaching physical education to K-4 students; resides in Neoga.  


Richard Nimz ’62 is retired after teaching in ISU’s College of Education; supervised student teachers at University High School; worked as an academic advisor; enjoyed tutoring his grandchildren online during the pandemic; resides in Floresville, Texas.  

Bonnie (Blundstone) Bernardi ’64, M.S. ’72, is retired from teaching art; resides in Normal.  

Gail Kappel (Peistrup) Kepner ’64 is retired; authored the book A House Divided: A Story of Survival under her grandmother’s name of Katherine Rose Kreher; resides with her husband, James, in Libertyville.  

Fern (Ensminger) Noth ’64 is retired from teaching choral music and business education; resides with her husband, Theron, in Tavernier, Florida.   

Thomas Grites ’66, M.S. ’67, retired after more than 50 years in higher education; published extensively in areas of academic advising, transfer students, and student retention; inducted into ISU’s College of Education Hall of Fame; resides in Absecon, New Jersey.  

Marcia (Rohrer) Howen ’67, M.S. ’74, has been retired 20 years; taught at Lincoln Community High School 34 years; resides with her husband, Larry, in Lincoln. 

Helen (Copeland) Willis ’67 became a textile artist after a career in special education; retired as director of Children’s Services for an Ohio County Board of MRDD; exhibited art quilts of images, memorials and tributes to the heroes of 9-11 at Woodbourne Library in Dayton, Ohio; resides in Troy, Ohio.   

Ramon Daniels ’68 retired from Florists’ Mutual Insurance Company; resides with his wife, Mary, in Glen Carbon. 

Joyce (Armstrong) McClay ’68 is an author of two books; Georgia Romance Writers’ Maggie Award winner in long contemporary romance; runner-up in Romance Writer’s of America’s long contemporary romance; recent book is Love’s Gamble; worked on Capitol Hill, taught English and journalism; founded wedding consultant business; has two sons and resides with her husband, Thomas, in Brookeville, Maryland.  

Arden (Leiter) Jepsen McElroy ’68, M.S. ’70, retired after teaching 39 years; became an antique artist and dealer; is the featured artist at the Eastside Artists Gallery in Frederick, Maryland, where she resides.  

Julianne Peterson ’68 retired after teaching 38 years in Illinois; resides in Sun City Center, Florida.  

Patricia (Daley) Burke ’69 retired from Contra Costa County as director of communications and media; in formation with the Discalced Carmelite Secular; teaching confirmation classes; resides in Brentwood, California.  

Barb (Colberg) Perignon ’69 retired after teaching nearly 33 years; enjoys time with three grandchildren; resides with her husband, Lee, in Plainfield.  

Paula Smith ’69, M.S. ’71, retired from ISU as a professor of special education; remains in touch with friends from Hamilton Hall freshman year; her husband, Lyle ’73, M.S. ’80, retired as staff in industrial technology; couple resides in Nokomis, Florida.  


Marianne (MacKenzie) Benson ’70, M.S. ’87, retired from teaching preschool; also worked as a speech and language therapist in a public school; met her husband, James ’69, at ISU; couple is celebrating 53 years of marriage and resides in Tremont.  

Ray Bruzan, M.S. ’70, authored the book Have Violin, Will Travel—The Louis Persinger Story; resides in Rochester.  

Cal Gramer ’70 is retired after working as a regional manager with Walmart; resides with his wife, Christy, in Princeton.  

Lois Haydysch ’70 retired after teaching 33 years in Illinois; resides with her husband, Kenneth, in Genoa, Wisconsin.   

Marcia (Stack) Zielinski ’70 and her husband, Richard ’72, celebrated 50 years of marriage; couple resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.  

Tim Cline ’71 is retired as the director of student services at Teton County School District 1; resides in Alpine, Wyoming.  

Larry Bessert ’72 is the owner and founder of Bessert and Associates; independent broker, consultant and management firm specializes in employee benefits; resides in Fishers, Indiana.  

Jennifer (Bolander) Best ’72, M.S. ’90, Ed.D. ’02, retired as an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; resides with her husband, William, in Surprise, Arizona.  

Janice (Blume) Gawczynski ’72 retired from the Village of Flossmoor as assistant finance director; resides with her husband, Dennis, in Chicago Heights.  

Howard Kloepper ’72, M.S. ’74, is the business manager for BAC Musical Instruments LLC; resides in Kansas City, Missouri.  

Carol Anderson ’73 is retired from working as a registered nurse; resides in Dahinda.  

Ray Kelley ’73 is retired after 35 years in technical sales of environmental sampling and testing instrumentation; for 20 years has worked as a line umpire in professional tennis tournaments; worked major ATP and WTA tournaments in U.S.; worked 18 U.S. Open matches; resides with his wife, Tori, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  

Kathleen (Lewis) Moon ’73 retired from teaching special education; resides with her husband, Michael, in Rialto, California.  

