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Rex Parker ’59 is retired; he and his wife, Carol, compete in senior Olympics mixed doubles tennis; resides in Rockford.


Richard Nimz ’62 retired from Illinois Central College as professor of psychology and education; was academic advisor at the college; worked as night phone operator at ISU; one of first Preview ISU counselors; resides in Floresville, Texas.

Tom Grites ’66, M.S. ’67, retired as assistant provost for Student Support Services at Stockton University; worked there nearly 43 years in faculty and administrative roles; resides in Galloway, New Jersey.

Paula (Van Meter) Hamilton ’67 is retired from Cheyenne School District 12; resides with her husband, Richard, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Kathy Peck ’67 retired as a pediatric department administrator at St. Louis University; resides in Decatur.

Ron Henning ’69 is retired from teaching English; met his wife, Pat (Hampton) ’68, in an ISU literature class; celebrated 50th anniversary in 2019; resides in Crystal Lake.


Diane (Moutrey) Patterson-Locotosh ’71 is retired from Thermo Fisher Scientific; volunteers as a guardian ad litem; her husband, Donald, is deceased; she has three grandchildren and resides in Greenville, South Carolina.

Steve Post ’71, M.S. ’73, is retired as a math teacher of students with special needs, Lake County Florida School District; resides with his wife, Susan, in Leesburg.

Howard Kloepper ’72, M.S. ’74, is business manager of BAC Musical Instruments LLC; authored two journal articles; resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Charles McKelvy ’72 is retired; plays clarinet in the Southshore Concert Band in Benton Harbor, Michigan; resides with his wife, Natalie, in Harbert, Michigan.

Jim Antos ’73, M.S. ’76, came out of retirement to serve as interim principal at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Grade School; resides with his wife, Mary, in Oak Lawn. 

Kathleen (Hack) Shanahan ’73 retired from Compeer Financial; resides in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

Bill Snavely ’73 retired after 40 years of teaching and administration at Miami University and San Diego State University; vice-mayor and chair of the city council’s planning commission; resides in Oxford, Ohio.

Barbara (Brady) Chandler ’74 is retired after 36 years of teaching; substituted another five years; resides with her husband, Clyde, in Morris.

Marc Loro ’74 retired after 37 years as deputy director of the Department of Administrative Hearings, Illinois Secretary of State; resides in Springfield.

Aristides Smith ’74, MBA ’76, is president and CEO of Next Generation Logistics Inc.; resides with his wife, Susan, in Palatine.

John Smith ’74 retired as executive director of the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging; worked more than 40 years serving senior adults in Southern Illinois; resides in Carbondale.

Paula Stadeker ’74 worked 31 years at the Illinois State Board of Education; retired as principal consultant in the Department of Special Education; past president of Illinois Federation of State Office Educators; has three children and four grandchildren; resides in Springfield.

Pam Grove ’75 retired as manufacturing grant coordinator and adjunct faculty at Community College of Allegheny County; resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Kathy (Guymon) Lawson ’75 retired as a human resource associate from the University of Illinois; resides with her husband, Steve, in Mahomet.

Carla (Rich) Montez ’75 retired after 30 years at Bradley University; worked as marketing director in continuing education; a certified master naturalist; volunteers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Chautauqua National Wildlife Refuge as a writer; resides with her husband, Steve, in Peoria.

Kenneth Moreland ’75, M.S. ’77, is a photographer and owns Sportsbyken Photography; resides with his wife, Cheryl, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Cindy (Weaver) Aussieker ’76, M.S. ’07, retired after 39 years as a special education teacher; her husband, Brad ’07, is a retired pharmacist; their two children, Brian and Cara Maskel, are ISU alums; couple has six grandchildren and resides in Lincoln.

Edward Bury ’76 earned a master’s degree in English from the University of Illinois-Chicago; works there as the coordinator of public information for the Urban Transportation Center in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs; resides in Chicago.

Loretta (Myers) Malley ’76 is an instructional services manager with Waubonsee Community College; resides in Yorkville.

Denis Medeiros, M.S. ’76, retired as dean of graduate studies at University of Missouri; career in higher education teaching human nutrition and as administrator at Ohio State and Kansas State; resides with his wife, Susan, in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Robert Louch-Ryder ’77, M.S. ’81, is superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission of Boone County; worked 20 years as a senior reporter and fill-in anchor at WTVO Channel 17 in Rockford; resides with his wife, Dana, in Loves Park.

