North Central College - Naperville, IL

Patrick Gaskin M ’02

Patrick Gaskin M ’02 was appointed principal of Lincoln Junior High School in Naperville. He previously served seven years as principal of Elmwood Elementary School. When he first began teaching in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, Gaskin taught physical education at Mill Street Elementary School and was a football coach for Naperville North High School. He later became assistant principal at Scott Elementary School until his appointment as Elmwood’s principal in 2006.

Kirk Larson '97

Kirk Larson recently served as a guest columnist for The Wall Street Journal. He published an article, titled “The Data Is Coming, the Data Is Coming! Are You Ready for It?” Larson may be reached at kirklarson@gmail.com or linkedin.com/in/kirkblarson.

Wendy Laman-Nadeau '05

Wendy Laman-Nadeau is the Lisle Park District event coordinator and the driving force behind a public art project that features decorated wooden wheelbarrows. Her plan was to encourage area businesses and civic groups to purchase 21 decorative wooden wheelbarrows, find volunteer artists to decorate them, put them on display throughout the community and then auction them off to the community. All proceeds from the auction will go to Partners for Parks in Lisle, IL.

Elsa Yee-Hall '99

Elsa Yee-Hall is the division coordinator for the American Academy of Pediatrics. She assists in the coordination, planning and logistics of program-related activities. She lives in Harvard, IL, and may be reached at elsancc99@gmail.com.

Lauren Visher '07

Lauren Visher joined North Central College as advancement services assistant/matching gifts coordinator. She may be reached at lovisher@gmail.com.

Michael Sundblad '03

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 '97

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 '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.