North Central College - Naperville, IL

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.

Robert Phillips '85

Robert Phillips was named dean of the Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) College of Arts and Sciences. Phillips joined WJU as an instructor of political science in 1998. He has served as curriculum coordinator for the master of science in organizational leadership since 2005 and as chair of the department of social science since 2008.

Tim Gossett '89

Tim Gossett is director of discipleship at Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames, IA. He coordinates many aspects of the church’s ministry and focuses on volunteer recruitment/training. In addition, he cares for the technology needs of the church and assists with marketing projects. He is a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH, and has numerous published books and articles about Christian education and youth ministry. He may be reached at timgossett@mac.com.

Tom Johnson '68

Tom Johnson is retired after 40 years as a news editor at The Beacon-News in Aurora, IL. He was responsible for preparing copies and pages for publication and Internet postings. His wife Sally Strosahl ’73 works in private practice in individual, couples and family therapy as a licensed professional counselor. Tom and Sally are the parents of Andy, Kyle and Katharine and have one grandson. They live in Aurora and may be reached at strojon@sbcglobal.net.

Rachel Louise Snyder '92

Rachel Louise Snyder published an article titled “A Raised Hand: Can a New Approach Curb Domestic Homicide?” in The New Yorker, vol. 89, issue 21. The article addresses domestic homicide and the methods being implemented to further reduce incidents. Snyder is an assistant professor in the department of literature at American University in Washington, D.C., an author and an investigative journalist.

Nick DeFalco ‘09

The Cardinals’ men’s tennis program has a new and old face at the helm. This summer, the North Central College athletic department announced the hiring of Nick DeFalco ‘09 as the new head coach of the men's tennis program.

“I am thrilled and humbled by (athletic director) Jim Miller ‘86 offering me the position,” says DeFalco. “It was a position I was hoping for in the future and I couldn't be more excited to accept it.”

Victoria Huffman-Sladek '89

Victoria Huffman-Sladek is a self-employed massage therapist. She recently completed Reiki I training. She lives in Mount Pleasant, MI.

Bruce Baum '81

Bruce Baum is executive director of the Medinah Park District in Medinah, IL. Baum has spent the past 30 years in the field of parks and recreation administration, serving in management roles for various park districts in the suburban Chicago area.  He is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, has spoken at numerous state and national parks conferences and is a board member of the Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association. He and his wife Diana reside in Aurora, IL.