Len Lieberman finally took a Panama Canal cruise—something he’s wanted to do for many years.


Dan L. Miller, M.S., C.A.S. ’78, Ed.D. ’82, of Roselle, Illinois, wrote Poems for Those Averse to Poetry (2019) and Poems and Quotes for Those Averse to Poetry (2019). Both books feature original poetry paired with creative photography, while the latter includes essays and categorized quotes on poetry. Dan also produces the Illustrated Classics for Students series.


Calvin Rose, M.S. ’78, is the treasurer of the Philadelphia Securities Association and celebrated its 90th anniversary by ringing the closing bell at the NYSE.


Judy (Bond) Friedrichs and Larry Friedrichs became grandparents this year. Larry stays connected with teaching by substituting in special education at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. Judy is celebrating 42 years at Rush University this year, caring for families as the bereavement support coordinator.


Zenebe Abebe, M.S. ’78, has published her book, FUNDING A MISSION: One Donor and One Penny at a Time, which highlights the culture of philanthropy and nonprofit organizations’ ability to form partners around the globe to provide support to those in need. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.


Roy Clingman has been hired as vice president of business development at Servato headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Douglas Gorham, M.S. ’81, published a book entitled Engineering Education through Social Innovation: The Contributions of Professional Societies. This work was done in partnership with the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Hon. Sharon Johnson Coleman won the 2019 Justice John Paul Stevens Award, given by The Chicago Bar Foundation and The Chicago Bar Association. This award honors Justice Stevens, a Chicago native, for his lifetime effort to improve the system of justice and his active participation and dedication to the CBA. The award is presented annually to attorneys who best exemplify the Justice’s commitment to integrity and public service in the practice of law.


Janet Haass Zelenka, M.B.A., became executive vice president and chief financial officer of Stericycle in June 2019. Stericycle, Inc., offers regulated waste management services, sharps disposal containers to reduce the risk of needlesticks, healthcare compliance services, pharmaceutical disposal, regulated returns management services for expired or recalled products, and secure information destruction services including document and hard drive destruction through its Shred-It business.

William F. Tate IV is now the provost and executive vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina. He holds the USC Education Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Sociology and Family & Preventive Medicine.


Wheeler Coleman, M.B.A. ’04, CEO of EC-United, joins Discovery’s Strategic Advisory Board as an inaugural member. Comprised of veterans and forward thinkers in the healthcare payer technology space, the board will guide Discovery in advancing its industry-leading solutions portfolio to help health plans avoid costs and improve claims payment accuracy.


Keith Bartholomew was recently promoted to full professor at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning.


Art J. Coulter has been appointed a senior trial counsel in the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division in Washington, D.C.

Vince Fidanza, M.A.S. ’99, retired as of Jan. 1, 2020 this year.


Laura Skarnulis has been named among the Crain’s Chicago Business 2019 Notable Women in Health Care. In only its second year, the Notable Women in Health Care features some of the most influential health care leaders in the city of Chicago and recognizes their efforts to inform and effect change in the city’s health care community.


Patrick Ryan, after extensive training, earned his helmet shield as a probationary member of the Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Volunteer Fire Company.

Richard Tippy recently joined Federated Group, Inc., as the new director of finance.


James Durbin has been promoted to the rank of deputy chief of operations with the Bartlett Police Department in Bartlett, Illinois.

Richard Haas, M.A.S. ’97, was appointed as senior vice president and chief accounting officer at Office Depot, Inc.

William C. McCoy has been appointed interim director of the Pan African Studies program in the Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities.

Ken Stemke recently celebrated the two-year anniversary of his Libertyville, Illinois, Italian/Mediterranean restaurant, Main Street Social.


Lisa Tate-Primm, M.S.Ed. ’97, was appointed to vice president of payer relations with Rosecrance, a leading provider of behavioral health services with nationally recognized addiction treatment programs.


Debbie Jarvis was selected to serve as the Illinois Circuit Court 17th Judicial Circuit’s next director of court services for Winnebago and Boone Counties in Illinois.

Kim Perkins was named director of human resources for Goodwill Industries, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.


Javed Kapadia, owner of the Javed Kapadia State Farm Agency in Naples, Florida, was voted Top Insurance Agency in all of Southwest Florida by the readers of Gulfshore Business Magazine.

Jenn Kovacs was recently appointed chief development officer at The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that mobilizes veterans in service to communities in need.

Chris Kubic, M.S. ’10, now serves as the principal at New Tech at Zion-Benton East, a project-based-learning school in Zion, Illinois.


Vicki Clarke, Ph.D. ’01, completed the New Strategies executive program at the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in 2020.

