Success Stories by Alphabet


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Abermanis, Jennifer
Seattle, WA

Vice president, Diagnostic, Therapeutic & Support Services, Seattle Children’s Hospital, previously, director of Clinical Laboratories at Seattle Children’s and Administrative Director, Clinical Laboratories at Children’s Hospital New Orleans

Adams, Carol
1995 MS, Health Services Administration
Hixson, TN

Owner/President, Brightstar Healthcare

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Barber, Jo Ann M.
1952 BA, History
Joliet, IL

Community leader, philanthropist
Award of Merit; founding member of Will County Community Foundation.

Battaglia, Michael
1999 BBA, Management
Bloomingdale, IL

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, LAN Office Furnishings Chicago

Becker, Anna Marie
1939 (deceased) BA, Undeclared
Joliet, IL

Alumni Consultant, Joliet Catholic Academy
Joliet Catholic Academy’s Outstanding Career Achievement Award.”

Bellah, William J.
1982 BA, Journalism/Communication
St. Charles, IL

CEO, Cathay Industries
Founder of Compass Chemical International, LLC (merged with Cathay in 2007).

Bessette, Sr. Jeanne
1977 BA, English
Cincinnati, OH

President, DePaul Cristo Rey High School


Block, George R.
1979 BA, Psychology
Joliet, IL

CEO, Remco Medical
Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award; former member ,USF Board of Trustees


Bontkowski, Holly
1993 BA , Elementary Education
Plainfield, IL

8th Grade Teacher, Kennedy Middle School
Winner of the 2008 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Boullion, Leona
1998, 2005 BS, Health Arts; MS, HSA
Lafayette, LA

Chief Operating Officer for Women’s & Children’s Hospital

Buchanan, DeWitt
1989 BBA, Finance;
Channahon, IL

Senior Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Advisors
Works closely with the College of Business and most recently facilitated hands-on experience for the student group FREE; Continues to connect with the university most recently by hiring an alumnus.

Buck, Genevieve C.
1954 BA, English
Chicago, IL

Business Writer, Chicago Tribune; Professional Achievement Award

Bulat, Judith
1972 BBA, Accounting;
Oak Lawn, IL

International Technical Advisor, IRS
Alumni Association Board member; Former president of the Alumni Association Board; Former Board of Trustee member

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Campbell, Patricia F. PhD
1970 BA, Mathematics
Silver Spring, MD.

Associate Professor, Center for Mathematics Education at University of Maryland Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service, University System of Maryland; Excellence in Education Award, Maryland Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; Award of Excellence, Baltimore City Public School System; Urban Impact Award, Council of the Great City Schools; Outstanding College Professor, Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics; Presidential Award for Service to Schools, University of Maryland, College Park; Professional Achievement Award

Cassels, Diane Getchel
1987 MS, Health Services Administration;
Atlanta, GA

Executive Administrator, Winship Cancer Institute
of Emory University. Formerly, Chief operating officer for the Emory Childrens Center and Department of Pediatric; certified member of the American College of Medical Practice Executives (ACMPE), a board member of both the Society of Radiation Oncology Administrators and the Association of Academic Radiology and Radiation Oncology Administrators, board of directors for Camp Sunshine in Atlanta; Formerly, board member of the American Cancer Society and United Way and is currently on the board of directors for Camp Sunshine in Atlanta.


Clodi, Nancy F.
1996, 1999 BS, Professional Arts; MBA
Mokena, IL

Owner, Curves of Mokena; Alumni Association Board President


Combetta, Jeffrey J. M.D.
1998 BS, Health Arts
Monroe, LA

Medical Director, Hospitalist Director and Vice Chief of Staff; Franklin Medical Center
Currently medical director at Hospice TLC and Family Life Home Health; Currently on the board of directors at Calcasieu Parish Medical Society; Published works in multiple medical journals; Received the Practitioner of the Year 2010 from Louisiana Rural Health Association; Received the Outstanding Volunteer award from Baton Rouge General Medical Center; Meritorious Service Award


Cook, Marie
1935 BA, Latin
Plainfield, IL

Retired Business Owner
Senior Expo ward winner; previously Lockport Commissioner for Planning and Zoning Committee; Instrumental role in master plan for 1-355 extension.


