Chris Vavra published “Sideswipe,” the third book in his Oak Villa series. The book is set in a fictional Chicago suburb and centered on the Mafia. The series is published under the pen name C.R. Jakes and is available at Amazon.com in the Kindle edition. He has published three novels and three novellas in the Oak Villa series and a fourth novel is in process. He also works full time as a content specialist editor for a manufacturing magazine and freelances in Oswego, IL.
Beth E. Hothan-Zielinski, M.D., is a general surgeon and owner and president of Surgical Services of Mount Pleasant. She graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1981 and from St. Francis Medical Center in general surgery in 1986. She resides in Mount Pleasant, IA, with her husband James and two children, Patrick and Riley.
Callie Byers Celichowski was promoted to account executive for Covance Pharmaceutical in Madison, WI, a comprehensive drug development service company that conducts in vivo services, product discovery and translation services.
Lynn Getz Schopler launched Golden Elders Inc., an in-house adult care facility that provides an extended family setting for patients with Alzheimer’s. For four years, she took care of her parents, feeling the need to honor them and help other caregivers. In 2008, she opened an adult day care in her Naperville home to create a safe and warm environment for her guests and respite for their caregivers. Schopler also teaches psychology at the College of DuPage.
Daniel Newman M’09 recently published a book titled “Millennial CEO,” (Marie Street Press) which chronicles his rise to a CEO position as a former college athlete and part-time DJ, facing an uncertain future. Newman’s stories and perceptions provide insight into the true potential of Generation Y. He is co-founder and CEO of EOS and EC3, two quickly growing hosted IT service providers. He is also executive vice president of TMD, EOS’ parent organization and a national distributor for Cisco Systems and is responsible for the company’s strategy and business development activities.
John Daniels served as a panelist at the opening plenary session of Chicago United’s ninth annual Changing Color Leadership Conference. The conference is the preeminent forum for business leaders, diversity professionals and minority business owners throughout the Chicago region. Daniels and other C-suite leaders offered their insights on the topic “Paths to Professional Empowerment and Leadership,” one of several discussions of strategies promoting racial equality and organizational change. He has been chairman of Quarles & Brady since 2007.
Kai Ruggeri holds several research and teaching positions within the University of Cambridge (Darwin College, Engineering Design Centre and Department of Psychology). He also holds a senior analyst position at RAND Europe, an independent not-for-profit research institute whose mission is to help improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis. He is also director of the Junior Researcher Programme in psychology and continues with AMCS, a health finance company, as an economic and international development consultant.
Carol Miller ‘62 Weston continues to develop a music career that has spanned three decades. During the past year, she became part of a three-member cabaret performance group called The Song Sisters, which draws sellout crowds to the Chicago club Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret. “There seems to be a real thirst for that type of music and people support it,” she says.