North Central College - Naperville, IL

Dan Taylor '01

Dan Taylor is an attorney and head coach of the North Central College Mock Trial team. He’s assisted by fellow Mock Trial alumnus Josh Bailey ’11. The team took first place at Quincy University’s annual Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament on October 20, the first of seven contests during fall and winter terms. Taylor teaches political science at North Central as an adjunct faculty member and is also owner and partner at Hubel & Taylor Ltd.

Maureen Oskandy '79

Maureen Oskandy, M.D., is a board-certified family physician for the Campus Health Service at the University of Arizona. She has worked with the Indian Health Service (IHS), had a full-spectrum family practice for eight years at Thomas-Davis Clinic and taught medical students for 15 years. After graduating from North Central, Oskandy received her M.D. in 1982 from Loyola-Stritch Medical School in Chicago.

J. Charles Eldridge '65

J. Charles Eldridge was inducted into the Ottawa Township High School Hall of Fame, which recognizes excellence in achievement while a high school student, after leaving the high school or a combination of both. Eldridge is professor of physiology and pharmacology at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. At Wake Forest he has served as the principal instructor of endocrine physiology and pharmacology for classes of medical and physician assistant students.

Meredith McDermott '09

Meredith McDermott is a Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) in the Orion Community Unit School District 223 and Black Hawk Area Special Education District. Her thesis was accepted for presentation at the National Association for School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention in Seattle, where she presented her paper, “The Relationship Between Cyberbullying and Depression.”

John Koranda '06

John Koranda was appointed a board member of the Naperville Heritage Society and works as a commercial banker with Naperville Bank & Trust. He was a founding member of the RAK Scholarship Foundation for Naperville North High School graduates. Koranda is also in the process of setting up a pass-through organization to support various memorial needs of military servicemen and their families and assist with disaster relief efforts in Thailand and New Orleans.

Rhea Reed '90

Rhea Reed is general manager of the Foot Locker flagship location on State Street in Chicago, where she oversees Foot Locker, House of Hoops, Kids Foot Locker and Lady Foot Locker.

Beth E. Hothan-Zielinski '77

Beth E. Hothan-Zielinski, M.D., is a general surgeon and owner and president of Surgical Services of Mount Pleasant. She graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1981 and from St. Francis Medical Center in general surgery in 1986. She resides in Mount Pleasant, IA, with her husband James and two children, Patrick and Riley.

Chris Vavra '10

Chris Vavra published “Sideswipe,” the third book in his Oak Villa series. The book is set in a fictional Chicago suburb and centered on the Mafia. The series is published under the pen name C.R. Jakes and is available at Amazon.com in the Kindle edition. He has published three novels and three novellas in the Oak Villa series and a fourth novel is in process. He also works full time as a content specialist editor for a manufacturing magazine and freelances in Oswego, IL.

Stephen Fleagle M ’12

Stephen Fleagle M ’12 is assistant coach for the University of Chicago track and field team. He helps with jumps, pole vault, sprints and hurdles and serves as associate recruiting coordinator.

Callie Byers Celichowski '02

Callie Byers Celichowski was promoted to account executive for Covance Pharmaceutical in Madison, WI, a comprehensive drug development service company that conducts in vivo services, product discovery and translation services.