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.

Lavina Jadhwani (MFA 2015)

Lavina Jadhwani (THE MFA '15) directed "Roe" at Asolo Rep Theatre in Sarasota, Fla. "Roe" is a poignant new play that humanizes and examines both sides of one of the most polarizing Supreme Court cases of all time: Roe v. Wade. Production ran from March 14 to April 15, 2018.

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John Durburg (MBA 1996)

John "Jack" Durburg (MBA '96) was named group president at CBRE Group Inc. Durburg is currently the CEO of the Americas region, CBRE's largest business segment.

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Katarzyna Levecke (JD 2008, LAS 2005)

Katarzyna "Kathy" Levecke (LAS '05, JD '08) was elevated to partner at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. She's been with the firm for one year. Levecke is a member of the real estate, land use and environmental practice group in the firm's Chicago office. She concentrates her practice on commercial lending transactions, leasing and tax credit transactions, primarily in the renewable energy sector.

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John Coskran (MS 1997)

John Coskran (BUS MS '97) is the senior vice president of finance at YA, the market leader in delivering high-impact, data-driven marketing promotions for the nation's most respected brands. He most recently was senior director of financial planning and analysis for Capella Education Company. He has also held roles at Best Buy, The Pillsbury Company and Arthur Andersen LLP.

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Timothy Anderson (BUS 1986)

Timothy Anderson (BUS '86) was promoted to global fixed income CIO at RiverFront Investment Group, headquartered in Richmond, Va. He was previously a chief fixed income officer at the company. Anderson was one of RiverFront's founding employees and manages RiverFront's fixed income strategies, sub-advised exchange-traded funds and the fixed income portion of RiverFront's balanced portfolios.

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Frank Catalano (MUS 1999)

Frank Catalano (MUS '99) was selected for induction into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame in Aurora, Ill. Catalano's career foundation began when he was awarded first place in an Illinois All-State Jazz Saxophone competition. He performed with such greats as Miles Davis, Tony Bennett and Louis Bellson while still in high school. He signed with Delmark Records at age 18.

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Daviree Velazquez (CSH 2010)

Daviree Velazquez Phillip (CSH '10) is the director of multicultural student affairs at Northwestern University. She was previously the assistant director of diversity education at Georgetown University's Center for Multicultural Equity and Access and a diversity and inclusion specialist at its Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship.

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Darin Sender (JD 1996)

Darin Sender (JD '96) is the president and founder of Sender Associates, a zoning and land use law firm based in Tempe, Ariz. She was named the Legal Leader of the Year in the Phoenix Business Journal?s Landmark Leaders awards, which features some of Arizona's most successful and inspiring real estate leaders.

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Ingrid Larson (THE 2013)

Ingrid Larson (BFA '13) is the scene designer for "FRIGID New York presents: The Magician's Assistant," Feb. 17-March 3, 2018, at UNDER St. Mark's Theatre in New York City.

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Anastasia Palivos (JD 2014, LAS 2011)

Anastasia Palivos (LAS '11, JD '14) was appointed to a five-year term on the Illinois Commerce Commission on Jan. 23, 2018. She is the first Greek-American woman and the youngest person ever appointed to the commission. Previously, she was the commission's legal and policy advisor, and she also has worked as an attorney for a private health services development strategy company.

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Cameron Petroff (BUS 2003)

Cameron Petroff (BUS '03) is now marketing director for Sikich, a professional services firm. He is responsible for the accounting, tax, audit, and advisory and managed services practice areas.

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Gregory Gersack (MBA 1998)

Gregory R. Gersack (MBA '98) joined the board of directors for the Bank of Fincastle. He is the senior managing principal and co-head of investment banking for FIG Partners, LLC. He joined FIG Partners in 2008 as head of institutional sales and capital markets. He also is on the boards of directors for FIG Partners, NorStates Bank and Northern States Financial Corporation.

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Stephen Bowman (MBA 1988)

Stephen B. Bowman (MBA '88) is executive vice president and chief financial officer for the Northern Trust Corporation.

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Christopher Bobek (MBA 2004)

Christopher Bobek (MBA '04), who has been leading the business office at Grayslake (Ill.) Community Consolidated District 46 since 2013, was named the new associate superintendent of business services, starting July 1, 2018.

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Matthew Swanson (MBA 2010)

Matthew J. Swanson (MBA '10) was promoted to vice president of asset management at Grover Corlew, a real estate investment group in Pompano Beach, Fla. Previously he was vice president for Atlantic Creek Real Estate Partners, a private equity firm in Palm Beach, Fla.

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Melissa Vazquez (LAS 2017)

Melissa Vazquez (LAS '17) was named to The Mars Generation's 2018 24 under 24 leaders and innovators in STEAM and space. Currently pursuing a PhD at DePaul in in industrial and organizational psychology, Vazquez is the lead graduate student on ground-breaking, NASA-funded research into team dynamics for long-distance space exploration.

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Joshua Anderson (BUS 1999)

Joshua Anderson (BUS '99) was named manager-business planning of Deere & Co. in Moline, Ill. He will have responsibility for acquisitions and SEC reporting.

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Dennis Olis (MBA 1993)

Dennis Olis (MBA '93) was named CFO at Allscripts Healthcare Solutions Inc. Since May 2017, Olis has served as Allscripts interim CFO. He will oversee Allscripts finance functions, including controllership, tax, internal audit, financial planning and analysis, and treasury and investor relations.

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James Bradley (LAS 2005)

James A. Bradley (LAS '05) joined Lavelle Law, based in Schaumburg, Ill., as an associate in February 2018. He concentrates on the firm's newly established personal injury practice group and handles commercial litigation.

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Thomas Frey (BUS 1985)

Thomas Frey (BUS '85) was promoted to executive vice president and CFO at Topco Associates. He was previously senior vice president and CFO.

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