Alumni Success Stories of College of Arts & Sciences

Joshua Barry ’12

Manager of Athletics and Events
Fox Valley Park District
Aurora, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Recreation Administration
Professional Involvement: Member of South Suburban Park and Recreation Professionals Association
Awards: 2014 USSA League Director of the Year Award, Certified Parks and Recreation Professional 2015, South Suburban 2016 Young Professional of the Year

Sr. Jeanne Bessette, OSF ’77

President
DePaul Cristo Rey High School
Cincinnati, OH
Bachelor of Arts, English
Awards: 2012 College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award (USF)


Ashley Bolyn ’13

Administrator
Alden Courts of Shorewood
Shorewood, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Recreation Administration
Professional Involvement: Certified Activity Professional, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, Certified Dementia Practitioner

Nicholas Bond ’15

Founder, Owner
DBA Bond App Development
Sheridan, IL
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science, Information Technology

Gina Brandolino ’94

Lecturer
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
Bachelor of Arts


Timothy Broderick ’87

National Sales Director
340B Specialty Pharmacy
Joliet, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies

Patricia Campbell ’70

Associate Professor
University of Maryland Center for Mathematics Education
College Park, MD
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Professional Involvement: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, American Educational Research Association
Awards: Board of Regents’ Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service, University System of Maryland; Presidential Citation for Research and Development, American Educational Research Association; Louise Hay Award for Contributions to Mathematics Education, Association for Women in Mathematics; 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 and also 2008 Alumni Association Board President’s Award (USF); Outstanding Service to Higher Education, Tuskegee University, College of Liberal Arts and Education; Excellence in Mentoring of Faculty Award, College of Education, University of Maryland


Art Carpenter DDS FICOI ’91

Dentist
Art Carpenter DDS LTD (Kenilworth, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Professional Involvement: Instructor, College of Lake County School of Dental Hygiene
Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor
Student Involvement at USF: Student Government, Science Club, Writing for the newspaper, working for Chemistry Lab, On-Air personality for WCSF

Tracy (Phillips) Chapman ’03

Police Chief
Will County Forest Preserve District (Will County, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Technology Management
Professional Affiliations: IL Park Law Enforcement Association, President 2015-Present, Vice President 2013-2015, Media Director 2011-2013; Member of the Will County Chief’s Association, and PLEA; NAPWDA, ILPWDA and NPBA member 2005-2011 (K9 handler)
Awards: Franklin M. Kreml Leadership Award Recipient 2010 – Northwestern University Center for Public Safety Police School of Staff and Command; Values to Vision Award winner 2009 Forest Preserve District of Will County


Michael Clay ’07

Physical Education Instructor
Rickover Junior High (Sauk Village, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Recreation Administration
Professional Involvement: Active in NFL Play 60; IL Council on Health & Physical Fitness; Illinois Elementary School Association (Sportsmanship Committee); Illinois Special Recreation Association
Community Involvement: Developed an umpire mentoring program for high school students, Advocates for sportsmanship and officiating opportunities for those students
Awards: Symetra Hero in the Classroom (2015)
Involvement at USF: Gridiron Club

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Jessica Cuevas ‘14

Graphic Designer
McGraw-Hill Education (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts


Angela DeCraene ’06

Owner, Clinical Counselor
Evolve Therapeutic Center (Minooka, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Awards: 2009 Award of Merit (USF)
Student Involvement at USF: Psychology Club, Psi-Chi

Mike Feminis ’90

Head Football Coach
Saint Xavier University (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Communications
Professional Associations: American Football Coaches Association
Awards: 151-54 Career Record in 17 Seasons; 10 NAIA Playoff Appearances including 2011 National Championships , five NAIA Semifinal Appearances (06,09,10,12,14); Seven MSFA Conference Championships (02,03,05,09,10,12,15);Three -time NAIA National Coach of the Year honor (06,10,11); Four-time MSFA Coach of the Year honors (05,09,10,12)
Student Involvement at USF: Member of first-ever USF football team in 1986 (played 1986-89); Four-Time All-District 20 Selection; 1989 USA National Defensive Player of the Year

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Alberto Filipponi ’00

District Curriculum Director Social Science, World Languages, ESL/Bilingual
Joliet Township High School District 204 (Joliet,IL)
Bachelor of Arts, History
Awards: Distinguished Service Award from the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ICTFL), 2014-2015

Ysenia Gallegos ’13

Investigator
ARC Light (Little Rock, AK)
Bachelor of Arts, Criminal & Social Justice
Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board of Directors
Student Involvement at USF: UVA Secretary (2013), Ethnic Affairs Council VP, President

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Diane (Felbinger) Habiger ’77

