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.

Katherine Goelz (MED 2009)

Katie Goelz (MEd '09) was among the St. Louis-area educators to receive an Emerson's Excellence in Teaching award. She is a special education teacher at North Glendale Elementary School in St. Louis.

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Alexander Salvi (LAS 2013)

Alex Salvi (LAS '13) has his own one-hour, weeknight show on One America News Network and DirectTV Channel 347, "After Hours with Alex Salvi."

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Jonathan Carroll (CMN 1997)

Jonathan Carroll (CMN '97) was appointed to serve on Illinois' Guardianship and Advocacy Commission by Gov. JB Pritzker. Carroll represents the 57th district in the Illinois House of Representatives.

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Christine Mouser (MS 2016)

Christine Mouser (CSH MS '16) was recently honored for her involvement in NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) mission with a display at the Fossil Ridge Library in Braidwood, Ill.

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Mari Beth Johnson-Jelks (JD 1984)

Mari Beth Johnson-Jelks (JD '84) is now the vice president of human resources of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Museum.

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Christopher Cook (JD 2010)

Christopher Cook (JD '10) was selection by Idaho Business Review as a one of its 2019 Leaders in Law. He is an associate attorney with Hawley Toxell in Boise.

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Jessica Hinckley (MED 2017, CMN 2011)

Jessica Hinckley (CMN 1'1, MEd '17) and Corbin Andrick (MUS '11, MM '14) were married on April 27, 2019, in Chicago. They met as undergraduates through DePaul basketball games. Jessica was a DePaul cheerleader, and Corbin played the saxophone in the DePaul pep band.

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Barbara Tyrlik (CMN 1982)

Barbara Tyrlik (CMN '82) published a book of poems, "Bleasings...Poems, Prayers and God's Promises," an inspirational and motivational collection of Christian poetry. It is available for purchase at amazon.com.

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Ryan Hobbs (MUS 2006)

Ryan Hobbs (MUS '06), a trumpeter and founder of the Chicago-based Northside Brass, recorded "Christmas Carols for Brass" in 2019 with the quintet. The album is available on iTunes and other streaming services.

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Marissa Leezer (LAS 1994)

Marissa Leezer (LAS '94) was chosen as the 2019 Telecommunicator of the Year by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International. She has been a police dispatcher for Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications since 2001.

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Keith Herron (MBA 1988)

Keith Herron (MBA '88) has retired from Regions Bank after more than 30 years with the corporation. He was senior executive vice president and head of corporate responsibility and community engagement with the Birmingham, Ala.-based organization.

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Brynn Murphy (CMN 2015)

Brynn Murphy (CMN '15) is now programming executive for Live Nation Entertainment, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

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Stacy Caballero-Foushee (MFA 1997)

Stacy Caballero-Foushee (THE MFA '97) was associate costume designer for "Harriet," a 2019 movie about Harriet Tubman from award-winning director Kasi Lemmons.

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Genevieve Niemann (JD 2015)

Genevieve Niemann (JD '15) is engaged to marry Maxwell Miller at the beginning of 2021. She is an associate attorney with Chicago-based Singewald Law Firm practicing divorce law and handling other family-related matters. Maxwell is a national channel manager at Telecom Brokerage Inc. based in Chicago.

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Sandra Mays (BUS 1989)

Sandra Mays (BUS '89), co-founder, chief customer eperience and information officer of Zayo Group Holdings, was presented with the Colorado Technology Association's APEX Award for CIO of the Year.

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Hisham Alrayes (MBA 2003)

Hisham Alrayes (MBA '03) was included in IndustryWired's list of "Top 20 Extraordinary CEOs to Watch." Alrayes is group CEO and a board member of GFH Financial Group, based in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

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Rani Morrison (MS 2008)

Rani Morrison (LAS MA '08) was selected as one of Crain's Chicago Notable Women in Healthcare 2019. Morrison is currently senior director, care continuum at UI Health.

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Derek Fohl (MS 2018, MBA 2013)

Derek Fohl (MBA '13, BUS MS '18) has joined the Chicago office of Newmark Knight Frank as a senior managing director of the firm's capital markets team.

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Benjamin Chappell (CDM 2005)

Ben Chappell (CDM '05) directed Jack White and The Raconteurs' video "Somedays (I Don't Feel Like Trying)," at Wisconsin's House on the Rock.

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Kirk Dillard (JD 1982)

The Hon. Kirk Dillard (JD '82) was re-elected as chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA). Dillard is a partner at Locke Lord LLP in the firm's Chicago office.

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