Cornelius, Vincent F.
1986 BBA, Management
Naperville, IL

Principal, Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius
Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award;, USF Board of Trustees member.

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Dadds, Dave
1990 MS, Health Services Administration
Peoria, IL

Vice President of Finance, Creative Community Living Services, Inc.

D’Arcy, Jeanette M.
1949 BA, Sociology
Plainfield, IL

Former Alumni Association Board Member; Founding member of Hospice Guild; Former president of Visitation and Aid Society; Recipient of the Provena St. Joseph Medical Center Founders’ Award; Providence Catholic High School Cor Unum Award; Lewis University Signum Fide Award.

DeCraene, Angela N.
2006 BA, Psychology
Minooka, IL

Individual and Group Therapist, Cornerstone Services; Founder of the “Build a Global Community”
organization which assists children, families and communities worldwide by providing for
their spiritual, educational, and health care needs
through holistic approaches


Demet, Margadette M.
1947 BA, Spanish
Milwaukee, WI

Principal, Demet & Demet SC
Previously, president of Senior Lawyers Division State Bar of Wisconsin, member Board of Governors State Bar of Wisconsin; Life Fellow of the American Bar Association, Wisconsin Law Foundation (WLF) Board of Directors.

Dicken, Deborah
1999 MS, Health Services Administration
Pace, FL

Owner, Legal Nurse Services
Disability Management Consultant, Sr., Gulf Power Company


Dubie, Ann M.
2001, 2004 BS, Professional Arts; MS, Mgmt.
Frankfort, IL

President/CEO, NuMark Credit Union

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Eddy, Elmer
1980 BBA, Business Administration
Plainfield, IL

Professional Achievement Award; Alumni Association Board member; Former USF Board of Trustees member; Formerly, Sr. Material Engineer at Caterpillar



Edmonson, Jacqueline
1963, 1988, 1994 Nursing;
BS, Health Administration;
MS, Health Services Administration
New Lenox, IL

Director of Surgical Services, Provena St. Joseph Medical Center Alumni Association Board President-Elect

Eigenbauer, Mark
1988 BBA, Accounting;
Dacula, GA

President, Market Velocity, Inc
Previously, CFO at SCI Companies

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Ferrallo, Joseph
1985, 2006, 2007 BBA, Management; MBA;
MS, Training and Development
Tinley Park, IL

President, Client Contact Center Solutions
Spirit of MCI Award winner; previously, global training manager for Lockheed Martin Telecommunications Division.

Fitzgerald, James
1990 BA, Journalism/Communication
Orland Park, IL

Vice President Institutional Sales, Barrington Research Associates

Forgey, Roger
1996 MS, Health Services Administration
Ringold, GA

Senior VP of Adult Acute Care Services &
Chief Administrator for the Baroness Erlanger Medical Center Campus

Fromknecht, Michael G.
1984 BA, Journalism/Communication
Naperville, IL

Senior Vice President, Total Card Inc.
Previously owner at Performance Partners Associates, LLC, vice president at Enterprise Recovery Systems, president and COO at Merchants Credit Guide Co

Fucillo, Dawn M.A., R.T.(R)(T)(QM)
1997 BS Health Arts
Mount Vernon, WA

Cancer Program Administrator/Director of Oncology Services, North Puget Cancer Center

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Habiger, Diane F.
1977 BA, English
Joliet, IL

Property Manager, Lincolnshire Properties
USF Board of Trustees member


Hagen, H. Richard
1990 BBA, Accounting
New Lenox, IL

Attorney and certified CPA; Spesia & Ayers
Alumni Association Board member; Former president of the Alumni Association Board; Former Board of Trustee member; Caritas Committee member



Hamilton, Jay
1989, 2007 BBA, Finance; MBA
Lockport, IL

CEO, North America, AXIS Global Accident & Health
Professional Achievement Award; former vice president, Group Accident Business Unit for CAN; previously senior vice president, Federal Insurance Company, Chubb Worldwide Accident and Health.