Judy (Thomas) Pittard ’73 is retired after 47 years in the field of speech/language pathology; resides with her husband, Steve, in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  

Susan (McIntee) Schwieger ’73, M.A. ’76, retired from the University of Northern Iowa after 32 years of service; worked in Career Services for 18 years, including administrative roles; completed 14 years as the director of graduate student life in the Graduate College; resides in Waterloo, Iowa.  

Joe Christmann ’74 retired after 45 years as a supervisor and manager in the transportation industry; he and his wife, Shari (Cruise) ’75, met at ISU; celebrated 45 years of marriage this year; couple resides in Dalzell. 

Marlene Gregor, M.S. ’74, is a retired teacher; widow of Distinguished Professor of Art Harold Gregor; couple established the Harold and Marlene Gregor Art Student Travel Fund; resides in Bloomington.  

John Smith ’74 retired after 30 years with the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging; worked 42 years total serving senior adults; resides with his wife, Susan, in Carbondale.  

Deborah (Copas) Alvarado ’75 retired from the federal government as a translator and CSR for the Social Security Administration; resides near her grandchildren in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  

Betty Baznik ’75 retired from teaching special education; resides in Peru.  

Pam (Sutter) Collman ’75 retired from LHK Partners as a field interviewer coach; she and her husband, William, celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year; couple resides in Bethalto.  

Mark DalPozzo ’75, M.M. ’84, has retired from teaching; resides with his wife, Mary, in Tallula. 

Gary Pranger ’75, M.A. ’82, retired after 32 years of teaching at Oral Roberts University, University of Illinois-Chicago, the Foreign Affairs College and the Northeast Normal University in China, and Raffles Institution in Singapore; resides with his wife, Michele in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. 

Mark Babich ’76 retired after years as an accounting professional; last six years worked as a controller; resides with his wife, Gale, in Garland, Texas.  

Tom Davis ’76 retired after 44 years in public accounting; resides with his wife, Holden, in West Palm Beach, Florida.  

Kristy (Anderson) Lundahl Holbrook ’76 retired from International Game Technology; resides in Tucson, Arizona.  

Thomas McClure ’76, M.S. ’01, has been promoted to professor at ISU; is the director of Legal Studies; authored second edition of his textbook Fundamentals of Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals; article “Rebalancing Bracker Fifty Years Later” appeared in the American Indian Law Journal; launched an expungement clinic and created the Thomas E. McClure Pro Bono Fund; resides in Bloomington.  

Jenni (Schone) Kuhlmann ’77 retired after owning and operating her home daycare business for more than 43 years; resides with her husband, Ron ’77, in Beardstown.   

Jill (Mekow) Lamb ’77 retired as a Cook County adult probation officer; resides with her husband, Forrest, in Palatine.  

Brian Lowenthal ’77 is the founder and managing partner with the advisory firm Lion Valley HR Solutions LLC; started Improving The Odds to help high school students develop character and life skills; resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Debra (Twait) Mason ’77 is retired after 35 years of teaching special education and reading interventions to K-3 students at Sandwich School; resides with her husband, Rob in Hinckley.  

Roy Santoro ’77 has authored five books, most recently One More Day in the Sun about a rescue rabbit and losing a pet; other titles include Broken News: Journalism in Crisis and The Second Civil War; resides in Des Plaines.  

Brad Stipp ’77 retired from teaching after 35 years in education; the youngest daughter with his wife, Joan (Adams) ’92, is completing her senior year at ISU; couple resides in Mahomet.  

Sandra (Ashley) Stringham ’77 is retired from teaching second grade; earned National Board Certification and ESL endorsement; resides with her husband, Wayne, in Pooler, Georgia. 

Sue (Hanson) Tobolski ’77 is a communication instructor at Cloud County Community College; resides with her husband, Terry, in Manhattan, Kansas.  

Elaine Cragel ’78 completed a master’s of divinity degree at McCormick Theological Seminary; earned a doctorate of ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary; is retired as a clergy chaplain; resides in Merrillville, Indiana.  

James Knodell ’78 worked for the U.S. Secret Service and Pentagon Force Protection Agency; retired from Health Care Service Corporation; resides with his wife, Joyce, in Ashburn, Virginia. 

Pamela (Coleman) Nesmith ’78 retired after 43 years in the education field as an elementary and middle school math teacher; resides with her husband Eddie, in Columbia, South Carolina.   

Booker Suggs ’78 is retired after 30 years as a higher education professional administrator working in student affairs; resides with his wife Verne in Chicago.  

Richard Cobb ’79 is retired from Agreliant Genetics; resides with his wife, Kay, in Kankakee.  

Ronda (Geary) Lee ’79 is a safety director and compliance associate with Total Environment Solutions Inc.; she and her husband, Ray, enjoy time with two granddaughters; couple resides in Prairieville, Louisiana. 

Julie (Rairden) Mills ’79 retired after working in the Douglas County Circuit Clerk’s office; served past 24 years as the elected clerk of the court; resides in Arcola.  

Donna Rees ’79 retired from the Illinois State Police as a forensic scientist; resides in Fairview Heights.   

Holly Robinson ’79 retired as a sergeant from the Chicago Police Department after 30 years of service; resides in Chicago.  