Matthew Doss, J.D. ’01, was sworn in as a member of the Markle Town Council in Markle, Indiana.


Phil Alampi was promoted to vice president of customer engagement at Schaumburg-based DataCubes, the first decision platform for commercial property and casualty underwriting.


Peter J. Steele, M.A. ’05, has been promoted to vice president, distinguished partners for the North Central Region of the American Cancer Society.


Ryan Monette has been named one of the “40 Leaders Under Forty” by the Rockford, Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Monette was recognized for his leadership and mentorship within the Savant and the Stateline community.

Will O’Hearn was named director of the public library system in Eugene, Oregon.


Meagan M. Agne, J.D. ’12, joined Sivia Law in the field of family law and estate planning education, serving in the expanded East Alton, Illinois, office.

Timothy Hendrickson, Ph.D. ’13, has been appointed as assistant professor of literature and languages at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois.

Dr. Lisa Kay, Ed.D., associate professor, department chair of Art Education & Community Arts Practices and program head of Art Therapy at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University in Philadelphia, has released her latest book, Therapeutic Approaches in Art Education (Davis Publications, Inc.). This book offers readers therapeutic art strategies to support and enhance the art teaching practice as well as a better understanding of therapeutic art and how to support students in thoughtful, holistic ways.

Melissa Lugo-Noun, M.S.Ed., and Alex Noun, ’12, were married on June 19, 2019, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Vanessa Mendoza and Ricardo Buitron welcomed their second baby boy, Gael Buitron, on Oct. 9, 2019.


Keith Darby, M.S., is a geographic information system (GIS) specialist for the City of Wheaton, Illinois, and was featured in ArcNews from ESRI as he made it to Peru’s Machu Picchu, atop the Andes Mountains.

Justin Jacobson was hired as the Mendota Trojans’ boys’ basketball coach in Mendota, Illinois.

Katelyn Kwasny has been named by the District 113A Board of Education as assistant principal for Oakwood School in Lemont, Illinois.

Joseph F. Volin, M.S.Ed., Ed.D. ’16, has accepted the position of senior director, constituent engagement at Illinois Institute of Technology.


Zachary Craft has been appointed by the Board of Education of Downers Grove Grade School District 58 as principal of Highland School.

Anthony Glosson has joined the firm of Kilpatrick Townsend in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the Technology, Privacy and Cybersecurity team in the Corporate, Finance and Real Estate Department.

Malcolm Rogers, founder and operations leader of National Business Development Group, created The Foolish Entrepreneur Strategy Guide for Creating and Running a Successful Business, to assist future and current entrepreneurs and business owners on how to grow their businesses and strategically navigate the business life cycle.


Marishonta Wilkerson, J.D. ’14, has been appointed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker as one of the two 2020 Census co-coordinators to lead the new Census Office in the Illinois Department of Human Services by Executive Order 10.


Brian W. Caputo, Ph.D. ’15, has been elected as the seventh president of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.


Nicole Mitchell Brookens has been named program and events coordinator for the Village of Flossmoor, Illinois, and acts as the liaison between the village and its volunteer-based commissions.


Mildred Fink Jecklin ’33 on Jan. 15, 2020, in Freeport, Illinois

Theresa M. Nodland ’37 M.S.Ed. ’68, on Jan. 20, 2019, in Ottawa, Illinois

Dolores M. Shaughnessy 2 yr. degree ’38 on Sept. 18, 2019, in Freeport, Illinois

Marjorie A. Milton 2 yr. degree ’42 on Jan. 18, 2020, in Stockton, California

Dolores Smith Bendelow ’49 on Jan. 15, 2020, in Whitehall, Michigan

Elizabeth E. Welsh ’50 on Jan. 15, 2020, in Loves Park, Illinois

Virginia Erickson ’51 on Oct. 15, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Sidney F. Felder ’52, M.S.Ed. ’63 on Oct. 11, 2019, in Freeport, Illinois

James S. Lamb ’52, M.S.Ed. ’53 on Sept. 11, 2019, in Fairfax, Virginia

Lawrence J. Leon ’52, M.S.Ed. ’60 on Nov. 2, 2019, in Libertyville, Illinois

Carl S. Adams ’54 on Oct. 19, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida

Janet Lundgren ’55, M.S.Ed. ’58 on Dec. 23, 2019, in Seabrook, South Carolina

Sally Ann Miller ’55, M.S.Ed. ’72 on Feb. 13, 2020, in Green Oaks, Illinois

Duane L. Andrews ’56 on Dec. 14, 2019, in Clinton, Mississippi

Zetta A. Ottenberg ’56 on Dec. 18, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Donald B. Hunter M.S.Ed. ’57 on Jan. 18, 2020, in Midway, Arkansas