Herkert, Craig
1981 BBA, Marketing
Long Lake, MN

President/CEO, SuperValu
Former President/CEO of America’s for Wal-Mart


Hildebrand, Donald
1983 BBA, Accounting
Hanahan, SC

Vice President of Finance & Operations, Le Creuset Of America, Inc.
Previously, OIA Board Member at Outdoor Industry Association; vice president of Finance at Confluence Watersports and vice president of Operations at B&D Marine and Industrial Boilers

Holsinger, Russelle L.
1993 BA, English
Coal City, IL

Partner, Holsinger Meents, LTD
President of Grundy County Bar Association; vice president of Angels of Hope, Inc. NFP

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Jevitz Patterson, Maria
1966 BA, Medical Technology
East Lansing, MI

Professor, Microbiology, Retired
Professional Achievement Award; author of multiple works including textbook chapters regarding infectious diseases.

Jowkar, Dr. Forouz PhD
2008 MS, Physician Assistant
Los Ojos, NM

Physician Assistant, Hyperbaric Medical Center of New Mexico
One of the few healthcare providers in New Mexico with training in anti-aging medicine, nutritional therapy and bio-identical hormone therapy.

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Kay-Mirich, Eleanor
1978, 1990 BS, Health Administration; MS, Health Services Administration
Crown Point, IN

CEO, Health Administrator; Mirich Medical Corporation
Member of the board of directors, Northern Indiana Arts Association and Trade Winds Rehabilitation Center; Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the American Assn of Universtiy Women, the Assn for Politics and the Life Sciences and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Philanthropist.

Kelly, Vione A.
1937 (deceased) BA, Latin
Donaldson, IN

First lay teacher at Bishop Noll Institute to attain the goal of teaching there for 50 years.

Kenney, Dolores T.
1956 BS, Chemistry
Park Ridge, IL

Patent Attorney, Olson & Cepuritis, Ltd.
Professional Achievement Award; author of articles in trade periodicals for the cosmetic, perfume and candy industries and professional association newsletters on the subject of trademarks, patents, technology; member of the American, Chicago, Illinois State, and Women’s Bar Associations, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, American Chemical Society, and Society of Cosmetic Chemists.


Kickul, Dr. Jill Richard PhD
1991 BBA, Management
New York, NY

Clinical Professor of Management and Organizations and Director of the Stewart Satter Program in Social Entrepreneurship, NYU Stern’s Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies
Previously, Richard A. Forsythe Chair in Entrepreneurship in the Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurship; Elizabeth J. McCandless Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Simmons School of Management in Boston; author of Entrepreneurship Strategy: Changing Patterns in New Venture Creation, Growth, and Reinvention; and has published more than 50 publications in entrepreneurship and management journals.

Linda Archambeau Kilroy
1973 BBA, Marketing
Silver Spring, MD

Contract Manager, Institute of Medicine-National Academies
Current member of the Northern Executive Club; Executive Council Member and Employment Chair for the DC Chapter of the National Contract Management Association, President of the Montgomery County Interbranch for the American Association of University Women, Science Fair Judge for the DC Chapter of the American Nuclear Society, and USF Alumni Coordinator in MD, VA, and DC, member of several professional and community organizations including the Illinois State Society, Peerless Rockville Historical Society, American Association of University Women, National Contract Management Association, American Nuclear Society, and Chevy Chase Republican Women’s Club; Award of Merit; Alumni Association Board member.


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Leracz, Bernice
1962 BA, English
Chicago, IL

Director of Insurance Services, Retired
Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award; former member, USF Board of Trustees

Llewellyn, Anne
2006 MS, Training and Development
Plantation, FL

Editor In Chief, Dorland Health
Charter Member at Professional Patient Advocate Institute previously Lt. Governor at Quota International of Plantation; Accreditation Reviewer at URAC; co-owner, Professional Resources In Management Education Inc. (PRIME).