Michael Springer ’77, M.S. ’88, is a pharmacist with Kroger; resides in Greenbrier, Tennessee.

John Davis ’78 is director of legislative programs with the Fleet Reserve Association; advocates on Capitol Hill for veterans, military retirees, active duty, veterans and their dependents or survivors; resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mel Schnake, MBA ’78, retired as a professor of management at Valdosta State University; resides with his wife, Robin, in Valdosta, Georgia.

Leo Soo Hoo ’78 is an audiologist with Clark County School District; resides with his wife, Ruth, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Paul Tutt ’78 is the vice president of product management and business development of Devro Inc.; resides with his wife, Lisa, in Blythewood, South Carolina.

Inette Dishler ’79 retired after 20 years with the University of California-Berkeley as a learning and development professional; resides with her wife, Ida Kuluk, in Berkeley, California.

Clema (Williams) Lewis ’79 is the executive director of the Women’s Coalition of St. Croix; resides in the Virgin Islands.

Mike Shepherd ’79 retired after 25 years as a certified substance abuse counselor and qualified mental health professional with Southside Community Services Board; resides with his wife, Patricia, in South Hill, Virginia.


Jenny (Bolander) Best, M.S. ’80, Ed.D. ’02, retired as a professor; resides with her husband, Bill, in Surprise, Arizona.

Sally (Maxfield) Cummiskey ’80 retired after 38 years in the pharmaceutical industry; resides with her husband, Tom, in Buckeye, Arizona.

Wendy (Macklin) DosSantos ’80 retired after teaching and working as a librarian; resides with her husband, Joe, in Noxon, Montana.

Juan Fernandez ’80 is a professor of animal sciences at Purdue University; served 20 years there in administration; is the 2020-2021 president of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture; resides with his wife, Sheila, in Lafayette, Indiana.

Mary Krickmire, MFA ’80, retired as director of theatre at Aquinas High School in Rochester, New York; teaching as an adjunct at Finger Lakes Community College; resides with her husband, Michael ’80, in Fairport, New York.

Karen (Syslo) Orzech ’80 retired after 38 years with Allstate Insurance Company; resides in Illinois and Deltona, Florida.

James Thompson ’80, M.S. ’89, is a professor of special education at the University of Kansas; honored by the National Historic Recognition Project for national contributions in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities in U.S.; resides with his wife, Aprile, in Normal.

Jan Uecker ’80 is the global travel manager for UL LLC; resides in Hoffman Estates.

Richard Wells ’80 retired after 40 years as a certified public accountant and tax specialist; was a partner with Wipfli LLP; resides with his wife, Sherry, in Sterling.

Linda (Ellis) Aguilar, M.S. ’81, M.S. ’93, retired after working at Joliet Junior College for 37 years; resides in Joliet.

Laura (Udehn) Burke ’81 is an administrative assistant to dean of students at Barrington High School CUSD 220; resides with her husband, Tom, in Fox River Grove.

D. Andrew Smith ’81 retired after 36 years in the pharmaceutical industry; volunteers as a court appointed special advocate in McLean County; Caren Appel ’92, M.S. ’10, teaches business education at Prairie Central High School; couple resides in Normal.

Becky (Coleman) Webster ’81 retired after 33 years as the registrar and administrative assistant at Prairie Central High School; resides with her husband, Todd, in Fairbury.

DeAnn (Ash) Worth ’81 is a registered nurse; works as a life claim examiner for State Farm Insurance Companies; participates in medical mission trips; enjoys three grandchildren; resides in Normal.

G. Philip Bell ’82 retired from State Farm Insurance Companies after 33 years; resides in Henderson, Nevada.

James Berghorn ’82 is a virtual implementation consultant with KForce Inc.; resides with his wife, Debra, in Cape Coral, Florida.

Douglas Kountz ’82 is an Apple specialist; met his wife, Carrie (Smith) ’84, at ISU; enjoys a grandson; resides in Mechanicsville, Virginia. 

Scott Pearce ’82 retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years; resides with his wife, Gwendolyn, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Michael Wade ’82 retired in 2008 after 26 years with Walgreens; account specialist at Wild Dunes Resort in Isle of Palms; resides in Daniel Island, South Carolina.

Beverly Collins ’83, M.S. ’85, completed a bachelor’s in nursing; is a registered nurse working in long term care at Heritage Health; performs in community choirs and bands; resides in Bloomington.

