North Central College - Naperville, IL

Jessica Holtz 1999

Jessica Holtz is a gymnastics coach at Phenom Gymnastics in Aurora, IL. In May 2009 at the USA Gymnastics Level 10 national competition, she coached a gymnast who became the first to win all four events—beam, bars, vault and floor, and the all-around competition—and made the 2009 USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Team.

Jim Harper 1957

Jim Harper spoke about growing up in Culver, IN, at the Culver-Union Township Public Library in honor of Black History Month. Culver was once home to a thriving African-American community, which included members of the first integrated high school basketball team in Indiana (in 1922) and an African Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1950, Harper left Culver to attend North Central College where, he said, “My first year at college I was the only person of color in Naperville and at the school, but it didn’t seem to make a big difference.

Manmohan “Mac” Duggal 1984

Manmohan “Mac” Duggal is a fashion designer who gave a free gown to a struggling Miss USA pageant contestant in March. He’s an internationally known designer who sponsors dozens of pageants, including the Miss Illinois and Miss USA pageants. Throughout his 25 years in the industry, Duggal has dressed celebrities such as Vanna White, Ivana Trump, Jennifer Beal, Tina Turner, Sybil Shepherd and more. His designs have been used in the films “Titanic,” “Oceans 11” and “Country Strong.”

Deborah Dean Cafarelli 1986

Colonel Deborah Dean Cafarelli is the Air Force Materiel Command chair to the United States Air Force (USAF) Air University. She joined the Air War College faculty in the Department of Warfighting in July 2009. As a developmental/flight test engineer, she has served in a variety of acquisition and staff positions at the Air Force Phillips Laboratory, the Air Force Flight Development Test Center, the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Air Staff. She has also commanded the 633rd Electronic Systems Squadron (JSTARS).

Tracy Smith Malone 1990

The Reverend Tracy Smith Malone was appointed Chicago southern district superintendent to the Northern Illinois Cabinet of the United Methodist Church. She became a probationary member of the conference in 1993 and has served in associate, pastor and senior pastor positions. She is serving her second term on the General Board of Church and Society. She lives in Aurora, IL, with her husband Derrick Malone ’93 and two daughters.

LeRoy Roesti 1965

LeRoy Roesti shared his memories after learning about the passing of music professor Paul Warren Allen: “Who can forget where you were when Kennedy was shot on Nov. 22, 1963? We [North Central students] were in a bus outside a high school waiting to give a concert. Some of our girls cried. Dr. Allen calmly said we’d give the concert and dedicate it to Kennedy and we did. ... Professor Allen encouraged me most as a composer by conducting three of my choral pieces ...

Jane Anderson Clark 1992

Jane Anderson Clark was named vice president, member services, for NationaLease, one of the largest full-service truck leasing organizations in North America. In her new position, she’ll manage the entire member services operation, as well as work to strengthen member relationships, reduce member costs and improve collaboration within the NationaLease supporting groups. Before joining NationaLease, she served as area vice president for Randstad, one of the nation’s largest recruitment agencies.

Marti Healy 1967

Marti Healy published her third novel titled “The Secret Child” in 2010. Set in the midlands of South Carolina in 1855, the story interweaves unexpected subjects and issues, such as slavery, human rights and other harsh realities of 19th century South Carolina. It has received high critical acclaim and special recognition from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and other literary groups. For more information visit www.martihealybooks.com. Healy lives in Aiken, SC, and may be reached at MartiHealy@MartiHealyBooks.com.

Robert Ropars 1992

Robert Ropars published an e-book titled “Dark Bites,” a four-part horror series with new twists on classic horror stories. He also published “Carriage Returns” and “Romantic Confessions.” Ropars may be reached at robropars@gmail.com.

Ryan Gatenby 1993

Ryan Gatenby and Andy Miles released their debut album “Unimpressive” as members of Chicago’s The Band Split. Gatenby, vocalist and guitarist, produced the album at home and mastered it on his MacBook in order to release this melodic rock gem on Transistor Sound, a label started by drummer Miles. The group also created a YouTube video for its song “Cheater.”

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