Michael Sundblad was recognized as outstanding professor of the year at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, VA, where he has worked since 2007. He is chair of the department of performing arts and director of musical theatre. Sundblad is also conductor of the Peninsula Youth Orchestra in Newport News, VA.
Bernard Mulvaney was named director of athletics for Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District in Baytown, TX. He will oversee three high schools and five junior high schools. Prior to this appointment, he served for five years as head football coach and athletic coordinator at MacArthur High School in Houston. Mulvaney holds a master's degree in educational administration from Lamar University and is pursuing his doctorate at Lamar. He resides in Kingwood, TX, with his wife Stefanie and two children, Madison and Kaitlyn. He may be reached at Bernard.Mulvaney@gccisd.net.
Brandon Townsend was hired as head coach for the Millikin Big Blue baseball program. “I’m thrilled about this opportunity and excited to get back to the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin,” he said. “My family is happy to be joining the Millikin family and I look forward to developing relationships with the Big Blue student-athletes, the Millikin campus community, alumni and the local baseball community.” He earned his master’s degree in athletic administration from California University in Pennsylvania and is a certified performance enhancement specialist.
Mike Deger retired from a 46-year career at Block Electric in Niles, IL. He began that career at age 12 by sweeping floors and cleaning the outside grounds, and when he left he was chief executive officer/executive vice president. Deger attended North Central, 1991-2000, earning his degree to help fulfill that role. The Science and Math Excellence Network has been one of his passions and he’s served as a board member since 1998. The organization helps underprivileged children in Chicago so they have the same opportunities in math and science education as suburban children.
William Grahame Wilkin III is an art teacher at Aurora Christian High School. He is also recognized nationwide as an artist. Most notably, he created the original design for the POW/MIA flag, which is an American flag designed as a symbol of citizen concern about U.S. military personnel who are either prisoners of war or missing in action.
Matt Brolley was elected village president of Montgomery, IL, and was sworn into office on May 13. Brolley works for V3 Companies, an engineering firm that provides transportation and municipal consulting, environmental, water and natural resources, and site development services.
Lucia Spina is a swing for the Broadway play “Kinky Boots,” which won two Tony Awards (Best Musical and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre) and four individual Tony Awards. Her job as a swing is to be able to step into specific roles at any given time during the show. As part of the cast, she performed during the television broadcast of the Tony Awards on June 9. She has been in three other major Broadway plays, including “Legally Blonde,” “Les Miserables” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Her roles are listed on her website, luciaspina.com.
Ana Campos Sill is a credentialing specialist at Physicians Plus Insurance Corporation in Madison, WI. She is responsible for verifying that all credentialing applicants have the legal authority and relevant training and experience to provide quality care to members. She resides in Stoughton, WI.
Ryan Dowd was named the 2013 Outstanding Alumni of the Year during the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Alumni Association Awards program on April 19 for his commitment to public service. He previously served as executive director of Hesed House, the second-largest homeless shelter in Illinois.