North Central College - Naperville, IL

Mary Perhay 1996

Mary Perhay of Financial Network was named to the list of FIVE STAR Wealth Managers for 2010 in the November 2010 issue of Chicago magazine. She is among the less than 2 percent of wealth managers in the Chicagoland area selected for the honor and has more than 13 years of experience in the financial services industry.

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 Healy lives in Aiken, SC, and may be reached at

Michael Reedy 1996

Michael Reedy showed a collection of his artwork, titled “Recent Works,” at The Kishwaukee College Art Gallery in Malta, IL. Recognized with numerous awards, his work has been widely exhibited across the country in a variety of local, regional and international exhibitions and can be viewed in many notable private and institutional collections.

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.

Mimi Cowan 1997

Mimi Cowan was selected to receive a 2011 OAH and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society (IEHS) John Higham Travel Grant by the Organization of American Historians (OAH). The annual grant is given to graduate students toward costs of attending the OAH/IEHS Annual Meeting. Cowan’s area of scholarly research involves German and Irish immigrants versus nativists in 19th century Chicago. She’s published articles on Irish nationalists as well as book reviews and 10 papers on the Irish and Chicago.

Student volunteers serve local refugee community

From left, elementary education and Spanish majors Sarah Hall ’12 and Liz Linnin
North Central College’s service learning program was featured in an online story.

March 9, 2011—In early 2011, the Aurora office of World Relief published a story on its website about North Central College student volunteers who tutor and serve refugee children on a weekly basis as part of the College’s service learning program. Here’s that story, written by World Relief intern Glenn Oviatt.

Alumna Cynthia Jele wins Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

Alumna and author Cynthia Jele has won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book in the African region.

Alumna Cynthia Jele wins Commonwealth Writers’ Prize

March 7, 2011—North Central graduate and author Cynthia Jele has won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Best First Book in the African region for her novel “Happiness is a Four-letter Word.”

Jele earns a trip to the Sydney Writers Festival in May, when her book will compete against finalists from other Commonwealth regions for two overall best first book awards.

Dan Stellato '78

Dan Stellato has been 1st Ward Alderman on the St. Charles City Council since 1995 and presented part of the state of the city address with mayor Don DeWitte at a forum hosted by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce. He’s chairman of the planning and development committee and past chairman of the government operations committee, government services committee and 1st Street task force.

Janelle Layland '02 Zenner

Janelle Layland Zenner and her husband Joshua opened J Rae Boutique in The Promenade in Bolingbrook, IL. The boutique features natural stone and Swarovski crystal jewelry, unique sterling silver pieces, evening bags, leather and vegan leather bags and wearable art. The couple aims to offer customers fashionable jewelry, bridging the gap between costume and high-end jewelry. They also own Charlotte Then and Now, a wholesale jewelry business that specializes in women’s fundraising events. Visit J Rae Boutique on Facebook.

Dave Rivait '82

Dave Rivait was appointed deputy chief financial officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on July 18. DOT is one of 15 cabinet departments, with a budget of $80 billion and 55,000 employees. He may be reached at

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