North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

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.