North Central College - Naperville, 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.

Jon Davis '92

Jon Davis released his latest and third book, “Beneath the Northern Lights” (AuthorHouse, 2012). His previously published works include “Life, Inc.” (AuthorHouse, 2006) and “Stephen King’s America” (Bowling Green Popular Press, 1994), which was the result of research he performed with a North Central College Richter Independent Study Fellowship. Davis is also a songwriter, musician and award-winning business and marketing freelance writer.

Excellence in scholarship

Faculty

The scholarly work of North Central College’s faculty was the focus of an academic mini-conference that served as the final event to celebrate the Sesquicentennial. More than 55 presenters shared their academic research, which often involves their students and informs their classroom teaching. The event concluded with a keynote speech by President Harold Wilde titled “Confessions of a Non-Teacher/Scholar” about his own passion for learning, which was cultivated by inspired educators.

Josh Seago M ’09

Josh Seago M ’09 is vice president of Naperville Bank and Trust where he directly manages a staff of retail-banking professionals and oversees its deposit portfolio. He earned his M.B.A. at North Central where he also continues to teach classes. Seago is co-founder of Lou Dog Events, a festival production and management company in Naperville, which is organizing the first Naperville Ale Fest in July 2013 at Naper Settlement. He is actively involved in the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce and is president of the Naperville Chamber’s Young Professionals Network.

Kevin Manno '05

Kevin Manno is the host of a new reality show on the cable/satellite network Lifetime, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition,” which premiered October 9. The show is a spin-off of the popular Lifetime reality series “Dance Moms.” The 10-week program showcases a dozen young dancers between ages 6 and 13, each competing for a $100,000 grand prize and scholarship to New York’s famed Joffrey Ballet School.  Judges of the competition include “Dance Moms’” Abby Lee Miller, Lady Gaga choreographer Richard Jackson and Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin.

John Petzke M ’98

John Petzke M ’98 was appointed chief technology officer of North Shore School District 112. He previously served as the executive director of technology for Oswego Community Unit School District 308. Petzke’s position combines the duties of director of information and media services and the learning coordinator for technology integration, which were previously two full-time positions at School District 112. He received a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Aurora University and a master’s degree in educational administration from North Central College.

Kevin A. Brown '86

Kevin A. Brown received a Pacesetter Award as the lead of a project with five other co-workers at Argonne National Laboratory. He has been a coordinating writer and editor and has served the laboratory since 1989. He resides in Plainfield, IL, with his wife Michele T. Murray ’86/M ’95 and their two daughters.

Tommy Rivera-Vega '11

Tommy Rivera-Vega debuted in the Steppenwolf Theatre production “Three Sisters,” a Russian comedy-drama. He was honored to receive the opportunity to learn from Steppenwolf’s Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro and seasoned Chicago actors Ora Jones and Alana Areas. “Three Sisters” ran through August 26.

Carly Kizorek '09

Carly Kizorek is the author of the new iBook, “Perils and Rewards of International Filmmaking.”  She also directed videos for nonprofit organizations under Two Parrot Productions in Ethiopia, Liberia, Thailand and Tanzania. Two Parrot is a three-member team including Kizorek, her father Bill and her older sister Jessica. When she is not traveling, she tutors math in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Jenny Kintzele Orsburn '01

Jenny Kintzele Orsburn is the superintendent of the City of Portage Parks and Recreation Department in Indiana. She was previously the program specialist for Indiana’s Lake Michigan Coastal Program at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) where she administered grant programs for environmental improvement along Indiana’s coastline. She invites anyone interested in Lake Michigan environmental concerns to contact her at jennyren77@hotmail.com. She resides in Burns Harbor, IN, with her husband Nate.