North Central College - Naperville, IL

Becca Paigen '95 Tointon

Becca Paigen Tointon founded a dress-sharing program called “Share the Memories” in the Midland, MI, area. “It started because I had four beautiful bridesmaid dresses in my closet and I wanted to do more than donate them,” she says. She teamed up with North Midland Family Center and held her first event in 2009. In 2010, the program distributed 250 formal gowns to area girls from 42 high schools for their proms. She may be reached at teachyouone@charter.net.

Brian Lee ’01

Brian Lee ’01 was the keynote speaker at North Central’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast and told the gathering how King’s words helped him overcome adversity when he sustained a season-ending injury during his football-playing days at North Central.“Dr. King said, ‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward,’” Lee said, citing a 1963 speech King made in Birmingham, AL.

Keith D. Stephenson '01

Keith D. Stephenson was named chief operating officer of Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc., located at the company’s world headquarters in Novi, MI. He previously served as president of Cooper Standard’s International Division at the company’s European headquarters in Mannheim, Germany. Stephenson was chief development officer at Boler Company, 2004 to 2006.

Jacqueline Milbratz '03 Aldrich

Jacqueline Milbratz Aldrich argued before the Illinois Supreme Court on November 10, 2010, in People vs. Skryd, a case that challenged a judge’s exercise of jurisdiction and compliance with two competing Illinois Supreme Court rules. She’s an attorney at Wolfe & Stec, Ltd. in Woodridge, IL. She lives with her husband, Adrian Aldrich ’02, director of alumni relations at North Central College, and their children Caden, 4, and Addison, 2, and may be reached at jacqueline_aldrich@hotmail.com.

Thomas P. Moore '52

Thomas P. Moore was inducted into the Crawford County Veterans Hall of Fame in November 2010. He was honored for his service as a U.S. Navy fireman first class aboard the USS Sea Devil (SS-400) and USS Sea Dog (SS-401) during World War II. As a result of his service, he was named a life member of United States Submarine Veterans of World War II. During his career, Moore was president and chief executive officer of the Brokensword Broadcasting Company, 1962-1995.

Tim Shoemaker '03

Tim Shoemaker, a senior account manager at Millward Brown, volunteered his time with a team of North Central students who prepared for an American Marketing Association (AMA) competition and finished in the top 25. Shoemaker offered advice on topics ranging from gathering and analyzing market research data to using graphic design and communication skills in presentations. Students visited Millward Brown’s office in Lisle, IL, to work on their project, tour the facility and learn about the latest trends and technology used in market research.

John Daniels '69

John Daniels was named a top attorney for 2010 in “Wisconsin Super Lawyers” for the sixth year in a row. He’s one of 38 attorneys from the national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP and one of only 5 percent of lawyers in the state who are selected.

Michael “Mik” Dempsey '04

Michael “Mik” Dempsey started a band called The Hyrax with Mike Musselman ’08. The band plays original music written by Mik and Mike with lyrics by Mik. Members of the five-piece band include Maxwell Damske ’12, Alex Damske ’14 and Tommy Murray. In February, The Hyrax released a full-length album and launched a website, thehyrax.com. They’ll open for Rachel Barton Pine with Earthen Grave at North Central College on April 29.

Lynda Buric Elliott '70

Lynda Buric Elliott published “Children’s Songs of the Southwest” in 2010. Her 25 original compositions were written for preschool-aged children at Pinnacle Presbyterian Day School in Scottsdale, AZ, where she is a musician-educator. “The songs are intended to be fun and educational, giving information in a musical way about the Southwest and the people and animals that live there. The songs also allow children to explore the range of their voices and teach a variety of music concepts,” she says. Lynda may be reached at desert.home@cox.net.

Sarah Levine '05

Sarah Levine is a clinical research associate at ICON Clinical Research in Chicago. She works in pharmaceutical drug development and travels to sites involved in clinical research. She ensures the collection of quality data in clinical trials as well as the safety of patients enrolled in the trials. She may be reached at sjlevine@yahoo.com.

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