North Central College - Naperville, IL

Maria E. Wynne

Class Year: 
1977

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2012

Maria E. Wynne ’77 oversees the world’s largest Girl Scouts council and is a leader and role model who influences the lives of nearly 86,000 girls in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. As CEO of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, Maria led the merger of seven independent councils in 2008. The reorganized council has experienced an increase in members, launched a new staffing structure and improved other systems for delivering services. These achievements have been recognized with several prestigious awards from area organizations, and Maria was named Chicago Executive of the Year 2011 by the Public Relations Society of America and included among 100 Women Making a Difference by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine in 2011.

Prior to the Girl Scouts, Maria was senior director for the office of citizenship and innovation for the U.S. Public Sector for Microsoft Corporation. Before that, she held other executive positions with Microsoft, Xerox and Ameritech.

At North Central, Maria majored in art. Working on the stage crew of Pfeiffer Hall fostered a passion for theatre and her role as a trustee at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. A North Central College Trustee since 2009, Maria is also active in the Donors Forum, as a board member for the National Taproot Foundation and as an advisory board member for the Chicago Innovation Awards.

Maria holds an M.B.A. from Northern Illinois University and furthered her education at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Harvard Business School through the Center for Creative Leadership. She resides in Chicago.


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Myron Wentz

Class Year: 
1963

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2003

Myron Wentz '63 was honored for his life work in researching the effects of the environment on human cells and for founding three successful enterprises: USANA Health Sciences in Salt Lake City; Gull Laboratories, also in Salt Lake City; and Sanoviv Medical Institute in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.

After graduating from North Central, Wentz pursued a Ph.D. in microbiology, with a specialty in immunology, from the University of Utah.

"I've been recognized many times in the sciences and in business — it comes with age," he said from Taiwan, "...but I value this award immensely and I'm deeply touched."


Robert Schroeder

Class Year: 
1958

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2003

Robert Schroeder is a committed public servant and has been a dedicated teacher of government and geography in the Naperville schools for some 30 years. Since 1988, he has been county commissioner in District 5 of the DuPage County Board. He currently serves as a member of the finance, public transit, storm water and economic development committees of the Board. For over 15 years, he has coordinated Christian education classes at Community United Methodist Church for Little Friends, an organization that serves children and adults with developmental, emotional and behavioral disabilities. Since 1990, he has been a volunteer with Public Action to Deliver Shelter, which addresses the needs of the homeless in DuPage County. In 1986, Robert and his wife, Nancy, established the Heyer-Schroeder Scholarship at North Central for students from Wisconsin.


Elfrieda Soeffker Patton

Class Year: 
1948

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2003

After graduating from North Central with a major in psychology, Patton took a job with the FBI where she worked for 20 years. Even though her post-FBI activities include attending FBI conventions, she still finds community service immensely satisfying. She prepares meals for Meals on Wheels, volunteers at a shelter for mentally challenged women and children, and volunteers at the Altenheim Nursing Home. She remains involved with the American Association of University Women, serves as deaconess at Parma South Presbyterian Church in Parma Heights, Ohio, and serves on the boards of Meals on Wheels and Allenheim Nursing Home. She also chairs the Cleveland chapter of the Society of FBI Alumni.


Dan Iverson

Class Year: 
1994

Alumni Recognition Award Winner 2004

Dan Iverson is a history and government teacher as well as the girl’s cross country and track coach for Naperville North High School. In 2001, the Naperville North Girls Cross Country team earned its second Class AA state title since 1993. Coach Iverson’s teams have been IHSA Regional and Sectional Champions and DuPage Valley Conference Champions on numerous occasions. Iverson received the ITCCCA’s (Illinois Track, Cross-Country Coaches Association) Coach of the Year Award in 2002 and the Illinois Association of Girls Coaches Coach of the Year in 1998 and 2001.

Five times in the last 10 years, Iverson has been named “Most Influential Educator” by graduating seniors who are in the top five percent of their class. When he’s not in the classroom or on the high school track, he manages to find time coaching a six-week running camp through the Naperville Park District during the summer months. He has been a guest speaker at numerous athletic conferences and organizations including North Central’s summer camp program for high school runners.

Iverson graduated in 1994 with degrees in history and political science. In 2003 he returned to his alma mater to receive a master’s degree through the M.A.L.S. Program. In 1998, he ran as an independent candidate for Congress in the 13th District to replace retired U.S. representative


Kenneth Pohly

Class Year: 
1945

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2004

Rev. Kenneth Pohly graduated with degrees in psychology and sociology. After graduation, he attended Evangelical Theological Seminary and earned a master of divinity degree in 1947. In 1969 he received a doctorate of ministry degree from Vanderbilt University.