Lomax, Jackie
1998, Journalism & Communications
Chicago, IL

Executive Director, Girls 4 Science
This organization works to provide hands on experience and professional mentorships to girls of minority decent. Ms. Lomax also launched Lomax Leisure Tours and worked to promote African American themed itineraries for Chicago Public School students. She has, in the past, worked with the indigenous people of Mexico and Bolivia to help build roads, schools and water filtration systems with the Archdiocese of Joliet, IL. Her interest in working with people from underserved communities continues with the Chicago Roseland Development Coalition. She is also a board member with CRDC and serves as a career counselor

Lucas, Dr. Rosemary
1949 BA, Sociology
LaGrange, IL

Professional Achievement Award recipient; Philanthropist; previously superintendent of Worth School District

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Maloney, Agnes
1930 (deceased) Nursing
Joliet, IL

Nurse at St. Joseph Hospital more than 50 years; member of KSKJ St. Genevieve Council, SNPJ, SWU, St. Paul Council of Catholic Women, the Paulites, and the Catholic Women’s League.

McCoy, Janice M.
1983, 198686 BA, Health Arts; MS, Health Services Administration
Merritt Island, FL

CNO, Sebastian River Medical Center
Professional Achievement Award; former vice president of Patient Care Services/CNO for Cape Canaveral Hospital

McGreal, Michael J.
2001 BS, Professional Arts
Orland Park, IL

Culinary Arts Department Chair, Joliet Junior College
Member of Chefs Move to Schools


McNally, Janice R.
Janice 1992 MS, Health Services Administration
Oak Ridge, TN

Corporate Director of Leadership Development, Covenant Health
Previously president and chief administrative officer at Methodist Medical Center; recipient of University of Tennessee, College of Nursing’s Dr. Sylvia E. Hart Distinguished Alumni Award, recipient of the Ned R. McWherter Award.

Merkle, Dr. Daniel M.
1987 BA, Journalism/Communication
Glen Rock, NJ

Director, Election Decision Desk, ABC News, New York
Alumni Association Board President’s Award; leader in field of public opinion and survey research.


Morrissette, Dr. Stephen G.
1983, 1986 BA, English; BS, Comp. Sci.
Joliet, IL

Associate Professor, University of St. Francis College of Business; Award of Merit; Formerly CEO/President of First Community Bank; Founding CEO of First Community Bank; formerly, President of First Chicago Bank, Chief Financial Officer for American National Bank in Chicago, and CFO/Head of Strategy for BankOne Commercial Banking

Moser, Margaret M.
1936 (deceased) BA, History
Naperville, IL

Former USF Board of Trustee member; inducted into the order of the Holy Sepulchre by Pope Paul II.

Murphy, Carolyn
1965 BA, Mathematics
Niles, IL

President, Commercial Operations (retired), CNA Insurance; Formerly, marketing manager with IBM, the vice president of personnel at CNA, vice president of administration, senior vice president and chief operating officer of Field Operations Department at CNA. Formerly an active board member on numerous civic, religious, and educational organizations include the Teachers Academy for Math and Science, Children’s Memorial Hospital Board, Misericordia Home and COMDISCO Board of Directors; Professional Achievement Award; past chair, USF Board of Trustees; established the Carolyn and Bart Murphy Scholarship Program.

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Nilan, Diane D.
1973 BA, Philosophy
Naperville, IL

Advocate for homeless; Award of Merit; Founder of HEAR US. Founded the PADS shelter in Joliet and Daybreak Shelter in Joliet; was director of Aurora PADS program. Helped write and lobby for passage of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education laws so that homeless children can attend school. Began traveling the country in 2005 to promote the cause and rights of homeless children.

