North Central College - Naperville, IL

Leslie Oca Esquerra '09

Leslie Oca Esquerra is technician lead at Honeywell Universal Oil Products. In this position, she conducts inorganic and structural analysis on catalyst products manufactured. She has been with the company for two years and was promoted to a full-time employee. She may be reached at lesliesguerra@gmail.com.

Mackenzie Tarr '12

Mackenzie Tarr is an office manager for an optometry practice and is applying for optometry school.

Caroline Gully '12

Caroline Gully, a former North Central lacrosse player, was an assistant coach for women’s lacrosse coach Jenni Kapanen and the Finnish National team during the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse World Cup. For more information visit 2013worldlacrosse.com.

Shanna Loos '11

Shanna Loos is a special education teacher at Challand Middle School in Sterling, IL. She previously worked as a one-on-one aide for a child with severe nonverbal autism at Franklin Elementary School in Sterling. She walked with the child’s family this year at the Walk Now for Autism in Chicago.

Ryan Freed '10

Ryan Freed is vice president at Suburban Real Estate. He works for Bryan Barus ’90, CEO of Suburban Real Estate and a member of North Central’s Board of Trustee Associates. Freed and his wife Molly Link ’10 Freed reside in Batavia, IL.

Maura Davy Prekwas '08

Maura Davy Prekwas is an elementary teacher at El Sierra School in Downers Grove Grade School District 58. She serves as a co-op and attests that having Danielle Norman ’16 as a preclinical student has been a great experience. Prekwas says that she and her school staff are always impressed with the ability of North Central students to get their pupils involved in the curriculum.

Rachel Mortell '12

Rachel Mortell earned her certified nurse assistant certification and is working in the medical field in order to accumulate enough hours of experience to apply for physician assistant programs.

Brandon Townsend '05

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 '00

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 '07

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.