North Central College - Naperville, IL

Veronika Gagovic '01

Veronika Gagovic, M.D., returned to campus to speak to College Scholars and their families. She recounted the challenges she faced during her undergraduate and medical education and encouraged students to persevere and enjoy the journey. After graduating from North Central in biochemistry, Gagovic attended Loyola University Medical School and completed her internal medicine residency at Indiana University–Indianapolis. After a training fellowship in Madison, WI, she will start a private practice in gastroenterology.

Anna Zahn '09

Anna Zahn is a full-time mathematics teacher at Geneva High School. She accepted the full-time position in August 2012 after serving one year as a long-term substitute.

Elizabeth “Jan” Edgar '70

Elizabeth “Jan” Edgar, certified fund-raising executive (CFRE), is the executive director of the Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center Foundation in Joliet, IL. Edgar previously served as the director of development at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) in Schaumburg, IL, where she created and led initiatives for annual major and planned gifts, corporate relations, cause and marketing, and awards and recognition programs. Before her work with the AAD, Edgar served as the first executive director of the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL.

Mark Myers '01

Mark Myers is the choir director at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL. Myers’ dedication to kids and his passion for teaching choral music has won him the respect of students, parents and professional peers. In spring 2012 he was honored with the National FAME Aspire Award, a vocal Vanguard Award based on nominations from fellow members of the Academy of Show Choir Professionals from around the country. Myers directs the school’s seven choral groups and has taken his students to competitions and festivals at the Opera House in Sydney, Australia, St.

Anne Adamson '10

Anne Adamson was a guest speaker for North Central’s student-run Pre-Health Organization, which provides opportunities for its members to learn from and network with successful North Central alumni from a variety of health professions. Adamson shared her experiences as a second-year dental student at the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. She is a recipient of the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program, which provides tuition assistance and a stipend for up to four years. She also is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy.

Ernie Brandon '62

Ernie Brandon founded a woodwind quintet called “Euterpe” Wind Quintet (Michigan) two years ago. The group is named for the Greek muse for music and lyric poetry. (He includes Michigan in the name because there is a “Euterpe” quintet based in the Netherlands.) The group’s repertoire ranges from classical to ragtime, including concert music written expressly for wind quintets, transcriptions of popular classical piano and orchestra pieces, and arrangements of folk and some pop music.

Gaylen Brubaker '72

Gaylen Brubaker is vice president, technical director-groundwater remediation for AECOM, based in Raleigh, NC. He has 28 years’ experience and has been the technical lead on remedy selection and associated regulatory negotiations for many high-profile sites, including those containing coal tar residuals, petroleum products, creosote, chlorinated solvents and petrochemical wastes. He also develops and interprets laboratory results and pilot design studies.

Susie Gawriluk '73

Susie Gawriluk is an account executive for Journal Community Publishing Group, selling advertising for three magazines and websites: Silent Sports, Wisconsin Trails and Wisconsin Journeys. She founded Denim and Dessert Theatre in Presque Isle, WI, in 2004 and continues to serve as its artistic director for three annual shows. She married for the first time in September 2011, to Tom Preston, “under a beautiful tent with lanterns and flowers, fresh from friends’ gardens, and a bonfire afterward.” She lives in Arbor Vitae, WI, and may be reached at sgawriluk1@gmail.com.

Bob Pickett '73

Bob Pickett is in his 16th season as the producer/director of the St. Louis Concert Choir, a community Christian choral organization representing nearly 30 churches in the greater St. Louis metro area. This summer he and legendary music producer Thurlow Spurr are bringing together 200 singers from across America to perform in concert with three of Christian music’s greatest artists: winners of multiple Grammy and Dove Awards, singers Sandi Patty and Larnelle Harris, and pianist Dino in two “Festival of Praise” performances. The concerts are scheduled for Sunday, July 1, at Grace Church–St.

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber '77

Kimberly Lisanby-Barber was named the 2012-2013 Elementary School Principal of the Year by the Illinois Principals Association. She is the principal of Lincoln Elementary School in the Spring Valley Clark County School District 99. The award recognizes elementary school principals who have demonstrated a positive impact on their students and learning community. As the award winner, she will compete for the National Distinguished Principal of the Year award sponsored by VALIC and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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