Novotny, Janet R.
1967 BA, Speech Communication
Joliet, IL

Principal, St. Joseph Academy; Formerly, head of school
at Joliet Montessori School; Alumni Association Board
member; member of Assoc of Montessori Internationale,
Assoc of IL Montessori Schools, Independent School Mgmt
Consortium, Joliet Drama Guild Board, JACOB, and Joliet
Area Historical Museum volunteer


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O’Connor, Patrick
1985 BBA, Accounting
Frankfort, IL

CFO, Starcom Worldwide

O’Keeffe, Kevin M.
1981 BA, Social Work
Elmhurst, IL

First Vice Chairman, Elmhurst Chamber of Commerce
Owner, Fontanos Subs

Olivier, Sandra M.
1961 BA, English
Marco Island, FL.

Executive Attorney to the Chief Judge (Retired), U.S. Veteran Court of Appeals
Professional Achievement Award

Oots, Kent L. PhD
1978 BA, Law and Government
Little Rock, AR.

Vice President, Manager, Futures and Options, Stephens Inc.
Volunteers at CFA Institute.

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Peng, Penny
1951 BA, Sociology
Ithaca, NY

Author; Published “On the Great Wall” Bamboo Books Inc. (August 17, 2004)

Ponto, Charlotte G.
1963 BA, Art & Education
Niceville, FL

Professional Achievement Award

Portlock, Caroline L.
2002, 2004 BS, Professional Arts; MBA
Morris, IL

President / CEO at Grundy County Chamber of
Commerce & Industry


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Randich, John
1976 BA, Education and History
Joliet, IL

Principal, Joliet Township High School, Central Campus
USF Athletic Hall of Fame (baseball, basketball)

Randich, Steven
1979 BBA, Business Administration
Joliet, IL

Executive Vice President/COO, First Community Bank of Joliet
Professional Achievement Award

Reese, Kimberly J.
2003 BS, Professional Arts; MBA
Plymouth, WI

President, HR Executive Solutions
Previously, corporate vice president, Human Resources at Great Wolf Resorts

Riser, Shelley
2004 MS, Health Services Administration
Hershey, PA

President, The Riser Group
Previously, director of Behavioral Health Services and COO of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute at PinnacleHealth System



Roach, Jean
1978 BS, Health Admin.
1982, MS, Health Services Admin.
Joliet, IL

Executive Director (retired), Will-Grundy Medical Clinic
Former Alumni Board member, Continuing Ed Advisory Board member, Former Board of Trustee member; Mother Alfred Moes Award given by the Sisters of St. Francis; Aided in the development and establishment of the Joliet Area Community Hospice

Rosen, Candice
1988 BS, Health Arts
Evanston, IL

Owner, Candice Rosen Health Counseling, LLC
Co-founder and former Executive Director and Program Director of Gilda’s Club Chicago; Graduate from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City; Author of The Pancreatic Oath; Appointed by Mayor Daley as Chair of Healthcare Initiatives for Chicago Sister Cities International Program


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Schramko, Marie
1938 BA, Undeclared
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Assistant Principal; Cardinal Gibbons High School; Sent to Florida in 1961 to co-found Cardinal Gibbons High School.

Schuneman, Gail
1994 MS, Health Services Administration
Indialantic, FL

President and Chief Operating Officer, Palm Bay Community Hospital
Member of the Board, Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Community Hospital; Member of the Board, Health First Physicians; Member of the Executive Advisory Committee for the University of Central Florida’s Physical Therapy Program; Active in a host of local and national civic, professional, and educational organizations; Formerly, Director of Rehabilitative Services for Health First; Formerly, Inpatient Service Coordinator at Holmes Regional Medical Center, and assistant director and director of Rehabilitative Services

Seely, Sr. Mary Frances, OSF, Ph.D.
1964 BA, History
Joliet, IL

President and Chief Executive Officer of Crisis Line International Formerly an elementary school teacher, principal, and guidance counselor, Assistant Director of Crisis Line of Palm Beach County, Florida; founder and former Executive Director of Crisis Line of Will County, Joliet, IL ; developed Crisis Line of Fox Valley, Crisis Line of Grundy County, Crisis Line of DuPage County and two Teen Lines, founder and First President of Illinois Association of Suicidology (IAS), First State President of Illinois AIRS , former National President of AIRS; international guest lecturer on crisis management, suicide prevention, the role of hotlines, and telephone counseling; developed The Upper Room Crisis Hotline for Roman Catholic priests and Men Religious; author of four publications.

