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Class Notes: Summer 2016

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Phyllis Edholm Carper writes that her most memorable years were 1950–1954, when she joined the U.S. Army as a nurse. A First Lieutenant, she served in the Korean War. Her husband of 60 years, retired Col. Robert R. Carper, died in 2013. Their daughter, Amy, and two grandchildren moved from Florida to Colorado in December. “Next I broke my hip,” she writes. “Despite all, I am still active in the community and my church. With wonderful, caring friends, I celebrated my 90th birthday. Without the knowledge and self- confidence Lake Forest College fostered in me, I would never have accomplished this interesting life— and I’m not done yet.”


Michael Henry of Marble Falls, Texas, writes: “I couldn’t resist sending in a photo of our Christmas family reunion, in Cedar Park, Texas. This was the first time in many years when all family members were together. There was one exception, Grant Coleman, husband of our granddaughter, who was deployed to Kuwait. Included are three great-grandkiddos, and one more great-granddaughter, who was due to arrive several days after New Year’s Day. Life is good!”


Ron Daiss published a collection of short stories, Alaska Tales, that can be found in the genre of fantasy but is also based on his Alaskan experience.


Bill Dixon reports that 2015 was a banner year. “I was certified by the NRA as a Range Safety Officer, qualified as sharp shooter with a pistol, and—best of all—finished 10 years at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, Illinois, as a volunteer in the Emergency Department.”


After receiving his MBA from Marquette University, Mike Komar worked for Thermo
King Corp. for 32 years in sales and marketing. “While at Thermo King, I was an adjunct professor teaching marketing at the University of Minnesota,” he writes. “I retired and moved
to Florida, not just to play golf, but to continue my career teaching. For the past 12 years, I’ve been an adjunct professor teaching various marketing and management courses at Florida Gulf Coast University. I also joined SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) in Naples, Florida, helping small businesses grow and succeed in the marketplace. Life is great in sunny Florida.”

Margaret “Penny” Mohan has been living in “breathtaking” Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for the last 16 years after raising her family in Chicago. “I’m an almost- retired psychotherapist and happy grandmother of six,” she writes. Four of her grandchildren, who live in Jackson Hole, helped Mohan to celebrate her 73rd birthday in August 2015. In addition to hanging out with the kids, “I’m still riding, skiing, hiking, traveling, and reading— well I was an English major!”


Walter Hill, dean of the agricultural school at Tuskegee University and a man often called the modern-day George Washington Carver, was featured in The New York Times in a story titled, “Field Peas, a Southern Good Luck Charm.”


Alan Bildner writes that he has “good memories of Lake Forest College.”

Donald Cameron writes: “After 40 years of teaching and coaching in the boarding schools of New England, I made a move with my wife to North Carolina to teach at Davidson Day School. There I head the Mathematics Department, coach cross country and track.” He’s also the faculty advisor to the National Honor Society, faculty advisor to the Class of 2018, and does “a host of other things that all teachers do. I thoroughly enjoy being at Davidson Day. My colleagues are very good teachers and dedicated to their job. The students are polite, determined and hardworking. What a wonderful change from the boarding school world!”


The April issue of Benefits Selling magazine introduced Fred Garfield, a senior vice president and practice team leader for The Horton Group of Orland Park, Illinois, as one of five finalists for 2016 Broker of the Year, one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, which identifies brokers and consultants who stand out from the crowd, help shape the industry, and provide extraordinary client service. Garfield has more than 37 years of experience in the employee benefits industry.


After living in Tortola, the largest of the British Virgin Islands, for 15 years, Ed Stroh sold his business and home. “Wendy and I returned 1988 to the U.S. and are now living in Barrington, Rhode Island,” he writes. “Between our new home—a 40-foot sailboat—and working at Herreshoff Marine Museum, I’m busy!”


Craig Marchbanks of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago addressed the importance of being able to tell your own story, how that impacts professional development and the job search process during an All Access Mixer with the College’s In The Loop students and Chicago-area alums on April 7.


Brian Clauss hosted the first All Access Mixer of the spring semester, an after-hours networking event in February at The John Marshall Law School, where he is executive director of the Veterans Legal Support Center and Clinic.


Courtney Doherty Wright of CDW Merchants was the keynote speaker at the All Access Mixer in Chicago on February 11. Wright talked to the group of In The Loop students and alums about how to network effectively.

Mike Gibbons writes: “In May of 2015 I left my financial services position at a local financial services firm to open my own financial planning company—Gibbons Financial Group. Thankfully, it’s been a good move as clients have all asked why I hadn’t done it sooner.”


Lee Warren Jones appeared on the last episode of ABC Family’s “Chasing Life,” “after which the show was promptly cancelled… story of an actor’s life in Hollywood,” Jones writes.


Wendy Heilman received a Master’s of Theology from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in May 2016. “I hope to have my PhD completed in 2019 in Church History/Christian-Muslim Relations,” she writes.


