North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

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.

Tommy Rivera-Vega '11

Tommy Rivera-Vega debuted in the Steppenwolf Theatre production “Three Sisters,” a Russian comedy-drama. He was honored to receive the opportunity to learn from Steppenwolf’s Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro and seasoned Chicago actors Ora Jones and Alana Areas. “Three Sisters” ran through August 26.

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.

Will Allan '09

Will Allan was cast to play the role of Stevie in Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s “Good People,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s class drama that premiered on Broadway in 2011. This was his third role at Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Allan will also appear in spring 2013 in Victory Gardens’ production of “The Whale.”

Andrew Sauer '11

Andrew Sauer was named the assistant sports information director at North Central College. He has been in charge of maintaining North Central’s baseball complex for summer tournaments and camps and interned in the College’s athletic department for two years. Most recently he was a graduate assistant in the Office of Sports Information.

Lucia Spina '97

Lucia Spina recently played a role on NBC’s “Law and Order: SVU,” appearing in three scenes. This is Spina’s first venture into television after numerous national tours, regional productions and Chicago and Broadway shows. She also headlined the North Central College Sesquicentennial Reunion Celebration on November, 11 2011. Spina resides in New York City.

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