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1950s and 1960s

Jean Michaelis Hajek Pasco ’55 lives in Plainfield. She has 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Rev. Dr. Richard L. Behringer ’64 won first place in the Black Hills Motorcycle Show, Sidecar Division. He continues to explore, hike and photograph wildlife in the national forest around Hill City, South Dakota. He serves on the board of directors for the South Dakota Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Eric Gunnar Gibson ’67 has co-authored his first ebook, My Uncle Swears at God. The book tells the story of a man teaching life lessons to his niece and nephew while his own life is ebbing away.



Dan Pompei ’82, a sports columnist for the Chicago Tribune, won the 2013 Dick McCann Memorial Award for distinguished reporting.

Sean McGinnis ’88 started his own business, 312 Digital, a full-service agency that helps small and mid-sized businesses thrive on the web. He has also been invited to teach an MBA class on social media and digital marketing at Elmhurst College.



Cynthia Campbell ’01, ’05 has become vice president of financial empowerment at Tinker Federal Credit Union in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Anthony Minestra ’01, ’13 graduated from Elmhurst with an MBA on June 1, 2013.

Ben Ewert ’02 worked as a missionary in Thailand in April 2013.

Roy Selvik ’03 was recently promoted to sergeant in the Addison Police Department. Roy is
married to Jessica (Dotson) Selvik ’03.

Jessica (Rice) Solares ’03 and Luis Solares ’03 recently opened a new business, Bucktown Music, which offers Kindermusik programs for children up to age 6 and music lessons for children and adults. In addition to running the business, the Solares family teaches music lessons at after-school programs in the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Park District.

Pete Fominaya ’04 was named head football coach at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Florida.

John Dorhauer ’08 and his jazz big band, Heisenberg Uncertainty Players, released their debut CD in March 2013, Emergency Postcards. The CD features seven original works written by members of the group. Other alumni in the group include Keith Brooks ’10, Kelley Dorhauer ’08, Andrew Ecklund ’13, Adam Frank ’10, Tom Klein ’11, Jen Marshall ’11, Dan Parker ’10, Chris Parsons ’11 and Jenni Szczerbinski ’06.

Jennifer (Hameister) Praveen ’08 is pursuing a master’s degree in school psychology at National Louis University.

Lisa Johnson-McFarland ’08 left her account management position at Rexam Beverage Can Company in 2010 after more than 25 years to pursue her passion for music and ministry. She is currently at work on her first CD project. She is a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where she sings in the choir, leads the Praise and Worship Team and serves as an event planner. Happily married to Clifford McFarland, Lisa is the mother of two sons, Brandon (Miah) and Byron (Malisa), and the grandmother of four.

Matt Matkovich ’08 is a special services educator at Carl Sandburg High School, where he has worked since 2008. In partnership with another Sandburg teacher, he makes motivational presentations and videos directed at high school students. Their venture, M & P Presentations, was recently featured in the Southtown Star.

Michael D. Eckhardt ’09 is among 78 new physicians who graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine on May 18, 2013. He began a pathology residency at the University of Chicago Medicine in July.



Soofia Ahmed ’10 has recently joined the Lombard office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

Amanda Bonanotte ’10 is currently a third-year law student at Northern Illinois University, College of Law, where she is on the dean’s list and the vice president of women’s law caucus. She is working at a suburban litigation law firm as a law clerk.

Benjamin Furman ’11 recently began a new career in culinary arts.

Liliana Gomez ’13 is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Illinois State University.



Gina (Riberto) Kaktis ’00 and her husband, Daniel Kaktis, welcomed their second baby girl, Reese Suzanne Kaktis, on May 28, 2013.

Anthony Minestra ’01 and his wife, Kim, welcomed their daughter, Alexandra Jean Minestra, on May 29, 2013.

Sara (Douglass) Born ’02 and her husband, John Born ’03, welcomed their second child, Rachel Douglass Born, on June 3, 2013.

Erica Doolittle-Meyer Poremba ’04 and her husband, Mike Poremba, welcomed their first child, Riley Markay Poremba, on April 16, 2013.

Pete Fominaya ’04 and Patty (Kozor) Fominaya ’04 welcomed a daughter, Grace Noelle Fominaya, on December 20, 2011.

Tom Herion ’04 and his wife, Nicole, welcomed a son in April 2013.

Lisa (Bowers) Albright ’06 and her husband, Matthew, welcomed a son, Zachary Albright, on August 22, 2012.

Nicole Lendi Kaminsky ’06 and her husband, Joshua Kaminsky ’07, welcomed their daughter, Hailey Grace Kaminsky, on April 16, 2013.

Stella (Calamia) Thompson ’06 and her husband, Steven Thompson, welcomed their third son, Reese Jacob Thompson, on March 23, 2013.