Faye A. Markley ’57 on Dec. 11, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Bruce W. Ferguson M.S.Ed. ’58 on Oct. 19, 2019, in Naperville, Illinois

Colette Lawson ’58 on Dec. 11, 2019, in Bettendorf, Iowa

Burdett E. Barrett ’59, M.S.Ed. ’66 on Feb. 2, 2020, in Matteson, Illinois

John B. Franz ’59 on Jan. 3, 2020, in Bassett, Wisconsin

Dawn M. Kennedy ’59 on Dec. 7, 2019, in Tiburon, California

Lois A. Brown ’60 on Feb. 20, 2020, in Charlottesville, Virginia

Roberta Parker ’60 on Sept. 19, 2019, in Florence, Oregon

Jo Anne Spirrison ’60 on Nov. 12, 2019, in Crystal Lake, Illinois

Gary R. Murino ’60 on Jan. 28, 2020, in Burr Ridge, Illinois, and Naples, Florida

Louise L. Florian ’61, M.S.Ed. ’63, Ed.D. ’84, on Sept. 27, 2019, in Naperville, Illinois

Gene F. Schriedel ’61 on Sept. 7, 2019, in New Hope, Pennsylvania

Richard A. Meyer ’62 on Sept. 19, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Denny Lee Bettisworth ’63 on Dec. 7, 2019, in Leesburg, Florida

Lenora Hylander ’63, M.S.Ed. ’69 on Sept. 19, 2019, in Inverness, Illinois

Carol D. Rodgers ’64 on Aug. 23, 2019, in Saint Charles, Illinois

Linda J. Svanda ’64 on Nov. 29, 2019, in Oregon, Wisconsin

George M. Nenonen ’65, M.B.A. ’73 on Nov. 12, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Marge L. Rey ’65, M.S.Ed. ’93 on Jan. 27, 2020, in DeKalb, Illinois

James Suhr ’65 on Dec. 14, 2019, in Centerville, Ohio

Sharon A. Wagner ’65 on Jan. 15, 2020, in Oregon, Illinois

Richard E. Johnson ’66, M.S.Ed. ’69 on Jan. 19, 2020, in Casa Grande, Arizona

Ronald Lutes ’66 on Oct. 17, 2019, in Brooksville, Florida

Shirley L. Senn ’66 on Nov. 11, 2019, in Bluffton, South Carolina

Marlyn J. Cook ’67, M.S.Ed. ’03 on Sept. 15, 2019, in Waukegan, Illinois

Ann G. Dawson M.S.Ed. ’67, Ed.D. ’74 on Nov. 24, 2019, in Tampa, Florida

James F. McCoy ’67 on Nov. 13, 2019, in Davenport, Iowa

Georgia L. Scriven M.S.Ed. ’67, Ed.D. ’69 on Jan. 23, 2020, in Longmont, Colorado

John H. Weir M.A.S. ’67 on Sept. 27, 2019, in Naperville, Illinois

Verna J. Ehlers ’68, M.S.Ed. ’75 on Nov. 25, 2019, in Sycamore, Illinois

Jaloo I. Zelonis ’68 on Sept. 19, 2019, in Roberta, Georgia

David R. Carr ’69 on Jan. 31, 2020, in Pearl City, Illinois

Maryanne Golden ’69 on Dec. 23, 2019, in Lake Forest, Illinois

Sharon A. Koplinski ’69, M.S.Ed. ’91 on Oct. 8, 2018 in Romeoville, Illinois

Robert B. Laing M.B.A. ’69 on Dec. 27, 2019, in Machesney Park, Illinois

James Veruchi ’69 on Sept. 10, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Robert S. Szorc M.S. ’69 on Jan. 22, 2020, in West Chicago, Illinois

James Veruchi ’69 on Sept. 10, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Peter J. Chipain ’70 on Sept. 23, 2019, in Lemont, Illinois

Sandra Connell ’70 on Jan. 24, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Norman W. Griese, Jr. M.B.A. ’70 on Sept. 21, 2019, in West Des Moines, Iowa

Lewis F. Klein ’70, M.S.Ed. ’73 on Aug. 2, 2018 in San Diego, California

Millicent Leatherman ’70 on Dec. 12, 2019, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Janaan M. LeMacher M.S.Ed. ’70 on Jan. 14, 2020, in Watertown, Wisconsin