Property Manager
Linconshire Properties (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, English
Community Involvement: Joliet Rotary Club; Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor 2.0
Awards: Marx Gibson Community Leadership Award (2000); Outstanding Business Alum (2001); Lewis University De La Salle Award (2016)
Involvement at USF: Board of Tustees (since 2008)

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Jason Helland ’99

Elected Grundy County State’s Attorney
Grundy County (Morris, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Awards: USF Outstanding Political Science Student of the Year (1997-98)
Involvement at USF: Former Adjunct Faculty Member


Thaddeus Henderson ’10

Marketing Manager
Etihad Airways (Washington, DC)
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Professional Affiliations: DC Power Marketer
Community Involvement: Volunteer at Whitman Walker Community Health Clinic
Student Involvement at USF: Student Government, Student Business Association, Student Alumni Association, Mock Trial, EAA
Other Notes: former Press Secretary, United States Senate


Patrick Keating ’94

News Photographer
WLS-TV/ABC7 Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Communications
Professional Affiliations: National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians/NABET Local 41, National Press Photographers Association/NPPA, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/NATAS Chicago-Midwest Chapter
Community Involvement: The Duke Classic/Volunteer Co-chair, Lombard Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association/LCPAAA Member, Chicago White Sox Volunteer Corps
Student Involvement at USF: Baseball and Football/Equipment Manager, WCSF DJ, TV Club President

Eugenia Kougias ’15

Life Engagement Director
Anthem Memory Care
Tinley Park, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Recreation, Sport, Tourism Management
Special Notes: Life Engagement Director, 17833 Harlem Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477

Eric Lawhead ‘07

Field Sales Rep
Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH)
Bachelor of Arts, Recreation Administration
Alumni Involvement: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board Member
Student Involvement at USF: SGA, SAB, Resident Assistant

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Donald Maier, Ph.D., P.Log. ’89

Dean & Professor, Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics
Maine Maritime Academy (Castine, ME)
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Professional Affiliations: Council of Supply Chain Management, Academy of Management, International Association of Maritime Port Executives, Institute of Supply Management
Community Involvement: Board Member Maine International Trade Center; Board Member, International Association of Maritime Port Executives; Faculty Advisor MMA Men’s Basketball and Rugby Club
Awards: 2009 USF Excellence in Teaching Award; 2009 USF Alumni Association Board’s President’s Award; Academic Tenure (USF)
Involvement at USF: College of Business Faculty 2004-2010

Katherine Maier ’13

Doctor of Chiropractic
Hoffman Chiropractic Neurology (Bourbonnais, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Professional Involvement: American Chiropractic Association, Young Professional’s Network of the Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce
Community Involvement: Volunteers at her church’s community outreach program, active member of a local yoga studio
Involvement at USF: Duns Scotus, student worker in the USF athletic training room

Mary Francis Malinoski ’67

Principal
San Francisco de Asis Catholic School (Flagstaff, AZ)
Professional Affiliations: President of Western Wisconsin Education Association; National Catholic Education Association
Student Involvement at USF: Choir, Catholic Youth


Patrick McGuire ’87

Illinois State Senator 43rd District
State of Illinois (Crest Hill, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, English

Daniel Merkle ‘87                   

Executive Director of Elections
ABC News (New York)
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Communications
Professional Affiliations: Active member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, having been elected four times to AAPOR’s Executive Council as Secretary/Treasurer, Counselor-at-Large, Conference Chair and Communications Chair; Member of the Advisory Committee for the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research; Served as Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly and on the Advisory Board of the Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods
Awards: 2006 Alumni Association Board President’s Award (USF); Selected one of USF’s “90 Notable Alumni” (March 2011)
Student Involvement at USF: Station Manager and Program Director of WCSF Radio

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Dr. Mary Jo Moran, Ph.D. ’69

RETIRED: Executive Director
National Association of Church Personnel Administrators (Cincinnati, OH)
Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
Professional Affiliations: PhD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Awards: 2013 College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award (USF)
Student: Sophomore Class Vice President; Junior Class President; Student Government President; Theta Chi Sigma

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Dr. Stephen Morrissette ’83, ’86

Associate Professor, College of Business
University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, English
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
Awards: 2010 Joann Placher Distinguished Alumni Award (USF)

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Mike Mravle ’97

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Wingstop (Tampa, FL)
Bachelor of Arts, Accounting, Mathematics

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Fran Naal ’58

Retired Social Worker
State of Illinois (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Social Work
Community Involvement: Various Charitable Organizations in Joliet
Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board

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John Nee ’99

Head Baseball Coach
St. Rita High School (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Education

Meghann O’Hara ’01

Owner/Artist
My Good Night (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts

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Kevin O’Keeffe ’81

Executive Director
Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce (Bolingbrook, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Communications
Professional Affiliations: Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE)
Community Involvement: Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, IHSA Basketball and Football Official
Student Involvement at USF: Student Government Vice President; Served as one of the WCSF Radio Club managers at the club’s inception