He organized a new mission congregation and led it through development to over 700 members and three building programs in a 17-year period. He helped initiate Rural Ministries Training Program in Ohio, has been a mentor for Pastoral Supervision Peer Group, Doctor of Ministry Program, and most recently, a faculty advisor for the Clinical Learning Peer Group, Doctor of Ministry Program for the United Theological Seminary. Pohly is also a member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and the Association for Theological Field Education

Rev. Pohly also has many publications to his credit including The Clinical Method in Theological Education, 1969; The Contextual Model for the Church’s Educational Work, 1974; Pastoral Supervision, 1977; A Theology of Supervision Proceedings, 1981; “The Distinctness of Ministry Supervision,” for the Journal of Supervision and Training in Ministry, 1988; and Transforming the Rough Places: The Ministry of Supervision,” 1993, second edition, 2001.

Over the years, he has been honored with the Brotherhood Award from the Men’s Club of the Euclid Jewish Center, Temple Ner Talmid, in Euclid, Ohio; Outstanding Service Award from The Master’s United Methodist in Euclid in 1965 and 1993; and the renaming of the Center for Supervision and Leadership Formation as the “Kenneth H. Pohly Center for Supervision and Leadership” at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, in October 2002.

Kenneth and Marjorie Heininger ’43 Pohly live in Dayton. They have two children, Carol and Keith, and two grandchildren, Aaron and Jesse.


Eliza Keating Moravec

Class Year: 
1968

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2004

Eliza Moravec is president and CEO of Keating of Chicago, Inc., which manufactures and sells fryers, griddles, food warmers and pasta cookers to commercial kitchens and restaurants around the world.

Moravec began working at the Keating factory in 1968, after graduating from North Central with degrees in business management and economics. She soon realized that manufacturing was a male dominated industry and she had to work hard to make her way as a woman. Today, Keating’s biggest contracts include the United States military and federal and state prisons. Her company also supplies Disney and Six Flags amusement parks, the Hilton and the Marriott hotel chains, the Billy Goat Tavern, Soldier Field and fine Chicago area restaurant chains including The Rosebud, Tuscany and Carmine’s.

For the last 36 years, Moravec’s management skills and self motivation have proved invaluable. Although the business was started in 1931 by her grandfather and father with just $1,000, she has built the firm into a multi-million dollar global corporation with 100 employees. President of the privately-held company since 1988, she successfully bought out her business partners in 2003. Her future business plans include a new $11 million plant.

She is married to Donald Moravec ’69, and the couple has two grown children.


Donald Moravec

Class Year: 
1969

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2004

Don Moravec was involved in football, wrestling, track and field and intramurals while attending North Central. After graduation, he earned a master’s degree from Governor’s State University in 1975 and an Ed.D. from the University of Sarasota in 1978.

Moravec was dean of students and coach for 31 years at Downers Grove North High School, retiring in 2001.  He and his teams won nine WSC Championships in wrestling, football and badminton, six IHSA Regional Championships in badminton, and an IHSA Sectional Championship in tennis. Moravec received the Illinois Girls Coaches Association Badminton Coach of the Year award in 1992 and was inducted into the Downers Grove North Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. He is a member of the Illinois State Deans Association.

He has also enjoyed a very different sort of career, co-developing patents for Keating of Chicago—a business founded by the grandfather and father of his wife, Eliza Keating ’68 Moravec. Moravec belongs to the National Restaurant Association, Food service Consultants Society International and the North American Food Equipment Manufacturers.

He is a vestry member, junior warden and lay Eucharistic minister for Christ Episcopal Church in River Forest. He and his wife, Eliza Keating ’68 Moravec, live in Oak Park, Ill.


Beth Thomas Zimmerman

Class Year: 
1963

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2008

Beth Thomas ’63 Zimmerman is a distinguished nursing professional and trustee of North Central College. A clinical nurse specialist for pediatric surgery at the world-renowned University of Chicago Children’s Hospital, Beth coordinates nursing care for children and teens experiencing minimally invasive surgery.

After pursuing a degree in elementary education from North Central College, Beth completed a bachelor of science degree at Eastern Michigan University and her master’s degree in nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked with the high risk infant and family program at the University of Chicago Hospitals and as a neonatal intensive care nurse at Wyler Children’s Hospital.

A member of the American Pediatric Surgery Nurses Association, Beth served as president-elect with the Association’s board of directors and as treasurer and finance chairman. From 2002-2004, Beth was president of North Central’s alumni board of directors.


K. Darrell Berlin

Class Year: 
1955

Outstanding Alumni Award Winner 2008

K. Darrell Berlin ’55, a distinguished scientist, inventor and author, is the first Regents Professor named at Oklahoma State University and a special consultant to the National Institutes of Health.

After graduating from North Central College, Darrell attended the University of Illinois and earned a Ph.D. in 1958. He also worked as a post doctoral fellow at the University of Florida from 1958-1960. Over the years, Darrell received numerous honors and awards for his teaching and outstanding research accomplishments. He is an inventor with 27 patents and has written a textbook. His research group has published more than 300 papers in technical journals, and he is on the editorial boards of two international chemistry journals.

In the late 1990s, Darrell and his wife Gracie established the Darrell and Gracie Berlin Scholarship for North Central College science majors.


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