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Success Stories

Learn where our students go after graduation. These prominent alumni are doing amazing things!

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

male headshotTimothy Broderick ’87

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

female headshotPatricia 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 AssociationAwards: 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

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 AssociationAwards: 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

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

John Greenan ’01, ’04, ’18

  • Principal
  • Lockport East High School (Lockport, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, History with a Secondary Ed Certification
  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

female headshotDiane (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)

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

Brian Herbst ’05

  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
  • University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology
  • Awards: Alpha Omega Alpha (University of Michigan Medical School)

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

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 ManagementCommunity 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

male headshotBret McKeand ’81

  • Senior Executive Editor/President, Retired
  • Independent Newsmedia Inc. (Sun City, AZ)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Communications
  • Professional Involvement: President of Arizona Newspapers Association (2000); President of Arizona Newspapers Foundation – Statewide Press Association (2001); President of Northwest Valley Chamber of Commerce (1999 and 2000)
  • Awards: Valley of the Sun Society of Professional Journalists “Order of the Silver Key Society”, 2013;  Northwest Valley Chamber of Commerce “Member of the Year”, 2001.

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

female headshotDr. 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 Involvement at USF: Sophomore Class Vice President; Junior Class President; Student Government President; Theta Chi Sigma

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)

Mike Mravle ’97

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

female headshotFran 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

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

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
  • 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

female headshotCandice 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

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

female headshotCheryl (Schroeder) Stepney ’70

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Empowerment Associates (Minneapolis, MS)
  • Bachelor of Arts, History
  • Professional Affiliations: Master Data Management and Big Data thought leaderCommunity 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

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

female headshotWilhelmine Vidmar ’68

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

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 SpeaksCommunity Involvement: Sheliah Doyle Foundation Volunteer
  • Awards: 2015 College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award (USF)
  • Involvement at USF: Adjunct Professor (Intro to Crisis Intervention)

female headshotMary 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

female headshotSr. 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

Jennifer Yucus ’06

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

female headshotMary Ellen Aderhold ’09, ’11

  • Coordinator of the Neuro Diagnostic Unit
  • Reading Hospital (Pottsville, PA)
  • Master of Science, Health Administration

Marie Armbruster ‘02, ‘07

  • Diagnostic Imaging Manager
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital (Fairfax, VA)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Service Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRA); American Society of Rediologic Technologists (ASRA); Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA)

Megan Barton ’13

  • Vice President Medical Management
  • Home State Health – Centene (Chesterfield, MO)
  • Master of Science, Health Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Case Management Society of America, Case Management Society of St. Louis

Mark J. Batty ’13

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Rochelle Community Hospital (Rochelle, IL)
  • Master of Science, Health Administration

Rachael Bartolini ’00, ’02

  • Vice President of Finance & Administration
  • Harrah’s Joliet Casino & Hotel (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Part of Caesars Entertainment professional development group “Lean In”; Member of the Joliet Chamber of Commerce

Kenneth Baxter ’94

  • Owner
  • Fast Signs
  • Lake Worth, FL
  • Master of Science, Health Services Admin

Doreen (Duba) Begley ’92, ’99

  • University of St. Francis Health Coordinator and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) Early Head Start (Reno, NV)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau, Nu Iota Chapter; Nevada Nurses Association; Nevada Nurses Foundation, Secretary; Institute of Regulatroy Excellence Fellow, NCSBN
  • Community Involvement: Northern Nevada Nurses of Achievement; Immunize Nevada, Board Chair; AVA Ballet; Medical Reserve Corp Volunteer
  • Awards: CDC Childhood Immunizaiton Champion Award for Nevada (2015); NNNA for Patient Advocacy (2006); NNNA Nursing Leadership Award (2009); NNNA Community Health Award (2011)
  • Other Notes: Currently enrolled in the R.N. to BSN program with expected graduation May 2017 at age 69

male headshotMichael Beshel ’06, ’08, ’14

  • Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer
  • Nazareth Hospital-Mercy Health System-Trinity Health (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Affiliations: AONE, ANA, Sigma Theta Tau, Delta Mu Delta; Nurse Executive – Board Certified

male headshotMatthew Bisek ’10

  • Career Advisor
  • Clatsop Community College (Astoria, OR)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
  • Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board Member

Donna Bogari ’03

  • Director for Accreditation Services
  • Christiana Care (Maryland)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration

female headshotPatricia Bracken ’73, ’86, ’94

  • Case Manager for the Emergency Room
  • Advocate South Suburban Hospital (Hazel Crest, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board Member, Student Alumni Mentor

male headshotMichael Bryant ’83

  • Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • nSource (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
  • Professional Involvement: United States Tennis Association
  • Community Involvement: Cradles to Crayons, Chicago Launch Committee; Oak Park Tennis Center, Board Member
    Involvement at USF: Tennis Team