Richard Clark ’80 is retired after teaching music for 35 years; resides with his wife, Amy, in Moline.  

Judy (DallaRiva) Cowdry ’80 is president of Community Services of Missouri Inc.; resides in Foristell, Missouri.  

Valerie Tate ’80 retired after 15 years with Houston Methodist Hospital and 22 years with Shell Chemical LLC; does seasonal work at Mt. Rushmore; volunteers at the Feeding South Dakota Food Bank; lives with her dog Becca and cats Libby, Winnie, and Lucy; resides in Hermosa, South Dakota.  

Warren Wilcox ’80 cofounded Concerto, an issuer of MasterCard; helped establish three successful companies; four times a chief marketing officer; former executive vice president at Visa Inc.; resides in Austin, Texas.  

Kenneth Decker ’81 works in sales; resides with his wife, Leslie, in Joliet.   

Janie (Andreae) Mehlan ’81, M.M. ’83, ’05, is a freelance flutist; teaches private flute and piano lessons; musician in her church; resides in Paxton.  

J. Fred Schouten, M.M. ’81, is retired after 36 years in K-12 education as a teacher administrator; taught higher ed at schools in Illinois, New York, and Florida; past case member, trainer and coordinator at Walt Disney World and received Legacy Award; he and wife Debra have two sons, four grandchildren; couple resides in Celebration, Florida.  

Michael Teshkoyan, M.S. ’81, teaches history and is softball coach at James Caldwell High School; won 700 games after 34 years at the school that is his alma mater; inducted into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame; resides in Wests Caldwell, New Jersey.     

Richard Wulbecker ’81 retired from park district public service; worked in the field 39 years; resides with his wife, Janet, in Hoffman Estates.  

Lynn (Nordmeyer) Benn ’82 retired after 34 years with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company; she and her husband, Bob, have three adult children; two are ISU alumni; couple resides in Aurora.  

Elizabeth (Krajeski) Clark ’82 retired as a program director with the State of California; her daughter, Sarah, is a 2009 graduate; resides in Napa, California.  

Tommy Hennrich ’82 retired from industrial sales; played baseball for the Redbirds; resides with his wife, Terri, in St. Louis, Missouri. 

Debora (Gentzler) Mangis ’82 is retired from the U.S. Treasury; widowed and resides in Mount Auburn.  

Julieta Ortiz, Ph.D. ’82, retired as president of the University of Southeastern Philippines; resides in the Philippines.   

Cary Chaitman ’83 is a senior revenue agent with the Internal Revenue Service; resides with his wife, Beth, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Bob Hedstrom ’83 is the CPS channel development manager with Change Healthcare; resides with his wife, Julie, and their three children in Naperville. 

Kevin Hieronymus ’83 was inducted into the Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a media member; has been sports editor of the Bureau County Republican/Princeton since 1986; received first-place awards by the Illinois Press Association for Best Sports Column and Sports Section for non-daily publications; resides in Princeton. 

Jeffrey Johnson ’84 is an educator and human resources professional; resides in Belleville.  

Lisa (Grealish) Del Giudice ’85 retired after 34 years of teaching middle school math; teaches part-time at Elgin Community College in Adult Education Program; resides with her husband, Frank, in Elgin.  

Gregory Gordon ’85, M.S. ’87, is a history professor at College of Lake County; resides in Grayslake.  

Patty (Gabric) Nykodym ’85 is chief financial officer and chief compliance officer with the mid-market private equity firm FFL Partners LLC; resides with her husband, Joe, in Moraga, California. 

Kathleen Woida ’86 authored Iowa’s Remarkable Soils: The Story of Our Most Vital Resource and How We Can Save It; is an associate professor at the University of Iowa; previously taught at the University of Northern Iowa and Earlham College; worked 26 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service as a geologist in Utah, New Mexico, and Iowa; resides in Des Moines, Iowa.  

Megan (Olivetti) Goolsby ’87 completed a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Governors State University; retired after 35 years as an elementary and high school choral director in Yorkville and Plainfield school districts; sings professionally in Chicago area; she and her husband, Timothy, have a son, Ethan, who attended ISU; couple resides in Joliet.  

Miriam (Loory) Krombach, MFA ’87, is self-employed as a ceramic artist; resides with her husband, Daniel, in Los Angeles, California.  

DeLores “Dee” Mannes ’87 retired after teaching 33 years; spent past 29 years teaching at Parker Junior High School in the Flossmoor School District 161; resides in Tinley Park.  

Kathryn (Shea) Powell, M.S. ’87, retired from Indian Prairie School District 204 as a calculus teacher, athletic trainer, and coach for the men’s and women’s diving teams; resides with her husband, Greg, in Lakewood Ranch, Florida.  

Theresa (McKinley) Tolar ’87 is a hospital preparedness coordinator with the Illinois Department of Public Health; resides with her husband, Archie, in Calumet Park. 

Scott T. White ’87 retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 32 years as an engineering manager; resides with his wife, Regina, in Germantown Hills.   

