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.

Randy Arb '86

Randy Arb is a lead systems developer in Madison, WI, for Weather Central, which provides weather data and graphic systems to more than 400 television stations across the United States. He has worked at Weather Central since 1991 and was part of the ownership of the company until it was purchased by The Weather Channel last year. His daughter Michelle ’13 is majoring in English at North Central and wants to become a middle school language arts teacher.

Roger Ulrich '53

Roger Ulrich has published a book titled “Toward Living Well With Less” that compiles his own writings and articles written by others about him and the Lake Village Homestead Farm Cooperative in Kalamazoo, MI. The result is a story of his transitioning back to the roots of his Amish-Mennonite heritage, which resulted in the Lake Village farm. He has spent four decades there with the goal of returning to a simpler life and respecting the environment.

Gaylen R. Brubaker '72

Gaylen R. Brubaker is a senior environmental consultant, working with major utilities and energy, industrial and transportation clients across the country. He recently joined the Raleigh, NC, office of GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources and ecological science and engineering firms. Brubaker is a member of the National Groundwater Association and the executive committee for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences-funded Superfund Research Program.

Jeff Seaberg '80

Jeff Seaberg is a successful children’s playwright in the greater San Francisco area. He won a Tri Valley Hero Award for his work as a children’s theater teacher. When the town of Danville, CA, was looking for someone to create a children’s theater program 10 years ago, he jumped at the chance. Kids Acting On Stage summer drama camp ends with a production and mini-movie. His after-school program, Theatre Performance Workshop, is also in its 10th year. The group presented a holiday production, “A Very Jingle Town Christmas,” written by Seaberg. He recalls a crossroads in his life in 2003.

Tara Madziarek '09

Tara Madziarek is certified as a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists (NRCM), which endorses professional microbiologists in food safety and quality, pharmaceutical and medical device and biological safety microbiology at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.