North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nick Hird '07

Nick Hird won the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon on April 26, beating more than 1,800 other participants. Running through the streets of Champaign and Urbana in 2 hours, 23 minutes and 56 seconds, he averaged 5 minutes and 30 seconds per mile. Hird was a former NCAA Division III All-American at North Central, where he now coaches as a volunteer.

Adrian Aldrich '02

Adrian Aldrich has been promoted to executive director of development and alumni affairs and will oversee the offices of development and alumni relations at North Central College. He may be reached at 630-637-5301 or amaldrich@noctrl.edu.

Sarah Rader Hughes '96

Sarah Rader Hughes was promoted from senior manager to executive director at Ernst & Young, LLP. She has more than 12 years experience serving various industries. As an executive director, she will focus on continued quality client service. She and her husband Jason live in the Atlanta area with their son. She may be contacted at selizabeth7@gmail.com.

Travis Hartke '05

Travis Hartke is an associate cross country coach at Boise State University in Boise, ID. Hartke started his career as a graduate assistant at Iowa State in 2006 after earning a degree in psychology and physical education at North Central. At Iowa State, he earned a master's degree in kinesiology. He was promoted to a full-time assistant coach in 2008, a position he held until 2010 when he was named associate head coach.

David Thompson '99

David Thompson is head coach of men’s track and field at Williams College in Williamstown, MA. He was head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field programs at State University of New York at Oswego; University of Dubuque in Dubuque, IA; and Ashford University in Clinton, IA; and was assistant coach at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.

Matthew Lupo '07

Matthew Lupo was appointed as a staff associate at the Mathieson, Moyski, Celer & Co., LLP, Accountants and Advisors, a full-service accounting and financial services firm based in Wheaton, IL. He has experience in personal, partnership and corporate taxation and has worked with trust taxation, audits for small businesses, 401(K) audits and audits for manufacturing and warehouses. Lupo holds a master’s degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University.

Patrick Gaskin M ’02

Patrick Gaskin M ’02 was appointed principal of Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville. He previously served seven years as principal of Elmwood Elementary School. When he first began teaching in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Gaskin taught physical education at Mill Street Elementary School and was a football coach for Naperville North High School. He later became assistant principal at Scott Elementary School until his appointment as Elmwood’s principal in 2006.

Kirk Larson '97

Kirk Larson recently served as a guest columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He published an article, titled “The Data Is Coming, the Data Is Coming! Are You Ready for It?” Larson may be reached at kirklarson@gmail.com or linkedin.com/in/kirkblarson.

Wendy Laman-Nadeau '05

Wendy Laman-Nadeau is the Lisle Park District event coordinator and the driving force behind a public art project that features decorated wooden wheelbarrows. Her plan was to encourage area businesses and civic groups to purchase 21 decorative wooden wheelbarrows, find volunteer artists to decorate them, put them on display throughout the community and then auction them off to the community. All proceeds from the auction will go to Partners for Parks in Lisle, IL.

Elsa Yee-Hall '99

Elsa Yee-Hall is the division coordinator for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She assists in the coordination, planning and logistics of program-related activities. She lives in Harvard, IL, and may be reached at elsancc99@gmail.com.