Betty (Clark) Corr ’83 is retired as a children’s library associate at Oro Valley Public Library; resides with her husband, Kevin, in Oro Valley, Arizona.

Michael Gonzalez ’83 received a doctorate in organic chemistry from Colorado State University; retired after 25 years with Dow Chemical; resides with his wife, Sarah, in Cotopaxi, Colorado.

Jeff Kurtz ’83 is an instructor in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois; resides with his wife, Jill, in Champaign.

Kathleen (Knickerbocker) Linden ’83 is a juvenile probation officer with Hennepin County; resides with her husband, William, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Shari (Yonover) London-Wolvek ’83 is program administrator for a transitional housing program for foster youth 18-21 years old; president of temple sisterhood; president of Society for Advancement of Management; resides with her husband, Steven, and their three children in Simi Valley, California.

Denise (Marabotti) Zielinski ’83 retired from the Joliet Public Library; worked more than 40 years in Illinois libraries; resides with her husband, Michael, in Lombard.

Jeanette (Hammer) Diller ’84, M.S. ’90, is the coordinator of enrollment in Heartland Community College’s adult education program; resides with her husband, William, in Normal.

Debbie (Blyth) Hoover ’84, M.S. ’90, is a customer service agent with Southwest Airlines; resides with her husband, Craig, in Laurel, Maryland.

Kimberly (Cooper) Maddox ’84 retired from State Farm Insurance Companies as an agent after 35 years; resides with her husband, Craig, in Chicago.

Paris DePaepe, M.S. ’85, retired as a professor of special education; taught at Missouri State University 24 years; resides in Springfield, Missouri.

Theresa Kaminski, M.S. ’85, retired as a history professor at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point; author of Dr. Mary Walker’s Civil War released in June; Queen of the West: The Life and Times of Dale Evans is forthcoming; resides with her husband, Charles, near Madison, Wisconsin.

Julie Yerem Stroud ’85 is director of employment services at Corvilla; resides in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Wendy (Gates) Troxel, M.S. ’85, is associate professor in College of Education at Kansas State University; director of its NACADA Center for Research; resides with her husband, Jerry, in St. Paul, Texas.

Dawn (Barnett) Muller ’86 is a probation officer in Menard County; resides with her husband, Greg, in Cantrall.

Amy (Walkowiak) Beschta-Newborn ’87 is senior manager of digital strategy and operations with the American Dental Association; resides with her husband, Curtis, in Palatine. 

Brenda (Banister) Knollenberg ’87 is a development manager with Hospice of Western Kentucky; resides with her husband, Jeff, in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Lisa McGlasson ’87 is retired as a senior advisor with the Department of Defense; resides in Joliet.

Brenda (Parisot) Means ’87 is a scrum master with QCI Consulting; resides with her husband, Dennis, in Urbandale, Iowa.

Dawn (Freed) Wasson ’87, M.S. ’97, is retired after teaching 33 years; resides with her husband, Bill, in Lexington.

Steve Bahlmann ’88 is chief commercial officer at Phobio; resides with his wife, Karen, in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sherri Cohen ’88 is a senior product marketing manager with Varian Medical Systems; resides in Brookhaven, Georgia.

Danzie Dicker Jr. ’88 retired from the Illinois Department of Revenue after 31 years; has worked at Walgreens 31 years and is a cashier and pharmacy technician; resides with his daughter in Waukegan.

Kathy (Lichte) O’Donnell ’88 is operations director at the Goddard School; resides with her husband, Rick, in Bolingbrook.

Daniel Bodony ’89 retired from the FBI as a special agent; resides in Summerville, South Carolina.

Daniel Dimitroff ’89, M.S. ’10, is a systems analyst III at Caterpillar Inc.; resides with his wife, Tamme, in East Peoria.


Wendy (Campbell) Cama ’90 is a certified public accountant; named managing partner of audit services at Crowe; first female elected to board of directors of the international firm; resides in New York.

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

Janet (Godinez) Puntoni ’91 is retired after teaching special education for nearly 30 years; resides in Heyworth.

Stephen Prisby ’91 is executive director of the Oregon Board of Dentistry; president of nonprofit board serving people with physical and intellectual disabilities; resides in Portland, Oregon.

Craig Berry ’92 is an admissions counselor at Governors State University; resides in Frankfort.

Mark Cross ’92, M.S. ’96, is superintendent at Cass School District 63 in DuPage County; resides with his wife, Ronda, in Clarendon Hills.