Laura (Machak) Bargas ’88 is a transition specialist at Romeoville High School in the Valley View School District; has been in education 33 years in Florida and Illinois; resides with her husband Joseph, in Plainfield.  

Steve Brandy ’88 is a newscaster and sports announcer for Neuhoff Media radio stations; resides in Cissna Park.  

Laura (Molk) Cleary ’88 is a research director with YouGov America; resides with her husband, Joe, in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.   

Luan (Rickard) Statham ’88 is the assistant director of special education with Galesburg CUSD 205; resides with her husband, Wayne ’82, in Galesburg.  

Alexander Jacks III, M.S. ’89, is the vice president of quality assurance at Axogen Incorporated; resides with his wife Jill, in Dacula, Georgia.   

Denise (Thompson) Moore ’89 is president and CEO of the Black Business Alliance’s chapter in Peoria, where she resides.   


John Shelton ’90 completed a juris doctorate and MBA at St. Louis University; is senior vice president at Wells Fargo Advisors; leads employee listening programs; resides with his wife, Heather, in Webster Groves, Missouri.  

Susie (Josephson) Spratt ’90 is a business analyst with Warrior Invictus; resides in Homer Glen.  

Tim Wisler ’90, MBA ’06, is a logistics manager with Caterpillar Inc.; resides with his wife, DeeAnne, in Forsyth.  

Paul Christensen ’91 is the director of sales and marketing at Kindred Healthcare; resides in Seattle, Washington.  

Jennifer (Wilson) Sinn ’91 has been working for DuPage County past 18 years; promoted to deputy chief finance officer in the Finance Department; resides with her husband, Brad, in Winfield. 

Krista (Skibski) McClellan ’92 completed a master’s degree in nursing from Lewis University; works as a registered nurse with special education students in School District U-46; resides with her husband, Jeff, in Bartlett. 

Kevin Prendergast ’92, ’97, ’00, is a physical education and art teacher in Manteno CUSD 5; resides with his wife, Margaret, in Manteno   

Jeff Benzing, MBA ’93, is the communications manager at the General Motors Fort Wayne assembly plant; resides with his wife, Patty (Warren) ’84, in Fort Wayne, Indiana.   

Lynne Zimmerman ’93 has taught 27 years; is a special education teacher in East Peoria District 86; resides with her husband, Tom, in Mackinaw.  

Kevin Gross ’94 is a supervising attorney for GEICO staff counsel department; resides with his wife, Michelle, in Arlington Heights.  

Lauren (Kruzic) de Luna ’94, M.S. ’96, is an academic advisor at Arizona State University; resides with her husband, Benjamin, in Tempe, Arizona.   

Shyla (Domaracki) Jannusch ’95 works with Anne Groh Beckman State Farm Insurance; resides in Des Plaines.  

Kathleen (Ferry) Levins ’95 is a supplier quality program manager lead with Navistar; resides with her husband, Mike, in Sugar Grove.  

Jeff Lockenvitz, M.A. ’95, is completing his last year in education after a 37-year career; will retire as principal at Washington School in Bloomington School District 87; resides with his wife, Gina, in Normal.   

Kimberly (Kearney) Moyer ’95 is a counselor in the Chicago Public Schools; resides with her husband, Christopher, in Chicago.  

Laura O’Donnell ’95, M.S. ’98, Ed.D. ’20, is superintendent of the Olympia Community School District; resides with her husband, Tim, in Atlanta.  

Tracey Wolfe ’95 is an employment attorney and commercial litigator; is a partner with the firm of Croke Fairchild Morgan and Beres; resides in Arlington Heights.  

Amy (Glowacki) Senese ’96 is the senior vice president and director of operations with Lockton Companies; resides with her husband, Anthony, in Lagrange Park.  

Thomas Lykins ’96 is a vice president and general manager of Sound Marketing; resides with his wife, Catherine, in Downers Grove.  

Joel Reichensperger ’96 is the radiation safety officer at Southern Illinois University’s School of Medicine; resides with his wife, Stacie, in Springfield. 

Jennifer (Haas) Bedard ’97 is a senior trial support specialist with Thompson Coburn LLP; resides with her husband, Tim, in Granite City.  

Mark Marston ’97 retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections after 32 years; works as a substitute teacher; enjoys fishing and exercising; resides with his wife, Marsha, in Lincoln. 

Diane (Turgeon) Regalbuto, M.S. ’97, is an investigative specialist with Paragon; resides with her husband, Anthony, in Chantilly, Virginia.  

Christopher Melvin ’98 retired as the superintendent of the Illinois Department of Corrections; completed nearly 29 years of state government service; resides with his wife, Holly, in Dixon. 

Sam Taylor ’98 is a regional underwriting manager for the Southeastern United States with AIG Private Client Group; he and his wife, Rachel (Fair) ’98, have two sons; resides in Rockford.  

Craig Williams ’98 is CEO of the CW Financial and Management Group; resides in Sunrise, Florida.   

Amy (LaVallee) Fjell ’99 is an HR generalist with Evangel University; resides with her husband, Erik, in Springfield, Missouri.  

