North Central College - Naperville, IL

Rachel Louise Snyder '92

Rachel Louise Snyder was a guest speaker at North Central College on May 6. The lecture, titled “The Post-Sweatshop World: Ethical Issues and Emerging Trends,” was part of the College’s yearlong focus on global human rights. She is an assistant professor in the department of literature at American University in Washington, D.C., and author of “Fugitive Denim: A Moving Story of People and Pants in the Borderless World of Global Trade.” Snyder holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College.

Jeff Edwards '82

Jeff Edwards was named senior vice president (SVP) and managing director of Revionics’ Asia Pacific efforts. Edwards has successfully served as SVP of sales and account management for the company’s North American region. In his new role, he is responsible for strategic sales and business development across the entire Asia Pacific region. Edwards has worked and consulted for IBM, NEC, Hitachi, Computer Associates and AT&T. He holds a master’s degree in international marketing from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Mike Smith '96

Mike Smith is president and executive committee chairman of the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation board of directors. He is entering his fourth year of volunteer service for the organization, having served as the treasurer and finance committee chairman of the organization prior to his current role as president. Smith also volunteers for the McHenry County State Attorney’s Office. When the program originated in 2010, Smith served on the panel of the First Offender Program in McHenry County.

Brian Davis '87

Brian Davis was promoted to managing director and North American executive for Custody and Agency Services at Bank of America. He may be reached at brian.davis@bankofamerica.com.

Kevin Harrington '93 M '99

Kevin Harrington M ’99 is the new junior varsity boys water polo coach at St. Charles North High School. He elected to leave the boys track program after 12 years. He recently completed his 23rd season of coaching basketball and served as a Naperville Central High School assistant coach for three seasons while attending North Central. Several concepts from basketball and soccer, which Harrington coached as an assistant for a handful of seasons, also overlap with water polo. “All of my coaching jobs are so similar,” Harrington says.

Jack Johnson '82

Jack Johnson is senior vice president for public policy at Choose Chicago. He may be reached at jjohnson@choosechicago.com.

David Smith '87

David Smith was appointed vice president of operations at HealthTell, a developer of early screening tests for cancer and other chronic diseases. He will oversee all of HealthTell’s diagnostic chip manufacturing and technical infrastructure development. Prior to this position, Smith served in senior leadership positions across multiple biotechnology companies, including Affymetrix, 454 Life Sciences and Codon Devices. Smith earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Arizona.

North Central forensics places third in state, sets record for national qualifiers

North Central College students win 12 awards at state championship forensic tournament, set program record for national contest by qualifying in 29 events.

Eighteen North Central College students were among some 200 forensic competitors in speech and debate at the Illinois Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Tournament (IIFA), hosted by Northern Illinois University March 1-2.

North Central College brought home 12 awards. Among them were two Sweepstakes Awards: The College won Third Place Team award in the State of Illinois, and David DePino ’13, majoring in speech communication and history, claimed Third Place Overall Individual Student in Illinois award.

Chris Love '93

Chris Love is manager of U.S. technical support for Mirada Medical, a U.K.-based company that works with radiation/oncology software and treatment planning. In September 2012, he completed his M.S. in management with a 4.0 grade-point average from Argosy University. Love also has studied martial arts for 20 years. In March 2013, he advanced to Yodan, the fourth degree black belt, and received a Kaidensho and the title of Kyoski.

Mark Schobel '83

Mark Schobel was reelected to the Wheaton Park District board of commissioners and has been on the board since 1989. He is regional vice president at Job Search Television Network (JSTN). He says the main reason he decided to run for reelection was to serve his community “and strive to make the district excel and better itself at every opportunity.” Schobel resides in Wheaton, IL, with his wife Rebecca and their two daughters.