Danielle (Konwin) Johns ’92 is a third-grade teaching assistant at Rockford Christian Elementary School; resides in Rockford.

Thomas Payne ’92 is the facilities manager for Komatsu America Corporation; resides in Arlington Heights.

Dodd Vernon ’92 is a service management office director with McDonalds; resides in Mt. Prospect.

Lee Truger ’93 is a senior account executive with Deco Flexible Packaging; he and his wife, Anne (Gallagher) ’92, met at ISU and married 25 years; reside in Vernon Hills.

Daniel Butterly ’94 is a commissioner of the Big West Conference, an NCAA Division 1 athletic conference; resides with his wife, Alaine (Morence) ’90, in Mission Viejo, California.

Jeffrey Leininger ’94 retired from the Springfield Police Department after 25 years as an officer; served on the gang and K9 units; resides with his wife, Jodi, in Sherman.

Julie (Oades) Cruz ’95 teaches second grade in Grandview School District; resides in Overland Park, Kansas.

Gail Nunnery ’95 retired as vice president and trust officer at State Bank of Lincoln; resides with her husband, Mark, in Clinton.

James Cribbett ’96 is an air crew training integration and device lead engineer with Boeing; resides with his wife, Christina, in Florissant, Missouri.

Linda (Wedwick) Haling ’96, M.S. ’98, Ed.D. ’05, is dean of the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; resides with her husband, Terry, in Withee, Wisconsin.

Joe Lewis Jr. ’96 works for the Chicago Park District; resides in Chicago.   

Lisa (Turpin) Nichols ’96 is an administrative assistant at Normal West High School; resides in Bloomington.

Sara (Davis) La Bounty ’97 is manager of global accounts at HelmsBriscoe; resides with her husband, Cass, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Michael Miller ’98 is an operations specialist with Charles Schwab; resides in Lone Tree, Colorado.   

Corey Davis ’99, M.S. ’02, is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; resides in Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Scott Foley ’99, M.S. ’14, teaches at Bloomington High School; authored Dr. Nekros: The Complete Saga; resides with his wife, Kristen, and their two daughters in Normal.

Yolanda Grandberry-Pugh ’99 earned a doctorate at Western Illinois University; teaches English for Rock Island/Milan School District 41; resides with her husband, Tracy, in Rock Island.

Courtney (Roberts) Harvey ’99 completed a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, Type 75 certification, Library Information Science and National Board certifications; is the library learning center director for Western Springs School District 101; resides with her husband, James, in LaGrange Park.

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

Amanda Thomison ’99 is a child protection specialist at The Pediatric Resource Center; advisor to ISU’s Delta Pi Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta; initiated as member in 1995; resides in Peoria.


Samuel Payne ’00, M.S. ’06, is an entrepreneur in agricultural tourism; renovated farm into a museum and rental venue; resides in Lexington.

Grant Iles ’01 is director of athletics at Rock Island Alleman High School; resides with his wife, Vanessa, and their daughter in Bettendorf, Iowa.

LaTasha Jones ’01 is a data analyst with Insight Enterprises; resides in Lakeland, Tennessee.  

Brad Smetanko ’01 is the senior manager of network planning for Frontier Communications; resides with his wife, Cortney, in Heyworth.

Gretchen Kemp ’02 is choir director of Raytown Schools; resides in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jennifer Marten ’02 is a supervisor of energy assistance with Nicor Gas; resides in Oswego.

Keith Devore ’03 is self-employed as a certified career coach; he and his wife, Valerie, are parents of two children; resides in Gilbert, Arizona.

Karen (Grimes) Duckett ’03 is the director of IT for Discover; resides with the husband, Andrew, in Lake Forest.

Rob Plaskas ’03 is a communications analyst for the Illinois General Assembly; completed a master’s degree at the University of Illinois-Springfield; authored My Fight for Recovery: A Story of Overcoming Life-threatening Brain Surgery based on his life; resides in Springfield.

Megan Volpert ’03 is an author and editor with more than 12 books on popular culture; won the Georgia Author of the Year for her newest work Boss Broad; teaches high school English; resides in Decatur, Georgia.

Sarah Aslanifar ’04, M.S. ’06, is co-founder and principal engineer at Tested Minds; resides in Winnetka.

