Rebecca Berkenstadt (BUS 2011)

Becca Berkenstadt (BUS '11) launched her second company, Chicago Visitors Guide, in September 2017. It is an online magazine for locals and visitors with information on where to eat, shop, work out, visit and tour. She started her first company, Worldly Strategies, a digital marketing agency, in 2008 as a student.

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James Brinkmann (MUS 2011)

James Brinkmann (MUS '11) received third prize in the 2017 Donald Peck International Flute Competition, hosted by the Chicago Flute Club.

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Vanessa D'Cunha (BUS 1997)

Vaness D'Cunha (BUS '97) joined CapX Partners in Chicago as the director of finance and controller. Prior to returning to CapX, where she worked from 2005-2008, she was the controller at Lantern Partners. She also served as chief financial officer and treasurer at Commerz Futures.

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Cheryl Kallianis (BUS 1989)

Cheryl L. Kallianis (BUS '89) was hired as senior project controller by Grand Canyon Development Partners, a Las Vegas-based construction and real estate development and construction management company.

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Tammara Wagoner (JD 1998)

Tammara R. Wagoner (JD '98) was named assistant state's attorney for Piatt County, Ill. She has two decades of prosecution experience, including nearly a decade of leading drug-case prosecutions in the state's attorney's office in Macon, Ill.

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Karen Carter (MBA 1999)

Karen S. Carter (MBA '99) is the first chief inclusion officer for The Dow Chemical Co. and charged with making the company a global leader in diversity. Based in Houston, she also is a member of the board of directors for Kids' Meals, a nonprofit organization that delivers free meals to children in need.

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William McMahon (BUS 1974)

William L. McMahon (BUS '74) was named interim chief financial officer for Znergy Inc., a provider of energy-efficient lighting products, in January 2018. He has more than 40 years of financial management experience, most recently as principal of Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services, which provides part-time and interim financial services.

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Jennifer Mitchell (CSH 1997)

Jennifer E. Mitchell (CSH '97) was part of the team that took second place in the 2017 USA Taekwondo National Championships in Detroit, Mich., in June 2017. She also placed ninth in the individual poomsae first master's division.

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Alex Rams (MS 2011)

Alex J. Rams (CDM MS '11) recently earned GIAC Security Expert certification, a prestigious and demanding program that only about 200 top security professionals have completed. He also is an Offensive Security Certified Professional.

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Christopher Gideon (CSH 2016)

Christopher J. Gideon (CSH '16) earned a master's degree with distinction in molecular neuropharmacology from Nottingham Trent University in fall 2017. He is now attending Chicago Medical School.

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Ronald Stake (JD 1976, MA 1973, LAS 1970)

Rev. Ronald P. Stake (LAS '70, MA '73, JD '76) was appointed associate vicar for canonical affairs by the Archdiosese of Chicago in 2017.

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Nina Mohseni (LAS 2006)

Nina Mohseni (LAS '06) and Matt Rodgers (BUS '07) welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Neda Mohseni Rodgers, on Oct. 10, 2017.

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Julie Ryan (MA 1993)

Julie D. Ryan (LAS MA '93) was promoted to assistant administrator of King-Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge, Ill. Employed with the retirement community since 2004, Ryan most recently served as senior director of admissions and community development.

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Michael Alfano (MED 1998)

Michael P. Alfano (MEd '98) was named dean of the Isabelle Farrington College of Education at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn. He was most recently dean of the School of Education and Professional Studies at Central Connecticut State University.

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Shaun Passley (MA 2006, BUS 2000)

Shaun A. Passley (BUS '00, CDM MA '06) is chairman and CEO of Epazz Inc., a provider of blockchain cryptocurrency mobile apps and cloud-based business software. It launched a bitcoin payment system, ZenaPay, in early 2018.

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Timothy Dietlin (MBA 2000)

Timothy Dietlin (MBA '00) was appointed co-leader of the global bio-pharmaceutical segment of Hedrick & Struggles' healthcare and life sciences practice. He is based in the executive search firm's Chicago office.

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Judson Allen (MBA 2015)

Judson T. Allen (MBA '15), a chef known as the Architect of Flavor, wrote "The Spice Diet," a book explaining how to use flavor to break addictions to unhealthy foods without feeling deprived. An advisory board member of DePaul's School of Hospitality, he recently launched the CHEF BLEND weekend, an annual event that celebrates healthier, locally sourced foods.

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Jason Howell (LAS 1996)

Jason Howell (LAS '96) was appointed associate circuit court judge for Cass County in Missouri. Previously, he served as the director of the child support division for the Cass County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.

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Pamela Netzky (CMN 1998)

Pamela L. Netzky (CMN '98) founded Amplify Brands, maker of SkinnyPop Popcorn, which is being acquired by The Hershey Co. for $1.2 billion in 2018.

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Undra Ware (SNL 2010)

Undra L. Ware (SNL '10) recently published a book of poetry, "The Purpose of Being," which is available on Amazon.com.

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Kristine Rastrelli (CSH 1998)

Kristine A. Rastrelli (CSH '98) was among 18 women named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 2018 Silver Anniversary Team. She played for Fort Wayne Snider High School before becoming a member of the DePaul women's basketball team.

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