Dewitt Buchanan ’89

  • Managing Director
  • Safe Habor Retirement Consultants, LLC (Channahon, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
  • Involvement at USF: Board of Trustees; Student Alumni Mentor

female headshotJudith Bulat ’72

  • RETIRED, Certified Public Accountant; international technical advisor on the staff of the
  • Assistant Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service
  • Internal Revenue Service (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
  • Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board Member, Student Alumni Mentor

Mila Carlson ’99, ’02

  • President
  • Mila Carlson & Associates (Rockford, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Involvement: American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants; American Association of Nurse Life Care Planners; National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals; Rockford Network of Professional Women
    Community Involvement: Rockford Alpine Kiwanis; First Evangelical Covenant Church
  • Involvement at USF: Adjunct Faculty

male headshotMichael Carpanzano ’08, ’12

  • Regional Director of Sales
  • Amita Health (Bolingbrook, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management
  • Master of Business Administration, Business Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce; Romeoville Area Chamber of Commerce; Lemont Area Chamber of Commerce; Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce Community Involvement: Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook & Romeoville; Midwest Christian Montessori Academy Board Member; P.O.W.E.R. Connection Advisory Board Member; Crime Stoppers of Bolingbrook Board Member; United Way of Will County Committee Member, Marketing Advisory; Heart Haven Outreach (H2O) Committee Member; College of Business National Advisory Board, Rasmussen College; March of Dimes Event Committee Member; Camp Fire Committee Chair, Governance & Nominating
  • Awards: President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service (Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce); Kiwanian of the Year (Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook & Romeoville); Community Service Award (Lemont Girl Scouts); Character Counts Award (Bolingbrook/Romeoville Character Counts Coalition); Best Under 40 (My Suburban Life, Shaw Media); 2015 UNSTOPPABLE Award Recipient (PT Solutions Physical Therapy)

Jeffrey Chiapello ’10

  • Director of Academic Advising, Assistant XC/Track Coach
  • University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Science, Training & Development
  • Professional Involvement: Illinois Academic Advising Association (ILACADA) 2012-present. Positions held on executive board include Treasurer (2013-2015) and Communications Chair (2015-2016)
  • Community Involvement: Joliet Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership School (Graduated in 2010, Planning Committee 2011-present)

female headshotKaren (Christianson) Ciarlette ’94, ’97

  • Bway Corporation
  • HRIS Supervisor (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration, Business Administration
  • Community Involvement: Village of Channahon Planning and Zoning Committee – Chairman
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor; Business Alumni Network (BAN) Past President, Alumni Association Board Member

Dr. Jeffrey Combetta ’98

  • Medical & Hospital Director, Vice Chief of Staff
  • Franklin Medical Center (Winnsboro, LA)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Professional Affiliations: Board of directors at Calcasieu Parish Medical Society
  • Awards: Practitioner of the Year 2010 from Louisiana Rural Health Association; Outstanding Volunteer award from Baton Rouge General Medical Center; Meritorious Service Award

Elmer Eddy ’80

  • Senior Material Engineer, Retired
  • Caterpillar (IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Society of Manufacturing Engineers Life Member; USF Alumni Association Board Member

Linda (Reinhard) England ’77, ’86

  • Laboratory Director
  • Rush Copley Medical Center (Aurora, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: ASCP, AACC, CLMA

male headshotJoseph Ferrallo ’85, ’07, ’08

  • Professor in COBHA
  • University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business, Management
  • Master of Business Administration,
  • Master of Science, Training & Development
  • Professional Affiliations: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board Member

James Flynn ’00

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Heartland Regional Medical Center
  • Master of Science, Management
  • Professional Affiliations: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE)
  • Community Involvement: Rotary International; Board Member – Chamber of Commerce; Board Co-chair – Williamson Co.; CEO, Board Member-The Women’s Center
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor

female headshotGuadalupe Fonseca ’98, ’04, ‘08

  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Greater Elgin Family Care Center (Elgin, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Master of Business Administration, Business Administration
  • Professional Involvement: National Athletic Trainers’ Association; National Strength and Conditioning Association; Illinois High School Association – Sports Medicine Advisory Committee
  • Community Involvement: 2018 Beatrice Dorsey Award for Business & Professional Category

male headshotRoger Forgey ’96

  • President, Chief Operating Officer (CEO)
  • Medical Consulting Resources (Ringgold, GA)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Fellow, American College of Health Care Executives
  • Community Involvement: Past President, Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce
  • Awards: 2012 College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award (USF)

Joseph Formhals ’86

  • Fire Chief
  • City of Joliet (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
  • Professional Affiliations: International Association of Fire Chiefs, Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, Will County Fire Chiefs Association, MABAS Division 15
  • Community Involvement: Exchange Club of Joliet

male headshotGregory Gaa ’02, ’00

  • Manager Sports Outreach
  • OSF HealthCare (Peoria, IL)
  • Master of Business Administration, Health Services Administration