Nikki Gallentine ’04 completed a master’s in reading and literacy instruction at Walden University; received 2020 Golden Apple teacher award; teaches fourth grade at Prairie Hill School in Roscoe.

Daniel Hiles ’04 is a principal in Peoria Public Schools; resides with his wife, Sarah, in Marquette Heights.

Dow Ragan ’04 is assistant vice president of Arthur J. Gallagher; resides with his wife, Stephanie, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Andy Cotton ’05 teaches kindergarten at Bermuda Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District; resides in St. Louis, Missouri. 

David Sollish, M.S. ’05, is chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance in the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University; resides with his wife, Kelsey, in Greenville, South Carolina.

Michael Sundblad, M.M. ’05, completed a doctorate of musical arts in music education; associate professor of music at Thomas Nelson Community College; resides in Norfolk, Virginia.

Stephanie (Kotlar) Coulter ’06 is the director of human resources and project management for Young America Realty; resides with her husband, Darin, in Hudson.

Fernando Ortiz ’06 is owner and president of FOG Trucking; partner in Kishwaukee Valley Insurance Agency; fitness instructor; resides in Harvard.

Whitney (Aurand) Rapp ’06 is principal of Montezuma-Cortez Re-1 School District; resides with her husband, Daniel, in Cortez, Colorado.

Erin (Bogdanowski) Goldenstein ’07 is assistant principal at Kankakee Junior High School; resides with her husband, Jake, in Danforth.

Amanda (Staroscik) Haynes ’07 is a laboratory director at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital; resides in Leland.

Jamie McCormick ’07 is a child protection specialist with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; resides in Hoopeston.

Amy Outland ’07 is a service excellence representative at Franciscan Health in Olympia Fields; a freelance editor and writer of several books; authored Reaching For Your Heart as part of a series; resides in Chicago area.

Ashley Petrey ’07 is an attorney licensed in Colorado and Florida; runs own criminal defense law firm in Colorado; resides in Fruita, Colorado.

David Varel ’07, M.A. ’08, is an affiliate faculty member at Metropolitan State University- Denver; authored The Scholar and the Struggle: Lawrence Reddick’s Crusade for Black History and Black Power; resides in Mokena.

Olubukola (Odofin) Adebowale ’08 is a registered nurse at Providence Regional Medical Center; resides in Lake Stevens, Washington.

Amanda Andrews ’08 is a neurosurgery nurse practitioner at UI Health in Chicago; working pandemic frontlines; resides in Chicago.

Daniel Frederking ’08, Ed.D. ’18, is a technical assistance consultant for the American Institutes for Research; resides with his wife, Liliana Palencia, in Mequon, Wisconsin.

Michael Haas Jr. ’08 is an adult intensive care unit charge nurse at Presbyterian Healthcare Services; resides with his wife, Crystal, in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Anastasia (Silber) Heimberger ’08 teaches eighth grade science and social studies in Plainfield School District 202; resides wither husband, David, and their two children in Naperville.

Patrick Jeske ’08 is a structural ironworker with Miron Construction; journeyman with Ironworkers Local 383; resides in Edgerton, Wisconsin.

Robert Shorty ’08 is the director of HRBP North America supply chain for Nike; resides in Memphis, Tennessee.

Fania Bourn ’09 is a professional actress; resides in Chicago.

Brittany (Armstrong) Clayton ’09 is a physical therapist at Springfield Clinic; resides with her husband, James, in Chatham.

Barbara Mayden ’09 is completing a doctorate in educational leadership at Gonzaga University; teaches math through the Learn Charter Network; resides in Chicago.

Lindsay (Otten) Wagahoff ’09 is the director of governmental affairs at the Illinois Chiropractic Society; resides with her husband, Neil, in Raymond.

Emily Watson ’09 is the director of marketing and public relations for the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District; resides in Lacon.

Anson Yeganegi ’09 is a senior strategic global account manager with TDK; he and his wife, Mandy, are parents of a son, Weston, born in December 2019; resides in San Marcos, California.


Cassandra Crawford ’10 is director of project implementations for B2Gnow; resides in Calumet City.

Sarah Lawrence ’10 is a foster home recruiter for The Center for Youth and Family Solutions; resides in Moline.

Daniel Liddle ’10 is an assistant professor of English at Western Kentucky University; resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Stephanie (Donjon) Orme ’10 is a visiting assistant professor of communication and media studies at Emmanuel College in Boston; resides with her husband, Tylor, in Brighton, Massachusetts. 

