North Central College - Naperville, IL

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski brings expertise, experience to North Central College

Head athletic trainer Sara Koski teaches students through experience, initiates unique injury-treatment protocol.

Sara Koski, North Central’s head athletic trainer, has only been on the job for about six months but her experience teaching and mentoring students and expertise in concussion treatment has brought fresh knowledge to the College’s athletic department.

Students and faculty instructor present at health and education conference

Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15, Tammy Wynard
Alyssa Walters ’14, Carolyn Kerr ’15 and Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education, gave talk at conference.

Alyssa Walters ’14 and Carolyn Kerr ’15 joined Tammy Wynard, North Central College visiting instructor of health and physical education and coordinator of the health education and wellness programs, to present a session at the Illinois Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (IAHPERD) Conference held in St. Charles in November.

Alumnus makes dream a reality by opening tennis club

Tennis pro Robin Henders ’03 opens new tennis facility in Plainfield for Five Star Tennis.

Robin Henders ’03, co-owner of Five Star Tennis, is pursuing his long-held dream of opening a tennis facility for his rapidly expanding business. Five Star Tennis has expanded with a new 40,000-square-foot indoor tennis facility in Plainfield near 119th Street and Normantown Road.

Teach First program at North Central College is focus of video

Ruth Ramos ’04
The Dunham Fund showcases its partnership with the Teach First program in a video featuring North Central College educators and students.

The Dunham Fund has showcased its partnership with the Teach First program at North Central College in a video titled “The Dunham Fund: Proud Partner of Teach First.” It features interviews with various North Central educators, including Julie Carballo, director of the Teach First program, students who are Dunham Scholars, and two graduates who are teaching in the East Aurora District 131.

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Gems gives talks, publishes book and article about sports history, society and identity

Gerald Gems, professor of health and physical education
Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, publishes book, co-publishes article, co-presents at universities in Sweden.

Gerald Gems, North Central College professor of health and physical education, published an article, titled “Fairy Tales? Marion Jones, C.J. Hunter and the Framing of Doping in American Newspapers,” in Sport in Society, November 2013. The article was coauthored with Gertrud Pfister of the University of Copenhagen.

Katrina Sturtevant '05

Katrina Sturtevant is supervisor of the bank response center at State Farm Bank. Her responsibilities include managing a team of individuals that oversees customer interaction with State Farm Bank and helping employees reach their career goals. Sturtevant has a master of science in health education from Northern Illinois University. She may be reached at

Sarah Shillington '87

Sarah Shillington is executive vice president of solutions at Leidos Health in Chicago, a new company that aims to solve some of the world’s most daunting challenges in national security, health and engineering. Shillington leads the commercial health management consulting division on the executive board. She lives with her two daughters and partner in Oak Park, IL. She may be reached at

Jim Caliendo '79

Jim Caliendo was honored by the National High School Coaches Association as its National Water Polo Coach of the Year. He is swimming and water polo coach for Sandburg High School in Orland Park, IL.

Michael Patierno '76

Michael Patierno is athletic director and transportation director for Colonel Beach Public Schools in Colonel Beach, VA. Patierno served for 20 years as a U.S. Army Military Police officer. He then worked as athletic director of Skyline High School in Front Royal, VA, and was assistant principal of Warren High School.

Lowell “Bud” Berger '48

Lowell “Bud” Berger was honored in February as an inductee into Naperville Central High School’s (NCHS) first Hall of Fame class. Berger began his teaching career at NCHS in 1951 and retired in 1985. He taught physical education and coached the track and cross country teams, serving as head track coach for 15 years. Under his leadership as head coach, NCHS won 13 straight track and field conference championships. Berger introduced cross country to NCHS and under his leadership built a record of 140 wins, 17 losses and nine consecutive conference championships.

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