David Gomel, Ph.D., CADC ’98

  • Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
  • Rosecrance Health Network (Rockford, IL)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Illinois Association for Behavioral Health
  • Community Involvement: Board Member Rock River YMCA; Northern Illinois Special Olympics; Make-a-Wish Foundation

male headshotH. Richard Hagen ’90

  • President, Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel
  • D’Orazio Capital Management (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
  • Professional Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public AccountantsCommunity Involvement: Treasurer of the New Lenox Soccer Association; Treasurer of the Lincoln-Way West Music Boosters; Member of choir at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox
  • Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board Member; Co-founder of the Business Alumni Network; Member of Committee Advising the USF Business School

male headshotJames Hamilton ’89, ’07

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Axis Accident & Health (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Awards: 2010 USF Professional Achievement Award

Craig Herkert ’81

  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Consultant
  • Herkert Consulting (Long Lake, MN)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
  • Awards: 2011 Presidential Alum of the Year Award (USF)
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor

Donald Hildebrand ’83

  • Vice President of Finance & Operations
  • Le Creuset of America (Charleston, SC)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting

Wayne Hochwarter, Ph.D. ’86

  • Jim Moran Professor of Management
  • Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management
  • Professional Affiliations: Academy of Management, Southern Management AssociationCommunity Involvement: Numerous philanthropic, outreach, and professional presentation activities across the country
  • Awards: 2005 Alumni Association Board President’s Award (USF); Fellow – Southern Management Association; 2009 Burning Spear Faculty Award Recipient; 2012 & 2013 Newsmakers External Visibility
  • Award; 2012 Human Relations Journal – Reviewer of the Year; Distinguished Doctoral Alumni Award for Florida State University’s College of Business

male headshotLawrence Hopkins ’87

  • President and CEO
  • Regenerative Biologics, Inc. (Gainesville, FL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Involvement: American Association of Tissue Banks
  • Community Involvement: Rotary

Joanne Hostrander, Ph.D., M.S., RN ’89, ’98

  • Clinical Education Specialist
  • Susquehanna Health System- Divine Providence Hospital (Williamsport, PA)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Awards: 2007 USF Alumni Association President’s Award

Connie Huffman ’04

  • Assistant Administrator
  • Blount Memorial Hospital (Maryville, TN)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Executive director of the Blount Memorial Foundation, 2005 graduate of Leadership Blount, and 2016 graduate of the East Tennessee Regional Leadership Academy
  • Community Involvement: Serves as a board member for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Blount and the Boys and Girls Club, is the president of the Parent Advisory Council at Maryville Junior High School, and is a member of the Tommy Hatcher Golf Tournament Committee
  • Awards: 2015 & 2016 Athena Leadership Award Nominee, 2016 Inducted into The Daily Times Alumni Hall of Fame

female headshotJoy Hughes ’12, ’16

  • Director of Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy Program
  • Marywood University (Scranton, PA)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Care Leadership
  • Master of Science, Health Administration

Hermilo Jazmines ’97, ’00

  • Senior Corporate Medical Director
  • WellCare Health Plans Inc. (Tampa, FL)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Master of Business Administration, CSA to MBA Completion
  • Professional Affiliations: American Association of Physician Leaders; American College of Obstetrics-Gynecology; American Association of Managed Care Physicians

Eleanor Kay-Mirich ’78, ’90

  • Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer/Health Administrator
  • Mirich Medical Corporation (Crown Point, IN)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Board of directors, Northern Indiana Arts Association and Trade Winds Rehabilitation Center; American College of Healthcare Executives; American Assn of University Women; Association for Politics and the Life Sciences; American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
  • Community Involvement: Catholic Charities Board
  • Awards: Sagamore of the Wabash (2004)

male headshotRonald Kenny ’81

  • Chief Accounting Officer
  • Chicago Trading Company (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
  • Professional Affiliations: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Community Involvement: Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Awards: 2005 Joanne Placher Award (USF)
  • Student Involvement at USF: Basketball Team (1977-1981)

female headshotLinda Kilroy ’73

  • RETIRED, Contract Manager
  • Institute of Medicine – National Academies (Washington D.C.)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
  • Professional Affiliations: National Contract Management Association; American Nuclear Society; American Association of University Women
  • Community Involvement: Rotary-International
  • Awards: 2003 Award of Merit (USF)
  • Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board of Directors

Anita “Tina” Licari ’03

  • Wealth Management Advisor
  • Merrill Lynch (Duluth, MN)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Certified Financial Planner (CFP) certification, Charter4ed Retirement Planning Counselor (CRPC) designation
  • Community Involvement: First Witness board member, Kitch Gammi Club, AAUW, Serra Club of Duluth, Duluth Womne’s Club, DSSO (past board member), Girl Scouts (past board member)

Jamie McCormack ’01

  • Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
  • First Bank of Manhattan (Manhattan, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: CRCM (Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager)
  • Community Involvement: Parent Advisory Committee Member with School District 114 (2014-present)
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor

