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.

Ying Liang (MBA 2003)

Ying Liang (MBA '03) was named a Fellow of SPE, a professional organization for specialists in plastics engineering, technology and science, for her contributions to the field. She is a research principal at Mondelez International.

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Jessica Baer (JD 2008)

Jessica Baer (JD '08) was reappointed as director of professional regulation at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, a post she assumed in 2016. Previously she was an associate at K&L Gates.

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Joseph Ahearn (CMN 2000)

Joseph C. Ahearn (CMN '00) was hired as assistant men's soccer coach for Michigan State University.

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Mariela Shaker (MM 2017)

Mariela Shaker (MM '17), a professional violinist, motivational speaker and college professor, performed and spoke at Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota, Fla., in February in a concert that benefited refugees and misplaced persons in the aftermath of war.

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Lisa Bailey (MBA 1999)

Lisa A. Bailey (MBA '99) was hired as a major campaigns leader in the water practice for HDR, which provides consulting on water-based engineering challenges. She is based in the Atlanta office.

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Raymond Pruchnicki (JD 1999)

Raymond Pruchnick (JD '99) is now in-house real estate counsel at InSite Real Estate, an Oak Brook, Ill.-based retail and industrial build-to-suit real estate development company.

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David DeHaas (MED 2011)

D. Robert DeHaas III (MEd '11) was named founding dean of the Early Childhood Education Baccalaureate Institute at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Tex. He most recently served as founder and CEO of the Dallas Teacher Residency.

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Elizabeth Diskin (JD 1998)

Elizabeth Cain Diskin (JD '98) practiced law for several years before focusing on her lifelong dream of writing fiction. Diskin's fourth thriller, "Desperate Paths," was published in March by Thomas & Mercer. For more about her events and other books, visit ecdiskin.com.

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Tiffany Lewis (THE 2010)

Tiffany E. Lewis (THE '10) joined the Ensemble Theatre as audience development director.

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Tiffany Hurwitz (JD 2006)

Tiffany M. Hurwitz (JD '06) was named a partner at Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel, PA, which she joined in 2007.

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Ahmed Zedan (LAS 2004)

Ahmed Y. Zedan (LAS '04) is co-founder and COO of Haute Hijab, a direct-to-consumer fashion and lifestyle brand for Muslim women.

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Sarah Frazer (CMN 2002)

Sarah Q. Frazer (CMN '02) was named director of residential programming for Selah Freedom, a national organization that works to end sex trafficking.

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M. Pope (JD 1979)

M. Carol Pope (JD '79) was appointed legislative inspector general for the State of Illinois. She is a retired judge with the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court.

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Shawna Shillair (BUS 2005)

Shawna N. Shillair (BUS '05) was appointed Bay County (Mich.) treasurer in February 2019. Previously she served as Bay County assistant corporation counsel.

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Kelly Heisler (MA 2000)

Kelly C. Heisler (CMN MA '00) has returned to the International Center of Photography as its senior director for marketing and communications. She previously worked for the organization from 2010 to 2013, and held senior roles at Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and agencies in the interim.

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Zachary Bemis (JD 2012)

Zachary P. Bemis (JD '12) was hired as special counsel in the Madison (Wis.) office of law firm Godfrey & Kahn.

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Melissa Sereda (JD 2011, LAS 2008)

Melissa A. Sereda (LAS '08, JD '11) joined BatesCarey as an associate. Her practice focuses on serving as coverage and litigation counsel to primary and excess insurers in connection with professional and commercial general liability claims.

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Abigail Kidd (MED 2008)

Abigail M. Kidd (MEd '08) is now an assistant professor in the University of Wyoming's Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources. Previously she was a postdoctoral researcher at Utah State University.

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Robert Romo (BUS 2006)

Robert Romo (BUS '06) was hired as the finance director and treasurer of the Village of Bradley, Ill.

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Paul O'Malley (EDU 2000)

Paul A. O'Malley (EDU '00) was named superintendent of Butler Elementary District 53 in Oak Brook, Ill. He had been superintendent of Norridge (Ill.) School District 80 since 2015.

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