North Central College - Naperville, IL

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

Tracy Smith Malone 1990

The Reverend Tracy Smith Malone was appointed Chicago southern district superintendent to the Northern Illinois Cabinet of the United Methodist Church. She became a probationary member of the conference in 1993 and has served in associate, pastor and senior pastor positions. She is serving her second term on the General Board of Church and Society. She lives in Aurora, IL, with her husband Derrick Malone ’93 and two daughters.

LeRoy Roesti 1965

LeRoy Roesti shared his memories after learning about the passing of music professor Paul Warren Allen: “Who can forget where you were when Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963? We [North Central students] were in a bus outside a high school waiting to give a concert. Some of our girls cried. Dr. Allen calmly said we’d give the concert and dedicate it to Kennedy and we did. ... Professor Allen encouraged me most as a composer by conducting three of my choral pieces ...

Jane Anderson Clark 1992

Jane Anderson Clark was named vice president, member services, for NationaLease, one of the largest full-service truck leasing organizations in North America. In her new position, she’ll manage the entire member services operation, as well as work to strengthen member relationships, reduce member costs and improve collaboration within the NationaLease supporting groups. Before joining NationaLease, she served as area vice president for Randstad, one of the nation’s largest recruitment agencies.

Marti Healy 1967

Marti Healy published her third novel titled “The Secret Child” in 2010. Set in the midlands of South Carolina in 1855, the story interweaves unexpected subjects and issues, such as slavery, human rights and other harsh realities of 19th century South Carolina. It has received high critical acclaim and special recognition from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and other literary groups. For more information visit www.martihealybooks.com. Healy lives in Aiken, SC, and may be reached at MartiHealy@MartiHealyBooks.com.

Robert Ropars 1992

Robert Ropars published an e-book titled “Dark Bites,” a four-part horror series with new twists on classic horror stories. He also published “Carriage Returns” and “Romantic Confessions.” Ropars may be reached at robropars@gmail.com.

Ryan Gatenby 1993

Ryan Gatenby and Andy Miles released their debut album “Unimpressive” as members of Chicago’s The Band Split. Gatenby, vocalist and guitarist, produced the album at home and mastered it on his MacBook in order to release this melodic rock gem on Transistor Sound, a label started by drummer Miles. The group also created a YouTube video for its song “Cheater.”

James E. Saloga 1968

James E. Saloga was appointed to the board of directors of Batavia Enterprises, Inc., a locally owned property management and development firm. After serving in the U.S. Navy, he graduated with honors from John Marshall Law School. He returned to North Central to teach business law as an adjunct professor, 1977-1985. During his legal career, he established the widely accepted arbitration programs used by both Northern Illinois Home Builders Association and Fox Valley Home Builders Association to resolve homebuilding disputes. In 2001, he co-founded Home Closing Services, Inc.

Kathy Graham 1993

Kathy Graham wrote a book titled “Graham’s Manual of Style for Resumes and Cover Letters.” She’s the founder of HQ Search, Inc., HQ Seminars, Inc., HQ Scripts, Inc. and HQ Services, Inc. in Naperville. Each company focuses on different aspects of career development for professionals. She presented the Career Strategies for You Workshop for the University of Chicago Women’s Business Group in February. Her workshops have received positive feedback due to the high rate of success individuals are experiencing in securing their ideal career goals, even in a challenging economic climate.

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