Michael McGreal ’01

  • Department Chair, Culinary Arts
  • Joliet Junior College (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Professional Arts
  • Professional Development: American Culinary Federation, International Association of Culinary Professionals, International Association of Food Service Executives
  • Community Involvement: Chefs Move to Schools
  • Awards: 2006 Professional Achievement Award (USF); NISOD Excellence in Teaching Award 2013; 2009 FENI Educator of the Year Award; Author, “Culinary Arts Principles and Applications;” Author, “Culinary Math Principles and Applications;” Author, “50 Effective Knife Techniques”

Laura (Dunlap) Messineo ’11, ’15

  • System Director TeleHealth Strategy and Development
  • Presence Health Hospitals (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Care Leadership
  • Master of Science Health Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: American Telemedicine Association (ATA); American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN); Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Community Involvement: Board of Directors Sepsis Alliance; Illinois Sepsis Challenge 5K
  • Awards: 2015 College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award (USF)

Gloria Metrick ’86, ’06

  • Owner
  • GeoMetrick Enterprises (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • Bachelor of Arts Management, Mathematics
  • Professional Involvement: Association for Computing Machinery, MichBio
  • Awards: GHP (Global Health and Pharma) Magazine’s 2016 International Life Sciences Award (to GeoMetrick Enterprises)
  • Involvement at USF: Student Council Executive Vice Present

female headshotDiana Middendorf ’93

  • Legal Nurse Consultant
  • Self-Employed
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Awards: Outstanding Student Award

female headshotLaura Muñoz Lopez ’16

  • Legislative Assistant
  • S. House of Representatives (Washington D.C.)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Management
  • Awards: 2016 Lincoln Laureate; 2016 Who’s Who Among Students; 2016 NRHH Member of the Year; 2015 Outstanding Resident Assistant of the Year

Lisa Nichols ’07, ’09

  • Administrator
  • St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital (Pell City, AL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Community Involvement: St. Clair County Monthly Mayor’s Breakfast, St. Clair County Economic Development Council Board Meeting, Go Red and Heart Walk, and various other charitable events

Kathleen (Hettiger) O’Neill ‘90

  • Senior Director of Quality Initiatives
  • American Heart Association (Hawthorn Woods, IL)
  • Master of Science, Health Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE); National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), CHEF
  • Awards: 2011 College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award (USF)

female headshotMary Frances Oskvarek ’89, ’11, ’18

  • Manager of Clinical Operations
  • Advocate Christ Hospital (Oak Lawn, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Administration
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership & Nursing Administration
  • Professional Involvement:  AACN/ASPAN/ILSPAN Professional Memberships
  • Awards: Nominee for the Pinnacle Nursing Leader Award

James Ostrom ’07

  • Owner
  • Ostrom Management Consulting (Oak Forest, IL)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), University of Saint Francis Business Alumni Network (BAN), Lean Construction Institute (LCI)
  • Awards: 2013 College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award (USF); Elected Member of the International Honor Society of Business Administration; Senior Designation (SASHE) in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE); Central Illinois 40 Leaders under Forty
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor (USF)

male headshotVictor Patterson ’03

  • Senior Human Resource Leader
  • The Home Depot (Atlanta, GA)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration, Business Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Society of Human Resources Management, National Black MBA Association, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
  • Community Involvement: Nexus Youth & Family Solutions- Board of Directors/Human Resources Committee Chair
  • Awards: MBA of the Year & Most Outstanding Human Resources Performance

Karla J. Perez ’92

  • Regional Vice President of seven hospitals within the Western Region
  • Universal Health Services
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Board of Directors – Nevada State Bank
  • Awards: 2008 Professional Achievement Award (USF)

Cecelia Best Pezdek 96, 01, 12

  • Manager Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Admin,
  • Master of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Affiliations: Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
  • Awards: GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) finalist by Nursing.com in 2014; SGNA fellowship for Evidence Based Practice completed in 2012

Mario Pistilli ’89, ’14

  • Manager of Imaging Services
  • Presence St. Joseph Medical Center (Plainfield, IL)
  • Master 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

female headshotCaroline Portlock ’02, ’04

  • Director, Workplace Development
  • Joliet Junior College (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Professional Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: National Association of Workforce Development Professionals; Society for Human Resource Management
  • Community Involvement: United Way of Grundy County Advisory Board
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board of Directors

male headshotAlan Randolph ’07

  • Director of Sustainability/Outreach Manager
  • DNV GL – Energy & Sustainability (Oak Forest, IL)
  • Master of Science, Health Service Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE); International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP); Great Lakes Region – International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP); Practice Greenhealth (PGH); Past Chairperson: Solid and Recycling Waste Committee, Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council (MCHC)
  • Community Involvement: Past President, Oak Forest Football Booster Club; Oak Forest Wrestling Booster Club; Oak Forest Track and Field Booster Club; Cyclones Running Club Booster Club
  • Awards: 2014 College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award (USF)
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board of Directors

female headshotKimberly Roesel Reese ’05, ’08

  • Vice President Human Resources
  • Pierce Manufacturing – Fire and Emergency (Appleton, WI)
  • Bachelor of Science, Professional Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: SHRM
  • Community Involvement: Co-Chair – Center for Exceptional Leadership (St. Norbert College); Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Junior Achievement Feasibility Study Lead for the Louis and Clark Museum in Lockport, IL

female headshotMollie Rockafellow ’15

  • Director of Residence Education
  • University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Professional Associations: Great Lakes Association of College and University Housing Officers (GLACUHO)
  • Advisor: Late Nite Programming Club, Residence Hall Association

