Matthew Hessler (CDM 2009)

Matthew Hessler (CDM '09), association manager at SmithBucklin, was named one of Association Forum and USAE's "Forty Under 40" honorees. The "Forty Under 40" program recognizes 40 accomplished association or nonprofit professionals who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for continued success in leadership roles, and exhibit a strong passion for and commitment to the association management and nonprofit industries.

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Rashida Gray (MBA 2003)

Rashida Gray (MBA '03) was appointed to the Komarek School District 94 Board of Education in North Riverside, Ill. She is the first African American to serve on the district's school board.

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Jennifer Bunker (LAS 2006)

Jennifer Bunker (LAS '06) will marry Scott Skerston on Oct. 7, 2017, in La Salle, Ill. Bunker is an attorney at Reilly Law Office, and Skerston is an area superintendent at Riverstone Group.

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Robert Harris (JD 1991)

Robert Harris (JD '91) was appointed a Cook County circuit judge in the Fifth Subcircuit by Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court. His appointment takes effect on Sept. 2, 2017, and will conclude on Dec. 3, 2018, when the position will be filled by the 2018 General Election.

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Lela Shepherd (LAS 2009)

Lela Shepherd (LAS '09) joined the Arlington (Ill.) Department of Planning and Community Development's staff as a environmental planner/conservation agent.

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Marat Fleytlikh (BUS 2005)

Marat Fleytlikh (BUS '05) and Justyna Fleytlikh (BUS '04) welcomed their second daughter, Sophia Zoryana Fleytlikh, on June 26, 2017. Their first daughter, Lilly Luba Fleytlikh, was born in 2015.

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Amy Bocchetta (MED 2006)

Bocchetta (MED '06) recently published her third book, "111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss."

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Michael Wolf (MBA 1994)

Michael Wolf (MBA '94) rejoined the Chicago office of Jenner & Block, where he will be part of the mergers, acquisitions and securities practices. Previously he was corporate vice president and global chief counsel for Aon PLC.

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Marc Pinate (MFA 2013)

Marc Pinate (THE MFA '13) is the producing director of Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Ariz., and is directing "Building the Wall" in fall 2017.

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Martin Tully (JD 1990)

Martin Tully (JD '90) is mayor of Downers Grove, Ill.

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Patrick Driscoll (JD 1967)

The Hon. Patrick T. Driscoll Jr. (JD '67), a Cook County administrative law judge, received the 2016-17 Roz Kaplan Government Service Award from the Illinois State Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee in June 2017 in recognition of his service to the profession and public.

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Karina Nava (LAS 2013)

Karina Nava (LAS '13) is the first person to be a management fellow for the city of Elgin, Ill. Nava, a 2009 Elgin High School graduate, was selected over 175 applicants for the position. She started her two-year fellowship on Aug. 21, 2017.

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Charles Beach (JD 1996)

Charles Beach (JD '96) was appointed a Cook County circuit judge in the Sixth Subcircuit by Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court. The appointment began on Sept. 15, 2017, and will conclude on Dec. 3, 2018, when the position is filled by the November 2018 General Election.

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Carolina Villacis (CDM 2010)

Carolina Villacis (CDM '10) announced her engagement to Danny Ryan. The couple will marry on Oct. 14, 2017, at St. Benedict's Parish in Chicago.

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Christina Duffey (BUS 2004)

Christine M. S. Duffey (BUS '04) joined SOS Security LLC as senior vice president and regional director in charge of operations in the Midwest.

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James Robinson (BUS 1992)

James Robinson (BUS '92) was named to Crain's 2017 Who's Who in Chicago Business. He was named president of Astellas Americas, a pharmaceutical company based in Northbrook, Ill., in 2016.

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Samuel Delisi (BUS 1979)

Samuel C. Delisi (BUS '79) joined real estate advisory firm NKF as regional director of management services at the Chicago office, where he will oversee the company's portfolio in the central region. Delisi has worked in commercial real estate in Chicago and nationally for 36 years.

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Kevin Brown (MBA 2001)

Kevin Brown (MBA '01) was named the general manager for the water department of Ventura, Calif. He has 28 years of experience in the public sector as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer.

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Mariela Shaker (MM 2017)

Mariela Shaker (MUS '17), a violinist and native of Aleppo, Syria, performed in "Alive from Aleppo: A Night of Hope" Sept. 17, 2017, in Toledo, Ohio. The concert benefited Social Services for the Arab Community as well as refugees in the United States and overseas.

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Jessica January (CMN 2017)

Jessica January (CMN '17) was selected as one of the Top 30 honorees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

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Justin Dearborn (JD 1994)

Dearborn (JD '94) is chief executive officer of Tronc, the parent company of the Chicago Tribune.

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