North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nora Manca '06

Nora Manca is president and artistic director of Storefront Shakespeare, a mobile theater company that incorporates nontraditional staging of Shakespeare’s classic plays with a modern, urban touch. Its first shows were produced in a vacant storefront in Geneva, IL, and a yoga studio in Naperville. The cast of 25 actors performed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” using Promenade, a nontraditional form of theatre in which the entire space becomes the stage and the cast engages the audience in an interactive theatre experience.

Steve Heye '96

Steve Heye is web project manager for the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago. He has more than 10 years experience working for nonprofit organizations. He writes a blog at steveheye.blogspot.com about how organizations can better leverage their use of technology.

Kristine Lipowski '08

Kristine Lipowski is project coordinator for Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She’s pursuing a master’s degree in liberal studies at Northwestern. She may be reached at kllipowski312@gmail.com.

Brad Weiss '97

Brad Weiss writes a Radio, Media and Marketing Strategy Blog at bcarsonradio.wordpress.com. He’s also the midday host and content manager on WKQK-FM 94.1 in Memphis, TN, program director for WMFS AM/FM, executive producer for the Gary Parrish Show and a voice artist with Studio Center Memphis.

Amanda Williams '08

Amanda Williams was promoted to account executive in the corporate sales division of SmartEd Services in Cleveland. She began her career with SmartEd as a technology researcher, working to create technology solutions for corporate clients. SmartEd is the largest reseller of SMART Technologies in the Midwest, supplying K-12, corporate and higher education clients, including North Central College.

Jena Morrow '99

Jena Morrow chronicles her lifelong battle with an eating disorder in her debut book, titled “Hollow: An Unpolished Tale,” released in May 2010 by Moody Publishers. She studied music education at North Central College. She lives with her son in Crest Hill, IL, and may be reached at jenamorrow.com.

Michelle Corless '10

Michelle Corless won the first-place award for Best Radio News Reporting—a prestigious 2010 National Student Production Award from Collegiate Broadcasters, Inc. She won the top award for her WONC-FM 89.1 coverage of Evan Lysacek Day in Naperville last March. Corless is working as a reporter/production associate for Naperville Community Television, NCTV 17.

Charles F. Lee '57

Charles F. Lee wrote a book titled “The Adventures of ICKLE, PACKY, PICKLE and GOOCH,” about the mischievous and hilarious adventures of four grammar school–aged boys growing up in the late 1920s. Designed for young readers as well as adults, the book may also be a walk down memory lane for senior adults who grew up in the late 1920s and early Depression years in the 1930s. Lee received a master’s degree in mass communication from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Kevin Stahr '99

Kevin Stahr is the public information coordinator for the City of Aurora, IL. He’s responsible for writing news releases, fielding media inquiries, coordinating special events and helping develop various media strategies. Stahr had spent the last 11 years with Suburban Life Newspapers as a reporter and news editor. He lives in Aurora with his wife Toni Drost ’99 Stahr.

Andrea Larson '10

Andrea Larson stars in “Departure Lounge” at the Royal George Cabaret Theatre in Chicago. The musical follows four, less-than-innocent 18-year old Brits caught between adolescence and adulthood, who are delayed at Malaga Airport after a week in the sun to celebrate graduation from school. As they reminisce about their time together, it becomes clear that their individual memories of the holiday are at odds. For more information visit bailiwickchicago.wordpress.com.

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