Eric Ruiz Admissions StaffEric Ruiz ’07, ’09

  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Coordinator for Multicultural Initiatives
  • University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling, National Association for College Admission Counseling, NACAC Delegate for IACAC, National College Fair Committee, Mentorship Committee, Leadership Manual Committee Co-chair, Credentials Committee, Scholarship Committee, Sharing the Dream Conference Chair (These committees are through IACAC). USF MERIT Executive Board member, Advisor for the Unidos Vamos A Alcanzar Club, Member of the DREAMer Ally Committee, Member of the Diversity Council, Member and one of the founders of the currently Multicultural Graduation Reception (former Hispanic Graduation Reception), member of the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) at USF. Former member of AACRAO, ASC Chair at USF, Hispanic Serving Institution Committee Chair at USF, program Advisor for the Collegiate Leadership Development Program at USF, Student Alumni Mentor, Community Leadership School through the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, Vice President of the Young Professionals Committee at Big Brother Big Sisters of Will and Grundy County, Treasurer of Alianza de Negocios (Business Alliance) through the Joliet Chamber of Commerce, Delta Mu Delta, and Enrollment Leadership Academy through Collegeboard
  • Awards: James Alexander Newcomer Award (IACAC), May 2011; Inclusion, Access and Success Service Award (IACAC), May 2015
  • Student Involvement at USF: Saints Ambassador, Bernie the Saint Bernard Mascot, Ministry Staffer , Student Activities Board, Student Business Association, Bolivia Mission Trip, Mission Trip to Elington Missouri, Koinonia Retreat, Assisi Pilgrimage

female headshotRebecca Ruettiger ‘09

  • Senior Communications Analyst
  • Pacific Life (Newport Beach, CA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing
  • Professional Involvement: Public Relations Society of America; Delta Mu Delta Honor Society

Michele Ryder ’02, ’05, ’14

  • Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer
  • Miami Cancer Institute at Baptist Health South Florida (Miami, FL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Service Administration
  • Master of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Affiliations: Association of Community Cancer Centers; South Florida Association of Nurse Executives; American College of Healthcare Executives; American Nurses Association; Oncology Nurses Association; Florida Nurses Association; American Cancer Society
  • Community Involvement: Relay for Life; Board Member Living Hope Haiti; American Cancer Society

Dr. Sibu Saha ’03

  • Chief of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Program Director – CT Surgery, Chairman – Directors Council Gill Heart Institute, Professor of Surgery & Bioengineering, Frank C. Spencer, MD Chair in Surgery
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
  • Master of Business Administration, Business Administration
  • Professional Involvement: International College of Surgeons, International College of Angiology, American College of Surgeons, American College of Chest Physicians, Society of Vascular Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • Community Involvement: Bluegrass Indo-American Civic Society (BIACS) (Founding Member), University of Kentucky-Fayette County Arboretum (Founding Member), Presidential Fellow – University of Kentucky, The Saha Foundation for Cardiovascular Research and Education, First Security Bank of Lexington (Founding Member)Awards: Board Certified in General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery (ABS); Research Experience (Lung Cancer, Atherosclerosis; Laser Aided Transmyocardial; Revascularization; Device Rx for Hypertension; Hemostatic Agents in Vascular Surgery); Research: Clinical Trials-25, Outcome Research-20, Basic Research-9, Program Director, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, UK, Publications->127, Book Chapters-5, Scientific Exhibits-31, Invited Speaker Presentations->190; Professor of Surgery, University of Kentucky; Clinical Professor of Surgery, Pikeville College of Osteopathic Medicine; Visiting Professor of Surgery, NIMS, Hyderabad, India; Business of Medicine Curriculum For Residents and Fellows, UK; Co-Author of SESATS; America’s Top Doctor USA (2008); 2015-2016 Editor-in-Chief – Journal of Cancer Therapy; Member – Editorial Board, Journal of International College of Angiology, Journal of Thoracic Disease, Journal of Case Reports in Surgery, Journal of Surgery (Open Access), World Journal of Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Awards: 2010 Abraham Flexner Master Educator Award for outstanding Teaching Contribution and Mentorship, 2011 Abraham Flexner Master Educator Award for Innovation and Educational Leadership, 2012 Abraham Flexner Master Educator Award for Development, 2013 Abraham Flexner Master Educator Award for Evaluation

male headshotKeith Schomig ’13

  • Human Resource Coordinator
  • Legacy Professionals LLP (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Management
  • Awards: 2016 Student Alumni Mentor of the Year
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board Member; Judge for Dr. Morrissette’s Business Policy Class

Deborah Smith ’03, ’06, ’08

  • National Manager of Operations – Employee Benefits
  • HUB International Ltd. (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Professional Arts
  • Master of Science, Training & Development
  • Master of Business Administration