Dave Brechin ’07 and his wife, Nicole (Schuette) Brechin ’07, welcomed their daughter, Kinley Marie Brechin, on April 6, 2013.

Maggie (Christiano) DiPaolo ’07 and her husband, Antonio DiPaolo, welcomed their first son, Antonio Attilio DiPaolo, on April 29, 2012.

Brian Reid ’07 and his wife, Katie, welcomed a son, Caleb Michael Reid, on September 21, 2013.

Mark Schwarz ’07 and Jenna (Vanderstappen) Schwarz ’08 welcomed a daughter, Nora Schwarz, on September 6, 2011, and a son, Joshua, on May 2, 2013.

Sa’de Bryant Clark ’09 and her husband, Duane, welcomed a son, DJ, on April 4, 2013.

Ashley (Solecki) Guziec ’09 and her husband, Joshua, welcomed a son, Jacob Guziec, on June 13, 2013.



Jordan Levine ’00 married Kelly Spryszak on June 9, 2013. Soulinhathep “Soulin” Sengsay ’98 was one of his groomsmen.

Jeanne Brown ’05 married Paul Boutros on June 8, 2013.

Lisa Bowers ’06 married Matthew Albright on July 11, 2008.

Anne Marcell ’06 married Jarred Nordus ’08 on April 6, 2013.

Maggie Christiano ’07 married Antonio DiPaolo on June 4, 2011.

Jennifer Hameister ’08 married Kannan Praveen on July 8, 2012.

Mark Schwarz ’07 married Jenna Vanderstappen ’08 on October 17, 2012.

Sa’de Bryant ’09 married Duane Clark on December 27, 2011.

Elizabeth Flood ’09 married Michael Grady on June 14, 2013.

Jason Setsuda ’09 married Jenna Sokolowski on June 14, 2013.

Antoinette Sotka ’09 married Adam Kelck on May 17, 2013.

Bernardo Vazquez Jr. ’09 married Michelle Campolo ’11 on June 22, 2013.

Matt Duntemann ’09 married Amanda Tikanpe on June 22, 2013.

Frankie Gentile ’10 married Michelle Fuocco ’11 on February 16, 2013.

Mike Hamblin ’10 married Jillian Jackson ’11 on April 6, 2013.

Amanda Richardson ’10 married Joseph Peacock in March 2013.

Katherine Rothlisberger ’10 married Jeffery Johnson on March 23, 2013.

Mary Bross ’11 married Mitch Collins ’11 on June 1, 2013.

Daniel Bronge ’12 married Krissa Walsh on September 27, 2013.

Alyssa Collins ’13 married Manuel Moreno on June 9, 2013.



John T. “Ted” Braun ’43, of Langley, Washington, on March 6, 2013.

Beverle Centner ’46, of Oak Park, on March 20, 2013.

LaVern J. Anderson ’48, of Mascoutah, on February 4, 2013.

David W. Menzel ’49, of Buffalo, New York, on April 17, 2013.

Charles R. Minegar Jr. ’50, of Elkhart, Indiana, on February 15, 2013.

Frank W. Foster Jr. ’51, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 20, 2013.

Catherine “Kay” (Floros) Stavropoulos ’51, of North Riverside, on February 11, 2013.

Ralph W. Bonner ’54, of East Lansing, Michigan, on May 24, 2013.

Marjorie “Margie” (Malott) Nealy ’55, of St. Cloud, Minnesota, on February 7, 2013.

Shirley Ann (Klein) Scott ’55, of Glen Ellyn, on May 31, 2013.

Eva M. (Lowe) Thayer ’56, of Madison, Indiana, on June 3, 2013.

Mary Beth (Gerspacher) Klaus ’59, of Washington, on May 1, 2013.

Wesley Poor ’62, of Wheaton, on February 8, 2013.

Leonora E. Fladung ’66, of Yorkville, on April 8, 2013.

Roger E. Rumpf ’66, of Warrensburg, Missouri, on April 9, 2013.

Nancy A. Blankenship ’67, of Elmhurst, on April 18, 2013.

Edna L. Wagstaff ’70, of Anaheim, California, on February 7, 2013.

Robert A. Breidenbaugh ’72, of Elmhurst, on February 12, 2013.

Margaret L. Carter ’72, of Park Forest, on March 11, 2013.

Rev. Robert E. Hatfield ’73, of Lombard, on February 5, 2012.

Gary W. Link ’73, of Grand Junction, Colorado, on April 4, 2013.

Ronald W. Nelson ’74, of Plainfield, on March 15, 2013.

Karola “Kari” (Lederer) Schoppe ’85, of DeKalb, on February 7, 2013.

Timothy F. Lyons Jr. ’88, of Willow Springs, on February 2, 2013.


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