North Central College - Naperville, IL

Volunteering with honor

Richard Yndestad ’90, a veteran and longtime musician, has found his passion as a volunteer bugler—a gesture of gratitude for military servicemen and women. He drives from his Naperville home weekly to the expansive fields of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL, to play bugle at military funerals. He does so with a humble motivation: to ensure the deceased receive an honorable salute.

Leanne Fanning Pankuch '90

Leanne Fanning Pankuch wrote two stories, titled “What We’ll Do for Hockey” and “Fish ‘n Fries,” that were featured in “Chicken Soup for the Soul: O Canada.” For more information visit leannepankuch.com. She lives in Aurora, IL, and may be reached at leannepankuch@comcast.net.

North Central Now Winter 2012

Scott King '91

Scott King retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 18 years of service. He worked on the EA-6B Prowler, an electronic attack aircraft, as an electrician, quality assurance chief, maintenance control chief and avionics chief. He was deployed worldwide in support of combat operations, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and on the USS America. He and his wife Michelle Burnard ’91 King live in Newport, NC.

Liz Robinson-Chan '93

Liz Robinson-Chan was a finalist in the Our Towns, Our Heroes program sponsored by General Motors. The award recognizes firefighters, paramedics and police officers for exceptional service. An Aurora police officer since 1993, she earned her undergraduate degree in sociology/criminal justice from North Central where she competed as a member of the women’s track and field team and was recognized as an All-American. She also completed her M.B.A.

Stacey Schiel Garrity '95

Stacey Schiel Garrity is a senior manufacturing process development scientist for Epicentre, based in Madison, WI, which manufactures and sells kits for DNA sequencing, transcription and ribosomal RNA removal, among other products. Her role in the manufacturing group is to take incoming new products from the research and design group and “scale them up” to large-scale production, taking processes from a lab bench scale to a production scale.

Carley Wrobel Born '96

Carley Wrobel Born is an academic technologist at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, where she supports curricular development in teaching foreign languages. She’s currently designing a custom open-source, Web-based program to facilitate oral exercises for foreign language classes. On the side, she provides technical consultation and English-Japanese translation for a small martial arts equipment vendor in Japan.

Ray Odom '97

Ray Odom is radio host Crazy Ray on WRXQ-FM 100.7. He has worked at WLUP-AM, WBVS-FM, WLLI-FM and WONC-FM in the Chicago market and was morning show host at WXLP-FM in the Quad Cities. He began his radio career as an intern for Chicago radio legend Fred Winston at WPNT-FM.

North Central Now Winter 2012

Rick Guzman '99

Rick Guzman was named assistant chief of staff to the mayor in Aurora, IL. He is liaison to community organizations and nonprofit groups, with neighborhood quality-of-life issues and housing included in his duties. Guzman is founder of Emmanuel House and previously served as director of community development for Community 4:12. He was director of the Office of Reentry Management for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), 2004-2006, and IDOC program director for the Illinois Going Home Program, 2000-2003.

Lindsay Hill-Batorski '05

Lindsay Hill-Batorski is a postdoctoral research associate in the laboratory of Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is studying Ebola virus pathogenesis and is currently working with a biologically contained virus developed in their lab. She is not able to elaborate because, she says, “We are in the process of submitting several new manuscripts that will hopefully be published in the next few months!” She earned her Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2010 in the laboratory of the late Dr. Paul Bertics.

Kristine Book '06

Kristine Book is teaching elementary schoolchildren in South Korea. Students in grades one through three learn grammar, speaking and drama, while older students are formulating their own conversations and arguments with a debate class. After earning her bachelor’s degree in organizational communication, she pursued a master’s degree in teaching from National-Louis University. In her free time, she has traveled throughout South Korea, to the 38th parallel that separates North and South Korea, and to Jeju, an island known as the Hawaii of Korea.

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