Beth (Oswald) Schneider ’99 is an artist and owner of Beth Schneider Designs LLC; resides with her husband, Brian, in Hoffman Estates.  

Antonia (Mariani) Wroblewski ’99 is a middle school math equity coach with CCSD 21; resides with her husband, Robert, in Elk Grove Village.  


Heather (West) Berger ’00 is the music teacher for Morton CUSD 709; has taught there 21 years; she and her husband, Jason, have two teenage children; couple resides in Tremont.  

Timothy Bill ’00, M.S. ’02, is the executive director of marketing at Heartland Community College; resides with his wife, Mandy, in Bloomington.  

Aaron Fannon ’00 completed a master’s degree in law enforcement justice administration at Western Illinois University; earned a master’s degree in communication from Arizona State University; works as a staff officer at the Department of Defense; resides with his wife, Ericka in Black River, New York.  

Aja Holmes ’00, M.S. ’02, is the assistant dean of students and director of community living at the University of San Francisco in California, where she resides.  

Travis Stern ’00, M.S. ’02, is a theatre professor at Bradley University; authored a chapter in the book Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theatre and Performance; resides in Monticello.  

Jennifer Sunley, M.S. ’00, is a natural resources discipline manager at Hanson Professional Services Inc.; specializes in federal and state compliance with the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act; resides in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Shawn Trusty ’00 is a senior supply planner for Berlin Packaging Online; specializes in global supply management; he and his wife, Stephanie, have a son and daughter; resides in Joliet.  

Michael Charnisky ’01 is the director of client engagement with Experian; resides in Apex, North Carolina.  

Megan Geigner ’01, M.A. ’03, is an assistant professor of instruction in The Cook Family Writing Program at Northwestern University; edited the book Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theatre and Performance; resides in Chicago. 

Christy (Craig) Germanis ’01 is the marketing and communications manager with Chestnut Health Systems; resides with her husband, Alexander, in Bloomington.  

Aaron Krall, M.S. ’01, authored a chapter in the book Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theatre and Performance; works as a senior lecturer in English at the University of Illinois-Chicago.  

Jennifer (Louie) Trainum, M.M. ’01, is a Suzuki violin teacher at the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa; won GigSalad.com’s Top Performer for excellence in booking and wedding ceremony performers in 2021; resides in Northport, Alabama.  

Kelli (Gordon) VanEtten Pasley ’02 is the director of managed care for Heritage Operations Group; resides with her husband, John, in Bloomington. 

Kimberly (Goode) Milazzo, MBA ’03, is the manager of administration with Ardent Mills; resides with her husband, Vincent, in Godfrey.  

Cameron Norris ’03 is the central and west Texas division lab director for HCA; previously worked 18 years in laboratory medicine in Colorado; resides with his wife, Jillian, in Austin, Texas.  

Jonathan “Rob” Plaskas ’03 completed a master’s degree in human services from the University of Illinois-Springfield; since 2004 has been a communications analyst for the Illinois General Assembly; authored My Fight for Recovery: A Story of Overcoming Life-Threatening Brain Surgery; chronicles his journey following a brain hemorrhage during brain surgery at age 17; resides in Springfield.  

Rashonda Smith ’03, M.S. ’08, is an aftermarket services representative for Caterpillar Inc.; resides in Mission Viejo, California.  

Katie Studt ’03 completed a master’s in psychology at Argosy University; works as a clinical therapist at Rosecrans and Associates Inc.; resides in Carpentersville.  

Angela (Armstrong) Johnson ’04 is a social worker for the Counseling and Wellness Center at Governors State University; resides in Lansing.  

Rebekka (Schaer) Kretzschmar, M.S. ’04, is a life pricing actuary with Munich Reinsurance Company; resides with her husband, Bastian, in Germany. 

Mike Litton ’04 is a counselor at Hinsdale Central High School; he and his wife, Kara, have two children; couple resides in Lemont.  

Chris Sutherland ’04 founded Oxbow Financial LLC with his wife, Nicole, and brother; works as chief executive officer and wealth manager for the independent financial planning firm; couple resides in Lake Forest.  

Dennis Tobenski ’04 is founder and CEO of NewMusicShelf Inc.; won three Paul Revere Awards this year for graphic excellence from the Music Publishers Association of the United States for three anthologies of new music he published; resides in Astoria, New York.  

Melissa Campbell ’05 is a literacy coach with Public School District 186 in Springfield, where she resides.  

Conrad Davis ’05 is a graphic designer with Mid Century Fiber; resides in Canton.  

David Sollish, M.S. ’05, is chair of the theatre and dance department at Anderson University; resides with his wife, Kelsey, in Greenville, South Carolina.  

Nicholas Chavarria ’06 teaches social studies at Hinsdale South High School; resides in Darien.  

Stephanie (Stilling) Jimenez ’06, M.S. ’09, is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh; resides with her husband, Nathanael, in Johnstown, Pennyslvania.  

Dana (Mitchell) Scholl ’06 teaches at Holmes Middle School, CCSD 21; resides with her husband, Michael, in Mundelien.  

