North Central College - Naperville, IL

Emily Ruggiero '98

Emily Ruggiero is business development manager for Management Concepts in Washington, D.C. She has been in sales and marketing for 15 years and pursued post-graduate work at the University of Virginia. In her current role, she works with federal government entities and intelligence and civilian agencies regarding financial training and verification. Ruggiero may be reached at emilyr5481@yahoo.com.

Laura Botten '08

Laura Botten is a production assistant for US 99.5 WUSN-FM, Chicago. She is responsible for imaging on the station, creative services such as copywriting and commercial voiceovers and serves as a fill-in personality on air several times per month. She has been working at US 99.5 since April 2008 and was promoted to the station’s full-time production assistant in late 2012.

Marcos Mateo Ochoa '02

Marcos Mateo Ochoa has guest starred in several television shows, including Spike TV’s “The Joe Schmo Show,” Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show” and “Nathan For You.” In late 2012, he and his partner Frank Cermak Jr. costarred opposite each other in a feature film with Academy Award nominee Karen Black (“Easy Rider”), Steve Railsback (“Helter Skelter”) and Daveigh Chase (“The Ring”). In 2010 he was invited to become a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Ochoa resides in Hollywood, CA. For more information visit marcosmateoochoa.com.

Megan O'Connor '05

Megan O’Connor is an associate attorney at the Deratany Law Firm in Chicago. She recently coauthored “Eyes Wide Open: The Duty of Child Welfare Agencies in Illinois to Disclosure,” which was published in the Winter 2013 Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. O’Connor is a 2012 graduate of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was sworn in as an Illinois licensed attorney in November 2012.

Jackie Mitchell Nelson '99

Jackie Mitchell Nelson accepted a new position at the American Red Cross as the director of the celebrity and entertainment outreach program. She manages relationships with celebrity ambassadors and promotes accurate and favorable Red Cross placement in television and film. She may be reached at jackie.nelson@redcross.org.

Faith Evans '08

Faith Evans was named a centralillinoisproud.com Hometown Hero. She is stationed as a chemical officer at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Aberdeen, MD. Evans joined the U.S. Army in 2011 and is currently a second lieutenant. After boot camp, she completed officer candidate school and chemical warfare training in Missouri. Evans holds a master’s degree from Illinois State University.

Jim Owczarski '02

Jim Owczarski was honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) for investigative journalism. His story, “Who is Montaous Walton?,” uncovered a Milwaukee man posing as a baseball prospect who was defrauding legitimate agents. Owczarski’s story also uncovered falsified documents, which led to an investigation by Major League Baseball and eventually an arrest. He was selected as one of 10 finalists along with writers from USA Today, the New York Times, Yahoo! Sports and Los Angeles Times.

Kevin Vodak '96

Kevin Vodak is litigation director of CAIR-Chicago, a nonprofit grassroots membership organization that works to promote an accurate image of Islam and Muslims in America. Prior to this position, he worked at small law firms for eight years. After graduating from North Central, Vodak earned his J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law.

Shelley Crawford '07

Shelley Crawford performed in her first solo cabaret “Tellin’ It Like It Is” at Davenport’s Piano Bar March 11 and 18. The hour-long show featured a variety of rare musical theatre songs about life choices and self-discoveries. She was also choreographing a steam-punk hip-hop version of “The Wiz” at Downers Grove South High School and was assistant choreographer for Lincoln-Way Central High School’s production of “Anything Goes” in spring 2013.

Kirk Overstreet '00

Kirk Overstreet accepted a position as assistant dean of adjunct faculty support at the College of DuPage. He is the second of two new assistant deans hired to work with the College’s adjunct faculty members. In his new position, he and a fellow assistant dean will work on adjunct faculty recruitment, orientation, professional development and evaluation. Prior to working for the College of DuPage, he served as associate director of human resources in the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Chicago.