Michael Spinozzi ’81

  • Board Member
  • Marianna Industries (Omaha, NE)
  • Former president (2006-2013) of Sally Beauty Supply (Southlake, TX)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Community Involvement: University of North Texas Board Member (2011-2013); Life Directions Vice Chairman (1999-2001)
  • Involvement at USF: University of St. Francis Board of Trustees (1993-2010); Athletic Hall of Fame (Baseball); Business Club President (1980-81); All American Baseball Player (1981)

Dennis Swift ’88

  • Pharmacy Manager
  • Walmart Pharmacy (Omaha, NE)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration

Kim Terhaar ’05

  • Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
  • St. Luke’s (Duluth, MN)
  • Master of Science, Health Service Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: MGMA, AHIMA
  • Community Involvement: Board of Director for Hermantown Chamber of Commerce

Anne-Christine Tompkins ’14, ’15

  • Credit Analyst
  • First Midwest Bank (Westmont, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, International Business, Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board of Directors; Business Alumni Network (BAN) President-Elect; Various Alumni Service days including Northern Illinois Food Bank, Daybreak Homeless Shelter, Sunny Hill Nursing HomeStudent Involvement at USF: Women’s Tennis Team (Captain); Student Business Association (President); Student Alumni Mentoring; Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration- Delta Kappa Chapter (Vice President); International Club; Alumni Association Board Student Liaison

Rhonda Trader ’91

  • RETIRED, Director of Medical Personnel
  • Orthopedics Associates of Manitowoc (Manitowoc, WI)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: American Assoc. of Suicidology; American Foundation to Prevent Suicide; Prevent Suicide Wisconsin
  • Community Involvement: Survivors of Suicide Loss Program; Mental Health Coalition; Community Speaker on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Geoffrey Tyron ’82

  • Vice President
  • Silver Cross Hospital (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration

Charles Seal-Villafranca ‘18

  • President
  • Arizona State Board of Examiners of Nursing Care Institution Administrators and Assisted Living Facility Managers (Phoenix, Arizona)
  • Master of Science, Health Administration
  • Professional Involvement: American College of Healthcare Executives; American College of Healthcare Administrators; Arizona Geriatrics Society
  • Awards: ACHA/NCAL 2018

Roniece Weaver ’89

  • Executive Director, Consultant
  • Hebni Nutrition (Orlando, FL)
  • Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: Member of the Academy of Food and Nutrition, Advocacy Member of the National American Diabetes Association, CHIC – Community Health Impact Council
  • Awards: 2014 Presidential Alum of the Year Award (USF); African American Chamber Corporate Awardee

female headshotGloria Williams ‘05

  • National Director of External Accreditation Services and Programs, Retired
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (Washington D.C.)
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Involvement: Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN); Nurses Organization of Veterans Administration (NOVA)
  • Awards:  Certificate Project Management, The George Washington University; Graduate Health Care Leadership Development Institute, Department of Veterans Affairs; Graduate African American Diversity Program, Veterans Health Administration

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Jason Whiteside ’00

  • Attorney, Owner, Managing Partner
  • Whiteside & Goldberg (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
  • Professional Affiliations: Illinois Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor

Kathleen (DeGeus) Barker ‘86

  • Elementary School Principal
  • Troy School District 30C (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Professional Affiliations: Illinois Principals Association (IPA)
  • Awards: 2011 College of Education Alumni Award (USF)

male headshotAndre Bober ‘02

  • (RETIRED) Registered Nurse/Respiratory Therapist Adventist Health Care and Adjunct Professor at University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Science, Continuing Education & Training
  • Professional Affiliations: Medinah Temple Shriner; Grove Lodge Mason
  • Community Involvement: Masonic Lodge and Shriner’s Children’s Hospital

female headshotHolly Bontkowski ‘93

  • Graduate Program Coordinator
  • University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Education, Elementary EducationAwards: 2008 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching

Jeffrey Budz ‘15

  • Principal
  • Joliet Catholic Academy (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Education, Elementary Education Licensure

Kristina Conrad ’12, ’14

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Downers Grove South High School (Downers Grove, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Special Education
  • Master of Science, Teaching & Learning
  • Professional Affiliations: National Education Association (NEA), Illinois Education Association (IEA)
  • Community Involvement: Volleyball coach, STRIVE Coordinator, Tech Team Member, LD Team Leader, Mentor for New Teachers, Cooperating Teacher, Unified Special Olympics Sponsor
  • Student Involvement at USF: Volleyball Team Member, Duns Scotus, Resident Assistant

Jacob Darley ‘02

  • President/Principal
  • Forest Park Individual Education School (Joliet, IL)
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

Rita Guzman ‘02, ‘10, ‘11, ‘15

  • Assistant Principal, Independence Elementary School
  • Valley View School Dist. 365U (Romeoville & Bolingbrook, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Master of Science, Education Leadership
  • Master of Science, Teaching & Learning
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
  • Awards: 2013 College of Education Alumni Award (USF)
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor (USF); Education Alumni Network (EAN) Service Committee Chair; Speaker for Chrysalis and Project LEAD

