North Central College - Naperville, IL

Kevin Manno '05

Kevin Manno is the host of a new reality show on the cable/satellite network Lifetime, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” which premiered October 9. The show is a spin-off of the popular Lifetime reality series “Dance Moms.” The 10-week program showcases a dozen young dancers between ages 6 and 13, each competing for a $100,000 grand prize and scholarship to New York’s famed Joffrey Ballet School.  Judges of the competition include “Dance Moms’” Abby Lee Miller, Lady Gaga choreographer Richard Jackson and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin.

Mallory Carr '12

Mallory Carr is an assistant golf pro at the White Eagle Golf Club in Naperville and recently won the Inwood Golf Course Long Drive Competition in Joliet, IL. She also competed in the Illinois Women’s Open at the Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville, IL. She was among 429 nominees for the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. “I am really proud of this nomination,” she says. “North Central College really helped shape me into the woman I am today. I wouldn’t have accomplished anything without my North Central family.”

Jeff Davis '92

Jeff Davis is vice president of sales administration and marketing with Phoenix Closures, Inc., a Naperville-based manufacturer of plastic caps and closures. His career in sales and marketing has taken him from Green Bay, WI, to Pittsburgh to Atlanta. Subsequently, he was transferred back to Illinois, moved to Naperville in 1989 and earned an M.B.A. from DePaul University. He has been a coach, Cub Scout den leader and has served on three different referendum committees for Indian Prairie School District 204. Additionally, he was appointed to the school board in 2000 and served until 2003.

Helen Goren Shafton M ’05

Helen Goren Shafton M ’05 released the Second Edition of “A Curriculum for Special Education Art,” a guide to teaching art to children with disabilities in the classroom and other settings. It includes illustrated lessons with step-by-step instructions, written for teachers and parents. Shafton has been working with students with a variety of cognitive and motor disabilities in her art room for more than 13 years.

Erin Martin '12

Erin Martin is teaching freshman English and coaching junior varsity boys soccer at Wheaton North High School in Wheaton, IL. She teaches students with low reading comprehension skills, intermediate abilities and advanced skills. 

Jon Davis '92

Jon Davis released his latest and third book, “Beneath the Northern Lights” (AuthorHouse, 2012). His previously published works include “Life, Inc.” (AuthorHouse, 2006) and “Stephen King’s America” (Bowling Green Popular Press, 1994), which was the result of research he performed with a North Central College Richter Independent Study Fellowship. Davis is also a songwriter, musician and award-winning business and marketing freelance writer.

Jen Berosek '08

Jen Berosek is the box office manager at North Central College. Berosek previously served as the assistant to the department directors and office manager for The School of Performing Arts in Naperville.

Scott Iverson '92

Scott Iverson is director of housing and residential education at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, IN. He is married to Sarah Schroeder ’96. He resides in Munster, IN, and may be reached at Iverson_scott@yahoo.com.

Britni Miller '08

Britni Miller graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine with her doctor of veterinary medicine. She resides in Sycamore, IL.

Karen Brady Popovich '96

Karen Brady Popovich was named the 2012 Illinois Art Educator of the Year by the Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) and received the award at the IAEA conference in November. The annual award recognizes the exemplary contributions, service and achievements of an outstanding IAEA member. Popovich has taught at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, IL, since 2009. After majoring in studio art, she began her career 17 years ago at the elementary school level and then moved to the middle school level.

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