Seper, Janet L. MD
1987 BS, Biology
Tampa, FL

Otolaryngologist, Tampa Ear, Nose and Throat Associates
Board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology; member of the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Society of Women in Otolaryngology, American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and Hillsborough Medical Association; specializes in general otolaryngology, head and neck surgery and facial rejuvenation.

Shanahan, Martin J.
1994 BA, Political Science
Plainfield, IL

Attorney, Spesia & Ayers
Alumni Award of Merit; USF Mock Trial coach



Shankland, Joseph R.
1984 BBA, Management
Joliet, IL

Director, Sunny Delight Beverages Co.
Previously, president/CEO, Jays Foods; USF Board of Trustees member; Athletic Hall of Fame (golf).

Sharp, Brian
1997, 2001 BS, Computer Science; MBA
Naperville, IL

Vice President, BridgePoint Technologies, LLC

Smith, Deborah W.
2003, 2006, 2008 BS, Prof. Arts; MS, Train. & Dev.; MBA
New Lenox, IL

Director of Public Relations, The Horton Group

Spanich, John
1981 BBA, Business Administration
Broomfield, CO

COO, Summit Bank & Trust
Previously, senior vice president for Operations at First Community Bank, VP Corporate Risk Manager at Advance Bancorp and Audit/Compliance Manager at Pikes Peak Nat’l Bank

Spesia, David
2006, 2008 ME, Secondary Certificate,
English/Language; MS, Educational Leadership;
Joliet, IL

Director, Diocese of Joliet Institute for Lay Formation


Spinozzi, Michael G.
1981 BBA, Business Administration
Southlake, TX

President, Sally Beauty Company
USF Board of Trustees member; Athletic Hall of Fame (baseball).



Spurgeon, Susan
1978 BA, Speech Communications
Tampa, FL

Attorney, Pennington, Moore, Wilkinson, Bell & Dunbar, P.A. Premier property litigation attorney in Florida, vice chair of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Eminent Domain, sought-after public speaker.

Stachura, Jane M.
1971 BS, Chemistry
Elk Grove Village, IL

Vice President, US Regulatory Affairs, Lundbeck Inc.

Stepney, Cheryl A.
1970 BA, History
Bloomington, MN

CEO, Empowerment Associates
Previously, vice president of Education and Services for Oracle where she started divisions for the company; vice president of Services, Macromedia; chief learning officer, United Health Group.

Sterling, Janice L.
1995 BA, English
Farmington Hills, MI

Attorney/Owner, Sterling Law Group, PLLC

Attorney/Owner of Sterling Law Group, PLLC, a firm that focuses on employment and business law. Frequent trainer and speaker on employment law topics. Formerly, 8 years as an attorney with Mallor Clendening Grodner & Bohrer in Bloomington Indiana where she was actively involved on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Indiana. She is married to Brian Sterling and is a mom of three to Alexander, Elizabeth and Isabella whom she is actively involved within their PTA groups.


Swagger, Diane RN, BSN, MS
2004 MS, Health Services Administration
Canon City, CO

President/CEO, St. Thomas Moore Hospital
Current Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support instructor; Formerly, Vice President of Patient Care at a community hospital in Illinois; Former member of the Regional Emergency Response Team in Northern Illinois; Former member of the board and advisory board of the Henry County Children¿s Advocacy Center; Former member of the Critical Incident Stress Management Team; Former camp nurse for Royal Family Kids Camp; Former pastor in Wisconsin, Northern Michigan and Illinois

Szala, Joseph D.
1991 BA, Psychology
LaGrange Park, IL

Vice President, Business Development, Gladson; Previously, vice president Retail Promotion Management at PromoWorks.

