North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Esther Benjamin '90

Esther Benjamin was a member of President Obama’s administration and served as the head of global operations for the Peace Corps from 2009 through March 2013. She is now CEO for Africa Operations with Laureate Education, a global leader in providing access to innovative institutions of higher education. She is responsible for developing and launching the company’s strategy for the Africa region. She will initially work from corporate headquarters in Maryland, but will relocate to Johannesburg, South Africa, this summer. Benjamin is a Trustee of North Central College.

John Malone '93

John Malone was promoted to associate professor at Lincoln College in Lincoln, IL. He has been at Lincoln College since 2004 and teaches radio broadcasting, mass communication and speech.

John Nosek '85

John Nosek was named president of Kao USA Inc. in January 2012. He oversees the Kao Corporation’s prestige, consumer products and professional salon businesses in the United States. Kao USA Inc. has worked with Jergens, Curel, Biore and John Frieda brands, as well as Goldwell, KMS California professional hair care and Molton Brown prestige products. Nosek joined Kao USA Inc. in 2006 after holding a variety of executive positions in the consumer products industry with L’Oreal USA and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He and his wife Leah reside in a suburb of Cincinnati with their three children.

John Harrington '91

John Harrington is finance director for the Village of Minooka, IL. He was recently appointed to the board of trustees for the Illinois Metropolitan Investment Fund (IMET), which assists Illinois municipalities with investing. He also serves as division chairperson for the Greater Channahon Minooka Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Reedy '96

Michael Reedy and his mixed media piece titled “Blash” won the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 Au Naturel exhibit. This is the fourth year Reedy has participated in the exhibit, having received recognition for his work in this competition multiple times. His work was selected for a Purchase Award by the Clatsop Community College (CCC) art faculty in the first Au Naturel exhibit in 2007 and chosen for first place in the 2009 exhibit by juror Rick Bartow.

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.