North Central College - Naperville, IL

R. J. Nichols '11

R.J. McNichols is pursuing a master’s degree in new media studies at DePaul University and graduates in June. He works as a freelance videographer and editor and has undertaken a project shooting and editing content for Wine Channel TV. The hour-long wine, travel and lifestyle show appears on the hotel channel of Marriott and Hyatt hotels. McNichols also has done various videos for Flotrack, a web platform used to educate people about track and field and create a sense of community for the sport.

Taylor Martin '11

Taylor Martin is a graduate student in choral conducting at the University of Denver. He was this season’s Mark Sheldon Conducting Intern and was selected to participate in a Chorus America conducting master class in Cincinnati where he worked with conductors from across the country. The laboratory for this event was the Cincinnati Children’s Chorus and the focus for the conductor participants was gesture and pedagogy. “The experience of working on my craft for three days reminded me why I have chosen to pursue this career,” he said. “I left enriched and inspired.”

Geoffrey Clark '11

Geoffrey Clark is agate editor for the Chicago Tribune Media Group. He and his agate team were honored with the 2012 Chicago Tribune Jones-Beck Award for Outstanding Professional Performance.

Tarah B. Allen '11

Tarah B. Allen was appointed principal of the Ann Reid Early Childhood Center in Naperville. She previously served as the center’s assistant principal and was formerly a school psychologist and behavior learning specialist in Naperville Community Unit School District 203. Allen holds a master’s degree from the University of Buffalo and a certificate of education Leadership Type 75 from North Central.

Amanda Broaddus '10

Amanda Broaddus was interviewed by BlueHavana Podcast to discuss her role as director of “The Sound of Music,” this year’s musical at Gibson City- Melvin-Sibley High School (GCMS) in Gibson City, IL. The show incorporated students from the high school, middle and elementary school levels. Broaddus has been a choral instructor for the GCMS art/music department for three years. She attributes her musical interest and success to her grandmother, Mary Broaddus, who was a science teacher at GCMS.

Ashley Bartel '10

Ashley Bartel is assistant director of marketing in North Central’s Office of Marketing and Communications. She was previously marketing coordinator for Chicago Bread, a franchisee of Panera Bread. She resides in Naperville.

Jacob Austin '10

Jacob Austin played a role in “Romantic Fools,” a comedic vaudeville show that ran February 14-16 at the River’s Edge Theatre in Yorkville, IL. Austin played the male counterpart in multiple two-character sketches examining love, lust, dating and romance. With influences of “Monty Python,” “Saturday Night Live,” Jules Feiffer and the Marx Brothers, the sketches varied in style but all celebrated the inherent comedy of male-female relationships.

Jillian Ruggiero '09

Jillian Ruggiero was admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association. She is an assistant state’s attorney at the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office in Wheaton, IL.

Tara Madziarek '09

Tara Madziarek is certified as a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM), which endorses professional microbiologists in food safety and quality, pharmaceutical and medical device and biological safety microbiology at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.

Allison Beckham '09

Allison Beckham spoke at the College’s annual science alumni event, held May 16 during Cornerstone Week. At Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, she pursued her passion for international medicine and public health—while preparing to specialize in cardiothoracic surgery. She went to Uganda for a month to serve in a hospital in Kampala. Her blog addresses the disparities present in the hospital as well as life in Kampala and may be viewed at

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