Daniel Markun ‘13

  • Health and Medicine and Human Services Academy Coordinator
  • Joliet Township High School (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership
  • Professional Affiliations: MERIT Executive Board Member, MERIT High School and Junior College Action Team, Advanced Placement Exam Coordinator
  • Community Involvement: Joliet West Academy Roundtable Facilitator
  • Awards: 2015 College of Education Alumni Award (USF)

Meghan Maurer ’16

  • Principal
  • Prairie View Middle School (Tinley Park, IL)
  • Doctor of Educational Leadership

female headshotErika Martinez ’11, ‘15

  • Bilingual Kindergarten Teacher
  • Valley View School District (Shorewood, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Master of Science, Teaching & Learning
  • Professional Affiliations: Bilingual Building Representative; College and Career Ready Committee Chairperson
  • Awards: Will County Teacher of the Month September 2015; USF Superstar Mentor Award 2016
  • Involvement at USF: Student Alumni Mentor; Alumni Association Board Member; Kappa Delta Pi

Kathryn McVey ’05, ‘16

  • Assistant Principal/Teacher
  • Diocese of Joliet – Visitation Catholic School (Elmhurst, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Master of Science Educational Leadership

male headshotShawn Olson ’16

  • Superintendent
  • Kirby School District (Tinley Park, IL)
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

Craig Ortiz ’18

  • Superintendent
  • Morris Community High School District 101 (Morris, IL)
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

female headshotMary Frances Oskvarek ’89, ’11, ’18

  • Manager of Clinical Operations
  • Advocate Christ Hospital (Oak Lawn, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Administration
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership & Nursing Administration
  • Professional Involvement:  AACN/ASPAN/ILSPAN Professional Memberships
  • Awards: Nominee for the Pinnacle Nursing Leader Award

Eric Patnoudes ‘11

  • K-12 Education Strategist at CDW-G (Chicago, IL) and
  • Adjunct Professor at University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Special Education
  • Professional Affiliations: ISTE and COSN
  • Community Involvement: Cub Scouts, Junior Achievement Mentor, Volunteer at Misericordia

Sharon Paver-Nepote ’02, ’07, ‘15

  • Frankfort School District 157C
  • Principal of Chelsea Intermediate School (Frankfort, IL)
  • Master of Science, Curriculum & Instruction
  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
  • Professional Affiliations: Illinois Principal’s Association, International Literacy Association, Illinois Association for Supervision and Curricululm Development, Reading Recovery Council of North America, National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Involvement at USF: Kappa Delta Pi and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Societies

Jeana Carrico Pekol ’00

  • Principal
  • Minooka District 201 (Minooka, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education
  • Professional Affiliations: Illinois Principal Association
  • Student Involvement at USF: Volleyball Team

female headshotGlenda Rosado ’06, ’08

  • Executive Director of Elementary Teaching and Learning
  • East Aurora School District 131 (Aurora, IL)
  • Master of Education, Elementary Education Licensure
  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership

Saundra Russell-Smith ‘18

  • Principal
  • Sandburg Elementary School (Joliet, IL)
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
  • Professional Involvement: ASCD, Joliet Principal’s Association, Kappa Delta Pi
  • Awards: Walmart Community Grant Recipient, 2016; Joliet Grade Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence Grant Recipient, 2016; Valley Community Service Award, 2016; Black Police Officer’s Association Grant Recipient, 2016; Joliet Public Schools Star Employee Award, 2011

male headshotDavid Spesia ’05, ‘06

  • Director, Institute for Lay Formation
  • Diocese of Joliet (Romeoville, IL)
  • Master of Science, Education
  • Master of Science, Education Leadership

male headshotDonald Stinson Jr. ‘18

  • Band Director
  • Joliet Central High School (Joliet, IL)
  • Master of Science, Educational Leadership
  • Professional Involvement: National Band Association; Phi Beta Mu; National Association for Music Education; Illinois Music Educators Association
  • Awards: Chicagoland Outstanding Music Educator; Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity; Conn-Selmer VIP for Music Education; Country Music Association Music Teacher of Excellence

male headshotShawn Walsh ’00, ‘15

  • Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools
  • State of Illinois (Elwood, IL)
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Secondary Certification, Social Studies
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership
  • Professional Affiliations: Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools; Illinois Association of School Administrators; Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce; Will County Center for Economic Development
  • Community Involvement: Will County Center for Community Concerns; VISTA Learning, NFP
  • Involvement at USF: Alumni Association Board Member