David Campbell and Amanda Mertens Campbell welcomed Eleanor Lillian “Ellie” Campbell, born January 16, 2016, at 11:25 a.m., weighing 8 lb. 2 oz. and measuring 19.25 inches. “In addition to having a very calm disposition and a full head of thick, dark hair, Ellie has already impressed us with her impeccable sense of timing: she arrived 10 days early (the first day after I stopped working), allowing us to arrive home from the hospital one day before the Washington area received its record snowfall. She has thoroughly charmed us— including her biggest fan, big sister Maisie. 


Matthew Patterson learned during a surprise announcement in his classroom that he was one of four teachers nationwide to win the 2016 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice, a $25,000 award recognizing the nation’s most effective teachers working in high-need public schools.

Zach Sharkey wrote Business Valuation for Business Owners, a book that covers the process, appraisal and valuation, as well as finance and economic points. “I end it with ‘The Business Owner’s Solution,’ a process that has a pending Service Mark. It addresses buy-sell agreements and a process that I created from working with closely held private company owners and the many economic fatalities I’ve witnessed. My process eliminates those,” Sharkey writes.


Celebrating their Forester Forever connections at a Punahou School gathering in Chicago are: Chai Reddy, Lake Forest College Operations Director for Budget and Compliance Chris Pier, and Charle Fern ’94.

Peyton Rose recently published his first fiction novel, The Long Way Home, which won recognition as a finalist for Contemporary Fiction in the National Independent Excellence Awards. “I based Harber Woods College in The Long Way Home on my first experiences at Lake Forest College,” he writes. Rose also reports he enlisted the talents of alumnae Jenaeth Higgins Markaj ’01, to edit his debut novel, and his wife, Ashleigh Adams Rose ’00, to design the cover. The Long Way Home is the first installment in his three-book deal with 220 Publishing of Chicago.


Students in the Disney, Music and Culture class got an insider’s perspective on Walt Disney World, thanks to an April afternoon interview via Skype with Katie Lackey—an award-winning Disney employee. From her office in Florida, Lackey and the class met via a laptop hooked up to a classroom projection screen and speakers in Assistant Professor of Music Scott Edgar’s classroom in Reid Hall.

Corliss and Spencer Ivy welcomed 6 lb. 10 oz. daughter Elizabeth Grace on April 9.


On August 8, 2015, Janet Kapala Keller married Brian Keller “in the gorgeous horticultural park
in Joliet, Illinois,” she writes. Her maid of honor was Megan Brown ’01. The Kellers live in Joliet, Illinois.

Kara Schonrank Adams recently earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential. The credential is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify association professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of association management. She continues her work as the eLearning and Certified Food Scientist Preparatory Course Manager at the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago.


Will Pittinos started a new job as a program coordinator and research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He writes: “I’m working with the Project on Nuclear Issues, which helps develop the next generation of nuclear leaders. I’m also on the editorial board for young professionals journal New Perspectives in Foreign Policy. The first few months have been a lot of fun, and I’m getting to put that liberal arts degree to very good use in an interdisciplinary field.”


Justin Lansing and his Grammy Award winning band, The Okee Dokee Brothers, performed on campus to an enthusiastic crowd in February. The concert was a Lake Forest Lyrica presentation.

Wired interviewed Syed Karim about his company’s plan to beam the Web to the estimated 3 billion people who don’t have Internet access. “We want to solve the information-access problem as quickly as possible,” the Outernet co-founder and CEO is quoted in Wired.

Michael White was selected for a neuro-oncology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital/ Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Michael is currently completing his post-MD neurology residency at Washington University.


National Public Radio’s Mary Louise Kelley interviewed Jared Fox, LGBT liaison for New York City’s public schools, for a Morning Edition story on protecting civil rights for members of the LGBT community. The story aired on May 16.


Gregory McAdams is currently a high school English teacher at Greeley West High School in Greeley, Colorado. “I have the privilege of working with an incredibly diverse and culturally unique group of students from all over the world including Somalia, Thailand, Central America, and Mexico. I also have had the pleasure of coaching several successful football teams and some of the top shot and discus throwers in the state of Colorado. None of this would have been possible without the tremendous education department that prepared me so well for this rewarding profession,” he writes.


Eighteen alumni and the College’s In The Loop students met at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Chicago during an after-hours mixer hosted by Young Alumni Council member Justin Fowler on April 7.

Due to her political campaign experience in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Lucy-George Cooper was asked to drive in a motorcade for former President Bill Clinton while he was campaigning for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Lucy recently left for Togo, where she will spend two years serving in the Peace Corps.


Dan Turk, an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company in New York City, shared vital insight about this competitive field with a small group of students over an on-campus pizza lunch in May. He shared information about working in hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, investor relations, and even job-search tips in the banking industry with the group of students.

Kelsie Miller returned to campus in April to participate in a first-ever Careers in Insurance panel
to inform students about the big opportunities available in her industry. Panelists shared their individual career stories and advice during the well-attended event in the Calvin Durand Lounge.

Mallory Carroll returned to campus to speak to Assistant Professor of Sociology Todd Beer’s Quantitative Methods class. “The skills I learned in that class have helped me tremendously in my job as a research analyst at Ipsos,” she writes. Ipsos is a global market research company where Carroll assists corporate clients to develop new products and manage their global brands.

The Chicago Tribune featured Emily Keast in a Q&A before she left for Ethiopia in January to work with the Peace Corps.