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.

Kristen Perteet (CSH 1997)

Kristen Perteet (CSH '97) and Hassahn Liggins (CSH '00) were honored with a resolution sponsored by the board of commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago recognizing them and their nonprofit, Be the Miracle, for helping Chicago schoolchildren with scholarships and mentoring programs.

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Jeremiah Reece (JD 2013)

Jeremiah W. Reece (JD '13), a civil rights litigator in Louisville, Ky., secured a nearly $1.1 million jury verdict at trial on June 15, 2018 for a single claim of disability discrimination brought under state law. It was the largest verdict ever obtained for a disability discrimination claim in Kentucky, both in state and federal jurisdictions. This was Reece's first jury trial as a litigator, in which he also acted as lead counsel. Reece was assisted by Kelly M. Parry (JD '13), in preparing and trying the case.

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Jeff Kastelic (MST 1999)

Jeff A. Kastelic (MST '99) was named chief financial officer for Spring-Green Enterprises, the parent company of the Spring-Green Lawn Care and Pet Butler franchises. Previously, he was chief financial officer of Strive Logistics.

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Kathleen Styzek (MED 2014)

Kathleen N. Styzek (MEd '14) was named the Illinois Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the Illinois School Counselor Association.

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Teresa Ferraro (MFA 1999)

Teresa H. Ferraro (THE MFA '99) was named the new theatre director at Oconomowoc (Wis.) High School, where she will also teach theatre and speech. She previously taught theatre and speech at Mitchell Middle School in Racine, Wis.

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Brian Coleman (MED 2014)

Brian M. Coleman (MEd '14) was named the Illinois High School Counselor of the Year by the Illinois School Counselor Association.

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Erin Wang (MM 2007)

Erin A. Wang (MM '07), a cellist, leads the Talus Ensemble, which gave the first chamber music performance on the Art Park Stage in Mariposa, Calif. She has performed chamber music with Yo-Yo Ma, Menahem Pressler, Peter Frankl and Anthony Marwood and has collaborated with the Irish music ensemble Anuna, jazz clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera and hip-hop artist Kanye West.

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Lisa Bucciarelli (EDD 2005)

Lisa D. Bucciarelli (EdD '05) was named the new principal of Plainfield Elementary School in Des Plaines, Ill. Previously she was principal at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Chicago.

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Vierelina Fernandez (LAS 2015)

Vierelina Fernandez (LAS '15) received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is studying international relations at Florida International University in Miami.

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Leonardo Mariotti (LAS 1995)

Leonardo Mariotti (LAS '95) was named general manager of the Garden Court Hotel London. Previously he was general manager for Todd English's Olives at the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. He is a certified sommelier.

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Melisa Resch (MS 2013)

Melisa K. Resch (CDM MS '13) was selected by rapper Common and actor-writer-producer Lena Waithe to participate in the 2018 AT&T Hello Lab Mentorship Program, aimed at supporting the creative voices of those underrepresented by Hollywood. Resch has written, directed and produced several short films and for the past two years has worked at Freedom Road Prods. as a creative executive.

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Marc Pressler (MBA 1992)

Marc A. Pressler (MBA '92) was named senior vice president and commercial banking business segment leader for Associated Bank, based in Milwaukee, Wis. Previously he was commercial banking team leader for BMO Harris Bank.

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Indra Pelaez (MED 2005, CDM 2002)

Indra P. Pelaez (CDM '02, MEd '05) is dean of student success at Houston Community College. Previously she worked for the City Colleges of Chicagoo for about 15 years, most recently as associate dean of students at Truman College.

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Hassahn Liggins (CSH 2000)

Hassahn Liggins (CSH '00) has co-written "Soles For Sale," a book based on true stories and interviews that forges a new understanding of the African-American experience during the 1980s and '90s, when crack cocaine delivered a devastating blow to the black community.

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Brenden Moore (CMN 2017)

Brenden M. Moore (CMN '17) joined the staff of the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., as a full-time reporter. He had been covering the statehouse as an intern since January 2018.

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Ashleigh Henrichs (MA 1998)

Ashleigh K. Henrichs (LAS MA '98) was hired as a content specialist by Dooley & Associates, a marketing firm in Kenosha, Wis., that provides graphic design, web development, video production, photography, content and digital services. Previously, she was executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Racine and Kenosha counties in Wisconsin.

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Helma Johanna Wardenaar (MED 2008)

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James Burns (MBA 1973)

James S. Burns (MBA '73) was named to the board of directors for VisionGate, a oncology pharmaceutical and diagnostics company. Most recently, he served as chairman of the board, executive chairman and president and chief executive officer of Assurex Health Inc.

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Remo Turano (CSH 1974)

Remo Turano was honored as Humanitarian of the Year at the Chicagoland Italian American Charitable Organization's 2018 Honor and Hope Gala. He and his brothers own Chicago Pastry, which they spun off from the family's firm, Turano Baking Co.

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Matthew Anderson (MS 2000)

Matthew D. Anderson (BUS MS '00) joined Xellia Pharmaceuticals as chief financial officer. Previously, he served as chief financial officer, vice president and treasurer at PharMEDium Healthcare.

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