Molly Arbogast ’07 is the executive director of the West Virginia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; previously served as development director at Carnegie Hall; resides with her husband, Eric, in Lewisburg, West Virginia.  

Jim Blake ’07 owns Bambiz Marketing; resides with his wife, Andrea, in Ponte Verda, Florida.  

Michael Lombardo ’07 is a stationary engineer at Northwestern University; resides with his wife, Julie, in Westmont.  

Stefanie (Pehr) McCleish ’07 is an English and multimedia communications pathway teacher at Township High School District 214; leader in district union; started school podcast; elected to school board and serves as board vice president; resides with her husband, Kevin ’08, in Frankfort.  

Sarah (Woodward) Orwick ’07 is a program coordinator with the University of Illinois; resides in Champaign.  

Katelyn Hale Wood ’07 authored the book Cracking Up: Black Feminist Comedy in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century United States; is an assistant professor of theatre history at the University of Virginia; resides in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

Danetta Carter ’08 completed an MSW degree at Chicago State University; manages a statewide team for Amerigroup, part of Anthem Inc.; resides with her daughter in Cordova, Tennessee.  

Kaitlyn (Crites) Doherty ’08 completed a master’s degree in early childhood education; is a part-time case manager with the Chicago Public Schools; teaches at Northwestern University; has taught Pre-K through high school, including ACT prep courses; she and her husband, Tim, have two daughters; resides in Evergreen Park.   

Vincent Lobello ’08 is the scenery construction supervisor at Purdue University; resides in Lafayette, Indiana.  

Kevin McCleish ’08 teaches social studies at Lincoln-Way East High School; active in the school union and serves on negotiating team; began a political action committee; published research on inequalities in standardized tests; resides with his wife, Stefanie (Pehr) ’07 in Frankfort.  

Chris Petlak ’08 co-created and co-wrote a comedy series called The Jamz released on Netflix; storyline is a fictional Chicago radio station; in art imitating life, Petlak now hosts an afternoon show at 101.9FM The Mix in Chicago, where he resides with his wife, Amy. 

Anna (Hanna) Vriesema ’08 is a manager of digital marketing for DuPage Medical Group; resides with her husband, Todd, in Naperville.  

Jason Wallace ’08 launched a campaign for Congress in Central Illinois after graduation; is a revenue officer senior program analyst with the Internal Revenue Service; promoted several times since joining the IRS in 2009; resides with his wife Emily, in Thornton, Colorado.  

Tara (Driskell) Burke ’09 is a public service administrator with the Illinois State Comptroller’s Office; resides with her husband, Eric, in Chatham.  

Ricia Chansky, Ph.D. ’09, is a professor at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez; edited the book Mi Maria: Surviving the Storm, Voices from Puerto Rico; resides with her husband, Eric, in Puerto Rico.  

Terrah Cornell, M.S.N. ’09, received her nurse practitioner certificate; opened and owns the TLC Health and Wellness Clinic; resides with her husband, Mark, in Cuba.  

Christina (Gosteli) Ensley, M.S.W. ’09, is an art teacher at Le Jardin Academy; resides with her husband, Kyle, in Kailua, Hawaii.  

Susie (Grana) Ingram, M.S, ’09, is a program coordinator with Peoria Park District; resides with her husband, Michael, in Peoria.  

Reginald Spears ’09 received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching; teaches K-3 students at Bronzeville Classical School in Chicago; teaches music to diverse K-8 students; created an instrument loan program; resides in Chicago.  

Lisa (Montgomery) Wolowicz ’09 is the music teacher at Valley View School District 365; resides with her husband, Dan, in Bolingbrook. 


Amy (Mitchell) Amendt ’10 is a special education teacher at Holmes Middle School CCSD 21; resides with her husband, Jeff, in Mundelein.  

Brandon Hedgspeth ’10 completed a doctorate of nursing practice from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; works as manager of quality and safety for OSF HealthCare; resides with his wife, Elsie, in Mahomet.  

Adam Hitzeman ’10 is the director of marketing and communications at MacCormac College; resides with his wife, Paula, in Chicago.  

Val Ilyukhina ’10, MBA ’18, is a project consultant at Vanderbilt University; resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Andrea (McCormick) Madigan ’10 is a teacher at Crossways Preschool; she and her husband, Sean, have two children and reside in Lake Villa.   

Deanna (Gillett) Schnaufer ’10 is a senior financial analyst with Gartner; resides with her husband, Kyle, in Moseley, Virginia.  

Colin Daly ’11 is a project manager with TC Energy; resides in Chicago.  

Kathryn Dortch ’11 is a corporate and foundation relations officer with Saint Louis University; resides in Troy.  

Shannon Epplett, M.S. ’11, is an instructional assistant professor in ISU’s School of Theatre; authored a chapter in the book Makeshift Chicago Stages: A Century of Theatre and Performance; resides in Normal. 

Laura Miller ’11 is an underwriter manager with AXA XL; received 2021 Future Leaders Break Out Award from Business Insurance; resides in Elk Grove Village.  

