North Central College - Naperville, IL

Wendy Laman-Nadeau '05

Wendy Laman-Nadeau is the Lisle Park District event coordinator and the driving force behind a public art project that features decorated wooden wheelbarrows. Her plan was to encourage area businesses and civic groups to purchase 21 decorative wooden wheelbarrows, find volunteer artists to decorate them, put them on display throughout the community and then auction them off to the community. All proceeds from the auction will go to Partners for Parks in Lisle, IL.

Travis Hartke '05

Travis Hartke is an associate cross country coach at Boise State University in Boise, ID. Hartke started his career as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2006 after earning a degree in psychology and physical education at North Central. At Iowa State, he earned a master's degree in kinesiology. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach in 2008, a position he held until 2010 when he was named associate head coach.

Jenny Decker-Pratt '04

Jenny Decker-Pratt and her husband Zach Pratt ’05 moved to Howard, WI. She has accepted the position of elementary cross categorical special education teacher at Menasha Joint School District in Menasha, WI. She will be supporting students with disabilities in the regular education classroom. Zach is an assistant professor of biology at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Jenny may be contacted at jennypratt1@yahoo.com, and Zach may be reached at zach.pratt4@gmail.com.

Matt Brolley '04

Matt Brolley was elected village president of Montgomery, IL, and was sworn into office on May 13. Brolley works for V3 Companies, an engineering firm that provides transportation and municipal consulting, environmental, water and natural resources, and site development services.

Michael Sundblad '03

Michael Sundblad was recognized as outstanding professor of the year at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, VA, where he has worked since 2007. He is chair of the department of performing arts and director of musical theatre. Sundblad is also conductor of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra in Newport News, VA.

Patrick Gaskin M ’02

Patrick Gaskin M ’02 was appointed principal of Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville. He previously served seven years as principal of Elmwood Elementary School. When he first began teaching in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Gaskin taught physical education at Mill Street Elementary School and was a football coach for Naperville North High School. He later became assistant principal at Scott Elementary School until his appointment as Elmwood’s principal in 2006.

Adrian Aldrich '02

Adrian Aldrich has been promoted to executive director of development and alumni affairs and will oversee the offices of development and alumni relations at North Central College. He may be reached at 630-637-5201 or amaldrich@noctrl.edu.

Ryan Dowd '00

Ryan Dowd was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumni of the Year during the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Alumni Association Awards program on April 19 for his commitment to public service. He previously served as executive director of Hesed House, the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois.

Mike Deger '00

Mike Deger retired from a 46-year career at Block Electric in Niles, IL. He began that career at age 12 by sweeping floors and cleaning the outside grounds, and when he left he was chief executive officer/executive vice president. Deger attended North Central, 1991-2000, earning his degree to help fulfill that role. The Science and Math Excellence Network has been one of his passions and he’s served as a board member since 1998. The organization helps underprivileged children in Chicago so they have the same opportunities in math and science education as suburban children.

Elsa Yee-Hall '99

Elsa Yee-Hall is the division coordinator for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She assists in the coordination, planning and logistics of program-related activities. She lives in Harvard, IL, and may be reached at elsancc99@gmail.com.

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