Class Notes

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1970s

Willie Mack (MPA ’73) earned Certified Divorce Financial Analyst designation and was elected chair of Coalition of Veterans Organizations in 2017.

Kisha Sharon Oglesby (BSBA ’77) writes that as a divorced single parent with two growing children, studying at Roosevelt was a huge challenge and also her most liberating and joyful accomplishment. In 1994, she was hired at the Los Angeles Department of Social Services and worked her way through the ranks to become a GAIN services manager.

1980s

Charles Kathrein (BSBA ’80) runs a company in Singapore. He has been living and working in Asia since April 1994.

Peggy (Kykta) Garrett-Gloger (BSBA ’82) is vice president of facilities and real estate management for VITAS Healthcare.

A year after graduation, Carol (Johns) Monteleone-Whiteside (BSBA Management, ’88) moved to Washington State to build her career in human resources and project management. She is very active in many organizations as a board or committee member. Carol and husband Earl Whiteside are now grandparents.

Steven Brady (BA History, ’89) is a history professor at the George Washington University, specializing in diplomatic history. He is the author of Eisenhower and Adenauer: Alliance Maintenance under Pressure and has a second book in the works.

1990s

Recently retired, Nancy (Kozlowski) Ptacek (BA Elementary Education, ’90) taught in Illinois and Florida.

David Williger (BA Public Administration, ’90) is the president and managing director of executive search firm Alder Bowman Inc. He recently moved to Nashville, Tenn. to open a new office and deepen the firm’s commitment to the health care sector.

Anne Traoré (MA ’94) teaches French and English in a suburb of Paris, France where she also works with undocumented students.

Elgin Holt (MPA ’97) serves as a deputy chief of the Chicago Police Department.

Elaine Holmquist (MM Voice and Vocal Pedagogy, ’97) is a senior executive assistant in the corporate communications department of Astellas, a large biopharmaceutical company. She has found several opportunities to apply her musical knowledge to the corporate world and pursue it as an avocation.

Hazel Domangue (BGS ’98; MS Journalism, ’02) received a Silver Magnolia Award, which celebrates the community contributions of women in and around Baton Rouge.

2000s

Tabatha Seasock (BA Psychology, ’00) worked as a caseworker for Cook County Social Services and a case manager for Trinity Services.

Jeffrey Bingham (BSBA ’03) is the senior vice president of Heitman, a real estate investment management firm.

Gregory Jackson (MPA ’05) is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., home to the largest marina on the Great Lakes. As a new appointee, his priority is economic development with a focus on a public/private partnership for a Center for Environmental Studies, to be within the municipality’s downtown area.

Matt Rutherford (MM ’05) teaches early instrumental music (K-6) in Schaumburg District 54. He lives in Des Plaines with his wife and three kids: Eleanor, Nathan and Lucy.

Tarji Wells (MA ’05) is enjoying a successful career in special education. In her current role, she works with children from birth to age five to assess them for typical development.

A financial advisor with 13 years of experience, Chantay Moore (BS Accounting, ’05) is the owner of Native American Financial Literacy Services.

Gale Petrowski (MA Clinical Psychology, ’06) is a senior manager of mergers, acquisitions and business integration for the Sysco Foods infrastructure department. Gale has written numerous articles on leadership and the value of organizational psychology.

Sherry Loving (BA ’06) is a legal secretary supporting a rainmaker partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. In the Labor & Employment practice, she focuses primarily on class action lawsuits, arbitrations and other federal/civil lawsuits. She writes, “Thank you for all of the legal training Roosevelt equipped me with to perform at this professional level. I understand law (and love it) all the more.”

Dr. Mildred Watson (MA Clinical Professional Psychology, ’07) is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS) in the Atlanta area. She is committed to supporting women impacted by sexual harassment, discrimination, intimate partner violence and reproductive health concerns.

Jonathan Kemler (BA Psychology and Sociology, ’08) is a master specialist of disability and leave services at Amazon. He has earned three certifications in the field.

After a successful singing career, Alexandra Smith (BM ’08) returned to the Manhattan School of Music to serve as chief of staff to President James Gandre, former dean of CCPA and Roosevelt provost.

2010s

Kimberly Kern (BA Political Science, ’10) began her career at the Department of Homeland Security shortly after graduation.

Magdalena (Radecka) Granderson (MBA ’10) is a management consulting professional, specializing in mergers and acquisitions as well as organizational restructuring. She earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification.

Sandra Harrison (MA ’10) is the co-owner of Leaders in Transformational Education (LITE), a nonprofit serving youth ages 16 to 24 who are disconnected from school or the workforce. LITE’s comprehensive plan of support serves families in Aurora through education advocacy, community capacity development and direct service.

In Mesquite, Texas, Melissa (Urbonas) Smith (MBA Human Resources, ’10) works with the light rail system in management. Her growing family includes four wonderful grandchildren and a wonderful son-in-law.

Richard Yocom (MA Educational Leadership, ’10) is the founding principal of the Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School, part of a network of private Catholic high schools. Exclusively serving students from limited economic means, Christo Rey sends high school students to a corporate work-study program.

Angelica Klebsch (BA Psychology, ’11) is the senior director of policy and community development at CLUES, the largest Latino-led nonprofit in Minnesota. She earned a Master of Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

Mauricio Palli (MA Training and Development, ’11) recently started a new role as senior instructional designer at Roti Modern Mediterranean. Before Roti, he worked at Grubhub as a senior partner trainer.

Demitra Badino-Berger (BA History, ’12) earned a master’s of library and information sciences from Dominican University and currently works as a youth services librarian at the Barrington Area Library.

Clinton Rosekopf (BA Political Science, ’12) is an assistant prosecuting attorney in Muskegon, Mich.

A features writer and copy editor at the Chicago Sun-Times, Evan Moore (MA Journalism, ’13) earned a Notable Sports Writing mention in The Best American Sports Writing 2019 for a story he wrote for the Chicago Reader.

David Gonzalez (MA Clinical Psychology, ’16) works for the Unitypoint Health Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery as a behavioral health clinician, serving adolescents and adults who are struggling with substance/behavioral addictions. He is preparing to take the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) exam.

Nathanial Stoll (BA Psychology, ’17) lives and works with 300 gifted and talented students looking to get a jump start on their college education at a publicly funded boarding school on Ball State University’s campus in Muncie, Ind.

Laura Blair (BA Education, ’18) accepted a job at The School District of Osceola County teaching 5th grade ELA in Kissimmee, Fla. She writes, “I love my students and my new job!”

Yolanda Flowers-Olaosebikan (BA Psychology, ’18) is a graduate student in college counseling and student affairs at Roosevelt University. She works as tutor/classroom assistant for Chicago Public Schools, a college-level tutor for the One Million Degrees Scholars Program, and a youth advisor for Covenant House Illinois.

Taylor Little (BA Criminal Justice, ’18) is a child welfare specialist with Lutheran Social Services of Illinois.

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