Erin (Bedolli) Pederson ’11 is an administrative assistant and training coordinator with Dekalb Implement Company; married eight years to Andrew ’10; couple has one son and one daughter; resides in Leaf River.  

Joseph Bracco Jr. ’12, M.S. ’15, is a DC HR generalist with Tractor Supply Company; resides in Florence, Arizona.  

John Eskra ’12 is a regional sales manager with Heine USA Ltd.; resides with his wife, Alyssa, in New Lenox. 

Lindy Pasiewicz ’12 is a hearing itinerant teacher with Beach Park Consolidate School District; resides in Lake Villa.  

Jacey (Johnson) Putlak ’12 is the director of regional sales for the west with The HON Company; resides with her husband, Tim, in Alameda, California.  

Raven (Nance) Ayele ’13 is the TRIO educational advisor at Roosevelt University; resides with her husband, Daniel, in Chicago.  

Scott Brzezowski ’13 is a firefighter; resides with his wife, Dayna, in Chicago.   

Adam Cameron ’13 works as an order puller at Empire Moulding and Millworks; resides in Holland, Michigan.  

Jessica (Henry) Ennis ’13 completed a multi-year expat assignment with International Medical Group in Wales; worked as European human resources manager; now leads the global total rewards program for the company; resides with her husband, Kevin, in Hanna City.  

Natalie (Fiaz) Gage ’13 teaches special education at Valley View School District; she and her husband, Jordan, have two sons; couple resides in Plainfield.  

Elizabeth (Mayberry) Haywood ’13 is an instructional professor of biology at Illinois Wesleyan University; resides with her husband, Joshua, in Normal.  

Anne (Butts) McGee, M.S. ’13, is an ISU assistant professor in kinesiology and recreation; qualified for the 70.3 Ironman World Championships; resides in Bloomington.  

Tyya Nathaniel ’13 is a specialist surgery technician at the VCA Arboretum View Animal Hospital; resides in Mount Prospect.  

Arielle Rosenberg ’13 is a corporate events planner for Griffin Capital Company; named to the California Chapter Board of Gift of Adoption Fund; the non-profit provides financial assistance to complete adoptions in the U.S. and internationally; resides in California.  

Phillip Shaw ’13 is a financial planner with Goldstone Financial Group; resides in Chicago.  

Grace (Johnson) Adams ’14 is a communications manager with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; resides with her husband, Benjamin, in Chicago.  

Chase Breeden ’14 earned a master’s degree at Florida State University; completing an MBA at East Carolina University; works as a financial advisor with Edward Jones; resides with his wife, Juliann, in Cary, North Carolina.  

Mary Cate Hansen ’14, M.S. ’17, is the associate director of development and parent engagement at Vanderbilt University; resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Steve Hurley ’14 is a sales consultant and project manager with Apple; resides in Redondo Beach, California.  

Melissa Macias ’14 completed a master’s degree in behavior analysis; is a board certified behavior analyst; serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through Instructional ABA Consultants; resides in Willowbrook.  

Gina Polizzi ’14 is the associate director of advisor training and operations at Midlands Technical College; resides in Irmo, South Carolina.  

Tatiana Robinson ’14 is a forensic analytical chemist with the U.S. Drug Testing Laboratories Inc.; resides in Willowbrook.  

Danielle Vogel ’14, M.S. ’18, is an international student advisor with University of the Incarnate Word; resides in San Antonio, Texas.  

Kelly Alexander ’15 is completing a master’s degree in integrated marketing communications at Northwestern; works as the executive assistant to the chair and CEO of Universal Music Group; previously worked as assistant to founder and fashion designer Max Azria of BCBGMaxAzria; resides in Santa Monica, California.  

Gregory Goodman ’15 is a police officer with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency; resides with his wife, Cassie, in Brunswick, Maryland.  

Krista Lindgren ’15 is a registered nurse in the cardiac intensive care unit at Advocate Christ Medical Center; resides in Orland Park.  

Brian McClowry ’15 is a engineer with First American Bank; met his wife, Grace, at ISU; both are attending graduate school at University of Illinois; couple resides in Urbana.  

Emily Stapleton ’15 is completing medical school at Midwestern University; resides in Phoenix, Arizona.  

Jack Welch ’15 is a San Diego county sheriff deputy; resides in San Diego, California.  

Tyler Gedvilas, M.S. ’16, is a therapist with Pathways Psychology Services; resides with his wife, Sarah, in Plainfield. 

Jayna Leipart Guttilla, M.A. ’16, is the collection development and access librarian for Illinois Valley Community College; resides with her husband, Jeremey, in Peru. 

Brandon Harn ’16 is a data scientist at Caterpillar Inc.; resides in Morton.  

Mohamed Khalil ’16 is completing a medical degree and doctorate at the Medical College of Wisconsin; resides in Oak Lawn.  

Brittany King ’16 started the business Sew Natural Hair Accessories LLC; resides in Evanston.  