Jon P. Manalli ’70 on Oct. 27, 2019, in Scottsdale, Arizona

Margitta A. Chaney ’71, M.S.Ed. ’75 on Sept. 21, 2019, in Genesco, Illinois

Larry R. Ludwig ’71, M.S. ’84 on Sept. 9, 2019, in Gilbert, Arizona

Dale McDugle ’71 on Nov. 5, 2019, in Mesa, Arizona

Lee R. Schreiner ’71, M.A. ’77 on Jan. 2, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Ronald C. Traven ’71, M.S.Ed. ’75 on Nov. 13, 2019, in Marengo, Illinois

Carol J. VanderMeade ’71, M.S.Ed. ’74 on Aug. 31, 2019, in Crystal Lake, Illinois

Theresa L. Wilkie ’71, M.S.Ed. ’76 on Aug. 19, 2019, in Western Springs, Illinois

Patricia E. Diggs-Lee ’72 on Nov. 26, 2019, in Concord, North Carolina

Scott Feaman ’72 on Oct. 18, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois

Joyce M. Kyle M.S.Ed. ’72 on Feb. 5, 2020, in McHenry, Illinois

Sherrie L. Martuzzo-Miller ’72 on Dec. 21, 2019, in Frisco, Texas

Judith Vargas ’72, Ed.D. ’83 on Jan. 1, 2020, in Aurora, Illinois

Betty Zelent M.S. ’72, C.A.S. ’83 on Feb. 10, 2020, in Lombard, Illinois

David R. Brewster ’73 on Dec. 30, 2019, in Wilmington, North Carolina

Lawrence Carter ’73 on Jan. 25, 2020, in Chico, California

Joanna L. Fay ’73, M.S.Ed. ’77 on Sept. 9, 2019, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Suzanne M. Hollander ’73 on Jan. 30, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Mark McDonald M.S.Ed. ’73 on Sept. 6, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Richard M. Sundbo M.S. ’73 on Jan. 19, 2020, in Homosassa, Florida

Michael D. Drager ’74, M.S. ’84 on Oct. 2, 2019, in Duluth, Minnesota

Robert J. Marks ’74, M.S. ’77 on Oct. 6, 2019, in New Lenox, Illinois

Kenneth C. Mundy ’74 on Dec. 3, 2019, in Sycamore, Illinois

Warren Peto M.S.Ed. ’74 on Jan. 5, 2020, in Elgin, Illinois

Sonia J. Wennlund ’74 on Sept. 27, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Janet R. Crowe M.S.Ed. ’75 on Nov. 12, 2019, in Barrington, Illinois

Grace M. Hall ’75 on Oct. 7, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

William Kayne Kowal ’75 on Aug. 23, 2019, in New Port Richey, Florida

Kerri Lawler-Davis ’75 on Oct. 8, 2019, in Kearneysville, Maryland

Elinor R. VanDyke M.S.Ed. ’75 on Aug. 22, 2019, in Charlevoix, Michigan

Carole F. Anderson ’76, M.S. ’78 on Jan. 14, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Dolores C. Bolger M.S.Ed. ’76 on Dec. 12, 2019, in McHenry, Illinois

James H. Maitland ’76, M.B.A. ’79 on Nov. 29, 2019, in New Haven, Connecticut

Beth J. Robertson ’76, M.B.A. ’83, on Oct. 4, 2019, in Barrington, Illinois

Ruthe A. Ferguson ’77, M.S. ’79 on Oct. 23, 2019, in Sonora, California

Karla J. Prostko-Phillips ’78 on Sept. 30, 2019, in Bedminster, New Jersey

Ruth A. Broich ’79 on Feb. 10, 2020, in Aurora, Illinois

Robert Henke J.D. ’79 on May 12, 2018, in Chicago, Illinois

Robert B. Viohl ’79 on Dec. 21, 2019, in Elgin, Illinois

Janet L. Amundsen ’80 on Sept. 23, 2019, in Marquette, Michigan

Katrina W. Winslow-Puckett M.S.Ed. ’80 on Sept. 21, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

James E. Heffernan ’81 on Dec. 10, 2019, in Hinckley, Illinois

Candace Kane Schultz J.D. ’82 on Sept. 11, 2019, in Winfield, Illinois

Douglas E. Green ’83, M.B.A. ’91 on Feb. 19, 2020, in Simpsonville, South Carolina

Edwin C. Kapper, Jr. ’83 on Sept. 14, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Russell J. Graham ’84 on Feb. 1, 2020, in Wheaton, Illinois

Gayle Swanson ’84 on Jan. 23, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Mary Lou Widstrom M.S.Ed. ’84 on Nov. 28, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Craig E. Bloomfield ’85 on Nov. 30, 2019, in West Chicago, Illinois

