Sherman Neal (MBA 1997)

Neal is the founder and owner of Aspire Ventures LLC, which provides construction and renovation services in metropolitan Chicago. Prior to running his own business, he had a prosperous career in corporate and investment banking.

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Lauren Chibe (JD 2010)

Chibe is an associate at Conniff Law Offices in Chicago. She represents clients on divorce, paternity and other family law matters, including custody and visitation disputes, child support, maintenance, property division and extensive asset valuation, orders of protection, legal separation, grandparent visitation and post-divorce issues.

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Dana Smith (EDD 2012)

Smith was appointed superintendent of Flossmoor (Ill.) School District 161, effective July 1, 2017. Previously she was assistant superintendent for early childhood and elementary education for Woodstock (Ill.) Community Unit School District 200.

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Terrence Benshoof (LLM 1980, JD 1971)

Benshoof was elected to the board of directors of the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton, Ill.

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Richard Vavra (JD 1983, BUS 1980)

Vavra joined the board of directors of Central Federal Savings and Loan, located in Chicago. He is an insurance litigation consultant and an arbitrator for Cook County and the American Arbitrator Association. He worked for Allstate Insurance for 30 years and retired as the company's corporate counsel. He also serves as president of the Morton College Foundation and is president of the CBS Food Pantry.

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Joseph Sugrue (CSH 1967)

Sugrue co-authored two papers that were accepted to the 2015 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium and a third paper that was published in the International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing & Spatial Information Sciences, vol. 41.

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Jake Wall (MA 2004)

Wall was selected as one of San Francisco's Business Times' 40 Under 40. Wall is the co-founder and creative lead for his JAKE fashion brand. Wall also serves as an instructor in the fashion department of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco and advocates for bringing back clothing manufacturing to the city.

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Jaime Olson (JD 2002)

Olson has been the labor relations officer for Region 5 of the U.S. General Services Administration for the past two years. She previously worked as a labor law specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration and then served as a human resources manager for the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, Ill.

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Diane Pearse (MBA 1986)

Pearse was honored as one of the Top 15 Business Women in Illinois at the eighth annual Illinois Women's Conference, an event focusing on professional development, community, networking, entrepreneurship and women's health. She is CEO of Hickory Farms.

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Porschia Nkansa (BUS 2006)

Nkansa earned a PhD in accounting from the University of Memphis in 2016. Her dissertation was awarded the Michael J. Barrett Doctoral Dissertation Grant from the Institute of Internal Auditors. She is an assistant professor of accounting at California State University in Los Angeles.

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Lesly Marban (MBA 2003)

Marban was promoted from senior vice president to chief marketing officer of Medline, a medical supply company. Marban joined the company in 2011 and developed customer engagement strategies that helped Medline grow by more than 11 percent.

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Daniel Braun (MS 1998)

Braun was named a vice president in the wealth advisory division of Wisconsin Bank & Trust, based in Madison.

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Maria Rubino (BUS 2006)

Rubino opened Luxe Bridal Rack, a discounted bridal shop, in the Logan Square neighborhood. Rubino's shop features high-end wedding gowns for a fraction of the price.

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Edmund McAlister (JD 1994)

McAlister is of counsel at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage disputes under general liability, directors' and officers' liability and all-risk insurance policies, as well as general commercial litigation.

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Stephan Blandin (JD 1986, LAS 1983)

Blandin was reappointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Registration and Disciplinary Commission in March 2017. He also was named a 2017 Illinois Super Lawyer. This is the 13th consecutive year that he has received the honor. Blandin is a founding partner and principal at Romanucci & Blandin LLC.

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Lynn Prindes (MS 2003, CSH 1992)

Prindes welcomed her daughter, Emily Ivy Anne, on April 25, 2016.

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Diana Bowman (LAS 2002)

Bowman was promoted to partner at Schiff Hardin LLP in the firm's Chicago office. Bowman focuses her practice on construction law. She represents owners and design professionals in both litigation and transactional matters, including contract drafting and negotiation, contract administration, alternative dispute resolution and litigation.

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Brian Vandenberg (JD 1987)

Vandenberg is the senior vice president and general counsel at the American Medical Association. Vandenberg has previously worked for Livongo Health Inc., Origin Healthcare Solutions, Allscripts Healthcare Solutions and uBid. He began his early career in private practice.

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Ruth Brinkley (MS 1984, CSH 1981)

Brinkley, president and CEO of KentuckyOne Health, was named one of the 2017 Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare.

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James Yong (JD 1984)

Yong was named partner at Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP. He counsels self-regulatory organizations, broker-dealers, investment advisers, hedge funds, futures commission merchants and others in the financial services industry. He also litigates securities matters before industry arbitrators and the federal court.

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Joseph Chlapaty (MBA 1976)

Chlapaty announced that he will retire from Advance Drainage Systems Inc. at the end of 2017. He is the president, CEO and chairman of the board of directors. Chlapaty has been with the company for 37 years.

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