Dr. Cheryl Brubaker ‘04, ‘15

  • Nurse Practitioner at Da Vita Medical Group
  • Faculty at University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Master of Science, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Professional Affiliations: NM Nurse Practitioner Council, AANP
    Community Involvement: PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization devoted to Educational Support and Opportunities for Women)
  • Awards: 2012 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award (USF); 2015 University of St Francis Leach College of Nursing DNP Research Award; 2012 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence

female headshotAmanda Buechel ’15

  • ANA-Illinois Director at Large
  • SNAI Co-Consultant (Chicago, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Involvement: American Nurses’ Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • Community Involvement: Participant in Respiratory Health Association Events- Hustle Up the Hancock and Skyline Plunge, Our Lady of Angels Volunteering (Started partnership between USF students and OLA while in SNA) Awards: 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leader, 2016; Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate, 2015; Margaret Brophy Meritorious Service Award, May 2015; Dorothy Kenney Busse Award, May 2015; Who’s Who Among Students in American University and Colleges, May 2015 Involvement at USF: Student: Student Nurses Association board member for 4 years; Track & Cross Country; Saints Guiding Saints Mentor; Nursing Tutor; Nursing Student Mentor Program Coordinator & Mentor; LCON Curriculum Committee; Learning Resource Committee

Linda (Reinhard) England ‘77, ‘86

  • Laboratory Director
  • Rush Copley Medical Center (Aurora, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Medical Technology
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Professional Affiliations: ASCP, AACC, CLMA

Dr. Forouz Jowkar, Ph.D. ‘08

  • Physician Assistant
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Master of Science, Physician Assistant Studies
  • Professional Affiliatons: American Academy anti-aging Functional and Regenerative Medicine, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, American Academy of physician Association
  • Awards: Awarded Master’s Degree in Metabolic Nutrition from University of South Florida Medical School in 2013

Carmen Kosicek, RN, MSN, PMHNP ‘94

  • Nursing Career Coach, Author
  • Self- Employed (Nashotah, WI)
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Awards: “Nurses, Jobs and Money – A Guide to Advancing Your Nursing Career and Salary” received award-winning “Best Book of 2014” by Amazon editors of all books sold worldwide.

April Kubinski ’08, ’13

  • Owner, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Emediate Cure Quick Care (Shorewood, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Master of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Affiliations: UCCOA, AANP, ANA
  • Community Involvement: Shorewood Chamber of Commerce
  • Awards: Margaret Brophy Award
  • Student Involvement at USF: Student Nurses Association, President

Dr. Jean Mau ‘80, ‘12

  • Advanced Practice Nurse, Heart Failure
  • Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nursing DNP
  • Professional Affiliations: ISAPN, AAHFN, AACN, Vice Chair IDFPR Board of Nursing
  • Community Involvement: Community Board Lutheran Life Communities, St. Peter Lutheran Church Music Ministry
  • Awards: 2014 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award (USF)

Dr. Mary Lauric Petrella ‘78

  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Edward Hines VA Hospital (Joliet, IL)
  • Awards: 2015 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award (USF)

Cecelia Best Pezdek 96, 01,12

  • Manager Endoscopy and Ambulatory Center
  • Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital (Downers Grove, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Health Arts
  • Master of Science, Health Services Administration
  • Master of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Affiliations: Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates
  • Awards: GEM (Giving Excellence Meaning) finalist by Nursing.com in 2014; SGNA fellowship for Evidence Based Practice completed in 2012

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  • Presence Health
  • BSN, RN, VA-BC (Vascular Access Specialist) (Joliet, IL)
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Involvement: Board Certified in Vascular Access, Member of the Association of Vascular Access (AVA), Member of Illinois Vascular Access Network (IVAN)
  • Community Involvement: Presence Health, Community Health Screenings, Kiwanis Club (speaker about flu prevention)

Amy Vertin ‘13

  • Owner, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Emediate Cure Quick Care (Shorewood, IL)
  • Master of Science, Nursing
  • Professional Affiliations: UCCOA, AANP, Sigma Theta Tau
  • Community Involvement: Shorewood Chamber of Commerce

Kathleen Wolz ’76

  • Joliet Junior College
  • Professor of Nursing (Joliet, IL)
  • Professional Involvement: AACN, IOADN, American Nursing Informatics Association
  • Community Involvement: Volunteer at church, WGMC

Annual Alumni Award Winners

2018 Presidential Alumni Award

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William “Bill” ‘82 & Patricia “Trish” (Banks) ‘83 Bellah

  • Bill: B.A., Journalism/ Communications
  • Trish: B.A., Political Science
  • Bill is retired founder/CEO of Compass Chemical International, LLC and current member of USF’s Board of Trustees

2018 College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award

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Lillian (Doleshek) Buckley ’72

  • B.A., History
  • Development Director of Bridgeport Catholic Academy

2018 College of Business and Health Administration Award

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Brian Bain ’02

  • BBA, Management
  • President of Tri-City Wolverines Youth Football & Cheer

2018 College of Education Alumni Award

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Holly Bontkowski ‘93

  • B.A., Elementary Education
  • Curriculum Project Manager at Naperville School District 203

2017 Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award

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Dayna (Bernstein) Jaynstein ‘09

  • M.S., Physician Assistant Studies
  • Assistant Director, PA-C at Red Rocks Community College