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Thursday, June 19, 2014


Jean S. Simon (B.A. ’69 Elementary Education - Psychology)
Simon retired after working 23 years for the State of Hawaii. She will continue to reside in Hawaii during her retirement.

Marianne Moss (B.A. ’75 Political Science)
Moss recently joined the Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO), a global business network for business owners, as its Chief Technology Officer. EO also operates the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) and Accelerator, a series of quarterly learning events.

William J. Palmer (B.A. ’75 Speech and M.A. S. ’95 Education - Children with Behavioral Disorders)
Palmer was recently featured in a Daily Herald article about his teaching career at the high school he dropped out of as a youth. He teaches a special four year interpersonal communication resource class targeting students identified as being at-risk to drop out of high school. Drawing from his personal experience, Palmer follows his students throughout their time at Barrington High School in the Northwest suburbs, and helps them to bridge the gap between their achievement level and their potential to complete high school and earn a diploma.

Dorene Porter-Wiese (B.A. ’75 University without Walls)
Porter-Wiese has been appointed to the Cook County Health and Hospital Systems Board of Directors, which governs the management of several country run hospitals and community health care clinics throughout Cook County, Ill.

Cleveland C. Clency (B.A. ’78 Music)
Clency is retiring from his career as professor of music and director of choirs at College of Lake Country (CLC). He led his final concert  CLC, which included performances of more than 125 singers including the Chamber Singers, CLC Singer, the Gospel Choir, and the Lake County Choir, on Friday, May 9, 2014. He will also be leading 35 singers from CLC in a performance at New York's Carnegie Hall in mid-June.

Louis Rossi (B.A. ’78 Elementary Education - Physical Education)
Rossi was recently selected to serve as the Police Chief of Gilberts, Ill. He previously served as a criminal investigator for the Nevada Secretary of State's Office and as Police Chief for Kildeer and Highwood, Ill.

Mark C. Panzer (B.A. ’80 Business and Management)
Pranzer was recently named Vice-President of Sears Holdings and President of their pharmacy division. He will oversee the company's pharmacy business online and in Kmart stores throughout the country. Panzer previously served as president and CEO of Pharmacy Integrative Pharmacy and senior executive vice president and chief marketing officer with Rite Aid Corporation

David W. Johnson (B.A. ’85 Nontraditional Degrees Program, Kaskaskia)
Johnson was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a real estate investment trust which owns and manages the assets of upper-upscale and luxury hotels and resorts. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of many other groups including The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Meeting Professionals International, Active International, and Gaylord Entertainment.

Leonard F. Samczyk (B.A. ’85 Music and M.B.A. ’96 Business Administration)
Samczyk was recently elected President of the non-profit association, The Chicago Tax Club, which provides educational and networking events for tax professionals.

Michael J. Moody (B.S. ’86 Finance)
Moody recently joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Mass., as the  Institute Auditor, analyzing the safeguarding of assets and assessing adequacy of internal controls, compliance with laws and regulations, and adherence to ethical practices. Previously he served as the director of compliance in the Office for Audit and Advisory Services at Northwestern University in Evanston.

William Lozada (B.S. ’87 Accounting)
Lozada was recently named managing director for Crawford Forensic Accounting Services for the United States, part of Global Technical Services, which manages large and complex insurance claims.

Robert J. Chleboun (B.A. ’90 Elementary Education - Teacher Education and M.A. ’94 Education Administration: Administration)
After serving as principal at Blythe Park Elementary School and in a variety of district-wide positions for the past ten years in the Riverside Public Schools, District 96, Chleboun was recently named principal of Liberty Elementary School in Carpentersville.

Chaim Z. Shapiro (B.A. ’95 History)
Shapiro was recently awarded the 2014 NACE/SJG Rising Star Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Spelman & Johnson Group (SJG), in recognition of his strong leadership potential and contributions to the career services profession and the NACE organization.

Ezz E. Masri (B.A ’97 Political Science and M.A. ’00 Political Science)
Masri runs the Gaza branch of a peace organization called OneVoice. After "living next toJews [while attending Northeastern Illinois University]," he returned to Israel where he now convenes town hall meetings in Gaza promoting a two state solution to the unrest in the region.

Lisa Panka (M.A. ’98 Grad-Adm & Sup-Gen Adm Cer)
Panka was recently named the K - 12 Editorial Director for LearningMate,  which provides multi-media interactive learning experiences serving education publishers, online schools, universities, government agencies, non-profits and education consortia.  She will oversee LearningMate's K-12 curriculum content development projects and supervise the company's K - 12 editorial staff.

Kathryn J. Cowan (M.A. ’00 Music)
Cowan was recently recognized by Salon magazine when her 1990 album, "The Red-Haired Man's Wife" was named one of the twenty most underrated albums of all time.

Michael J. Miles (M.A. ’04 Music)
Miles was featured in an April 24, 2014 Chicago Tribune article about the influence and guidance he received  from Pete Seeger in his career playing and teaching banjo. Miles serves on the faculty at the Old Town School of Folk Music and also teaches banjo to first, second, and third graders at Seward Elementary School in the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago.

Justin M. Santora (B.A. ’08 Art and Secondary Education Certification: Art)
Santora's artwork was exhibited at the Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills. He is well-known for his rock-n-roll prints for struggling local bands and renowned groups, such as Phish.

Lamanda T. Silva (B.A. ’10 Elementary Education – Teacher Education)
Silva was featured in a radio piece on Chicago's National Public Radio station, WBEZ, 91.5 FM. Silva talked about how the elementary school which she attended, and at which she now teaches, Noble Street Charter School in Chicago, engages their alumni to return to the classroom as teachers after finishing college.

Samuel A. Chou (B.A. ’11 Interdisciplinary Studies)
For the past two years, Chou has been tutoring college mathematics at Harold Washington College. Chou is happy to report that all his students are earning good grades, and he is considering applying for graduate school.

April S. Harper (B.A. ’12 Special Education)
Harper's experience in her first two years of teaching special education was recently highlighted in an online article at Harper teaches sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade special education students at Field Elementary in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Walter L. Ramirez (B.A. ’12 Mathematics and Secondary Education Certification: Mathematics)
Ramirez is a flight attendant for American Airlines. He recently changed his base of operations from Philadelphia, Penn., to Phoenix, Arizona.

Nadia Askar (B.A. ’13 English)
Askar recently joined the staff of PM Engineer Magazine, a monthly publication.

Armando Perez (B.A. ’13 Interdisciplinary Studies and Communications, Media and Theater)
Perez recently released a CD entitled Pillowtalk under the name The Single Helix, featuring current Northeastern student, music major Erica Rose Sauder. Perez was also a featured artist for the ezine Reflection and Response for The Lifestyle, an independent arts collective. You can hear Perez' music online at The Single Helix on SoundCloud or playing around the Chicago area with Latin fusion group Jugo de Mango and Afro-beat/cumbia ensemble ¡ESSO!, and spinning house and global soul music.

Daniel J. Weidner (M.A. ’13 Educational Leadership: School Leadership)
Weidner was appointed the district administrator for Career and Technical Education, beginning in July 2014, for Township High School District 214, serving several Northwest Chicago suburban high schools. He is currently a physics teacher at Wheeling High School in District 214 and coordinating Career and Technical Education and Driver Education.


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