North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nick DeFalco ‘09

The Cardinals’ men’s tennis program has a new and old face at the helm. This summer, the North Central College athletic department announced the hiring of Nick DeFalco ‘09 as the new head coach of the men's tennis program.

“I am thrilled and humbled by (athletic director) Jim Miller ‘86 offering me the position,” says DeFalco. “It was a position I was hoping for in the future and I couldn't be more excited to accept it.”

Robert Phillips '85

Robert Phillips was named dean of the Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) College of Arts and Sciences. Phillips joined WJU as an instructor of political science in 1998. He has served as curriculum coordinator for the master of science in organizational leadership since 2005 and as chair of the department of social science since 2008.

Robert Lentz '82

Robert Lentz contributed an essay to a new edition of Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” The centennial edition is published by Zane Grey’s West Society, which reproduced the 1912 first edition text and includes essays regarding the novel’s history, geography and Grey’s mark on American literature. Lentz’s essay describes the five movie adaptations made from Grey’s novel. For more information visit zgws.org.

Steve Kirin '82

Steve Kirin is chief executive officer of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). He brings more than 25 years work experience covering a variety of industries with high levels of experience in management, sales and marketing and operations. He is responsible for the overall operational performance of the company and has played an integral role in turning around the infrastructure and direction of NCBTMB in the past year.

Bruce Baum '81

Bruce Baum is executive director of the Medinah Park District in Medinah, IL. Baum has spent the past 30 years in the field of parks and recreation administration, serving in management roles for various park districts in the suburban Chicago area.  He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, has spoken at numerous state and national parks conferences and is a board member of the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association. He and his wife Diana reside in Aurora, IL.

Tom Johnson '68

Tom Johnson is retired after 40 years as a news editor at The Beacon-News in Aurora, IL. He was responsible for preparing copies and pages for publication and Internet postings. His wife Sally Strosahl ’73 works in private practice in individual, couples and family therapy as a licensed professional counselor. Tom and Sally are the parents of Andy, Kyle and Katharine and have one grandson. They live in Aurora and may be reached at strojon@sbcglobal.net.

Leong Tan '54

Leong Tan was honored by the San Francisco Medical Society as a 50-year member at the annual dinner in January 2013. He was recognized for his commitment to provide high-quality health care for the underserved and has worked to improve health care delivery within the Chinese-American community. A retired urologist, Tan has mentored University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) urology residents, volunteered as a consultant to the North East Medical Services (NEMS) and cofounded a foundation to support impoverished students in China.

Bhavini Shah '98

Bhavini Shah was promoted to senior director of project management for Siemens Diagnostics in Deerfield, IL. She is responsible for managing the portfolio of strategic projects for the executive office and key communications to Siemens executive teams. She may be reached at s_bhavini@hotmail.com.

Christopher Ranallo '09

Christopher Ranallo is the head coach for the girls swimming and diving program and a physical education teacher at West Aurora High School. Previously, Ranallo coached for two years at Metea Valley High School as an assistant in the boys and girls aquatics program and worked with both boys and girls swim programs at Naperville North High School while student teaching. He has also coached water polo at Waubonsie Valley High School and for the Geneva River Rats summer youth swimming program.

David Thompson '99

David Thompson is the head men’s and women’s track and field coach at State University of New York (SUNY) at Oswego, a Division II school. Thompson specializes in sprints and jumps and has had success nationally both as a coach and athlete. At North Central, Thompson was an 11-time All-American and three-time national champion in the long jump, 400-meter relay and 200-meter dash. North Central won the men’s National Championship in 1998, when Thompson ran on the 400-meter relay and won the 200-meter dash.

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