North Central College - Naperville, IL

Joe Norton '10

Joe Norton is full-time head coach for the Knox College wrestling program, located in Galesburg, IL. He served as a graduate assistant for the wrestling program at North Central College. As a student-athlete at North Central, he had 94 career victories on the mat and was a four-time NCAA regional place winner. He was ranked as high as ninth as an individual and was recipient of the Hammer Award in recognition of outstanding commitment and work ethic in NCAA Division III.

Michael Swengel '08

Michael Swengel was appointed director of vocal music and show choir for Mt. Zion High School in Mt. Zion, IL. He will lead Swingsations, Les Femmes, Sound System and Vocal Trax show choirs. Swengel is a Harvard, IL, native and previously worked in Milton, WI, where he spent three years teaching vocal music and show choir to grades 7 through 12. In 2007, he completed his student teaching experience at Bednarcik Junior High in Oswego, IL and Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, IL. He brings to Mt.

Colin Daly '05

Colin Daly is assistant director of first-year student success at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also had a featured role in a television commercial for Potowatomi Casino and a role in the upcoming independent film “Zombie Frat House,” produced by Dirty Job Films. He may be contacted at daly@uwm.edu.   

Courtney Blake '12

Courtney Blake is a language arts interventionist at Rollins Elementary School in Aurora, IL.

Sandra Pieta M ’11

Sandra Pieta M ’11 is director of institutional research at Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO. She earned an M.B.A from North Central and an M.A. in economics from the University of Missouri in Columbia in 2013.

Kai Ruggeri '06

Kai Ruggeri is leading the Global Health Access Policy project, which was developed in response to reports on the rising cost of health care globally by the 2010 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Observer. Kristen Soforic ’14 was a 2013 summer intern for the project and assisted with research leadership, helping coordinate more than 50 people who collaborated on global health research. She was also involved in the development of the 2014 phase of the project and the 2013 activities, which included a mix of research, lectures and a conference.

Amanda Czernecki '03

Amanda Czernecki joined the weekend morning team to report traffic on NBC5 TV in Chicago.

Shaun Ballard '13

Shaun Ballard is an admission counselor for Albion College in Albion, MI. Ballard works with incoming, first-year students from the Upper Peninsula and west side of the state.

Brit Quinn '10

Brit Quinn is director of media outreach for Maria Kaupas Center in Chicago, a faith-based organization that focuses on spirituality, education, leadership and community building. Quinn may be contacted at bmvquinn@gmail.com.

Jeff Crosby M ’09

Jeff Crosby M ’09 spoke at North Central’s Koten Chapel for the Writing-Editing-Publishing series. He is associate publisher and vice president of marketing at Intervarsity Press.