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

Janeth Barba ’11, MSW ’13, is the clinical director at Family Service Association; social work supervisor for Aurora Police Department; resides in Sugar Grove.

Jessica (Henry) Ennis ’11 is a European human resources manager for International Medical Group; resides with her husband, Kevin, in Cardiff, Wales.

Kristyn Martin ’11 is the community outreach coordinator for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis in Tennessee, where she resides.

Kyle Moy ’11 is an inspector with the Will County Health Department; resides in Tinley Park.

Adam Hucek ’12 is a learning analyst at State Farm Insurance Companies; resides with his wife, Megan, in Washington, D.C. 

Rachael (Jones) Welker ’12 farms with her husband, Joshua; substitute teacher; works at local county fairground; teaches Zumba; resides in Lincoln.

Jacob Carlson ’13 is a technical specialist with Google; resides with his wife, Breanna, in Chicago.

Silas Dick, Ph.D. ’13, is a school psychologist and clinical psychologist; resides in Evanston.

Jennifer Durst, MSN ’13, DNP ’18, is a trauma surgery nurse practitioner at Carle Hospital; resides with her husband, Ethan, in Urbana.

Nadia (Fiaz) Gage ’13 is a special education teacher at Valley View School District; resides with her husband in Plainfield.

Dennis Ho ’13 is a loss control representative with Alaska National Insurance Company; resides in Anchorage, Alaska.

Casey Hoag ’13 is an appellate court deputy clerk for the State of Illinois; resides in Elkhart.

Jorie Johnson ’13 is an attorney for the city of Chicago; resides in Evanston.

Brittany (Troyanowski) Massuci ’13 is an emergency room nurse at MacNeal Hospital; resides in Plainfield.

Brenden Burress ’14 is a claims specialist with the Social Security Administration; completed Peace Corps service in Madagascar in 2019; resides in Denver, Colorado.

Alexandra Corradetti ’14 is a breaking news reporter and anchor for WKRN News 2; resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stephanie Gutierrez ’14 is a paralegal with Legal Aid Chicago; resides in Chicago.

Melinda Harrison, M.A. ’14, is a lecturer at Auburn University; resides with her husband, Wade, in Birmingham, Alabama.

Evan Jehle ’14 is a plant and pesticide specialist with the Bureau of Medicinal Plants, Illinois Department of Agriculture; resides in Cullom.

Kevin Andreoni ’15 is a logistics coordinator with Tranzact Technologies; resides in La Grange.

Joshua Calandrillo ’15 is an IT administrator and assistant teacher with Salem4Youth; resides in Gridley.

Rylee Carrigan ’15 is a special education teacher with Sangamon Area Special Education District; teaches life skills; she and her husband, Danny are parents of a daughter; resides in Auburn.

LaPortia Jones ’15 is a patient care coordinator with Interventional Pain Consultants; resides in Belleville.

John Kennedy ’15 is an associate wealth advisor with LifeWise Wealth; he and his wife, Erika, are parents of a son, Luke, born in March; resides in Mahomet.

Walt Mueller ’15 is a graphic designer with Edward Don and Company; resides in Joliet.

Mark Reppen ’15, ’19, is a high school teacher for students who are deaf and hard of hearing at Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education; resides in Alsip.

Jenna (Simpson) Thiele ’15 teaches math in the Stoughton Area School District; resides with her husband, Shawn, in Stoughton, Wisconsin.

Jake Welch ’15 is county sheriff in San Diego, California, where he resides.

Jesse Williams ’15 is a case manager and counselor with the McLean County Center for Human Services; resides in Bloomington.

Alice Cahill, Ed.D. ’16, is an assistant professor at University of Nebraska-Kearney; program coordinator for the advanced behavioral intervention specialist master’s degree; resides with her husband, Kevin, in Kearney, Nebraska.

Anthony Crudup ’16 is a justice specialist with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice; resides in Romeoville.

Juliet Denckla ’16 is manager of talent development at United Airlines; resides in Chicago.

Stefania Gianni ’16 is a nurse at Amita Health Resurrection Hospital; completing master’s degree in public health; resides in Plainfield.

Jared Hendren ’16 is a medical student at Southern Illinois University; resides in LeRoy.

Alex Mika ’16 married Amy (Kuhlmann) ’15 in February; two other ISU couples in immediate families have married; couple resides in Lombard.  

