North Central College - Naperville, IL

Robert Phillips '85

Robert Phillips was named dean of the Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) College of Arts and Sciences. Phillips joined WJU as an instructor of political science in 1998. He has served as curriculum coordinator for the master of science in organizational leadership since 2005 and as chair of the department of social science since 2008.

Robert Lentz '82

Robert Lentz contributed an essay to a new edition of Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” The centennial edition is published by Zane Grey’s West Society, which reproduced the 1912 first edition text and includes essays regarding the novel’s history, geography and Grey’s mark on American literature. Lentz’s essay describes the five movie adaptations made from Grey’s novel. For more information visit zgws.org.

Steve Kirin '82

Steve Kirin is chief executive officer of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). He brings more than 25 years work experience covering a variety of industries with high levels of experience in management, sales and marketing and operations. He is responsible for the overall operational performance of the company and has played an integral role in turning around the infrastructure and direction of NCBTMB in the past year.

Bruce Baum '81

Bruce Baum is executive director of the Medinah Park District in Medinah, IL. Baum has spent the past 30 years in the field of parks and recreation administration, serving in management roles for various park districts in the suburban Chicago area.  He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, has spoken at numerous state and national parks conferences and is a board member of the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association. He and his wife Diana reside in Aurora, IL.

Tom Johnson '68

Tom Johnson is retired after 40 years as a news editor at The Beacon-News in Aurora, IL. He was responsible for preparing copies and pages for publication and Internet postings. His wife Sally Strosahl ’73 works in private practice in individual, couples and family therapy as a licensed professional counselor. Tom and Sally are the parents of Andy, Kyle and Katharine and have one grandson. They live in Aurora and may be reached at strojon@sbcglobal.net.

Leong Tan '54

Leong Tan was honored by the San Francisco Medical Society as a 50-year member at the annual dinner in January 2013. He was recognized for his commitment to provide high-quality health care for the underserved and has worked to improve health care delivery within the Chinese-American community. A retired urologist, Tan has mentored University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) urology residents, volunteered as a consultant to the North East Medical Services (NEMS) and cofounded a foundation to support impoverished students in China.

Russell Whitaker Jr. '81

Russell Whitaker Jr. is the new pastor at Mission Evangelical Free Church in Wilton, ND. He may be reached at PastorRuss@bektel.com.

Catherine Hill '04

Catherine Hill is an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Southern California (USC). She started at USC in 2007 after earning her master’s degree in kinesiology and health promotion at the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky, Hill handled the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams. After graduating from North Central she worked as an intern at Northwestern University with the men’s soccer and women’s lacrosse programs. She resides in Manhattan Beach, CA.

Justin Lynch '11

Justin Lynch is a faculty service representative in the department of chemistry at the University of Chicago, where he helps faculty, post-doctoral students and researchers submit a variety of grant proposals. Lynch resides in Elgin, IL, and may be reached at jrl8883@yahoo.com.

Kevin A. Brown '86

Kevin A. Brown received a Pacesetter Award as the lead of a project with five other co-workers at Argonne National Laboratory. He has been a coordinating writer and editor and has served the laboratory since 1989. He resides in Plainfield, IL, with his wife Michele T. Murray ’86/M ’95 and their two daughters.

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