Class Notes

The Class Notes section is dedicated for alumni to share information about their accomplishments and milestones. Class Notes are a way for alumni to spread the word about a promotion, award/honor received, career move, wedding, birth announcement, etc. All Class Notes are posted online and are considered for publication use in all Alumni Relations publications. To submit a Class Note please log in to the Alumni Community.

Deborah Simpson (LAS 1980)

Simpson has been appointed commissioner to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission by Gov. Bruce Rauner. She currently serves as an arbitrator for the board, where she reviews, approves and sends corrections contracts between injured workers and employers.

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Michael Zonsius (MBA 1986)

Zonsius has joined the Naples Airport Authority as director of finance and administration. He is a licensed certified public accountant and licensed commercial pilot.

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Tarell McCraney (THE 2003)

McCraney and director Barry Jenkins won best adapted screenplay for "Moonlight" at the 89th Academy Awards. "Moonlight" also received Oscars for best supporting actor and best picture.

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Barbi Trout (MED 2007)

Chisholm was named assistant principal of Humphrey Middle School in Bolingbrook, Ill. She previously served as an educator and administrator at a junior high school in Riverside, Ill.

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Roger Dickerson (BUS 1993)

Dickerson was hired as president of VeriComply, which automates the verification of marketplace loans and is based in Newport Beach, Calif. Previously, he was vice president of finance operations and oversaw investor operations at LendingClub.

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Nicole Bissonnette (LAS 1994)

Bissonnette and her husband, Gary Sanders, founded and are the chefs at Bartlett's Gourmet Grill and Tavern in Beverly Shores, Ind. Previously, she owned Bistro 157 in Valparaiso for 14 years. The couple have two children.

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Edward May (MBA 1997)

May joined Evoqua Water Technologies LLC, of Warrendale, Penn., as chief supply chain officer in February 2017. He has more than 20 years of successful operations and supply chain leadership.

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Juan Rodriguez (SNL 2005)

Rodriguez was recently hired as a residential loan officer in the Glendale, Wis., office of Bank Mutual. He has more than 28 years of experience in the banking and mortgage industry.

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Timothy Knight (JD 1990)

Knight was hired as president of troncX, the digital content and commerce division of tronc, a media company.

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Ina Jaffe (MA 1977)

Jaffe is a correspondent for National Public Radio and covers the aging of America in all its variety.

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Deborah McNabb (JD 1987)

McNabb is a judge of the 17th Circuit Court Family Division in Grand Rapids, Mich. Previously she served as a Friend of the Court Domestic Relations referee.

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Bradley Eidmann (BUS 2013)

has been selected into the inaugural class of Wells Fargo Wealth Management's Private Banker program. Brad works to develop custom credit solutions for high net worth families and individuals, and full balance sheet solutions for family offices.

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Trish O'Connor McGill (JD 2008)

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Michael King (MBA 1995)

King joined the Chicago office of Hancock Capital Management as part of its leveraged senior credit leadership team.

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Randall Erler (JD 1982)

Erler was recently invited to join the American Law Society. For 11 consecutive years he has earned the A.V. Distinguished Award for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale Hubbell. Jackson Magazine just named him one of Northeast Florida's "Top Rated Lawyers."

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Daniel Eagan (MBA 1991)

Eagen joined San Francisco-based Hirtle Callaghan as director of its portfolio management group. He will focus on growing the firm's client base in northern California.

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Ryann Fretschel (CMN 2006)

Fretschel recently released two singles, "Don't Make Me Choose" and "Welcome to Reality." Her first record, "The Detours EP," was released two years ago by a nonprofit recording studio, Idle Tuesdays. She and her husband, Mat, live in Los Angeles.

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Renita Young (CMN 2007)

Young, a fellow of the Reuters-National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) program, joined the Chicago bureau of Reuters. Previously she was a web producer for WBBM's combined TV and radio website, CBSChicago.com. She is secretary of her local NABJ chapter.

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Carol Wooding (BUS 1984)

Wooding was appointed vice president and general counsel of the National Futures Association (NFA) and secretary of its board of directors in February 2017. Wooding began her legal career in 1991 as an NFA staff attorney and was promoted to assistant general counsel in 1998 and to associate general counsel in 2010.

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Erica Hale (MAC 2014)

Hale was hired as forensic analyst and investigative accountant for Forensic Strategic Solutions, based in Birmingham, Ala. She works with litigation consulting firms and national businesses in the areas of dispute and litigation consulting. Hale earned her fraud examiner certification in 2004.

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