North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nancy Kruschke '89

Nancy Kruschke is founder and owner of Successful Organizing Solutions (S.O.S.), which helps both individuals and entire businesses increase their effectiveness and efficiency through organizing skills and practices. She began her organizing career with 10 years professional experience at American Express Financial Advisors, where she earned her Certified Financial Planner designation.

Steve Kirin '82

Steve Kirin is chief executive officer of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). He brings more than 25 years work experience covering a variety of industries with high levels of experience in management, sales and marketing and operations. He is responsible for the overall operational performance of the company and has played an integral role in turning around the infrastructure and direction of NCBTMB in the past year.

Nancy Shannon Bandusky '93

Nancy Shannon Bandusky and her daughter Dorothy Bandusky released the children’s story titled, “Anniina Tatter - Not Just Cloth and Stuffing.” This novella tells the story of a little rag doll competing for a family in a toy store.

Joe Pinder '87

Joe Pinder opened Pinder Pottery & Gallery at 236 North Main Street in Galena, IL. The gallery features his original stoneware pottery and the artwork of other local artists. To view his work and to learn more about the gallery visit pinderpottery.com.

Dawn Pleas-Bailey '90

Dawn Pleas-Bailey was awarded the Ethel and Allen “Buddy” Carruth Sustained Leadership in Education Award at the University of Pennsylvania. The award recognizes individuals who serve as an inspiration to others, transcend expectations and provide significant service to the education community. Pleas-Bailey is vice president of student life and special assistant to the president for community engagement at Southwestern College in Winfield, KS. She has built the school’s reputation as a high-quality institution that provides academic and social opportunities to low-income families.

Robert Lentz '82

Robert Lentz contributed an essay to a new edition of Zane Grey’s “Riders of the Purple Sage.” The centennial edition is published by Zane Grey’s West Society, which reproduced the 1912 first edition text and includes essays regarding the novel’s history, geography and Grey’s mark on American literature. Lentz’s essay describes the five movie adaptations made from Grey’s novel. For more information visit zgws.org.

Daniel Meza-Cuadra '94

Daniel Meza-Cuadra joined IceTech America as vice president of sales to expand the South and Latin American markets. He will be responsible for the strategic direction of IceTech’s presence in these markets by setting up and further developing distributor channels. IceTech is a worldwide leading manufacturer of high performance and reliable dry ice blasting machines and dry ice production equipment.

Kevin Reed '88

Kevin Reed was promoted to state emergency teams coordinator for the State of Minnesota, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. He coordinates activities of the state bomb squads, hazmat teams and Minnesota Task Force One in support of local officials. He works with local law enforcement, fire and emergency management during incidents in order to protect citizens of Minnesota.

Leong Tan '54

Leong Tan was honored by the San Francisco Medical Society as a 50-year member at the annual dinner in January 2013. He was recognized for his commitment to provide high-quality health care for the underserved and has worked to improve health care delivery within the Chinese-American community. A retired urologist, Tan has mentored University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) urology residents, volunteered as a consultant to the North East Medical Services (NEMS) and cofounded a foundation to support impoverished students in China.

Jim VanHootegem '90

Jim VanHootegem was named the new head cross country/track and field coach at the University of Oklahoma.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of working in a program that possesses an extensive history of producing championship-caliber teams and student-athletes,” he said. Previously, he was assistant coach of track and field for Texas A&M University. He played a crucial role in the team’s seven NCAA championships, 14 conference championships and 22 individual NCAA champions.