Paige Meisenheimer ’16 is a marketing manager with 1220 Exhibits, a premier exhibit fabrication service for museums, universities, tradeshows and global large-scale events; resides in Nashville, Tennessee.  

Josue Morales ’16 is an optometrist; resides in Bridgeview.  

Cody Parish, M.A. ’16, is the coordinator of UUCSlead and Chancellor’s Leadership Class programs at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, where he resides.  

Natalie Pennock ’16 is a senior staff accountant with Pavlov Media Inc.; resides in Champaign. 

Ariel (Ochoa) Brucker ’17 is a probation officer in Ford County; resides with her husband, Brent, in Piper City.  

Nathan Cameron ’17 is the assistant director of athletic communications at Loras College; resides in Dubuque, Iowa.  

Christine Dickerson, M.S. ’17, is the assistant softball coach at Biola University; resides in Westminster, California.  

Ilya Kadushin ’17 completed a doctorate of physical therapy; works as a physical therapist at Advocate Aurora; resides in Round Lake.  

Yewande Marquis, M.S. ’17, is a program manager with Facebook Inc.; resides in Brookhaven, Georgia.  

Allison Nicolai ’17 teaches math and science to sixth-grade students at LJ Hauser Junior High, Riverside School District 96; resides in Brookfield.  

Andrew Beaty, Ed.D. ’18, is the associate dean of online programs and faculty support at Moody Bible Institute; resides with his wife, Karen, in Bloomington.  

Leigha (Schultz) Hinterecker ’18 is an English and cross-cultural trainer with The Speech; resides with her husband, Sebastian, in Austria.  

Dania De la Hoya ’18 is the news producer at WCIA; resides in Champaign.  

Maddie Kenney ’18 is a math instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; resides in Sycamore.  

Michael Miczek ’18 is a logistics planner with JB Hunt Transport Inc.; resides in Chicago.  

Madison (Thennisch) Miguel ’18 is a special education teacher in D158; resides in Lake in the Hills.  

Sophia Pollalis, M.S. ’18, is an athletic trainer at Franciscan Health; resides in Highland, Indiana.  

Chante Vaughters ’18 is a Nike visual merchandiser; resides in Skokie.  

Jaime Garcia ’19 has been promoted to tax associate at Grant Thornton LLP; is pursuing CPA; resides in Chicago.  

Daniel Gutierrez ’19 is a marketing analyst with Salesforce; resides in Cupertino, California.  

Kimberly Iverson, M.M. ’19, is a NICU music therapist at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital; resides with her husband, Justin, in St. Louis, Missouri.  

Ian Rhode, MBA ’19, is a vice president and director of accounting at First Mid Bank and Trust; resides with his wife, Olivia, in Mt. Zion.  

Erin Schwarzbach ’19 is a probation officer with Boone County; previously worked as a police officer at Beloit Police Department in Wisconsin; resides in Roscoe.  

Jose Servin ’19 is on the internal audit staff for Komatsu America Corporation; resides in Chicago Heights.  

Lindsay White ’19 is a public information associate/multimedia assistant with ISU’s police department; resides in Normal. 


Shaina Andrews ’20 completed an American Bar Association approved paralegal certificate; completing degree at William H. Bowen School of Law; works as a law clerk at James Law Firm; resides in Danville.  

Logan Guerrero ’20 is a production technician with Corteva Agriscience; resides in Utica.  

Kendall Harris ’20 works with Research and Development VISTA at Mission Oak Cliff in Dallas; resides in Irving, Texas.  

Joey Hatch, M.S. ’20, is the education coordinator at Illinois Art Station; resides with her husband, Gus, in White Heath.  

Jessica Lucas-Nihei, Ph.D. ’20, is a school psychologist with Mokena School District 159; resides in Orland Park.  

Andinisa Rahmaniar, M.S. ’20, is a science education lecturer at Garut University; resides in Indonesia.  

Marlena (Roberto) Sekulich ’20 is a critical care registered nurse at Carle Foundation Hospital; resides with her husband, Joseph, in Champaign.  

Melanie Brixius ’21 is an environmental education coordinator with AmeriCorps; working with Hands on Nashville in Tennessee, where she resides.  

Eric Christian, M.S. ’21, completed 21 years of teaching physical education at Bent Elementary School in District 87; resides in Normal. 

Rachel Frakes ’21 is a medical scribe at Carle Neurology; resides in Washington.   

Shawn Gillis ’21 is a chief technology officer with the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois; resides with his wife, Stacey, in Lockport.  


Richard Enkoji ’77 retired as a naval oceanographic officer; resides in Picayune, Mississippi. 

Troy Albuck ’88 retired as a U.S. Army captain; worked as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer; resides with his wife, Valerie, in Hanover Park.   

Bonnie (Merritt) Owens ’97 is a Readiness Officer with the U.S. Army; resides with her husband, Matt, in Spring Lake, North Carolina.  

Major Aubrey (Taylor) Reid ’09 is a nurse in the U.S. Air Force; resides in Bloomington.  

Sabastian Ness Medera-Guerra ’20 is a member of the Illinois Army National Guard; resides in Naperville.