Dr. Kent Oots Ph.D. ’78

Director of Examination Development
CFA Institute (Charlottesville, VA)
Bachelor of Arts, Law and Government
Also earned M.A. and Ph.D. At Northern Illinois University
Professional Affiliations: CFA Institute; Former President of the CFA Society of Arkansas

Mario Pistilli ’89, ’14

Manager of Imaging Services
Presence St. Joseph Medical Center (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Chemistry
Master of Business Administration
Professional Affiliations: American College of Healthcare Executives, Association of Hospital Radiology Administrators, Chicago Healthcare Executive Forum (Communication Committee Chairperson)
Community Involvement: Founding Board member Plainfield Prowlers Athletic Association
Involvement at USF: Alumni Speakers Bureau (USF)


Dr. Christy Ann Powers J.D. ’97

Program Chair, College of Policy, Ethics, and Legal Studies
St. Petersburg College (Clearwater, FL)
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Community Involvement: Involved in local legal community; Free Student Legal Clinics; Frequent Speaker to Ex-Offenders to Assist in Re-entry into the Workforce;
Awards: 2015 League for Innovation Excellence Award
Student Involvement at USF: Women’s Soccer Captain 1995-1997


Candice Quinerly ’10

Education Director
Joliet Area Historical Museum (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication
Community Involvement: Joliet Junior Women’s Club,Ways & Means Committee Chair; JTHS Foundation Board of Directors
Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board Member

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Jazzmyne Robbins ’13

Junior Producer
Buzzfeed (Los Angeles, CA)
Bachelor of Arts, Visual Arts
Professional Involvement: Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (certificate in Merchandise Marketing)
Community Involvement: Los Angeles LGBT Center Volunteer
Involvement at USF: Volleyball

Jim Schuler ’03

Solutions Architect
Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corp. (Lemont, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Computer Science
Involvement at USF: Supports the USF Senior Projects

Dr. Janet Seper M.D. ’87

RETIRED: Otolaryngologist
Tampa Ear, Nose & Throat Associates (Tampa, FL)
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Professional Affiliations: American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; Florida Society of Otolaryngology; American Medical Association; Florida Medical Association; Hillsborough County Medical Association
Community Involvement: Yearly participant Great American Teach In
Student Involvement at USF: Intramural Sports

Susan Spurgeon ’78

Shareholder, Attorney
Pennington, P.A. (Tampa, FL)
Bachelor of Arts, Speech Communications
Professional Affiliations: Real Property Litigation Committee Chair, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar

Cheryl (Schroeder) Stepney ’70

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Empowerment Associates (Minneapolis, MS)
Bachelor of Arts, History
Professional Affiliations: Master Data Management and Big Data thought leader
Community Involvement: Habitat for Humanities, AARP Smart Driver Program Deputy State Director
Awards: 2011 College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award (USF)
Involvement at USF: Board of Trustees

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Janice Sterling ’95

Attorney at Law
Sterling Law Group, PLLC (Farmington Hill, MI)
Bachelor of Arts, English

Professional Affiliations: Defense Research Institute – Labor and Employment Committee; Michigan and Indiana State Bar Association – Labor and Employment Committees

Dr. Billie Terrell Ph.D. ’77

Professor Tenure/Chair and MSW Program Director
University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Social Work
Professional Affiliations: National Council on Social Work Education and Council on Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity
Awards: 2010 Alumni Association Board President’s Award (USF)
Involvement at USF: Academic Assembly Governing Board

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Wilhelmine Vidmar ’68

Adjunct Professor
Joliet Junior College (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board Member

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Kasia Wereszczynska ’06

Crisis Worker
Ada S. McKinley Community Services (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
Professional Affiliations: American Counseling Association; Founder of In Her Shoes Foundation and co-founder of Counseling Speaks
Community Involvement: Sheliah Doyle Foundation Volunteer
Awards: 2015 College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award (USF)
Involvement at USF: Adjunct Professor (Intro to Crisis Intervention)

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Mary Wollgast ’06

Market Specialist Chemical Engineering Recruiter
Chemical Personnel Search (Westchester, IL)
Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication
Community Involvement: St. Raymond Nonnatus – Parish Council, Centennial Chair, Capital Campaign, Be My Witness Leader, Eucharistic Minister Involvement at USF: Student Ministry, Eucharistic Minister, Floor Board, Track team captain, SAC, Schola Cantorum

Sr. Mary Jo Young, OSF, Ph.D. ’66

Vocation Director
Sisters of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts
Professional involvement: National Religious Vocation Conference
Community Involvement: Various community organizations in Cincinnati, OH
Awards: Professor Emeritus, Elmhurst College
Involvement at USF: Board of Trustees

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Jennifer Yucus ’06

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
University of South Florida (St. Petersburg, FL)
Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication