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Alumni Association

Congratulations! You are one of more than 53,000 University of St. Francis alumni across the nation! The Alumni Association is complimentary to all USF graduates and includes many valuable benefits. We hope you’ll join us for an upcoming event and will come back to your alma mater for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend.

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USF Alumni Association Board
  • 8/29 Executive Meeting, Noon, Zoom
  • 9/24 Annual Board Meeting, 9 a.m., Alumni Center
  • 10/18 Ambassador Day, 7:30 a.m., Assembly Hall (St. Clare)
  • 11/12 Committee Brainstorm Meeting & Holiday Lunch, Alumni Center, 9 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
  • 11/29 Giving Tuesday, All Day (online at stfrancis.edu/givingtuesday)
  • 12/3 Christmas at the Motherhouse, Motherhouse 3rd Floor, 11 a.m.—2 p.m.
  • 2/4 Committee Meetings, Alumni Center, 8:30 a.m.–Noon
  • 2/4 Executive Meeting, Noon, Alumni Center
  • 2/25 Scholarship Interviews, All Day, Alumni Center
  • 4/15 Caritas Scholarship Celebration, Pat Sullivan Recreation Center, 6 – 11 p.m.
  • 4/22 Board Meeting, 9 a.m., Alumni Center

If you cannot attend in person, contact us for the Zoom link or the call-in number to attend by phone. For more information, contact us at 877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.

Student Representative Membership Information

Student representatives serve a one-year term (September through April) eligible for renewal. Students are expected to attend the two full board meetings each year and two young alumni and student engagement committee meetings annually. It is a student’s responsibility to report at the two full board meetings updating alumni members on current student news as well as take alumni updates, events, programs, etc. back to the student body helping to bridge the gap between students and alumni.

Alumni Association Board

Executive Board

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Wilhelmine M. Vidmar ’68

  • President
  • Plainfield, IL
  • Joliet Junior College | Adjunct Faculty
  • White Satin Bridal Seamstress
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology
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Danielle Ciechanski ’08

  • President- Elect
  • Plainfield, IL
  • Porte Brown LLC | Supervisor
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
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Erika Martinez ’11, ’15, ’18

  • Vice President for Scholarships
  • Shorewood, IL
  • Valley View SI 365U
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Master of Science, Teaching & Learning
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Karen Ciarlette ’94, ’97

  • Secretary
  • Channahon, IL
  • Mauser Packaging Solutions | Manager, HRIS
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration
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Hannah Tadey ’17

  • Vice President for Programs
  • Joliet, IL
  • M/I Homes Inc. | Digital Content Manager
  • Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Media Arts 
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Matthew Bisek ’10

  • Vice President for Constitution
  • Astoria, OR
  • Clatsop Community College | College/Career Advisor
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
Alex Campos

Alex Campos ’15, ’21

  • Vice President for Young Alumni & Student Engagement
  • Joliet, IL
  • University of St. Francis, Admissions Counselor
  • Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
  • Master of Business Administration

Members at Large

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Patricia Bracken ’73, ’86, ’94

  • Lemont, IL
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital | Case Manager, Emergency Room (Retired)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
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Sharon Dewart ’78

  • Lake Bluff, IL
  • Lake Forest Country Day School | Registered Nurse (Retired)
  • Nursing
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Elmer F. Eddy ’80

  • Plainfield, IL
  • Caterpillar (Retired)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
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Jacqueline A. Edmonson ’63, ’88, ’94

  • New Lenox, IL
  • Presence St. Joseph Hospital (Retired)
  • Nursing
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
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Jessica Farrell ’17

  • Joliet, IL
  • Timberline Knolls | RN Campus Supervisor
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
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Patricia Gonzalez ’19

  • Oak Lawn, IL
  • Maddock School | Principal
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
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Jeremy Grachan ’17

  • Dublin, OH
  • The Ohio State University | Graduate Teaching Associate
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology
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Tom Jeffries ’18, ’20

  • Mokena, IL
  • First Merchants Bank |Associate Relationship Manager
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
  • Master of Business Administration
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Linda M. Kilroy ’72

  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Nat’l Academy of Sciences | Contract Manager (Retired)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
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Frances H. Naal ’58

  • Joliet, IL
  • Social Worker (Retired)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Sociology
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Jan Novotny ’67

  • Joliet, IL
  • St. Joseph Academy
  • Principal
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications
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Scott Pekol ’99

  • Joliet, IL
  • Harrah’s Casino Joliet Hotel | Supervisor/Manager
  • Bachelor of Arts, Recreation Administration
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Katie Rodriguez ’15

  • Morris, IL
  • RSM US LLP | Audit Manager
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
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Alan Randolph ’07

  • Willow Springs, IL
  • DNV GL Healthcare | Generalist Surveyor & ISO Lead Auditor
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
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Susan Rogina ’94, ’99

  • Joliet, IL
  • Troy District 30C | Teacher
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Master of Science, Curriculum Instruction
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Brenda Rosales ’17

  • Steger, IL
  • Circuit Court of Cook County | Pre-trial Officer
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Social Work
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Shawn Walsh Ed.D. ’00, ’15

  • Elwood, IL
  • Will County Regional Office of Education | Superintendent
  • Bachelor of Arts, History with a secondary certification in Social Studies
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

Representative of the Sisters of St. Francis (Ex Officio)

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Sr. Lois Prebil, OSF ’61

  • Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate | Consultant
  • Downers Grove, IL
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics

Faculty Representative (Ex-Officio)

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Joseph Ferrallo ’85, ’06, ’07

  • Tinley Park, IL
  • University of St. Francis | Teaching Instructor
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science, Training & Development

Student Representative (Ex-Officio)

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Taylor Petz
Current USF Senior

  • College of Business & Health Administration Student
  • Double Major: Management, International Business
  • Minor: Supply Chain Management

USF Administration (Ex Officio)

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Penny Basso
Assistant Director of the Annual Fund – Caritas 

500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435 
815-740-3748 (office)
pbasso@stfrancis.edu 

Kenneth Guldenbecker

Kenneth Guldenbecker
Donor Engagement & Giving Manager

500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435
815-740-5047 (office)
kguldenbecker@stfrancis.edu

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Aindrea Hogan
Director of Advancement

500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435 
815-740-2264 (office)
ahogan@stfrancis.edu

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Kimberly Kalafut
Director of the Annual Fund 

500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435
815-740-3610 (office) 
kkalafut@stfrancis.edu  

Lisa Sampalis

Lisa Sampalis
Vice President for Advancement

500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435
815-740-5048 (office)
lsampalis@stfrancis.edu

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