Szambelanczyk, Faith M.
1957 BA, Undeclared
Joliet, IL

President/CEO, Joliet Catholic Academy


Szoke, Charles J.
1978 BA, Therapeutic Recreation
Channahon, IL

Director of Parks & Recreation, Channahon Park District; Award of Merit.

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Terrell, Billie MSW
1977 Bachelor of Social Work
Shorewood, IL

Professor, Chair and MSW Program Director, University of St. Francis Member of the national Council on Social Work Education and Council on Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity; Alumni Board President’s Award

Thomas, David P.
1989 BA, Social Work
Shorewood, IL

Owner, Collaborative Mediation Consulting ;Supportive Housing Programs Manager, AIDS Foundation of Chicago

Thomsen, Dr. Greg
1985 MS, Health Services Administration
Lenoir City, TN

CEO, Columbus Regional Healthcare
Professional Achievement Award

Tofanelli, M. Ruth
1939 BA, English
Sleepy Hollow, IL

Co-founder and Executive Director Emeritus of Summit School Incorporated.

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Udell, Anne-Marie
2004 BA, Mass Communication
Naperville, IL

Direct Ministry, Young Life Naperville; Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award

Underwood, Craig
1994 MS, Health Services Administration
Carmel, IN

Vice President of Operations, ARAMARK Enterprise
Previously, Regional Practice Director at Community Physician’s of Indiana; RPD at CPI; and Division Vice President at America Service Group, Inc.

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Vanisko, Steven
1986 BA, Journalism/Communication
Joliet, IL

Advertising Director, Joliet Herald News
Outstanding Recent Alumni Award; Board of Directors member, Will County Center for Economic Development; Board of Directors member, Joliet Chamber of Commerce.

Verburgt, Yvonne H.
1977 BS, Biology
Newport Beach, CA

Vice President Business Development & Marketing, Avrio Biopharmaceuticals

Villa, Anthony
1993 BBA, Mangement
Frankfort, IL

President & CEO, Insuresoft


Villegas, Carey
1993 BA, Journalism/Communication
Marina del Rey, CA

Freelance Visual Effects
Nominee for Best Visual Effects (Alice in Wonderland) for the 2010 Golden Satellite Award; nominee for the Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture (Bad Boys II) for the 2004 VES Award; visual effects supervisor on many major motion pictures; member of the Visual Effects branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Waranius, Frances B.
1953 (deceased) BS, Biology
Houston, TX

Science Librarian; Worked 22 years at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston and is credited with rescuing the Apollo Site Selection Board documents from a dumpster. These Apollo artifacts,lunar orbiter, photographs, maps and mission documents are now preserved in the institute’s archives.; Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award

Watters, Barbara PhD
1979 BS, Biology
La Jolla, CA

Retired, Kaiser Permanente; Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award; Athletic Hall of Fame (tennis)

Westover, Elizabeth
1994 BBA, Management
Chicago, IL

President/Owner, Law Offices of Elizabeth Westover, P.C.
Previously, Partner at Holsinger & Westover, P.C.

Wheeler, Patricia S.
1967 BA, English;
Naperville, IL

Board of Trustee member, Community leader, philanthropist, educator
Co-chair of USF’s capital campaign, Continuing the Tradition, Living Our Mission; Alumni Association Board member and past president.


Whitehead, Vivian
1950 BS, Biology
Joliet, IL

Educator & Counselor for Women, Will County Adult Detention Facility
Founded the Center for Correctional Concerns, a citizen effort in Criminal Justice, focused in Will County Jail; former USF Board of Trustees member.

Wildebrandt, David
2002 MS, Health Services Administration
Gulf Breeze, FL

Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Hospital
Administrator, Baptist Medical Park
Current speaker for Baptist Leadership Group



Wirt, Alice D.
1966 BA, Speech Communication
New Lenox, IL

Assistant professor of education, retired, University of St. Francis; Educator, community leader, philanthropist.

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Young, Jr., Edward C.
1995 BBA, Marketing
New Lenox, IL

Vice President, The Horton Group

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