North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

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.

Daniel Meza-Cuadra '94

Daniel Meza-Cuadra joined IceTech America as vice president of sales to expand the South and Latin American markets. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of IceTech’s presence in these markets by setting up and further developing distributor channels. IceTech is a worldwide leading manufacturer of high performance and reliable dry ice blasting machines and dry ice production equipment.

Nancy Shannon Bandusky '93

Nancy Shannon Bandusky and her daughter Dorothy Bandusky released the children’s story titled, “Anniina Tatter - Not Just Cloth and Stuffing.” This novella tells the story of a little rag doll competing for a family in a toy store.

Jim Godo '93

Jim Godo has been promoted to assistant vice president for external affairs at North Central College and will oversee marketing and communications, sports information, community development and fine arts outreach. In addition, he served as the English-speaking public address announcer for the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 28.

Rachel Louise Snyder '92

Rachel Louise Snyder published an article titled “A Raised Hand: Can a New Approach Curb Domestic Homicide?” in The New Yorker, vol. 89, issue 21. The article addresses domestic homicide and the methods being implemented to further reduce incidents. Snyder is an assistant professor in the department of literature at American University in Washington, D.C., an author and an investigative journalist.

Jim VanHootegem '90

Jim VanHootegem was named the new head cross country/track and field coach at the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of working in a program that possesses an extensive history of producing championship-caliber teams and student-athletes,” he said. Previously, he was assistant coach of track and field for Texas A&M University. He played a crucial role in the team’s seven NCAA championships, 14 conference championships and 22 individual NCAA champions.

Dawn Pleas-Bailey '90

Dawn Pleas-Bailey was awarded the Ethel and Allen “Buddy” Carruth Sustained Leadership in Education Award at the University of Pennsylvania. The award recognizes individuals who serve as an inspiration to others, transcend expectations and provide significant service to the education community. Pleas-Bailey is vice president of student life and special assistant to the president for community engagement at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. She has built the school’s reputation as a high-quality institution that provides academic and social opportunities to low-income families.

Nancy Kruschke '89

Nancy Kruschke is founder and owner of Successful Organizing Solutions (S.O.S.), which helps both individuals and entire businesses increase their effectiveness and efficiency through organizing skills and practices. She began her organizing career with 10 years professional experience at American Express Financial Advisors, where she earned her Certified Financial Planner designation.

Victoria Huffman-Sladek '89

Victoria Huffman-Sladek is a self-employed massage therapist. She recently completed Reiki I training. She lives in Mount Pleasant, MI.

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