John E. Hardenbrook ’85 on Feb. 1, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Kimberly J. Gillespie ’85 on Dec. 15, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois

Dorothy E. Kirstein ’85 on Aug. 3, 2019, in Arlington Heights, Illinois

Rachael A. Corp ’88 on Jan. 9, 2020, in Crest Hill, Illinois

Julie A. Emery ’88 on Jan. 26, 2020, in Pinckney, Michigan

Marie L. Kloster M.S.Ed. ’92 on Dec. 13, 2019, in East Moline, Illinois

Brenda Witherington ’92 on Dec. 30, 2019, in Belvidere, Illinois

Dolores M. Glennon M.S. ’93 on Dec. 19m 2918 in Huntley, Illinois

Holly S. Sanders-Pighini ’94 on Jan. 6, 2020, in Lake Zurich, Illinois

Michael B. Schindel M.A. ’96 on Nov. 25, 2019, in Sugar Grove, Illinois

Erin D. Visser ’96 on Dec. 31, 2019, in Stafford, Virginia

Katie A. Hansen-Ode ’08 on Feb. 18, 2020, in Dekalb, Illinois

Nathan M. Cooper ’09 on Oct. 3, 2019, in Mishawaka, Indiana

Faculty, Staff & Friends

Ruth B. Akers, on Oct. 31, 2019, in Johnson City, New York

Laura Beamer, on Oct. 24, 2019, in DeMotte, Indiana

Susan K. Bean, on Dec. 6, 2019, in Hampshire, Illinois

Colleen D. Bowers, on Sept. 23, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Paul S. Burtness, on Nov. 4, 2019, in Sycamore, Illinois

William Byrd, on Oct. 5, 2019, in Asbury, Iowa

John G. Christiano, on Oct. 17, 2019, in Jupiter, Florida

DeVerne A. Coleman, on Feb. 10, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Barbara Curry, on Jan. 12, 2020, in Sycamore, Illinois

Edward G. Cyrier, on Feb. 10, 2020, in Rochelle, Illinois

Louis J. D’Agnolo, Sr., on Sept. 26, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Nancy Ann Dester, on Jan. 17, 2020, in Sycamore, Illinois

Christine Dionisopoulos, on Dec. 11, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Janaan Elliott, on Jan. 14, 2020, in DeKalb, Illinois

Richard A. Faerber, on Feb. 10, 2020, in Lake Summerset, Illinois

Jerald D. Floyd, on Feb. 2, 2020, in DeKalb, Illinois

Kim Patrick Gouker, on Sept. 10, 2019, in Byron, Illinois

Philip A. Gray, on Sept. 7, 2019, in Tucson, Arizona

Edward Guida, on Sept. 20, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Mary Henke, on Dec. 14, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois

Doris E. Hoecherl, on Oct. 3, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Robert D. Johnson, on Feb. 13, 2020, in Waterman, Illinois

Robert M. Kennedy, on Nov. 27, 2019, in Tiburon, California

Marjorie Kitch, on Sept. 15, 2019, in Kingston, Illinois

Barry A. Lamb, on Oct. 9, 2019, in Huntley, Illinois

Mabel S. Lichtenheld, on Feb. 1, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Mark S. Matuszewski, on Nov. 28, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Khan Mohabbat, on Oct. 19, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois

Richard B. Mohaupt, on Dec. 23, 2019, in Pecatonica, Illinois

James M. Murphy, on Jan. 14, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Beverly Ann Nelson, on Nov. 10, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Dewitt Osgood, Jr., on Jan. 25, 2020, in Tigard, Oregon

Forest W. Price, on Oct. 12, 2019, in Rockford, Illinois

Betty J. Ramsdell, on Feb. 4, 2020, in DeKalb, Illinois

John H. Rule, on Sept. 15, 2019, in Pekin, Illinois

Marilyn S. Sahli, on Nov. 12, 2019, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Betty L. Schroeder, on Aug. 6, 2019, in Sycamore, Illinois

Margaret J. Stromberg, on Feb. 11, 2020, in Marengo, Illinois

Charles Otto Tucker, on Jan. 25, 2020, in Oakridge, Oregon

Mary Beth Wehrle, on Jan. 14, 2020, in Rockford, Illinois

Wilma C. Wells, on Dec. 1, 2019, in Henderson, Nevada

Kenneth W. Wiese, on Feb. 17, 2020, in Barrington, Illinois

Loris M. Wiltberger, on Nov. 25, 2019, in DeKalb, Illinois