North Central College - Naperville, IL

William H. Robinson

Class Year: 
1968

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1985

After graduating from North Central College, William Robinson earned a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1972. Robinson worked 30 years in the technology area for DuPont and Goodyear. He enjoyed building teams and introducing change into large organizations. What was especially rewarding to Robinson was assisting in leading the implementation of computerization and the Internet into Goodyear’s Research and Development area. He is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Robinson volunteers at his church and serves on an advisory board at Kent State, which helps raise money for MS and the Lung Association.


David J. Rivait

Class Year: 
1982

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1991

David Rivait is an economist and senior budget analyst in the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy.  He received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in 1984 and received his first appointment in the civil service that year as a presidential management intern in the Office of the Secretary of the Treasury.  In 1989, he received a professional achievement award from the Executive Office of the President for his work on issues relating to drug law enforcement.


ArLynn Leiber Presser

Class Year: 
1981

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1991

ArLynn Leiber Presser is a novelist and freelance writer whose work ranges from the discussion of legal questions to women’s fiction. She received a  J.D. degree from Northwestern University in 1985, and worked as a litigator in Chicago for two years before embarking full-time on a career in writing.  She has twice co-edited “West’s Guide to American Law Supplement.” Her work has frequently appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Journal of the American Bar Association, and popular women’s magazines. In addition, three of her novels have been published.


H. Robert Holmes

Class Year: 
1966

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2006

H. Robert (Bob) Holmes ’66, a political science major, began his professional career as a stock broker with Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, and later progressed rapidly through a series of promotions with the firm Blyth, Eastman, Dillon & Company.

In 1979, Holmes founded Gilford Securities along with other senior officers of the former Blyth Eastman Dillon & Company. Gilford Securities is one of Wall Street’s few remaining private investment banking firms, with ownership shared by its founders and many of the firm’s more than 150 employees. Today, Gilford Securities is a full-service, national investment firm and maintains offices in Irvine, Calif.; New York City; and in White Plains, Melville and Westhampton, N.Y.

Holmes was elected to North Central’s Board of Trustees in 1979 and was a member of the Board’s Public Affairs and Development Committee. He has also served the College as a class representative, Phonathon caller and has been a contributor to the Linda Gross Holmes Memorial Scholarship in memory of his first wife, Linda Gross ’67 Holmes.

In 1982, he received the College’s first Alumni Recognition Award and in 1989 became a life member of the Presidents Club. Most recently, Holmes honored his late grandparents, Ben ’12 and Bess Turner ’12 Kiekhofer, with a naming gift toward the renovation of Kiekhofer Hall and Koten Chapel. This gift is a celebration of the strong ties between his grandparents and North Central College.

Holmes resides in La Quinta, Calif., with his wife, Debbie, and five-year-old daughter, Megan.


Debra Falduto Novack

Class Year: 
1981

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1994

Debra Novack received her B.A. from North Central College in 1981 and her J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in 1984, where she was editor of the law review. After checking for the Hon. Joel M. Flaum of the seventh circuit, she joined Baker & McKenzie in Chicago, where she was in the international tax department. Novack wrote an article titled “English – Only Rules in the Workplace – the Need to Prove Disparate Impact,” which palced second in the 1995 ISBA Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest. The article was also published in the September 1995 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal.


William H. Naumann, Jr.

Class Year: 
1974

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

William Naumann is currently a partner in his own law firm—Naumann & Levine, LLP, specializing in real estate and construction defects. From 1991 to 1999, Naumann was a tort editor for Trial Bar News, which published monthly articles summarizing and analyzing legal developments. His service to the community includes chairman of Interfaith Shelter Network, a shelter for homeless and battered women; board of directors for Habitat for Humanity; and five years as a softball coach for daughter Brittany’s team. Naumann’s “Regulation of California Real Estate Securities in California” was published by the San Diego Law Review and republished by the Colorado State University Law Review.  He also received a special recognition award from Consumer Attorneys of California for dedication to the rights of consumers.


Ronald Lueptow

Class Year: 
1981

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1990

Ron Lueptow is currently the group controller with the thermal fluid controls group for Circor International Inc., a position he has held since April 2004. He has been a Trustee for North Central College since 2001, and is serving as vice chair of the Enrollment and Student Affairs Committee as well as the Audit, Investment and Liaison committees. Lueptow is a former president of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association. At that time, he established a residential summer camp for youngsters with spina bifida and raised $200,000 to fund the first year of camp. Under his leadership, membership in the local chapter doubled and funding tripled from 1985-1990, gaining national recognition. Lueptow currently lives in Tampa, Florida. His son, Josh, is a 2004 graduate of North Central College. Josh is the fourth generation of Lueptows to graduate from the College.


Susan Lloyd

Class Year: 
1978

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1988

Susan Lloyd is a director in the Program on Human and Community Development at John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Her focus includes work to improve low-income neighborhoods and assist with the transformation of public housing. Professionally, she has concentrated on the not-for-profit sector serving as advertising director for Youth Communication/Chicago and as associate director of Metro-Help, Inc., prior to establishing a counseling and technical assistance practice for neighborhood-based not-for-profit organizations in 1983 under Lloyd Consulting, Inc. In 1997, Lloyd received a Ron Sable Activism Award at the Crossroads Fund’s Annual Benefit, recognizing her volunteer effort, generous support and commitment to social and economic justice.


Karl Kuppler

Class Year: 
1978

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

Karl Kuppler received a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 1981. Today, he continues in private practice and frequently speaks and writes about tax and estate planning topics. He is currently president of the Rotary Club of Peoria and the Community Foundation of Central Illinois Depository. He has received numerous professional awards and is the author of a chapter on state taxation in the 1988 Annual Survey of Illinois Law, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education.


Cheryl Long Kuppler

Class Year: 
1980

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 1989

Cheryl Long Kuppler received a J.D. degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1983 and is a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee for the Peoria County Bar Association. She continues her tax practice as Kuppler & Associates and has four other accountants in the firm during tax season. Most recently, she served as chair of Peoria’s Police & Fire Commission for three years and is on several community boards, including the Red Cross and ICC Foundation.


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