Tori (Streitmatter) Smith ’16 is the director of media and public relations at McDaniels Marketing; met her husband, Spencer ’16, in Wilkins Hall; resides in Bloomington.

Emily Sujka ’16 is a food and beverage inventory analyst with Target; resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Kimberly Butler ’17 is completing a master’s degree; is a financial analyst with Northrop Grumman; resides in Palatine.

Brooke (Cox) Gross ’17 is the communication coordinator at MJM Electric Cooperative; resides with her husband, Caleb, in Nokomis.

Jordon Hochberg ’17 teaches high school math in Dundee-Crown High School District 300; resides in McHenry.

Diana Mejia ’17 is a fourth-grade, dual-language teacher for Hawthorn District 73; resides in Grayslake.

Nick Myrvold ’17 is a supervisor at Encore Event Technologies; resides in Dallas, Texas.

Kimberly (Knoblauch) Nicklas ’17 is a clinical laboratory scientist team lead in the mycology and mycobacteriology laboratory; resides with her husband, Michael, in Rochester, Minnesota.

Allison Tanis ’17 is a project analyst with Aldi Corporate; working in Germany.

Haley Thompson, M.A. ’17, is bilateral and multilateral exchanges coordinator with Michigan State University; resides with her husband, Matt, in Commerce Township, Michigan.

Cole Baker ’18 is a crop underwriter with COUNTRY Financial; resides in Hopedale.

Regan (Berkshier) Baxter ’18 is a freelance music teacher; resides with her husband, Brian, in Quincy.

Katherine (Roussos) Davis ’18 is a dual-language teacher with CCSD 15; resides with her husband, Jeremy, in Arlington Heights.

Dania de La Hoya ’18 is a producer with KWQC-TV6; resides in Moline.

Lucia DioGuardi ’18 is a community health educator at the Will County Health Department; resides in Chicago.

Rachel Epplin ’18 is a graduate student in organic chemistry at the University of Indiana; resides in Bloomington, Indiana.

Nishant Kuhar, M.S. ’18, is a software developer at GlobalSoft Technologies; resides in Exton, Pennsylvania.

Shweta Kumari, M.S. ’18, is a developer support engineer with Johnson Controls; she and her husband, Satya, are parents of a son, Ivyaan; resides in Butler, Wisconsin.

Amanda Lambie, Ph.D. ’18, is the director of clinical education with OSF Healthcare; resides in Bartonville.

Kyanne Baker ’19 is a senior software developer at COUNTRY Financial; resides in Bloomington.

Claire Duewer ’19 teaches business classes at Champaign Central High School; pursuing a master’s degree in business education and business administration at ISU; resides in Champaign.

Nadine Hernandez ’19 is completing a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Colorado State University; resides in West Dundee.

Ryanna Moore ’19 is an office assistant at Governors State University; completing master’s degree there in health administration; resides in Harvey.

Terra Rumer ’19 is a youth substance use prevention educator at 360 Youth Services; resides in Glendale Heights.

Nathalie Timmons ’19 teaches children who are blind and visually impaired in Northern Suburban Special Education District; pursuing master’s degree at ISU; resides in Deerfield.

Joe Tullar ’19 is an IT specialist with Robert Bosch LLC; resides in McHenry.

Jade Williams ’19 is attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois-Champaign; resides in Chicago.

Katherine Zapata ’19 is a human resources representative with the Estee Lauder Companies; resides with her husband, Andony Vasquez in Panama City, Panama.


John Blakeman, Ph.D. ’20, is an assistant professor in ISU’s Mennonite College of Nursing; resides in Taylorville.

Shea Grehan ’20 owns and operates Shea Grehan Photography; has published first photo book, Exploring Cuba; resides in Normal.

Nick Maslanka ’20 owns DirtyBirds Cleaning Service; resides in Palatine.

Luke McMahon ’20 is a broker with Goosehead Insurance; resides in Oak Park.

Abigail Testin ’20 teaches family and consumer sciences at York High School; resides in Downers Grove.

Amin Yazdani ’20 is a senior analytics specialist; resides in Oak Park.


Anthony Haager ’87 is chief of installation services and logistics in the U.S. Army; resides with his wife, Carol, in Fairfax Station, Virginia.

Daniel Moravec ’12 is serving in the Army; resides with his wife, Brandie, in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

Justin Artman ’18, M.S. ’20, is a safety and occupational health specialist with the U.S. Army; resides with his wife, Robin, in Holmen, Wisconsin. 


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